Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Guitar New Songs New Craic at the Irish Haven Sunset Park Brooklyn

Munnelly made a daft Poster again did n't he?

Sunday 17th August 8 - 11 pm
Originals POP (old n new)  and Irish

Legend-ary Songwriter and performer John Munnelly makes a rare appearance in NYC/Brooklyn after his recent tours. Catch him while you can in the fun and relaxed historic bar the IRISH HAVEN in Brooklyn

“Come to Sunset Park Brooklyn for a SOLO show ON SUNDAY and I will have my new guitar with me and new songs. It’s a rare chance to see me out and about performing a fierce variety of stuff Irish Originals and Pop.”
Show Time in Sunset Park  Brooklyn –
Get yourself to fun in 5721 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220 -  R train

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Psychology Terms Explained

Twaddles' Definition'sof DSM and Psychology

There's money in your pain - here are some of the terms you may encounter in your counseling sessions and their real meanings.

Transference and counter-transference.

You remind me of myself/my mother/my sister/my brother, my father, my boss - etc

Transference: you fork off!, I hate/love you.
Counter-transference: no, you fork off!, I love/hate you.

Post- Modern Family: It's not all relative(s).
Most-Modern Family: "My child is AAAmazing - please worship my child with us!

Abnormal psychology: The study and resultant verbal weekly irritation of normal diverse individuals by highly trained and educated emotionally defectives and borderline personalities with 'healing' gift delusions.

Attachment: Emotional relationship between the therapist and yours or the insurance companies billable's.

Anxiety An intense emotional response caused by the pre-conscious recognition that you are going to spend the rest of your fine afternoon listening to an addict, a thief and a romantic layabout find reasons why its not their fault ie "its my family".

Behavior modification The systematic use of principles of learning to decrease the frequency of the therapist speaking during sessions. Usually involves the intense repression of the boredom reflex by remembering and concentrating thoughts on the long hours study it took to get to a place where you can sit in a comfortable chair and while away the 50 minute- hours thinking of what you had for breakfast/lunch and wondering what's for supper later on... "darling I'm home... whats for dinner?".

Client-centered therapy A humanistic approach to wondering who is paying for the session the client or the insurance company? How many weeks can they afford and what the therapist himslef will be doing this weekend? "Well thats it for this week ... See you next week then at the same time..."

Daytime sleepiness: The experience of excessive sleepiness during daytime activities; the major complaint of therapist evaluated at counseling location's nationwide. Thought to result from excessively comfortable chairs. yes, Hmm I see , aha, Umm yees... very interesting indeed, and then , and how zid you feels abouts zhat ...

DSM: Classification of people into easy billable unit categories. Aha moments! The discovery of a treasure trove of billable neuroses.

REM Sleep: This as a rule is not available to therapist during sessions so can lead to excessive irritability,  trauma and sometimes blunt force memory repression of the daytime's activities as only partial unfulfilled sub-dreaming reveries are available and thereby lead to shallow form sleep fulfillment neuroses. "Had a nice day at the office dear ...?"

Imprinting A primitive form of learning in which some counselor's and therapists form an emotional attachment to the money derived from the insurance companies. Can lead to a form of symbiotic dysfunction between parties usually characterized by spending excessive time on the phone with unresolved insurance neuroses.

Family Therapy: A form of therapy defined as I'm OK but I wish I lived somewhere else (where 'they' were n't).

Note:  views are author's own and may just be true.

It's a wrong way to Tipperary Peace

It's a long wrong way to Tipperary 

It certainly turned out to be a long long way to Tipperary for Cavan born and Brooklyn living Singer-Songwriter John Munnelly who was selected as a finalist for the Tipperary Peace Song of Peace Final at the Aherlow House Hotel Tipperary on Thursday July 10th. 2014.

I think my brother put it best;  John "came first in the coming last competition" ;) Thanks Bro, actually it was joint last!  

My distinct memory is that while playing my peace song (see pic below)  the judges seemed harried and busy with some sort of paperwork and paid not the slightest attention to me performing. That's at best vaguely disrespectful towards someone who traveled internationally and paid his own way to be there without a single support from the competition.  I still totally believe in the peace song I wrote and it's not a professional level critique of the song. Maybe they had other stuff to do for the three minutes I played; but give us a chance will ye!

Some of the attendees were there for the Pride of Tipperary that was running after the song part was over - and for the uninitiated to Irish TV if you want to get an idea of what that's about I suppose the 'lovely girls' sketch is worth a look for the fun. Though the girls were ALL cool and they all had lovely bottoms.

You readers and other people considering an entry might play my song and best decide for yourselves whether I have a case of sour artistic grapes or 'we wuz robbed' . Either way I was a pro- I came, I played and I moved on to the next project.

Please judge for yourselves and play my Tipperary song of PEACE


Saturday, July 5, 2014

It’s a long long way to Tipperary: honored to be selected as a finalist for the Tipperary Peace Song of Peace Final at the Aherlow House Hotel, Tipperary

July 4th 2014
Brooklyn New York

It’s a long long way to Tipperary for Cavan born and Brooklyn living Singer-Songwriter John Munnelly who is honored to be selected as a finalist for the Tipperary Peace Song of Peace Final
at the Aherlow House Hotel on Thursday July 10th. 2014

John Munnelly, the award winning songwriter, musician, actor and video maker based in Brooklyn, NYC returns home to Ireland selected as a top 10 finalist in the Tipperary Song for Peace. The Song of Peace Final takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday July 10th at the Aherlow House Hotel in the Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary.

The Tipperary Convention and Song Award was founded in 1984. It was set up to recognise people who promote the ideals of peace and peaceful co-operation in Ireland and across the world. It also aimed to replace the association of Tipperary with war in popular culture based in part on the popularity of the first world war recruiting song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”.

Singer Songwriter John Munnelly born and grew up in Cavan town.  John’s talent for telling the story of the common man has been recognized. He’s an award winning songwriter with the ASCAP Jay Gorney award for a “Song With a Social Conscience” called The Unemployment Blues.

John Munnelly is also known for penning anthemic football themed songs and is currently involved in the local Dublin football flavoured ‘King of Cambridge’ project. He was invited to create the melody for the existing song lyrics and then went on to produce both the song and the subsequent video. The song has been described as “I can’t get this song out of my head”  by numerous listeners. He will be participating in events & shows linked to this ‘King of Cambridge’ project after the Tipperary Song of Peace Final.  Link to King of Cambridge video & song
Email:  Twitter: @laughjohnlaugh

Monday, May 12, 2014

Join the King of Cambridge as he takes you on a tour!

Alan Kinsella is the King of Cambridge. During his playing days at Cambridge Boys FC Kinsella was famously named and crowned 'King of Cambridge' by his fellow team mates. He's the Irishtown Dubliner who applied for the head coach position of Ireland's National soccer team. Kinsella and several mates were having a heated discussion on Irish tactics and on who should coach Ireland for the 2016 Euro Championships to be held in France. After sharing his coaching insights the mates taunted Kinsella that he should apply for the job. And that's exactly what he did. "Why not?" King proclaimed. "The position doesn't frighten me one bit."

Then after receiving an official response from Ireland's head soccer office King decided to share his story with the multitudes. He turned his failing bid for the job into a positive experience describing the rejection letter as a real honor. The official response sent shockwaves around his network of friends and has inspired a charity fundraiser. Kinsella's story has become the platform to raise funds for St. Vincent's Foundation / Neurology.

After going to press in New York, King's crew was inspired to create a song for Ireland's Euro qualifiers starting September 7, 2014.

So join the King of Cambridge as he takes us on a tour, across the Irish Sea you're gonna love him more and more. The craic we'll have and songs he sings will leave us in a trance, cause Martin Keano and the boys are gonna win in France... Read more about King's story and fundraiser

 Written by Michael Behan ( Lyrics) and John Munnelly (Music) Video and Song Track Created & Produced by John Munnelly All Rights Reserved Copyright John Munnelly 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Can't stand the madness of them all - yearly roundup in pictures - Angels Tears

Today is a new day,  is that what they say?

I am always a little pensive and melancholic at the turn of the calendar. I certainly feel the brevity.  As I sit here I consider with thanks the great people I met because of my journeys over the last year. I had the fun opportunity to play music in Antigua, Ireland and New York. I also made and released some great videos like Legends , Happy Christmas and my album HELLO WORLD. It has been great making 'stuff' happen and having what we Irish call 'the craic' on the peripatetic musical perambulations.

2014 Shows

Brooklyn Museum Show
Exhibition: WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Show will be part of
Louie Palu (Canadian, b. 1968). U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos "OJ" Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from Project: Home Front, 2008. Inkjet print, artist's proof, 21½ x 14¼ in. (54.6 x 36.2 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Joan Morgenstern. © Photographer Louie Palu

Show February 8th 2014
opening act for Pat Wictor on Sat Feb 8 at 8 p.m. at Prospect Range.
1226 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Christmas Song by John Munnelly


Happy Christmas Song PLEASE share this video link  before Christmas thnx!!

Happy Christmas by John Munnelly is an Original 'Future Classic' from the album "Together for Christmas" A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection from Cosmic Trigger Records. Available on


Happy Christmas gets to the pure heart soul and spirit of the story of the birth of Jesus. communicating the real meaning of Christmas in this song and video.

This has been a labor of love in the best sense of the world. Created using stop motion and video. Please support this song and my art, as a full time artist this is my gift to you and the universe  -

Special thanks to Linda Moniz for help on this production - construction of the manger for the baby Jesus, helping create the desert scenery and the garden construction. She also arranged the arbor vitae, decorations & lights and dressed the piano set and did PA for lighting and animations - wow!  I did a but meself too;) but here we are It's been a LOT of work and hope you like the song and the video - more about John Munnelly here

Thanks to Anita Daly & Jim Leavitt of Cosmic Trigger for being on this amazing record - reviews here

Thanks to Peter Litvin for Song Production on original recording

All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) John Munnelly ASCAP and LaughJohnLaugh Music ASCAP

LYRICS to "Happy Christmas" by John Munnelly

Happy Christmas ( Together for Christmas )

Ding dong the bells on a Christmas morn
The heaven's opened and Christ the lord was born
in the darkness on a bed of straw
lies a baby that the shepherds saw

No place, to rest her infant’s head
the mother Mary, this humble shed
the star foretold it, the angels 'gan to sing
Hallelujah let the earth rejoice and sing

Hallelujah, hallelujah the boy child is a king
Happy Christmas - baby
Merry Christmas - baby
Happy Christmas - peace on earth

Happy Christmas Happy Christmas
Joy to all & peace on earth
Happy Christmas Happy Christmas
Goodwill to all & peace on earth

Three kings, bearing treasures for this child’s
birth, death resurrection, his 30 years of life
in the darkness, into our world of pain
came a little boy Jesus was his name

Joseph get up, think of the safety of this child
go on to Egypt; hide, until King Herod dies
later in the garden he'll offer up his will
father forgive...father forgive...*2

Happy Christmas - baby
Merry Christmas - baby
Happy Christmas - peace on earth
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

Joy to all & peace on earth
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

Goodwill to all & peace on earth
(c) 2012  Copyright Author of Lyrics and Music John Munnelly

Sort of About Me

I am a songwriter living in Brooklyn NYC - I can write a song about anything: Positive Uplifting Messages Spiritual/Hymns Social Commentary POP/Rock - Kids Songs Celebratory/Seasonal Personal/Relationship Work/Employment New Styles Poems set to music Celtic (open tuning) PIANO SONGS

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