Tuesday, September 20, 2011

You Tube Tuesday: Sept 20. Bagrock!

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Gaelic music, and particularly that from Scotland grabs me.
In September last year Kay and I toured Scotland by rented car, driving where ever we wanted depending on the weather, having a fabulous time, seeking out our ancestral roots, history, whisky and haggis!

Edinburgh we loved. We wandered the city centre, spent hours at the Castle, walked the Royal Mile enjoying the many street performers, down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland. During one of our walks along the Royal Mile we browsed a souvenir store. my ears became alert- I loved the music coming over the shop's sound system, so asked the shop manager about it. I purchased a gem of a recording thinking it was crazy music for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be playing.


Playing it later on our rental car's CD player, we had quite a discussion how such a great pop band would play bagpipe music. But we loved it. A few days later it finally clicked- not the Red Hot Chili Peppers - the CD was by The Red Hot Chili Pipers - a totally different but well known Scottish band bringing bagpipes to the pop scene. And in such a great way!

Listen to how keyboard, electric guitar and bagpipes go so well together, counterpointing and leading and complementing each with each other. That guitar bridge is up there with the greats.
There are several live recordings of this on YouTube indicating how well this is loved.

Kay has just heard me playing this and came in and said "Stop torturing me with that music.Take me back to Scotland, Jim!"

Torture and tears this CD has given her. Upon leaving Inverness we drove down to Birmingham to stay with friends. This CD was playing and as we were approaching the Scotland/ England border, which is just a signpost, Flower of Scotland began to play. Kay burst into tears.

Yes it was a such a wonderful time together, and we both loved every minute, gales and rain and visiting Tallisker Distillery and never touching a drop...too early in the morning, and not wanting any problems driving a rental... so I wasn't allowed!

Oh and hey, can nae have Scots music without this about bashing the English!

Leave your link in my comments section so I can drop by and see your choice.



Corinne Rodrigues said...

That's a great anecdote to go with this, Jim. There's something so soul stirring about the bagpipes..

Nelieta said...

Beautiful Jim! I guess you have a trip coming up to Scotland soon :) You have to keep the lady in your life happy :)

Mine: http://nelietatravellingadventures.blogspot.com/2011/09/youtube-tuesday_19.html

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Wonderful! Pipers are marvelous and so stirring. "Red Hot Chili Pipers" - I'd have made the same mistake over the name too lol. Love this group, will search out more of them on You/Tube - great share.


Bongo said...

OK definitely not m kind of music LOLOLOL...As always....XOXOXOXO


Jessica said...

Loved it! I always have enjoyed Irish/celtic music, ever listen to Flogging Molly? They rock! :)

Here's mine: http://ascendingthehills.blogspot.com/2011/09/youtube-tuesday_19.html

Jim said...

Yes Corinne, when those bagpipes skurl, the kilt doth twirl. Gets the blood up.
I think one of the most amazing sons is Amazing Grace with bagpipes. I'll look it out.

Jim said...

Hi Nelieta, It's the woman in my life who decides where we go. ...sometimes I rebel....

Jim said...

Hi Bonnie, it's soul stirring stuff this. Inspiring, makes ya wanna run down the hill and beat up some English.

Jim said...

Hi Mari, I laughed my head off when I realised my mistake, hey but I'm not sorry. Having viewed them many times on YouTube I'm sold on them.

photos by jan said...

Fantastic, I love this. Thank you for sharing and introducing me to it.

Unknown said...

Loved the bagpipe :) great choice!!

Alfandi said...

Red Hot Chili Pepper..I still remember their tv flashing incident (lol)..

Jessica Brant said...


I love love men in Kilts but I have already shared that with you... lol

cool Video


Here is my "YTT"

Absurd Traveler said...

Brings back memories. I spent new years eve (2000) in Edinburgh.

Rachel Hoyt said...

Hehehe. The Red Hot Chili Pipers. I love the name! The sound was rough on that first video, but I enjoyed the second. They have quite the unique sound! :)

Anonymous said...

Growing up in the United States has been it easy for me to like bagpipe music without caring if it is Scottish or Irish. Which is saying a lot seeing as my Irish ancestors would probably beat me for liking this. Thanks for sharing Jim, I like being exposed to "new to me" music and your story as well.

Mary Hudak-Collins livingthescripture.com said...

Jim, this was great! Have never heard this kind of music and it is very interesting to me. Would love for you to find Amazing Grace and post it one week :)