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North Star

North Star

The fire is wild tonight
Its dancing in your eyes
I move a little close
And say what no one knows

You taught me all I know
How love can grow and grow
I’m just a lonely soul
You know what no one knows

Save me from this quivering heart
Summer is kind and winter is cruel
Guide me and I’ll follow your light
I’ll be your North Star too

We’ll put our big coats on
And wrap our heads in wool
Then brave the icy snow
We’ll go where no one goes

And I may make you smile
A view that will never tire
We’ll hold each other close
And say what no one knows

Save me from this quickening dark
Summer is kind and winter is cruel
Guide me and I’ll follow your light
I’ll be your North Star too

Now silence falls on night
The world is out of sight
Our heavy eyes appear
Our Christmas Day is near

North Star, a song to close out the year. Robb wrote the song just weeks ago and decided to record it. The result was so good that we decided to share it with the world. A surprise release to celebrate the holiday season!

Have a listen! The song will take you on a musical journey through a glistening winter landscape; a timeless song guaranteed to bring a warm, fuzzy and festive feeling!


It’s exactly what I love about this time of the year….a warm, fuzzy and festive feeling… The house is warm and cosy with the Christmas decorations being up. A place to relax with a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate; a place to escape from the year-end madness.

Year-end madness…December… I have a love-hate relationship with December.
I really love decorating the house and the tree. Decorating the tree is always an exciting event. It’s a tradition to buy one new ornament for our tree each year. The children, who are teenagers now, still love that tradition! Our tree is a mixture of ornaments and almost all ornaments have a story or a memory attached to them, which makes our tree so special. I really love the warmth and cosiness of the house around this time of the year. Candles lit at night, Christmas lights on, curled up on the couch under a nice warm blanket and just relax.

But there’s also the year-end madness… At work pressure is building up… like there’s no time left and everything needs to be finished before the year ends. Next to that there are so many events and obligations; expectations are high. I’m always in two minds about everything during the December month. I’m enjoying the vibe, but I don’t like the amount of events… All events are nice, but they all seem to be taking place at the same time, everything squeezed into one month…  I’m always finding it a big challenge to live up to all expectations during the December month, because I don’t like to disappoint anyone. Every year again I wonder why we can’t just spread all of these events throughout the year…how good would that be?!

On the other hand I really love Christmas morning, unwrap our Christmas presents, have a late breakfast in our pyjamas before getting dressed and ready for family visits. I love watching films with the children. Yes, very cliché, but ‘Home Alone’, ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ and ‘Elf’ are sure being watched in this house! I love the atmosphere that comes with Christmas. People always seem to be more kind, caring and thoughtful towards each other, but it always makes me wonder why we need Christmas for that to happen. We collectively create this atmosphere and I really love it, but…why can’t we collectively create this atmosphere throughout the whole year? Being kind, caring and thoughtful doesn’t have to be limited to Christmas…

These conflicted thoughts and feelings always continue until New Year’s Eve. I like the excitement of ending a year and the fresh start a new year always brings. I like to think back of the year that has passed, count my blessing and think back of all the memories we’ve made and I like to look forward to all what is to come in the new year. On the other hand I’m happy that I survived the December month and everything turns back to normal again. I can’t wait to take down all Christmas decorations after New Year’s day, but at the same time I always feel a bit melancholy. One last look at the Christmas ornaments; thinking of the memories and stories attached to them one more time before they’re being stored in boxes again for a whole year.

Over to you! How do you manage stress during the December month? All advice is welcome! 😉

A little bit of news before I end this long blog.
Behind the scenes we’ve been working on a new website in the past months and it’s live now. Check it out! You’ll find news, pictures, music, videos, blog, tourdates and more!
http://www.robbmurphy.com/
Let us know your thoughts about it! Do you like the website? Is there something missing on the website that you would like to be there? We would love to get your feedback!

One more week before it’s Christmas and I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. Most likely this is the last blog I’m writing this year. A good moment to say thanks! Thank you to all who’ve been reading and sharing the blogs this year and thank you to all who’ve been supporting Robb’s music!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!

Merry Christmas Happy New Year

Happy Christmas!

Time is going so fast! It’s nearly Christmas…

I’ve been wanting to write a blog all week, but didn’t have inspiration. I started writing a couple of days ago, but when I finished writing I thought I would read what I wrote last year…and those were almost identical blogs… I deleted what I wrote and started thinking about what I could write about instead… I did a few more attempts to write a blog but it didn’t work out the way I wanted…the delete button was frequently used!!

What to write about? Everyone knows about all the negative stuff happening in the world and I don’t have to point that out again and I certainly don’t have to say that I wish the world would be a better place…I do wish that, but doesn’t everyone? I wanted to write about something positive…just to show that good things do happen as well. The inspiration came tonight, when I was watching TV.

Around this time of the year ‘Serious Request’ takes place in The Netherlands. It’s a fundraising event for International Red Cross initiatives. Public radio station 3FM started this in 2004 and it became a tradition. During this event two or three popular DJ’s are locked up in a radio studio (The Glass House) which is placed in a main square in a different city each year. Living on a juice-only fast, the DJs make an interactive, themed broadcast around the clock, while regular programming on the station is suspended. Everything happening can be followed on radio, TV and the internet. Funds are raised in a few different ways. While the DJs are in ‘The Glass House’, they play songs requested by listeners and visitors, in return for their donations. Celebrities and artists also donate personal possessions or performances for auction. Donations from the public and businesses are made into the project’s bank-account, but also by visitors depositing cash into the house’s letterbox. Next to that, people throughout the whole country run a variety of supporting initiatives, and in some cities more glass houses are popping up. This year’s donations will go towards an initiative from the International Red Cross to prevent children dying from pneumonia.

Two days ago a six year old boy called Tijn came to ‘The Glass House’ with his father. His father told the DJ’s that Tijn, who is terminally ill because of a brain tumor, wanted to support ‘Serious Request’ and by doing that save children who are suffering from pneumonia. Tijn’s idea was to paint finger nails. Someone wanting to get his/her nails painted had to pay € 1,– and people who didn’t want to get their nails painted should pay € 10,–.
His target amount was to raise € 100,–.
Everyone was touched by the little boy and of course he started with painting the nails of the DJ’s in The Glass House. Little did the boy know when he started with this…the boy’s appeal went viral and it’s headlining the news in The Netherlands. In the whole country people (even men and boys!!) are painting their nails and are donating money for Tijn’s initiative. It’s two days later now and while I’m writing this blog Tijn managed to raise  € 1.635.687 so far!! And there’s still one more day to go. ‘Serious Request’ will end tomorrow evening.
It’s beautiful to see how much effort people throughout the whole country put into initiatives to raise money for ‘Serious Request’. It brings you straight into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas…If you didn’t get in the mood for it yet…here’s a song that might help. Silent Night performed by Robb and the band for Slemish Sessions as part of their Christmas Sessions.

Christmas…it’s the time that always brings me warm feelings. It’s also the time that makes me think back of the year that has passed… Where did time go? 2016 went by so fast!! Thinking back is making me count my blessings…there’s a lot to be thankful for! So many great things happened.
Also behind the scenes…even though it may have seemed quiet, it’s been a busy year…a lot has happened. Robb released ‘To Be A Fool’ and he spent time to work on new songs with the band, followed by the tour of The Netherlands. After the tour Robb and the band did a few sessions and they continued working on new songs. At the moment we are preparing the release of the last single from the album Sleep Tonight, the title track. This song will be released in February. More news about this will follow soon!

This will probably be the last blog I’m writing in this year, so it’s a good moment to say thanks.
Thank you to all who’ve been reading and sharing my blogs this year. Also thanks to everyone who has been supporting Robb’s music!
Here’s a little holiday gift from Robb Murphy, a free download of ‘To Be A Fool (acoustic)’:

Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!!

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When Love Is Tangled Between Friends

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas…only one and a half weeks away from us.
I love this time of the year. Last week we decorated the house and the tree. It’s something the children always love to do. They love looking into the boxes and getting out all decorations. They always remember where we usually put them. Each year we go to a Christmas market and the children pick a new decoration for our tree. That became a tradition and over the years our tree became a very colourful and a very special tree with a variety of decorations. Special because all decorations have memories attached to them. Memories of the times we bought the decorations, but also memories of people who gave us decorations as a Christmas gift.

This time of the year always makes me more thoughtful. It makes me think back of the past year, remember everything that has happened, but it also makes me look forward to the new year ahead of us. Christmas is a state of mind…that Christmas-feeling is something we will (hopefully) all experience. It’s the time of the year when we are all putting ourselves aside and share love, kindness and happiness with the people around us. Regardless of your tradition, the winter holidays are a season of light, however it’s also the time of the year that may bring dark thoughts…
I do have dark thoughts as well. To give you an example, I’m pretty worried about the world we are living in right now… I’m worried about what kind of world our children will be living in when they’ve grown up. The financial crisis, warming of the earth, wars, terrorism…the next generation will be faced with the legacy of my own generation and the older generations. It’s obvious that the next generation will have to work longer and harder, probably with less wage and definitely with higher taxes. They will be faced with less security and more inequality because of the choices that some of my own generation and the older generations have made. I can’t change these facts and I can’t solve these big issues, but there is something else I can do to make this world a little bit nicer. The change begins with ourselves… It’s cliché but why do so many people limit their selves with showing love, kindness and happiness during the holiday season? Why not do it throughout the whole year? A little act of kindness, say ‘I love you’ more often to your loved ones, show people your appreciation…basic things we all seem to forget about so easily, but things that can really make a huge difference. It’s so simple…treat people the way you want to be treated…you will receive what you give…

This brings me to the quote I started this blog with and my wish for the new year.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

I wish that magic wand would be there forever…not just for Christmas…
If only everyone in this world would keep sharing love, kindness and happiness, the world would be so much nicer…

A song to end this blog with…
‘When Love Is Tangled Between Friends’
We’ve been busy behind the scenes! Robb released this song on Friday and it’s available as a free download until the 1st of January. The single is a remix of the original version taken from the album ‘Sleep Tonight’. It’s released as a Christmas-single and features a Christmas themed new music video.
The animals showed up again! They were up for a Christmas party!

You can download the song for FREE through the following link:

 

This will probably the last blog I’m writing in this year. Like so many other people we also have some very busy weeks ahead. Good times!
Thank you to all who’ve been reading and sharing the blogs this year!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.

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