ZOUKI'S POSTS TO IRTRAD, 1995 TO PRESENT
following represent most of the humor attempts that I (or my alter
ego, Zouki) have made over past years to the Irish Traditional Music
Mailing List, or IRTRAD.
IRTRAD 2014 alas
is a shadow of its former lively self, having fallen victim to the same
forces that have produced Facebook, Twitter, and numerous websites
dedicated to the topic of Irish traditional music. I made my first
posting to IRTRAD in 1995, nearly twenty years ago - an eternity
in terms of today's technology of apps, etc. But IRTRAD was certainly a
lively spot to be involved with back in the day, and to me seemed more
communal than today's social media where the focus seems to be on the
Self in its various manifestations and less on the Group or Clan or
Tribe or whatever IRTRAD represented. There were no pictures or
profiles or birthdays, no "friending", nothing much more than text
files (no attachments PLEASE!) to express what the posting individual
wanted to say. IRTRAD would undoubtedly be considered primitive by
today's standards, but those of us who were involved in it thought it
was pretty neat. Some of us actually learned a few things!
A great deal of any humor that may be inherent in this material would be understandable mainly to people who play or are otherwise involved with Irish traditional music. It's not that the various pieces are "in-jokes" - I would hope that their appeal is a little more universal than that - but certainly familiarity with the weird and whacky world of Irish traditional music would be a big help in squeezing every last chuckle and/or titter out of the material.
For historical accuracy's sake I should note that not everybody thought my attempts at humor were successful, although enough people did think so to provide me with a reason for continuing the efforts on a systained basis. As the years passed, however, it seemed to have become harder to tickle the collective funny-bones out in IRTRAD-land, so I decided that the time had come to hang up my Pointed Wand of Satire and do something else with my time.
Where I thought it would
help, I have done some editing of these pieces, removing references to
incidents that were of concern at the time but are not any longer. In
most cases where the post was part of a response to a specific
stimulus, I have mentioned that fact in the new heading, in the hope
that whatever humor content the material contains will hold the
interest of readers unacquainted with the reference.
The material is arranged in no particular content order, so you can jump in anywhere. If you find that some of these are still capable of tickling your funnybone, let me know (you can email firstname.lastname@example.org).
It's probably way
too late for other comments, criticisms, etc. but take
your best shot if it makes you feel any better.
now, without further ado, I present ...