Here's an interesting thread which is currently on IRTRAD-L
- what do you all think?
Seamus Mac Conaonaigh.
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From: Patrick Sky <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 23:42:01 +0500
Subject: Who we are
I have a gripe. Most of us are American. We have varying levels of
involvement with Irish traditional music. But does that give us
the right to throw around Irish phrases? I find it pretentious
and overly cute. How deep is your involvement with the language?
I have a friend up North who has been studying it for 14 years,
yet she always writes like the Yank that she is. Not only Irish
words, but Irish-English usages, like "in a fortnight's time".
This kind of thing really bothers me. It's a question of knowing
who you are. Lots of times I am embarrassed to read some of the
stuff on here, it's so hokey. The IRTRAD intellectual equivalent
of plaid pants. We are damn Yankees and that's all there is to
it. You can love something without having to try to become it.
I'm not just blowing hot air, this is something I've had to root
out of myself over a long period of time. As Americans, we are
so eager to switch identities for something less "ugly", less
despised by the rest of the world, and one of the benefits of
the music is that it lets you in on another, gentler way of life,
and also a rich realm of interaction and experience. But all the
ballyhoo and the posturing kind of dishonors the thing it intends
to honor. That's how I feel about it.
Dare I close, "All the Best" ???????
Cathy Larson Sky