Monday, October 22, 2007

One night in Ireland.

One evening, while walking around in Dublin, we happened upon a scene that probably should have existed elsewhere ... say, I dunno, Italy. A short man with an accordion was singing his heart out for money. And, whatever happened, he rarely stopped singing. Drop some coins in his accordion case and he'd just sing louder. Because we're avid walkers (or were that night) and because our sense of direction was about as good as when we drove around there (hint: we were very, very good at going in circles), we ended up seeing him at least five times, no lie. It may have been a different song each time we bumped into his absolutely happy self, I'm not sure. Talk about your endless song catalogs. What amazed me was that he'd been singing like that for that long ... hours and hours of operatic yearnings. It was definitely something he liked to do. Almost seemed like the money was just a nicety. How else was he going to get to shamelessly flirt with the girls walking by?

Luckily, I recorded a bit of it. Since I've watched the video several times since grabbing it, there are bits about this bit of cinema that I want to make sure you see. In order, they're as follows: his little two-step dance, cozying up to the blondes walking by, that the one fella walking by knows the song he's singing and proceeds to throw out the 1-2-3 fingers at the appropriate time, Marc's goofy drive-by smile and, well, the fact he barely acknowledges my monetary offering there at the end. I felt like I needed to have spaghetti and meatballs within the sound of his voice, no lie.

Dublin's completely filled up with the happy, isn't it? If I'd taken accordion lessons for any longer, I would have fancied joining him for a night or two. Together, I'm pretty sure we could have conquered the world. As it stands, though, I'm just happy he exists.

8 comments:

f*bomb. said...

I want that dude's job.
Totally.

Angie said...

Wow, he has a great voice.

I love it.

Dainon. said...

Farrah, didn't you want my job first? And now his? I sense some desire to up and leave what you do for a living, I dunno ...

Cindy said...

Obviously that guy only likes tall blonde women and not tall ambiguously hair-colored men.

MAnderson said...

1. That was the LONGEST version of 'Waltzing Matilda' I have ever heard....and I'd wager to say the best. I'm pretty sure any Aussie would be proud.

2. I'm PRETTY sure either this guy, or his twin brother, was on my Segway tour on Friday. Weird.

3. I suddenly really want an accordian.

Dainon. said...

Yes! I thought it was "Waltzing Matilda" but I wasn't so sure. You'd think I would have been, too, considering he says "Matilda" about 47 times. Ah well.

Sara said...

Thank you for the list of things to watch for. It was very helpful.

Trude said...

that made me laugh .. an irish guy singing waltzing matilda ..

that's our official unofficial national anthem dontcha know ..

about some old dude who stole a jumbuck to eat .. coz he was hungry .. and the cops got him

kinda sums up how this country became populated by the english really ..