Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day.  One of my favorite days of the year.

Mind you, I don’t consider myself to be Irish at all nor do I partake of any of the celebrations of the day nor do I drink any green beer.  Come to think of it, I don’t really have anything against snakes either.

I do have some connection to Ireland according to a Genealogy.com study my sister paid for last year.  Turns out that “black Irish” is a small part of my identity.  I assume that means I’m descended from one of the sailors of the Spanish Armada who shipwrecked in Ireland and stayed there rather than a black guy with an Irish name like Eddie Murphy or Barack O’bama.

No, this is my favorite day of the year because it always signifies the coming of what I call “The Upside of the Year”.  I hate winter, hate Christmastime, and am basically annoyed from November 1st to March 16th.  That’s “The Downside.”  Today, it’s over.  So today is special.

It gets even better.  Tomorrow will be my 10th Wedding Anniversary.  Mrs Thrill are looking forward to a visit to the art gallery and dinner at our favorite German restaurant.

Next week is Spring Break and I’ll be on vacation with the family.  We’re not going anywhere, but we like to spend time doing fun things with the kids around town.  Don’t worry,  I’ll be taking advantage of the spare time to write and there’ll be plenty more steady content during that time.  You might also get to enjoy some of my fabulous drunk-blogging (it’s actually awful).

Finally, my oldest daughter, Thrillianna, will turn 16 near the end of the week.

It’s a momentous time and I’m happy as can be!  I invite everyone to join in the celebration by helping pay for all the expensive shit our kids want to do sharing some great music with me according to this week’s theme.

As you add songs, they will be included on the YouTube playlist embedded below.  Here are this week’s themes that I’m looking for.

  • The color green.
  • The numbers ten (10) or sixteen (16).  This one’s hard.
  • Irish artists or at least Irish-sounding groups.  This one’s easy.

Ready for your dedications?

First, a very special one for Mrs Thrill.  Pardon us while we have a slow dance.

kevinmkr: A band you got me into.

westvirginiarebel: I personally can’t get enough of this band.

pfluffy: How about a traditional song for a traditional lady?  Damn shame about the mandolin.

Santino: Good, solid rock music.  If you’re not already into them, I’d be surprised.

mashav: You get one from an Irish artist who’s a big favorite in my household.

Grendel: Something on point for you, you magnificent Irish devil.  I’m trying to keep my winning streak going.

Finally, I have a very special call out.  I’m overjoyed to announce that our old friend dakrat is out there and has been lurking.  Step into the light, little buddy, and get funky.

I hope lots of people join in.  We have something very special lined up for you next week!

39 comments

  1. Heh, great choice on the dedication! I love St. Patrick’s Day too. I have the same issue with the winter months. This year is not so bad because our weather has been so nice that I have been able to take in some extra sun and plant a cabbage garden. I am so lame. I use daylight savings time to declare victory over winter but St. Patrick’s Day is also a good line in case some jackass eliminates DST.

    I will be drinking some non-green beer. I put food coloring in some jello shots for my Superbowl party and let’s just say the end result was not anticipated.

    For you, one of my favorite traditional songs. I don’t know if it is actually Irish, but it sounds like it.

  2. No, it’s not Irish BUT to be honest, Americans who claim to be Irish aren’t either. SO LET’S KEEP IT!

  3. kevinmkr: A band you got me into.

    Dammit! That was the first “16” that came to mind.

    How about this, instead? It may not work in the playlist but it’s nifty because I never knew this old footage existed. Also, bonus points for the Whitesnake riff at :40.

  4. This one is a classic Irish drinking song that gets a lot of play at my favorite pub, and always gets the whole room clapping along. There’s always one or two folks who don’t stop clapping at the right moment, and you know what that means–time to pound your Guiness, lad! This is a version that adequately captures the good times had by all when the liquor is flowing and some great irish tunes are playing:

    The Stubby Shillelaghs – Finnegan’s Wake

  5. Ha! The whole album! That’s ballsy, my friend. Interestingly, I loved Pearl Jam back when grunge was in and I was angsty (Soundgarden was my favorite though). I even preferred them over Nirvana.

    These days I rarely listen to Pearl Jam. Most of my 90’s stuff that I have is Soundgarden, Nirvana, Blur, and Oasis (yes, you got me to appreciate them).

    Today, I will listen to Ten all the way through for the first time since I was 18. I thank you.

  6. Sorry, my brother, but dedications are given only for those who shared a song the previous week. You are now on the list for next week though. This is our sacred tradition!

  7. Thank you for the warm welcome, Thrill. I am about 10 beers into it, so I will keep this short. First, congratulations on your anniversary, I hope you have many more.

    I’m going to stick with the Irish theme.

    Sinead – Jackie

  8. Don’t worry about it. You’re in the Inner Circle now! Definitely keep adding what you like. We want a broad spectrum.

  9. Ha, touché! Great album. Fun fact, for their first several years they were known as ” rel=”nofollow”>Bush-X in Canada.

    BTW, forgot to mention, your dedication was bang-on as usual.

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