For the last week, myself and the family have been at a Jewish-Christian inter faith bible study week in Germany - my wife gave a keynote lecture. It's been an interesting experience, particularly since the text for the week was Lamentations, definitely the angriest, most emotional, most hardcore book of the bible.
Still, the most memorable event of the week had nothing much to do with inter faith dialogue or the bible. My kids (aged 6 and 3) sometimes like to dance to tracks on my MP3 player (I have a portable speaker I use for the purpose) and a couple of nights ago asked me to play them something. So I played them Alestorm's metal version of the gloriously silly 2008 Latvian Eurovision entry 'Wolves of the Sea'; a pirate song that begiuns 'with a hi hi ho and a hi hi hey, we are wolves of the sea'.
The kids went berserk! Running around, throwing shapes, gurning like crazy. They had the wife and I in fits of laughter. It felt somehow all the more exciting since we were in our room at a Catholic retreat centre in Germany. Surely no one had ever daanced to this kind of music in this context before. It was a wonderful reminder of music's power to provoke sheer joy in the most incongruous of settings.