From the hills and valleys of Ireland to the hills and valleys of Nashville, Tennessee comes the music like "Wild Mountain Thyme"...telling stories of the lives of country people who lived and worked in harmony with the land. Many of them had to leave Ireland and sail across the sea to America in order to survive, but they brought their traditions and roots with them. In American country music today, you can still hear some of the melodic sounds and rhythms of our Irish-American ancestors from another part of the world long ago.
The value of moving forward can never be complete if you don't take your history and where you came from with you. When you forget your roots, you are incomplete. The music and the stories "need" to come with you.
For me, personally, the percussive dances and the enduring melodies in Irish music that have been passed down from generation to generation will never leave my heart.