The brand-new video for today's journal entry comes from the legend himself: Michael Flatley. Specifically, here are two flute pieces -- the Ghost Reel, and the Castlehyde Reel.
Growing up poor as a kid in Chicago, Michael used to listen to one LP after another that his father, a Sligo man, would put on: Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Tansey, Kevin Henry, Matt Molloy, and more.
Today, everyone knows Michael as the creator of a new genre of entertainment -- the commercial #IrishDance show -- as well as being the star, principal choreographer, and creative force behind the biggest shows within that genre. Not everyone, however, remembers that he's also a musician and winner of two All-Ireland Flute Championships.
What's particularly impressive is that Michael is completely self-taught. As a child he taught himself to play Irish tunes completely by ear. To this day, Michael can't read a note of music -- but he can bloody well play the flute.
Follow your dream. If Mike the "uneducated" construction worker from the wrong side of town in the vast American midwest can play the flute on the front lawn of his castle in Ireland, what can you achieve if you set your mind to it?