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It seems like years since it’s been here

April 5, 2006
I took this week off work. What with one thing and another I had already booked two days off so figured I’d live a little and take the week.
Today I spent the day at a Gaelscoil a primary school that conducts all teaching (and life) through the Irish language. I was recording one of my school CDs. Always good fun to spend a day with kids who seem excited and happy to sing and perform and generally be kids. I used to be so much better at speaking our language but unfortunately it’s a case of ‘use it or lose it’.
Each class arrived into the room and as the day wore on I didn’t find it fatiguing. Playing off the energy of the kids I didn’t even lose patience with the kid who insisted on playing his guitar out of time and loudly. All that remains (“all” he says !) is to edit, mix and overdub. I’ve also got to bring some of the parents into my studio to record some of their playing. That’ll be fun – I enjoy recording traditional Irish music because of the fact that the instruments are all acoustic and the players tend to leave their egos at the door.
It was warm. Parking myself in a large bay window at 8:30 this morning seemed like a good idea at the time. I enjoy working in the light. The sunlight cheers me. By early afternoon I was gasping for a water. By the time we wrapped up at 6:00 I was gasping for a cold beer.
Spring has sprung. This evening I had to change into my shorts and t-shirt. Anyone who knows me will not be surprised at this – I spend most of the year in this garb. I have just walked barefoot downstairs to the kitchen and the soothing cold tiled floor to grab a beer from the fridge
Sometimes that’s all it takes to cheer me. Warm feet on a cold tiled floor. A cold beer in a warm hand. Some laddish comedy on the TV. Kids tucked up in bed and a feeling of having done something worthwhile today.
The Gaelscoil CD will be released by the end of May.
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