Phil a beggin’
Dear Mr. Guy:
I read about the late Seumas MacNeill having a leopard-skin bag cover. I’m 15 years old and I was thinking of getting my mom to make me a cover from a zebra pattern or something.
What’s your guidance on creative bag covers?
Cover Me Bad
A great topic, bag covers. I remember seeing in-person the Famous Seumas’s leopard bag cover. (It was not actual skin; just a fabric print, I believe.) It was quite a sensation back then, and, evidently, still is today.
The thing is, that cover fit Seumas MacNeill’s personality, which wasn’t afraid of anything. In some ways, the leopard cover was emblematic of him: quick-witted, agile and fearless. He was also in his fifties and a gold medallist when he began to use it.
That is, one has to earn things like this to pull them off. While a 15-year-old piper might be fearless and worry-free, never feeling the stress and strain of competition, you’re still just a kid. In the piping and drumming game one has to earn one’s place and right to do certain things, and look-at-me stuff like this should be approached with great care, lest it backfire and you get a reputation for being a complete tosser.
So, I would say, save the zebra cover until you’ve won your big prizes. If you don’t, you may never win them.