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Band of Bluehairs


Another from a church flower festival: handbell ringers. Yes, they’re wearing Union Jack hats. It was ironic. They put them on for this one number. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hear what it was.

Land of Hope and Glory, I think.

Here is an important question: when these blue-haired bell-ringers passes on, will that be the end of it? Or will those currently young retire to the country some day and take up the bells?

Will they be allowed to?

Neh. Cold, miserable, wet today (stuck in the middle of a period of sunshine and loveliness). Me for a hot bath and a book.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 30, 2017, 8:56 pm

With all due respect to the handbell ringers in Her Stoatliness’s picture, it was pretty tame stuff compared with the mesmerising magic that is change ringing on handbells.

This is a bit of a guilty secret of mine. No, not the ringing (that would take far too much discipline) but the hypnotic, meditative sound of it when it is well done.

For those of a mathematical bent (and you might need to be) or who just like to drift away, it is certainly something… different.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 30, 2017, 9:55 pm

Oi! Weezul?

I killed your thread.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 30, 2017, 10:25 pm

“Land of Hope & Glory.”
Reminds me: isn’t the UK in the midst of the BBC Proms at the current period?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 30, 2017, 10:28 pm

It is but for some reason the BBC has decided that ‘classical’ music is no longer wanted.

It’ll be banjos next, you mark my words.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 30, 2017, 10:33 pm

Nonsense. Banjos will never not be wanted.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 30, 2017, 10:39 pm

“Classical music” might upset some who want a more Eastern, camel-jockey style of auditory output. Never can tell, truly, what’s in the minds of the “elites.”

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 30, 2017, 11:01 pm

“Change Ringing”?

Don’t have time to watch the video, but I know it’s pretty popular here in the States too; at Christmastime you’ll find a Santa change ringing on almost every corner.

As for the BBC, don’t be too sure that banjo playing won’t go away naturally as it’s going to be pretty hard to play a banjo in a habib thingy.

Comment from Pupster
Time: August 31, 2017, 12:15 am

My sister is part of a handbell choir, they start practicing in October for a couple of Christmas concerts. It is actually pretty fun to watch and listen, for about 3-4 songs and then not so much. I can’t imagine sitting through the rehearsals.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 31, 2017, 12:40 am

As long as the Baptist church lives, bell-ringing will live. I am not a Baptist myself, but if that was the only church in town, I would certainly go there; they are my cousins. Change ringing is beautiful, and it is indeed—mesmerizing. Bells are quite popular—not surprising—in Christian schools here in the U.S.

Didn’t Dorothy L. Sayers write a book where bell-ringing is featured? I can’t remember the title.(Now I have a good excuse to go back and read all of Sayers again.)

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 31, 2017, 1:56 am

English Bell-ringing, Rounds and Changes (Illustrated)
YT – The Craft of Bellringing

Comment from Wondybadoogle McMountains, England is my city
Time: August 31, 2017, 3:46 am

After St. Martin’ s day the berries get much sweeter. The wrinkled fruit has higher sugar content.
The bloke on the right must be swatting them off with the folded Guardian.

And now a rousing rendition of Lawrence Welk’ s golden standards from the Bluehairs and Bifocals!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 31, 2017, 12:08 pm

@uncle badger.
I had to stop listening to the clips because Zippy the emergency backup Chihuahua (in event of emergency inflate to 120 lbs) started spinning in air while she barked the Lord’s Prayer backwards.


(And the cat let me know what she thought of the YouTube clip too).

Too bad, I’m with you, it mesmerized.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: August 31, 2017, 12:48 pm

Deborah HH: That would be The Nine Tailors

Comment from technochitlin
Time: August 31, 2017, 1:20 pm

Thank you, Unk Badger, for the link to the Change Ringing bells. What a wonderful, zen-like sound! I hope to include some of it into my own compositions…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 31, 2017, 3:29 pm

@Can’t Hark My Cry—thank you. Going now to get it for my Kindle.

Some more mesmerizing music: I am in love with this video.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 31, 2017, 4:00 pm

Uncle Badger: It’ll be banjos next, you mark my words.
S. Weasel: Nonsense. Banjos will never not be wanted.
Uncle Al: Kazoos, then. Or ocarinas if we’re lucky.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 31, 2017, 4:56 pm

Accordions and Opera singers

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 31, 2017, 8:52 pm

It’s 107 F and I am melting. 🙁 Tonight it will be in the mid to high 80s. That’s ridiculous. 2 am and it will be 87 F. And tomorrow it will be worse. Oh, well. The poor people in Houston, et al, have it so much worse. 🙁 🙁

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 31, 2017, 9:16 pm

Huh! Fiftyish here and I have lit the wood burner.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 2, 2017, 2:31 am

In twenty years’ time if you want to ring church bells you’ll probably have to ask the local muezzin if you can borrow his minaret.

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