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.