niallon – Stand By Me

And yet again I’ve totally dropped the ball on getting these written up. With that in mind, how about I just commit to getting them all done with no deadline, sound good? Cool. Context is always a big thing with regard to your fondness for a song. Sometimes you’ll have a song that you could take or leave, but if it serves as the soundtrack to a significant milestone in your life it takes on an elevated meaning. Sometimes it can just be the connection between that song and a movie or a TV show. For me, “Stand By Me” is one such song.

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niallon – The Lakes Of Pontchartrain

In another life I’m just a straight up trad fan. I was raised on a musical diet consisting primarily of Christy Moore and there’s rarely a traditional song I come across that I don’t enjoy listening to and singing immensely. It was just never really the music of our household growing up, besides the aforementioned Christy. This song served as a gateway between both his music and my introduction to the broader world of trad music though.

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niallon – Together Far Apart

Been a crazy couple of weeks right? All those worries that you had? Well forget about them. Plans? What plans? Don’t even think of mentioning the word summer. I really hope it has fully dawned on everyone by now, though I know it hasn’t, that this is the most cataclysmic “natural” event the human race has experienced in over 100 years. You are being asked to do things that go against every fibre of your being. You are being asked to defy every natural instinct in your body. Worst of all, you have to.

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niallon – Kiss Me

It may come as a shock to…well, none of you, but I wasn’t much of a Dawson’s Creek fan growing up. I’ve also never seen She’s All That. Glad I could get that out of the way. That said, even though they are the two main reasons many people would be so familiar with this song, I can vividly recall it absolutely owning an entire summer, despite never reaching number one. How the hell does that happen?

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niallon – Dance Monkey

Those who know me, and who have read these posts, know that I am absolutely awful at keeping up with current music. I’ve always held a belief that modern music stopped resonating with me around 2010, for the most part. Back then it wasn’t just with bands like Kings Of Leon and The Killers being in their pomp but it was also when the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry rose to stardom with some absolutely cracking pop tunes. Now I know it is my duty as a grumpy old fart to say that music nowadays just ain’t like it used to be but I don’t think that’s entirely what’s going on here.  Continue reading niallon – Dance Monkey

niallon – If I Could Put My Life On Paper

Joe Dolan. In our house we couldn’t stand him. My mother is a massive Joe Dolan fan and for us as kids he was the joke, akin to Daniel O’Donnell or Cliff Richard. Adored by mothers but please for the love of God ma don’t put that tape on in the car. As happens with so many artists though, age has been kind to Joe’s career in my eyes but until now I’ve never really given proper thought to why. Continue reading niallon – If I Could Put My Life On Paper

niallon – Monster Mashup 2

I’m another life I used to make short films. I’ve been a horror fan all my life and myself and a mate used to make short horror films and a few dramas to boot. I was never one of those kids you hear about that grew up to be Spielbergs and Scorceses who were making 8mm shorts in their childhood and always wanted to be a filmmaker but I have always loved the craft. Continue reading niallon – Monster Mashup 2

niallon – North And South

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

niallon – Heart Of Gold

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

niallon – Falling Slowly

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