Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The new album (Good Night From Arcadian Haven) is finished at last! I laid down the final track today. This project started out as a St. Paddy’s project for release last March, but my son’s passing threw it quite a curve. Now, I’ve got myself back together, and modified the album to be more of a tribute to Evan.
I’ve incorporated some Small Pipes on the album in addition to a solo Chanter. I hope you like it, it should be available early August on CDBaby.com. I’ll also be posting the tunes on Soundcloud.com, Reverbnation.com, and naturally, my page on Facebook.
Thank you all for bearing with me!
Slainte, Mike "Pops" McGee
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thank you again!
My new album “Live From Potter’s Field” is now selling on iTunes, as well as Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, Zonga, and several others!
This just seemed like a “win-win” for everybody. You get 16 Bagpipe solos for the price of only 10. Of course, if you only want to download a single tune you can do that too. I’ve tried to include at least 1 tune for every occasion.
Now, back to work on next March’s release! ;-)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What kind of album title is that? Well now, that is a secret. I can't tell you. But there are more than enough clues on the album for you to figure it out!
Now, head for your closet, break out and dust off the old boom box! Tracks one through four are Christmas carols. These are great to take caroling with you. More than enough to get you and your's some cookies and cocoa, but not so much as to get you "ran off"! “Good King Wencelas”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Joy To The World” and “Oh Come All ye Faithful”. All guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to your neighbors.
In keeping with the holiday I follow those four with three hymns, “Nearer My God To Thee” (made famous by the sinking of the Titanic), “Holy, Holy, Holy” (which is a great recessional for emptying a chapel after services), and a great short processional, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”.
And, in acknowledging the more melancholy side of the Celtic spirit, I've included four tunes for a passing; “Pleyel's Hymn”, “Going Home”, “Amazing Grace”, and a special short medley of “Taps” and “Rally Round The Flag”.
Then... on a lighter note, I have also included “Happy Birthday To You”, and Wagner's “Bridal March”. I can't be too somber now!
Finally, I wrap it up with three classic Bagpipe marches; “Scotland The Brave”, “The Minstrel Boy To The War Has Gone” and “The Rising Of The Moon” (also known by “Wearing Of The Green”.) The more astute among you will recognize the last two as extreme Irish. I was going to include “God Save Ireland”, but decided it was a little too strident for the season.
All of these tunes are performed on a single stand of bagpipes and are exactly what you will have if you hire a piper to stand there beside you and perform the tune. No vocals, no accompaniment, no editing tricks, just pure piping. Very good for the Piper, very good for you and very good for the soul!
So download “Live From Potter’s Field” for some "instant gratification". If I'm lucky enough to meet you at a gig I'll be sure to have a hard copy CD to sell you!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
July 11, 2013 I had the honor of piping my father home. The story of his 92 years would make Indiana Jones look like a cowardly school boy. To quote my cousin "he was the Dad we all wished we had". Blessings on the Wind, Father. The likes of you will not be seen again.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
One of things I enjoy most about the parties and events I play is when people come up and ask to have their picture taken with me. Fun for the Patron and fun for the Piper. Sadly though, I seldom if ever see these great pictures!
So the thought hit me, if you will email your pictures to me at email@example.com , I will post them on my various sites (Facebook, Reverbnation, etc) and give you credit for the photo. Unless of course, you ask me not to post it.
Yes its true, we Pipers are a vain lot! ;-)
Monday, November 12, 2012
This seems to be one of those regretable moments when "Life" gets in the way of "Planning". I seem to have develop a few health issues that are going to prclude my piping for the next week or two! Once again, I'll miss this great Parade.
Regardless of my situation though, you should still plan on attending this magnificent event. And that's not just my opinion!
By Linda Kor:
"As the holiday season nears Winslow is planning to welcome it in with its 66th annual Christmas parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. This years’ theme is “Get Your Christmas Kicks on Route 66,” with the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation members past and present as the grand marshals.
The Winslow Christmas Parade draws residents and guests from all around the state to enjoy what always proves to be a joyful holiday experience. Estimated crowds of up to 10,000 have been known to be in attendance, making Winslow’s Christmas Parade the largest in all of northern Arizona.
Warmest regards, and see you soon,
Michael "Pops" McGee
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Payson's Rodeo Parade was storybook wonderful! A cool mountain breeze, soft cotton-ball clouds in a crystal blue mountain sky, several thousand spectators applauding the Piper, followed by a robust lunch with comrades, before the skies open to bath the scene with cleansing tears of heaven, knowing all the while that it is to make crippled children whole. There may be something better than this, but if so I am sure the Gods have kept it for themselves.
My next scheduled public performance will be at the re-dedication ceremony for Winslow's 9-11 Memorial. Both of the drivers, and the truck that made the historic delivery will be there. It should be a very moving experience. September 11, 7pm at the new Rememberance Garden Park in Winslow.
I'd love to see you there!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
It’s August. Kids are headed back to school, Summer vacations are winding down, and I’m getting ready for Parades with El Zaribah Shrine. I’ll be kicking off with the Payson Rodeo Parade August 18, followed by the Kingman parade in September,
Lake Havasu City in October, Anthem and Tempe in November, anywhere from one to three per month. I’ll let you know exact dates, times, and places as the information becomes available.
As Shriners these parades are all done at our own personal expense (transportation, lodging, meals, parade unit equipment, etc) in order to raise public awareness of our Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Hospitals where no child is ever turned away regardless of ability to pay.