What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Talented Eye Roll February 1, 2019

I love Ireland, I love Irish music, and I love Guinness.

Guinness at Raglan Road in Disney Springs

I would love to hop on a plane right now and run away to Ireland for a little escape, I don’t care how mucky the weather might be. Unfortunately, adult things like having a job meant I couldn’t go to Ireland for my day off this week, so the husband and I did the next best thing and went to Raglan Road in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney).

I love Raglan Road. There’s Irish step dancers during the dinner hours and amazing live music at night. The husband and I curled up at our corner table with our pints. The band was great—lead singer, guitar, bass, drums, and fiddle. The fiddle player was definitely the stand out performer of the act.

She was this tall, lanky woman who looked so far in the zone when she played you weren’t really sure if she was an android or not. They way her fingers moved was just amazing. And then they got to The Rattlin’ Bog.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s the kind of song where you add on every chorus. So it starts with a bog. Then a tree in the bog. Then a branch on the tree and the tree in the bog. You get the picture. Every time you go through the song, you set it a little bit faster until by the end you’ve ended up doing a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song.

The fiddler played a simple harmony on the chorus, and someone—I don’t know who—had clearly given her a very stern talking to that she had to sing along. And she did. With this dead grin on her face, which so clearly said, “Don’t you know I’m talented and should be able to opt out of the glorified children’s song?”

But the absolute best part was her freakishly consistent eye roll. Every chorus, from low left up and over to low right on “In the bog down in the valley-oh.” Every damn time. And as the song got faster, the eye roll picked up speed. If a choreographer put something like that into a number, it would take days to get that eye roll so consistent.

As a performer, I’ve totally had one of those moments. When you realize that somehow your life led you to that exact moment on stage and you have no idea what you did wrong but you’re pretty sure this is karma’s vengeance. I could feel her pain, but that didn’t stop me from laughing at her epic eye roll.


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