Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Look beyond the green beer and leprechauns and you’ll find the towering figure of St. Patrick himself, who was among the brave Irish men and women who tenaciously clung to civilization when the rest of Europe was overrun with brutal barbarians.

Legend has it that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland and converted the wild men. Today we seek to tame our own musical barbarians: walking into your first ear training class, the sometimes tortuous process of writing a song, or figuring out what to do with a mixolydian mode.

In true Irish style, we’ll finish with a Celtic music celebration. But first, let’s address those snakes:

Snake Charming