September 19, 020 –

Our family has been isolating for over half a year now. We’ve been running sessions, music lessons, daily little kid livestreams (that’s my husband Matt’s gig), and home/lifeschooling our kid HERE. At home.

And I’ve been writing music.

Here are a few of my newer tunes, for anybody who wants to grab them. Please play and enjoy them. And please be well!

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May 30, 2020: At the Virtual session today, flute player Jennifer Feneley admired the little owl on top of our little bookshelf. I told her I’d have something special to go along with it for the next session. The first three notes of the tune are meant to be kind of owl hoot-like:

 

From March 2020: I wrote UP IN SMOKE back when we started Quarantine — when all the gigs were suddenly cancelled; when our kid’s school and all the playgrounds shut down; and when lots of people started getting sick.

Matt and I recorded Up in Smoke it here:


June 19, 2020: Here’s The Limerick Lift Off! A few weeks ago, during our Saturday virtual session, our friend Jaylin cheered for Space-X, as it prepared to launch a mission to the International Space Station. There was a misunderstanding. And some believed that Jaylin was ON the space station himself. I mean, Irish tunes DO have the power to transport..

June 26, 2020: I wrote The Garden Party on the occasion of my first social meet up since Covid-19 isolation! A brief (masked) garden visit with my dear friends Kieran Jordan and Vincent Crotty.
Hear the TUNE here

June 27, 2020 – I wrote Where is my Tukata for our friend, master carpenter and fine box player Noel Scott, who has been overseeing a renovation of our home. The first step (pre-Covid) was to knock down a rotten porch and excavate the area for the new foundation. 

In the course of digging, we unearthed several old bottles. Some appear to be over a hundred years old. We also found a tiny doll arm. Where’s the rest of it? We haven’t found it yet…

Moments before I struck porcelain, I’d been talking to a friend in Thailand. When I saw the little doll arm I thought of the word in Thai first. Tukata has three syllables, which felt like a jig.

 

 

 

We recorded Garden Party and Where is my Tukata with Sean McComiskey here:

 

August , 2020 – Today I shared Carriage Return (aka the Typewriter Tune) and accompanying video with the Virtual Guided Session gang. We’ve been hosting these sessions in front of our piano, on top of which sits an old Royal typewriter. After several pals from the session sent in photos of THEIR old typewriters, I decided to record myself typing a note to the VGS gang…  and to use the rhythm of the typing as the basis for a tune.

 

September 4 – Greg Tucker was a great guy. His love for the beautiful outdoor world and for music lives on with his wife Sally. I imagined Greg and Sally playing together, and this is the tune that came out.

September 19 – Our friend Tómas had been tuning into the Virtual Guided Session and his iPad or whatever device ran out of battery. He logged back on a few minutes later, mentioned that he’d had to fetch the charger. We decided that would be a good tune name. And in search of something light last night, I wrote this polka.