Monday, February 8, 2016

They're Closing the Doors (The Old Timer Song)


From 2007 to 2014, I performed pretty much every other Sunday from September to June with Jug o' Punch at The Old Timer Restaurant in Clinton, Massachusetts. It was a grand old Irish restaurant run by the McNally family. Jimmy McNally would belt out popular show tunes and Irish songs with a piano player in between the band's sets. After that band retired from playing there, my new band, The Boston Harbor Bhoys, played its first gig there as well as playing on St. Patrick's night in 2015. We didn't know at the time that it would be the last St. Paddy's at The Old Timer. It was the sort of place that everyone thought would always be there. But last night, after the Super Bowl, on February 7, 2016, the bar closed its doors, the restaurant having closed a week earlier. I wrote this in tribute to that wonderful place, finally closing its doors after 87 years in business.



They’re Closing the Doors (The Old Timer Song)
(music & lyric by Eddie Biggins)

I admit I was shocked when I first heard the news
The Old Timer was closing down
What great times we had and it sure is a shame
That it won’t be around

[Chorus:]
Now the music will play no more
And part of my heart is left behind
Since I heard that they’re closing the doors
For the very last time

There are not many places like this any more
They’ve been lost to changing ways
So I’m grateful for every Sunday I spent
And all those St. Paddy’s Days

[Chorus:]

I remember the old days when Jimmy held court
And sang for one and all
Didn’t matter your age or what town you came from
Everybody had a ball

[Chorus:]

So thanks for the music and fond memories
That filled us with such joy
And dear Jimmy’s presence remains in our hearts
Sweetly singing “Danny Boy”

[Chorus:]

Thursday, December 24, 2015

To Drive the Cold Winter Away (Seasonal Songs from the Celtic and British Traditions)

I had rotator cuff surgery in October, so I haven't been able to play guitar with my left arm in a sling. But I've been slowly starting up again and it feels great to be making music!

In celebration of the season (and the fact that I can play music again, even if it's only for 15 minutes at a time), I have released a new mini-album! Five wintry folk songs for your listening pleasure.

You can stream/download "To Drive the Cold Winter Away (Seasonal Songs from the Celtic and British Traditions)" at: Bandcamp, CDBaby, Tidal, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play

So for something a little different this holiday season, check it out.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"In an Unknown Place" available for download!

At 55 years of age, I've finally done it. I have my first official album.

I've been writing songs since I was 12. I've been posting them on the internet since it was a thing. But this time I had 11 tracks that I felt somehow belonged together. And I thought "why not?"
So here it is: "In an Unknown Place" by Eddie Biggins. My album. I'm pretty proud of it and I hope you enjoy it.


Available at Bandcamp (where you can name your own price) and CDBaby as well as in iTunes, the Google Play store, Amazon MP3, and other favorite online music stores.

You can also stream the hell out of it on Spotify (which you absolutely should do.)

Due to the cost, I'm not manufacturing CDs at this time, but if you really need a physical copy cluttering up your shelf, email me at eddiebiggins@gmail.com and I can burn you one. We'll work something out.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!
This week I posted my versions of two traditional Irish songs: "Molly Malone" and "Star of the County Down" which you can hear at http://www.reverbnation.com/eddiebiggins/songs

I enjoyed doing these so much, I'm sure there will be more.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ballerina (art and lyric video)

This is a special one to me. I have many dancers in my life and this song is a tribute to them. The video features the brilliant artwork and photography of Adam Dalton Blake (http://sogartwork.weebly.com/) whom I've known since he himself danced in a production of The Nutcracker for which I provided sound.

The track can be downloaded, name-your-own-price (yes, that includes free) at Bandcamp (http://eddiebiggins.bandcamp.com/track/ballerina)
or Gumroad (https://gumroad.com/l/FBmoQ)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Opposite Side of the Earth

I could give you a hundred reasons why the album I've been trying to put together for over a year isn't done yet. Laziness, procrastination, lack of time, etc. The truth is, most of the tracks are all recorded and many are mixed, but I could tweak them endlessly. However, there comes a time when you have to let them go into the world for others to hear. So I've decided that, rather than waiting to get a whole album's worth, I'll put each song out individually, as singles. Or perhaps I'll put some out in smaller collections of 2-4 songs. At any rate, I'm trying to put together simple videos for each song as well, for those who like to listen to their music on YouTube. Here is the first.

The Opposite Side of the Earth
buy at Bandcamp (name your price, any format)
buy at Gumroad (name your price, mp3 format)

Watch the lyric video:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ancient History

I have been writing songs since I was about twelve and have been home-recording them pretty much since the beginning. For many years, I did that by using two cassette recorders and bouncing tracks from one to the other, adding parts as I went. The result was horrible, noisy recordings that I thought would bring the music world running to my door. They didn't. Since then I've gone through a 4-track reel-to-reel, two 4-track cassette recorders (one of which I still have), an 8-track digital recorder with a 40G hard drive, a portable digital recorder which does sound-on-sound that I still sometimes use (in a way, similar to what I used to do with the old cassettes) and my latest, a 24-track digital machine that records on SD cards not much bigger than my thumbnail. Ah, technology.

In the past few weeks, I've been going through some of my old recordings. Sadly, several were lost forever due to a case of tapes containing the only copies being stolen from my car back in the mid-80s. I remember experimental pieces like "Cadence d'Appliance" that my brother Tim and I created using household objects like a typewriter, cups, coffee mugs, spoons and (I think) an egg beater. And there was the piece called "No" which featured a repeating 7/8 guitar figure with Tim's percussion and my other brother Sean, who was just a little kid at the time, moaning the word "no" in mostly frightened tones over and over again. Then there were now-forgotten songs like the rambling "Rocket Through Outer Space," which had no repeating sections (ooo...innovative) and of which I remember nothing, "Saga of a Superstar," from which I only remember the introductory chord progression, and "Big Louie," from which I remember this opening quatrain:
                 There once was a man named Big Louie
                 The greatest robber this world has ever seen
                 Pulling jobs all over the world
                 In his Cadillac colored green

The greatest gift I could get would be to have those tapes back.

But I have been listening to the surviving recordings because I was thinking it would be fun to re-record some of my old songs to see if I could reconnect with them. I figured I would just do some simple vocal/guitar renditions, perhaps re-writing a line here or there if I felt like it. But instead I decided, just for a chuckle, to post the original old recordings. Feel free to laugh, make fun of, whatever. In some cases, I might make new recordings and post them alongside the old ones. For this first one, however, I won't be doing that. I think the original is perfect as it is. And pretty hysterical too.

Back in the days before sampling and midi programming, I sometimes got my drum beats from a record called "Drum Drops." On this album, a studio drummer would play basic beats that you could practice with, write with or use on demos. For this song, utilizing the the bounced tape method, I used the Drum Drops Reggae pattern, added 2 guitars (one was playing a bass line since I didn't own a bass at the time), then had the brilliant idea of using 2 instruments I owned but rarely used: banjo and mandolin. The result falls somewhere between reggae and some sort of ethnic folk music. I think it's pretty funny, whatever it is. This one was done while I was in college, living in a cold basement apartment on Norway Street in Boston in 1981 or 1982. It's written from the point of view of a parent concerned about his or her child's decision to go into music (something I, thankfully, never experienced with my parents.) My vocal is reminiscent of Sting's early Police stuff, with some sort of accent. I can't help but notice in these old recordings how high I sang then.

Without further ado, here is "What Will the Neighbors Say?"