Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Playlist: Slainte


Saint Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays & has always been big in my family. I know that it's often seen as mostly an American creation & can seem like an excuse to get wasted, but I still love that once a year I can dress up in green, make Irish (sometime Irish-American) food, pour a tall glass of Guinness & contemplate a part of my heritage that I often feel very removed from. Tonight, while I'm enjoying a pint & some live Irish music at a local teahouse, I can think about the stories my grandmother Marguerite used to tell me when I was a child about her mother, Margaret (Maggie) Gallagher, who hailed from Ireland. I can feel close to a woman who I never met. Great-grandma Maggie always seemed larger than life to me, but on a day like today, I can believe that maybe, if she were here today, she would have a pint with me & tell me some of those stories herself. 

Here is my playlist for the day. It's a little Irish & a little American, just like me.  Slainte is a gaelic word meaning "good health" & is derived from the old Irish adjective slan, which means, "whole, healthy" & is generally said when toasting. I don't know about you, but I could use that toast right now! I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I enjoyed curating it & that it brightens your Saint Patrick's Day. Slainte! 

There is one explicit song on this playlist (Irish Celebration-Macklemore). I believe it uses the F-word once. Just a FYI if you're playing the songs for your family or your kiddos. 

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