Saturday, 31 December 2011

the year 2011 in a nutshell

This time last year I told myself I wanted to play live at least once every week, I wanted to record my first solo album and I wanted to go on an acoustic tour.

It's the last day in 2011 and almost 90 gigs later, I am reflecting and thankful for doing all of the above and many more.

here are some of the highlights

In February, I was asked to be the resident host of Portobello Acoustic Sessions

On the 30th of March, I was made redundant

In May, I started recording my album

In July, I released the radio edit of one of my songs Inspiration

In August, I started my Pen Voyage Acoustic tour that included playing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Greenbelt Festival and a week in Toronto.

On the 30th of September, my album Pen Voyage Chapter 1; Singing for Change was officially released.

I spent the last three months of the year, promoting the album, playing at the most amazing venues and meeting the most amazing & inspiring people.

Toby Mulligan

7 year old Iliana

I met the lovely Céline from Rome

Thanks for all the love and support throughout the year and I hope you have had an amazing year. I look forward to 2012 expecting the best and best only.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Pen Voyage Liner Notes - Track 10

This is the last installment of the Pen Voyage Liner Notes series and the song "Goodnight"

This song was the most difficult for me to write just because I initially couldn't find the right words to express what I was feeling about my father's passing.

During my dad's funeral, my brother wrote his Eulogy based on Mary E. Frye's 1932 poem Do not stand at my grave and weep.

It was the poem that eventually helped me to pen this song. I truly believe that death is a not the end but a journey into another life beyond this life and that's why the I called the song "Goodnight"

When we sleep we do wake up although some will wake up not on this side of time.

For a very long time, I did not realize how rare it was to have a father like mine. When I started to hear other people's stories and I began to appreciate the gift that my dad even more. Every child wishes to make his or her father proud and my dad always made sure to let my siblings and I know that he's proud of us. In writing and recording this record I knew I did just that; made him proud.

I hope that this song helps those who have lost family or friends to come to terms with their loss and hopefully in time, start to heal and celebrate their lives rather than rehearsing the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

I heard Oprah say this and I think it sums it all up for me.

"Every death, is a wake up call to live more fully, more completely, more presently right now"

LISTEN to Goodnight on Spotify

Pen Voyage Chapter 1; Singing for Change is out on iTunes, Amazon and other digital stores

You can buy the physical CD here

Listen to tracks from the album here
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