Happy St. Crispin’s Day! Today is the day to focus on and celebrate fighting the good fight. Not that you won or lost, never had a chance, or had no doubt of victory, but only that you stood together and fought for something.
So dismiss the immediate cares of the world, gather your friends, grab your beverage(s) of choice, and boast or bemoan of the battles you fought together. Read the following out loud with friends with gusto!
From Henry V:
his day is called the Feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live t’ old age
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours
And say, “Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say, “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words —
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester —
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day
Check out ‘Wilder Sessions’ by Dear Commonwealth, a band my more musically talented cousin, Duncan, plays with:
I really like the *shels song below, Journey to the Plains from Plains Of The Purple Buffalo. If you like Godspeed You Black Emperor you’ll really dig these guys. I’ve been cranking this song up while watching weather updates as Isaac rolls into the mid-west. Looks like I’m going to get a thorough soaking on my bike commute home this afternoon.
A little old west goodness today. First up the Montreal Guitar Trio and the California Guitar Trio get together for the final encore song from a 2011 concert performance:
Next is CGT doing a Johnny Cash/Doors mash-up called Ghost Riders on the Storm:
Last but not least is the reason I’ve got the cowboy/western theme on my brain – I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption on my 360. Released in 2010, the Game of the Year Edition which includes all the downloadable content is only $30, and it’s just plain entertaining western fun. The setting and imagery of the game will absorb you into your own epic spaghetti western adventure and the seemingly endless amount of things (you want) to do, accomplish, or just try for the heck of it will keep you coming back.
From Rockstar Games:
America, early 1900’s. The era of the cowboy is coming to an end.
When federal agents threaten his family, former outlaw John Marston is sent across the American frontier to help bring the rule of law. Experience intense gun battles, dramatic train robberies, bounty hunting and duels during a time of violent change.
Red Dead Redemption is an epic battle for survival in a beautiful open world as John Marston struggles to bury his blood-stained past, one man at a time.
Captain Beefheart – Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles