Above and Beyond for a Client


Earlier this year, a potential client contacted me.  She asked if I could play two particular songs that are not usual bagpipe songs. I told her, “If it is on Youtube, I can learn it”.  Big mistake.

The first song  was Cat Stevens  “Morning has Broken”.  I actually found bagpipe music for this song and all was good.

The second song was Ed Sheran’s “Perfect”.  I checked youtube and yes, there was a person playing the song on the pipes.  Well, there was one, and only one  video of someone playing the song on the pipes.

I began my search for bagpipes music for this tune.  After exhaustive searches, it was not to be found.  I retuned to Youtube and under the comment section of the one video I found, I requested the music.

I did get a response and it turns out the man in the video is the administrator at The Sydney School of Piping and Drumming, Barry Gray.

The music arrived and I started to practice, and practice, and practice this piece.  Of the hundreds of songs I have played, this one was 100% more difficult than the hardest song I’ve played before.  Well, I finally did master it and all was well.

The moral of the story?  I can play many songs, but I’ll let you know if I can or cannot play a song.