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Piping for politicians

Today was an exciting day for my piping career: I met, shook hands with, and had my piping complimented by both U.S. Senators from Maine.

All this happened at the funeral I played this afternoon, for the grandfather of one of my piping students. The deceased had been active in state and local politics, serving in the Maine State Senate for a number of years.

The other story of the day was the weather. I had been asked to play a few prelude tunes outside the church, which had me a bit worried, because, you know, it’s February in Maine. The weather didn’t disappoint: it was snowing for most of the service, with the temperature right around freezing. As it turned out it wasn’t so bad: I  spent about 30 minutes playing outside and barely even noticed the cold. I must have grown a nice thick skin.