Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Spent the last couple of days boiling and eating corned beef, cabbage and potatoes (we had an early St. Patrick’s Day feast on Friday with my brother and sister-in-law and a reheated version of the exact same meal, complete with black and tans, tonight) and lemme tell ya, I could eat that shit every day. Seriously, God bless the Irish!

Also been playing loads of Irish music — Enya, U2, Celtic Women, Luka Bloom, Sinead, The Cranberries, you name it, it’s on our iPod’s epic, three-hour-long “Irish Spring Playlist”! — including one of my all-time-favorite late-90’s bands, Garbage.

I know it totally dates me, but, man, I loved those guys. And don’t even get me started on their lead singer, Shirley Manson. That milky skin, all that crazy red hair, and that angry, riot grrl snarl, whew…she had me at “top o’ the morning to ya”. Seriously, she can rest her weary hand on my knotty old shillelagh anytime she wants. Follow the link, I’m not being nearly as dirty as I sound.

Anyway, figured St. Patrick’s Day was as the perfect time to teach Greta the finer points of Garbage appreciation, so, we rocked out with her Barbies to some of the band’s finest jams. Greta was a little hesitant to belt out the chorus on “Stupid Girl” — since S-T-U-P-I-D is a “bad word” in our house, we sang it as “Bad Word Girl”, which totally worked — but she and her Barbies sang the hell out of “I’m Only Happy When it Rains”. Of course, that may have been because it was pouring outside.

Either way, the worst part of my day came later, when I discovered, via Facebook, that my beloved Shirley Manson is as Irish as the fake-ass brogue I’ve been rocking all weekend. Which means, of course, she’s not Irish at all. Nope, turns out my favorite Irish singer is, in fact, a Scot. Urgh…so much for the ethnic purity of my playlist.

Ah, who am I kidding? Irish or not, I’m still your biggest fan, Shirley girl. If I like your music, and Lord knows I do, then your place on my playlist (and in my heart) remains totally unchanged. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and long live the Scottish too!

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5 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. WENDY

    Missed gorging on your delicious corned beef, cabbage and potatoes this year son. Your amazing skills have converted me to a lover of this tradition.
    Just saw a piece on TV about The Chieftains. You MUST add some of their music to your Irish playlist by next year….they are to Irish music what the Rolling Stones are to Americana!

    • Great idea, Wendy! I always forget about The Cheiftans, but, I think they’ll help balance the playlist out by being a nice alternative to the lovely ladies of Celtic Women! 🙂

  2. “Bad Word Girl”… LOVE it!

    Man, I totally didn’t think about cooking some Irish food or playing me some U2. I DID however make a fruit kebab using different-colored fruits to make a rainbow on a stick (you know, pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow). Never mind that my two-year-old had no idea what it was even for. And I wore a green-ish shirt lol. Next year I’ll come up with a playlist, maybe using your suggestions!

    • Ooooo…fruit kabobs! I like that idea. We never know what to serve for desert — this year we had red velvet cupcakes to symbolize the suffering hearts of the Irish people, but, that felt like kind of a stretch! — but, fresh fruit rainbows sound delicious! Especially after a heavy meal! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

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