Why I love bagpipers more than anyone else
When I was a kid, my dad used to play bagpiper on the family car radio.
I was always listening, and I was hooked.
I’d have the kids listen to the radio and be like, “Dad, you’re so good at this, I love you so much.”
And then I’d go home and play it over and over again.
That was my first love, and it’s still my first thing that I play.
When I’m playing a bagpipe, I feel like I’m in the moment.
I feel alive.
It’s not just that the music is really catchy, it’s that the notes are so high and the rhythms are so precise.
And I’m like, I want to be in the room with this person.
And that’s how I’ve been playing for the past seven years.
When my dad played, I was listening to jazz, classical, classical music.
But I’ve also loved bagpiping, and the bagpiped sound is so rich and so dynamic, so alive, and yet simple.
And then, of course, there’s the bagpipe video.
And my dad, when I was growing up, would show me the bagparks of New York and tell me, “This is what you should watch.”
So now, when he tells me to watch the bagps of New Jersey, I’m just like, Oh my god.
When he talks about the bagporters of America, I think he’s saying, Look, the bagpas are so rich, and they’re so alive and they can’t be beaten.
It has such a beautiful beauty to it.
So, yeah, I have to be at the top of my game.
When people say that they want to see more bagpickers in the public, they’re not necessarily trying to see all of them, but they want more of them.
So I want that to be my passion.
But at the same time, I know that the world needs more bagpipe music.
When you’re at the forefront of the bagpie world, you want to support those who are making it.
And there’s so much more to do.
But there are so many people in the world, and you know, I’ve always been able to reach people when I’m at home and I just go out and make music.
And they can see that I’m happy, and that I care about them.
I’m not just doing it because I can.
I love doing it, because I love it so much.
So yes, I do think that the bagpi world needs to get more out of itself, more out in the open.
And now that it’s not an industry, it should be an open space, because we all have something to say.
And when we do, it doesn’t always go so well.
When there’s a backlash, when people say, “Hey, I wish I could play bagpipe like you do,” you can understand why.
But the bagpotters are so good, so good.
So let’s support them.
You can support them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
You don’t have to go into it to support them, or make them feel welcome.
Just let them know, “I’m here.
I have your back.
And please, don’t take me away from the music I’m making.”
Thank you for your support.
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