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Title: The Skirl of the Pipes.

Brian - January 18, 2007 06:55 PM (GMT)

I really love the bagpipes, them, Id follow anywhere,
into the heart of battle, with others I would dare.
I love to hear their music, march, in quick time, or in slow
and when I hear their rhythm, my senses really glow.
I wish Id learned to dance, back in my younger days,
the sword dance and the reels, the magnificent Strathspeys.
Whenre I hear their skirl, my feet begin to tap,
If I am there, when they march past, I always raise my cap
and no matter where I am, as the pipes and drums pass by,
each time I hear their call, youll see a tear within my eye.

Brian J Muchmore 18/01/07

Bez - January 18, 2007 07:41 PM (GMT)
Hi Brian,
I did so enjoy reading this - it is a super piece and has a lovely flow.
I also love the pipes and even as far back as in primary school I really enjoyed scottish dancing!
There is another side to all of this as hubby really cannot stand the sound at any price - we often have a laugh when we remember our first visit to Scotland, we pulled into a carpark not far from the borders and a piper was playing - a kind of welcome I guess. On another occasion we were walking on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis and there was a guy up their practicing his pipes! Poor Alan. I find them like you very moving especially some favourite tunes in particular.
Pleased you found some inspiration! All best wishes. Bez

Brian - January 18, 2007 09:18 PM (GMT)
Thank you for that Bez. I happened to hear, I think, "The Dagenham Girl Pipers" on the Paul O'grady show this afternoon and had to sit down and write it there and then. Not everyone likes them but to me, they are beautiful. When I was in the army, many years ago, I started going to classes with a couple of Highland lads and enjoyed it, even wore a shepherds kilt, then got posted abroad and never took it up again. Be Lucky. Brian.

Gill D'Arcy - January 19, 2007 07:53 AM (GMT)
Brian What a lovely inspriational piece. I too like the bagpipes and when we went to the Edinburgh Tattoo 3 years ago I was in my element watching and listening, and like you I wanted to get up and dance. My favourite piece was the lone piper at the top of the castle.. When ever I hear them now I'll think of this lovely poem. Gill.

najade - January 19, 2007 01:33 PM (GMT)
Dear Brian,
This is a lovely piece indeed!
Is it strange for a Dutchie to love the sound of the bagpipes?
I do, you know...and always have enjoyed this music.
And Scottish dancing is so nice to watch, I wish I could have learned to do it myself...

:kiss :kisses Rikki

Brian - January 19, 2007 09:24 PM (GMT)
Gill, thank you for your thoughts. Lucky you to get to the Edinborough Tattoo. I keep promising myself a visit, but something always seems to take preceence each year, maybe one day. Be Lucky. Brian.

Brian - January 19, 2007 09:27 PM (GMT)
Hi again Rikki, thank you for your kind comments and No, I don't find it strange for a Dutchie to love the pipes, there is a magical feel to them, primeval almost, a bit like tribal drums and the like. Be Lucky. Brian.

JP. - January 24, 2007 11:37 PM (GMT)
Hi Brian, The rythm and flow to this piece is great. Burns night soon and the pipes will be heralding the haggis. well done......JP.

Brian - January 25, 2007 06:56 PM (GMT)
Aye John, I love the pipes but not over keen on the Haggis. I prefer the contents as individual items. Don't turn my nose up at the dramm which accompanies it though. Thank you for reading nd your comments. Be Lucky. Brian.

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