Redemption Songs March 12, 2016Posted by The Typist in Irish, Irish Channel, The Narrative, The Typist, Toulouse Street.
Tags: St. Patrick's Day
Now at the annual collision of our African, Celtic and Sicilian cultures, in this town where the African’s ripped from their villages and put into bondage were too valuable a property to risk so the hungry Irish were set to work and die digging the New Basin Canal, where the Sicilian residents of the French Quarter were lynched by practiced hands, the Mardi Gras Indians will come out even as the Irish and Italians stage their parades and the green beer and red wine will flow, and the streets will be lined with rotted cabbage heads, pork chop sandwiches and loose feathers, a celebration in the way only our entirely Creolized culture knows how to do best. In this one place God set aside like Nod for the rejects of Anglo culture and in which we have established (with a wink and a blind eye from God) all that the propaganda of the north promised in their lies, the true melting pot. It is time to to sing Redemption Songs.
Bloomsday NOLA June 14, 2011Posted by The Typist in books, Irish, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Bloomsday, James Joyce, Micks Irish Pub
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Bloomsday NOLA will be observed at Micks Irish Pub, 4801 Bienville at Bernadotte. 6:30 pm until we can’t read coherently any longer. Bring anything you like by Joyce to share, or just come join in the literary craic. Visit and Like the Bloomsday NOLA Page on Facebook or look for the #bloomsdaynola tag on Twitter for further updates.
Easter Song March 17, 2008Posted by The Typist in cryptical envelopment, Dancing Bear, Ireland, Irish, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Chieftains, Ireland, Irish, New Orleans, NOLA, Sinn Fein, The Foggy Dew
Why, someone once asked me, do all holidays seem to have songs except for Easter? (Yes, I’m sure there is a song out there somewhere about the Easter Bunny, but I managed to raise two children without it burrowing permanently into my brain like Frosty the Snowman).
The song below was my answer to that question. Suitably solemn to the tone of the occasion, and for those of us of a certain political and philosophical bent of mind, well you don’t have to worry about Leon Russell’s cryptic warning on Mad Dogs and Englishmen: “don’t get hung up about Easter”.
So, here’s to a happy St. Patrick’s Day to our cousins across the ocean, who have shown us how to be themselves and live well while succeeding in a globalized market economy. Read the linked post. It’s as relevant to New Orleans today as it was two years ago.
Anyway, here are the Chieftans and Sinead O’Conner from The Long Black Veil on “The Foggy Dew”