Thank You / Gracias / Merci / Tapadh leibh / Grazie

June 12, 2011 on 6:50 pm by Michael Grey | In Pipe Bands, Random Thoughts, Solo Piping, Tips, Whinges | 2 Comments

A rare and wonderful thing happened yesterday. At Georgetown highland games we saw a most deserving public thank-you [understatement].

At Georgetown, a smallish community, within commuting distance and just west of the greater Toronto area, we saw the fairgrounds as the scene for a great assembly of pipers, drummers, dancers and heavy-eventers. For decades Georgetown has been the first “highland” games of the year. A great locale, always well organized, and always a treat to visit, Georgetown games, in this part of the world, is always seen as a must-do event by pipers and drummers — and enthusiasts.

Anyway, Georgetown put it’s usual classy right foot forward and, this time, organized a neat moment of recognition for Bill Livingstone. This note isn’t about Bill’s many [many] accomplishments. It’s about a well-placed good intention. The Georgetown games folk are thoroughly dialled in and, again, they stepped up and recognized a moment to do the right thing.

In part, courtesy of a rendition of the famous pipe-bandified Boys of the Lough “Mason’s Apron”, the closing ceremonies saw Bill recognized by band members past and present. The whole thing turned out to be a lovely gesture organized by Sue McCarroll and the Georgetown games committee.

The whole experience got me to thinking: aren’t we really shitty at recognizing – I mean, really, recognizing by thanking people. Especially in our sometimes “mental” competitive world of bagpipes.

Bill deserves his big, bold tune of thanks in the sun – but so, too, do a good many others.

Time to get the lead out.



  1. Perfect reminder! It is exactly that attitude that keeps you as creative and successful as you are.

    Thank you for what you do!!

    Comment by eileen — July 3, 2011 #

  2. You’re too kind. Thanks, Eileen. M.

    Comment by Michael Grey — July 3, 2011 #

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