>It's amusing though, to hear some Sophmore
>loudly exclaim to his date "This Irish music is wicked awesome!" at the
>his lungs while you're trying to keep up with Kathleen Coneely and Jimmy
>Noonan. I guess it's a compliment.
Well I'd take it as a compliment. In fact, I take it as a compliment if
I'm just spinning an ITM CD in my office and one of my student workers
expresses a liking for it. I have to be very conservative here, as some
people are almost literally driven up a wall by a good respectable set of
reels. I leanred that most trenchantly when I handed out supervisor
reviews to my students and got back a couple that said, when asked for
complaints/regrets/suggestions for improving the work environment, things
like, "Well the music that is played here could drive you crazy," and "a
qualification for this job should be that you can tolerate that Irish c**p."
So these days, when I carefully ask one of my workers whether a particular
recording suits her, and she practically swoons with, "It's
wonnnderfullll," I consider that a victory, and a compliment. (Most of
these southern children here will tell you oh-so-politely time and time
again that they don't mind at all the music that you're playing, only to
let you have it between the eyes on the supervisor review forms. I stopped
doing those reviews, by the way. I finally didn't want to know what they
Pardon the ramble, folks. Just drinking a cup of tea, and shooting the
breeze, and trying to avoid a computer problem.
"There is no new way to play Irish music."
Paddy O'Brien of Co. Offaly