The war pipes... i.e. the kind others think of when they
think of bagpipes... were *supposed* to scare the heck
out of the enemy. They sound nice from a few miles away,
though, if one is not in any danger.... :-)
RIght, but when they're oming close they make quite a
So as a band teacher I estimated the average age of the
parents in the audience & did a number at every concert
which was popular when they were teenagers. ;-)
GOod plan. Makes the parents feel better too when they
hear something they recognize <grin>.
ONe thing that helped me was the older kids at the
school for the blind, where ad hoc combos of musicians
were as ubiquitous as sandlot baseball among
neighborhood sighted kids.
Meanwhile Dallas & I... being, as it were, neither fish
nor fowl... spent much of our time soaking up anything
we could find which had printing on it. Yet IMHO we were
all honing the skills we'd need in our adult lives. :-)
YEp, hopefully will never quit "honing my skills."
In retrospect I'd say the music which grabbed my
attention at the same age differed a bit... but not too
much... from what I was used to.
rIght, but there again my cultural frames of reference
were all over the map, thanks to residential school with
kids from all sorts of backgrounds.
now in middle age I find myself reluctant often to explore
the unfamiliar, being just waht I criticized my parents for
eing in fact.
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