Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Rena, hubby, and I indeed went to see Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga perform "Spirited Irish Music with a Global Twist" perform tonight at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (the concert I announced yesterday). Their most notable song of the evening was a humorous account of a trip on the A train subway in New York called "This Train Ain't Got No Destination," a sort of Irish rap. Having moved recently from New York -- a block from the A train -- I could really identify with this situation that sounded typical. Cady's mom was visiting her, and they had to take the A train to the airport for the return flight. The driver was new and didn't know which A train it was for a long time. (The A train splits at one point- Some A's go to the airport and others go elsewhere.) So he kept saying the sentence that's the title of the song. What struck me was that, instead of freaking out and worrying about getting to the airport on time (which they did), she chose to see the humor in the situation and, later, turn it into a piece of entertaining music. She told me later that she'd written the song as a gift for her mother.