I suppose this is a pair with the preceding post. Since we’ve just suffered Burns Night, and the press is daily cogitating over the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum (Knife prediction = NO), it seems reasonable to pose the question, ‘what is the point of bagpipes’?
I admit that they sound great in certain circumstances, and if you’re wandering along Princes St and you hear the pipes above the traffic, there’s a certain ‘appropriateness’ to them, but in the following two videos they find their true role. Video 1 (Sonny Rollins with Rufus Harley), try about 3 minutes in. Video 2, at about 2m 20 sec. I love that ‘Lord of the Dance’ reference.