Friday, May 17, 2013

Song of the Day: Sara Lou - Zombie (Cranberries cover)

One of the songs Sara played (at my request) during her show last Saturday was Zombie, by the Cranberries.

Sara Lou - Zombie

And the original:
The Cranberries - Zombie

The song was particularly interesting to me because earlier in the day a co-worker and I had toured Kilmainham Gaol, an old jail where political prisoners had been imprisoned and executed in the past.  So I finally know what the Cranberries mean by "it's the same old theme since 1916."  Sure puts a new emphasis, a new level of emotion, on the song, for me at least.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

One Night in Dublin, with Sara Lou - Part Two!

You, my seven readers (estimated), may recall a previous post with a similar name, posted back in January but describing a night in July 2012:
One Night in Dublin, with Sara Lou

I have also posted about seeing Sara Lou busking on Grafton Street in Dublin:
Song of the Day: Sara Lou - Strangeness

Well, history does sometimes get a chance to repeat itself.  Got a chance to see her in a pub in Dublin again this past Saturday.

So this time I saw her play at Malloy's, on Talbot Street in Dublin.  She played from about 9:50p until almost midnight.  Went with a co-worker, Mike, who I talked into going.  In the beginning there was a sports team in the bar (along with a lot of other people).  Later they left, and a group of French tourists filed in.

Song list is below.  Lots of repeats from her previous show, but some songs I hadn't heard her play, too.
  1. Hey Soul Sister - Train
  2. Jackson - June Carter & Johnny Cash
  3. A Team - Ed Sheeran
    I previously posted the original of this song here:
    Song of the Day: Ed Sheeran - The A Team
    And I got a recording of Sara singing it this time:
    Sara Lou - A Team
  4. All I Want Is You - U2
    Amazingly well done, wish I had recorded this.
  5. Yellow - Cold Play
    I got this recording:
    Sara Lou - Yellow
  6. Son of a Preacher Man - Aretha Franklin
  7. Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  8. You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  9. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
  10. Valerie - Amy Winehouse
    Lyrics: "why don't you come on over"
    Seems like she segued right into this from Folsom Prison Blues, so I'm not sure this is the song she played.
  11. Diamonds in the Sky - Rihanna
  12. Run - Leona Lewis
    She did a GREAT version of this song.  Here's the original:
    Leona Lewis - Run
  13. Drive By - Train
  14. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  15. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
    I love this song.  See my old blog post:
    Songs of the Day: Laura Jansen - Use Somebody; Bat For Lashes - Use Somebody
  16. Yesterday - Beetles
  17. Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
    I think I'll post more on this song later.  :)
  18. It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan
  19. Stay - Rihanna
    Another great version of a Rihanna song!
  20. Zombie - Cranberies
    Again, another song that I think deserves its own blog post.
  21. Believer - Monkees
  22. Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
    Here's Sara:
    Sara Lou - Billy Jean
Just like last time, a fabulous night.

And, just like last time, let me close with a picture.  Different co-worker taking the picture (thanks, Mike!) this time, but a similar vibe.

After I got back from Dublin, I saw that Sara had posted this on Twitter:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ireland, May 2013

Took another work trip to Ireland recently.  Got up to Derry (Londonderry?) in the north in addition to Dublin.  I'll post a couple pictures in this post, then follow up with some other posts about the show I saw Saturday night, May 11, 2013.

Dinner Tuesday night, May 7, 2013, at Firebox Grill, Fahan, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

May 9, 2013: The view from the 9th floor balcony in "The Docks."

May 11, 2013: Kilmainham Gaol

May 11, 2013: Old Jameson Distillery, signing my name in the Registry for my bottles of Midleton Very Rare.