Log Driver’s Waltz

January 31, 2012 on 7:37 pm by Michael Grey | In News, Random Thoughts, Video | Comments Off

Here’s a nice sample of Canadian folk music – or a kind of a Canadian folk music: Wade Hemsworth’s bouncy, cheerful “Log Driver’s Waltz”. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1979 this little “vignette” as the NFB calls it, has become an iconic bit of Canada’s cultural flotsam and jetsam.
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It’s Free! Michael Grey Book 5: Music for Everyone

January 23, 2012 on 10:05 pm by Michael Grey | In Music, Pipe Bands, Solo Piping | 5 Comments

Here you go: my fifth book of music, “Music for Everyone”. First published in 2006.
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Change

January 22, 2012 on 7:40 pm by Michael Grey | In Random Thoughts | Comments Off

You may know I’m a big fan of interesting quotes, proverbs and assorted bits of trivia…who isn’t?
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Friday Funny

January 13, 2012 on 6:21 pm by Michael Grey | In Humour, Random Thoughts | Comments Off

One of the funniest books I own is a little volume called “Bride of Dark and Stormy”. It’s a collection of the best entries to the Bulwer-Lytton literary competition. Unlike once-funny TV shows like, say, M*A*S*H, this slim volume has never become dated and has always made me laugh.
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Alex MacMillan: It’s a Small World

January 10, 2012 on 10:29 pm by Michael Grey | In Music, Photographs, Solo Piping, Stories | Comments Off

“It’s a small world” must be one of the most often said bromides in the English language. But, surely for a reason: it is a small world. The top-of-the-small-world-pops in my family belongs to the story of my younger sister and her husband.

Here’s the scoop: After meeting and date number three or so they start talking a little about their families. He says to her something like, “my Mum’s family comes from a little place in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland: Benbecula”. “Yikes”, thinks my sister – or something like that. That’s where my father’s mother comes from!
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The Secret to Finding Good Reeds?

January 2, 2012 on 8:00 pm by Michael Grey | In Humour, News, Pipe Bands, Random Thoughts, Solo Piping, Tips | Comments Off

Many of us have always wondered. The truth is out:
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