Update – Remember, you’ll be in the ground long enough!!

Junior Chills – Spoiler

Although I think that the video lends a lot of weight to the song, I have uploaded the mp3 of ‘Spoiler’ to SoundCloud for everyone to listen to.

I have put 19 songs online since February which is a lot more than I had anticipated doing. I wanted to have a routine of putting a song online every week but that quickly went by the way side as different events cropped up which some of my songs related to and I wanted to take advantage of this. Who wants to listen to a song about Lent at Halloween time anyway? Haha

I suppose I will just keep on putting up songs until I have no more original ones left to put online. Maybe mix it up with a few more cover songs. Hopefully get the bass and electric incorporated into songs as I go along.

I’ll keep on going.

Sure I will be in the ground long enough.

D.M.

Junior Chills – Spoiler (original)

Junior Chills – Spoiler

Writing music and playing songs is a massive ‘de-stressing’ tool for me as well as being a great hobby. However watching movies is where my passion lies so I thought I would mix the two of these together and see what I could achieve.

Something which happens a lot of the time to me, especially on social media sites, is seeing spoilers about movies and television shows before I have had a chance to view them. This song is a satirical approach to this where I reveal the spoilers of famous movies and television shows which I have seen…I am not too sure if I will put up a spoiler alert before anyone views it…fuck it! I have had things spoiled too many times!! Time for a tiny bit of revenge!!

In particular I reveal a few things about:

The Predator

LOST

Usual Suspects

Sixth Sense

The Running Man

Game of Thrones

I have tried my best to create a music video for the song based on the lyrics and have put in clips from associated movies. I am particularly proud of adding in footage of Bishop and Ash from the Alien franchise when I sing about my milk being all sour…movie buffs will understand the connection!!

Anyway, here it is. My ‘Spoiler’ song and associated video.

I hope you like it.

D.M.

Junior Chills – The Thief

Junior Chills – The Thief

‘The Thief’ is a song I wrote a few years ago and one which I always wanted people to hear. I had it lined up as one of my set list songs for a busking competition in Belfast and literally, as I went to play it, I was told that my time was up…no more songs for me!!

To be honest I had sort of forgotten about the song since then and came across it today as I was flicking through my song book. I know the previous few songs I have put up have been historically based (and linked maybe) but now I will return to playing just my normal songs…for a while at least.

‘The Thief’ is a song a person who not only steals objects but other peoples’ feelings too.

I hope you like it.

 

D.M.

 

Junior Chills – Sins of Ireland

Junior Chills – Sins of Ireland

I haven’t gave much thought into writing anything about this song if I’m honest but I’ll run with it and see where it takes me.

If you have listened to my other songs you will know that the music sounds very similar to the song ‘Hoops’…that’s because it is!! But this song was wrote first and I couldn’t find any other music to fit in…actually, I didn’t even try. The song is called ‘Sins of Ireland’ but I think it is more of a satirical song which delves into some popular misconceptions about the Irish – we are all alcoholics, we all know Irish dancing, we love gambling (but this could be more of a local stereotype where someone who loves gambling would be said to put money on two flies racing up a wall).

Each verse looks at a different month of the year: May, July, September, December, February, March / April and tells a story about what happened in each month between a married couple.

I think that the line I love the most in the song is ‘In the rain of July lad, I decided to take a trip, I brought the wife to Cashel Rock, and I left her there in Tipp (Tipperary)’. Typically weather in July would be nice, maybe even warm. In Ireland the weather is, more times than not, a nice cool, cloudy, rainy constant…even during the summer.

St Patrick’s Day and the third day of Cheltenham…fuck it! Few pints and a few bets 😉

Enjoy folks and remember to Tóg é go bog é 

D.M.

 

 

 

 

Junior Chills – For Palestine

Junior Chills – For Palestine (original)

A few weeks ago I was asked to play a song by Woody Guthrie called ‘Deportees’. I had not heard of the song never mind played it before but I tried my hand at it and, I think, it went down well. The song stuck with me as it was based on a true story so I decided to put my own lyrics to the music of another true story. The story of Palestine. Guthrie’s song was a protest song…this, I suppose, is my own protest song to the injustice and plight of the Palestinians at the hand of Israel.

The songs basis comes from a quote I read from Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, in October 1983. The quote reads “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” This quote has, obviously, caused quite a lot of controversy especially in regards to its authenticity. I have researched into it but I could not find anything to suggest that it was not said. It is important to note that because one person said it does not ring true for everyone else.

The chorus is made up of people who have died in Palestine due to attacks from Israel. The people are:

Mohammad Abu Khadeir – 16 years old, died in July 2014

Nasser Abu Maraheel – 42 years old, died in September 2003

Mohammad Ibrahim Ar Reyati – September 2008

Bassem Hassan Hijazi – 36 years old, died August 2014

I have also tried to incorporate Arabic, the Palestinian language, into the song by including ‘ma salama’ which means ‘goodbye’. I am saying goodbye and farewell to Khadeir, Maraheel, Ar Reyati, Hijazi and the hundreds and thousands more who have died, injustly, at the hands of Israel.

I have put this song up during an important, historical time for Ireland and its connection with Palestine. What Ireland has (and still is) been subjected to by Britain, so too is Palestine experiencing by Israel. I allude in the song to bias coverage of the war which has been waged upon Palestinians and I hope that via this protest song, people may read a little more into what is happening and question the ‘news’ which is being propagated by mainstream media.

Just a quick note on the video for the song. It is a mixture of footage and still images. The footage represents hope for life in Palestine. It also marks the disparity between life as we are, maybe, used to and life which Palestinians face on a daily basis. The still images reflect the true picture of life in Palestine.

Not that I want people to like the song or messages conveyed in it, but more to appreciate the protest and awareness raising nature of it.

D.M.

Junior Chills – Dublin 1916

Junior Chills – Dublin 1916 (original)

Due to the historical significance of 2016, I wanted to write a song about the events of the Easter Rising in 1916. I have studied Irish History and British History for many, many years and tried to incorporate as much of this as possible into the song. I have written the song from four different people’s perspectives during the Easter Rising of 1916. One of these people is a reflection of someone who fought and died during the Rising, the rest are figments of my imagination.

If you can, try and listen to the lyrics and not so much the singing.

The first verse is from the perspective of a volunteer who is fighting within the GPO in Dublin during The Rising.  As the place is burning down around him he remembers the words of Padraig Pearse at the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, at which he was present:

“the fools, the fools, the fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”

This seems to strengthen his resolve to fight for the freedom of Ireland.

The second verse is from the perspective of an older volunteer who is thinking about the British Empire and, specifically, what took place in India. I wanted to link the significance of Britain’s Empire to the Easter Rising as a lot of the military tactics which were used by the British during the Rising were perfected throughout their various wars during their empirical days. The verse ends with the beginning of World War One and the view that because Britain’s attention was focused on Germany, this was the perfect opportunity to strike and fight for Ireland’s freedom.

The final verse begins from the perspective of James Connolly, who was within the inner circle of those who organised the Easter Rising and was commandant of the Dublin Brigade during Easter 1916. The leaders of the Rising were executed for their roles but Connolly’s execution was probably the most poignant as he had been injured during the events, was tied to a chair in the courtyard and executed by a firing squad while seated.

Junior Chills – Dublin 1916

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The verse continues from the perspective of someone who fought and survived the Easter Rising. He / She reflects on the significance of the events of Easter Week and how Ireland’s freedom is “not a question of if, but when”.

The Easter Rising was a defining moment in modern Irish History and I think that, especially as it is a centenary year, people should take a few minutes to read about the events of 1916. It is something which has been told to me on numerous occasions and one which rings true…Ireland may only be a small island but it has a massive history!!

 

D.M.

Junior Chills – Sean South from Garryowen

Junior Chills – Sean South from Garryowen (Wolfe Tones Acoustic Cover)

This is an acoustic cover version I did of Sean South of Garryowen. In case you were interested in the historical significance of Sean South, here is a bit of an insight into it (courtesy of Wikipedia…Christ, I am getting lazy):

Seán South (1928–1 January 1957) was a member of an IRA military column led by Sean Garland on a raid against a Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on New Year’s Day, 1957. South died of wounds sustained during the raid along with another IRA volunteer, Fergal O’Hanlon.

This is a song which captures a snippet of modern Irish History. It sounds different from the original versions but I hope you like it.

D.M.