Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Tribe



Mairead Hickey from Cork, Ireland. Just thirteen years old in the video. Fifteen now, and something of a big deal in Cork. 

Sullivans like me are thick on the ground in Cork. Lord knows what drove us from the place. I think they made it past the whole of the famine, and then bugged out. That strikes a familiar chord. Stubborn, then mercurial.

Nulla manus, tam liberalis atque generalis, atque universalis, quam Sullivanus

No hand so liberal,
And so general and universal,
As the O'Sullivan.

America is not a people. It's an idea, one that many people share, or shared, anyway. I have trouble discerning that idea with any regularity out in the landscape recently. Sometimes the tribe calls out to me.

4 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

She's very clear eyed while playing that, too. Music, an muse, soothes well in these trying times.

Casey Klahn said...

"...an ancient muse," I meant to say.

Sam L. said...

If called by a panther, don't anther.

(Ogden, IIRC.)

Anonymous said...

"Stubborn, then mercurial"

Man does that hit close to home!

RBM