My twin brother Clifford and his wife Tracy are scheduled to have their second baby boy, Grayson Sawyer today. So if all stays according to the doctor's schedule then I would like to dedicate this Entertainment Monday to my new nephew Grayson. =) Welcome to the world!
This Entertainment Monday is a bit of a hodgepodge of more modern Irish music and a link to music my father loved. So while Grayson and his brother Tristram will never get to know their grandfather, our lives are built upon the lives of those who came before us, and as such, the men that Grayson and Tristram grow into will be influenced by their grandfather and his ideals as passed down to them through my brother Clifford.
On this special day, perhaps the music shared here might represent a small link between the past, the present and the future.
While I am primarily of Russian decent, I am in truth quite the mutt when it comes to my family lineage. My great grandmother on my father's side of the family was Irish, and the small part of me that is of Irish lineage always enjoys listening to some traditional Irish music this time of year. Well, the rest of me likes it too, in truth. My father loved listening to the Irish born lyric tenor, John McCormick. This youtube clip wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick's day for 2014, so I would like to just kick that up one year to 2015.
Another fine traditional Irish folk tune as sung by John McCormick is It's A Long Way To Tipperary!
One of my favorite Irish singers when I was a teenager was Enya, whose 1991 Album Shepherd Moons really vaulted her into the public spotlight. Songs like Book of Days and Carribean Blue are just some of the wonderful music sung by Enya.
My sister Heather and brother in law David's wedding song was the now classic Fairy Tale of New York by the Irish band The Pogues with Kristy MacColl.
So whether you're of Irish heritage or not, I hope all will enjoy this St. Patrick's Day and take a little time to appreciate some of the wonderful culture and heritage of Irish music.