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Monday, December 12, 2011

Take Me Home

IRELAND IS OUR HOME




My husband, Kelly, wrote a song entitled Take Me Home, when he was but 17 years old. Finally in 2004 we were able to take that song into the studio and do justice to it.  .

He has allowed me to take his song and use it to create a video. A video I have dedicated to all Irish who find themselves away from home. 

 
TAKE ME HOME




The vocalist is my own niece Cheryl. These vocals have not been treated, this is her voice in all it's own clear purity. If possible, please listen to this with headphones to hear the mix. This is a long song and some of you will not listen till the end. The song has dynamic shifts throughout it's entirity. After the drone in the midsection, it kicks into it's full range. All instruments other than drums were played by my husband. I am his wife and his drummer.

One of my fellow bloggers is an Irishman who, like myself is far from home. The first two photographs are there to honor him and his parents.

The last two are to honor the women who came before me: Francis, Nora, Rosemary and Mary Theresa O'Leary. I carry them, as I carry my country: in my sinew, my bone and my blood.

It would do me great honour if the Irish who are reading this listen and watch all the way to the end. The words, music and the pictures are deliberately timed for a reason.

Beannacht Dé leat!
Anne O'Leary









 

31 comments:

  1. A very nice well written song :)

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  2. She's a talent as you all were with this...I'm a little misty eyed and sad at the moment but thanks for a little bit of home to a wandering Irishman!

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  3. An awesome tune, it made we want to go home to Ireland and I'm not even Irish!!!!!

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  4. @Angry, I've played this song thousands of times, but when I was putting this together, I wept. My boots are missing home.

    @Ray please come we need your tourist money. And bring your family and your friends too :)

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  5. Well not sure if I have any irish in me,(although I do have distant relatives living over there, can't recall their names though, they are distant after all..haha) but I watched straight through. WOW! That was very well done, your niece has a great voice. Wonderful scenic shots too, nice to look at as I haven't been anywhere..haha You did another post too, does that mean the book isn't crap?..haha

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  6. I actually love this it's pretty damn amazing, Kelly is actually an amazing lyricist, this is all so moving. When it comes to your niece's vocals all I can say is wow, she's got such a beautiful voice!

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  7. @GT Thank you

    @Pat thanks for watching the whole thing. You can't recall their names though. Probably O'Brian, Clancy, O'Donnel or some other Irishy type name. But definately not O'Leary or you'd feckin well know who they are. We're kinda hard to miss, even from across the Atlantic we're that loud.
    Oh the book is grand. I love the part where you check into your hotel and do that acid. That's trippy shit man. Feck, that's Hunter Thompson's book. I mix you guys up sometimes. Shit I need to stop drinking.

    @Matthew thank you. She's a treasure she is. She's also a professional photographer and has her own studio. Her work costs serious money and she won't let me post any freebies.

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  8. You know, musically, when you "keep it in the family", it never sounds like this. You usually smile and nod and say "of course crazy-Uncle-Steve-with-a-drinking-problem, this is greeeeat."

    But this is really great. I did listen to the whole 9 minutes, and the complexity is amazing. As are the lyrics. Great listen.

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  9. As IF I'd need coaxing to hear this gem in it's entirety. Cheryl's vocals are beautiful, the lyrics, the whole song is excellently written. I wasn't sure how your drums would fit after the first chunk of song I heard, but once I finished hearing there's no doubt about the talent and beauty that has gone into this song. And to think this came from a 17 year old! This is 'best song on the album' material, and I don't even know if there's an album. Then again, the ending cuts off rather quick, it sounds like there's another song waiting behind it. Even if there isn't, it's exciting.

    Anyway. Is there a download link? Is it for sale? Bandcamp or Soundcloud it anyone? I honestly want it, it reminded me of those 2 weeks I had to spend away from my land, and that warm, grateful feeling I got when I came back.

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  10. This post makes me want to hop on the next plane to Ireland... beautiful country. Your niece has quite the voice, by the way.

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  11. I love Ireland a lot, and it is interesting that Irish people are extremely similar to people in my country of Serbia. Almost like brothers and sisters, since both nations have obsession with lovely folk music, booze, having fun even when they have no money (Which is almost always), have troubles with big powers around them who love to use them and violate them, adore eating unhealthy food, love telling spicy jokes and are equally obsessed with soccer :)

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  12. Even though I'm an American, I'm half-Irish. My father's father was full Irish, but his mother was German (which is why their French neighbors moved away). My mother's father was full on Irish, but (in his words), "I had ta marry me Polack bride when I knocked 'er up with yer muther. More's the pity. But, she's a good cook. Would ye be having some more pork now?"
    Grandma was actually Slovak. Grandpa was-I am NOT kidding- a bartender.
    Grandpa's parents came over from Ireland at the turn of the last century. I'd like to go back "home" (so to speak) one day.
    Great video and song!

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  13. Irish men Ireland needs you NOW. great song, well done.

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  14. @ABFTS I know, usually it is. We're all professionals and have played out for many years. I'm glad you liked it.

    @D44 yes there's an album. Hubby and I have been together for 22 years. He's been playing professionally since age nine. I've got over 22 years of albums and live music. I may put more up since people liked it.

    @SubRadar Most people don't think of us as a coastal country. We've whit sand beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers. We'd love to have you.

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  15. @Dezmond I consider you kin now. England will never give us back our six counties, they want our ports. Right now my people are paying for their Socail Services. They're fat and happy while my people starve. But we know how to have a good time despite all our troubles.

    @Al I love it. Sound like my granddad Paedrick. An Irishman who was a publican, I believe it. Even we don't own one, we're in one. You should look into getting your citizenship. You'd have dual citizenship and get the EU passport, which comes in handy

    @InterwebFails Thank you.

    @Shinto Well spoken. We need our kin to return home, to remember where they came from and to honor their country.

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  17. Oi Anne! I read and understand and that's really not asking for much at all, I don't mind paying either! I wouldn't want to undervalue the work. Thanks for considering at all, though, since this particular track makes me happy :)

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  18. @D4, no problem at all, like I said, we'd be pleased to let you have it. Just having someone who knows music as well as you do listen to it is payment enough.

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  19. Wow, that was great, not at all what I was expecting. Not that I was expecting bad, I just wasn't expecting it to sound so professional. Far more professional than the service on your airline. (After reading other comments, I realize maybe I should have expected the professional sound as you have a lot of experience).


    I come from a part of Canada where nearly everyone has (and boasts of) their Irish (and or Scottish) roots. Irish pubs are a plenty in this area, its quite nice. And I never left it, though if I did, a song like this would likely sum up my feelings about wanting to return.

    Well done.

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  20. @Adam I know the service on our airline is shite. We pride ourselves on that. But with fares that low, whaddya want. To go to the loo for free?
    We Irish are everywhere. We've managed to infest almost every nation in the free world. You'll never get rid of us.

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  21. The song really paints a picture.

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  22. The song is very beautiful, it really has a pop/punk rock/ country feel to it...the song has a homey type feel to it. Its almost as if your missing home this would be that song. I love how the song transition from one sound to another, I love the break down and you sound very nice. I was bobbing my head through the entire song. There is a part of the song where the instruments drowns you out but overall the song get 2 thumbs up from me.

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I seriously must have Irish roots because the song and the video made my cry. I've told you before that both Ireland and England call to me. Cheryl has a wonderful voice. I love its lilting quality. Also, your husband is a very talented man.

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  24. @Michelle, Thank you so much dear. I've told you one day I'm going to fly your ass over to Ireland to visit us at our new home. You know that dontcha. I hope you're not scared now :)

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  25. There isn't a more beautiful place anywhere else on earth I don't think. Gorgeous photos, and great music! Your niece is very talented.

    You should do a page on your blog with all your photos. I'd love to see more of them. <3

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  26. I got discouraged when I seen it was a 9 minute song but I was immediately swept into it and listened to the whole thing!

    The Irish in me wept at how beautiful the song is! The pictures are great too!

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  27. @Workingdan Thank you so much. I cried the whole time I was putting it together and I've played the things hundreds of times. All the pictures are of Galway (except the one of Dublin, that's for Angry). My boots are missing me home right now.

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  28. @Mich thank you so much. I missed seeing this comment till just now. I do post my photogrphy sometimes. I may do some next week as I have a bunch that needs editing.

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  29. Well, I listen up to 1:30 minute mark and I'm glad I did because the song really kicked in after that. You guys are one talented bunch. And god, DAT SOLO at the end. Compliments to your husband for that. And you niece's voice reminded me of Amy Lee from Evanescence and although its been years since I've listened to them it reminded me of Amy Lee in an instant. She's very talented. I hope we'll be as good as you guys someday. :)

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