So the album has officially been released, and preparations are well and truly under way for the album launch in Sydney on March 8th at The Supper Club/Will & Tobys. I can’t wait, as it’s been a while since I’ve had a full band together for a show.
I’m going to be writing some short blogs about the background of each track on the new album, just to give you an idea of where the ideas have come from etc. I’ll start it off with the first track on ‘Estuary’ – called “Home”.
The Meaning of Home
Home was written in early 2009. I’d already been in Australia for 3 years, and quite honestly, we were ready to pack up and return to the Ireland or the UK. I’m a firm believer in letting things work themselves out, and the evolution of the decision to stay in Australia was quite an organic one. Neither myself or my partner really wanted to leave, but we sort of felt that it was starting to look like there was no other way. We’re both delighted with the way things have panned out, and as a result we were even more delighted to have become permanent residents in 2010. But back to the track…
The Far away hills…
Some pretty emotional news was transpiring back in Ireland, that really magnified the distance between Sydney and Dublin. People at home (Ireland will always be my true “home”), automatically assume that everything is amazing in Sydney, and that we must have everything we ever need. We can pick fruit off the trees for breakfast, and relax on the beach, and generally have a good old time. “No worries eh mate?”. This could not be further from the truth. Living in Australia is just like any other place. We all have worries, and a day on the beach is a reward for all the hard work that goes in, just generally dealing with life. Being an ex-pat is incredibly hard. I miss my friends, and sometimes I desperately miss my family. It’s extremely hard being away from them when something “bad” happens, but actually it’s probably worse when something “good” happens. This track sums up the constant argument that goes through every ex-pat’s mind.
So in a nutshell, this track is about letting the future resolve itself. The harder you try to control the uncontrollable, the harder life becomes. So really, this track is my attempt at trying to understand and over come the problems of living so far away from both the people and island I love. I hope you enjoy it.