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Blog Archive for May, 2013

Amhrán na mBananaí

Posted on 30 May 2013

Seo hé Amhrán na mBananaí mar a sheoladh chugam é ó Gabriel Rosenstock a rinne é a aistriú go gaeilge le déanaí. Bhain me lán sult as triall a bhaint leis an amhrán seo acapella.

This is the Banana Boat Song as sent to me by Gabriel Rosenstock, who translated it into Irish recently. I had great fun with this singing it acapella.


Irish Song – Pócaí Stróicthe

Posted on 27 May 2013

So seo hé an chéad amhrán sa sraith físeán Youtube Original Song Mondays atá i ngaeilge agus is ceann de na hamhráin a bheis ar m’albaim úr nuair a bheidh sé criochnaithe agam. Feicim daoine ag imeacht leo go tírthe eile agus feicim daoine eile ag teacht go hÉireann. Sílim gurbh é siúd a spreag an t-amhrán seo.

Here’s the first but by no means the last of my Irish language songs in my Original Song Mondays series on Youtube and it’ll be one of the songs on my new album when I get it finished. It translates as Torn pockets or Holey Pockets. I see people leaving for other countries and people coming to Ireland and I suppose that’s what inspired this song.


Feelin Groovy – Cover Song Thursday

Posted on 23 May 2013

Feelin’ Groovy, The 59th Street Bridge Song is today’s Cover Song Thursdays’ video. I find that singing this song lightens the mood and is a bit of craic whenever I play it. I hope it does the same for your day! Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s version is obviously the original and I’ve learned so much from artists like these over the years. They are as we say in Dublin, ledgebags!


In My Element

Posted on 20 May 2013

So I was watchin TED talks online as I do from time to time and I came across this one which deals with the problems in education in both Britain where the speaker Ken Robinson is from and America where I think he now lives.

The crux of his thesis is that we should all be striving to Find our Passion, or try to find that thing that we love doing. (Joeseph Campbell advised people to Follow Your Bliss which I think is pretty much the same thing.) Because you love doing it you’ll have much more enthusiasm and energy for it than anything else you do and you’ll therefore get really good at it and you’ll have the energy to overcome any hurdles you might face. (Seth Godin deals with these in a great little book called The Dip)

Here’s In My Element which was inspired by the Ken Robinson TED talk and also his book, both of which can be found here http://www.elementbook.com/

 And so In My Element is a note-to-self kinda thing. That’s it, it’s a yellow sticky note of a song to remind me to seek out that place or that thing I do, where I’m in my element. For me this place and time is writing songs, singing songs and playing music. One of the reasons for starting Original Song Mondays and Cover Song Thursdays was to keep me focused on doing those exact things, cause it’s so easy to get into the exact opposite habit. So I hope you get something out of the song.

This video recording is from last night’s gig where I was supporting Petcrafts Music Company, who were performing Beck’s Song Reader album in full. If you haven’t heard about it, Beck released his latest album as sheet music only, which opens the door for others to put their spin on his songs before anyone hears him play them. Sounds a bit gimmicky but I think it’s a great thing for someone in Beck’s position to do, engaging with musicians anywhere in the world and benefiting all. And as a marketing stunt I’d say it’ll work really well once he plays it live as so many people will know the songs by then.