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Feel Good Friday – 300 Bagpipes play Amazing Grace

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  • Patty November 5, 2010, 8:57 am

    Beautiful!

  • Daisy November 5, 2010, 9:11 am

    So beautiful!

  • KM November 5, 2010, 9:23 am

    Beautiful. That song gives me chills every time. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in 1779, after he lived an already long, twisted life. He was a slave trader in the Royal Navy and later saved by God, converting and being ordained in 1764. Newton joined forces with William Wilberforce, who was one of the driving forces behind the abolition of slavery. This remarkable song that is so well known by all the world now these days, was not actually made popular until the 1960s. Funny, because it seems to be the evangelical “theme song” today.

  • Shayna November 5, 2010, 9:39 am

    I love bagpipes. Just love them.

  • Teapot November 5, 2010, 10:09 am

    Wow. Any dry eyes out there?

  • QueenOfAllThings November 5, 2010, 11:07 am

    Oh, thank you, thank you! There is nothing (musically) more beautiful than the pipes playing “Amzing Grace” – makes me weep every time.

  • Bunny November 5, 2010, 11:10 am

    It’s amazing how music can move a person. Anyone else need a tissue now?

  • Numa November 5, 2010, 11:50 am

    Amazing Grace + bagpipes=tears. Beautiful!

  • Kimbubbley November 5, 2010, 3:42 pm

    If anyone EVER has the chance to see this man in concert, it is well worth it whether you like punk rock or waltzes and he ALWAYS manages to make you cry, somehow, like this.

    Thank you, Admin!

  • Simone November 5, 2010, 4:15 pm

    @Teapot – nup

  • Susan Scatena November 5, 2010, 7:00 pm

    But where was it being played?

  • Mojo November 6, 2010, 3:56 am

    Thank you, that was beautiful. It reminded me of seeing the Edinburgh Tattoo, which can also be relied on to bring a tear to the eye. Thank God for such music.

  • Ms Marple November 6, 2010, 10:36 am

    Thank you, Admin. It never fails to make me cry.

    My father loved bagpipe music. When he celebrated his 80th birthday, we arranged a private bagpipe concert for him. When he died in December of the same year, we asked the same bagpipe player to come and play for dad again during the church service and at the cemetary.

    The village cemetary is situated at the end of a long lane, surrounded by fields and water. It was a clear freezing day. Steve the bagpipe player played Amazing Grace walking slowly in front of the hearse from the start of the lane to the cemetary. My friend Natascha was sobbing on my shoulder ‘This is so beautiful’. It was indeed hauntingly beautiful and a moment I will never forget.

  • AS November 7, 2010, 12:36 pm

    OH! My God! This was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • AS November 7, 2010, 12:40 pm

    @Ms.Marple – What a nice way to put his soul to rest. I am sure he must have been smiling peacefully.

    @Kimbubbley – any idea who the person is?

    @Bunny – you could use some of your tissues.

  • Nannyogg November 7, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Dunno why but that really brought a lump to my throat.

  • Ang November 8, 2010, 7:27 am

    @AS – He is Andre Rieu. A Dutch violinist, conductor, and composer . I don’t really like his style, but yes, he’s very good in organizing these kind of events. And this piece is wonderfull.

  • Jill Robertson November 8, 2010, 8:17 am

    As a piper. I have played Amazing Grace zillions of times & people always ask for it. The pipng tune was specially written for the bagpipes. I’ve made up a high harmony to Amazing Grace & play it on the bagpipes with a piper friend who does the melody. It sounds really good. No-one else in the world plays this. It’s unique. It could be done in a pipeband situation if there were several pipers to play the harmony & enough others to give a good melody. However, the harmony is in my head !!!

  • SciFiLeslie November 8, 2010, 9:58 am

    It never fails to amaze me that this song can make me both happy and sort of sad at the very same time. Beautiful. *runs to get tissue*

  • Girlysprite November 9, 2010, 3:49 am

    This man (Reu) is brilliant as well. And a really nice man too 🙂 He really knows how to make classical music ‘work’ for large audiences.

  • M. November 9, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Thank deity everyone was in tune, on key, and in sync.

    I love bagpipes too much to not have at least some extremely distant Celtic ancestor.

  • colleen November 10, 2010, 6:02 pm

    wow what beautiful music.

  • Tara November 28, 2010, 10:44 am

    My uncle played this on the sax at my grandmother’s (his mother’s) funeral. It makes me sob every single time I hear it!

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