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  • Happy Saint Patrick's Day
  • Notes & Tones: Reading The Quiet Part Aloud (Zoom)
  • Paddy's Listicle 2021


I'll be doing a bitteen of reading out loud.

PLG Arts is presenting the second edition of Notes and Tones, a monthly series showcasing writers and musicians in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. In this series, musicians and authors collaborate on presentations of their writing and musical performance.

Discussion with host Marianne Solivan and a Q&A with the audience follows, allowing us all a closer look into the process and the craft.

Featured artists for the third Notes and Tones, March 14, 5:30 pm:

Writer: John Munnelly
Saxophonist/Composer: Caleb Wheeler Curtis     

John Munnelly is a memoirist, songwriter, artist, performer, and IT guy/trainer/tutor. His latest creative arc is as the Chef/Sauceware Engineer/Spice President of Deliciousness at Hattwood Hot Sauce, his own passion project and business, available at Born in Ireland, John lives in Brooklyn with wife Desiree and dachshund Klaus.

PLG-based saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis, originally from Ann Arbor, “lives at the junction of rigorous preparation and willingness to explore.” (Jazz Speaks) He appears on two GRAMMY-nominated albums by Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band. His playing and compositions are informed by constant searching, at times introspective, brash and melodic.

**To join the audience for Notes and Tones on Sunday, March 14, at 5:30 pm, click on the link below at performance time, or paste it into your browser.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 845 3740 3510; passcode: 188285

Paddy's Day Listicle:

I do this list on the regular <<First Name>>, just in case ye forgot about the bauld Paddy, he the saint with the three leaves.

The Paddy Facts

Paddy's Day is on 17 March, the date of Saint Patrick's death.
It's always Paddy, never Patty.
Crisps not chips, Tayto or bust, the rest are mere potato dust.
Shamrock has three leaves- never a clover four! Shamrock is Trinitarian: Un, dos, tres! Father, Son & Holy Ghost, the Green, White & Gold of the Tricolor.
(Got it, good.)
Bacon 'n Cabbage if ye can get it, Corned beef 'n' cabbage will definitely do if in NYC.
(Brown sauce, never ketchup)
Keep a big green heart, fresh & soft, don't let compassion calcify into a corporate pain in the stiff neck.
(Ole, ole, ole?)
"What is the craic?" - the crack is high spirited fun and a felt 'esprit de human corps' about making the most of life and a night out.
(Craic = 90)
Swearing of the Green - just sticking on a bit of the green and walking around NY a wee bit isn't enough to qualify. Let us without recourse to scary spirits of hangovers past, learn to be like the cardiac updated 'Paddy McScrooge' and honor Paddy's Day in our hearts, and try to keep it all the year.

Barry's Tea -  Irish tae is a 'sacrament', refused at first, and again, and again but then eventually given into.  "Sure ye will... ahh I can't... sure go on, have a drop..., I won't be stayin'... just a wee cup to wet your lips before ye go... oh allright, go on then"
(I'll have a drop)

So there it is a list of March factments:

Like the spikey red haired Irish inventor of punk may have said -

Nevermind the list of boll-ocks, have a great Paddy's day!

Saint Patrick was a captured 'Roman/British' nobleman's son from Wales who was captured by Irish raiders and enslaved. He escaped only to be hear the voice of the Irish in his dreams. He returned as a missionary and lived a life on the move as the followers of the ancient religion The Druids sought his demise.

The Deer's Cry - "This prayer was composed by Saint Patrick in the year 433 AD. He was aware that there was an ambush to try to kill him and his group en route to the King’s court. It was during the march that they sang the Deer’s Cry. As the druids lay in hiding, ready to kill, it is said that they saw not Patrick and his men, but a gentle deer followed by twenty fawns. The miracle saved Patrick and his men."

The Deer`s Cry

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me, Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding,
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

- Saint Patrick

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