1st December, 2017
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:
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.
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!
26th November, 2017