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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 13-Nov-2009, 11:28 AM

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It has been a bit of a while since I have stopped past this page and a bit more than a year since the release of this album. But, I must say, it has remained a favorite in my home. It is played oftened and well loved by both my family and my guests. In many ways IRISH MAKEOVER, as well as SKULLY's other works, are as much a part of what now makes my house a home as is the scent of bread baking in the oven or a kiss on the forehead before you leave.

For anyone who does not yet own this wonderful collection... I recommend it highly. And for those of you who do, I send a nod and smile along with these words, because you understand what a treasure it really is. smile.gif

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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 11-Aug-2009, 08:35 AM

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~sigh~ Ahhhh yes... traditionalist vs visionary.

The opinions of all are good and valuable in reviews. I thank you each for your input here. I would like to add a bit of my own if you don't mind.

It is no secret to anyone that I, TinkoftheSkullyStTeam, manage The Official Skully Street Team on My Space for my dear friend Skully. So, I am sure that it will come as no surprise that I am extremely fond of the IRISH MAKEOVER cd, electronics and all! LOL

But... I can understand what ridgeback77 has had to say here! And I do value the opinion and respect it.

Let me explian... I am Irish, clear down to my bones! I come from a family steeped in music. Grandad was an "Irish Tenor" (said with sheer reverance) and when he sang these songs... he sang them without accompaniment. He sang with a voice that was true and pure and resonated from the very depth of his soul. The memory of his voice is one of the most beautiful memories I have. smile.gif

So, when Skully, who I had come to know and love as a friend and musician extraordinaire, first mentioned to me that he was working on an album where he was taking traditional Irish Folk Songs and "re-vamping" them in his own unique electronic style..... LOL

I cringed! LOL I did! I'll admit it! I gasped in traditionalistic horror and the fear that my dear friend... was making a terrible mistake by trying to do such a thing! LOL

But! After a moment, when I remembered how to breathe again... I thought 'But! LOL You know! If ANYONE could do this... it will be Skully! smile.gif

And so I waited, and when Skully introduced me to these songs I found that some of them came to me as warm and welcome as a gentle and loving hug from a long parted friend. smile.gif And I found a couple of them... because of my "traditional" relationship with them... took a bit of getting used to! LOL Some of them I had to take Skully's words into consideration as I listened. "There is no correct way to proform them" Which also meant there is no "incorrect" way. Which led me to listen again, to listen closer, to take each one in... as a fresh and new variation of a well loved song.

I soon found that my hesitation to enjoy them was just that... MY hesitation! And it vanished.

Now... all that said. I do hope that ridgeback77 will listen again and come to enjoy these songs, even just a small bit as much as I now do. But, if not, I would still like to thank you for the time and consideration that you gave in posting your opinion here. Everyones voice, everyones opinion, everyones song and their own way of singing it... or playing it... is good and valuable. And each should be respected.

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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 27-Jul-2009, 07:34 AM

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To Berry and Greg,

Thank you for sharing this information and conversation!

I too had wondered about my posts which had disappeared!

And to you dear Berry, another thank you for your kind words. Your friendship is yet another treasure that has come to me through Skully's music!

Isn't it just amazing! truly amazing! How one man's musical creations could be so captivating and moving that they would draw people together and join them in friendship.

And this album, IRISH MAKEOVER, is such a delicious treat to the senses. It makes the heart take flight.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with this collection of "revamped" folk songs... I highly recommend it and strongly suggest that you listen with headphones on! The depth and detail of Skully's music is unbelievable! smile.gif
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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 26-Jul-2009, 08:04 PM

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The song "Blackbird", from Skully's IRISH MAKEOVER album, was recorded in a beautiful little cottage by the sea, in Ireland, where Skully once lived. This song will forever be linked to this little cottage in my mind. With the image of a fire burning softly in the fireplace as the sun sets, a cast crane holding a bastible filled with Irish stew... simmering as bread bakes, and Skully's music filling the air as the sound of the oceans waves sigh in the back ground. Mmmm.....

In 2008 I drew the cottage as a thank you gift. Across the bottom the words inscribed: "To my dear friend Skully ~ for moments and memories shared. Love Tink~" I titled the drawing "An Irish Cottage" but as Skully, himself, titled it "Tink's Cottage" on his My Space profile... that is how it came to be known in its Giclee Art Print form. It was the first of my works that had been inspired by his music to be taken to art print.

For me, Skully is far more than just a very talented musician. He is a treasured friend and a true inspiration. For this, and so much more, I thank him... with all my heart. Love Tink~

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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 10-Jul-2009, 08:39 AM

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I don't know what I could add to the wonderful comments about IRISH MAKEOVER that were left by the others. I agree with every word they have said. Skully is a brilliant musician, a wonderful friend, and an all around genuinely good man. His music, in each of his project forms: "Without A Voice" (his solo work), METISSE, and IRISH MAKEOVER... has its own unique sound. And yet each is intrinsically SKULLY and completely amazing! IRISH MAKEOVER is a breathtaking work that will carry you away to a wonderful place in your heart and mind. I not only recommend buying this album, I recommend that you buy two! You'll want one for keeping to yourself... and one for sharing with others!
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TinkoftheSkullyStTeam Posted on: 06-May-2009, 03:21 PM

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I personally just want to be cremated and to have my ashes scattered on my rose bushes to kill off the afids! smile.gif

And a nice Irish wake for a send off would be lovely!
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