I realize it’s been a few weeks since I last posted and I know you have all been waiting on pins and needles. Let us begin!
Let’s start with bagpiping. I’m still at it….still taking an hour lesson once a week from Neil. Still enjoying it, although the eagerness is somewhat wearing off. It seems as of late that the hour has been remedial training of what I’ve already learned, so it’s been a tad frustrating. It’s made me ensure that I am reviewing everything I’ve learned before the lesson so I can spend the hour learning new stuff. And as for this past week, he pulled out a new tune to teach me! It’s called “Scots Wha Ha’e”. Not “Scots, Wha HUH?” like you might do if you didn’t know any better. It’s an unofficial Scottish national anthem. The lyrics were also written in “the form of a speech given by Robert the Bruce before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, where Scotland maintained its sovereignty from the Kingdom of England.” (thanks, Wikipedia). Cool, eh? But I was JUST introduced to that one, so I won’t be entertaining you with that particular diddy. Instead, take a listen to my “Suo Gan”. Sue who? No, it is not a song about a side dish of Chinese food. I actually don’t know the history of this one, although I suppose I could Wikipedia it in 2 snaps, but I don’t feel like it, so look it up yourself. Suo Gan is the second toot I learned to play (I now refer to my tunes as toots…so much cooler). See the video below for my first public performance. I am playing on a chanter, which very obviously isn’t bagpipes….I don’t actually pick those up for a few more months. If you close your eyes and use your imagination, you can kind of picture how it would sound on pipes, only better, clearer, with better timing, and about 80 decibels louder. Not too shabby for someone who couldn’t read music before 2.5 months ago and has zero musical background, eh? Also, I’m doing it with my eyes closed. Aren’t you impressed?
If this tune sounds vaguely familiar, you might remember it from here:
Now you remember it! I plan on keeping the lessons up and hopefully graduate to big boy pipes soon and also find a living situation where the neighbors can’t hear them being played.
I’m still on the job hunt. I have some very good leads with the likes of Amazon and Blue Origin, and some other leads with General Dynamics and Lufthansa Technik. I won’t go into detail here, but I will be posting in the next few weeks on God’s goodness and provision and how He has orchestrated the events of the past year for my move down here. He is good!
The winter here consists of a daily 50ish degrees and overcast/rain. People here complain about it, but for those of us from Alaska, it’s practically the tropics. I love not having to deal with snow or subfreezing temperatures.
No Eddie Vedder sightings yet (he lives in West Seattle). I am continually on the lookout.
The Lord has provided me a great church to go to. The people are pretty friendly and the teaching is solid. I’ve recently gotten involved in a small group and the members seem authentic and they are most assuredly welcoming. I look forward to getting to know them more. More about church/small group when I post about God’s goodness!