I remember as a young lad, along with my brothers, spending a goodly portion of our days, especially during school year at my baile seanathair nó seanmháthair an (the grandparent's home).  Both our parents, as many did, worked.  We would eat our share of her home cooked Irish fare, listen as she sang songs she learned as a girl back in Eireann.  Even the radio was somehow tuned to Irish music, and so were her records (some may remember those vynl things that played music).  They were simpler days as to today.  Life seemed more like "life" in her home, relaxed and full of joy and love.  I do miss them.

Today, even in our Jam sessions (as we call them in North America), there seems to be a "rush" on getting things done, and a little less in enjoying the moment.  Players are trying to compete with each other, some have comments of other's playing not so well.  Parents rushing around to get the kids to dance or music class.  I guess I am no different today as my parents were when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's.  They to longed for those "old days".  Funny how generation after generation mimics the one before.

So I say, slow down, pick up that instrument, and enjoy the moment as those tunes fill the air, maybe invite a friend to play along.

Ta for now;  AJ

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Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on October 11, 2011 at 8:14

Some very nice words indeed there Albert. It seems like we are always rushing through life, from one thing to the next, never fully stopping to enjoy. We had over ten years of a boom here where materialism became the order of the day, and we are paying a heavy price for it. The music didn't suffer too much, but the people are now going to pay. A lost decade ahead of us as was experienced in Japan, Finland.

 

However the up side is that it allows people to find some space in time to do things that they really enjoy as a way of giving back. Thats what TradConnect is about. I will also be launching another site shortly aimed at rediscovering the talent we have in this country.

On the issue of sessions I must admit that I am not a great lover of the big sprawling sessions where standards vary, and I say this as a very average fiddle player. Its a great way to meet others and sometimes you can get into it but more often than not it is not very satisfying. I much prefer getting together in smaller groups where you can practice and actually hear yourself contributing. This is even better when you are playing with better players. There is a group of 6 of us that play every week for a few €. When one or two of us cant make it we invite along a few guest musicians to fill in and they are usually musicians of a higher standard as that way they will know all the tunes. This raises our game, develops us as musicians and brings a different dynamic every other week which is quite enjoyable. The pub we play in is quite noisy so every now and again we meet in a near empty pub and play for pure enjoyment.

Pity you are so far away. I think I'd enjoy a few tunes with you.

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