12-30-12 Tempus edax rerum*

*Everything is transitory.  (Ovid)

It is a great pleasure for Darwin’s Prisoners to announce the selection of Man of the Year:

Luke Kelly, Irish Folksinger and Ballader, 1940 – 1984

In our time of gated communities and vacant celebrity, authenticity was Luke’s greatest gift. Luke, as all knew him, had no interest in fleeing from his world. He embraced it. Loved it. Took laughter and happiness as a right. He was wild and passionate without losing his moral core.  Ronnie Drew, the first of the band which came to be known as The Dubliners, said: We had a ten year party. A closet intellectual, Luke showed his political colors in the way he lived.  As, to the chagrin of many, we all do.

Some of you may have listened to Luke here on dp.co. The early Scot ballad, Corrie Doon, when his voice was young and pure. Raglan Road with Patrick Kavanaugh’s lyrics. The performances below from three periods of his life recognize Ovid’s truth. The Monto is a 1970 gem from Talk of the Town. A concert in Germany in 1976 is an acappella The Auld Triangle. From his last public appearance, the poignant Night Visiting Song, 1982.

dp.co is saying goodbye with this post. I began the blog as a an experiment, a way to escape Trotsky’s “circumscribed I.” Comments and poems and music were thrown out as by a hostess at a sagging dinner party to enliven the conversation and lead to often surprising corners of thought, thus the single category, Interplay. Success, I judge, was intermittent, but the time spent, for me, great fun. My heartfelt thanks go to all of you who took precious moments from busy lives to read some of the posts, comment and email. Tempus edax rerum.


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