Category Archives: Correspondence

Can

Can a perfect poem save the world? If so, let it be.

The world should be poetry.

To read means to understand.

People of whatever land.

Don’t have anything worth robbing and you won’t be robbed.

This poet is not double jobbed.

But enough of me, too much talk of me.

Who will make the blind to see?

Some other me.

Could it be I?

If not, why?

Something to do before you die.

How wonderful if everything would rhyme.

For all time.

Sublime.

Tich Ennis

30th June, 2018

Free Speech

25th May, 2018

Tim,

I write on the 23rd but will post on Friday, the 25th. Here is a DVD I made called Tich Ennis DVD sample, also copy of a letter to John White to whom I sent it last Friday. The DVD is of about 15 minutes playing time and has 5 films made by me on my Apple Mac desktop computer using the supplied program, Photo Booth. I was unaware of this program until recently and now film myself speaking my pieces and put them on my blog, YouTube and Facebook.

See my letter to John White for more information.

Please let me know what you think of these movies. I consult you as to content, John as to technical aspects and Peter Somers aesthetically.

I now have several movies on the above platforms, and more waiting.   I have 100 followers of my blog, as a friend of mine said, people with nothing better to do!

I don’t know how many letters I have sent you in my lifetime, they could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand. You once said you love my letters.

I know you are in pain and often in hospital. Once exasperatedly I said to you you don’t even tell me if you read my letters or listen to or look at anything I send you. Then, you said you are in hospital, which you were. But not always.   When you are well enough please do so.   I need to know whether you want more from me. I too am human. I am not ignoring you.

Many a rose is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air. No rose without a thorn. You did respond, when prodded, when I asked about my singing CD, and excellently. Thank you. By text or voice is satisfactory, text preferred because more permanent.

Why do artists create? Fame is the spur, said someone, possibly a character in Shakespeare. Neither money nor fame are my spur. I create for love. Because I love it.   Some have said they like my stuff. Or some of it. My best friend is dead, I think he liked all of it. He has gone to that bourne from which no traveller returns.

Empathy on all sides is required. Who is sorriest for themself here, you or I? Possibly you, with some justification. How do I know if you want more from me if you don’t respond? I don’t want to give unwanted gifts. One Porsche for sale, unwanted gift. I did not so advertise.   Or Ferrari, as the case may be.

If I sound a bit bloody minded here it is because I am bleeding. Metaphorically speaking.   We may be engaged in a dialogue of the deaf.

Say it ain’t so,

David (Tich) Ennis

23rd May, 2018

For The Record

 

 

 

 

For The Record

(Copy of email sent today 18th May, 2018)

Tich Ennis 
to jive

To:  The Secret Bookshop, Wicklow street, Dublin

tel 01 7079955

 

Hi Sean,

This is for the record and to introduce myself to you.  I am David (Tich) Ennis, singer and writer.  Thanks for saying you will stock and I hope sell my cd Great Irish Songs which my brother George gave you 5 copies of today.

People from the age of 92 to 20 and all ages in between have said they love it.  I hope you will play it so you can recommend it to people from having heard it.  It is good value at ten euros because it is a full cd of almost exactly 80 minutes with all great ballads and other types of song on board.  A friend of mine who lived in America said Irish Americans would love it.

A couple of questions:

Do you have a website?

Do you also sell by mail order?

My phone number is 087 xxx xx xx and I live in Reality, Seaview avenue, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, a bungalow named by me when my brother and myself moved in about three years ago.  I am originally from Dublin, but that was a long time ago.

The songs on my cd are all out of copyright as far as I can (painstakingly) establish.  Every kind of song there, fun, dancing, drinking, fighting, the whole shebang.  All songs I like, and so do many others.  And a few love songs.  (e.g., I Met Her in the Garden where the Praties Grow).

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

Blame a disk jockey.

When I am in Dublin, which is infrequently, I will call on you.  My cd is for sale in very few outlets, only yours a cd shop.  A hotel, a computer shop, maybe a book shop in Wicklow town.   Also a second hand book and record shop here in Arklow.

I may appear on East Coast Radio, the Declan Meehan Morning Show, which I did before, when  I self published a book, Pub Talk, in 2014.   That station is heard in Dublin.  If that happens I will give your shop a mention, and let you know.

Okay and thanks again.  The cd is as stated, the songs are all great.  As written on the cover, someone said ‘I could listen to this all day’.

I will plug away at the publicity end.

Keep selling!

David (Tich) Ennis

 

 

 

Messages

If you don’t send a message you can’t expect one in return.

I have a lot to learn.

I spoke with various friends today.

I have not gone away.

They heard what I had to say.

Life has its ups and downs for all concerned.

That is what I learned.

Message returned.

This poem appears to say almost nothing at all.

That’s all.

Tich Ennis

3rd February, 2018

Patreon – Artist Patronage

Dear reader, if any.  I have no idea why this stuff came out formatted this way, I cut and pasted from gmail, bear with me. d

Patreon – Artist Patronage

Tich Ennis 
Jan 16 (2 days ago)
to Helena

https://tichennis.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/patreon-maybe/

 

I don’t know much about this yet but it seems good.  I need to find out more.  Keep going,

d

Tich Ennis 
10:26 PM (22 hours ago)
to Luke, Kevin

Luke,

 

Helena thought I should ask you about this Patreon thing, suggested to my by Kevin a couple of years ago, but I am only now investigating it.  Check out my link above, absolutely at the consideration and investigation stage, that’s where I am.

Some guy said in a video that Patreon is only a subscription or Patronage site, the artist has to make him or herself known, so as to get followers, on other social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram or whatever.  So people know they exist.

There is a lot I don’t know about Patreon, yet.  What do you think?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ1mE6IORYQ

 

This guy in this link is analytical and quite good, talking about the patronage models, a per item or per month basis, the pros and cons of each.

 

On some other video I got the idea an artist can offer choices to their patrons, one or other of the above and set the amount in each case, maybe have various patrons at their own choice of amount of and method of payment.

 

I don’t know if anyone can browse on Patreon and check various art forms, videos or whatever, hopefully yes, but maybe not.

 

Whatever Patreon is it is not alone the answer to every artist’s problems.

 

Some books on Patreon are available on Amazon UK, mostly by download.  I’ll check them out.

 

Books when good have a good comprehensive overview.  What is it, how does it work, the first questions.  The Devil is in the detail, as I said to Helena.

 

Find out all about it and then don’t do it?  A false dawn?

 

A small apple is better than none, make your own analogy.

 

It is good it exists.  Not many know I do.  I have 81 followers on my blog.  I never or hardly ever look at my Facebook page but copy my blog entries there.  One real flesh and blood human said he likes my stuff on Facebook, keep putting it there.

 

Even a few patrons are better than none or would be.

 

Something is better than nothing.

 

Have you any thoughts?  Finding good stuff on the internet is liking finding a Ming vase in a rubbish dump.

 

I have been told I will be famous after I die.  Looks like a fake suicide is in order.

 

No wreaths please,

 

David

 

 

Attachments area

Preview YouTube video Patreon: Pros and Cons

Patreon: Pros and Cons

 

Tich Ennis 
10:38 AM (9 hours ago)
to Helena, Luke, Kevin

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tich Ennis >

On further reading it appears Patreon does not allow browsing except for the top five in each category.  An artist must publicise or market themselves elsewhere, social media for example.  This is just what I am not good at.

I would have preferred if it could be described as like an art gallery, a bookshop or a record and cd shop where the public may browse the total stock, as well as ask for things by name.  But no.

The two books on Amazon on Patreon have conflicting reviews, thumbs up and thumbs down, the nay sayer saying of one all this information can be got off Youtube, the frequently asked questions and About, on the Patreon website.

The difference is its all together in a book, a book is quicker and better than hunting all over the place.

I will still consider Patreon.

When on my blog I put all my posts on Twitter, FaceBook and that Google plus thing or whatever its called.

Whether anyone notices is up to them.

I sometimes put a link to my most recent blog post on one of those chatlines that comes up alongside when I call up a radio station I listen to.

That is the extent of my interaction with the digital world.

Neither I nor my work is famous.

Yours humbly,

David

 

 

 

Tich Ennis 
7:47 PM (41 minutes ago)
to Helena, Luke, Kevin

So I assess Patreon and find it wanting.  I have not given up all hope.  Nor do I know every detail about this thing Patreon.  My investigation is not complete.

As to self advertising, which is alien to my nature, I could publish an e-book on Kindle or wherever and maybe collect some reviews.  Including naysayers.

Samuel Johnston said the Irish are a very fair minded people, they never speak well of one another.  Bang on. Some people are born to criticise, in the negative sense.  Nature or nurture? Even Patreon is not all bad.

There is a little good in the worst of us and a little bad in the best of us.

Said a deceased relative, speaking while alive.

If the mountain won’t come to Mahomet Mahomet must come to the mountain.  The artist similarly?  The general public live in blissful ignorance of myself and my work.  When ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise.

James of Beat That the oldie and second hand book store said my brother and I should stage a naked protest outside the local hotel which won’t put up my poster even though they suggested it, making world wide headlines and myself famous in the process.  My brother said we should wait for better weather.

The naked artist.  Burned at the steak.  Medium rare.  What to do with my ashes?  Lay them alongside my work, hopefully not also consumed in flames.

I, hermit.  Not robot.  Isaac Asimov said that first.  As we say in this country, its a hard oul’ station.  And getting harder all the time.  And I quote.

The internet lacks an editor, keeping the good stuff, throwing out the bad.  Nowadays editing is thought to mean mere appearance, which font, layout on the page, nothing to do with the content and what it says.  Boybands chosen for appearance not voice.  The world we live in.  Appearance also matters, but it is not the only thing.  Say that in a beauty parlour.

Says I to a woman outside a hotel who said she had been at the beauty parlour, did it make any difference?  That must have made you very popular said a friend.

I described the treatment I would offer as a beauty treatment.  Paint all over then use paint stripper.  Would you come, I asked her?  Mud baths, milk baths, cucumber on your eyes, I ask you.  The world we live in.

I’m in the wrong business.

Yours artistically,

David

I have not condemned Patreon to Hell.

d

Tich Ennis

18th January, 2018