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Michael Grey’s Notes: the gift that keeps giving

Michael Grey’s Notes: the gift that keeps giving

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #78, 2015/16  These days we hear more and more about “ground-breaking” studies trumpeting the health benefits of one thing or another. News in tandem equally pronounces the many things that are seemingly bad for us. One day it’s a daily glass or two […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: the struggle for originality

Michael Grey’s Notes: the struggle for originality

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #77, 2015. Yonge Street is one of the City of Toronto’s most important thoroughfares. It dissects the whole of the metropolitan area along north-south lines. From Lake Ontario north over 50 kilometers, Yonge covers a lot of diverse, sometimes gritty ground and on […]

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Michael Grey’s Notes: PC gone mad!

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #76, 2015. A short note to people who don’t have a lot of height: taller adults snag jobs of higher status and, on average, earn more than other people. Yes. It’s true. Are you offended — you with the 26 inch inside leg? […]

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 2

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 2

by BILL LIVINGSTONE. Piping Today #101, 2020. My own experience of composing music started when I was in my teens, creating rock and roll songs in the simple three or four-chord form of the times. But still I was doing it, and they gathered some local popularity. Of course there […]

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. June, 2022. The writer, Ami McKay, has a great string of words about life in a small town, and that is, “no matter what you do, someone always knew you would.” Cue the local curtain rustler’s chat with the TV reporter, “oh, they was ruthless […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Bagpipe 999

Michael Grey’s Notes: Bagpipe 999

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #75, 2015. There’s around 2.5 million apps currently available for Android system users and almost the same number for those with iPhones. You don’t need me to tell you that there’s an app for pretty much any need or task a person might […]

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 1

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 1

by BILL LIVINGSTONE. Piping Today #100, 2020. The ability to compose music, any music, for the bagpipe or otherwise is a peculiar talent and very difficult to describe or define. We know what the results of the effort are, but not much is known about the process itself. Everyone has […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Piping in later life – no excuses

Michael Grey’s Notes: Piping in later life – no excuses

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #74, 2015. My Dad always said that life moves forward at a pace in tandem with a person’s age.  So when you’re 10, life seems to move along at a grindingly slow 10mph. At 10 a kid feels like it’ll take forever for […]