Category Archives: Creation

Mad Book

My brother is writing a book, the maddest ever made.

In this idyllic glade.

When people don’t understand something they say it must be art.

A million for a bad photocopy, where do you start?

People pay a fortune for rubbish, that’s not art, that’s fashion, a fickle jade.

A mistake a person made.

So my brother could present his book as art, its not science, sure as Hell.

Would you fall for it?

Oh well.

Tich Ennis

28th May, 2018

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Rasta Guitar

4th May 2018

Tim,

Here are two recordings from BBC Radio 4 of this month and last, Guitar Maker (Roger Bucknall) and Rastafarian Poet, the life story of Benjamin Zephaniah, read by himself. As well as a song of this year, Someone Out There Loves You, sung by Rae Morris.

If I ever buy a guitar if I ever have the money I would like to get it from Roger Bucknall, one of the great accoustic guitar makers of the world. To make a great guitar requires great knowledge of woods and other materials and a lot of skill, care and attention, the Devil is in the detail.

More than one person (two) have said about my singing I should learn the guitar, in the meantime what, air guitar?   The guitar sounds on the Bucknall CD are surpassingly beautiful.

Zephaniah, U.K. born, of Jamaican ancestry, asks why do white people hate us? Good question. He was a poet, a gangster, then a poet again. It sometimes seems it helps to be a member of an oppressed community if a person wishes to be an artist, it provides motivation. Not that anger is a pleasant emotion.

Persecution is good for you said someone known to you and me. You have to be twice or three times as good to get promotion if you are a woman or black. The rich are deprived. Wealth is of the spirit. Money in the right hands is as wonderful as anything else.

I have a lot of other recordings on my computer I can send you over time. I hope you enjoy these.

I might send you a DVD of myself reading some of my stuff if I get around to making it. Once a technophobe, always a technophobe. Before I tell you the solution to this problem tell me how difficult it is because when I tell you the answer you will say how obvious it is, said Sherlock to Dr. Watson.

Dr. Watson was painting a door lemon. Sherlock Holmes walked by. Lemon entry Watson, he said.

Must I?

I sold two copies of my singing CD, Great Irish Songs, to a couple outside a café here this week. At this rate it will take me a long time to become a million seller. No answer from Claddagh Records about the disc I gave them, I must not be purist enough for them. Long live the common people!

Best wishes and happy listening from David (Tich) Ennis

 

Beautiful Bird

I saw a beautiful bird today, the most beautiful in our land.

In our garden, he was grand.

Made by God’s hand

Tich Ennis

28th April, 2018

Garech and Geldof and Me

10th April, 2018

Tim,

Here are two CD’s, one as promised and the other a surprise. The surprise I call Garech and Geldof, two radio programs from RTE on Sunday last, John Bowman telling the story of Claddagh Records and Garech Browne, the founder, patron of the arts, and the other Miriam O’Callaghan interviewing Bob Geldof about his new DVD on and about the work of the poet, W.B. Yeats.

There is much of interest here and some lovely music, as well as poems read by actors and singers and the poets themselves.   I may buy that DVD of Geldof’s, who knows? Probably yes.

The other CD is myself singing under the name of Tich Ennis, my boyhood nickname. Cover designed by me and photograph of the Vale of Avoca also by me, from our previous house, Kestrel Ridge, where you visited us.

I would like your comments on these, particularly my own singing CD. One man said at least you can hear the words. Damning with faint praise? Others said they love it. My timing and rhythm are good, I think, and yes, you can hear the words. And why not, they are great words.

Claddagh Records in Temple Bar may sell my CD, that remains to be seen. I was with them on Friday, when I went up to Dublin.   Charlie there said he will play it and then contact me, I am not to ring him. Possibly the songs I chose and singing style are not purist enough for Claddagh Records, I don’t know. I would describe the songs as pub and party type songs, the type sung at a get together of Irish people wherever in the world.

So, I am not to ring Claddagh Records? As I said to George, God or life or whatever keep kicking me in the balls. George said that is because I never did anything before. Some guy in a CD shop said no one buys a CD unless it is by someone famous. He himself made a CD which he gave me for nothing, all its worth. He may be embittered.

I am a writer masquerading as a singer, I sing for fun but so also do I write. Pleasure. For all concerned, hopefully.   If anyone.

Please text or write me your comments on my CD, I value your opinion. My memory being poor if you ring me I will not remember what you say. Writing is permanent.

My choice of songs has been praised. I sing what I love.

I write this today, Monday, but will post tomorrow. I may write to you more frequently, my best friend having died. Happy listening!

David (Tich) Ennis

Knowall

Is God a knowall or does he exist at all?

No one likes a knowall, he shoves facts in your face.

He knows better he puts you down he is a disgrace.

God, on the other hand, is a mystery man.

Find out for yourself, that’s his plan.

He is self effacing to a fault.

Someday I may break into his vault.

Tich Ennis

5th April, 2018