Don’t read into that the wrong way…I don’t mean Witout Me! like I never want to go there again…just the opposite…I would live there if I could…I’ve chosen to Elevate working at Disney World to Number 1 on my list of retirement jobs…
…this past Labor Day weekend my wife wanted to go to Disney World, so she did…by herself…Without Me!…a little context if you’re not familiar with my family…my daughter lives down there and works for Disney, so it’s not like she was down there all by herself running around acting like an adult who’s never grown up…no, instead my wife and daughter ran all over the World to their favorite eateries, enjoyed the spa, and even went trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom…like two adults who’ve never grown up…and what did I do?…
…well after making all of the hotel arrangements…setting up the Magic Express to get her back and forth to the airport…I got to enjoy the 3-day party that was my next door neighbor’s wedding…complete with loud music until the wee hours of the morning…somebody smoking pot in front of my house…and no invitation, not even a sliver of wedding cake for my troubles…but that’s okay…as long as my wife had fun, am I right?…
by now you can tell the whole thing has left me somewhat bitter…so what did I do this past weekend?…well, out of spite, I took off Friday and Saturday to go along with my scheduled day off today…and I didn’t do a darn thing…no mulching or pulling weeds from flower beds…no tree trimming…no “honey do” list chores of any kind…and I binge watched Season 5 of House of Cards…I didn’t lift a muscle…that ought to teach her to go to Walt Disney World Without Me!…
The start of summer triggers an annual event in my life…something similar to changing batteries in your home smoke detectors every fall when we change the clocks…although not quite as potentially life-saving as that often neglected piece of home maintenance. That other important event?… adding and deleting songs on my summer music playlist.
It’s not real hard since my choice of music skews heavily towards mostly rock songs released from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. With just over 100 songs on my playlist, it gets a little boring and too repetitive…having nothing on the list released post Y2K also tends to cut out some potentially great songs. So this year, I decided I would step out of my comfort zone and try something new and different…
Since surprisingly Disco is out now…and when the hell did that happen anyway?…I chose Celtic Punk Rock music. I could have chosen Irish Folk music, but to be honest, I preferred the attitude and energy of Celtic Punk over the…well, folksiness of Irish Folk. At my age, learning the Celtic Punk Rock genre would be hard…I wouldn’t know the sound of a tin whistle from a wooden one…couldn’t tell a Real McKenzie from a Dropkick Murphy if one of them walked up and punched me in the face…so I turned to the place most clueless people go for information …the internet. One quick google search and the world of Celtic Punk was on display…the history of…the bands of…and the greatest songs of…
The choice of which band to start with was easy…The Dropkick Murphys. Something about the name… borrowed from the famous wrestler and sanatorium operator, Dr. John “Dropkick” Murphy…just screamed Celtic Punk Rock to me.
If you’re wondering about the title of this post?… it’s a portion of the response sent to Wisconsin Govenor Scott Walker (R) who used their song “Shipping Up to Boston” without permission when he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit…to their credit, they weren’t looking to sue anyone…they just didn’t want their music used by someone who doesn’t share their political viewpoints.
I’ve added a couple other songs recently including the classic “Whiskey in the Jar” by the Killdares …easily my favorite version of the song…and songs from Flogging Molly and The Real McKenzies as well. The current list:
The Dropkick Murphys
- I’m Shipping Up To Boston
- End of the Night
- Johnny Collins’ Wake
- Rose Tattoo
- Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
- What’s Left of the Flag
- If I Ever Leave This World Alive
- The Queen of Argyll
- Whiskey in the Jar
The Real McKenzies
- The Tempest
- Barrett’s Privateers