Published 1995 on the Uilleann Pipe Mailing List and in the N.W. (USA) Pipers' Club newsletter Iris na Piobaire
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Hello to all Uilleannites
I have been a lurker on the up list since it's inception... I am David Daye's wife.
As 13 year wife and silent partner of an uilleann piper, I have a few thoughts from the perspective of the non-playing half of an uilleann family:
Yes, I have tremendous respect for the single mindedness and devotion that it takes for an individual to learn to first maintain and then to play the uilleann pipes. It takes a kind of persistance and determination that I can only wonder at.
Yes, I stand in awe of all the traditional Irish musicians through the ages and up to the present, who have cherished and preserved their beautiful music, right down to every precious and carefully chosen note and precise expression of tempo and rhythm.
And so, my "Hat is Off" to all of you who struggle with and mourn for the uilleann pipes. Please continue in your trials because when they to cooperate and become expressions of the music in your hearts, there is no sound anywhere that is more beautiful. Thank you. And "Hats Off" to those of us who live with and love you. We all hope to give you as much non technical support as we are able to give.
Note: David is at Augusta (Elkins, WV) for Irish Week so my mind is
free to wax poetic.
Beth Ann Daye
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