Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Taps" on the Native American Flute

PLAYING TAPS: I know I'm constantly rambling on in many of my articles about the ability of the Native American flute to generate any and all kinds of music. But today I thought of a tune I wanted to post for you that would be an especially vivid example of just how powerful the Native American flute is. There is a tune in the United States that is familiar to all. It's called "Taps", and it's played at every military funeral and thousands upon thousands of Memorial Day programs across the United States. It's even played every sundown at military installations. Those of us in the US know that this venerable tune is played on the bugle. One day as I was musing about what kinds of songs to try next on the Native American flute, I thought I would give "Taps" a try. To my utter astonishment, it was easy to play and sounded beautiful. Now, we can get all snarled up in philosophy and morality about playing "Taps" on a military bugle -- that same military that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Native Americans 150 years or more ago. But we have all come together since then. We are one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The Native American flute can proudly take its place next to the military bugle. It's neither above it, nor below it. It's neither better, or worse. It's just another instrument, just like the bugle is another instrument. The point here is not the instrument. The point is what comes out of the instrument. So, have a listen, and see if you agree that "Taps" sounds absolutely beautiful on the Native American flute.

Click to hear "Taps" on the Native American flute.

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