Tomorrow begins Irishfest. I am about half Irish and the Reddess is about just barely out of Galway. Irish culture fascinates me because it is at once God-haunted and remarkably earthy. We love our words. In those ways, it represents a quintessential strain in Catholicism.
But we want to focos on the music. One of the best artists of eration is Delores O'Riordan and her band, the Cranberries. She has managed to write one of the best (if not the best) anti-war anthems (and, yes, they are important just as we must honor warriors) in Zombie.
But she also wrote a wonderful song about families. Not foolishly sentimental and not mindlessly transgressive. Listen to this - really listen - and see if you don't cry. We Boomers love our popular music. This is as good as anything our idols ever produced.