Friday, April 4, 2014

Mister Falcon - a song for John McLane

The Situation:

When the movie Die Hard 2 was shown on TBS, they censored the dirty words. Instead of bleeping them out or making them silent, they chose to replace the words with overdubbed phrases that might fool a lip-reader with cataracts, but that's about it. The movie is full of these edits, but the most egregious is this line, uttered by John McLane (Bruce Willis):

Yippie-Ki-Yay, Mister Falcon.

There is no Mister Falcon in the film. It certainly doesn't qualify as a well-known derogatory term. If we've made it this far into the film with our suspension of disbelief still intact, we might allow ourselves to believe that this is some sort of inside joke, a reference that McLane gets even if we don't.

The Solution:

In order to lift this from the ridiculously laughable to the marginally plausible, I wrote a song about the legend of Mister Falcon. I thought this character might have been one that McLane would have related to, and I can picture him as a young man listening to the song on his parents' turntable.

I recently made an album with a couple good friends. We called ourselves The Midweeklings. This song ended up being part of the project. Submitted for your consideration: Mister Falcon.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Quest For The Heady Topper

Here's a new drinking song for the 2014 St. Pat's 'tour'. It's about the search for a beer worthy of the holiday. This video was recorded for Couch By Couchwest, and with luck, it'll get its turn in the rotation in the next few days.

This song gets its live debut tonight at Tony's Italian Grille & Pub; I'm playing their St. Patrick's Celebration tonight at 6. Cheers!

Monday, March 10, 2014

St. Patrick's Week!

It's time to roll out the drinking songs again! St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year, and for the week leading up to it, local pubs are giving you plenty of opportunity to raise a pint. Here's when and where you can catch my drinking songs show:

Wednesday 3/12: The Country Cow, Campton NH. It's open mic night, and I'll be rolling out a warmup set as a preview for the show on the 17th. Is buffalo chicken a traditional St. Pat's dinner? It depends what you're drinking! Showtime 7-10pm, no cover, bring a guitar.

Thursday 3/13: Tony's Italian Grille & Pub, Thornton NH. Tony's annual St. Pat's celebration has become a north country mainstay. For an Italian restaurant, Tony's does Irish very well. Get a seat early, 'cause this one's going to fill up! Showtime 6:00-9:30pm, no cover, Moat Mountain on tap.

Friday 3/14: T-Bars Restaurant & Lounge, Waterville Valley NH. Technically an apr├Ęs-ski show, I'm offering a bit of the holiday spirits to the Waterville Valley crowd. Ski conditions should be very good, so expect this one to be a rowdy good time! Showtime 2-5pm, no cover, wear boots.

Friday 3/14: Biederman's Deli And Pub, Plymouth NH. A hometown show! Several of my drinking songs were inspired by events in this very room. This is my third year bringing the show to Biederman's. With the largest row of taps in town, this bar always brings an enthusiastic crowd. Showtime 7-9pm, no cover, drink the wall if you dare.

Saturday 3/15: Crossroads Chiropractic Lakeside, Meredith NH. Wait, what? Let me explain. This is the chiropractic office that I currently visit, and they are AWESOME. They just moved in to a new location, and I'm playing their open house party. Stop by and check it out! Showtime 11am-3pm, no cover,  chair massages.

Sunday 3/16: Campton Congregational Church, Campton NH. Okay, not a drinking songs show. But I'm the organist, and after the week we've had, shouldn't you at least stop in? I'll be working St. Patrick's Prayer in somewhere. Sunday Service 9:30am, no cover, atonement for recent and upcoming sins.

Sunday 3/16: Woodpecker's Pub And Eatery, Campton NH. A little Sunday brunch will do you good. Some drinking songs and a Bloody Mary might help too. Come out and recharge your batteries for the final push! Showtime 11am-1pm, no cover, Kahlua French Toast.

Monday 3/17: Meredith Bay Colony Club, Meredith NH. A drinking songs show at an assisted living facility. Is this the best St. Patrick's week or what? Showtime 2:30-3:30pm, private event, experienced partiers.

Monday 3/17: Plymouth Skate Park St. Patrick's Day 4 Course Dinner, The Country Cow, Campton NH. Okay, here we go. A 4-course Irish meal with local craft beer and wine pairings, and drinking songs by yours truly. Proceeds benefit the development of the Plymouth Skate Park. Could this event be any more badass? Showtime 5-8pm, tickets $30, drinking in style.

Monday 3/17: The Country Cow, Campton NH. Hey, I'm already here, so why not? After the downstairs event finishes at 8, I'm moving my setup into the upstairs lounge for more musical bar shenanigans! Showtime 8pm-who knows, no cover, drunken revelry.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Order the new CD here!!

Hi. The new CD has arrived, and things have been a whirlwind since them. I'll tell you all about the recent release party soon. But for now, here's a PayPal link where you can order physical copies of the CD. Eventually it will be on CDBaby as well, but that's still being resolved. And this is a more straight-to-the-artist option anyway. :)

Jim Tyrrell - True Stories from a Small World - CD

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CD Update (and cover art preview!)

The CDs are in production! The Indiegogo sponsor packages are being assembled now, and as soon as I have the new CDs, I'll pop them in there and send 'em off.

There will be a CD release party on Friday, January 24 at 7pm at The Country Cow Restaurant in Campton NH. Tickets are $15, which includes a copy of the new CD. You can get your ticket right here:
You will also be able to get a copy at any of my shows, or by ordering online. (The ordering link will be up soon.) I can't wait for you to hear it!
Until then, maybe you'd like a peek at the album art? You can check it out here:


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tavern 27.

Tuesday 12/17/2013 is my last day at Tavern 27. I've been playing their gorgeous (and slightly ornery) grand piano every Tuesday for a little over a year. And in that time I've become acquainted with some fine business owners and some AMAZING food. If you're anywhere near Laconia NH, you really ought to check it out. They do an American spin on traditional tapas (meaning, of course, larger portions than traditional tapas). There isn't anything like it in this area. And the piano bar goes on, in the capable hands of a couple other local musicians. Dan Carter is outstanding; if you see him, ask to hear an original. Great songwriting style.

As for me, my schedule is pretty busy, and having a night at home on Tuesdays isn't unwelcome at all. (Ask me again in a month though.) And you'll be sure to see me hanging around Tavern 27 from time to time; I've still got a nice big food credit to use up. Reservations recommended; (603) 528-3057.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Album Mastering.

The date for mastering the new CD is set for December 27. How about that, I might get the thing done this year after all! Of course, there won't be physical copies until early/mid January, but all aspects of the project are moving forward.

This record has been a much longer process than any of my others, and it's been interesting to see what that does to the work, and to my impressions of it. In the past, I've put songwriting aside during record making. Not so this time; I could only hold it off for so long. And since it's not just me at the controls, the project can keep moving while I indulge the muse. Nice!

I think I promised you song stories in the last post. Well, I'll try to get some live recordings of the new stuff this Wednesday, and then you'll get all the dirt. But I also have an album cover to be finishing up. Oh, and people ought to have a way to order the damn thing too, yes? Busy busy. And thank goodness for it.