Traditional Irish Music
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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