Monday, June 27, 2011

Mad week

I was lying in bed last night and was thinking to myself about all I had to do in the last week or so in New York. I head back to Ireland on the 5th of July to record the new album and touch base with a few business contacts back home. Mainly because of the fact I am hoping to get this new album released to a number of regions, including home! When in bed, I generally do all my thinking, hence why I have my ipad on my locker. Much to the annoyance of Dominique, when I wake in the middle of the night to write something down. 

One of the things I was thinking about was doing a blog for yourselves, and also to follow up on my tech guy to organize that video chat I was mentioning! The blog is easier, but the video could be a lot of fun so I have been on to that already today. Should know more this evening. 

It has been a very busy few days as there has been a lot going on here in the city, whilst also trying to tie things down for the Autumn release. It started all last Wednesday when I got word that a guy I went to school with was in town giving a talk to IN-NYC. Its an organization based in the city which helps Irish based companies network. In order to help this along they sometimes bring in some well known Irish faces to give a talk about their field of expertise. With Brian O'Driscoll, its rugby. He has played for our National side for nearly 12 years and has captained our side to the world cup. He is still playing and winning all around him. When it comes to rugby, Ireland are a serious force to be reckoned with. 
After the event, which was based in the beautiful NY Athletic Club, which overlooks Central Park, we headed to a bar in the meat packing district. It was great to spend some time with him and chat about the priests in school and all the banter that was had back then. He is a thorough gentleman, and completely unaffected by all the success he has had. My old school, Blackrock College, are extremely proud. As are we all. 
The following night, my close friend Isobel McMahon was named as one of the most influential Irish women in New York. As her boyfriend was out of town, she asked Dominique could she borrow hers!! 
It was a great opportunity for me to meet and mingle with some very influential people in the city. So off I went. The event was based in the Irish Consulate, which has the most amazing view of the city I have ever seen......for free!!  I was very proud of Isobel and delighted to see another school day friend get recognized for her work. 
Needless to say, I met a lot of people and a lot of contacts, of which are all willing to help when needed! Little do they realize, it will be sooner than they think!!! muuuuuuaaaaahhhhhaa hhaaa haaa!!!!(evil laugh)

All of a sudden I find the weekend upon me and decided I was going to take it easy and get back to the music work. Ive got to the stage now where I just want to get into studio and sing. There has been a lot of planning and organizing, and now I just want in! I was talking to my Musical Director and he was telling me he had the orchestra booked, and the choir too! Needless to say, we are pulling out all the stops for this album! He is up to his eyes with arrangements, but assures me, all is well on schedule. So much so that if a potential deal falls into place, you may have the album a tad earlier than I expected. 

Word on the tour is that we are pretty much complete, and are now working on announcing it all at the same time. This means making sure the ticket sellers are all ready to go. I feel that all should be named at once so that you all have options on which gig you would like to go to, as opposed to getting a ticket, then finding out later than I will be playing in a venue closer! Cant have any angry birds!!!! 
It also looks like I have the tour bus sorted and am finalizing my musicians as the days go by. 

All in all, things are good, and I am happy with how its all panning out. Had a little hic cup last week on the album title, but not to be deterred, its staying the same, and says all about what this album is! 

I will be on to you again before I go, and will have news for you on the Q,n,A asap! 
Off to Boston tomorrow to spend some QT with Dominique before I leave. Looking forward to seeing some old friends! 
The Count down is on!!!!

Keep well my loves 
                my doves 
               my eggs


  1. Oh Paul, it was such a lovely surprise to see your post on twitter contained a new blog link. All the news sounds so exciting, I know you must be about beside yourself. I for one appreciate the way you are going to announce the tour so we can make our choices about where to go. And yes, I did say choices, because I'm quite sure I'm not the only one that will try to attend more than one show. Safe travels to you and Dom, and can't wait to hear the rest of your exciting news.

    all the best,

  2. Thank you for writing a new blog for us! So can't wait for your new CD, and I hope you have a great time back home while you're there!


  3. Paul!! Seems you are quite good at putting all the puzzle pieces in place, and taking advantage of every opportunity - well done! And thank you so much for being considerate about releasing the ticket info, I'm sure it takes some patience on your part to wait wait wait to announce - but you are so correct, it's very nice for the fans who are planning on attending (like me in so cal) to make plans :) Thank you, bless you, good luck!

  4. Thanks for the update Paul. Can't wait for the album and hope that you will have a show close to me so that I can go see you. Take Care. Much Love. :)♥

  5. I was just getting ready to go to bed, when I saw your new blog. It's the best bedtime story I could imagine. ;)
    I'm so happy to read that you put the pieces into the right place. It sounds all so exciting! I'm so curious about the new album, can't wait to hold it in my hands! It's also good to know that you will be back to this side of the pond for a while.
    Enjoy your time in Boston with Dominique!
    Take care love!
    Hugs from Germany

  6. Thanks for all the info, Paul. I am looking forward to your album and so hope you appear somewhere in or near Houston, Tx. I am taking two of my granddaughters to the CT concert in Nov., but it won't be the same without You!
    Love and Hugs, Kathi Sandoval, great granny extroidanaire!

  7. Thank you for keeping us up to date on everything that is going on. It's great that you take the time to include us. Tell Dominique we say thanks for sharing you!!! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!!!

    Hugs and Kisses

  8. Paul thanks for the surprise blog!!! It sounds like all the pieces are falling into place, as you said. You know that we are all sitting on "pins and needles" to hear where your tour will take you. Oh brother, do I ever hope one of the stops will be somewhere near Dallas. One can only hope.
    Enjoy your time in Boston with Dominique!!!

  9. Mr. Paul,
    Thank you so much for the update.. You are simply amazing!! You share so much of you... It is far more than any one fan could ever ask for.. I can't wait for the competition to start, I would love an autograph album to go with my t shirt that I have!! And I can't wait to see you on your tour... Have a safe and enjoyable trip home... Hurry Back soon..
    Many Blessings to you and yours!!
    Peace <3

  10. Paul,
    Thanks for the updates. I love that you are so willing to share so much of yourself with us. And I'm sooo happy things seem to be falling into place for you. Great news that the cd may be out earlier than originally thought. Can't wait to listen to it. And can't wait for the tour dates to be announced. Hopefully you'll be coming somewhere near me :)

    Enjoy your trip to Boston with Dom and have a safe flight to Ireland. Sounds like you are going to be very busy once you get there. Hopefully you'll have some time to spend with family. I can think of two little ones who would probably love to see their Uncle Paul ;)

    Take care Mr. Swanky,

  11. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for the great blog! So looking forward to the new album and the Tour. It seems that you are pulling it all together. Enjoy your time in Boston. We are away for the summer, up in Maine. Can't wait for the tour dates....hurry, please! :)