Tracks from "Tim Ambler"
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This is about taking that leap of faith to follow what your instinct is telling you to do. I wrote it around the time I left the legal profession to go into music full time, so the song is really me advising myself.
I was living (no kidding!) in a converted dog kennel near Gatwick Airport in 1989. I was working on another song when this just suddenly leapt out at me. The story is based on something that happened to a close pal of mine, who thankfully recovered. It took a while to fine tune the lyrics, but the melody came in one piece in a matter of minutes.
Based on a conversation Padraic O’Beirn had with a taxi driver one night. The driver believed the tragedy of losing his daughter at age 7 was the work of karma punishing him for his wrongdoings. Padraic gave me the lyric and I wrote the tune.
A cozy winter love song written with Celine Carroll at the IMRO Songwriting Workshop, November 1998. I’d had the melody for ages but got stuck with it and Celine helped me complete it.
The basic riff and melody came from my oldest friend Colin Barlow. It was around the time of the Kosovo conflict, people fleeing in fear from their burning homes. The lyrics came to me while out walking on Sandymount Strand.
The tune was written on guitar in a flat in Rathmines, but for months and months I couldn’t find lyrics for it. I gave the tune to Padraic O’Beirn and together we finally formulated the words.
Constantia Instrumental #1
This tune popped into my head while walking round Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. The colours were amazing and I hummed the melody into a Dictaphone.