A Lot of Fun Thanks to youtube

October 1, 2008 on 9:33 pm by Michael Grey | In Pipe Bands, Stories, Video | 13 Comments

The band had a lot of fun this season, or I think they did.  I know I did.  Stretchy music and youtube.com – what a combo.  Posts of our medley performances on the video site gave us waves of anonymous commentary; a sort of huge sputtering, spittley mouth-piece of amazingly passionate – and mostly vitriolic - comment.  Entertaining in the extreme for us.  I think of anonymous comment as entertainment and that with a bona fide signature as constructive.      

I had some fun here with a lot of it.  If you have the time, have a look.



  1. THE coolest video I’ve seen in a long time Mike!!!

    Comment by Sean Mc — October 2, 2008 #

  2. Ha! Thanks, Sean! Mike

    Comment by mike — October 2, 2008 #

  3. Where do you come up with this stuff?! Very cool Mike. This video improved my life! 🙂

    Comment by ccrosbie — October 2, 2008 #

  4. Straight out of my big square head. Glad it amused you, Crooks!

    Comment by mike — October 2, 2008 #

  5. You should do a market line with all comments you receive on this medley-suite 😀

    Comment by YoannLeGoff — October 2, 2008 #

  6. Very fun compilation Mike. Looks like a great time was had by all. The Toronto Police provided the pipe band world with the most entertaining part of the summer. Look forward to more.

    Comment by iainmacd — October 2, 2008 #

  7. We liked the Sprockets part, being that we live in Germany! Annie about pished herself watching…

    It also sounds really sounds cool on the autobahn going balls out.

    Get yer arse over here for a few weeks! Nothing but the best beer in the world and time to write something even better!!!

    Comment by Sean Mc — October 2, 2008 #

  8. Iain Mac: thanks a lot – more to follow!

    Sean: Sprockets my fave, too! Germany is sounding pretty great – ein prosit! M.

    Comment by mike — October 3, 2008 #

  9. Mike, with all you’ve had on Youtube (and elsewhere), you’ll probably appreciate this:


    Comment by Calum — October 4, 2008 #

  10. Haa! Very good! Thanks, Calum. M.

    Comment by mike — October 4, 2008 #

  11. “…this is strictly concert stuff…”
    “…no music, just harmonies…”
    “…after experimenting with this it might turn into something nice…”

    Probably all things that were said when Mr. Turner invented the wheel and showed all his fellow cavemen his new idea… or was it people griping about someone doing something new in piping? They probably did the same when J.K. MacAllister and Alex Duthart judged the ‘novelty’ contest in 1962 read about it here: http://www.eyrewaves.co.uk/rspba/index.htm

    Like your other post says Mike, the longest journey begins with a single step.

    Comment by IainMcLean — October 8, 2008 #

  12. Iain – you are absolutely right! Thanks a lot for your note. I do wonder if “reformers” in this game are a silent majority or vocalish minority. No matter … onwards. Checked out your link, btw, and couldn’t find the article you referenced – sounds intriguing! Cheers, Mike

    Comment by mike — October 8, 2008 #

  13. Mike go to the website and click on the newsletter link and it’s in the middle of the centre article. Walter was one of my tutors for a while and it’s always nice to hear what he did in his hey-day

    Comment by IainMcLean — October 9, 2008 #

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