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Charlie Black Renders “Another Sleepless Night”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

My pal Charlie Black was in town a few weeks back. After having dinner together, we adjourned back at the house. Charlie picked up my gut-string guitar and started playing some Anne hits. When he got on this one, I grabbed my camera and started filming. Partly because I recognized a great opportunity to learn how to play it better myself in future rounds. But mostly because writing it was so much fun. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present Mr. Charlie Black. Keep writing. – Rory

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Last June I received an email from my good friend, Terry Reilly, who lives in Ballina, Ireland. He described his plans to turn “On A Wing And A Prayer,” his book about Monsignor James Horan, into a musical. Born in Partry, Ireland, Monsignor Horan is known for building the Basilica at the Shrine at Knock. He was also responsible for the Knock International Airport built there. Terry asked me to help write one of the songs that would appear in the play. That song is “Lion Of Partry.”

Terry and I spent a good part of the summer working on this project. Terry was, at the time, also working with other writers on additional songs that would be used in the play. The musical “On a Wing and a Prayer” will be performed at The Royal Theater, Castlebar, Ireland for three nights, November 25- 27. The performance will benefit the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. It looks to be a complete sellout.

Rita and I went to Ballina about a month ago. We attended a rehearsal during which the chorus performed “Lion Of Partry.” Cynthia Clampett sang it beautifully along with Lavinia Gilmartin, the Musical Director. Tommy Marren, one of Ireland’s big talents, directs the play. I was allowed to video the cast singing “Lion Of Partry.” The man at the beginning is the fantastic and multi-talented Terry Reilly.

I loved working on this song because I never had to be concerned with the radio, but only the character of Monsignor Horan.

Enjoy, Rory

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Belinda Sings About Devotion To The Dream

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

About three weeks ago, I was in a round at the Bluebird with J.P. Williams, Jason Cox, and Belinda Smith. Belinda was singing, and I was up next. About halfway through her song “Another Day,” I realized something important was being said about being true to your dream. This song was written by Belinda and J.P. Williams. I asked Belinda to let me video tape her singing this song. She graciously agreed.

Songwriting is all about dreaming your dream and no one else’s. Listen and keep writing. – Rory

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Charlie Black on Reading and Songwriting

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

About a week ago, my pal and NSAI Hall Of Famer, Charlie Black, was in town from Mexico Beach, Florida. We met over at Bread & Company. After lunch, I asked Charlie about reading and songwriting. Hope you enjoy. Keep writing. – Rory

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Goodbye Lala, We Hardly Knew Ye

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

A friend of mine called a few minutes ago and asked what I was doing. Watching the last few hours of life tick away for Lala.com, I replied.

Lala.com was one of the sweetest ideas to come along in the last few years. Now it’s gone. Why? Because it was too good, and because they were competition for “you know who.”

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