YES! This gong comes with the beautiful Au Courant gong stand and mallet!Gong Diameter: 14"
Gong Stand Measurements:
Inside Width Space: 17.5"
Space from Hanging Hooks to Base: 16”*****
Today, Class, in Trans-Cultural Sound as Meaning
, we will examine how the french phrase AU COURANT (pronounced 'o kirahn') effected Ireland in ways much deeper than hundreds of years of English rule
When viewed through our lens it becomes a simple matter of discovering the phrase's vast influence on the Emerald Isle via the proliferations of names such as O'Malleys, O'Sullivans, O'Finnigans and O'Reillys.OH MY!
While some etymological scholars may protest that this un'oly connection is not real, that the French were driven out of Ireland (along with their escargot, snakes and lizards) by St. Patrick, a simple glance at a modern-day Dublin phone book is enough to prove them wrong.OH NO!
As we wade deeper, through the spilled beer and sacramental wine, we slosh through a vast swamp of O'Doyles, O'Rourkes and O'Connors- (this last name providing us with a nearly irrefutable parallel to the aforementioned Au Courant) we are confronted with absolute proof that these aforementioned scholars are nothing more than O'nanists!
In the image of the 14" Chocolate Drop gong above, you will find photographic evidence of the influence of the Au Courant on Celtic heritage.
In the 14" Chocolate Drop gong we can clearly see a lustrous golden sheen akin to that of hazy sunlight through a fine vintage of whiskey, a drink for which the Irish have, historically, shown an affinity.
While, in the center of this gong's shimmer, the "chocolate drop" perches as if it were a stray dollop of Guinness, a liquid of pure Irish lineage, or dare I suggest an "eye" on a potato. (No comment needed.)
Surrounding it all, the Au Courant stand, cinching the argument to its logical conclusion.
While this gong is made in China, the bright tone it issues when played -- Fact: in general, the more lathed, the more shine, a gong displays, the brighter its tone will be ---is in keeping with a rough form of Irish calculus which, put simply is, the more whiskey and Guinness consumed, the more likely an Irishman will be to burst forth in bright and glorious ballad.
(In the video below, substitute the word 'gongs' for 'pipes'- also- note the name of the singer of this traditional Irish ballad- et tu O'Dwyer?-)
As our lecture draws to a close, we have aptly and uniformly demonstrated the influence of French Language on Irish culture and hence upon every land that an Irish lad or lass has visited, and hoisted a glass and tossed it back with a certain je ne sais quaff!