Jenni's Irish Page
half-Irish and have always loved the Irish culture. I especially
enjoy its music, traditions, stories, and poems. So here is my lil
tribute to Ireland! But first an Irish Blessing.
Enya- I was first introduced to Enya's music when my
school PE teacher repeatedly used her music for our "cool downs."
That and Yanni. Never caught onto the Yanni-appreciation and
hated the class itself but... loved the Enya music! (And must
begrudgingly admit I've found myself using tracks from her for "cools
downs" during my own work-outs.) Two of the songs that really
made me want to go out and purchase her CDs were "Storms in Africa" and
Flow". Other favorites include "Only Time", "Anywhere Is", "Hope
Has a Place", and "Fallen Embers" which always reminds me of C.S.
McKennitt- Okay, first off,
is actually Canadian. I realize that. :-) The reason
she's here is because many of her songs are Irish/Celtic in origin or
influence. Some of my favorites are "The Mummers'
Dance", "The Lady of Shalott", "Standing Stones", and "Dickens'
Dublin". But lately I've also been really drawn to "Samain Night"
and "All Souls Night". I've heard she's working on a new CD and
can't wait! It's been too long!
The Black Family- The three brothers from this group
came to my school when I was in high school! Its was so cool! They even
taught us Irish
dancing! LOL Okay, now you all know what the highlight of *that* school
year was for me. Their songs are bit more modern than some of Enya's
McKennitt's but still really great. I bought both their CDs after they
came to school and love them!
A Man of No Importance, a
musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, performed by the 2002
Off-Broadway Cast- I used to attend nearly every
production at one of our local theatres. So when they did this
show, I went. I'd never heard of it before but loved it. In
fact, I went twice and will be going again soon now that it's being
produced at another local theatre. The musical tells the story of
Alfie Byrne, a Dublin bus-driver trying to put on a production of his
hero Oscar Wilde's Salome.
Through working with Wilde's work, Alfie and his cast are confronted
with issues in their own lives that threaten not only their play but
also their relationships. I loved the plot and characters of the
musical and this recording of its music. Particular favorites are
"The Streets of Dublin", "Our Father", and "Love Who You Love."
Waking Ned Devine, motion
picture soundtrack with music composed by Shaun Davey- I all ready
mentioned this on my favorite CD
page. So I don't want to be completely redundant but I love
this score. And the songs are great, too. It has reels and
even a ballad for the eponymous Ned. "Hear Me" nearly brings me
to tears every time I hear it and I *love* this version of "The Parting
Glass." It's definitely on my St. Patrick's Day play list!
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Meeting of the Waters
Erin Remember the Days of Old
Brasail-- The Isle of the Blest
Grief on the Sea
American Women aka The Closer You Get (2000)
Directed by Aileen Ritchie
upon this movie on HBO one afternoon and was immediately drawn into
it. It's a romantic comedy about a group of Irish men who decide
to place an ad in the Miama Herald to entice young, American women to
come to Ireland in hopes they'll date them. Some of the village
women are appalled, the parish priest doesn't know what to do, and the
men eagerly anticipate the St. Martha's Day dance when the women are
due in. I love it. Makes me feel good every time I watch
it. Ian Hart as the clueless Kieran is hilarious and Sean
McGinley as his brother Ian is the ultimate nice guy. And
Risteard Cooper's Father Malone's suit analogy made me wish I went to
his parish! There's not a person in this movie I didn't think was
fantastic. One of my all-time favorites.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
by Kirk Jones
I took a
class on sacraments and rites for my Theology degree and our prof
showed us a scene from this when we studied funeral rites. We
only watched about five minutes but I knew I had to see the whole movie
and bought it online as soon as I could. I don't regret it.
You can laugh and cry with this one. If my eulogy is half as good
as the one Jackie (Ian Bannen) gives Michael (David Kelly), I know I'll
have lived a good life. For those who've not heard of it the
story is Ned Devine wins the lottery and promptly dies of shock.
Those in his little village decide it's too much money for the town to
lose and, anyway, Ned would want them to have it. So led by
long-time buddies Jackie, Michael, and Jackie's wife, Annie (Fionnula
Flanagan), the villagers try to fool the lotto man into thinking
Michael is the still very much alive Ned and attempt to collect the
winnings. This movie is hilarious and touching. It deals
with big themes like friendship, community, and grief. I can't
wait to watch it yet again!
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