Wandering Educators and A Traveler’s Library both nominated me to take part. I encourage you to see their seven links posts and learn about their sites
Here are my stories. I hope you enjoy hearing them for the first time, or revisiting them. Your comments, of course, are most welcome
this rather short essay with words and photographs shows a bit about what I think of Irish music and the island of Ireland, beyond the stereotypes. it’s been up for years and still draws in buckets of readers -- if you haven’t read it in a while (or ever) maybe it’s time
Irish music, Irish landscape
photographing musicians at work helps me think about music, and is an art on its own. you’ll find many posts on photographing music along the Music Road.
here’s is one of my favorites of those Celtic Connections 2011: images, part two
and this is one about a concert where words and image came together especially well, I think Another Fine Winter's Night: Matt & Shannon Heaton
through five years of writing here, I’ve done more than a few practical guides and lists, which people always enjoy. I chose this, one, however, because it helps you think about an important aspect of life and music from a different angle -- another thing I write about often.
rest in music
the bodhran can be a controversial instrument. here’s a story...
and then there was
a choice (not having to do with bodhrans) I made during the US presidential campaign debates
listening through the changes
*a post which didn’t get the attention I felt it deserved
energy, heart, creativity, history, joy: you may not understand the languages in which they sing but you will understand all that nonetheless all that from their music
Dual: Julie Fowlis & Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
*a surprising success
Indiana based Americana songwriter Carrie Newcomer often makes her points quietly. I am glad this helped quite a few hear her.
Carrie Newcomer: Before & After
*a post I am especially proud of
listen to this music, which, if I’ve done my part right, is what you will want to do. perhaps you will hear a bit of it through my words
Cathie Ryan: The Farthest Wave
Part of this process is to pass the idea along by nominating others to join in, and encouraging you to go read their work. Whether they decide to choose their own seven links or not, these people write articles worth reading
Sue Dickman writes about India, books, blueberry pies, and other things at A Life Divided
Jackie Dishner takes you on adventures geographical and thoughtful at Bike with Jackie
Shannon Heaton writes with grace and humor about being a musician and learning to be a new mother at Leap Little Frog
Sarah Henry brings Bay Area perspective with an Australian twist to her stories about good food and the people who care about it at Lettuce Eat Kale