Yesterday morning I had a huge lightbulb go off in my head: I have done special playlists to use in my group cycling class for the December holidays and Valentine’s Day…why not for St. Patrick’s Day? They would probably eat that up in my Wednesday class!

I spent about 60 minutes trying to figure out which groups and which songs to find or purchase and add to the playlist, and when I was done with the gathering part, I suddenly realized something very important.

St. Patty’s Day is this Monday, the 17th.

My cycling classes are Tuesday and Wednesday, the 18th and 19th.


BUT, I guess there’s no rule that says I have to play the holiday playlist exclusively BEFORE the holiday, so we’re extending the celebration through Wednesday this week!

In case you’re curious, my St. Patty’s Day playlist is called “An Almost-all Irish Spin”. Chumbawamba is apparently not from Ireland (but I think the song totally fits), and Dexy’s Midnight Runners are also not Irish, but according to Kevin Rowland’s Wikipedia entry, his music was inspired by his Irish ancestry, so that’s good enough for me. Besides, “Come On Eileen” just had to be on the list. And the Proclaimers? Well, they’re Scottish. But that’s one of my all-time favorite songs.

Wait. I’m changing the name of my playlist. It will now be called “A UK St. Patty’s Day.” Here, in no particular order yet, are the songs I’m using:

Tubthumping (Chumbawamba)
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)
Vertigo (U2)
Don’t Pay the Ferryman (Chris de Burgh)
I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats)
Dreams (The Cranberries)
Come On Eileen (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
from the Riverdance Soundtrack:
Reel Around the Sun
American Wake
The Countess Cathleen
The Harvest
Marta’s Dance/The Russian Dervish

I’ll let you know how they like it.