Post by harpskiddie on Nov 22, 2007 0:28:55 GMT -5
Amazing Grace always brings a tear to my eye, particularly the Judy Collins rendition and the truly amazing version performed by the pipes and drums and military band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. I've always had a fondness for pipe music. That AC/DC cut is fantastic!!
I'm also fond of NGDB's Battle of New Orleans, but the pipes are more an adjunct than a basic part of the music. Still gets me tho. When I was a lad, back in the mid-fifties, around the time I graduated from high school, the Ames Brothers had a big hit with a pop version of Scotland The Brave, entitled My Bonnie Lassie. The lyrics were rather banal, but for some unknown reason the song struck a chord in many people.
"Drums in my heart are drummin' I hear the bagpipes hummin' My bonnie lassie's comin' over the sea.
My heart with her she's bringin' I hear the bluebells ringin' Soon we'll be highland-flingin' my love and me.
I'll meet her at the shore, playin' the pipes for her, dressed in a kilt and a Tam O Shanter too.
That's why the drums are drummin'............
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2007 0:29:26 GMT -5 by harpskiddie
Post by BrokenSword on Nov 25, 2007 17:40:57 GMT -5
Years ago, I had an acquaintance who had landed at the Normandy beaches on D-Day. In the first wave. According to his story, as the landing craft began their run to the beach, no fire came from the German defenses. (I'm sure that some Lt. Colonel said something like, "We caught 'em nappin', boys!")
Anyway, Mr. Mahoney said that he was in the last boat in the American line of craft and that the next boat in line was Canadian. The Americans figured they were going to make it to the beach undetected, when, "ALL OF A SUDDEN! Those INSANE Canadians blasted loose with those G*D D**N BAGPIPES!"
US troops were standing at the speeding boat's side screaming, 'LET 'EM SLEEP. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!" and - again according to him - at least one American had to be stopped from shooting at the Canadians.
True story. Sorry, Gordie.
M You want bagpipes? Here's the greatest song ever played on them.
BrokenSword, In the "Longest Day" clip- it is the Canadian beach Juno that has the Bagpipes. If I recall some of the landing crafts at D-Day used by the Americans were manned by different Allied Navy sailors. Thus the chap playing the bagpipes, that your friend mentioned may have been in the Canadian or Royal Navy. Have to sign off now for a spot of tea. Hip Hip oh boy.
Post by harpskiddie on Nov 25, 2007 20:34:29 GMT -5
Broken Nose and Larry and Everybody:
!. In the movie, Peter Lawford plays Lord Lovatt, [who I think was a Fraser, not certain] commander of a detachment of British Commandos. He is constantly telling his piper to play Blue Bonnets, which is a reference to All The Blue Bonnets Are Over The Border, one of my favorite tunes. Strangely enough, the piper never does play Blue Bonnets, mostly breaking into The Black Bear, probably because it's easier.
2. I am sorry to say that I do not know which were the first Canadian regiments to hit the beach at Normandy , but I can say that many Canadian regiments were based on British ones - for example The Seaforth Highlanders, 48th Highlanders, Black Watch of Canada, Argyll and Sutherland and many others. All of these regiments had pipe bands and followed the British tradition of being piped into battle.
3. Pipers led their regiments against the Germans and Italians at El Alamein, Tobruk, Monte Casino, the Sicilian Campaign and etc etc etc. For the use in other theaters [no pun intended] see DRUMS or GUNGA DIN. One of the better movies for pipes lovers is TUNES OF GLORY, particularly the scene where Alec Guiness has gone more or less 'round the bend while planning the funeral procession of his Colonel, whom he helped drive to suicide. He starts drifting off to Gaga Land while saying things like: "The regiment will turn into the High Street, and the band will play the Black Bear; then with only muffled drums and a lone piper.........slow march.....All the tunes of glory.......I've only seen it three or four times, so I can't do real quotes, only sort of. It is a dark film, and not well known, but very, very good. John Mills, Dennis Price, Gordon Jackson et al.
And such was the purpose of the pipers to play all the tunes of glory which had led the regiments into all of their battles over the years. Hundreds of years. Many hundreds.
Gordie MC, Mostly Canadian and Mad Celt....................................................