Lamma Bada Yatathana – Trad Syrian

Trad Syrian? Yep. No joke, no typo. To be prepared for a warm welcome of the many Syrian refugees that find shelter here, I wanted to learn a little more about Syria and there’s no better way than to dive into a country’s trad music. I haven’t played…

Nick Cave’s Mercy Seat in a piano loop

In August 2013 after hearing Nick Cave’s awesome song “The Mercy Seat” I spontaneously jumped behind the piano and tried to reproduce the chorus tune, which lead to this video. Because I have no ambition for piano work, but still like to save and share my…

Where Did She Go?

Here’s another tune I wrote. By the first time that I saved the tune and had to make up a name, I was wondering where my wife was, so that’s how I got to this title. Well, it sometimes happens.    Please feel free to learn the…

In Kerry You Can

Here’s a nearly forgotten tune I made in November. What I did forget is why I chose this name, but I liked it, so I kept it. I took the photo on the morning after the best music night I ever had on Dingle, October 2015. It’s…

Dance For The Chocolate King

This new happy tune could well make you dance, like we saw today in the Ukrainian parliament. Well, that wasn’t a dance actually. Oleh Barna, a puppet of the Chocolate King, lifted Prime Minister Yatsenyuk from the podium during his speech. The Chocolate King is the nickname of President Petro Poroshenko….

Remember Homs

This tune I dedicate to the people from Homs, one of Syria’s ruined cities. I wrote it when the news came in that Homs was lost and back under control of Assad’s murderous clan. For what we know of the situation, they say there’s very little left of…

The Raging Feale

The Feale is the river that runs through the village of Abbeyfeale where I was last October to join the traditional singing festival and when this tune arose the river overflowed it’s banks, inundating the whole GAA field. It’s been a very wet weekend in…

Sugar Max

This tune sprung into my head while the news came in about Mark Zuckerberg’s new born Daughter Max and since “Zucker” is German for Sugar, I called the tune “Sugar Max”. I wish the girl a happy life, in spite of her enormous wealth, the spot…

Leny’s Travels

Impressed by the wanderlust of Leny, a supple old woman I met today, I named this new tune Leny’s Travels. Hope to see her home safe and sound from her next big adventure to the other side of the world. Please feel free to learn the tune and…

Old Hag In The Corn

Here’s another new tune I made the day before yesterday. I called it “Old Hag In The Corn”, because I had been struggling with a weird kind of poem in Dutch about an old hag in the corn, who didn’t like the choirs (choirs and corn translate…