Singer songwriter Larry Keogh has been creating a lot of interest with his songs, particularly one about Irish emigration. Here he describes in his own words how the song came to be written and recorded.
I am really enjoying the whole process of recording and uploading original songs and getting feedback from people from different parts of the world. I had great feedback from my recent upload to You Tube called “The Emigrant”.
My late father, Tom Keogh, wrote a poem about emigration. As a proud Kildare man who never emigrated himself, he seen us leaving Ireland and wondered how we must have felt about having to leave our country, our families, our home.
I was reading the words and it occurred to me, that they probably mean more now, today, than they did all those years ago. I decided to put his words to music.
I have a small recording set-up in a back room in our house in beautiful Leitrim, where I spend hours writing and recording my songs, dueting with sounds from the American fridge freezer…washing machine….cows outside….tractors….and so on.
It’s impossible to know what the future holds for my musical endeavours, I have learned not to take myself too seriously and to enjoy my music more.
It’s a problem sometimes with many musicians who earn a living from gigging. You can very easily slip into a rut and lose all real feeling for your music. Every night is just another venue, with the same faces and the same set list.
O.K…..It would be great if some big artist loved one of my songs and recorded it, got it to number one in 40 countries, and on the moon, and made me a trailer load of cash so I could live in luxury for the rest of my life!
But it’s just as great to be able create a new song or write a new lyric that really means something and gives you that “hairs on the back of the neck” feeling that nothing else can do
I would love to make a living from song-writing. Although I have a long way to go, I will continue learn the craft and hopefully, someday…