A new song called Never Been Told and an edit of my tribute to Ireland called Ireland Bound:
A new song called Never Been Told and an edit of my tribute to Ireland called Ireland Bound:
I got a bit of time to upload some new songs and other ones which I have had the chance to edit. Been a while since I have had the time to do so and it feels good to revisit songs which I haven’t listened to since I recorded them.
So here they are. Ranging from original songs (and an original song / story about the Irish Famine) and a few cover songs too.
I hope you like them.
Rumours (original song about the Irish Famine)
Last Night (acoustic cover of The Strokes song)
I’ll Meet You There One Day (original song for Palestine)
There Won’t Be Many Coming Home (Roy Orbison cover)
Hello (Adele Cover)
Rivers Run Clear (original)
It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything or checked much on this. Recorded this wee nombre so thought I would put it online for anyone to listen to 😀
Junior Chills – Emerald Isle (Acoustic Original)
It took me quite a lot of time to decide whether or not to put this song online…and the songs which are to follow. It was a decision I made on the basis of history and my love for history and I didn’t want to miss the chance due to the significance of 2016. This year is the centenary of the Easter Rising, which was an event which took place throughout Ireland in 1916 with a focus on Dublin City Centre. It was an event which triggered a whole series of events which would transform the political landscape of Ireland forever.
The song itself is a brief, maybe rushed, synopsis of Ireland’s history. There are a lot of different events alluded to in the song and the order is quite disjointed. I think that this is because when I wrote the song different periods of Ireland’s history were coming to me at different times and I liked the way that it did not flow chronologically.
Although academics would frown on this being included here, if you want a brief history of Ireland check out the following link:
All in all, the message in the song is one of hope for Ireland. Hope and peace.
I hope you like it.
Ale n’ Dreamboats
For those of you that have watched the movie ‘This Is England’ by Shane Meadow’s there is a line, which you may or may not have overlooked, which is said by Woody to Combo when he has just returned home. Woody asks ‘who the fuck’s he?’ in relation to finding out who a random person in the room is. This line has fallen into common usage amongst me and my friends to question anyone who we don’t really know…and it only works if you say it in Woody’s accent! This was supposed to be the original title of the song.
As with the majority of the songs I write, the music has come first. I got the chord progression wrote down for an introduction, verse, chorus and interlude and then played these chords until words came to me and fit relatively well to the music. When I broach a subject within my song, it is rare that I deviate from that subject, however, with ‘Ale n’ Dreamboats’ I did just that. I threw in ‘who the fuck’s he?’ ,without the ‘fuck’, and, fortunately, it fit with the song.
I think the song is quite self-explanatory. It is a story from the male perspective but it is not a story solely defined to males. Women experience the same story on equal amounts of times as men…and maybe I’ll write a follow up from the female perspective…like that shitty song that was out years and years ago where the guy and girl are slobbering to each other!!Haha
In regards to some of the lyrics which I have put into the song there are three or four which I particularly like.:
‘Another member of my team walks by, a secret rule by which we all abide’ is from a single person’s perspective and the whole idea of being on a night out knowing that there is other people out too who have been with the girl you have been with. However it’s a secret rule that you don’t actually talk to each other about it, you don’t even acknowledge each other but you both know that, in a way, you’re competing for the same person.
‘A text you sent had me feeling fine’. This looks more at before going on a night out and you’re texting a girl thinking that on that night out you will be able to hook up…sometimes it happens…maybe sometimes ‘another member of my team’ gets there instead…
‘He’s standing making fighting eyes at me’. Again this whole idea that if you get with somebody in somewhere like a bar, chances are there will be someone else there that doesn’t like the fact that you have pulled. Wee jealousy number maybe. It is because of this that they stare at you like they are going to beat the shit out of you…but sure…such is life…
I tried to link the video, which is pretty random, as best I could with the lyric. If you listen to the lyrics and watch the video you will be able to see the very random connections I have made. I have flipped the video, in parts, on its head compared to the lyrics as the second part of the video has very destructive, natural elements to it which pulls away from the lyrics as in the second part of the song the lyrics suggest that the person gets the girl this time…this can be seen best in the last chorus where the two men are on the stairs with the lady and the next scene is of a flooded town. This reflects the one who is rejected by the woman. Maybe that’s what this song is about…rejection…the last scene sets the tone for the whole song though and for the ultimate message.
Give it a watch and see what I mean.
P.S. I do not have any copyright over the featured image. It is a very cool picture that I just had to use. Apologies for stroking it off the net!!
Junior Chills SoundCloud Page
I had set up a SoundCloud page for Junior Chills a few months ago in order to register for the Battle of the Bands competition we entered. Unfortunately this fell by the wayside as I wanted to concentrate on creating our own blog page where we could upload our songs along with a blurb about the thought process behind the songs. Fortunately I have just been reminded by a very kind blogger about the power of using SoundCloud for people to hear our songs…it’s all well and good creating a wee music video to go along with the song but people may never get the chance to view it and simply want to hear the song. As such I have updated our SoundCloud page with our music and intend to upload both a YouTube and SoundCloud link to relevant posts in the future…
I think the most frustrating thing about SoundCloud is the inability to upload songs straight from the mobile app. It takes a bit more time sending the song through to my email address or saving it onto the cloud and then uploading them all via a laptop computer – it would be great if SoundCloud could sort this one out…if they’re listening!! Haha
Nevertheless it is an excellent site which hopefully will allow me to reach more listeners who may appreciate the songs which we create. Here is a few of our songs….please visit our SoundCloud page to hear more: https://soundcloud.com/junior-chills-official
Junior Chills – The Abyss
Junior Chills – Last Night (The Strokes Cover)
Junior Chills – Hello (Adele Cover)
Junior Chills – Goodbye
Junior Chills – 40 Nights (Acoustic)
Hope you like them.
Hoops – the song that never was…
‘Hoops’ is a wee romantic number I wrote a while back and is the song I used to enter a singer-songwriter competition in Belfast. Needless to say I didn’t get into the competition. There is a wealth of musical talent in my local area so I was up against some serious musicians. They were also only taking 60 people through to the competition…but I am fairly confident that if it was 61 people going through I would have been the 61st person no sweat! Hahaha
There are a lot of different things discussed and / or alluded to in some way in this romantic number. The one I like the most is probably ‘I need to tell you while I can you’re my girl and I’m your man, it’s one of those things that doesn’t really need saying’. It’s the whole idea of whenever you start being in a relationship and reflecting back to the day when you started going out, did you have the conversation of now we are boyfriend / girlfriend? It’s one of those things that doesn’t really need saying but we say it anyway.
I also like the whole idea of chivalry. It’s a done thing that if It’s cold outside you give your other half your jacket…it’s a nice thing to do and because of that you do feel warm inside for doing it but in your head you like ‘for fuck sake now I am baltic’: around her shoulder I place my coat, there’s warmth inside even though you’re arms are freezing.
Finally ‘when pain hit hard, you hit pain back, you never tired and never slacked, worked so hard now the benefits you’re reaping’. This line was written for my wife who, at that time, had a very difficult and stressful job. You are allowed to have shitty days, you’re even allowed to have shitty weeks but it is how you deal with these days and weeks which is key as now she is reaping the benefits of persevering and working things through. This goes for everything and not just work. With relationships there is obviously going to be speed bumps along the way but if you work with it then you come out on the other side stronger.
As I was entering this song into a singer – songwriter competition I recorded this at a Recording Studio. Again the click track wasn’t working for me (maybe the click track is perpetually broken and not me) so it was another raw recording. I think there is a bit of reverb on the vocals and, in parts, there is a double up of the vocals. I think it sounds really good…well obviously since I wrote it! Took a bit of time to develop a video for the song again where the images reflect some of the words spoken… so check it out and see what you think.
40 Nights – A song about Lent
Being a massive Christy Moore fan it is very fitting that I begin this blog with a quote by him from his Live At The Point album: “ I wasn’t going to sing this song…but I’m going to sing it”.
This song was one of the first ones that I ever wrote and it is quite timely for this time of year as the song is about Lent. More specifically it is about someone trying to give up drink for Lent. For those of you that do not know what Lent is, it is a time of year where Catholic’s replicate Jesus’ time in the desert when he fasted for 40 days and nights and was tempted by the devil along the way. Fortunately in Ireland there are fuck all deserts for us to take off to and fast so we try our best to give up some things for the 40 days…chocolate, sweets, crisps, and, for the more hardcore Catholics, drink. We all get a cheat day in the middle with St Patrick’s Day on 17th March…as Tommy Tiernan, the Irish comedian, stated, in the middle of lent, “Jesus came out of the desert and said ah lads the divil is wreckin’ me head, give us a pint will ye”.
This is a song which I haven’t played in quite a while but as it is Lent I thought I may as well put it online…I hope you enjoy it!!
P.S. One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough…