Guest DJ: Jody from Family Ramblings

Traveling with a family.

To some, it’s akin to oral surgery or cleaning out the gutters: stress, gloom, despair, agony. To others, it’s a way of life filled with fun, adventure and hands on education. Jody – today’s Guest DJ – is firmly in the latter camp. A swing by her blog is likely to convert you, too.

Her site is Family Ramblings, and holy schnikes do they ramble! Domestic travel, trips abroad – these folks all over the place! Jody shares her tips for planning, packing,hotels, sightseeing – you name it, you can get great ideas on making it better. And, lucky for us and in keeping with this week’s theme…she’s been to Ireland! ALOT.

Way back when I met her at the Type A Mom Conference, I accosted her told her politely that she HAD to do a playlist for us for St. Patrick’s Day. True to her word, she reminded me on Twitter and came up with the AWESOME list of traditional music you see below! Now, did not accomodate with all the songs or all the artists she mentioned, but I gave it my Drunken Leprechaun best! If you like the flavor of this music, it’s DEFINITELY worth looking the others up. Enjoy, and remember – it’s important to stretch adequately BEFORE attempting a jig…

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I have a crazed love of all things Irish- and it’s beginning to rub off on my daughters!

1) The most requested song on my iPod is Leaving of Liverpool- or as my daughters call it “the Davey Crockett song”. My favorite version is by a Twin Cities band called Paddy Wagon, but rarely do the versions vary.
2) When we spent 3 months in Boston we heard Frank Ryan and Celtic Clan play at The Black Rose a few times. They do a compilation of Peggy Gordon and Curragh of Kildare that I love.
3) The Foggy Dew. Love it. The version by the Chieftans with Sinead O’Connor on vocals is especially moving, though there are other versions that give the feeling of war.
4) Rattlin’ Bog. Just a fun song, if it’s sung right it’s difficult to keep up. The Corries version is fun and you can hear the lovely brogue.
5) Migulay Boat Song, version by Makem and Spain Brothers. I heard them do this live last summer and it just blew me away. Their voices are huge live.
6) Kelly’s Wellies by Gaelic Storm. Very catchy and very fun.
7) Whiskey in the Jar– Metallica’s version. No explanation necessary…
8) Standing Stones by Loreena McKennitt. Close your eyes and you can imagine the stones, a low fog and dew on the ground.
9) Merry Plough Boy. Boy happily dreams of going to war and Irish independence.
10) P Stands for Paddy by the Glengarry Bhoys. Very fun song about overhearing a couple’s conversation.

Well, there you go. Thanks for including me in this!


Thank YOU, Jody!  Happy St. Pat’s Day!

2 Responses to Guest DJ: Jody from Family Ramblings
  1. Theqfamily
    March 16, 2010 | 6:04 pm

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: New Post up in MSM's "We Love the Irish" series – Guest DJ Jody from Family Ramblings! (Trad. Irish playlist!)

  2. Jody
    March 16, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    True to my site, we are rambling right now. We’re in Kansas City to take in the Irish fun for St. Patrick’s Day!

    .-= Jody´s last blog ..Southern Iowa Gateway Welcome Center =-.

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