Music Room – Writers Have Many Interests

So, many people believe that writers remain locked in their towers pouring over their pages and giving little attention to the outside world. If this were true, then books wouldn’t be able to reach anyone living in the outside world! You’ll find that writers are generally everyday common folk going about various businesses and places.

One of the interests I have long held is music. I hope you enjoy watching me play around on my Irish Low Whistle!

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A Concert Symphony

The Williams House; Chapter 6: Winter Wonder; Pgs. 131-133

.     The very evening on the day Will mentioned how quiet it was, the whole family went to a concert hall to hear a symphony, and so you see, Will did not have his quiet for very long. It was, in fact, to be a grand performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, culminating in his winter theme, and the orchestral music would be very refreshing to all the recent excitement within the Williams house.
.     Moonlight was gleaming on the December snow covered ground as the “flying carpet” rolled to the concert hall. Maria was swinging her feet back and forth on a seat by herself, looking out and imagining herself as on her way to play in a great performance. Many of the others were scattered, looking out windows or watching the street lights dance in the bus, casting shadows of seats and heads, and trees and other vehicles throughout the bus.
.     It was a dead land, and yet very much alive. The trees were barren, the flowers long ago disappeared, all the grass covered up with snow, and not a single bird to sing the welcoming of the moon. Instead, some chimneys were puffing smoke, heaters were on in the vehicles, laughter and cheery faces could be seen through windows and keyholes, and some boys could be seen throwing snowballs at one another in a front yard. Some bells were ringing at street corners, with a red metal bucket to collect the charity of those passing by. ’Twas the season of good cheer.
.     And a cold wind to counter it, thought Will as he stepped off the bus into the evening air.
.     “Come along, everyone,” Mr. Williams instructed. “Let’s get indoors quickly.”
.     The concert hall was a very grand place. Like a castle, thought Margaret as she looked around at the pillared halls, red carpets, and large curving ceilings. Everyone was dressed very nicely, and people spoke in hushed voices and quiet whispers. An usher greeted the Williamses at the entrance to the grand concert seating area, and they found their seats and sat down.
.     If you have ever been to a concert hall and heard a live symphony, you will know that there is some time in waiting before everyone is ready, and you can hear the grand and pleasing sound of the instruments tuning up. Then there is a hushed silence and a lot of clapping as the conductor walks out onto the stage, and then another hushed silence before the grand first notes of the symphony begins. And no matter how many times you attend a symphony, that same feeling of quiet anticipation and then great elation is always felt.
.     Lilly and Ann were held in silent wonder. Will, Johnathon, and Timothy were captivated. And Margaret, Susan, and Maria were watching and listening with gaping mouths. When it was over, some of the youngers were asleep, with the music still tolling in their minds, while the olders were still humming the tunes to each other, allowing the rhythm to enter their hearts and tap their feet.

Harem Scarem Fife Tune – Music Room

Hi everyone! This is a well-known fife tune in the Fife and Drum Reenactor world. It is called Harem Scarem and is one of the favorites at the mid-west annual fife and drum event known as Freezer Jam. I hope you enjoy!

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Piping on my Irish Low D Whistle: Roslin Castle and Bo Mhin Na Toitean

Here is my next video in my series of playing my Irish low D whistle. These two songs were a little crummy, yet I still consider myself a novice of the instrument. I’m much better on a fife and will probably eventually record videos of my fife playing.

The Irish low D whistle has the same fingerings as the Irish tin whistle only plays in lower octaves. Enjoy!

 

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Piping on My Low Whistle: A Narnian Lullaby and Jesus Lover of My Soul

Hello everyone!

I thought I would begin a musical series playing some of my musical instruments. This instrument is the Low D Irish Whistle. It has the same fingerings as the Irish tin whistle only plays in lower octaves. The two tunes played in this video are A Narnian Lullaby (from Disney’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) and Jesus Lover of My Soul. Enjoy!

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!