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
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
Time after time, the songs I put the least effort in to have a tendency to become some of the most popular on the YouTube page. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t put a lot of effort into this cover, but it was kind’ve a spur of the moment outtake at the end of a session yet it has received some great responses, so thank you all for that first and foremost! Continue reading niallon – Wish You Were Here
12 years and no tracks from The Beatles. What the hell Niall? Yeah I’ll be honest that surprised even me, but then The Beatles have never really featured much in my songbook. That’s mostly on account of my favourite songs from them being the least guitar friendly to be honest, but I also have a tendency to learn the obscure tracks much sooner than the favourites. So the likes of “Love Me Do” and “Hard Days Night” would have merrily passed me by in my learnings. Continue reading niallon – Blackbird
Back to the requests and again a song that I’d never have thought to cover in a million years. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks is one of my all time favourites so that’s always been the song from their reporteoire I’ve had eyed up to cover, and if I’m being honest I wasn’t sure how coverable Lola is nowadays. Continue reading niallon – Lola
I f**king love this song. Obviously one might assume that if I’ve chosen a song to cover I’m probably a fan of the original, but there are some songs that I truly love, so much so I tend to think twice about covering them. Some past examples of those are Mr Brightside and National Anthem where the song pretty much terrified me at the thought of covering it. I don’t really know why I take that attitude. I mean with the average view count on the videos being around the 100/200 mark should I really be that bothered? Continue reading niallon – Take On Me
This track really brought to a head how much I love the requests concept. Not only was this a song that was totally unknown to us all (well definitely myself and Peter, it seems Vicki is quite a Billy Joel fan), but it was requested way back before we had even upgraded to a three piece outfit. Not only that but even the duo videos were a rarity, scattered between weeks of solo vids. Initially I wondered if a solo reimagining was in line for this track, then it moved on to myself and Peter considering a multi track pre-record, before it finally landed here with a full band performance.