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Observations From Behind Bars

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Part 1:

In Ireland, there is a structure built to mark the Winter Solstice that pre-dates the oldest pyramids by 2,000 years.
That’s probably neither here, nor there, but at this time of year there is always a lot of discussion about  Christmas coinciding with older Germanic or Roman winter observances.  It has a accusatory ring to it,  like the heathens got ripped  off, or something.

Anyhow, I just wanted to say to the detractors, “We had it first, so just back  up”.

Part 2:

My missus is  a creative kind of gal and during Christmas time she really shines.  This year,  when not  turning starfish into Santas  to sell to the tourists , she managed to make herself a set of antlers and strung some tinsel on them for decorative  Christmas head wear.  They came out so well that I didn’t realize they weren’t real antlers for a couple of days.

She wore them when she played bass for the  Johnson Grass band, at a toy run, a couple weeks ago. I told her at the time that they looked a little pagan, or something, that I could feature a native shaman wearing them.

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I was very disappointed with the guys, though, when I found out they’d been around her all day without complimenting her rack. (it turns out they’re leg men).

Part 3:

Good writing, like all art, uses the element of transition.

So,  Christmas morn,  Jill gets up and dons a plaid skirt,  her antlers, then cranks some Scottish music (and a little Zydeco) on the juke box.  I played it cool.  She was some kind of tickled when, later,  she opened my gift to her, an Irish drum, called a bodhran [BAW-rahn].

This is a popular instrument used in traditional and traditional-style Celtic bands (including the one playing on our Victrola, earlier).  Wacky-pedia tells us that the bodhran is a fairly new addition to Irish music and its particular history can only be traced to the 1600s, though it may be related to an earlier  “war drum”.

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In her right hand is the hardwood beater, or “tipper”.

We be jammin’, soon, man.

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Written by fiddle mike

December 26, 2008 at 9:55 am

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized

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