Done and dusted…

Well that was quite painless… I suppose when you haven’t the tools to constantly go back and edit your creations it always be painless (yet frustrating in a way). Maybe I have rushed things…I am not quite sure. At the end of the day it was a personal goal to create “an album” of my own songs and in this I have succeeded. 

It will take a few days for things to start coming through but I am excited to see how it has all turned out and I will post (and no doubt re-post) whenever information gets sent through!!

Whenever it comes online I will provide a breakdown of each song and album name just as I have done with the rest of the songs I have wrote…I suppose the most striking thing for me is that I haven’t recorded songs which I have kept away for a rainy day (you may say my “better songs”). The majority of the songs I have recorded for the album have been wrote within the last 14 days (time off has been quite the time for reflection and creation)…i see that as an achievement in itself. Maybe, if they’re any good, the reader may appreciate them too. 

At the end of the day I will endeavour in writing original songs and, as always, entice you to come along…

D.M. 

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Junior Chills – Someday (cover)

Someday (The Strokes – Cover)

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.

D.M.

 

Junior Chills – Reaching (original)

Junior Chills – Reaching (original)

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!

D.M.

 

Junior Chills – Blue Skies Ahead (original)

Blue Skies Ahead

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.

D.M.

 

 

 

Junior Chills – Far From The Road

Far From The Road (original)

This is a song I wrote several months ago in an attempt to compose a simplistic song. Very basic chord progressions and lyrics seemed to fit together well so I thought it was a good time to put it online.

Bit of a stretch vocally but sure if you don’t try, you won’t know…

I suppose, looking at it, Far From The Road is a bit of a romantic number. It discusses how places link memories, how affection can make everything else seem irrelevant…quite like Blanche I suppose with her quote ‘ There are things that happen between a man and woman in the dark that sort of make everything else seem unimportant’.

Just a thought. 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.

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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.

Junior Chills SoundCloud

 

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.

D.M.