VoyForums
1 CLICK GIVES FREE FOOD!
www.TheHungerSite.com
Protect Habitat with a Click!
www.TheRainforestSite.com
Non-profit ad served by VoyForums...

VoyUser Login optional ] [ Main index ] [ Post a new message ] [ Search | Check update time | Archives: 1234[5] ]
Subject: Looks ain't everything


Author:
Hal
[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]
Date Posted: 23:21:57 12/30/01 Sun

I was at a wedding recently and struck up a conversation with the hired piper. I didn't play the gig because to be honest, I'm not a very big fan of the newlyweds and only attended to keep within my wife's good graces. Anyway, I was speaking to the piper, who was dressed in full military Black Watch fashion, feather bonnet and all, and we got to talking about dress and deportment. Next thing I know, he's throwing insults my way after I tell him my band and I wear Argyles and shirts and ties. He went on and on about how we're not respecting the culture and the dress is just as important as the playing. Yada Yada Yada.

Long story short, he kicks in, and my God I have never in my life, even when I'm listening to students do their breathing exercises, heard anything so horrific then what was coming out of this man's instrument. I could not tell what tunes he was playing because I don't think he was playing tunes at all! I truly think he was merely playing notes at random on the chanter while he marched around the reception hall dance floor! It just strikes me as hilarious when I think of the lecture he gave me. I mean this guy sucked! But I can't say it was a total loss, the bride and groom got what they deserved, a crap piper on their crap wedding day. At least the beer was cold!

P.S. He played in full military Black Watch dress at an Irish wedding! I don't know what's worse, him dressing and looking like like a total arse, or the Irish people in attendance not dragging him out into the street for a good beating for wearing a Black Watch uniform!

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]

Replies:
[> Subject: Re: Looks ain't everything


Author:
Nadav Yogev
[ Edit | View ]

Date Posted: 04:43:06 12/31/01 Mon

i just wanted to added something to your comment -
many people dont like the sound pipes beacuse of this reason - some pipers think that by wearing a kilt and all the other uniform makes you a good piper, and you can hear the result of this in a lot of low level pipers everywhere. ofcourse tradition is immportant, but first learn to play before you learn to dress!

[ Post a Reply to This Message ]
[> [> Subject: Re: Looks ain't everything


Author:
Tich Galloway
[ Edit | View ]

Date Posted: 13:32:07 02/02/02 Sat

Hi Hal,
ex Black Watch piper, I only hope that the guy you encountered was wearing ex army issue gear, in my years in the Watch I cant say that any pipers were particularly crap, there were some who were not as good as others but none crap, lets hope it was a civvy who had somehow managed to get hold of B.W. No1 Dress. I hope your next encounter with someone in No 1 B.W. dress is better, please dont think we are all like this guy. Take care Wee Tich

[ Post a Reply to This Message ]
[> Subject: Re: Looks ain't everything


Author:
TL
[ Edit | View ]

Date Posted: 18:45:03 12/31/01 Mon

>I was at a wedding recently and struck up a
>conversation with the hired piper. I didn't play the
>gig because to be honest, I'm not a very big fan of
>the newlyweds and only attended to keep within my
>wife's good graces. Anyway, I was speaking to the
>piper, who was dressed in full military Black Watch
>fashion, feather bonnet and all, and we got to talking
>about dress and deportment. Next thing I know, he's
>throwing insults my way after I tell him my band and I
>wear Argyles and shirts and ties. He went on and on
>about how we're not respecting the culture and the
>dress is just as important as the playing. Yada Yada
>Yada.
>
>Long story short, he kicks in, and my God I have never
>in my life, even when I'm listening to students do
>their breathing exercises, heard anything so horrific
>then what was coming out of this man's instrument. I
>could not tell what tunes he was playing because I
>don't think he was playing tunes at all! I truly
>think he was merely playing notes at random on the
>chanter while he marched around the reception hall
>dance floor! It just strikes me as hilarious when I
>think of the lecture he gave me. I mean this guy
>sucked! But I can't say it was a total loss, the
>bride and groom got what they deserved, a crap piper
>on their crap wedding day. At least the beer was cold!
>
>P.S. He played in full military Black Watch dress at
>an Irish wedding! I don't know what's worse, him
>dressing and looking like like a total arse, or the
>Irish people in attendance not dragging him out into
>the street for a good beating for wearing a Black
>Watch uniform!
Gee Hal,we`re not a little biased here are we?TL

[ Post a Reply to This Message ]
[> Subject: Re: Looks ain't everything


Author:
alison gunn
[ Edit | View ]

Date Posted: 08:01:51 01/02/02 Wed

Unfortunately, I've seen this happen far too often. A "properly kitted" piper who sounds like crap. I've seen entire bands like this. Better sounding bands - dressed in "player friendly" gear - are passed over in favour of the band that LOOKS like a "Real" pipe band to the client.

I've even heard this line a few times :
"You can't be REAL piper. They all wear red kilts"

Aaaghhhhh!! Packaging.

[ Post a Reply to This Message ]


VoyUser Login ] Not required to post.
Post a public reply to this message | Go post a new public message
* HTML allowed in marked fields.
Message subject (required):

Name (required):

  Expression (Optional mood/title along with your name) Examples: (happy, sad, The Joyful, etc.) help)

  E-mail address (optional):

* Type your message here:

Choose Message Icon: [ View Emoticons ]

Notice: Copies of your message may remain on this and other systems on internet. Please be respectful.


Forum timezone: GMT-5
VF Version: 3.00b, ConfDB:
Before posting please read our privacy policy.
VoyForums(tm) is a Free Service from Voyager Info-Systems.
Copyright © 1998-2017 Voyager Info-Systems. All Rights Reserved.