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Dear Millionaire

Millionaire, Somewhere

1st December, 2017

Dear Millionaire,

I wrote to you in 2014 enclosing a copy of my book Pub Talk which you paid ten euros for and wrote a nice letter of appreciation, thank you.   I am still alive and kicking at the age of 76 and writing and, what’s more, singing!

Here is my latest (second) book also self-published, Reasonable Rhymes, and my CD (self singing) Great Irish Songs and a Christmas Card, self and Santa. Cost of CD ten euros.   Book five. (Twenty would be nice).

I hope you enjoy them all. If the music is not to your taste perhaps you know someone to whom it would make a suitable gift.

I now live in Reality, Seaview Avenue, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, house named by me. My brother thinks it funny to have civil servants writing to reality!

Technical and price details: The book, saddle-stitched, costs me three euros to have printed here locally and the CD hopefully costs me about or less than four euros to have duplicated, cover and all.   All design and layout work by me. Cover photo on book a lily from a neighbour’s garden, photo by my sister, idea of my brother.

Also here are two pieces of writing, a poem I wrote today while thinking of possibly writing to you, called Millionaire, and something I wrote called Books And Other Things. I have a blog with 81 followers, If I was a pop singer I suppose I would have millions.   Also am on Facebook and YouTube, under my professional name of Tich Ennis, birth name David.

Someone said you don’t get rich writing poetry, how about singing?   My brother says its much easier to sell a music CD than a book of poetry, people are put off poetry because of the strange, meaningless stuff written in its name today, that’s why I called my book rhymes,

I hope you may at least play and listen to my CD, of course as well as read my book, you liked the last one. The songs are all out of copyright, so I won’t have to pay any royalties if I manage to sell any. The CD mastered by Beardfire of Dublin, some people here are professional and know what they’re doing, you may take that personally if you like.   My brother says the CD sounds 25 per cent better since mastering, presentation is all-important.

Oops, I came onto a second page, I meant to keep this fairly short, I know you are busy. As I am on a second page I may as well put that poem I wrote today (26th November) here.   Title arbitrary, with or without your second name. Here goes:

Millionaire

You live in your world I in mine may our worlds collide?

Or intersect if that’s correct, the Moon controls the tide.

Who knows what may happen all is happenstance.

What girl may dance with you at a dance?

The Muse is musing and comes not at a time of your choosing.

Life is for living has been said at the worst confusing and at the best amusing.

If I go all transcendental here you might say I’m mental.

Have a very good year.

Tich Ennis

25th November, 2017

         Now that I’ve got that out of the way what else is left to say? Okay, nix with the rhymes. Address me as David, hear final track on my CD, In reality, or Reality, I am David.

What I like about those songs are the great words, basically I am a writer, I love words. The slogan on the front, At least you can hear the words, was said by someone I gave the CD to in an earlier incarnation, I thought it was funny so I put it on. I was the best reader in my class at school (showing off!)

My best friend says I can’t sing but I have a unique voice. I was told at school I can’t sing, so was Elvis. We have that in common.

My mother, a piano teacher, said timing is more important than getting the exact note, my rhythm I think is good. And you can hear the words, which is more than can be said for some singers. I love all the songs.   A local singer said you should only sing songs you like.

The Santa on the card I send is a local guy, the best Santa I ever saw, and what’s more his beard is real, he started growing it last June.   I saw him on the street and asked a girl to photo me with him.   Kids followed him off stage and were having their photo taken with him.   Happenstance, see poem above!

So I got the photo printed and am using it as a Christmas card and costing less than shop bought ones!

The number of people who have paid for my work are a small and select group, join the club, please, if you will. Enjoy!

         Tich Ennis

26th November, 2017

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Message

I am a voice for the voiceless including me.

How may the blind see?

I also wish the deaf to hear so I whisper in their ear.

Not everything is hunky-dory, you know the story.

People sometimes let me down with a bump or otherwise.

At my age that’s no surprise.

You may have old age to look forward to, lucky you.

My senses are pretty well intact, at long last its time to act.

That’s a fact.

I am neither deaf nor blind nor mute.

Did you say shoot?

From time to time I talk in rhyme.

As here and now, anyhow.

Behold the ploughman with his plough.

That’s all for now.

Is that ending abrupt?

At least you did not interrupt.

Over and out.

Don’t shout.

That’s what its all about.

Tich Ennis

19th October, 2017

Fancy Free

Money and me are passing acquaintances, money is fancy free.

I borrow from a friend to bring music to you.

You and you and you and me too.

Artists only buy from each other an artist said.

Are we all artists before we’re dead?

I wrote a book, I sang a song, how long, oh Lord, how long?

For a joke God made a money tree.

I sit under the apple tree.

My pockets are empty, can’t you see?

Tich Ennis

16th October, 2017

Technology

Kevin Myers

Kevin,
       Good article by you in today’s Sunday Times on social media, which I may or may not fully agree with. its not all bad, it has its good points when used well. Drugs serve a purpose, good and bad.
       I hate to see an eight year old walking along with her head buried in a machine.  Teachers say four year olds come to school not knowing how to talk to others.  My brother said young people today don’t know how to write a letter, they don’t even know how to talk said a friend.
       A recent book said children should not go to school until they are six so they learn how to socialise.  A friend cheered when I said that.
       Could you do an article on post-truth and fake news?  See Post Truth, the New War on Truth and how to Fight Back by Matthew D’Ancona reviewed in the same paper along with another book on the same topic.  These may not fully cover the subject.  Hear the podcast from BBC Radio 4 of last week in, I think, Start the Week on that subject, which is very good.
        A Chinese woman was good on the topic, D’Ancona also spoke.
        God knows there is much to criticise in the modern age.  A friend, a lecturer, said half the subjects in university are just there to make money for the university.  A fake world?
         Keep up the good work.  see Voltaire on free speech, also under attack today.
          Keep smiling,
Tich Ennis
22nd May, 2017

Rethink

Kevin,

Okay, I won’t use WordPress to design my website.  Too complex.

Weebly, Wix and IM Creator are the website builders I am considering, all with many users and support and free options, including hosting.

I am tending towards Weebly.  It is cloud based, which seems to be an advantage.  Drag and drop design.  HTML5, although not of use to me, I won’t code.  Allows embedding of video, which I want.  Good full length title and tagging, unlike IM Creator.

Start from a blank sheet, which I want, or templates if you want to copy someone else.

SEO and all that.

Ease of use.  Design your own website just as you want it in an hour or so.  And publish.

They all have paid options with more features.  The free ones put their own name into your webname and have some other disadvantages.

Not a lot to choose between them.  There are lots of these programs out there.

With Weebly and IM Creator you can design first then publish or have hosted, in that order, the best way.

Weebly is responsive, as they call it, its output suits all devices, laptops, ipads, mobiles and desktops, in a better way than IM Creator.

IM Creator will display the output as on those other devices, I don’t know if Weebly does.  That’s icing on the cake.

Still thinking,

d

Tich Ennis

2nd April, 2017

Reality

Don’t worry, I’m there, or at least here, if only for the beer.

Be of good cheer.

I’m the good guy, I will save you before I die.

And you said there are no good guys, get wise.

I am an overgrown teenager, the lone ranger.

Idealism is unrealistic but is not dead.

Reality to the rescue when I get out of bed.

I sleep, I dream, I fantasise.

An end to lies.

In the morning I wake.

End heartbreak.

Tich Ennis

27th March, 2017

Christmas Presents Galore!

24th March, 2017

Lorcan and Teresa and Liz,

         First of all, apologies for being late with your Christmas presents but better late than never. I got mixed up with the calendar. To make up for it I now give the best present anyone ever got in the world, me forever!

         Yes, Michael Jackson is dead, a replacement was needed so I fill the gap. Here on CD for each of you to treasure and keep is a valuable heirloom, me on CD! Can you believe your eyes and ears! How can you be so lucky?

Some of these I recorded last year when I was a young man of 75, now 76 going on 100. Boy bands get out of the way!   The real thing is here.   Memories are made of this. It is possible to set a cd player to play on repeat for ever and ever until it wears out. Have spare players ready.

I put a film on the internet at https://tinyurl.com/GreatIrishSongs so as not to disappoint those unfortunate enough not to own a copy of this CD, Great Irish Songs, I’m very thoughtful that way.

Bob Dylan turned down the Nobel prize after hearing about Great Irish Songs, and I don’t blame him. I would in his place.

Well, I like it anyway. As you may have gathered.

And you thought you got rid of me!   No such luck. A bad penny always turns up. Don’t cry when you play it. Why get tears in your beer? You could always buy a poster of me to put on your wall.  Or join my fan club. If I had one.   That will surely come. Stranger things have happened, or have they?

This CD is the perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything, so I give it to you. Boy, will the neighbours be jealous!

You don’t get rid of me so easy. I’m here to stay.   I have staying power. And that voice! Singers all over the world will take early retirement, how can they compete? They can’t. They can hang up their rock and roll shoes. The real thing is here.

Spoken highly of in the advertisements. Accept no substitute. Life is worth living! Etcetera, etcetera. And so on and so on.

Anyway, I like it. If this is a hit I might make more. You have been warned. As Al Jolson said, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

It’ll have to do to be going on with. Its better than nothing. How much better? Play it and see. Best wishes,

David (Tich) Ennis

24th March, 2017