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.
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.
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:
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.
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…
Recently we were asked to come up with a 90 second (max) video for a Bibboards campaign that I was involved in for BibRave. As a BibRave Pro, I get to test out various running products and run races in exchange for reviews on my blog and social media channels.
Bibboards are plastic fasteners that secure your race bib to your shirt without damaging the shirt. They are also much less fiddly than safety pins and don’t need a lot of readjusting that come with that.
My favorite feature however, is the fact you can get your own logo or text printed to them using their online designer.
Here’s the song I wrote for the campaign. I got the idea from the actual bibboards packaging, which had the hash-tag #nopinrev printed on it.
The first cut of the song was just over 2 minutes, so I had to remove a verse and some of the outro to make it fit to the required 90 seconds.
It’s been a while since I’ve had my guitar out and actually wrote anything, so this was a fun (but scary) project for me.