I never thought I’d be taking so much hope from a trashing of Samoa. A year ago this would’ve been so expected it could threaten to be boring. What we got instead was a game of the utmost importance for a multitude of reasons, and a performance that delivered on that importance. You might think me crazy(er). You might think me foolish but hear me now believe me later – this might actually happen. Continue reading RWC 2019 – Reason To Believe
First things first, I’ve missed a few posts. The original idea behind these companion blog posts was that I would talk a bit about the song being covered but I pretty quickly ran out of superlatives for all the songs and artists I was covering. I shifted over instead to using each given cover as an opportunity for me to discuss a related topic I’d had floating around my mind. In order to not diminish that concept, I held off on a few write ups like “Beautiful Day” and “Human” because I simply couldn’t naturally think up of a topic to write on. Ideally I would have weekly posts in conjunction with the YouTube uploads but to be honest I’d rather post when I’ve something decent to say rather then just for the hell of it. Like this week. Continue reading niallon – North And South
“It’s 2007 all over again”. “Bridesmaids as usual”. “What has happened to this team?”. You’ve heard all of this over the last week or so. I saw someone on the fountain of information that is Twitter talk about how there are two different types of followers in sports, fans and supporters and I couldn’t agree more. Right now there seems to be a lot more fans than supporters. Continue reading RWC 2019 – Shall We Just Go Home Then?
Irish Independent journalist Rúaidhrí O’Connor made the very valid point after the last warm up that if we were going to be so OTT reactionary after the loss in Twickenham, then by rights we had to be equally optimistic after the display against Wales in the Aviva. Admittedly, I am taking the piss a little with the title on this post but what prompted me to write this in the first place is that I wanted to bring some measured optimism to how it all looks after game one. Here it goes. Continue reading RWC 2019 – We’re Gonna Win It Now…Right?
Neil Young. Of all the artists I’ve covered of my own volition, I really can’t make up my mind whether I love or hate him. Young, along with Bowie, U2, The Police and others were my introduction to real music over 20 years ago and as I have preached before, they all came via greatest hits albums. The ability to pick and choose from greatest hits albums brings problems, namely someone like me can go nearly their entire life before discovering Neil Young isn’t exclusively a country artist. I know, I am ashamed if that helps. It got me to thinking about how our musical tastes change over the years too as nowadays I gladly listen to the rock side of Neil Young whereas before it just wasn’t for me. It made me wonder about other music I had abandoned in the past and what it is like returning to old genres you thought you had left behind. Continue reading niallon – Heart Of Gold
Somehow, I’ve never once made an attempt at covering this song previously, which is kind’ve shocking considering I spent my teenage years obsessed with it. Hell, I was even reminded over on the niallon Facebook page that it was one of the songs I performed for my Leaving Cert practical in school. Maybe it’s just because it’s been covered to death I subconsciously blocked it out. I do remember having a very specific jumping off point with this song though, and it all came down to interpretation. Continue reading niallon – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Back when I was in school it seemed that everyone was a superfan of The Frames. Except me. That’s not really an uncommon anecdote in my music fandom, I have always tended to have a small set of artists/bands I like and I’m usually extremely slow to take to a new artist. I do feel I missed out with The Frames quite a bit though, and Glen Hansard in general is one of those artists where every time I hear his content, I tend to give it a thumbs up and say I should listen more. It’s hard work sometimes though. Continue reading niallon – Falling Slowly