I think it was timely to do a cover of The Strokes song ‘Someday’ since my wife and I are patiently awaiting the arrival of our first child hopefully arriving ‘someday’ soon. Continuing with the baby theme I decided to start the song with the heartbeat which we had recorded at an ante natal appointment. It wasn’t at all necessary to put this in but for my own personal gratification I wanted to add it in to add that sentimental touch to the song.
This is an alternative acoustic cover of The Strokes song but one which I think comes together nicely. I recorded another of their songs before but I wasn’t too happy with the recording quality (even though I put it online anyway) so I thought I would try my hand at another of their songs. It probably won’t be the last cover of theirs either if I am being honest.
I obviously don’t own the rights to the video which was created, which is the official video of The Strokes song, that’s why I put a filter on the video to show that just like my version of the song is different from their original so too is the video.
Anyway. Here it is. My cover of ‘Someday’ by The Strokes.
I wrote this song yesterday and it took me approximately 5 minutes to complete. I think that it is because of this feat that I really like the song. It’s not often you write the lyrics and music of a song in such a short space of time or at least that has been my experience of writing songs.
Simple chord progression which sounded nice and lyrics which followed suit quite quickly made the song come together as quickly too. I had received an email yesterday morning regarding an original video and song combo competition which I had been invited to enter. Nearly all the songs I put online are originals as to are the videos which I put together via stock footage. However the competition asks for the performer to be in the video playing the song…so I wrote a new song and I made a new video. Like each recording of my music, the video was raw recorded with only an inverted filter added to make it look a bit more different / funky!!
The gas mask in the video is a complete nod to Dead Mans Shoes by Shane Meadows. Great movie!! Watch it right now if you haven’t already seen it…and if you have, watch it again right now!!
For some reason within those five minutes of composing the song I was thinking about a small, seaside town in Ireland called Ballyhornan. This is a place which I have visited since I was a child and a place which I continue to go to whenever the weather picks up. It is a place where I have caught a million fish; a place where I have camped out under the stars; a place where I have watched my friends try to brave the arctic like waters at 2am (and fail); a place which evokes a multitude of different feelings and emotions which makes it a truly wonderful place.
I suppose this can be my song for Ballyhornan.
P.S. Thankfully none of my friends drowned that year…stupid fuckers!
While practising the Kings of Leon song ‘Back Down South’, I thought that I would put my own lyrics to the song and make it about Ireland. I’ll not get into the geography / politics (which do indeed come hand in hand) of the situation but I thought I would amend the song to look at visiting the Republic of Ireland i.e. going back down south.
In the song I discuss Luke Kelly, Christy Moore, the Garda, Food, Culchies and the Euros. Maybe it can be my own song for Ireland at the Euros this year.
Fuck it. This is my song for Ireland at the Euros this year.
I wrote this song as a reaction to cancer and the effects that it can have on a someone’s life. I write about ‘looking inside the place you own’ and ‘considering this house as your home’ and use it to look at cancer and how it makes its destructive home within a person. But it can take its leave at anytime because I know that I will not be stopping it from doing so.
I look at how people who have been diagnosed with cancer are sometimes given time frames as to how long they have left to live but there is no real certainty to it: I’ve got a month but maybe that’s a year. The age old question is that if you didn’t know how long you had left to live, would the date that you died match the secret diagnostic of the doctors?
I know that red sky at night can mean shepherds delight in that weather-wise the following day will be a good day. However red can also signify danger and this is what I latch onto here in the song. The person in the song can see blue skies ahead and will do whatever he can to prevent them from turning red. He is going to fight against the cancer and try to live for his family and himself.
Pretty morbid. Pretty relevant. Just something which had been playing on my mind the day I wrote this song two years ago. Just something which I still think about…
Hope you like it or can, at the very least, appreciate it.