Another Saint Patrick’s day has come and gone. You wore the only green clothing you own and celebrated by partaking in a habit a lot of us would categorize as undesirable. St. Patrick's day holds a special place on some people's calendar — and not because they are Irish Catholic. I’m talking about bagpipe players.
Bagpipe players are to St. Patricks Day as what costumes are to Halloween; Acceptable and enjoyed for a day, but looked down upon for the rest of the year. Bagpipe players get judgmental eyes and ears due to the sound of bagpipes and sight of kilts. But believe it or not, there are people who play bagpipes for the rest of the year. This begs the question: what do these people do after St. Patrick's day?
Connor Mchoolihan, LMU senior and president of the Bagpipe Lovers Club, allowed me to shadow him for a regular day to gather insight. The day started sharply at 11 p.m. (which would be 7 a.m. Dublin time) to the song “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” by Bing Crosby. This had me really excited and got me thinking maybe next would be a bowl of Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal, but I was let down. Turns out Connor’s day is a lot like any of ours would be, Except he has to live with bagpipes in his closet.
When asked about his practice routine he said, “I buy the highest quality ear plugs I can and go on a hike to the highest peak possible and play away. The world could benefit from a bit of bagpipe playing from the hilltops.”
They’re among us, bagpipe players. Doing something all of us deem unacceptable, but they live identical lives to us. Only coming out of the shadows for funerals and St. Patrick’s day. Living a life unseen, but heard.
The Bluff is a humorous and satirical section published in the Loyolan. All quotes attributed to real figures are completely fabricated; persons otherwise mentioned are completely fictional.