Luka Bloom Newsletter
21 February 2008
I hate watching violent movies. Always did. whenever I find myself watching one, I look
through closed fingers, and wait for the hard parts to pass. That's what it was like last
night trying to watch the new DVD for the first time. I loved the bits in the documentary
section where I'm playing with friends, or walking with my sister; but I couldn't be looking
at or listening to myself talking so much. The only part of the DVD I could watch without
freaking was when I was playing guitar, because it's the first time I've watched myself
do that, and I still have no clue what I'm doing, which is a bit of fun.
What I'm saying is I would never have done this. Only for members of my family and a
few people close to my family, the DVD would never have happened. Niall, Usna, Turlough,
Anne, and all the people they assembled, made this happen.
They started to ask me about it 3 years ago and I didn't want to know about it. Just
let me write songs and sing them and I'm happy. But the lads just thought it was time
for this, and they persisted. I thought they were mad.
So many great people came over to Dublin for a mighty night in the Helix. From all
over the place. We had a lovely time.
I'm not going to go into the details of the delay in getting the DVD finished, but I'll
just say there were serious issues with the Helix gig from a technical perspective.
We lost all but 50 minutes of the gig. I was prepared to let the project go, but Niall
and Usna persisted, and in time they rescued enough of the show to consider finishing.
Then I got the idea of bringing a few people round to the house for a Saturday
afternoon, to get a different buzz.
Then we approached the lads in Holland about using the documentary...... And all
of a sudden nearly 3 years later here we are.
2 gigs, a bunch of songs, way too much of me talking shite.
I can't watch it, and I never will again.
But for people who like these things, I hope the DVD satisfies your curiosity.
And I hope you enjoy the songs, and the shots of the Burren.
I've learned something from the DVD, and I'm grateful for that.
It's great to sing and play music. But maybe not so great to be trying to explain yourself.
Maybe there's no need. Maybe it is best to sing the song, and then shut up. I think so.
See what you think.
This was a long tough road, especially for Niall and Usna at Union Station Productions.
I thank them and admire them for their resilience and conviction. And I thank all the
people who helped put the 2 gigs together.
But most of all, I thank the people who took time and trouble to travel to Dublin to
attend the Helix gig. We really hope the wait is worth it for you now.
It's great to have it done.
Right so, I'm off to make a record...