Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

     In 2011, we arrived early for the second day of the Outside Lands Festival. The early shows give festival goers an opportunity to see quality bands from a great vantage point, since only the crazies even consider getting there for the first band. Well, in 2011 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were generating some meaningful music, but they did not have the following they enjoy today. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were scheduled as the first band on that Saturday, and the people who got up early were appreciative.
     “Irish Celebration” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Still a free download. Our favorite lyric is:
Challenge us to football
Yah, we might lose
But don’t put us next to a bar stool.

     Irish Steph is a name we cannot ignore today. He is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, who probably had a difficult day when he informed his parents that his career path involved electronic music.  
      "Breathe" by Irish Steph

It seems like a good day to list our favorite songs that include bagpipes:
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top
Animals - Sky Pilot
Barenaked Ladies-Crazy (short sound in middle of the song)
Bee Gees - Alone
Big Country - In a Big Country (guitars convincingly simulating Bagpipes)
Don Henley - Lilah 
Dropkick Murphys - Tessie (for the Boston Red Sox)
Forest For The Trees - Dream
John Farnham - You're the Voice
Meat Loaf - Everything Louder Than Everything Else (at end of song)
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog (bagpipes through a voice synthesizer)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Mull Of Kintyre
Peter Gabriel - Biko (simulated Bagpipes?)
Peter Gabriel - Come Talk to Me
Phil Collins - The Least You Can Do
Phil Collins - True Colors
Rolling Stones - The Rocky Road to Dublin(Chieftains with the Rolling Stones guitara)
Rod Stewart - Every Beat Of My Heart
Rushlow Harris - Bagpipes Cryin'
Scorpions - Wild Child
Simple Minds - Belfast Child
Slade - Run Run Away
Sting - Fields of Gold
The Church - Under The Milky Way (the E-Bow is used to simulate bagpipes)
Tom Waits - Town with No Cheer (only at the song’s start)
U2 - Tomorrow
Van Morrison - Northern Muse
Van Morrison & the Chieftains - Celtic Ray
White Stripes - Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

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