niallon – The Rains Of Castamere

I know I know. This isn’t the first time I’ve made excuses for leaving both this blog and the YouTube page somewhat barren for a long period. Suffice to say there’s a whole load of reasons but about 3 months ago is when I first took the decision to reignite both sites. One problem, I didn’t know the first thing about recording audio and had none of the required gear to do it. One of those problems has been solved and the other is a work in progress so finally, we’re back. At present the plan is to return to form, new uploads every week but who knows, I might even be able to muster two vids a week eventually. We’ll see. And get those requests in!This song is quite a curious one in that I was never really blown away by it to be honest. My journey to Game of Thrones fandom was a slow one. I tried the first few episodes when it premiered and stopped there, just wasn’t working for me. I then spent a few years severely naysaying against it. Then ahead of season four I decided I had to see what the hell this Red Wedding business was all about. But the main thing that actually led me to watch it was that I was quite fond of several pieces of music from it. I suppose that’s maybe where this song didn’t click eventually because as great as it is, there’s no doubt it doubles in greatness with context. I had no clue of the difference between a Lannister and a brick wall (is there one now that I think of it?). But as I have caught up with the show, and on my recent rewatch, I paid more attention to the music than ever before and am happy to say how wrong I have been. This is easily one of the greatest melodies composed for the show and I just had to get to covering it. Not long left now, 1 or 2 episodes left depending on when I get this uploaded, but Thrones really has been one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched and the music featured within has had more than just a contributory role to play in that verdict. Ramin Djawadi has built a phenomenal legacy for himself through this series alone (if I could cover The Night King I would) and following on from our cover of the theme tune I can only hope I’ve done some justice here. As always please watch, like, share, subscribe!

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Bachelors Degree in Arts from NUI Maynooth. Double Honours English & Philosophy.

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