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I’m not able to link, but read a pretty good NYT piece on Joni playing a surprise set at Newport. There are film clips.
There was a lot of talk about it here..people raving about it….I took a look and could not watch it…it was painful to see such a wonderful artist surrounded by such a bunch of…
My pal’s punk and reggae radio show tonight played a song written by Thomas Moore ‘The Minstrel Boy’, have you performed it live much ?
This version by Joe Strummer RIP.
The Minstrel Boy to the war has gone,in the ranks of death you’ll find him..
it was a big song in my boy soprano days..back when I was still swingin the thurible
I’m trying to build up stamina, for the gig on 11th August. The goal posts keep moving and I’m expecting the whole thing to go up in smoke any minute. Anyway, all there is to do is keep practising.
Getting an idea of what this is like now.
So I sang full on for 45 minutes yesterday, all fine, then it keeled over on me.
Today, warmed up, got started. It’s knackered. No wonder you need an oxygen tent and solo work.
I could never work out how you had the strength to rehearse on gig days.
I’ve only ever been able to do the absolute minimum.
Sat by the air purifier for a bit. Going for a walk now, in silence.
All respect to you.
rehearsals are always in first gear…..sometimes even in neutral
only when i get out there does overdrive kick in
Great! I’ll get the kettle on.
Can I put a vote in for Daniel Craig please. I think he’d be more realistic as Daniel O’Donnell than Daniel O’Donnell, he’s used to doing cameos and he likes hurling. Here he is in StarWars playing a stormtroopers who’s a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
Tipperary girl sounds good. Maybe she could come by herself.
It has to be Daniel O’Donnell of course, lovely new cd.
Rebeccah will be a good addition along with the much awaited return of dagrab in a cameo appearance as Ghaddafi.
Well, the glamour is practically oozing off the screen.
Can I apply for the job of runner please. I make excellent tea and coffee, have a friendly outlook and great shopping skills.
Unfortunately I’m a vegetarian, so the weird baked hedgehog with the magic de-spining thing won’t be possible.
I’ve heard there’s not much meat on them anyway, like squirrel.
Have had a word with Daniel and he is game for a guest appearance along with his pet rotweiller ‘tipperary girl’.
Mrs brown’s agent confirms she is willing to play you and connor can apparently be won over with a pioneer pin , a white star and a Ban Garda’s uniform.
Only trouble is i cannot lay my hands on any lambs balls ( not pc any more) but that apart i shall see you and the lads for a run over the script at the Curragh Camp monday 1st august midday ( you as consultant and me giving it an hour before i head to Naas races)… ah she was lovely and fair…
I doubt we’ll need an hour
which Daniel ?
After me gabbing on about the Elvis film, i was thinking of offering up my services to produce the film of ‘Me and the Rose’.
It is such a fabulous song and story all rolled into one, so what about it?
Kango hammers, white south africans, roadstone lorries, hairy bacon, blue nuns, barrels of saw dust and platform shoes have all been reserved for use, while ewan mcgregor and colin farrell are fighting it out for selection along with brigite bardot and sharon horgan for the lead roles.
Would you sell me the film rights for a mug of tea and a brack loaf?
Whether yes or no it is just a wonderful song and whilst performing it live might be a tough ask , you could maybe just sing the Rose of Tralee meantime.
I was all set to go with Scorsese but De Niro pulled the plug…..then Neil Jordan expressed interest…he wanted Julia Roberts to play Rose..that was the end of that….I’m thinking more along the lines of Conor McGregor and Mrs Brown..a bit of class like
I learnt today that hedgehogs like swimming. The Internet can be a good place.
I don’t know if they like to take a bath.
The bass drone is a wonderful thing. You’re right about a, solid foundation. It’s opened Lord Baker right up to me. I’ve struggled with it, on and off, for a while now. But yesterday I realised I sing it in the same key as the bass drone plays, in D.
Yesterday it turned from confusing to fascinating in about a second when we put the drone and the song together.
Ive been flummoxed by the way the tune works, there didn’t seem to be a pattern. But it’s following the words I think?
The skies cleared yesterday and we’re off.
she is at the gate , waiting for your charitee
Great game in Croke Park today , congratulations to all in the Queendom and hard luck to our friends in Galway., hold the heads high…. your men done you proud……. we can only dream……
looking at that match yesterday then looking back to days of yore..its hard to bate the real thing
……now if that hedgehog was in the bath with the witch, it could well get a bit awkward, painful even.
a gypsy once told me that Hedgehog was a favourite dish of the old traveller folk….take the remains of the Hedgehog…surround deeply with wet clay until completely covered..then place in the embers of the fire for a couple of hours…. break open the clay and all the skin and spikes will come away… what remains..he assured me… was akin to delicious chicken…I’ve never tried it
There’s a fictional song that’s famous among Terry Pratchett fans called The Hedgehog Song.
Its sung by one of the witches while she has a bath but Terry Pratchett only gives us fragments of it. In the story it had at least 17 verses.
The book Witches Abroad is dedicated “to all those people – and why not? – who, after the publication of Wyrd Sisters, deluged the author with their version of the words of ‘The Hedgehog Song’. Deary deary me…”
Like Brook’s academy in Lanigan’s Ball…
Never sang by Elvis in the Palace, or in Croke Park today.
Sitting one day by myself,
And I’m thinking, “What could be wrong?”
When this funny little Hedgehog comes running up to me,
And it starts up to sing me this song.
The Incredible String Band – The Hedgehog Song.
Here’s a quick pic
Hope you’re having a good break.
Bass Drone…solid foundation…wish ye well
I saw this and had to share
Its from 1946
Steve got his bass drone yesterday and it is, a thing of beauty.
There’s something very special about commissioning an instrument and seeing it develop over time.
And what a noise it makes.
Captured everything except the young lad’s name….
I never really ‘got’ the beatles, rolling stones or david bowie for example but i always had a grudging admiration for Elvis . Grudging i suppose because for my ‘kids of 64’ generation he was not that cool.
However he must arguably be the most groundbreaking and talented white singer ever, and for me at least his Suspicious Minds in Las Vegas is still the greatest live performance of all.
A decade or so ago, when fundraising for a charity, i hired the cinema and put on ‘ jailhouse Rock’ a great film.
Tonight mrs B booked us tickets to see ‘Elvis’ in our small Hawick cinema. I went hoping i would enjoy it.
At the end i was so impressed i burst into a round of applause, something i recall previously doing only in East Kilbride for ‘in the name of the father’ and Glasgow for ‘joker’.
5 stars, i recommend it to all music lovers, it is a triumph and an honest reflection on the man, his country and his music.
I felt i had to share this before a mug of black tea and bed.
Well done mrs B, well done Elvis.
those early 78″single releases had us rockin in Newbridge in the 50s, he changed our world….saw Jailhouse Rock in The Palace Cinema with my best pal,the late, Pat McGowan…a few years later we saw him sing Wooden Heart in Technicolour…not even Juliet Prowse could save the day…we abandoned ship..Pat took off into the world of Steinbeck & Hemingway, I settled upon The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem….I still like those early cuts,the raw unfettered beauty of the man….before Parker arrived
How are you doing CM.?
Double the turf is in the shed ..don’t tell sleepy Eamonn.
We recently visited dad’s island 2 leagues offshore a beautiful untouched place.
While looking for a headstone in there one cousin said if the Egyptians could build the piramids we should be able to bring it ashore! Tá an obair sin fós romhainn .
Tá mé an-sásta that Gaillimh is coming up to the top of the gig list….and of the football pile .
Get your maroon tshirt ready again a mhac bán..won’t be easy Sunday ..at all at all..
CS (17 3/4)
In the house below us …a gráinneog was stuck in the netting around hay.
No one knew what it was …grown men and women were afraid to touch it.
Some ran for fear of their lives.
Mom told them that there is a mention of them in the bible and cut him out .. he’s in recovery at the moment.
They thought mom was very brave ..despite what they tell me .I have a funny feeling there’s no harm in the gráinneog.Never saw one before he must’ve come ashore somehow…perhaps off of driftwood of a sunken ship…..
This is The Day…..
I’m laid up with a dose so I’ve given my ticket to a Sister home from the Foreign Missions…
Its hard to remain neutral but ,so far, I’ve managed…I have good pals in both camps…
as for the Gráinneog…beautiful gentle creatures..not many of them left…never heard one mentioned in a song yet
It’s all go round here. The blackbirds have fledged and the parents are causing a riot when cats or magpies get anywhere near. Our cat caught one but thankfully she’s a useless hunter and I found it alive and well, squawking away in the bedroom. It’s safely back in the garden now.
There was a car crash on our country lane at 4am this morning. I heard a car scream past and instead of going left or right they did a Don’t forget your Shovel and went straight on. Straight into the side of a parked car that thankfully was empty. No one hurt, but it’s a mangled mess.
So to recap, the Bórd na Móna man has friends in high places, Zozimus has found a girlfriend at the zoo, an albatross has adopted St Brendan and were having a few problems telling the difference between Maggie and, Nora.
Thank goodness it’s cold and rainy today. It might calm everyone down.
I love it. Maggie or Nora. So long as you didnt confuse the names and you on a date.
Feck it, Maggie or Nora
Whoever turns up on the night
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