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Monday
Dec122011

I Love The Sound Of Bagpipes

Guayaquil Ecuador

I love the sound of bagpipes. The other day I was walking around the Westminster area of London and across the Thames near the Eye when I spotted a park that I wanted to check out. It was Victoria Tower Gardens to the south of Victoria Tower. As I approached, I heard the sound of bagpipes and as I looked to see where it was coming from, I saw this guy, pictured above, playing them.

There's something about the sound of bagpipes that mesmerizes me and I couldn't help but to stop and listen for a while. I'm sure it seemed amusing to have an audience and a camera going off while he practiced.

In my curiosity of all things British, I did some quick research about bagpipes and learned that, in addition to being used in traditional music for dancing, they were also used in several modern mainstream songs such as Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre", AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top", Korn's "Shoots and Ladders", John Farnham's "You're The Voice" and Peter Maxwell Davies's composition Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise.

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