Anthony Kearns Concert

Anthony KearnsTonight I went to hear Anthony Kearns sing. He is one of The Irish Tenors. I floundered all day as to whether I was going to go and finally decided at the last minute that I would make the effort. It was well worth it.

One thing I noticed tonight is that Irish folk music is much more lighthearted than Italian opera. I was expecting a heavier opera repertoire but was pleased to see songs such as Star of the County Down, Kitty of Coleraine and McBreen’s Heifer on the program. How can one not enjoy a song by a famous tenor with the word heifer in the title?

While Kearns was worth going to hear by himself, his pianist was an act of his own. Between sets of songs, the pianist Patrick Healy would entertain the crowd with a few stories and a couple of songs. Mr. Healy looked to be in his 70s, but still played and sang well. He is an accomplished musician on his own and has traveled with Kearns for the last 12 years. Healy wrote some of the songs in the program this evening.

I don’t know if the program was chosen based on the fact that he was performing at a college campus, or if he regularly sings such light music. It certainly was more enjoyable than I expected. If you have an opportunity to hear him in person, I would recommend it. Kearns and Healy make a great team and the audience can tell they enjoy working with one another.

Stating the obvious

Today I was in a Mexican restaurant for lunch. On the section of quesadillas there was a line of small text under the heading that read, “All quesadillas include cheese.” Without the cheese it could not be a quesadilla.

Tonight I was reading through the paper and they were telling the story about a teen who was shot. “The victim, described as a male teen …. was reportedly shot in the back. He was shot at least once.” That kind of makes sense to me that if he was shot at all, he was shot at least once.

Traffic Gimmick

I did the post about the page 56 meme for the sole purpose of getting people to twitter about my set of rules. This will drive traffic to my site. I am trying to see how many people I can get to hit that post. It is purely a gimmick. So far I have not had anyone (besides me) link to the rules and play the game. I have tweeted it twice.

If you are on Twitter you can help out by playing the game as listed in that post. I use about 1/100 of my alloted bandwidth a month from my web host. I need to do something to make it exciting around here.

Help a bored fellow out.

Page 56 rules for Twitter

This is the standard page 56 meme, but the rules are too long to list on Twitter.


  • Grab the book nearest you. Not your favorite or coolest, but closest.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence along with the shortened URL for the rules.

Shortened URL:

You can use your twitter client to make the URL for you if you wish.