A couple of nights ago, I put up two You Tube things - 'Fool on the Hill' and 'We can work it Out' - both Beatles of course. They were examples, to my mind, of the correct use of the recorder and accordion.
Some instruments were just never meant to be played on their own, and acquire a universally bad reputation if they are. Drums are the prime example. I think people should be prosecuted for drum solos - even (especially) Ginger Baker.
I am in two minds about bagpipes. There is the lone piper playing a lament and there are the massed pipes of a Highland military troupe, and both have their place - Scotland.
You know when you pick up a REALLY interesting pebble on a foreign beach and take it home to put on your mantlepiece, then when it is there you wonder what you ever saw in it? I feel the same way about Jimmy Shand. I have had absolutely wonderful times in the Highlands of Scotland, listening to Scottish accordion bands and even going so far as to tap my feet, but when I hear it being played in an English pub I want to run for the door.
Pianos are potentially solo instruments of course, but they have to be practiced with daily for best results, which can end up with that scene in 'It's a Wonderful Life', when everything is going wrong for the father - "Oh, Daddy..... (sob)....." I pity the parents who cannot afford a piano (or a house large enough to hold one), and have to settle for a recorder for their child.
When The Boy was about 9, they bought him a full-sized drum-kit. It was set up in his little bedroom, which was about 10 feet from their bedroom and about 20 feet from their living room. They had one set of neighbours on the old semi-detached farmhouse, and luckily (or unluckily) the father next door taught African drums. I did not spend much time in that house until after The Boy completely destroyed the kit in one of his then famous temper-tantrums. Ah, peace.
Right, I have just come to a natural break. I have just looked out the window to see a group of teenage Spanish girls taking a selfie with a traffic warden. How do I know they are Spanish? From the shape of their backsides. Years of observation has made me an expert.
Wednesday - Today was the day earmarked for Christmas Dinner at The Creamery in Hawes with friends P and D from Windermere. Some years ago the cheese factory in Hawes ...
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