Local Weather

Failure notice from provider:
Connection Error:http_request_failed


Both Sides, Now.

Both Sides, Now

Lyrics: Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell composed sometime before 1967 and inspired by a passage in “Henderson the Rain King”, latter a 1959 novel by Saul Bellow.

Vocals: Joni Mitchell, latter born Roberta Joan Anderson.

Both Sides, Now.

Rows and flows of angels hair,
And ice cream castles in the air,
And feather canyons everywhere,
Looked at clouds that way.
But now they only block the sun,
They rain and they snow on everyone,
So many things I would have done,
But clouds got in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down and still somehow,
It’s cloud illusions I recall,
I really don’t know clouds at all.
Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels.
The dizzy dancing way that you feel,
As every fairy tale comes real,
I’ve looked at love that way.
But now it’s just another show,
And you leave ’em laughing when you go,
And if you care, don’t let them know,
Don’t give yourself away.
I’ve looked at love from both sides now,
From give and take and still somehow,
It’s love’s illusions that I recall,
I really don’t know love.
Really don’t know love at all.
Tears and fears and feeling proud,
To say, “I love you” right out loud.
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds,
I’ve looked at life that way.
Oh, but now old friends they’re acting strange,
And they shake their heads and they tell me that I’ve changed.
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained,
In living every day.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose and still somehow,
It’s life’s illusions I recall.
I really don’t know life at all.
It’s life’s illusions that I recall.
I really don’t know life,
I really don’t know life at all.



A Song For A Sunday.

Make Them Hear You.

Vocals: From the musical ‘Ragtime’, featuring the gospel, R&B, and soul artist Marlon Solomon.

Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Charles.

Make Them Hear You.

Go out and tell our story,
Let it echo far and wide,
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.
How Justice was our battle,
And how Justice was denied.
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.
And say to those who blame us,
For the way we chose to fight,
That sometimes there are battles,
That are more than black or white,
And I could not put down my sword,
When Justice was my right.
Make them hear you.

Go out and tell our story

To your daughters and your sons,
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.
And tell them, “In our struggle,
We were not the only ones”.
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you.

Your sword can be a sermon,
Or the power of the pen.
Teach every child to raise his voice,
And then my brothers, then,
Will justice be demanded by ten million riteous men.
Make them hear you,
When they hear you, I’ll be near you,



Kenyan-Born British Folk Singer & Whistler Roger Whittaker Dies In France.

Extract From song
My Land Is Kenya
by Roger Whittaker.

“You only got one mama, you only got one pa.
You only got one life to live, no matter who you are.
You can go the whole world over, every city has its dawn,
But everybody liveth has one place where he was born.”

Earlier this month we learned, sadly, of the passing of British Folk singer-songwriter and musician Roger (Henry Brough) Whittaker aged 87 years, (22nd March 1936 – 13th September 2023).
Mr Whittaker was born in Nairobi, [name translated means ‘place of cool waters’] latter the capital and largest city of Kenya, to parents from Staffordshire, England.

His popular folk music; guitar skills; his trademark whistling ability, together with his baritone singing voice offered an eclectic mix of popular songs which made him instantly recognisable on the airways from the summer of 1962 onwards, and his appearance on the Ulster Television show “This and That” in the same year.

In 1964, Mr Whittaker met Ms Natalie O’Brien, and they married in August of that year. They had five children: two sons Guy, and Alexander and three daughters Emily, Lauren, and Jessica; who in turn gave them 11 grandchildren.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mr Whittaker had great success in Germany, releasing 25 albums and although he was unable to speak German, he sang his songs phonetically. He earned a “Golden Tuning Fork” (Goldene Stimmgabel in Germany) in 1986, based on record sales and TV viewer votes.
He appeared on German television and was on the UK Top of the Pops show, on several occasions in the 1970s.
In 1986, Mr Whittaker published his autobiography, entitled “So Far, So Good”, which was co-written with his wife, latter who became his manager in 1989.

Having sold nearly 50 million records; his success will be widely remembered through his song hits like “Steel Men” (1962); “Durham Town (The Leavin’)” (1969); “New World in the Morning” (1970); “My Land Is Kenya” (1970); “The Last Farewell” (1975); “Skye Boat Song”; “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1982) and “Skye Boat Song” (1986).

On April 1st 1989, Mr Whittaker’s parents, while still living in Kenya, were subjected to a brutal attack by a gang of four men. During this attack, his mother was tortured for some eight hours and sadly his father was murdered. The attack resulted in his mother moving back to England.

After recovering from heart problems Mr Whittaker and his wife Natalie retired to live France in 2012, and retired from touring in 2013.

During his career, Mr Whittaker earned over 250 silver, gold, and platinum awards and was part of a successful British team that won the annual ‘Knokke Music Festival’ in Belgium, winning the Press Prize as the ‘personality of the festival’. He was awarded a ‘Gold Badge Award’, from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in 1988.

Mr Whittaker was cremated and interned in a private ceremony on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 last.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Is That Alright?

Is That Alright?

Lyrics: By Aaron Raitiere, Lukas Nelson, DJ White Shadow, Nick Monson, Mark Nilan Jr. & Lady Gaga.
Vocals: Lady Gaga. Song from the film soundtrack “A Star is Born” staring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Is That Alright?

Life is so simple.
A little boy, a little girl,
Laughing and loving,
Trying to figure out the world.
It felt like summer,
When I kissed you in the rain,
And I know your story,
But tell me again.
Nothing you say wouldn’t interest me,
All of your words are like poems to me.
I would be honored if you would take me as I am,
I want you to look right in my eyes,
To tell me you love me, to be by my side.
I want you at the end of my life.
I wanna see your face, when I fall with grace,
At the moment I die.
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
I hope you’re still with me when I’m not quite myself,
And I pray that you’ll lift me when you know I need help.
It’s a warm celebration of all of our years,
I dream of our story, of our fairy tale.
Family dinners and family trees,
Teaching the kids to say thank you and please.
Knowing if we stay together that things will be right.
I want you to look right in my eyes,
To tell me you love me, to be by my side.
I want you at the end of my life.
I wanna see your face, when I fall with grace,
At the moment I die.
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright?



So Why Are One-Tenth Of World’s Population Ciotacha.

Today, about one-tenth of the world’s population are left-handed [In Irish ‘ciotach’].
Why are such a small proportion of people left-handed, and why does the trait exist in the first place?

Daniel M. Abrams investigates how the uneven ratio of lefties and righties gives insight into a balance between competitive and co-operative pressures on human evolution.

A 1996 Belgian study found that left-handedness is about twice as common in about 21% of both fraternal and identical twins, than found in the general population.

According to a 2013 Yale University study, people who are left-handed are at greater risk of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Researchers who polled patients at a mental-health clinic, found that 40% of those with schizophrenia or schizo-affective, wrote with their left hand; considerably higher than the 10% of lefties found in the world’s general population.