When the bagpipe sings…

When you meet Lewis Bartlett, his energy and enthusiasm for life is contagious. You can’t help but find a smile growing on your face as you talk about whatever it is you happen to talk about with Lewis; he just has that type of personality. When you learn Lewis plays the bagpipes – if you know anything about bagpipes – it seems a proper instrument for him: it stands out in a crowd, it’s loud and commanding, and it is an instrument that evokes great feeling crossing a vast range of emotions in its listeners. People tend to either love the bagpipe or hate it – there is no in-between.

Some men there are love not a gaping pig; some, that are mad if they behold a cat; and others, when the bagpipe sings…cannot contain their urine.
– William Shakespeare

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5, 70 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/7.1, 18 mm

A piper with a good instructor learns the following piece of advice – passed down through the ages among pipers – pretty early on:

“When you’re being run out of town, stay just far enough ahead of the crowd to make it look like a parade.”

Call for Pipers: Are you a piper in the Salt Lake City area who would like to model in exchange for photos? Please contact me.


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  1. I love the emotions Lewis creates when he plays. I will never forget him giving of his time to play for me and my friends one full moon evening. Its was just beautiful. Thank you for giving him some much needed attention.


    1. Awwe!, Rita your too kind. That feeling comes from deep within. Sometimes when I am playing I feel that I am playing some hundred or more years prior. The feeling of what used to be but is now gone, comes over me. That is likely the emotions you are feeling. Bagpipes are just so timeless. I don’t take the title “Piper” lightly. You’re a good friend, you and Suzie both. Tell her Hi!


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