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Blog Archive for June, 2013

Oxygen 21

Posted on 10 Jun 2013

For Original Song Monday’s today we have an old song of mine. Oxygen 21 is part of my Climate Change Songs Workshops I facilitate in schools around Dublin and Kildare. This serves as an Introduction to the the air we breath 21% O2 (Oxygen), 78% N (NItrogen) and 1% other gases including H2O (Water), CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and CH4 (Methane).

So here’s myself singing up by the pier in Howth last Friday after a workshop in Howth Primary School. The weather was fantastic and I had enough battery power for one take so I’m glad with how it turned out.

Nightswimming – REM

Posted on 6 Jun 2013

So here’s one of those songs that got into my subconscious and I never really knew what it was about, but the sound of it always gave me comfort. So I decided I’d tackle it with the acoustic guitar. As happens with learning cover songs for me I get so far copying and then practising and practising it becomes different. So here’s my different version of the REM classic Nightswimming and I hope you enjoy it.


Methadone Denial

Posted on 3 Jun 2013

This song was inspired by a lecture given by the late Richard Douthwaite where he mentioned how the use of fossil fuels is like being addicted to hard drugs. You can hear his explanation 52 minutes in on this link. http://vimeo.com/8738847

The song Methadone Denial  is about a year old but still has a relevant message to deliver I feel. It’s a tough thing to give up or cut down on something you are used to all your life, but it’s such a pressing matter now that CO2 levels are going up and up and causing Climate Change around the world, that we really have to look hard at our energy use. Anyway the song is my attempt at highlighting our addiction to fossil fuels.