020115 Musette Player

By January 2, 2015 Uncategorized, zBlog Archives

I managed to find some bagpipes for today’s word (“musette”: ‘Any of various kinds of small bagpipes; esp. a bellows-blown bagpipe of exquisite design, popular at the French court in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Now hist., OED)’, but they’re not particularly exquisite. The picture shows der liebe Augustin in a cellar under the Griechenbeisl. Legend has it, that he used to tour the taverns playing his bagpipes in exchange for wine and he often slept in the street where he fell after an excess of the grape. He was apparently so drunk that he passed out one night during the plague epidemic and was whisked away to the mass grave with the other victims. On waking the next morning, he started playing his bagpipes and scared the living daylights out of the locals. Allegedly, the amount of alcohol in his system acted gave him immunity against the plague.

Day #2 of the second 365 project, where the daily pic is informed by the OED word of the day.