Bonny Portmore

This one is a surprise for a friend, she’s expecting a song from me (does that negate the surprise? Hm). One of my favorite Irish traditional folk songs. I am trying to do my best Loreena McKennitt impression. I hope it passes. 🙂

This song has an interesting history. As you can read a little here, “it laments the demise of Ireland’s old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes.” [Wikipedia]

It’s a beautiful song. And the harmonium is perfect here as it does a great job of its own impression, that of a bagpipe. I could almost see myself there in Ireland. Someday.

So this is dedicated to my friend, and all my other friends who identify with this song, or Ireland, or Loreena — and it’s dedicated to our planet who needs us now more than ever.

Em

❤

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Afraid of Everyone

My poet friend, S. Francis of Sailor Poet, introduced me to this song by The National recently. I looked it up on YouTube and watched them perform it on Letterman some years ago, and what do I see first? One of the band members playing…harmonium! It was the first time I’ve ever seen a harmonium used in popular music, aside from my own experimenting. Pretty damn cool.

Hope you like my version. 🙂

And do check out their performance posted below, and see the harmonium in action on late night television.  And and…also pay a visit to Sailor Poet for some great poetry on his unique page.

Thanks!

~ Em

 

 

Then I’m radio and then I’m television
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
Lay the young blue bodies, with the old red violets
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort,
I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

I defend my family with my orange umbrella
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my shiny new star spangled tennis shoes on
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort,
I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out
I don’t have the drugs to sort it, sort it out, sort it out

You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul

Free As A Bird

And one more Beatles. I’m in a music zone…

I remember when this song came out in 1995…it was released as a “new” song on the Beatles One album. I guess this was hiding in John Lennon’s home demo recordings.

The harmonium is perfectly ethereal for this ethereal song and its chord changes.

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Free As A Bird ~ The Beatles

Let It Be

 

I know I’m not the only one actively going through shit this year, emotionally and physically. So, I thought I’d sing this song tonight and dedicate it to the people I know who are going through challenging times, you are not alone.

Thank you for your support as I continue my long slow crawl back…

Love and light, always,

Em

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P.S. This one is good for putting earphones in and really feeling the harmonium. I set the lowest drone note for this song, the first time I’ve gone that low, and it just hits the soul…

 

Eek

Omg. Excuse me while I freak out. Remember that song I posted earlier, that I sang on my harmonium?

I just got a message from Leah Nobel herself on YouTube, it’s her song and she found my video:

“Emily- this is awesome. Your voice is beautiful & this made my day!”

Admittedly, I only just discovered her and her song yesterday, but she’s got an amazing voice, and from the songs I’ve just started listening to off her EPs, I’ve got a girl crush.

That’s the first time an artist has found a cover of mine and commented.  Typically, I don’t tag my videos, just trying to keep semi-anonymous and out of the main YouTube jetstream, but this time I did.

Eek 🙂

Not Ready to Say Goodbye

I heard this song on tv show and fell in love with it. It’s beautiful.

Here’s my version on harmonium. I was working on being delicate with harmonium (not easy) so the vocals could be in the spotlight.  A good one to trance out to with headphones in…

Hope you like it. 🙂

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Not Ready to Say Goodbye ~ Leah Nobel

I feel everything and nothing

at the same time

I’m weightless

All that I love in a moment is gone

I’m breaking

Ooooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Ooooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m just a shell of myself

and I’ve never felt so empty

Everything’s spinning out of control

and I can’t breathe

Oooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Edge of Town

Really love this song. A great one to sing, and works well on my harmonium.

I discovered my new favorite place. In Seattle, our local kickass radio station is KEXP. You can listen to them online, they play everything I love and more…huge variety.

They moved last year to an awesome new location by the Seattle Center, with a gathering space with lounge couches and chairs, an excellent cafe, and a DJ booth that faces the main area so you can see them dj’ing live as they pipe the station into the room. To my surprise, they also have live in-studio performances by bands as they come through town for concerts. I’m going to be spending a lot of time there, I do believe.

So this week, I got to see the new (at least in US) band from Australia called Middle Kids, who just released their first EP last Friday, 6 killer songs. New fan. This is their song “Edge of Town.”

Edge of Town ~ Middle Kids