Three Skills to Appreciate

As the weather began to cool, the Celts spent more and more time in doors telling stories and singing songs. As we approach the equinox, my noon thoughts landed here briefly today.

Songs, and instruments, were (and are!) very important to Irish and Scottish families. Many families employed a harpist full-time to be available for parties, dinners, and to compose and perform at weddings and funerals. As Gaelic culture waned, these professional harpers weren’t able to be privately employed any longer, and became wandering bards exchanging songs and stories for meals and a bed for the night.

It is said that Irish appreciate three skills in particular: the ability to compose a clever verse, music on the harp, and the art of shaving a face.

All seem worthy of some reverence.