Daily Archives: November 18, 2012

November 19: National Blow Bagpipes Day

Bagpipes are cool.

This public service announcement brought to you by someone with a decent bit of Scottish heritage on her father’s side — as well as some relatives who play in a pipe band and usually march down the street at some point during the family reunion (sometimes in the full getup – kilt and all) playing “Scotland the Brave,” “Amazing Grace,” and others.

Yep. Bagpipes are cool.

If you already play the bagpipes, that’s great. You’ll have had plenty of practice for this day, so I’m sure you’ll know how to celebrate. If you’re lucky enough to know someone with a set of bagpipes (who will also let you blow on them), go make noises. (Just bring some earplugs for your victims. Bagpipes are cool, but a novice bagpiper can terrorize a whole neighborhood.)

On the other hand, those of us who have no access to bagpipes may have a difficult time celebrating National Blow Bagpipes Day this November 19. I guess we might as well start here, by listening to “Scotland the Brave” as played by the 51st Highland Division.

Have fun piping!


“My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.”

Psalm 57:7