Friday, November 5, 2021

Under an Impression

I wrote Under an Impression on a Kerry hillside walk one winter. Knockreer was the hill. The song uses some of the aisling tropes of old, though there is no spéirbhean to wake you from your drowsy slumber.  Besides the foggy images, the song has a certain sparkle to it. The first line "I was under an impression that right was right and wrong was" (and maybe the song in general) is a melancholic musing with moral relativism. This is the second single from a new album to come entitled "Fire and Foam."

Friday, October 1, 2021

Fire and Foam, Young Men Grown Old!

I've been working recording this album called "Fire and Foam" like mad for the past year and a half. Some of the songs were formed twenty years ago, others are newly composed. I'm releasing the first single from the record into the wild today, the title track, Fire and Foam-a journey through loss and solitude, that includes the backing vocals of my niece Ava O'Malley and Roy Kelleher of the Irish Army No1 Brigade band on trumpet.

The album (and song) uses a-lot of elemental imagery-emerging in triumph from the destructive forces of nature.

"Come rolling thunder, let’s fall asunder,
in the blink of an eye, a long dream dies."