Looking Up. Jamie writes on renewing the spirit and finding inspiration in the discovery of a diary from her first trip to Ireland, finding a new view of the land of her roots.
Jamie’s thoughts on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Song for St. Patrick’s Day. And return to Ireland.
“I like the conversation.” Olive calls to me, as I turn off lights in the hall before bed during a sleepover. I spray her pillow with aromatherapy sleeping scents from Nia, which leads to talk of smells we like: rose, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, and peppermint. Which leads to talk of fruit: berries, melons, tropical and […]
“Love is like a crown of thorns, wrapped around my heart.”
The Irish folksong performed by Jamie’s Trio.Listen to Red is the Rose here. It’s not for the parting of my sister KateIt’s not for the love of my motherIt’s all for the loss of my bonny blue-eyed ladThat I’m leavin my homeland forever Jamie sings the timeless Irish ballad, with Michael Smith on guitar.Featuring Bob […]
The Gift of the Magi “the Magi” theme, Mary’s Boychild, I Heard the Bells, Cradle in Bethlehem, Silent Night (instrumental)
On Sept 26, 2020, Anne Hills, Jamie O’Reilly, Paul Amandes, and pianist John Erickson performed a concert, recorded at the Hinsdale Unitarian Church, honoring the musical life of their friend, the beloved singer/songwriter Michael P. Smith, who died on August 3 of this year. Produced, hosted and engineered by Rich Warren for Folkstage, a program […]
Michael, Anne, Jamie & Pail sing Crazy Mary
“I am fire,” he replied. “I love your solitude, I love your pride.” “Myself I long for love and light. But must it come so cruel, so bright?” Song Notes from Jamie O’ReillyMy blog will have this new feature: Song Notes, the stories and audio recordings of songs Michael wrote for me and/or performed with […]
Jamie’s “In Old Chicago” song demo is now mastered! A CD with 5 songs from my new show will be available to venues, media and my fans this December. Parts of it will be the soundtrack for a music video I’m making this winter. Thanks to Mary Mazurek, engineer at WFMT. And thanks to Michael […]