A Free Song and a Rocket Scientist

On October 1st, I’ll be releasing a new CD. In the meantime I’m giving away 1000 free downloads of a special ‘acoustic version’ of a song from the upcoming CD.

There’s an interesting story behind the recording of this song…

A few years ago when I was playing in music clubs in New York, a songwriter friend of mine (that’s you Hillary!) said, ‘You should do some recording with my friend Kelly Snook – she’s an excellent sound engineer and she’s got a great recording studio in Washington DC… Oh, and she’s a rocket scientist.’

Intrigued by the prospect of a recording session with an astrophysicist, I called Kelly and introduced myself and she invited me to come and record a song at her studio. So I hopped on a Chinatown bus from New York to Washington DC where Kelly, driving home from her Mars research lab at NASA, picked me up and brought me to her studio, charmingly titled ‘It’s Not Rocket Science Studios’, in central DC.

Surrounded by her endless collection of musical instruments, studio gadgets, toy spaceships and books on astrophysics, I sat and played Kelly a few of my songs. We settled on ‘A Few Honest Words’ and set up some microphones. I laid down the guitar and vocals, noodled around on the trumpet for a bit, and then caught the last Chinatown bus back to New York, leaving the song in the hands of this rocket scientist I had just met, without any idea of what she would do with it.

A few days later, Kelly sent me the track and to this day, I’m amazed at how she took my simple little guitar song and transformed it into something quite unique.

We printed up a small batch of CDs which we sold around the East Coast or gave away to friends, but other than those few CDs, the song never got a proper release and has never been available since. So we’ve decided to give ‘A Few Honest Words’ an official release along with a few freshly recorded new songs!

‘A Few Honest Words’ will be officially available on October 1st.

In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to share with you the original acoustic version of the song which I played that day for Kelly at It’s Not Rocket Science Studios. The first 1000 downloads will be free.

Click here to download the original ‘acoustic version’ of ‘A Few Honest Words’

And on October 1st, you’ll hear how a very cool rocket scientist at NASA produces a record…

If you like the song, I’d be so grateful if you could help me out by sharing it with your friends on Facebook & Twitter.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight at 8pm for my final show at the Bewley’s Theatre in Dublin with special guest Diane Badíe!

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