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Thread #136244   Message #3113414
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
14-Mar-11 - 08:41 AM
Thread Name: BS: A Female Archbishop
Subject: RE: BS: A Female Archbishop
Pronounced Sweeney; the full moniker is Suibhne O'Piobaireachd which is simply Sweeney O' Pibroch, a name I first employed in the letters page of Folk Roots twenty years back. Pibroch is the Classical music of the highland bagpipes which has enchanted me since I was a child; and Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's trabslation of the ancient Irish literary epic of literature of prose & poetry Buile Suibhne which is well worth a read in any translation, even those that figure in Flann O'Brien's masterful At Swim Two Birds. Also Glen Sweeney was the drummer and inspiration of the Third Ear Band, who have inspired me now since the years of my childhood and so so today.

Otherwise I am Sean Breadin, aka Sedayne.


As for WAV, I know him personally and react to him here in good sport (I hope!) for his tireless & tedious promotion of his Conclusions and Life's Work which sadly came to an end a decade ago at least. What he says I find marginally less offensive than his refusal to face the facts and erudition on offer at Mudcat & elsewhere. Whatever the case, I openly welcome his humanity just as I openly encourage his participation in singarounds because to me Come All Ye has no exceptions. Besides, I think WAV enjoys the occasional purge, be it from me or Stu, who, like me, wouldn't bother if deep down they didn't care.

If WAV wants to live life by courting celebrity via an unchanging aura of self-righteuosness and fruitless proselytisation that's his choice. Like most people here I hold by the dictum that the more you learn, the more you realise the the more there is still to learn - and the process of one's Life's Work doesn't end until one's life does - and too soon at any rate. WAV believes in both God and Culture - I believe in neither, feeling that both are illusions consequent on what human individuals do by way of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. When they (God / Culture) become defined by Orthodoxy & Tradition then maybe that's the time to worry, although I also accept that Tradition is Mutable, being determind by what has gone before - for example the glories of Bitches Brew should be heard in relation to the Hot Fives recordings, though each tree has many, many branches and we'll never get the full picture, but it's fun rooting around. Fun? Serious as your life.

That people do whatever they are moved to do is both Right and Good, but when people start promoting Righteousness and Orthodoxy then I'm going to react simply because there are too many alternatives on offer. I love Morris Dancing, Folklore, Folk Music and Folk Song, but I refuse to accept the Orthodoxy that all often attends their practise as being anything else other than Wonky Religiosity. As with Religion, they can't all be right, but they can all be wrong - which isn't to devalue the experience of the individual believer or practitioner, just caution them when it comes to knocking on doors (or minds) to spread their particular truth.

Life is sweet; life is also short - way too short - and you're a long time dead. Do what thy wilt so that others may do so too. Eat, drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die.

Now, do I press submit or not? Choices, choices...