|Miles Krassen (l) on fiddle, L.E. McCullough (r) on whistle, Bloomington, Indiana, Feb. 1974.|
He says: My Other Birthday Cake is Made Out of Chiff (with a Dab of Fresh Fipple Icing)
“Tabhair Dom Do Lámh” (“Give Me Your Hand”) might seem an odd choice for a first tentative toe into the teeming ocean of Irish music. It’s long (52 non-repeating bars) and can’t quite decide how to end. It’s asymmetrical in melodic structure and has a capricious rhythmic pace. It’s got five consecutive shrieking high Bs in the middle section and a shiver-wild, fork-fingered F natural raring up out of nowhere in the second-to-last cadence.
When the end of June rolls around, I feel like a little kid who can’t wait for his birthday. I’m thinking I should start using July 3, 1972 as my official birthdate… the day the Irish Music Me was born.
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