The Kid in Me – my new album is released on Friday 10 November 2023 on all streaming platforms. A 10-track album of songs and instrumentals written over the last few years, and some older tracks that have been re-recorded. I started this project over a year ago and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. This is my second album after “Here We Sit” which for me was a great success.
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Believe me, I am no longer a youngster. But the kid is still alive and kicking in me. The Kid in Me is about those musical ambitions and passion that has stayed with me since I was a youngster. The songs are about the ups and downs of life. The insecurities and doubts that we live with from one day to the next. I think we can all empathise with that.
So, let me tell you about the tracks on this album:
Can’t Get You Out of My Head Album version
You have probably heard the single on Spotify or any of your favourite streaming platforms. This is the full version as written. It is about the things that get stuck in our heads like a task that we must do and will not go away until it’s done. A song that you hear on the radio that keeps coming back to you. Something that you need to find because it is important, but you are not sure that you want to find it… earworms, mosquitos in your head. Or a song idea that will not go away until it is written. That is how this track came to exist. The main chorus guitar riff just kept going round and round in my head until I recorded it.
The Kid in Me
Again, this is the extended version of the single already released on all streaming platforms. This is a comment on the fact that all the musical ambitions I held as a youngster growing up in Dun Laoghaire are still with me. They say that being a musician is not a choice – it’s a must do. I started playing guitar aged 7, so music has always been a passion. So, this song is about that passion and the kid that still exists within me. At 58 years old, I am new to the music release business. But I cannot get the music gene out of my system.
How I feel sometimes when things are not going to plan. When I feel like I am beaten and I don’t know what to do to beat it back. There have been and still are some taxing and challenging priorities in my life and sometimes I let them get the better of me. This is how I feel sometimes when the disappointment of not being able to achieve the end goal takes over. I am sure I am not the only one.
The King of Down Pt1
This was originally written as a soundtrack to an independent film in early 2000’s. The film was written by a friend of mine and was about his twin aunties who he was very close to. It was released to local cinemas where he lived, and I will always remember what he said to me when he attended a screening. Part 1 was written to accompany a scene where one of the twins was talking about the other because she had passed away. He said: “There was not a dry eye in the house, and it was all down to the mood that the musical soundtrack had created”. This is part of the reason why I write music.
The King of Down Pt2
This was used as an outro to the film. Both parts were ordinally written as instrumentals and were in fact split into 3 or 4 pieces (I can’t remember to be honest). These versions are re-recorded versions with lyrics, and it felt right to split them into 2 different songs. As with Man Down, the lyrics for both pieces reflect of my personal depressive bouts. So, these pieces are not about an old Irish King. This is me using my dark sense of humour to try to rip myself out of a lull.
A declaration of love to my wife. Simple as that. We all have our insecurities, so this is me just letting her know that all is good.
This is an instrumental written in the early 2000’s, and is a Santana influenced guitar piece that I really enjoyed re-recording. The original was written for a media project, but it was never used. It is just a nice get up and dance samba/mambo piece that reminds me of the old Santana who I was a great fan of. So listen to my rhythm. It’s good for having fun… if you know then you know.
An acoustic picking instrumental. Classical influenced guitar playing has always fascinated me. As it is just one instrument, there is no room for error. The playing must be ultra clean. Every finger placement has got to be spot on or it just does not work. This track reminds me of a snowdrop gently falling through the air and landing softly on the ground. Of all the songs on the album, this piece probably took the longest to record.
So there you go. “The Kid In Me” will be live on all streaming platforms on Friday 10 November 2023. This is my second release after “Here We Sit” and I hope it is a worthy companion. I will be announcing the CD version of the album soon. This will include all the tracks above plus the singles, but this is for another day.
Be good, stay well and be safe. I hope you enjoy the music, and I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
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