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Julie comes to LA - YIKES!!

This is a discussion on Julie comes to LA - YIKES!! within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; Actually, I can tell you Steven, because I just played the same set for a ...

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    Actually, I can tell you Steven, because I just played the same set for a funeral in NH on Saturday.

    1. Suo Gan is a Welsh lullaby. There are several different translations of the lyrics. Here's one version:

    To my lullaby surrender
    Warm and tender is my breast
    Mother's arms with love caressing
    Lay their blessing on your rest
    Nothing shall tonight alarm you
    None shall harm you, have no fear
    Lie contented, calmly slumber
    On your mother's breast, my dear

    Here tonight I tightly hold you
    And enfold you while you sleep
    Why, I wonder, are you smiling
    Smiling in your slumber deep?
    Are the angels on you smiling
    And beguiling you with charm
    While you also smile, my blossom
    In my bosom soft and warm?

    Have no fear now, leaves are knocking
    Gently knocking at our door
    Have no fear now, waves are beating
    Gently beating on the shore
    Sleep, my darling, none shall harm you
    Nor alarm you, never cry
    In my bosom sweetly smiling
    And beguiling those on high

    2. The Skye Boat Song written about Bonnie Prince Charlie after he escapes to the Isle of Skye following the Jacobite defeat at Culloden.

    3. The Iona Boat Song Iona is the sacred isle off Scotland's west coast. The ancient Scottish kings were buried at the monastary there. MacBeth and King Duncan have graves there. This is the tune chanted by the ancient monks as they rowed the dead king's body from the mainland for burial.

    4. The Dark Isle The dark isle is a reference to Scotland, and this was a favorite tune of the Queen Mother. The Queen's piper played this for the Queen Mother's funeral procession in 2002.

    5. Mist Covered Mountains This tune was piped for President Kennedy's funeral.

    6. Lament for Jeff Ap Parven This is Breton tune - a haunting lament for a Breton composer who wove Celtic motifs and instruments into the symphonies he composed.

    7. Kilworth Hills This is a retreat, piped at sundown in the Scottish regiments, similar to the bugler in other regiments. It signals the end of the day and the posting of the night watch.

    8. Abide with Me A well known hymn.

    9. Finlandia While the tune is used in the hymn, Be Still My Soul, it was written by the classical composer Sibelius.

    10. Going Home The tune is found in Dvorak's New World Symphony, but he in fact composed his symphony from native songs of North America. This was an old negro spritual.

    Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home
    Quiet like, still some day, I'm just goin' home
    It's not far, just close by, through an open door
    Work all done, care laid by
    Going to fear no more
    Mother's there, 'specting me
    Father's waiting too
    Lots of folks gathered there
    All the friends I knew

    Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home
    It's not far, just close by, I'm a goin' home
    Morning star lights the way
    Restless dream all done
    Shadows gone, break of day
    Real life just begun
    There's no break, ain't no end
    Just a living on
    Wide awake with a smile, going on and on

    Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home
    It's not far, just close by, I'm a goin' home
    Nothing's lost, all is gain, no longing for the day
    No more stumbling on the way
    No more fret nor pain
    Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home
    Quiet like, still some day, I'm a goin' home

    I'm just goin' home
    I'm a goin' home


    Julie

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    Those are beautiful choices Julie. I love the words of the lullaby and of Going Home. At what points during a funeral do you play?

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    That part about "is there enough alcohol to fill the grand canyon" had me rolling on the floor!!!

    (As I sit here drinking my Harvey Wallbanger........)

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    Isn't this just the way of life - poignant and humorous tripping over each other?

    Becky, she doesn't have enough booze - no matter what she's laid in. Tim is right in that! But I'll be gracious and try not to whimper too much!

    Lynda, it is always up to what the family wants. I most often play for 15-20 mins outside the church as guests arrive. Then at the very end of the service, I come forward and central. I'll play the first two lines of Going Home in place, and then lead out with a military slow march. The casket, urn, or family follows, depending on the service. I'll typically finish with a few hymns as guests exit.

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    What a wonderful way to share your talent. When we are blessed with the gift of music we must share. When I was much younger I sang for funerals and weddings. My.....that seems like another lifetime.

    Katie

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    Sometimes a year ago feels like a lifetime ago, Katie, LOL!

    I used to getted really sad with each funeral (I still do). But I've come to appreciate their unique nature. Weddings are a pain. It's a celebration, yes, but the bride-to-be or the mother of the bride fusses so that everything be perfect. And when in life is anything ever perfect? It's all about them.

    Yet with a funeral, there' no fuss whatsoever. Sometimes there are painful family dynamics, but usually everyone is trying to mutually prop each other up. It's much more giving and caring. And sad, but beautiful at the same time.

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    Julie, do you pipe The Star Bangled Banner? If so, would you be willing to play it and Amazing Grace for a little personal ceremony on Memorial Day? Probably just the 2 of us, maybe a neighbor or two, but to me that day never gets the recognition it should. Course, you'll probably be sick of me and piping by then...

    Although I will offer a day long relaxation/red wine/single malt celebration afterwards...

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    Considering the range of notes in the Star Spangled Banner and that I only have 9 to work with, you'd have acoustic whiplash if I even tried to play it. I've some other appropriate tunes though.

    Do you have an appropriate park with a flag. We'd really need that.

    McJulie

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    You have nine notes to work with? Why not eight? (I mean..an octave would make more sense now, wouldn't it?)

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    It's an octave plus one. The instrument plays in the key of A, nominally. Nominally, because it's actually pitched higher in the modern era. My A is pitched at about 472 mhz, as opposed to a concert A, which is 440 mhz. Some pipes are pitched even higher.

    But ignoring pitch, we play in the key of A. Our notes run from a G below A to a high A. With those nine notes I can play tunes in A maj, A min (faked, by omitting the third), B min, and D maj. In theory, I can also play in G maj, which is why I think the low G, but I can't think of any tunes I know in that key.

    Incidentally, the pipes play in a mixolydian mode, so our 7th is flatted. That is, if you sang the Do-re-mi, when you got to Ti, Ti would be a half step flatter than a normal (or Ionian mode) Ti.

    The mixolydian mode means our key signature is actually D maj, rather than A, because D maj leaves the 7th flatted. But most pipe music ignores key signatures altogether, since we don't transpose.

    For what it's worth, the instrument is just or perfectly-tempered, unlike most western instruments which are well-tempered, so our harmonics are pure. Which is why the sound seems "off" or jarring to many people. It's not off at all. It's in perfect pitch. It's just our ears have been trained to hear tiny imperfections in pitch (the well-tempering), so our ears are used to listening to "off" pitches, and the bagpipes are "on". It's also why a poorly tuned bagpipe is truly ghastly to listen to.

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