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Accoutrements ::: Twist of Hemp 39 :::

We are returned safely from travels and settled in, but more on that later……

Recently we heard from Mickey Dunne over in Limerick, Ireland that the half-set of uilleann pipes he is carefully crafting for me is nearly complete.  I am very sad that I cannot go to Ireland this fall to collect them in person, meet Mickey and thank him properly.  But this is just the way of things, and we soldier on.

Meanwhile, I am as a new parent preparing a nursery with all the necessary accoutrements for the new arrival.  This week’s Twist of Hemp offering finds John Joe Badger diligently shopping for all the necessities and sundries so that we will be ready when the pipes (with drones!) finally arrive. 

It is week 39 of our weekly adventure, John Joe and I.  I am slowly learning a few tunes but still feel clumsy and more at home on the flute.   Making a drawing for this series each week helps me keep track of how long I’ve been at this pipes thing while reminding me to just have a little fun with it along the way.  It’s been a very long time since I purchased a proper instrument outside of a whistle of delryn flute here or there.  I am nervous about it all and trying just to treat it like an investment.  In myself, in the music, in the world.

These covid times can mess with our heads if we allow them to.  What are you doing to keep yourself sane, grounded and invested in the world?  I’m learning tunes, painting and drawing and walking many miles.

 

Joy of a Simple Tune

~Twist of Hemp~ Week 5

John Joe Badger has worked and worked for weeks on his own, amidst countless cups of tea, and twigs on the fire in the woodstove.  This week, in spite of his misgivings, he accepts the invitation of friends to share a few tunes.  Perhaps he will try to play the one simple tune he’s (mostly) learned for them on his pipes.  Or, more likely, he will play his flute or penny whistle.

But tunes are made to be shared.  And for this John Joe is grateful.