Being Green

Congratulations to the Irish rugby team and Brian O’Driscoll for a passionate bone cruncher in Paris. As an England fan with some Irish roots I can have it both ways on the tournament result…

Here’s one little thought for you. There was a famous Irish popular musician back in the day here in the UK called Val Doonican. Rock’n’roll he certainly wasn’t – in fact he was better known for cosy knitwear and rather safe folk songs. The manner of his fame and his attitude to it is, however, of interest to any musician. He was once asked how it felt to be an overnight success and replied that it had taken him seventeen years to become an overnight success.

Sometimes I glance round the stage when I’m playing and reflect that there’s something like a century of experience up there. I don’t know whether Kylie Minogue would like the cut of our denims or why.am.i would twist his branded baseball cap and tell us we “bring it”, but there you go. Love what you do and keep doing it.

Anyway, here’s the old fella doing the fun little novelty song that did it for him.
Sláinte agus táinte!

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