One of the things I want to do with this blog is to write a few weekly series, mainly to keep me honest and posting. One of my favorite blogs, Slacktivist, does a weekly music post on Fridays that I am shamelessly going to rip off. I’m going to do mine on Tuesdays, however, to avoid flooding the market.
So the general idea is I pick two words (we’ll start with that), and list all of the songs I have in my collection that fall between them alphabetically. Feel free to do the same in the comments below.
Sorrow and Speak seem to be good starting points. We can get so wrapped up in the sorrow of a tragedy that we forget how to speak to each other.
We’ll begin and end with Pink Floyd:
“Sorrow” – Pink Floyd
“Sorrow Expert” – Iris
“A Sort of Homecoming” – U2
“Soul Food” – Harper
“Soul To Bleed” – Carfax Abbey
“Soulmate” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Sound of Girls” – Nicki Jane
“Sounds That Can’t Be Made” – Marillion
“Sour Times” – Portishead
“South Ferry Road” – The Hooters
“Southampton Dock” – Pink Floyd
“Southhampton” – Titanic Soundtrack
“Space & Time” – VNV Nation
“The Space Between” – Dave Matthews Band
“Spacedog” – Tori Amos
“Space Monkey” – Placebo
“Spaceboy” – The Smashing Pumpkins
“Spancil Hill” – The Dubliners
“Spanish Doll” – Poe
“Spanish Eyes” – U2
“Spanish Lady” – The Dubliners
“A Spanish Piece” – Pink Floyd
“Spark” – Tori Amos
“Sparkling Diamonds” – Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
“Spawn” – Beborn Beton
“Speak” – Queensrÿche
“Speak to Me” – Pink Floyd
From 2005 to around 2010 I blogged fairly regularly, first on my now-defunct LiveJournal, and then on a more politically-centered WordPress site. Unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter came along and wrecked up the joint. All of my friends fled LiveJournal for Facebook, so I didn’t really have an audience anymore for the long screeds I was routinely cranking out. I migrated over to WordPress for most of that, but eventually the lure of 140 characters drowned that out, and the posts became less and less frequent. Eventually, an entire year had passed since my last post, and I knew that the experiment was over.
But I’ve got all this stuff in my head that I want to fling at the Internet!
So here I am, back again with another blog. This time, I’m going for a rather broad spectrum, just like my Twitter account. I’m not going to limit my time here to any one subject, but I can guarantee a standard level of vitriol, dark humor and sarcasm. Sports, politics, gaming, religion, music; these are the many and diverse subjects that I intend to vent my spleen over.
Finally, an explanation of the title of the blog, Slàinte Mhath. Slàinte is Gaelic for “health,” and is a traditional Celtic toast. The extended form, the version I use when raising a pint or a dram with friends and family, is slàinte mhath, or “good health” in the Scottish Gaelic. Of course, it’s Gaelic, and those people have no respect whatsoever for the English or their way of pronouncing the Latin alphabet. It’s not “slayntee mahath.” It’s pronounced “slahncha va.” Get it right.
It also happens to be the title of an awesome song by Marillion. If you don’t know who Marillion is, well, now’s the time to find out.