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🎶 do do do do do do 🎶 do do do do do do do do do do 🎶

Just a conversation I had with my 14-year old son this week:

Me: “Did you put clean bed sheets on your bed last weekend?”

Son: “I think so…”

Me: “I think not because there’s no bed sheets from you in the laundry basket”

Son: “I did it the week before!”

Me: “I think not, it’s been 4 weeks since I saw bed sheets from you in the laundry. I want you to put clean bed sheets on your bed tonight”

Son: *roles his eyes and sighs* “You know that magic sometimes happens…The fairy (read: mum) sometimes does it for me and I was only waiting for magic to happen”

Me: “I hate to break the news, but the fairy resigned. She’s is done with cleaning out your bedroom and she won’t do it anymore”

Son: “Is that what the fairy told you?? That’s a shame…”

Everyone raising teenagers will probably recognise conversations like this… And even if you don’t have children, you may remember how you were as a teenager… at least I remember it clearly! Things have changed so much in the past decades, but teenagers are still the same.

These are just everyday situations. Life with teenagers is challenging, but it also brings an awful lot of fun! Speaking of challenges, try keeping the house tidy when you have teenagers… Those of you who tried it, may have ended up like me. I gave up seeing it as a challenge, because it’s simply a mission impossible. I just clean and tidy the house and see it as a weekly returning chore, keeping things limited by avoiding the children’s bedroom…I simply close their bedroom doors so I don’t see their messy bedrooms anymore. With some luck I get to enjoy all the work for a couple of hours…until one of the children gets home from school. When they get home, it only takes a couple of minutes before the house looks like a bomb has exploded. In no time there will be a trace starting at the back door where you will find shoes, halfway into the living room there will be a sports bag, a little further into the living room you’ll find a school bag. School books, paper and pens on the dinner table, a coat on the floor in the hall way, socks half way upstairs, and more socks and a towel in front of the bathroom. I have to admit that I never have to search anymore to know where the children are…all I have to do is follow the trace. 😉

Another challenge is to get teenagers do house chores… Words like “cleaning”, “dish washer”, “tidy”, “laundry” or sentences starting with “Can you please…” or “I would like you to…” immediately cause something that looks like an allergic reaction… Their eyes will start to roll, followed by big sighs…faces turning red…there’ll be an instant urge for fresh air or even a need for a shower or visit to the bathroom… They’re even putting their fingers in their ears as if loud noise is making their ears hurt….even if I just whisper…

Overtime things are getting better though. Of course the children will never admit that it feels good to have a clean and tidy bedroom and they will never admit that cleaning and tidying can be fun with some loud music on. And yes, they will always complain, but at least they’re doing the chores we tell them to do and doing it all their own way. One thing for sure…our negotiating skills have improved and are still improving!

Those who’ve been reading my blogs will probably wonder what this has to do with Robb Murphy’s music… Well…nothing… This is just another day in my life… except for one little thing…

This song…

Headstrong

Whenever things get a little too much, I simply sing:

“Relax cut yourself a break mate, your mind is a fragile thing
Brain waves crave a little rest bite and skin needs sunlight

do do do do do do
do do do do do do do do do do

You haven’t really lived
You haven’t really lived ‘til you’re far from
The strongest and the wise
The hopeful and the few that lay between

You haven’t really lived
You haven’t really lived ‘til you’re far from
The strongest and the wise
The hopeful and the few that lay between
I need my headstrong
I need my headstrong”

As for the music, things have been crazy busy behind the scenes. We’re still in the middle of promoting the single ‘Sleep Tonight’. A couple of weeks ago a release event took place at 101 Donegall St. in Belfast along with the Ulster String Quartet in support to raise awareness of mental health through video and song. The support was provided by Randall Stephens Hall and Brigid O’Neill. See pictures below:

Robb also performed a stripped back version of Sleep Tonight on The Arts Show on BBC Radio Ulster. Click on the picture below to listen:

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In case you’ve missed it…
You can buy the single on Bandcamp and get ‘Bound For Your Arms’ (Sessions In The House Recording) for free. That’s over 10 minutes of music for £ 1,– with all proceeds going to The Samaritans Belfast.

Next to this Robb is working on new songs, of which one was shared a few weeks ago as a taster. You can listen to it here:

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Sleep Tonight

It’s a beautiful sunny lazy Sunday out here. I’m sitting outside in the garden, enjoying fresh air and coffee. While drinking coffee I’m suddenly thinking about something that happened this week…a story worth to share.

Thursday… a beautiful sunny day. I worked in the morning and I was on my way home when I saw an old lady with a rollator standing at the sidewalk. She was looking around and seemed confused. Our eyes met, she started to smile and asked me if I knew where the nursing home was. The nursing home was close, just a few streets away, but instead of explaining her how to get there, I decided to walk with her. She seemed so confused. I told her that I would walk with her. That’s not what she had in mind, she didn’t want me to walk with her and apologised for bothering me, but I ignored her protesting and started walking with her. Along the way, the old lady kept talking. It turned out that she had left home early to go to her physio therapist. Usually a friend would bring her by car, but that day she decided to walk because the weather was so beautiful. On her way back she got lost and didn’t know the way back to the nursing home anymore. She went on telling me what she was up to that day. It was nearly lunch time and then she had planned an afternoon of playing bridge with friends. We soon got to the point where she could see the nursing home. She looked at me and while breathing a sigh of relief she thanked me for walking with her, said that I made her day and again she apologised. I told her not to worry at all and said that I enjoyed that 10 minute walk with her.

While walking home I kept thinking about the old lady… she was so confused. I don’t know how long she had been walking around that morning before I stopped and helped her, but I was glad that she made it to the nursing home safely. Situations like this make me stop and think. We all take so many things for granted, but how fragile we actually are… health, both physical and mental, is something so precious and valuable…

Mental Health…something you read and hear a lot about at the moment. It seems that people are talking about it more and it seems that mental health awareness is increasing. It’s still not enough though. For various reasons, too many people aren’t getting the help they so much need and the stigma around mental health is still there.

Which brings me to the music…
The title track from Robb Murphy’s second album, Sleep Tonight featuring The Ulster String Quartet is being released with the support of The Samaritans. It aims to raise awareness for mental health and the importance of communication rather than suppressing the condition. The single will be released on the 1st of June, all proceeds will go to the Samaritans Belfast. ‘Sleep Tonight’ the single, is already available for pre-release through the following links:

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1377026483?ls=1&app=itunes

https://robbmurphy.bandcamp.com/album/sleep-tonight-feat-ulster-string-quartet-single

The animation video of the full album version created by Maria Becvar was released last Monday to mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness week.

To celebrate the release an event (in support of The Samaritans) is planned on Sunday the 3rd of June along with the Ulster String Quartet, to help raise awareness of mental health issues through video and song. This event will take place at 101 Donegal Street, Belfast. Support by Randall Stephens Hall and Brigid O’Neill. Tickets are available now through the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/robb-murphy-the-ulster-string-quartet-tickets-45552811686

Time to end this long blog…
Not with a song, but with a bit of news.

‘Sleep Tonight’ was track of the day on Hotpress!
Click on the image to read the article!

Hotpress Track of the Day: 'Sleep Tonight' by Robb Murphy

Again, below are the links to pre-order ‘Sleep Tonight’. All proceeds will be donated to The Samaritans Belfast.
https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1377026483?ls=1&app=itunes

On Bandcamp the single comes with an extra track, ‘Bound For Your Arms’ – live for Sessions In The House.

Of course we hope that a lot of people will download the single thereby enabling the Samaritans to do many more great things!  And, we are hopeful that many people will watch the video, showing them the way to help. We ask you to help spread the word… so please tell your friends and your family and ask them to pass it on too!
Thank you for sharing the music!