SONGS OF CONSOLATION by Rónán Johnston.
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Click here for Lyrics & Thoughts on the Album.....
Just a quick one this time, to let
you all know that 21 demands just went to Number 1
yesterday with "Give me a minute", entirely on
downloads (an amazing achievement), David's download
"Don't look back in Anger) is at number 7, and both
Scubadice and Maeve O'Donovan's tracks are still top
40. Congrats to all. I mainly blame your producers!!
David O'Connor's single, "On Borrowed Wings" was
finished in the allotted 72 hours (Lord help us).
Sounding huge!! And will be due for download any
second, and available in the shops within a week or
And most importantly of all, "Songs of Consolation"
CD's pressed, and just covers to be printed. We'll
be ready to go by Easter, and you can get it
directly through this website. Hopefully we'll have
at least two buttons initially: Paypal and CD Baby,
and we'll add iTunes as soon as it's up on the
Can't wait. I'll send you all a message as soon as
we're ready to roll!
me a Minute" by 21 Demands went straight into the
Irish charts this week at Number 2, based on
downloads alone, recorded only a week ago in my
place, and produced by myself and Larry. Actually
the story is even more exciting than that. This
week, we have four downloadable records in the Irish
top 30, all recorded and produced by us for the
final four acts in You're A Star
So Scubadice have a Number 8 hit singing a cover
version of Greenday's holiday
O'Connor, (the final winner of the competition) is
at 20 with a cover of Noel Gallagher's "Don't Look
back in Anger".....
Maeve O'Donovan is at number 25 with the Stevie
Nick's song "Landslide" also recently covered by the
To cap the week, we find ourselves down in Joe
Egan's "Loft" studio in Clara County Offaly (where I
mixed "Songs of Consolation" my own forthcoming
album) this time, recording the winner's single for
Universal records. David won as I mentioned, and
he's been given a very strong pop ballad written by
Bryan Adams and Elliot Kennedy called "On Borrowed
Wings". The pressure is on and we've only three days
to record and mix it. Hope you all like it. It will
be available for download on Friday coming.
Contents Under Pressure!!
Okay, so I got the new album, "Songs of Consolation"
all mastered and stuff, and I was patiently waiting
for You're a Star to come to its natural end, when
the MPO CD pressing plant in Dublin ceased its
operations last Friday. There was a mad scramble and
now (as there's only one pressing plant left in the
country!) I have to get everything in to the system
So this is a map of my life for the next few days.
Wednesday: do all the band charts for the last two
You're a Star shows. 10 hours Thursday: Helix for
Camera rehearsals for semifinal and final of You're
a Star. Get masters of "Songs of Consolation" into
MidAtlantic. 9 hours Friday: Final Rehearsal with
acts for closing weekend of You're a Star, mid
afternoon soundcheck RTE, and Late Late Show with
acts that night (lots of hours) Saturday: Semifinal
day. In the Helix at crack of egg. Rehearsals and
soundchecks all day. Show live at 8pm. Results at
930. Drive home. Don't crash. Fall into bed. Sunday:
Final day. In at 8am. Same as yesterday but with one
fewer act. Go live at 630pm. Results at 8pm. Wrap
party soon after.
Monday- start recording single with this year's
You're a Star winner for Universal records. Get
artwork in on Songs of Consolation. Try not to have
breakdown. Kiss kids goodnight. Fall asleep.
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