We waited and waited, and now, just like that, the waiting is over and the work begins.

Frankly I don’t really know what I am doing.  I don’t know how to tune these reeds, or to make them sing their buzzy, intoxicating song together in unison.  It all sounds a bit like a spot of goose bothering just now.  I must remember that this is how it is.  And likely how it will be for a while still.  I have had the set out for a little while each day, even as “regular life” has been quite intervening and busy, more so than normal in these pandemical times.

This instrument is pushing all of my emotional hot-buttons.  The “I don’t deserve” and the “I’m not smart enough”.  The “aren’t I too old?” and the “who the hell do you think you are” hot buttons which run deep and strong and rear their ugly heads when insecurity beckons.  That said, I have done a TON of work over the years on these buttons.  Now they serve as reminders of growth.  I feel all of these things which make me feel small, and I order the pipes anyway.  I take the plunge in spite of the insecurities.  I allow myself this luxury even if they aren’t here to impress anyone or make any money.  I don’t even have to show them to anyone really.  Unless I want to.  I allow myself this luxury because the sound of uilleann pipes makes my heart happy.  And because I love Irish music.  There needn’t be any other reasons than those really.

As an object d’art, they are a stunning thing of beauty and perhaps I will draw them some, outside of the John Joe Badger series, just to draw the form of them.  We shall see.  For now, I will just play them a bit each day, call my teacher crying, begging for a zoom call to see what needs adjusting.  Perhaps one day they might even sound musical.  For now though…..



Comments (4)

  • Penny Gates September 23, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Oh my gosh—I love these illustrations! John Joe Badger with the package brought a big smile to my face. And, as for the rest, yes, you are enough.

    • amy September 23, 2020 - 2 years ago

      You’re the best Penny! Some time before the cold hits properly, come over and I’ll regale you a bit of goose-bothering out by the fireside!

  • Mary Zabora September 24, 2020 - 2 years ago

    I love that goose! 🦢 And Irish music.

    • amy September 24, 2020 - 2 years ago

      Ha! Thank you! and I do too. It’s a small way to stay sane in insane times.


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