Brian Quigley | Songs from an Open Heart

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Songs from an Open Heart

by Brian Quigley

A collection of songs truly from the heart that includes two traditional Celtic tunes and original songs that range in style from folk to a bit of rock and roll and even a little jazz and old timey music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Galway in Her Eyes
5:08 $0.99
2. Lakes of Ponchartrain
6:17 $0.99
3. Irish Gold
2:43 $0.99
4. If I Ever
4:19 $0.99
5. Hydrotherapy
3:26 $0.99
6. Way of the Heart
3:52 $0.99
7. Ode to Melancholy
2:20 $0.99
8. Katie McGuinness
4:31 $0.99
9. Broome of the Cowdenknowes
4:37 $0.99
10. Other Plans
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
The title “Songs from an Open Heart.”seemed appropriate because a most of these songs were recorded and/or written around the time I was waiting to have or recovering from having open heart surgery. The songs are generally of the folk music variety although you will find several styles from straight folk and traditional Celtic to rock and roll influences and even a little jazz and old timey music. About half the songs are Celtic in style. I offer my own take on two Celtic music standards, first the Irish/Creole song “Lakes of Ponchartrain” and then the Scottish tune “Broome of the Cowdenknowes.” I also added new lyrics to a familiar Irish tune for “Irish Gold,” a song inspired by my experiences playing at Irish festivals for years. Two originals tap into the Irish vibe as well with “Galway in Her Eyes” being partly inspired by my niece, an actress in New York City, and “Katie McGuinness” providing a fictional account of the dangers of running off into the night with a barmaid. “Hydrotherapy” is a reflection on the wish for sun and sand during a long Buffalo NY winter, and “If I Ever” is a ballad about the desire to find that special place and person. “Ode to Melancholy” is a peppy up-tempo ukulele based sad song with a happy ending. “Way of the Heart” is based on the prayer of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century. Finally “Other Plans” (short for life is what happens when you’re making other plans) is based on something my Mother said that my Grandmother always told her. And not only was she right about life, I think the idea made a pretty good song too.



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