My first introduction to Scotland or the 'auld country' was probably through the sounds....music and stories. Music that painted a picture in my mind from an early stage of what the land and people looked like. So much so when I went to visit once my family told me not to expect folks to be tramp'n through the glens in kilts playing pipes. That was in the movies....ache the disappointment! On a later trip to Glencoe, my sister played her drum the other danced, and I played my bagpipes.....and yes a tourist took our photo! We had a good laugh!
The music of Scotland is about the people, happy or sad it speaks of the gatherings, celebrating life or remembering it. From school yard songs, such as 'My Ma's a Millionaire' to triumphs and losses in history, 'Masacre of Glencoe' by the Gaberlunzie. From people such as Sidney Divine, Andy Stewart, Lena Martel, Billy Connelly, the Cories, and yes the Proclaimers. The Alexander Brothers sing about the 'wee room under the stair, where everybody's happy and everybody's there' - typical! The houses are small and yes just like here everybody congregates in the kitchen or on the back stairs! If the music wasn't recorded it was played out in guitars and fiddles to the dancing. Yes dancing traditional flings & swords, to jigs n' reels to be dancing up and down the floor with all the oldest and latest moves. Its a country of joy and celebration....a wee ceilidh or party!
But through music they share a feeling, one of pride, courage and strength - rise up together. This is probably my most loved feeling, its no matter where I am, I can listen to any music of the auld country, and it stirs my spirit, the feeling of connection is pure magic. Two songs come to mind that share this, Caledonia and my clan favourite.....Mull of Kintyre.
At the end of day on Thursday, Scotland will again gather to celebrate the victory no matter the outcome, yet with a renewed found spirit in Change.
Jacqueline aka Rampant Red