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Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart, You’re shaking my confidence daily. Oh, Cecilia, I’m down on my knees, I’m begging you please to come home. Paul Simon’s hit, “Cecilia,” from 1970 is at first or hundredth listen assumed to be about a girlfriend, but it’s also, he admits, about St. Cecilia, […]
Scotland has resurrected piping and drumming to unprecedented new heights through widespread, accessible teaching. It’s an awesome and continuing success story, and the fruits of its strategy have become more and more evident with each passing year. Just take a look at last week’s Shotts & Dykehead Juniors competition: 185 […]
Why do many judges forget what it was like to be a competitor? This came up the other day in a conversation about judging, competing, and judges. The current flap by a vocal minority about the Solo Piping Judges Association and Competing Pipers Association’s policies against teachers judging pupils and […]
“There’s plenty of time for despair,” a friend likes to say when playing golf after someone hits an iffy shot. Rather than assuming that the ball went into the bunker, he encourages you to err on the side of optimism and enjoy the moment. After hitting tens-of-thousands of bad golf […]