How Can I Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Traditional, recorded January 2012 You can download the .mp3 here: HowCanIKeepFromSinging.mp3 My life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentation, I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation. No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. Since love is lord of heaven and earth how can I keep from singing? Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing, It sounds and echoes in my soul. How can I keep from singing? What though the tempest ‘round me roars, I hear the truth, it liveth. And though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth. This hymn is a personal anthem, and a favorite of my Mom, and my friend Barb. When I got my new guitar (the incomparable Taylor 814ce) in the spring, I had promised that this would be the first song I would record with it. There are actually three guitar tracks, the most prevalent being finger picked in D, with a tamer finger picked track and a strum track, both played in C, capo 2. The thunder claps are re-used from the sound design for I Hate Hamlet – I always thought this tune needed foul weather in the background. The painting is called “The Woods,” and was painted in the summer of 2011. I thought the light in the distance an apt visual for this...
Trailburst Nuggets – An Anytime Snack

Trailburst Nuggets – An Anytime Snack

One of the fun little moments in the production of I Hate Hamlet by the Ottawa Little Theatre was the ad for Trailburst Nuggets that opens the final scene. Andrew Rally, the television actor who is wrestling with playing Hamlet on stage, is featured in the ad. The fun is that the ad is as abysmal as the product it hawks (which apparently taste like sawdust dipped in chocolate, with more calories than lard). Opening with a discussion between Andrew and a chipmunk hand puppet, who dissolves into tears when denied a sampling of nuggets – it ends happily with Andrew kissing his head and caving to his craving. Then follows the ad’s jingle – which isn’t scripted. Director Sarah Hearn only gave me one piece of direction regarding the jingle – “Make it utterly annoying, a tune you can’t get out of your head, like a barbed splinter in your brain.” So here, for your listening – ummm – pleasure, is the Trailburst Nuggets ad from Ottawa Little Theatre’s 2011 production of I Hate Hamlet. You can download the .mp3 here: TrailburstNuggets.mp3 Trailburst Nuggets – An Anytime Snack by Mike (Binary Rhyme) Heffernan Michael McSheffrey as Andrew Rally Stephen Liddiard as the Chipmunk People love (chipmunks too!) a tasty breakfast treat be sure to start your day the Trailburst Nugget way And when you head out on the road just remember that Trailburst Nuggets are an anytime snack Trailburst Nuggets An ANNYYYTIME Snack! Some further bits of fun include one of the lighting technicians misunderstanding the lyrics of the opening line. “People Love Chipmunk Stew!” … I’ve never...
Whiskey In the Jar

Whiskey In the Jar

traditional, recorded March 2010 WhiskeyInTheJar.mp3 As I was a goin’ over the far famed Kerry mountains I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was counting I first produced my pistol and then produced my rapier Saying “Stand and deliver” for I am a bold deceiver Musha ring dumma do damma da whack fol the daddyo whack fol the daddyo There’s whiskey in the jar He counted out his money and it made a pretty penny I put it in my pocket and I gave it to my Jenny She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me But the devil take the woman for she never can be easy I went into my chamber, all for to take a slumber I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder But Jenny drew me charges and she filled them up with water She sent for Captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter T’was early in the morning, before I rose to travel Up comes a band of footmen and likewise Captain Farrell I then produced me pistol for she stole away me rapier but I couldn’t shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken If anyone can aid me it’s me brother in the army If I but knew his station be it Cork or in Killarney And if he’d come and join me, we’d go rovin’ in Killkenny I swear he’d treat me fairer than my darlin’ sportin’ Jenny Now there’s some take delight in the carriages a rollin’ and others take delight in the hurling and the bowlin’...
No Limits

No Limits

by Mike (Binary Rhyme) Heffernan, 1996 No Limits.mp3 No Limits video I included in a talk on Innovation for a government conference run by DPI Canada. Someday you’re gonna find out where you truly belong Racing swifter than lightning Tireless, skillful and strong ’cause win is made in your mind possible defined by your will can’t is a word best forgotten set your mind and say go Break your mind free of its limits Reach for more than just a try Keep you sight on the horizon Spread your wings, touch the sky! You’ve got stiff competition they’ve set the bar very high but you’ll be sailing right over this is your time to fly ’cause you’ll define what the best means and you’ll leave them reeling in dust They might be good – but you’re better put your foot through the floor Break your mind free of its limits Reach for more than just a try Keep you sight on the horizon Spread your wings, touch the sky! No Limits is my fight song. Originally written for a Fulcrum Technologies sales conference in Phoenix, AZ, the first performance featured a rap by Mike Gaines that slammed our competition – while the more generic version simply has an instrumental break. It was reprized live at the inaugural OCRI Techrocks “battle of the bands,” and I’ve used it during speaking gigs at conferences and as a pep tune for online gaming...
I Give

I Give

by Mike (Binary Rhyme) Heffernan, 1977 I Give.mp3 I give to you all of my love I give to you all of my dreams I give you all of what I’d like to be To deal with as you please I give you all of my world I give you all of myself I place it here within your arms so please let it rest here with you I give to you all of my doubts I give you you all of my fears I give you all of what I’ll fail to be To deal with as you can I give you all of my world I give you all of myself I place it here within your arms so please let it rest here with you Probably my most well known tune. I Give was written as a hymn, but has become an anthem for all forms of genuine love. It’s been sung in church and at campfires, weddings and funerals. This rendition is sung by Christine Armstrong. Photo: Jenn and Darren got...
Song Man

Song Man

by Rachael Heffernan, 2004 SongMan.mp3 Here’s a story about man who was lost in song Tall as the sky, never, ever shy and he smiled about everything Song Man, don’t you ever leave me Song Man, sing those songs honey Song Man, sing the blues, jazz, pop, punk hymns, carols, rap and rock He sang bass to soprano to guitars and the piano from the ground to the silky sky and he promised me that he’ll always be right there with me by my side sing high to low, wide to slim tall to short – everybody – no-one could top him he was mine, I was his he was the best in the song biz Another quick sketch recording of a song, this time by my daughter Rachael. It was written by her and recorded when she was 11. It was pretty clear, even then, that she’d be a...