Raglan Road

Raglan Road is a well-known Irish song. It was originally a poem by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (first published around 1946). It was put to music by Luke Kelly in the early 1970s. Kelly used the tune from an old Irish traditional song called “The Dawning of the Day”, or Fáinne Geal an Lae as it was originally published (by Edward Walsh in 1847).

There’s many versions of this song out there to pick from for inspiration. While I don’t really like how Van Morrison seemed to detour quite a bit from the original, I couldn’t help listening to it.

However, I stuck closer to the original, but a lot faster than Kelly’s version.

You will see from the video here I had a little help on the whistle for this version. Xander knew I was struggling and offered to help out. 😁

Even though I’m legit Irish, I still seem to make an effort to look extra Irish in my Irish music videos. Haha.

I’ll Tell My Ma

I wasn’t really planning to record this one, but Xander took a liking to it and had been singing it for weeks. I wasn’t sure how the recording process would work with a 5 year old, but I think he did a superb job, even though he told me it was a bit fast for him.

This is a old song that I had believed was of Irish origins, but based on Wikipedia it seems it may have started in England, and then was adopted (and adapted) by the neighboring countries.

Wild Mountain Thyme

This one came together better than I expected. It’s a cover of an old Irish (with even older Scottish origins) folk song called “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

My guitar part was already tracked when I thought about trying to add something else. Then I found a D whistle hiding in a drawer. I can’t even remember why I have it, or where it came from, but I’ve held on to it for years. Maybe for this very moment. 😉

One problem though — I’d recorded the guitars in Eb.

Fortunately, D is only a half-step down, so no major impact vocally. I recorded the guitar parts again in D, one with capo and one without.

It took quite a few takes to get the whistle sounding how I liked it, but I love how it turned out, especially when I added a little bit of reverb.

I have a few more Irish songs planned now, and I hope they are all in D.

TAKE ON ME – A-HA (ALASTAIR VANCE COVER)

This song is pure nostalgia for me. Growing up in the eighties, this is one song that never seems to grow old on me. Morten Harket’s vocal range is just phenomenal, and there’s not many who can hit those notes in the chorus of the original song.

This particular version of the song is one I first heard used in the movie, Deadpool 2. I later found out it was recorded as part of an MTV unplugged concert. If you’re an A-HA fan and haven’t checked out that album, go find it on any of the streaming platforms. Amazing.

Anyway, here’s my version of Take On Me. Enjoy!

Say Something – A Great Big World (Alastair Vance Cover)

I’ve having a lot of fun on the music front at the moment. If you want to follow along, my dedicated facebook page is the best option.

Englishman In New York – Sting (Alastair Vance, Dillon Partin & Marshall Willner Cover)

I’ve enjoying picking up my guitar again and playing songs I’ve not played in the past. I had a lot of fun learning this Sting song. It’s always resonated with me in a way, being a recent immigrant to the States myself.

Thanks to Dillon Partin for reaching out with the opportunity to collaborate! I hope we don’t wait as long again before we play another song together.

This song was part of series from Harmonic Music Studios in Washington, DC. They were collaborating with different musicians to publish a song each day. I think Dillon and Marshall played on almost every video!

Check out some of the bands Dillon is involved in here:

  1. Zen Groove Funkestra
  2. Dave Hedeman & the Gone Ghosts

Instead Of A Show – Jon Foreman (Alastair Vance Cover)

This is one of my favorite Jon Foreman songs, and it’s based on words spoken by Amos, an old testament prophet. They are so applicable to today in many ways. You only have to skim over some “discussions” on social media platforms to see how distracted we have become with ourselves while ignoring the world’s injustices.

Let there be a flood of justice.

Cover Song: One – U2

You may or may not have noticed, the tag-line for my blog is “I like running and singing, but not at the same time…”. It’s been a while since I posted any music videos, but I’ve started to make an effort recently to get back to playing and recording more frequently.

Here is a cover of a U2 song, called “One”.

I’ll have a couple more songs coming soon, including some collaboration projects I’m really excited about. Stay tuned…