Monthly Archives: November 2016

Success In The World

Does it matter?

Am I thinner or fatter?

Would I be better off in Stoneybatter?

Who cares about my words, my voice?

Am I your choice?

I am neither here nor there.

I’m everywhere.

In the air you breathe.

With people in need.

Who cares I if I live or die?

You make me cry.

Who cares about who first, you or I?

I am the same as you.

That’s who.

 Tich Ennis

30th November, 2016

Summer Breeze

I am there and not there, I am in the air.

I care.

I care for music, love and story, nature’s glory.

I care for anything well done.

I care for fun.

These are all for you, me too.

I am in the music, in the trees, in a Summer breeze.

I am in the sky, in the sea, they are in me.

That’s all I have to say today.

I have not gone away.

Tich Ennis

29th November, 2016


29th November, 2016

 Elizabeth and Hicham


Culture shock! Is this the best, most exciting music ever made? What? The music of the fifties here on three DVD’s for you, seeing and hearing is believing! Be there or be square! Dig the crazy beat! The mostest and then some. All the internet has to offer, a blast from the past, the past is not dead but sleepeth. Anyway, make up your own minds.

A letter to John White here to assist historians in their learned treatises on how this, the greatest film of the greatest music ever came to be. I cannot speak highly enough of it, so won’t try. That’s not me with a guitar, that’s Elvis. Shake, rattle and roll.   And many others doing their thing and my thing, music to wake the dead.

I used Filmora Wondershare video editing software to finish the movie, its very good and cheap, much better than iMovie on my Apple computer. Someone said Filmora took all the best ideas from other video programs and put them in one, it is easy to use and actually works, which is more than can be said for offerings from some others.

I am giving these DVD’s to a select few to some of whom it will bring back happy memories and others won’t know what hit them. An archeological dig through the roots of rock, which seems appropriate. Or should that be geological? Rock with the caveman. The name of a song, not on these DVD’s because not up to standard, though good.   Only great is good enough.

As you may infer I think highly of the content of my movie, I am the cook who made the stew. The ingredients were chosen with care. All top quality.   The best the past has to offer in this genre. My favourite genre. Leaving others in the shade.

They knew how to have fun in those days.   Both the dance and the music were fun. And I was there!   Dancing, listening and buying records. More or less all of which I still have.

I have a round black thing with a hole in it. Is this a record?

The platters that matter. Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon.

Jukebox cure my ills!   Yours too I hope, if any.

Now hear this. Elvis And Others. Its playtime,



Things are calm in the eye of the storm.

Is the storm the norm?

I ask merely for information.

I wish to avoid consternation.

Whom should I ask, the weather man or girl?

Here comes a hurricane, we’re in for a whirl.

May you live in interesting times is a Chinese curse.

Things go from bad to worse.

Historians, take notes.

We have each other by the throats.

Buy boats.

Noah’s ark.

We’re in the dark.

A white dove flies overhead.

Get out of bed.

Open your eyes.


We have no jobs, no cash, no hope.

Throw me a rope.

Tich Ennis

29th November, 2016

Bon Noel

28th November, 2016


Criomhthann said he loves rock ‘n’ roll, here it is on three DVD’s along with an explanatory letter to John White, to whom it needs no explanation. This is the music we danced to as teenagers, happy music as George calls it. And some of these people are still alive though not exactly kicking!

This was a mixture of black and white music, rhythm and blues and country music, a synthesis. Thesis, synthesis, antithesis, no, that’s philosophy. Kant, I think. But could he?

Teenagers? Jung and easily Freudened.

Anyway, Elvis, the shake that shook the world. He had ants in his pants. Who is or was the king of rock ‘n’ roll? There are two schools of thought. Some say Elvis, others Bill Haley. Who is or was the greatest of them all? A moot point. Whichever one you’re listening to at the moment.

An audiovisual spectacular for you and all the family to enjoy. Will you never grow up?   Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry was sent into outer space on, I think, a seventy eight. I hope the Martians enjoy it.

Seventy Eights were records which played at seventy eight revolutions per minute. The revolution will be televised. And it is on these DVD’s. Bring culture to the masses!

Great wisdom may be imparted from the old to the young. Or maybe not. Life is a continuum. How long is a piece of string? It depends where you cut it.

We are standing on the shoulders of giants, said Isaac Newton. He did not have rock ‘n’ roll in mind, it not having been invented yet. He was culturally deprived. Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. Don’t take that personally.

Of course there are many more great rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues peformances, but is eternity long enough? This is just a sample.

Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns (Rockin’ Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu) are notable by their absence. As Frankie Ford says on Sea Cruise (here) ‘I’ve got the boogie woogie like a knife in the back’.

Etcetera, etcetera. And so say all of us.

Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music, any old way you choose it, got a back beat you can’t lose it. Chuck Berry. Here it is!


Tich Ennis


26th November, 2016


Here are four DVD’s made or assembled by me and I hope you enjoy them. Also two letters to friends of mine on the same topic, as well as two poems written by me today, in print.

I spoke or wrote to you about the rock ‘n’ roll dvd I made a few years ago while I was assembling its parts from pieces on the internet, now at long last it is finished. Technicalities are certainly not my cup of tea!   That is why only now does this film see the light of day on DVD.

John, to whom I wrote is John White, known to you from times past. John is a fan of Bill Haley, having seen him live in the Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1956. John also likes other performers in that genre as well as intellectual type jazz, which is not to my taste.

Gus, the other person I wrote to sending this stuff, is our friend and solicitor. I have no idea what he thinks of rock ‘n’ roll, but I think his wife likes oldies. No doubt he will be surprised to receive his package, pleasantly I hope.

I write under the name of Tich Ennis, a nickname I had at Junior School. There are others with the name David Ennis on the internet, I want to avoid confusion.

Let me know what you think of all this stuff, including my poetry reading at Arklow Culture Night on DVD here. All my own work.

We have those old belongings of yours here at our house in Arklow and sometime or other I suppose you will have them back with you where they belong. We are completely out of money and are in fact in a deficit situation, although our house and all fees are paid for. Perhaps if you arranged a courier to call here your stuff could be delivered back to you that way. Money’s too tight to mention. Courier charges are not absolutely prohibitive.

Anyway, your stuff is safe here. I am writing this on the above date but may not post to you until Friday next, when I go to the post office to collect my pension. Today is Saturday.

Buddy Holly and virtually everyone else worth mentioning from the rock ‘n’ roll era are here on DVD, several tracks from each in most cases.   Jerry Lee Lewis and all!

Happy Christmas Tim and many of them,

David (Tich) Ennis



In once upon a time land there was a little child.

He walked with his father through the tame and wild.

Once upon a time his father too was young.

Once upon a time another song was sung.

Now both songs are sung together as they walk hand in hand.

Once upon a time they walk to the promised land.

Tich Ennis

26th November, 2016


You have to mean it when you say it, that’s the only way.

Or else it doesn’t work, you won’t get your pay.

The audience stay away.

Learning lines is easy when you know what they mean.

Think and understand the words, say them with feeling or make the audience scream.

Mean it or you might as well be dead.

Stay in bed.

The play may or may not be any good.

You are not a piece of wood.

Be real, be natural, let your words sing.

Lose yourself to find yourself, the play’s the thing.

Tich Ennis

26th November, 2016

For Robert of Masquerade acting group, Arklow. Good luck!

Christmas Presence

25th November, 2016


I have not got the money to repay your loan at the moment but hope to have sometime in the future when you will be repaid in full. Hope springs eternal in the human breast.

In the meantime here are some things to be going on with, four DVD’s. You asked, do I still write poetry? Yes. Here is the evidence. See Poems In Arklow. View that first, the calm before the storm.

The others are a blast or several blasts from the past, my past but probably not yours. Elvis And Others on three discs along with a letter to a friend of mine of even earlier vintage than myself describing their genesis. Ancient culture. These may be of no interest to you, in that case they can serve as beer mats. Or give them to a friend similarly afflicted to myself who thinks this music is all great fun and exciting. Some of us are easily aroused.

It is said that the music people like most is the music they heard between the ages of fifteen and twenty years, in my case, yes, that is so. If born later I would be a hippy dippy surfing fanatic in search of the perfect tan. But that was not to be.   I was born too soon. Probably by about sixty years, I await scientific progress to restore me to the land of Tir na n’Og. Or whatever.

I could go on. And probably will. I sincerely hope you own a DVD player, which someone told me have gone out of date, no one uses anything but memory sticks now. Then why have Amazon got about thirty players on sale and Argos fifteen or so?   Be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor yet the last to cast the old aside.

Santa Claus has come early! Perhaps he got mixed up in giving you the presents meant for an aging teddy boy who will now look in bafflement at leather bound volumes on constitutional law and jurisprudence. Shurely shome mistake? Drunken driving of a reindeer sleigh could lead to red noses all around.

Think of the neighbours when you play this music. Earplugs may be in order. Elvis, as I said to a viewer, was an energetic singer. Why was there less obesity in the fifties? Rock ‘n’ Roll. Jiving. Inside every fat man is a thin man trying to get out. I prescribe rock ‘n’ roll. Twice daily.

Roll over Beethoven! Tell Tschaikovsky the news. And I quote.

Get culture before the cataclysm,

Tich Ennis

I Only Ask

God, come out of Hell.

All is not well.

Liars rule the roost, the truth is traduced.

Hypocrisy has had its day, evil is on the way.

Who shall bear your sword, who speak your word?

Are things as bad as they seem, is this a bad dream?

I prefer ice cream.

Pardon me, I am a joker, not much good at poker.

Shall a smile replace a tear?

We need a good guy around here.

Tich Ennis

22nd November, 2016