Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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2 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    “Today, on St Andrew’s Day, I’ve been listening to Scottish music, recalling happy times in the land of my ancestors and been reminded of my tartan genes for which I’m grateful.”

    I am interested Ele in what you make of modern Scottish Music

    Your two choices “Scottish Soldier” was a 1950s adaption of an old Scottish tune that actually originated in in Italian opera and Scotland the Brave which though older only took its present form in the 1950s also with Andy Stewart

    A more recent composition is “the Gael” also known as “the Promenade” or “The Last of th Mohicans” since a version of it was used in that film but the Gael is as Scottish as your choices, perhaps even more so or is it just that it is contemporary?

    I was going to post a version on your tartan genes post but was too spoiled for choice in the interpretations which are global

    We could go South American Indian, Arabic, Russian, the pipes and drums at Edinburgh military tattoo, orchestral, heavy metal, spanish guitar…

    Anyway I chose this version


  2. homepaddock says:

    Thank you for introducing me to that, Andrei. About the only modern Scottish music I could confidently name is 500 Miles, thanks to the film “The Angels’ Share”. My father was a fan of Andy Stewart and Jimmy Shand which influenced my choice for St Andrew’s Day. Others I thought of included the Skye Boat Song and Loch Lomond.


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