Joanne Rowling, a young woman living in Edinburgh raising her daughter, had realized one of her greatest fears. “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
Rowling, however, feared failure more than she feared poverty. Her life story holds an inspirational lesson for pipers.
The art of manipulating bagpipe chanter reeds has often been considered a black art. In three recent Dojo U classes, Robert Mathieson helps to dispel the notion that there is some secret to manipulating chanter reeds. The classes, as with all Dojo U offerings, are chocked full of practical information. Three pearls of wisdom, though, stuck out.