Song of the day (16th November) – Child Of Mind – “Maybe We Can Find A Way”.

Hi people! 🙂

I’d like to share with you a song by one of my main fazas, more exactly the object of my second faza – Declan Galbraith, aka Child Of Mind. I’ve shared some of his music, earlier and more current, before, so you may know that he has started his singing career at the age of 11, and is from England but has a lot of Celtic heritage on both sides of his family. Currently he has this Child Of Mind project going on, and although in the earlier years of his career he mostly covered some popular songs, now he writes his own lyrics and they are very interesting and often quite deep or at least can make you think. The song I want to share with you now is one of these and is called Maybe We Can Find A Way. I chose to show you a live version, for no other reason that I saw it first when looking for you on youTube, and lives are typically more genuine so if they’re good audio quality and well performed I’m all for lives instead of album versions unless I have some strong preference for the album version for some reason. As you’ll be able to hear, this is from his gig in Italy.

Declan Galbraith – “Carrickfergus”.

Hi people! 🙂

Today, I am sharing with you a song from my second major faza, or music crush – Declan Galbraith, also currently known as Child Of Mind. – But this song is much earlier than his Child Of Mind project, because Child Of Mind is his current stage name and also, as far as I’m aware, the collective name of all sorts of other activity his doing, while this song comes from his very first album. Declan had his very first album released in 2002, when he was 10. It contains mostly covers of pop songs (with most of them I believe that his versions are actually better than originals), and some traditional songs like Walking In The Air which I shared one year around Christmas or this song here – Carrickfergus. – Declan definitely has quite an interesting musical background, as his Scottish dad – Alec – listened to a lot of classic rock, exposing him to it, meanwhile his mum – Siobhan – comes from a large Irish family where folk music had an importantplace as her father, known as Poppy Ben, played in some sort of a Celtic music band and although he died when Declan was still a little boy, he has a strong connectioon with him, and through it, with Celtic music as well.

These days, when we see more and more children singing from an early age in social media, talent shows or even releasing albums, people often easily fall in love with and feel extremely moved by their music, but my subjective feeling is that it’s often just because they’re children, and this fact alone feels so moving to many. Meanwhile it happens rarely, in my humble opinion, that someone would be an extremely good singer since very early childhood. Declan was almost 11 when this album came out, so not that very little as many children we can hear somewhere online or in the TV these days, but still I think among all the famous singing children that I’ve heard he is the best. Obviously, I’m very subjective since he was my major faza so naturally I think so.

I like his later music much more, from after his latest full-length album You And Me which was released way back in 2007. Then he had a break for studying and other things, and came back with much more ambitious, but also mostly self-penned and quite intriguing repertoire. But I love to come back to these early songs of his.

Carrickfergus is a famous and well-known Irish folk song with long traditions that has been performed by many artists, also such like Declan who aren’t just focused on folk music. Ed Sheeran probably made it even more famous by referencing it in his Galway Girl. And in case you don’t know, the title of the song comes from Carrickfergus in co. Antrim, Ireland.

Here’s the song on Spotify, and for those of you who don’t have Spotify, the link to Songwhip where you can find it on your streaming service of choice. It is also available on YouTube, but the audio quality is not too impressive so I chose not to share the YouTube version.

Song of the day (23rd January) – Child Of Mind – “Take A Look At My Diary”.

I thought I’d like to share with you one of Declan Galbraith’s songs. Declan Galbraith has been one of my earlier crushes, and my crush on him started on 21 January some years ago, I don’t even remember exactly which year. Since Declan, I’ve already had two crushes, but I still like him a lot. So far I have showed you only 2 songs by him  one

“Strange World”

comes from his demo, and the other –

“Walking In The Air”

comes from his debut album – “Declan” – released in 2002 when Declan was 10 years old. Now he’s 27, and since 2017 I believe, uses the name Child Of Mind. He’s also working on an artistic project of the same name. He has released one EP so far, and it’s really intriguing. From a child who was mainly covering popular songs, he has come a long way, and developed tremendously! I find his lyrics particularly interesting. And the song I’m going to show you here – “Take A Look At My Diary – is the one that speaks to me the most, and is the most relatable for me. I think though that many other people with mental illnesses, but also other similar issues I guess, can probably relate to it easily. I am curious what has inspired him to write this song, as it is very true.

Declan Galbraith – “Walking In The Air”.

Yesterday was quite an important day for me because it was my Dad’s 50th birthday, but also because it was one of my crushes’ – Declan Galbraith’s – 27th birthday. I actually can’t quite believe it, he’d been my second music crush and at the time my crush on him had started he was 20, time is just flying so fast! Anyway, I’d like to celebrate his birthday, even though it’s already belated now, especially that when I was preparing to write this post and thinking about a song of him I could share, I realised the hard and awful truth, that although I’ve shared quite a lot from my three other music crushes, in this almost year of my blog’s existence I shared with you only ONE song by Declan! And that’s so very, VERY unfair!

Although it’s Declan’s 27th birthday so he’s an adult obviously since quite a while, I decided to share a song from his debut album, which was released in 2002 so when he was just 10-11 years old. Since then, as I guess I’ve already mentioned somewhere earlier, his style has been evolving quite a lot with each album and getting higher and higher which is so interesting to observe! But for now, I think this lovely song is perfect, especially that it’s Christmas season, and I think there’s no better version of “Walking In The Air” than Declan’s.