Singer / Songwriter Competition

Lifebelt

I decided to enter a singer / songwriter competition for the craic. Like various attempts in the past I will probably receive a juicy rejection email but sure it’s all for a bit of fun anyway.

I wrote and recorded a new song recently and it just so happened to be 3 minutes long which was a stipulation for the competition. So if you have 3 minutes to spare please have a listen to it.

You can vote also but only do so if you think its alright 🙂

http://eononetake.uk/entry/121

D.M.

On The Lonesome Road (original album)

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.

Hope you enjoy it.

D.M.

Junior Chills – Wake Up World 

Wake Up World

Following the 38 billion dollar military aid agreement between the US and Israel and the ongoing occupation and subjugation, discrimination and murder of Palestinians at the hands of the latter I decided to put a few thoughts into a new song called Wake Up World. I didn’t even try to hide the song behind an obscure title as I want to be as blunt and as forward as possible – Wake Up World. Wake up to what is happening in Palestine… can’t we see that Apartheid is here?

So this is the second of my protest songs about what is happening in Palestine right now.

I hope you like it.

D.M.

Junior Chills Album – Eight New Roses

Eight New Roses Album

https://www.amazon.com/Eight-New-Roses-Junior-Chills/dp/B01I2YCU1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468021455&sr=8-1&keywords=junior+chills+eight+new+roses

After a while of preparation my first album is now finished and online. The songs which comprise the album were wrote quite quickly and I suppose I didn’t waste any time in recording the songs too (which was to my own detriment in one particular song). I suppose the first place I should start is with the title of the album. I didn’t make it up as a romantic album name but it was rather the combination of three records which were in my line of vision as I recorded the songs: The Hateful Eight soundtrack, Escape from New York soundtrack and Red Roses For Me, first album by The Pogues. I took a word from each and made the above title…it also was fitting since I had wrote 8 songs for the album too!!

1) Old F Chord – To be honest there isn’t much I can say about this song other than the style of play and convoluted lyrics differ from the other songs I have wrote. The title is based on the F chord shape which I play throughout the song…not very adventurous but I do like its difference.

2) Father Told Me – I wrote this song following the birth of my first child in June 2016. I think at the time I was positively overwhelmed by the birth and wanted to reflect on my father’s role with the birth of me in this song so it is both a song about my father and what I hope to aspire to as a father.

3) Smell That Night – One of my friends had a habit (maybe even a fetish haha) for commenting on how nice the night air smells in Ireland… I’m not sure if it was the smell of turf, home fires, air after rain or just a fresh smelling night air which appealed to him so much but it is something which I can appreciate and have tried to reflect this in the song. It is also a bit of a new departure for me as I tried to use my voice to sing in a different key while also harmonising at points.

4) Strange – I really like this song as I find it a very deep and meaningful song based on witnessed personal experiences. I sing about people only changing when certain things happen in their lives…for example: people only change their attitude about drinking / taking drugs when they don’t have money to buy them. They also don’t see the problem with indulging in one or the other when they have money to pay for them!! I suppose it is a message from me to the world that change is a good thing if you can do so in a positive way…it is a good thing as it can impact positively on those around you and is not a selfish action.

5) Bridie – Bridie is my attempt at a song about the Irish Famine in the 1840’s. I try to explore different aspects of the period in each verse from a person experiencing The Famine, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a coffin ship, trying to make a life for himself in New York and finally writing a letter back home about his experiences. It is also a song which I have dedicated to my great aunt Bridie who passed away a number of years ago…if anything she will always be immortalised in this song.

6) Autumn Leaves – I like this song for its simplicity and the way I sing the lyrics. I try to reflect back when I first started (attempted) to sing and I have noticed a massive improvement in confidence more than anything…this is a song about the futility of time and how quickly it can pass us by. I think somewhere before I commented on how when you were younger summer time seemed to last so long yet nowadays months fly by like autumn leaves caught in the wind.

7) Alone – I don’t know what influenced my mind at the time of writing this song but it delves into the whole idea of loneliness. It’s a reaction in a sense to being left at the side of the road or at the other side of the train tracks by yourself and culminates in a revelation at the end that no matter who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing you really are not alone.

8) Mermaid and The Man – This was the last song I wrote for the album and one which was wrote in the space of 30 minutes. To be perfectly honest the recording of this was rushed and which in hindsight I am not happy with (or at least the last 30 seconds of the song). I’ll need to remember for my next recordings to take my time and critically evaluate before putting it online. This song is a random look in to the life of a man who marries a mermaid. I think it is my attempt to replicate Christy Moore’s ‘Reel in The Flickering Light’ song where his story looks at a person who allows his sister to be married by a Johnny Long Legs / Daddy Long Legs insect…very random but an absolutely great song!!

So there it is. My first ever album recorded and one which I am very very proud of. If you get around to listening to the album remember that this was recorded in a room in my house…there has been no filters or add ons….it was simply me with my guitar, microphone, amp and lyrics.

I hope you can appreciate it at the very least for what it is – an original album reflecting on life experiences.

Here is a link to the album:

https://www.amazon.com/Eight-New-Roses-Junior-Chills/dp/B01I2YCU1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468021455&sr=8-1&keywords=junior+chills+eight+new+roses

D.M.

 

 

 

 

Junior Chills – Salmons’ Dream

Salmons’ Dream

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 hope you like 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 – Emerald Isle (Original)

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Ireland

All in all, the message in the song is one of hope for Ireland. Hope and peace.

I hope you like it.

D.M.

Ale n’ Dreamboats

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.

Junior Chills – Woody

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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.

Hope.

Give it a watch and see what I mean.

D.M.

 

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!!

Milestones – Junior Chills

Milestones – Junior Chills

In life generally I am sentimental about milestones and with the Junior Chills blog this is no different. The milestone here is that we have reached 100 followers to this blog. I know that I follow other people who have thousands of followers but we all start off somewhere (I am definitely not suggesting that we will ever get 1000’s of followers hahaha). I am not too sure if there was even 100 people at the Battle of the Bands where we played, so to be able to reach this many people with several posts about our songs and the stories behind them is truly amazing.

I know the quality of the recordings is not great and the stories behind these songs are quite scattered brained but it is what it is. Hopefully by looking passed these things; the true beauty of the songs can come through…

I have been reading quite a varied range of other bloggers reviews of books, their own posts regarding Mental Illness and short stories created from the depths of their imagination. There is an abundance of talent out there that I never would have discovered if I hadn’t taken that leap to post my own creations online…hopefully others will take that leap of faith too…

Thank You.

D.M.