Sunday, September 16, 2012

Irish eyes smile.. again

I knew I could rely on the good wife to take time to peruse our large array of cds and find me the inspiration I need while I cook.

"4th draw down, left hand side, 16 back" she said, eyes not leaving the Living Channel.

Thanks babe, Christy Moore - Voyage, nice one. Once again, another $1 school fair purchase. (I'm beginning to sound like a cd dumpster diver), but still, an excellent find.

Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan are so different and yet so similar. Shane's vodka and razor blade vocal approach to the Celtic sound is what you fuel a party on Saturday night with. Christy's melodic, misty and at times melancholic sound is what you ease into a Sunday morning with.

The end product of each of these artists is quite different yet still undeniably Irish. They both sing of Irish history and nationalism although it's Moore who mixes folk and politics with his support of the Irish Republican movement and at times the IRA.

On a lighter note, I read somewhere that Christy Moore reckoned his song "The Voyage" has been played at over a million weddings.

I am a sailor, you're my first mate
We signed on together, we coupled our fate
Hauled up our anchor, determined not to fail
For the hearts treasure, together we set sail
With no maps to guide us we steered our own course
Rode out the storms when the winds were gale force
Sat out the doldrums in patience and hope
Working together we learned how to cope

Life is an ocean and love is a boat
In troubled water that keeps us afloat
When we started the voyage, there was just me and you
Now gathered round us, we have our own crew
Together we're in this relationship
We built it with care to last the whole trip
Our true destination's not marked on any charts
We're navigating to the shores of the heart

That's enough to put some Irish mist in those Irish eyes..

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