How I traded music for a motorcycle

There are some days in Ireland that stretch me to remember why I came to this country. Like any place, when you live and work there, difficult emotions sometimes rise up for experiencing. And then, a moment like this happens with 2 men and a motorcycle, and suddenly I remember one of the many reasons why I love this country…

Gentlemen from Manchester


It was a sunny Saturday, warm by all accounts. I decided to head over to one of my favorite places near the sea to play guitar and chill. I wasn’t long there when a guy stopped on his motorcycle, took off his helmet and said, “Hey, will you give us a song?”. He was so cheerful I laughed. 2 minutes later his friend and riding partner showed up and they both made their way down onto the rocks around me for a private concert in the West Cork Sunshine. I played two songs for them and I have to say, they were an appreciative audience. In fact the one on the left told me it made his day! After a good chat, all about music and life and bikes, I did it…I asked for a ride on one of their motorcycles.

The man on the right gave me his helmet and gloves and protected my guitar, while the man on the left took me for a spin. Now it’s been years, I’d say 21 of them, since I’ve been on the back of a motorbike. It’s a cool feeling; all exposed and exciting, but easy and calm at the same time. When I got off at the end I could feel the vibrations from the engine running through my legs! And I’ll admit, I was slightly giddy. I’d really like to drive one someday. I don’t know that I’ll ever be a true easy rider, but I’d certainly like to give it a whirl.

For a couple of hours two lifelong friends (the guys had known each other since they were little) and a woman from America met on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way and shared a set of moments that will weave into our memories. To me, this is beauty. And spontaneity. And something that happens with ease in Ireland. A natural unfolding of life that can sometimes be perceived as lackadaisical. And maybe it is. But I’d say there’s a lot of magic in that lack and something our modern world desperately needs…real connection that unfolds with ease. Surprise that we are open to. And meeting strangers with a little less fear and a little more openness.



So thank you Howard and Jason. It was a pleasure meeting you. Truly.

Now what about you? Have you ever had a moment like this while on the road? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

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