Archive for May 19th, 2006

Every Song Is A Howl Of Pain

Ireland has changed, and many things seem gone forever, like victories in Eurovision, and starving peasants at the roadside. There have been gains and losses, but some things are harder to classify. Whatever happened to the archetype of the big strapping fella, a bit of a brute to be sure, whose lovely voice would melt the hearts of assembled young ladies and nuns?

As Ireland sat on the cusp of its present economic boom, I knew one such buck whose party piece was to pummel the entire room into hushed awe with his rendition of ‘Rock and Roll Kids’. This lad was 18 or so, but many of his audience were lulled, such was the sincerity and plaintiveness of his song, into believing that he could indeed remember ’62, and that he was 16 then, which made him about 48. In fact, he was so good that most of the huddled teens and their grannies thought that they too were all 48. “Aww. Hasn’t he got a lovely voice?”

Meanwhile, the rest of us had to cope with the paralysis. The not knowing where to look. The simmering hatred.

On the cultural balance sheet, I think we can class this particular loss as a gain.

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