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.

2018: Favorite Albums

These are some of my favorite albums from 2018 in no particular order.

ArtistAlbum
SYMLIn My Body
Twenty One PilotsTrench
Aisha BadruPendulum
David Guetta7
Imogen HeapHarry Potter and the Cursed Child
Olafur Arnaldsre:member
ChvrchesLove Is Dead
Florence + the MachineHigh As Hope
Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
A-HaMTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice
Mumford & SonsDelta
Various ArtistsSpider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack)
Anderson EastEncore

No Pin Revolution – A Bibboards Song

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.

Music To Run With: Cloud Nine by Kygo

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I discovered Kygo a few months back and really enjoy his music and artist collaborations. Cloud Nine is his debut album and I’ve always thought the first track, Intro, would make a great backing track for a kick-ass trail running video.

Hear me out (listen above).

  • 0s: Far out view (drone footage) of a solo runner on a trail.
  • 45s: Close up footage, feet, dirt, grit, sweat, stream crossings.
  • 1m:24s: Other runners join as they run the last section of the trail to the summit.
  • 1m:45s: They reach the summit, exhausted, arms spread wide taking in the 360 degree views.

I think that would be magic.

Aside from that, the whole album suits very well as a running accompaniment – except for the John Legend Happy Birthday track. Great song, but seems a little out of place on this album.

Music To Run With: Wasa Tusa by IAMDYNAMITE

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IAMDYNAMITE are a local band from Cary, NC. I heard them for the first time on Tuesday night when they opened for Bon Jovi. Great summer feel. Perky songs and strong vocals to keep you running. This was my morning soundtrack for a quick 5K before work today. Pull it up on your favorite streaming platform, have a listen and let me know what you think!