I have been fairly quiet on this for a long time. Haven’t posted much of anything. Decided to go back to university to study so that alone coupled with part time work and full time fatherhood I don’t really have time to bless myself 😀
But I have been still writing and playing away in the background. I had a bit of spare time this morning so thought I would rustle this one up quickly and fire it online.
Junior Chills – On The Lonesome Road (original album)
With the onset of fatherhood and a return to education I haven’t had the time I once had to regularly update my WordPress page. However I have been endlessly writing new songs to keep ‘stress’ at bay. I find that writing my songs are the easiest part but finding time to record them is quite tedious. Nevertheless I got a few hours today to upload not just one song but a handful which I have put into a wee album.
The songs explore a lot of different topics well the usual ones that I explore anyway. Although I love playing all the songs I write, I particularly enjoy Daydreaming, Stress and Ireland Bound.
So check it out. Give it a listen to. Find out a song which sticks out for you and let me know. Any and all feedback is greatly received and appreciated.
I suppose it sounds more ominous than it actually is which is simply a short instrumental piece to introduce a few songs which I have wrote.
I would like to think that if I was savvy with garageband I would introduce a small drum beat and maybe some form of electric guitar riff to mirror what I play on the acoustic. However I am unable to import my own songs to garageband 😦 I can only create ones afresh…so for the meantime this will have to suffice!!
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!
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.
Very random title. Very random song. I think I have always been fascinated with the bullshit theory that fish have only a three second memory…I think this could have been spawned from a fishing trip where I caught a fish with a hook in the eye, took it off, threw it back in and then caught the same dumb ass mutilated fish again…which I then brought home because being Irish I thought there was an old proverb somewhere that said ‘Catch a fish and give it to the sea, catch it again and you’ll get cash money moneeeeee’…I made that up…
I don’t think that they do have three second memories. But do they dream? What if they did dream? Would a salmon dream about walking down the road…this reminds me of Billy Connolly’s joke about how Wildebeast don’t know that they’re wildebeasts because there are no mirrors in the Serengeti Plain…this salmon in the story doesn’t think he’s a fish…he thinks he’s one of those walking things dandering about on the shore line!!
Again it is just a wee song that I put together…I have never dreamt that I have been a salmon so it’s unrealistic that the salmon would dream of being us…why would they? Christ, it’s just a song!!
I think that the title ‘Now I Know’ is ironic as now I know that my home recording set up just isn’t going to cut it. Trying to find a fine balance between voice and music so that one isn’t too over powering on the other is quite difficult when all you have is a microphone in the middle of the room. Maybe GarageBand would be able to help out here as I would be able to record both separately but I find the app very clunky and often confusing to use. At the beginning of the song you can hear (or can’t hear) that the music is drowning out the opening lyrics…I tried playing softer but it didn’t sound quite right. I also attempted to project my voice a little louder and this was the result of that. It is a work in progress I suppose…
This song is a little different from what I usually put up. It is fast paced throughout which I think lends well to the lyrics which are sung quite lethargically. It is a song about knowledge and knowing which is reflected in the chorus:
The things that I should know,
Are the things that never rest,
Oh, darling now I know
Cos I can do them best
I think it’s the whole idea of when you should know something is always the time when you get asked about it so it’s best to be prepared and always know the things that you should know.
For the video I found free stock footage online which I thought lent itself well to the song, especially after I added a few filters to it. The song, for me, is quite dark and I wanted to reflect this in the video for the song. As such, the mirrored image of the woman in the video is quite disturbing …the complete unnatural element to the video is at times quite nauseating…is that a good thing? Probably not. But if there comes a time when you need to be sick but are unable to throw up, maybe stick on ‘Now I Know’ and it might help your stomach to churn just a little bit quicker.