For this new novel (you might want to see the first chapter in my previous post) I want to include as an epigram the first few lines of a song that many Scots consider their national anthem, Flower of Scotland. Naturally, I contacted the copyright holder, The Corries, in order to ask permission. The author, the great Roy Williamson, died tragically early of cancer. I have exchanged emails with Ronny Browne's son. Mr. Browne is the other member of this Scottish folk music duo.
For some reason someone has been hijacking emails between the US and Scotland. (That's a joke. They've just been going mysteriously astray) so I haven't quite managed to receive an answer on this topic. I hope Mr. Browne gives his permission, but only time will tell.
I might mention that I am a very long-time fan of The Corries so I thought I'd post a link to one of their songs on Youtube and hope Ronny Browne doesn't mind. I will also post a link to the website for The Corries where you can purchase most of their music. It is some of the best folk-style music ever done, in my opinion.
Here are The Corries singing Robbie Burn's Ae Fond Kiss. This happens to be my favorite version of this classic Burns piece. You can find information on The Corries and their music HERE.
There are always complications in finishing a novel. This is one of them.
All right. One more because I can't resist sharing. The Corries singing Leezie Lindsay.
Hope you enjoy and go buy some of their music.