Somehow I managed to miss my “Happy Moment” for last week so I have some catching up to do. Its not that I’ve been short on happy moments – quite the contrary – just maybe lacking time for writing. There has been something that has been brightening my days lately – the realization that St. Patrick’s Day is only a few weeks away. Its not that I have any Irish blood in me – I don’t. But aren’t we all Irish on St. Patrick’s day? And its not that I have any desire to paint a green shamrock on my face. Although I might this year! I think its more to do with the fact that St. Patrick’s Day always seems to usher in spring. I remember many such March 17ths on the quest for a good pub and walking or driving in the warm sunshine. If we were driving, the windows were open (probably the first time since early October) and Irish music was blaring – The Irish Rovers, The Pogues, or The Mahones to name a few. There was a carefree feeling that only seems to come with he promise of warmer weather – and a Guinness!
And that leads us to what brought on all these thoughts of spring and St. Patrick’s Day. My five year old son is particularly fond of the Canadian band, The Irish Descendants, and we often play their “Best of” in the car while I taxi the kids about town. And although it can get a bit repetitious, I can’t really complain right now. Listening to it only heightens my excitement about the approaching middle of March. I can only hope that this year it is as sunny and warm as I am dreaming it will be – even if its not, a couple of pints oughta cure that! In Canada springtime is an awakening that can only be rightly kicked off with a good, ol’ Irish bash and jig. To bring a little sunshine and some Irish rain into your life, have a listen below.
A Walk in the Irish Rain – The Irish Descendants
Just like the Scots, Irish heritage is embedded in Canadian history – especially on the East Coast. Newfoundland and Cape Breton, in particular, seem to be the hotbed of talent when it comes to Irish-Canadian music. Recent greats such as the fiddler, Natalie MacMaster, and bands such Great Big Sea and The Irish Descendants have hailed from there. Irish pubs are practically on every street corner in my city, and there’s at least one in most Canadian towns. My favourite, called the Heart and Crown is down in Ottawa’s Byward Market and although I haven’t visited it in ages, it was always a great place to visit on weekends to have a drink with friends and listen to a good band belting out “Black Velvet Band” and “Mary Mac”.
So, if you’re aching for a little warmer weather, and you’re not going to Florida or some such place for March break, may I suggest joining me in my little Irish-fest. A little music, maybe a pint, and some lamb stew! With any luck, I’m sure the middle of March will be upon us before we know it!
Sláinte! May your spring come warm and early this year!