>Lots of love lavished on Abell whistles here, by valuable list members,
>most of them American:
> Which makes me cranky, because I don't like Abells, or Thin
>any of the wishy washy woody whistles with a poot poot tone. I don't like
>playing them myself and I'm not crazy about them in others' hands, either.
You know, that's great and all, but what exactly is wrong with people
(Americans, mostly) saying they like these whistles? What part of it
matters that they're mostly American? There are more Irish in the United
States than in Ireland; just because someone was born and raised in the Old
Country doesn't mean his or her opinion about anything is MORE than an
Basic communication guidelines. If you want people to care about what you
say, say it in a nice way. Lucky for you, the Internet for all its glory
strips you of any and all accountability for what you or anyone else says.
So, people who don't have the sense God gave a donkey can say things like
"Look at how snooty I am, I make fun of people who use the word Celtic because
my understanding of English syntax and semantics and Irish music transcends
yours," "Abell whistles sound like farts and suck no matter who plays
them," without fearing the clop in the chops they'd get in Ireland or Boston
or even Berlin if such things were said in person. So, proverbial pea-
brained 100# weaklings can puff up their egos by writing totally insensitive
crap and fear no genuine repercussions.
Some people think we should all be playing Generations. Some think we should
all have sterling-silver Copelands. I can understand both views; some think
that part of the charm of the instrument is the fact that it's inexpensive
and made from brass or nickel silver. Some don't think it detracts from the
instrument to make it slowly, by hand, out of something nice and then charge
accordingly. If you want to voice your opinion and argue about it, then do
so; don't lob puerile inflammatory drivel at the entire list because you
think you've got some kind of moral jingoist high ground.
Why am I posting something so imflammatory to the list? Here's why. Those
of you whom I respect (the "choir" to whom one ends up so often preaching)
will understand my meaning and probably ignore the post . . . the take-home
message is, "Get your opinion across by arguing for your position or against
mine, not by being a jerk by attacking me personally." Those of you whom I
do not respect will only read the tone of this message and, probably because
of your life experience, will miss the point and flame me publicly or
Before doing so, remember what I'm saying . . . I understand that the internet
removes all accountability from interpersonal interaction. I also know that
it makes it very tempting for people to say things to hurt other people just
because weak-willed ninnies with low self-esteem find the internet the only
place they can do so. I'm just saying, "Play nice."
who would say any of this in person to nearly anyone, then buy that person
a pint / glass of whiskey and play a few tunes with him/her. :) As long
as said person didn't mind my Thin Weasel, or the fact that I was born in the
US and am inherently inferior, or that I don't have a high-horse when it comes
to the word "celtic."
Stuart Hall ([log in to unmask])