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Beneath an Irish Sky...the musical

Posted by Liv Thomas on June 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

When I listen to music, I often get plot ideas, or I relate certain lyrics to situations my characters have been in.  So I started to wonder, which songs could make up the story for Beneath an Irish Sky - if I could produce a BAIS soundtrack, what would be on it?  This is what I came up with. Some of these are actually mentioned in the book, others could well be. If you're not familiar with the songs but have read the book, click on the YT links and listen to the words...


1.   Yesterday - The Beatles.   The lyrics are so apt for poor Jack whose wife just upped and left him all those years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WQAl5nJWHs


2.   Curragh of Kildare - The Johnstons Luke has a flashback to happier times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIPWvAmVY2o


3.   You Raise me Up - Brian Kennedy.  In the novel, during the funeral scene  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCe0mSCfyjE


4.   Ave Maria - Josh Groban  Also in the novel and also during the funeral  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgyy8u3zcf8


5   I'll See You Again - Westlife.  Real tearjerker, and ideal song for Luke as he watches his mother being buried. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl2sqdfD2Q0


6   Fields of Athenry - Paddy Reilly. Luke sings along with this whilst driving through the Cheshire countryside, feeling guilty for being even slightly happy  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9InnXP64To


7   Someone to Love - Shayne Ward.  Lovely words about a young man finally finding love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvFvjXfW_wQ


8   We Are One - Westlife.  A song about how two people from different backgrounds can have a successful relationship.  The first words are 'Two very different people..'  Luke and Kate for sure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tFlgmAv4UE


9   Us Against the World - Westlife. More of the above! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R9NgrcO83w


10. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Matt decides to be a better big brother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkqOnFOZ7W0


11  I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor.  No karaoke night is complete without this!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjNjplL6ayI


12  Never Gonna Give you Up - Still karaoke night, and Luke has a rival  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-8yO3fnJ4


13  You Light Up My Life - Westlife. Luke sings to Kate on karaoke night  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_hApvRtFcc


14    Uptown Girl - Westlife. Ditto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9GmLqH0ypI


15   The Rocky Road to Dublin - The Dubliners feat. Luke Kelly. A lonely Luke listens to this song in a Limerick pub. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBKgOyMzSc  (I don't think the 'scruffy band' in the novel could compare to Luke Kelly).


16.   Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck.  Happy times at the Stewart family BBQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StNY8P2UILs


17.   Halo - Beyonce.  This is really where fantasy takes over. For some reason, I've always had this in my head as being played over the closing scenes of 'BAIS The Movie',ending with a stilled close-up of Luke and Kate. It's just the director in me... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyR7yoDBQSg


The beauty of the digital age is that I can make myself this CD, and call it Beneath an Irish Sky soundtrack.  Any ideas for other appropriate songs that I might put on it?







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17 Comments

Reply Liv Thomas
1:46 PM on June 17, 2014 
Clare Chase says...
What a great idea for a post - thoroughly enjoyed the reading and listening experience! :-)


Thanks, Clare. (You must be as sappy as me)
Reply Clare Chase
10:38 AM on June 17, 2014 
What a great idea for a post - thoroughly enjoyed the reading and listening experience! :-)
Reply Berni Stevens
5:28 AM on June 17, 2014 
Love the idea of a musical Liv :)

Ah, Jeff Beck, one of the best guitarists we have ever 'produced!' (Along with Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.) Did you know all three of them played with the Yardbirds at some point? I'm a mine of useless trivia, I know! xx
Reply Liv Thomas
4:47 AM on June 17, 2014 
Rhoda Baxter says...
What a great idea. I loved BIAS. And I think 'Lukey Boy' definitely needs to go in!


Maybe we need the Choc Lit choir to record it to the tune of Danny Boy, but with new words. :) Thanks, Rhoda
Reply Rhoda Baxter
4:38 AM on June 17, 2014 
What a great idea. I loved BIAS. And I think 'Lukey Boy' definitely needs to go in!
Reply Liv Thomas
3:52 AM on June 17, 2014 
angela britnell says...
Interesting idea and I'd love to have time to listen to them all!


I had the time for things once, but it seems to have escaped me lately. Though I admit, I do waste a lot of it. Thanks, Angela
Reply Liv Thomas
3:49 AM on June 17, 2014 
Chris Stovell says...
I like doing this too - have Spotify lists for Move Over Darling and Follow A Star - good fun!


I need to look into Spotify. Thanks, Chris.
Reply Liv Thomas
3:48 AM on June 17, 2014 
Janet Gover says...
Interesting list - I love Ave Maria - but for me, it has to be a female voice singing it.. listen to Maria Callas... awesome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5cF5GGqVWo


Keep it down, Janet - the neighbours aren't up yet. ;) Maria Callas is amazing. But Josh Groban is marginally prettier. :)
Reply Liv Thomas
3:46 AM on June 17, 2014 
Liz Harris says...
This is such a fun idea, Liv. You've got me thinking about my book now.

Danny Boy, it if fitted somewhere, would be a great addition.

Liz X


Maybe we could change the words to Lukey Boy? Actually though, you are right. It belongs. Nothing to do with the story, but would serve as a true flavour of Ireland. Consider it in.
Reply Janet Gover
3:02 AM on June 17, 2014 
Interesting list - I love Ave Maria - but for me, it has to be a female voice singing it.. listen to Maria Callas... awesome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5cF5GGqVWo
Reply Chris Stovell
3:00 AM on June 17, 2014 
I like doing this too - have Spotify lists for Move Over Darling and Follow A Star - good fun!
Reply Liz Harris
2:54 AM on June 17, 2014 
This is such a fun idea, Liv. You've got me thinking about my book now.

Danny Boy, it if fitted somewhere, would be a great addition.

Liz X
Reply angela britnell
6:40 PM on June 16, 2014 
Interesting idea and I'd love to have time to listen to them all!
Reply Liv Thomas
5:44 PM on June 16, 2014 
Evonne says...
Nothing like music for setting a mood ...


It's inspirational, Evonne.
Reply Evonne
5:35 PM on June 16, 2014 
Nothing like music for setting a mood ...
Reply Mandy James
5:31 PM on June 16, 2014 
I think that's a great idea. Some lovely music there :)
Reply Liv Thomas
5:17 PM on June 16, 2014 
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