‘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.
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…
‘Tell me Michael, how can a billion Chinese people be wrong?’
This line, from The Lost Boys, comes to mind when I think about some of the different reactions I have read about Adele and her music –not that I need a billion people to tell me what I should or should not like but I think it’s pretty safe to say that with the following that she has it is because she is good…very, very good!! I won’t begin to lie and say that I have heard even a quarter of the songs she has made but of the handful that I have heard I think that she is far more than a crooner for Grannies…
If you have listened to some of the songs we have wrote, this song is definitely not built for me to cover. Try to visualise me belting out the chorus full on Adele style? It wouldn’t happen and never did. Instead I tried to make it my own and it is pretty different from Adele’s version (hopefully in a good way).
An iPad created instrumental song which differs from the norm
I bought Garage Band for my iPad last year in the hope that I could semi-professionally record my own songs within the confines of my home. What I wasn’t told when I downloaded the app was that I needed an i-Rig to link my guitar to the iPad to actually begin playing and recording (unless I wanted to use the built in iPad microphone to record my guitar which wouldn’t have sounded great). As such before I was able to get my hands on this i-Rig I had time to faff about with the app and see what was what. Before long I was using the drums, piano and guitar pre-sets to make my own instrumental song…I think my attempts to keep time in the song are pretty shit, with the whole click track fiasco it is not surprising either, but the song is what it is.
It is called Head of a Weasel. To be honest I am not 100% sure where I got the title from…maybe it is about someone who finds the head of a weasel in his Kentucky…I don’t know…give it a listen and see what you think!!