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because it's spring!

Spring is coming. ^_^ The vernal equinox arrived yesterday, heralded by crisp, sunny weather and cheerful purple crocuses. Have you seen any exciting signs of spring, or done something fun to celebrate St. Patrick's day?

I celebrated St. Patrick's day and spring by taking in a Solas show at the Iron Horse. It rocked! Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley, & Eamon McElholm were in fine fettle. They have new vocalist, Niamh Varian-Barry, from County Cork, Ireland. It turns out she has quite the impressive background on the viola. I really enjoyed the way her voice blended into Solas' sound; she also brought out her viola halfway through the show to join most of the instrumental sets, which was grand. It turns out their previous vocalist, Mairead Phelan, has been studying medicine in Trinity College Dublin and was taking time off to tour with Solas. Interesting dual-career path!

I recently ran across the some lines by Emily Bronte that I'd like to share:

I have dreamed in my life,
dreams that have stayed with me
ever after, and changed my ideas;
they have gone through and through me,
like wine through water,
and altered the color of my mind.


I am currently watching the second season of the Canadian detective series Murdoch Mysteries. It is fun, and I enjoy the characters. Many thanks to Amber for introducing me to this show. ^_^ I also just saw the first three episodes of the show Lark Rise to Candleford, and I really enjoyed them. I'll have to check out the next disc.


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Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Lark Rise to Candleford is lovely!
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
It is such a treat to watch. ^_^
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Oooooooh! I just LOVE Solas!! I am so jealous!
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh they are grand!
Mar. 22nd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Hm. I like that. And I loathed Wuthering Heights, so it's nice to know that some of what she wrote rubs me the right instead of the wrong way... particularly because clearly lots of the rest of humanity (or at least of the English-speaking subset) hold a different view from mine on the novel.
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
And I loathed Wuthering Heights, so it's nice to know that some of what she wrote rubs me the right instead of the wrong way

These are my feelings exactly!
Mar. 24th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Me three :) I, too, thought I was the only one.

My St. Patrick's was spent first getting a drink with the cast of our Irish theater production Dancing at Lughnasa, then rehearsing. Next day I flew to Mexico, where I spent five days with my parents, then another rehearsal last night, and I have to leave now for yet another :) There is seriously a whole week in April that I have to be there every damn day. I am going to see if I can plead excessive commute.
Mar. 25th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm always happy to talk about how aggravating I find Wuthering Heights. *g*

I hope you had a great time in Mexico! It sounds like the play rehearsals are keeping you on your toes. ^_^
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