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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why is Ronan Tynan shipping up to Boston?

I was watching a PBS special this weekend called "The Music of Ireland - Welcome Home," which featured Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, among other artists, talking about the history of Irish music. Anyhow, I wondered what Tynan was doing these days, ever since he got the heave-ho from Yankeeland due to reportedly making an anti-Semitic remark last fall.

I didn't have to wonder long about Tynan. The next day's New York Times had a big story on the singer, in which he revealed that he's moving to Boston!

Of course, now there's all sorts of speculation that the Irish Tenor member might switch sides and sing "God Bless America" at Fenway Park.

Not so surprisingly, Red Sox Nation is not exactly happy that he's coming to town. "No Tynan. Please," say the guys from Surviving Grady. And Mighty Quinn Media Machine is even more adamant about not having Tynan switch sides:
I hope the Red Sox don't get some kind of crazy ideas about letting him sing at Fenway Park. The Sox have had plenty of fine musicians at Fenway, like James Taylor and Dropkick Murphys, belting out the tunes. There are plenty of ways the Sox can stick it to the Yankees, but I hope they don't think that bringing in Tynan for "God Bless America" is a good idea. Is Tynan truly a bigot? I don't know for sure, but he's gotten too much bad publicity recently for this to be anything but a silly publicity stunt should he be invited to sing at Fenway.
Anything that would bring Red Sox Nation angst is fine with me. So part of me would like to see Tynan sing at Fenway, just to make Boston fans uncomfortable. Sing it, Ronan!

I just don't want anybody in Boston to talk about trading musicians. I have zero interest in hearing the creepy "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium, that's for sure!

What do you think? Tell us about it!

1 comment:

Uncle Mike said...

Tynan wants to go to Boston, America's most Irish city? Why not. After all, it's not like there are any Irish-Americans in New York... Begorrah...

Did that Sox blogger actually call the Dropkick Murphys "fine musicians"? Put down the Sam Adams (or the Narragansett, or the joint). They didn't even get the words to "Tessie" right!

Besides, when you can get Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, what do you need a New England recording artist for? Aerosmith? Maybe if Steven Tyler brings Liv. James Taylor? Never liked him -- but love his ex-wife, New York's Carly Simon. Joan Baez? Nope, she's really from the San Francisco Bay Area.

And don't get me started on Billy, Bruce, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Dion and all the other doo-woppers, and, of course, the Jersey Frankies (Sinatra and Valli).

Someday, I've got to do that blog entry on New York vs. New England on pop culture. Remember the early "Cheers" episode where that fat slob comes in wearing a Yankee cap and starts heckling the bar? Diane says, "Do you want to talk about major poets from New England as opposed to New York?" Someday, I would like to have that discussion.