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Lend us your ears!

Music is the most popular art form in the world. It’s present in all cultures and brings people together. Music is everywhere. It’s by far is the most commonly experienced form of art, but it’s also an art form we all take for granted. Society seems to see music as a commodity, rather than a really important or vital aspect of our lives. Most people claim that they love music, music really is for everyone. We all identify with music and our musical tastes make us who we are and how the world sees us. If you ask someone if he/she likes music, you will (almost) always get a positive response, because there aren’t many people who don’t like music. But how many people truly listen to music and appreciate all that it has to offer?

I’ve always been a music lover but I never really thought about the production side of music and I sure wasn’t aware of how much time and work goes into the creation and production of a song. Little did I know when I started working on the music with Robb Murphy five and a half years ago…

That definitely has changed! I feel privileged to have seen and heard the development of many songs over the past years. It has made me appreciate music even more than I already did, because I learned to listen to music in a completely different way. I used to listen to music in a more passive way than I’m doing now. And when I was actively listening to music, I would listen with a focus on lyrics and the overall arrangement. A song would affect me or not.

I still listen to a lot of music and often it’s just passive listening, like we all do. For example listen to music while doing dishes, driving, doing laundry, and cleaning the house. But over the past five years that has changed and I adopted and learned active listening. Now I take much more time to truly listen to music without any distractions and by doing that I take so much more out of a song than I used to do and I appreciate music so much more.

Over to you. How do you listen to music? Do you take time to actively listen to music and how does it affect you? Feel free to leave a comment!

Since we’re on the subject, here’s your chance to actively listen to music! 😉
Robb posted this message on Facebook a couple of days ago and your input would be much appreciated.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRobbMurphy/posts/2005504622823503

Here’s what Robb says himself:
Next Time – A song we have been touring with for a few years and have already various live radio and TV performances recorded. This year a new studio mix will be released, I love the technical side of recording and production and so far I have recored and mixed the majority of our releases. I have recently been working with Lennart Gretenkord, a great guy and producer from Germany who most recently mastered our Christmas single, ‘North Star’. (www.lennartg.com & facebook.com/lennartgaudio). We thought it would be great to have a sort of ‘mix off’ using Next Time. All the instruments were recorded at my studio and then Lennart and I both made our separate mixes.

So now it is over to you ! We would love to hear the feedback on which mix you prefer, of course they are both equally awesome (lol), but we would love some feedback and interaction from you. Have a listen on your phone, laptop, speakers, car and any other source and see which you think you prefer in terms of sound, vibe, energy, warm etc. or just which most you gravitate to, no need to get too technical.

All feedback, comments, are very welcome and please feel free to share to anyone who may be interested !

Thanks, Robb

Listen to the song below and please let us know which mix you prefer! It will only take 6 minutes of your time… We would love to hear your input/feedback!

 

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Story behind the picture #2

What’s going on in this picture? Well…it’s just another day in Mr. Murphy’s life… 😉

There’s more to tell about this picture though.
Two years ago Robb released ‘Headstrong’. For this song a video was created, involving a bunch of animals who escaped from the zoo.
In the run-up to the release we shared photos of the making of the video, created a story around the animals and also shared photos of animals taking over Robb’s house. Next to that a few promotional videos were made. When the picture above was taken, Robb was filming this video…animal on the loose…

…and then his phone rang… 😆
The person Robb was speaking to probably never knew what was happening.

For the next video Robb dressed up as a zookeeper… trying to catch those pesky animals:

Thinking back about the ‘Headstrong’-release makes me giggle. The making of the video and the run-up to the release brought so much fun and laughter!

Here’s a link to the pictures of the video shoot. This will give you an idea of how the making of the video went:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheRobbMurphy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1013656132008362

Preparing the release and the making of the video took up a lot of time. Many people were involved with the video, including friends, family, band members and even The Ulster Quartet!
Along the process more ideas came up and there was this last minute idea to make a release video. Band members got involved once more to help with the making of that video. The animals took over Robb’s house…waiting for Mr Postman to deliver a ‘Headstrong’-vinyl.

The release of ‘Headstrong’ was a success; the song received a lot of critical acclaim. ‘Headstrong’ is one of Robb’s most streamed songs on Spotify and yesterday the video passed the 20000 views on YouTube.

Listen on Spotify through the following link. Please give Robb a follow while you’re there, so you’ll stay updated on future releases!

If you’re a vinyl lover…there are still some 7” vinyl singles left! You can get a copy through the following link:

https://robbmurphy.bandcamp.com/album/headstrong

Headstrong

 

 

Story behind the picture #1

Robb posted this picture a couple of weeks ago. It sure got people’s attention and led to funny comments. Robb never revealed the story behind the picture though. It’s about time someone does! 😉

Seeing the picture immediately made me giggle…a reminder of good times!!
This photo was taken when we were packing up after the last show of the tour of The Netherlands in 2016.
At the start of the tour Robb showed us this video and asked if we had seen it yet:

The Pen Pineapple Apple Pen song… a video that went viral in no time!
This song became the theme of the tour.
I can’t remember how many times I heard someone sing this during the tour, but believe me…I heard it a lot!!:
“I have a pen, I have a apple
Uh
Apple-Pen

I have a pen, I have pineapple
Uh
Pineapple-Pen

Apple-Pen, Pineapple-Pen
Uh
Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen
Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen”

Maybe you know the feeling of being tired and getting into a laughing stage at some point. Usually experienced with other over-tired friends; you start laughing at anything and everything and once it starts it’s almost impossible to make it stop. That’s what happens a lot during tours. When tiredness kicks in, silliness takes over.

That’s exactly what is going on in this picture. Everyone was tired after a whole week of touring, we were packing up after the last show when someone decided it was time for one more “pen pineapple apple pen” dance.

pen pineapple pen

So, that’s the story behind this picture. Keep an eye out on Robb’s Facebook page and this blog, because I’ll write more stories behind the picture soon!

One last bit of news before I end this blog.
In case you missed it on social media, we were happy and pleased to see that Pure M Magazine included North Star in their ‘Best of 2017 in Irish Music’!!
PureMZine Best of 2017 in Irish Music..

If you didn’t hear ‘North Star’ yet…you can listen to it on Spotify:

Please hit the follow button while you’re there!

Hello 2018!

holiday

Someone please turn back time… Tomorrow I’ll be back at work after a 2 week break and I’m far from ready… I can already see myself waking up tomorrow morning totally confused and wondering why my alarm went off in the middle of the night… It may take a minute but then reality will kick in… Break is over, the new year started, no more pyjama days and no more sleeping in. Back to work it is!
Hello holiday blues! 😉

It’s good to get back into some routine though. Being off for a while is good, but laziness kicked in and I lost my productivity at some point during my 2 week break.

It’s also time to get things going again with the music. We have a lot of plans for 2018. Last year was all about setting the foundations. Like Robb mentioned in his newsletter, for us 2017 has been a year of planning and preparing for the new things to come in 2018. We have been writing, recording, upgrading (studio and brains), creating online content, and collaborating.
This year we’ll be sharing a lot of what we’ve been working on and we’re really looking forward to it!

Just in case you’ve missed things on social media, here are a couple of updates:

A new website is one of the things we’ve worked on last year 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!

Also, we’re now using Bandsintown to announce gigs. Track Robb on there to stay updated on upcoming live shows.

Upcoming Tour Dates

 

It’s 9 pm and I’m going to relax a bit and think of the good memories made in the past few weeks before going to bed.
Time to end this blog with a song… ‘Headstrong’
I definitely “need my headstrong” tomorrow!!

 

Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of the year… I just made some tea and I’m listening to the Top 2000 on Radio 2 (The Top 2000 is an annual marathon radio program in The Netherlands, that plays the 2000 most popular songs of all time, from Christmas through New Year’s Eve). It’s rainy and windy outside and ‘Dancing Queen’ is playing on the radio. I’m looking back at the past year. It’s been a year with ups and downs, but I’m grateful for all the great memories 2017 brought.

New Year’s Eve…whether you love it or loathe it, it’s there! It’s one of the largest global celebrations, the end of another year… on TV the saddest, the best and the most successful moments of the year are being shown, shops are crowded with people getting food and drinks to celebrate that last night of the year. The most frequently asked question on this day is ‘What’s your new year’s resolution?’

We’re programmed to reflect back on the year. Where were you a year ago? What were the best moments in the past year? What have you achieved? Are you happier now than you were a year ago? What do you feel grateful for?

At night people gather to celebrate, dance, drink and be happy. There’s a collective feeling of things coming to an end and a feeling of a new beginning; expectations are high. At midnight we’ll ring in the new year with fireworks and champagne. It’ll be the 1st of January…the start of a new year… Apart from sore heads, eyes being sensitive to light and family obligations waiting, is this day any different from other days? If you think about it it’s just another day.

It’s funny how we all let time dictate our lives. We’ll get running for another year…365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months to fulfill the dreams and to accomplish the goals we’ve set for ourselves on New Year’s Eve to find ourselves in the same setting again next year… ringing in the new year with fireworks and champagne. It’s a really strange global tradition if you think about it.

In reality, New Year’s Eve is just the same as every other night of the year, but as it’s such a big global event, it’s something that connects us all. We all make it a special night and make it meaningful. I’m doing the same thing. I don’t need a big celebration but personally I do think that new year’s eve can make a difference. It’s a good moment to use the vibe to make some positive changes and set some realistic goals. I like the feeling of a fresh start in the new year to work towards my dreams.

Over to you, thank you for reading and sharing the blogs this year and thank you to all who’ve been supporting Robb’s music!
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that 2018 brings you everything you wish for!
Tomorrow we all have a new year, make it a good one!
“…‘Cause we’re only here a short time don’t you know…”


The Mysteries of the Heart, lyrics:

I will say it once and say it clear
I’m standing on a roof top crying out I am sincere
And I’ll look up to the heavens and I’ll wave my flag of truce
‘Cause we’re only here a short time don’t you know

I’ve been holding on to something real
I’m holding on to hope that I can finally clench that deal
And I’ll look up to the heavens and I’ll pray I have your ear
‘Cause we’re only here a short time don’t you know

And let it all unfold, the mysteries of the heart
And let the truth be told, if I really have your hand

And I’m not giving up or letting go
I’m ready to evacuate my self-doubt, take control
All I want is something real
All I want is something pure
‘Cause we’re only here a short time don’t you know

And if there was a mountain in the sky
I’d climb up to the top and place a rock for you and I
And I will show you love
And I will show you hope
‘Cause we’re only here a short time don’t you know

And let it all unfold, the mysteries of the heart
And let the truth be told, if I really have your hand

So I wont hinder ’till tomorrow
I’m ready to accept my fate and let my feelings show
So I look up to the heavens and I’ll pray for clarity
Take a breath and fall onto one bended knee

And let it all unfold, the mysteries of the heart
And let the truth be told, if I really have your hand

 

Happy New Year

 

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

Il dolce far niente

“Il dolce far niente” is an Italian saying literally meaning “the sweetness of doing nothing”.
It doesn’t mean being lazy, but refers to that good feeling you can get from being idle and living in the moment. “Dolce far niente” is thoroughly enjoying the taste of that good cup of coffee, it’s taking a walk and breathing in fresh air, it’s watching the sunset, enjoying a nice home cooked meal with family; it’s meditating, but it’s also staring out the window or spending time with friends…it’s basically anything you like doing that gets you relaxed, makes you feel good, brings energy…seize the day, live in the moment. It’s something a lot of people aren’t great at (including me!!). The Italians however embrace “il dolce far niente” – they know the art of doing nothing, they see it as an important day to day activity and there’s a lot we can learn from that.

This summer we went to Italy again. Same place, same apartment as last year…arriving at the apartment felt like coming home. We were welcomed by the owners, who’s hospitality and kindness are absolutely great; providing us with fresh fruit from the garden and homemade prosecco. Being there again, made me realise how much I missed the place, the views, the sun and the beautiful sunsets.
“Dolce far niente” – it pretty much sums up my summer holiday…
Spending time with my family, meeting up with friends, watching the sunset, enjoying a glass of wine, enjoying the Italian sun and beautiful weather, walking barefoot on a sandy beach, feeling the wind, seeing the moon and stars at night, swimming in the sea, eating pizza, watching the geckos chasing bugs, being in nature, visiting ancient medieval towns, playing cards and board games and so much more…
Good times always go by way too fast, but the memories will last. Memories of joy and laughter, memories of funny and awkward situations, memories of feeling good and relaxed… Oh yes…I’m definitely having the holiday blues!

Back to reality it is now…holiday is over and life is turning back to ‘normal’ again. It’s very easy to get caught up again in the busyness of everyday life, so I made a promise to myself…I’m going to practice “il dolce far niente” much more than I already did. It’s a fact that mindfulness, consciously focusing on the present moment, will increase energy levels, bring clarity of mind and greater focus, but it’s so easy to forget about this… Time to adopt the art of doing nothing, weave it into my days and make it a very important daily activity!

“Dolce far niente” is also a lyric from Robb Murphy’s new single ‘Italian Dreams’ which he released in July. The perfect song to end this blog with… The song was written during a long summer in Italy. It’s a lighthearted song with a 60’s vibe, a hint of The Beach Boys. The single is supported by an animated lyric video created by Italian artist Marco Burani.

Watch the video:

or stream the song on Spotify: