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

niallon – Wonderful Tonight

In 1977 Eric Clapton released Wonderful Tonight, possibly one of the greatest love songs ever written. He wrote it for his then partner and soon be wife Patti Boyd. The couple would go on to be married for 9 years before separating, a marriage that was rife with infidelity, alcoholism and domestic abuse. So what does that then mean for the song? Continue reading niallon – Wonderful Tonight

niallon – Hotel California

I’m quite surprised it took so long for something from Eagles to crop up on the niallon channel if I’m being honest. Before starting to work on this cover, which led to me listening to their back catalogue quite a bit, I’d kind’ve forgot how much I like their music to be honest. A lot of that has to do with recent history. They were one of the first bands I ever saw live back in 2001, but I saw them a second time in 2009 and there was just no comparison in the gigs. Granted I think a lot of that had to do with 2001 being not long after their unlikely reunion, whereas 2009 saw them with a new album to tour but it got me to thinking – do the mediocre later years of an artist really take entirely from their past glories? Continue reading niallon – Hotel California

niallon – Mad World

Like many around my age or younger, Gary Jules’ cover was my first introduction to this song. It wasn’t actually via Donnie Darko originally however, rather through a true crime documentary titled The Real Blair Witch which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available online anywhere. It was an extremely unsettling documentary centered around an allegedly staged kidnapping in Flint, Michigan by some over zealous fans of The Blair Witch Project. It was chilling, with this song playing out over the closing scenes, and from that moment it was ingrained in my mind as a haunting and sinister song. Suffice to say I was fairly surprised then to discover that the original is a synth heavy number with less obvious sinister undertones, but were they ever there to begin with? Continue reading niallon – Mad World