Archive for February, 2006

Bagpipes will heal thee…

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The blog Creating Passionate Users has a great post about recent studies in “neurogenesis.” This is (was) the theory, now supported, that the brain actually regenerates in more stimulating environments. The more we challenge ourselves and our own personal environments (in other words, “blow our own mind”), the more our brains will create new neurons [...]


Monday, February 13th, 2006

Hurry, grab her before she gets away!

My Very Own Tartan…

Friday, February 10th, 2006

And now for the ultimate time-waster…as if there wasn’t enough distract one’s bagipe or drum practice. Weave your own tartan! Pick your own colors, the number of threads per color, and you can even get a woven sample of your design. The possibilities for custom pipe band outfitting boggle the mind… Here’s a crack…

Old Time Roots

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

For the intrepid digital music hunter, there is the Root Music Listening Room. Lots of great old-time gospel, Jazz, and bluegrass music from the 1920s and 30s for download, but there is also the special treat of classic Cape Breton fiddling from the 30s, 40s, and 50s – including that of Cape Breton fiddling legend [...]

The True Future of Pipe Music

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

It’s easy to get lost in our own little world of bagpiping and drumming. Although the world of pipers and drummers may seem large and getting larger to those of us in it, it is still relatively small and insular, and so it is easy to lose sight of the things going on beyond it, [...]

Winter issue on its way!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

The Winter issue of The Voice is (finally!) in the mails on its way to pipers and drummers far and wide. Download highlights at right.

Featured in this issue:

• Jimmy McIntosh on “Fair Honey,” one of the Gold Medal set tunes for 2006.

• June Hanley reports on the recent EUSPBA judges’ ensemble seminar with Jack Lee [...]