I dont often venture over to youtube, but did so this arvo and 'got lost' for about 3hrs finding songs and clips from various stages of my life. I had a wonderful time and decided to share a few things i found.
Thought i'd try and make it in cronological order......
things from my early years.....
the goodnight kiwi (not a music clip as such!)
the mockers 'one black friday'
dance exponents 'victoria'
dragon 'are you old enough
dragon 'april sun in cuba'
jimmy barnes 'working class man'
patea maori club 'poi e' (well, its gotta be there....lol!!)
herbs 'sensitive to a smile'
shona laing 'glad i'm not a kennedy'
then came the U2 era......oh how i loved Bono.....
with or without you ( best listened to in the dark with the volume sky high.....lol! 2nd fav)
one tree hill (this came out around the time of my godsons death and it always reminds me of him xx)
where the streets have no name (this clip is from the movie 'rattle and hum'....i went and saw this movie on the big screen soooo many times!)
sunday bloody sunday (the red rock concert version from 1983)
the unforgetable fire ( my all time fav U2 song)
a sort of homecoming (3rd fav)
then i came to the UK and found irish pubs......
well...one pub in particular....The Swan in south london!. i listened to many bands in there over the time and have my favs.....'the storm'......*sighhhhh.....james mcnally*. i, along with a friend used to go see the storm where ever we could, and got to know the guys....james and tommi. james has the most gorgeous voice and is an extremely talented musician. at first i used to ask for requests, but after a while(see we were clingons!), he used to just sing for me....always saying these next two songs where for his friend from NZ!(any kiwis present would cheer....but it was all for me!!!). i've tried to find clips of james singing on youtube but cant, so the best i can do is find some of his more recent work. he plays in Ronan Keatings backing band and also in the Afro Celts.
RK's 'when you say nothing at all' (he's on key boards and tin whistle...in the dark shades!)
AC's 'when you're falling' (with peter gabriel....hes on keyboards and bodhran)
and, these are the 2 songs he used to sing for me, as sung by the talented men who made them famous....
Paul Brady 'the island' ( i wanted a concert clip for this, but felt this was the strongest vocal performance i could find)
Christy Moore 'the voyage' (unfortunately, not the whole song, or good vid....just listen!)
Christy Moore soon became a firm fav of mine....many bands in the Swan covered his songs and his concerts were amazing....another incredible voice. heres a couple of more of his songs...
Ride on ( james used to sing this beautifully as well!)
city of chicago
now, heres some other irish music that has happy memories for me....
fields of athenry
grace (i always loved this song, then in the mid 90's i went to the irish tenors in CHCH with mum and she got all emotional when this came on...it turns out her mother used to sing this all the time. so it means more to me now. this version is sung my the wolfe tones....a republican band that i have to say, were brill in concert.....so much passion in one room!.)
streets of new york ( another fav wolfe tones song...the others i like of theirs are probably to much for my listeners....lol!)
usta love her ( a sawdoctors classic....many a night spent dancing...yes me....in the swan to this!)
N17 ( as above!)
las vegas in the hills of donegal ( goats dont shave is the name of the band and i have be known to boogie to this as well!!)
finally i want to end with a few songs that i enjoy......from men who can sing....strong voices (am discovering i have a thing for mens voices!)
elvis 'kentucky rain' (has there ever been a better voice?)
garth brookes 'the dance' (such a beautiful song!)
right, i wonder if blogger will let me post all these links!.