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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

    Shanoah Alkire is our Discordian at large. "Born in Santa Cruz, I grew up in Grass Valley and the Bay Area, and now lurk in Las Vegas. My literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams. I also program as a hobby, and currently maintain the Gtk port of Angband. You can find a rather old bio of me here."

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… Angels and Hands

Posted by shanoah on July 10, 2008

I’m sorry to hear about your great-grandmother, Sean. Even if you weren’t too close, if you’ve spent a month getting ready for her to move in, and then she’s gone, I can see where that would have hit pretty hard.

The last month would have brought expectations of getting to know her better, perhaps gain her approval, and then that is all pulled out from under you.

There’s nothing wrong with being maudlin about it for a while; it’s better then keeping everything locked up inside.

I wouldn’t blame yourself too much for not seeing here the last few years, though. If you haven’t had the time or money, there isn’t much you can do about that.

I had been thinking about ranting about current events, which have approval of Congress in the single digits, but I think I’ll hold off. Besides, you’re better at ranting about the government then I am.

Obviously, not knowing your fathers grandmother at all, I can’t really be sure what music would be appropriate. So I’m mainly playing the songs that come to my mind (which is all we can ask for, sometimes):

The Prisoners Song – Vernon Dalhart (1924)

All right, admitedly, since this was really popular in 1925, she would have been about 10 at the time. This song still seemed appropriate.

Suzanne – Judy Colins (1972 – lyrics by Leonard Cohen)

Judy Colins just has a voice that is hauntingly beautiful in this song. It also seems to have very hymn-like qualities to me, which is half of why I included it.

Michael, Row the Boat Ashore – The Highwaymen (1961)

As hymns go, this has always been a favorite, though admittedly I don’t listen to many. Note that Michael in this case would be the archangel Michael.

Hands – Jewel

Again, just seemed appropriate. Don’t listen to much by Jewel, but this song is wonderful.

Tá mo Chleamhnas Déanta – Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (BBC 1995)

And I thought I’d throw in this beautiful song being sung in Gaelic by the lead singer of Altan. Beautiful and incomprehensible – the main things I look for in Gaelic music.


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