Peter’s Pondering Pipes #6

This is the sixth post in the series. Previous posts can be found by clicking on #PETER’S PONDERING PIPES.

This week, rather than moving to another county, or country, I thought I’d share some of Julian Goodacre’s practical excellence which, incidentally, does introduce the Leicestershire Small Pipes. (For those outside UK – Leicestershire is pronounced Lestersher (leh·stuh·shuh).)

About my pipe-making

 I started getting interested in instrument making when I was travelling in Africa and the Far East in 1979- I taught myself to make penny whistles with Araldite and old tins, when I was staying in cheap hotels or camp sites. On my return, I was inspired by the interest of my eldest brother John had in the English bagpipes that had survived only in pictures and carvings. I soon developed a passion for discovering more about these pipes; I began experimenting with making bagpipes and surprisingly quickly taught myself how to make them.

For the past thirty years making bagpipes has been a passion and a vocation. It involves much of my activity, lifestyle and social life. I do everything; office work, sourcing all the materials, collecting them, making tools, making the bagpipes, displaying them, repairs to old bagpipes, researching history, writing letters and articles, lecturing, performing, answering emails and the phone, sweeping the floor, packing my pipes, walking to the Post Office, repairs to my workshop and much, much more. Making bagpipes by hand is not a business; it is a way of life.

I pay a lot of attention to the appearance, detail and finish of my pipes. The designs are very distinctive, formed using hand-held tools; I pride myself on the beautiful, flowing ‘lines’, graceful shapes and individuality that result. They make my pipes very characteristic – they are immediately recognisable as pipes made by me.

All my wood is air-seasoned for at least three years. Once made, all the wooden parts of my pipes are soaked in linseed oil in a vacuum and pressure impregnation system that I have developed. This gets the oil very deep into the wood, adding stability and resilience and giving it a lovely mellow sheen which darkens over the years.

I have developed my own plastic reed design for my smallpipes, and I use plastic reeds wherever possible. They have a great tone as well as being stable and trouble free, and are greatly appreciated by beginner and professional alike.

The process of producing music from a tree is an enchanting one. The trees which I use are British hardwoods, often trees which I have known and some of which I grew up with in the Leicestershire village where I was born. Most of this wood has been cut up and processed by me For me this is a personal relationship with my materials, and it means that I can often supply photos and descriptions of the actual tree that the pipe is made from. I love transforming a tree into an instrument that can make people dance. I have recently made bagpipes from an apple tree that I also made 49 bottles of apple wine with. At the launch of my latest CD we drank the wine and danced to music played on the same tree.

Here you can see Julian’s workshop and some of the processes he uses in his passionate work and hobby. He entitles it:

From Pip to Pipe

As Julian says, he is interested in instrument making and that includes lots of instruments other than pipes.  Here is a brief preview of a show he performed, with friends, at The Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, in November 2019.  

If you are a true aficionado, more can be seen here! At 7:25 Julian introduces his friends, and then his wife. With Part 2 here.

Percy Snudge’s Success

Beleaguered Servant’s poem today prompted this rapid rhyme. Thanks Owen!

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He wrote a story in his head

It’s stuck between his ears

He now looks after great big lions

despite his mother’s fears

He’s oft conducting opera

inside his head at night

He sometimes keeps himself awake 

or sleeps then wakes in fright

His parents named him Percy Snudge

a source of mirth at school

The boys would bully every day

the girls thought him a fool

Who’s laughing now? His great success

has brought him wealth and fame

Apart from lions and opera

his story made his name!

Song Lyric Sunday – 5 December 2021 – Right On Time/Home To You

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: House, Room, Kitchen, Shower, Attic.

 If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I have a late Black Friday deal for you in that there is a 2–4–1 offer!

I have chosen two songs, both of them new to me, and both featuring the word “room”.

I have not included any research but there is plenty to find if you wish to know more.

The songs are:

Right On Time by Brandy Carlile released in July 2021 and 

Home To You (This Christmas) by Sigrid released November 2021. This is so new that there is no Wikipedia page yet!

I love them both – I hope you do too! 

Right On Time

Brandi Carlile

Come back now, even if you call me out
You might be angry now, of course you are
I’m scared to, didn’t mean to take it out on you
I know I always do, you’re the strongest person in the room

Turn back time, help me to rewind and we can
Find ourselves again

It’s not too late
Either way, I lose you in these silent days
It wasn’t right
But it was right on time

Don’t look down, I can feel it when your heart starts pounding
It’s beyond your control, you know it is
It’s getting to the point where I can’t carry on
I never held my breath for quite this long
And I don’t take it back, I did what I had to do

It’s not too late
Either way, I lose you in these silent days
It wasn’t right
But it was right on time

It’s not too late
Either way, I lose you in these silent days
It wasn’t right
But it was right on time

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Brandi Carlile / Tim Hanseroth / Phil Hanseroth / Dave Cobb

Right On Time lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

 And now, live from St Pancras

Home To You (This Christmas)

Sigrid

Couldn’t wait ’til I got outside
Wondering, what the world be like
I knew I had to change my mind
Didn’t realize it would happen, oh, so soon, oh, so soon

But I see the world so different now
But there’s a place by the sea and that’s my town

When I don’t know what to say
When I don’t know what to do
There’s a room I need to sit in
Surrounded by my favorite view
And I need a hand to hold
Someone to tell the truth
Would it be okay if I came home to you?

Independence comes with a price
When questioning your own advice
But I know I’ll be alright
With an open door, no matter what
I do, what I do

But I see the world so different now
But there’s a place by the sea and that’s my town

When I don’t know what to say
When I don’t know what to do
There’s a room I need to sit in
Surrounded by my favorite view
And I need a hand to hold
Someone to tell the truth
Would it be okay if I came home to you?

No, I don’t want to keep on coming
When I’m miles away
And you’re too far away
Oh, but if I need you to remind me
That nothing has changed
Would it be okay, would it be okay for you?

And I see the world so different now
‘Cause there’s a place by the sea and that’s my town

When I don’t know what to say
When I don’t know what to do
There’s a room I need to sit in
Surrounded by my favorite view
And I need a hand to hold
Someone to tell the truth
Would it be okay if I came home to you?
No, would it be okay if I came home to you?

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Sigrid Solbakk Raabe / Steve Mac

Home To You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Peter’s Pondering Pipes #5

This is the fifth post in the series. Previous posts can be found by clicking on #PETER’S PONDERING PIPES.

We have moved from Ireland, via Northumberland, Wales, and now move down to Cornwall.

I am learning as much about pipes as you are so I shall ask an expert, Dr Merv Davey, to tell us a little about Cornish Pipes. Every 5th May might be the only time of year you get to hear any Cornish being spoken, so remember to join in and say Gool Peran Lowen (Happy St Piran’s Day) to your nearest and dearest each year!

Another name that constantly crops up when researching bagpipes is Julian Goodacre. He is a maker and researcher of the historical bagpipes of the British Isles, and is based in Peebles, Scotland. He has particularly specialised in reviving the extinct English bagpipes, Scottish bagpipes, and Cornish bagpipes.

Here he can be seen with THE CORNISH BAGPIPE SEXTET playing Shepherds Hey. Julian Goodacre – High G Cornish Double Pipes Callum Armstrong- low G Cornish Double Pipes John-Francis Goodacre- Cornish Double Pipes “This is the first video of my low G Cornish Double bagpipe, recorded by Ria Strangneth in The Great Hall of Elcho Street. Peebles. Jan 3rd 2019.” You may wonder where the other three players are! Well, each bagpipe is, in effect, two instruments, hence three players equals a sextet!

And here they are playing Half my Life by Julian Goodacre High G – Cornish Double Pipes Callum Armstrong- low G Cornish Double Pipes John-Francis Goodacre- C Cornish Double Pipes The Wiston Lodge Sessions Recorded at Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6HT. Scotland January 1st 2020.

Song Lyric Sunday – 28 November 2021 – Chaise Longue

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: School, College, Education, Class, Degree.

 If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

So many to choose from, but I think I may have found one that most will not have heard before.  It’s fun.  It’s slightly rude.  It’s very new, and I love it.  

Wet Leg formed in 2019 and they have released two singles, “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream”, with the first gaining media notice for earning millions of streams and video views. Variety noted, “It’s rare that a new group releases two songs and they’re both great”. The duo has scheduled a US tour to begin in December 2021. They appeared on Later… with Jools Holland on BBC2, on 30 October 2021, a pretty good indicator that they are likely to be successful, and that is the version that follows below.

Sometimes BBC videos are made unavailable outside of the UK so there are some other versions below.  First, the Official video, followed by live performances at Live at Night and Day Manchester 23.10.21, and the Green Man Festival 2021. You don’t get much more current than these!  

The performers enjoy what they do even more than the audiences and this song makes me smile every time I see and hear it.  I hope you enjoy it too!

The Official Video

Live at Night & Day Manchester 23 Oct 2021. Pete Eastwood commented: “If you mix Patty Simcox from Grease with Mary out of Coronation St, and throw in some mad crazy lyrics, you end up with hot new band Wet Leg. I don’t think I have ever seen Night & Day that rammed before, but when you get signed to Domino and bag a tour of America, after only 4 gigs, you have to start to believe the hype. Also, you have to be impressed when their nail varnish matched their plectrum. (Effort 💚) In first, front row, and proper enjoyed.”

Green Man Festival August 2021

Chaise Longue

Wet Leg

Mommy, daddy, look at me
I went to school and I got a degree
All my friends call it “the big D”
I went to school and I got the big D
I got the big D
I got the big D
I got the big D
I went to school and I got the big D

Is your muffin buttered?
Would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?
Excuse me (what?)
Excuse me (what?)
Hey you, over there
On the chaise longue in your underwear
What are you doing sitting down?
You should be horizontal now

On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue

Is your mother worried?
Would you like us to assign someone to worry your mother?
Excuse me (what?)
Excuse me (what?)
Hey you, in the front row
Are you coming backstage after the show?
Because I’ve got a chaise longue in my dressing room
And a pack of warm beer that we can consume

On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue

On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue

All day long, all day long, on the chaise longue
All day long, all day long, on the chaise longue
All day long, all day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, all day long, on the chaise longue

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Rhain Louise Teasdale / Hester Louise Chambers

Chaise Longue lyrics © Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.

The Simple Things | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

“The Simple Things” was published today on Whispers and Echoes. A link to the original post is below.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. We haven’t quite adopted it in the UK, but it will not be long before we do! This is my humble attempt to explain just some of the things that I am thankful for.

I have also, for the first time ever, recorded this poem with a background track. Experimental it may be, but I am quite happy with the result. See what you think.

The Simple Things

The simple things of life delight

Children’s laughter, birds in flight

Grasses swaying in the breeze

Help to make my life of ease

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The smell of new mown fields of hay

The rising sun at break of day

Autumn mists and wintry showers

Buzzing bees amongst the flowers

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New made beds with smooth clean sheets

The smell of smoke from burning peats

Springtime bulbs just poking through

Summer evening’s barbeque

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Horses, sheep, and cows a’mooing

Blushing youngsters all a’wooing

Older couples, hand in hand

Harvests from our fertile land

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Wispy clouds just scudding by

Painting pictures in the sky

All these things and so much more

Help make the life that I adore

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I count my blessings every day

And thank the Lord in every way

And when I go to bed at night

Considering all that is so right

The simple things of life delight.

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Rain and bird sounds from Zapsplat.com

. The simple things of life delight Children’s laughter, birds in flight Grasses swaying in the breeze Help to make my life of ease . The smell of new mown fields of hay The rising sun at break of day Autumn mists and wintry showers Buzzing bees amongst the flowers . New made beds with […]

The Simple Things | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

Happy Thanksgiving (Song Lyric Sunday – 16 May 2021 – Uplifting)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, even those who do not celebrate. I am thankful for all those who give their time and/or money to help those less fortunate than themselves, not seeking acknowledgment or reward. May the whole world be more tolerant and more understanding of the needs of so many who cannot, for whatever reason, help themselves.

Peter's pondering

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is Elevator Music.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Now, I have a big problem with this week’s prompt.We do not have elevators in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and I understand that Elevator Music does not have lyrics.Furthermore, Elevator Music is deemed to have ceased to exist with effect from 2009 when Muzac filed for bankruptcy, however they were rescued by Mood Media in 2011, although they ceased trading as Muzac in 2013.

We do have Lifts in the UK but most of our buildings have so few floors that it is hardly worth listening to just a few bars of indeterminate music.Instead, we…

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