There are many occasions when I wish this was an audible blog, if only to torture your ear drums just a little bit.

Tom is practicing his bag pipes… need I say more?  Bashy the cat is howling with every harmonic, Tom looks like a small, pink Dizzy Gillespie and I am trying to encourage an air of calm and supportive encouragement in the face of mega decibels.

It is surely karma that brought bagpipes to my family. I knew from the first moment I met Tom that he would be a blower, and that he surely is. I did try to steer him gently away from the sight or influence of bag pipes…knowing all too well that they were his destiny and my least favourite instrument.

But, the double whammy of Angus MacDonald playing a haunting and powerful reel at a Lismore ceilidh combined with one of the best pipers in Scotland moving to the island was more than my stubborn resolve could bear and I crumbled and Tom now pipes.

I am learning to love it. To respect the light dance of the grace notes, the dependence of the instrument on the moisture from the player in order to live, sing and respond. This is a beast quite different in nature to my instrument. It is a proud animal needing attention to thrive and as a result of my ignorance and awe I have to stand back and let Tom take the reigns and that is good!

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

One thought on “Audio blog

  1. I would love to hear that! Sometimes, I like bagpipes. Sometimes not so much. My strange instrument of choice is the accordion. I always love the accordion. You should pick that one up!

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