Happy Paddy’s Day!


I was going to write at length regarding Irish music for Saint Patrick’s Day, but, well-meaning admirer of Irish culture that I am, I have consumed far too many Guinness today to produce anything coherent. Instead I’m just going to post a few songs for the occasion. Perhaps if you are new to Irish music they’ll peak your curiosity.

If you don’t like the Pogues songs in this mix more than all the rest, just keep drinking and you will eventually understand. (My hero Shane MacGowan is displayed above.)

Dropkick Murphys – The Spicy McHaggis Jig (original)

Dropkick Murphys – Loyal to No-One (original)

The Dubliners – Spancil Hill (19th century)

Dropkick Murphys – Fairmount Hill (19th century)

The Tossers – Good Morning Da (original)

The Tossers – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (19th century)

The Irish Descendents – Come Out Ye Black and Tans (20th century)

Flogging Molly – Salty Dog (original)

The Pogues – The Sickbed of Cuchulainn (original)

The Pogues – Boys from the County Hell (original)

The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey (original)

The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God (original)

The Chieftains (with Sinead O’Connor) – The Foggy Dew (17th century)

Dropkick Murphys – Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced (original)

The Pogues – The Parting Glass (16th century)

Happy Paddy’s Day! Maybe next year I’ll actually write something before I’m too far gone. Until then, as Arleigh said to me, ” Good night and stay drunk!”

Song of the Day: When Your Mind’s Made UP (performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)


It’s St. Patrick Day!  Now, I can’t speak for everyone but for me, this is the only holiday that matters.  For one thing, it gives me a convenient excuse to show off some of my Irish Folk Dance moves.  For another, it gives me an excuse to say things like, “I’m just a good Irish girl,” in the closest I can come to an Irish accent.  (Admittedly, that’s not very close.  My own accent tends to be kinda twangy and country.) 

Oh!  And there’s another great thing about St. Patrick’s Day.  It gives me an excuse to wear green and I look really good in green.  Today, I’m green from my eyeshadow to my underwear.

Anyway, with all that mind, it was pretty easy to pick today’s song of the day.  One of my favorite films of 2007 was a wonderfully romantic and charmingly low-key Irish film called Once.  The film’s soundtrack, which I’ve been listening to all day today, is one of my all-time favorites. 

One of my favorite songs on that soundtrack — and my pick for song of the day — is When Your Mind’s Made Up, performed by the film’s stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.  As actors, performers, and as a real-life couple (awwwwwww!)*, Hansard and Irglova have this amazing chemistry and it’s on display in the video posted below.

(By the way, can I be like really, really sappy here without everyone rolling their eyes and getting all “Gaggggggg!” on me?  Sometimes, if I’m feeling really sentimental and silly, I think about how Jeff is like Glen Hansard and I’m like Marketa Irglova.  And then I start singing another song from the movie — the Oscar-winning Falling Slowly.  Or at least I sing a version of it because I have a hard time remembering lyrics.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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*According to Wikipedia, Hansard and Irglova are apparently no longer a couple. 😦