Monday, September 8, 2014

Bob Dylan Outake "This is a Chord" Rare Studio Bootleg discovered on Montserrat

I discovered a rare & complete 'never before heard' Bob Dylan track on a reel to reel tape after a visit to the previously abandoned 'AIR Montserrat' recording studio. The Studio was once the tropical getaway to the stars of rock,  run by George Martin of Beatles fame.
This is a Chord is the rarest of finds and is the most exciting discovery in Bob Dylan Music collecting this year - Alan K,
TRACK: This is a chord by Bob Dylan -

Never before heard and completely unknown Bob Dylan track was recovered "This is a chord"

September 7, 2014. Brooklyn, New York. This never before heard and completely unknown Bob Dylan track was recovered from an Ampeg tape reel found in the abandoned shell of the AIR Monsterrat recording studio in the Summer of 2011.

It is unclear how the track survived the after effects of Hurricane Hugo and the volcanic eruption on the island both of which damaged structures irreparably on the island. The "This is a Chord" Bob Dylan Rarity track was originally captured sometime between 1980 and 1986 according to notes on the found reel.

Bob Dylan Rare Undiscovered Track


The song title is initially unclear but likely the intended name from song listening is 'This is a Chord' and is unmistakably #BobDylan. It is a complete unit and seems to have been recorded in one take from start to finish with sparse guitar instrumentation as accompaniment.

Discovering the rare 'Bob Dylan' reels with Bootleg track on AIR Montserrat in 2011

AIR Montserrat

John visited the island of Montserrat on July 6th, 2011, on a day trip by boat from his home in Antigua W.I. He wanted to see where the great George Martin worked and lived. The island also has deep Irish roots with Irish people allowed to be free back in the days of 'indentured servitude' . They celebrate St Patrick's day and visitors get the green shamrock imprint on their passports on arrival.

During the stay he visited the remains of the AIR Montserrat recording studio. It was in a pretty shambolic state after the eruption but the storeroom seemed to be intact apart from some gigantic scary frogs whose stirrings gave John quite a turn. He persevered on the magical mystery tour and found some abandoned reel to reels tapes still in their boxes.

The Beatles Connection, Mal Evans and George Martin

He also found the marks of other famous visitors some dried concrete paving stones with engravings of visitors- one seems logically like 'Mal' Evans - he being the long time member of the Beatles entourage doing percussion Alarm Clock on the interlude on the #Beatles 'Day in the life'.

Old Skool Ampeg and Tascam Tape Resuscitation

John was concerned that the exit process of Xrays from various travel trips would wipe the tape and as it happened this was the only recoverable item on the tape. It was a long difficult but worthwhile process to recover the track intact. The track recovery done at the insistence of his wife (Yes, dear!) and a very helpful friend in the production industry with some old skool reel to reel equipment.

Her insistence on a review of the tape saying

"there might be something fantastic there"

turned out to be correct. John just expected a McCartney cast off not a never-before-heard and a 'Classic' #BobDylan song.

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

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