I like making New Year’s resolutions. We can all get better, and, as I learned from Winton Marsalis via a Starbuck’s cup, “The humble improve.” Good thought. (But why can’t Starbuck’s make better coffee?)
I joked the other day to a piping friend that my resolution is to exercise less. But really it’s to telephone more and e-mail less. Done.
Resolutions are a bit like wishes, and my wishes for the piping and drumming world are resolute:
That bands stop opening and finishing their medleys with hornpipes or reels. Just for one year. See what happens.
That the World Championships’ artists who make the CDs and DVDs and whatever other products possible get a share of the proceeds. Maybe even just enough to buy one kilt or pay one airfare. Not too much to ask, is it?
That no dads, uncles, aunts, father-in-laws, etc. judge immediate family members in any contest no matter what the size or importance of the event. Even the impression of nepotism makes a joke of your decisions.
- That no more great pipers and drummers leave us before their time.
Those are a few of my wishes for the piping and drumming world. What are yours?