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Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and I had two main choices for tonight's diary:

1. Chime in on the South Boston Allied War Veteran's Council tradition of being bigoted homophobes excluding people from their annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Why a Veteran's Council in charge of a St. Patrick's Day Parade? Welcome to Evacuation Day, a lovely little holiday which could also be known as How To Get St. Patrick's Day Off In Suffolk County Which Yes Includes Boston.) I am thrilled that Irish-American Mayor Marty Walsh, many other politicians, Sam Adams, Heineken and more refuse to participate in today's parade.

2. Music appropriate for the Wearing o' the Green.

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That's right, music :-). For your listening pleasure tonight, a set of tunes from Irish/Celtic musicians. No genre specificity and yes, I know that some of them aren't originally from Ireland... but they might as well have been!

- Danny Boy - Frederic Weatherly  Given that everyone, as far as I can tell, has done a rendition of this song, I went with Commander Chris Hadfield recorded in an Irish pub.

- Linger - The Cranberries  My favorite Cranberries tune is Zombie but this one is a, how to say... happier tune :).

- The Emperor's New Clothes - Sinead O'Connor  I know it's not her "signature" song, but I've always liked this one better.

- Whiskey In The Jar - Traditional, Metallica rendition  Love this tune, and discovered via the magic of Wikipedia that American Colonials liked the song because of 'its irreverent attitude toward British officials".

- I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys  Yeah yeah, not Irish. But unequivocally linked to St. Patrick's Day, Celtic punk, and they are political allies :). Oh, and pirates and wooden legs. You want me NOT to include that?!

- I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats Bob Geldof, singing our universal Sunday night theme song...

- Orinoco Flow - Enya  Still one of my favorite tunes, makes me think of beaches, oceans and cold drinks with little umbrellas.  

 - Toss The Feathers - Traditional, The Corrs rendition  You thought I'd choose their cover of "When The Stars Go Blue" didn't you?

- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2  Would it have been a list of Irish musicians without these lads? I could do an entire playlist of them, so choosing just this one was hard. This rendition, featuring U2 + Bruce Springsteen, is marvelous.

What are you listening to these days?



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