I’ve been writing poetry and songs for most of my life; thus far I’ve written hundreds of both spanning my teen years to the present date (2020). I’ve been on this planet for 57+ years and lived through a lot, including a battle with cancer in 1998. Music, writing, art have all been lifesaving arts for me in that they’ve helped me to cope, brought me comfort and peace, not to mention release. Venting is good, I say. Holding things in not so much. Some people scream into pillows. When the going gets tough for me I get creative.
While some of the poems and songs that I write are personal, many aren’t about me or my life at all. A lot of people like to believe that every song a person writes and/or performs is totally personal, all about their own life experiences. Truth is, life presents a never ending supply of influences when it comes to writing - from personal experiences, to the experiences of others in our lives, to politics, news articles, stories, movies, shows, music, art, the world we live in and beyond.
Personally speaking, I’m relentlessly inspired. Poems and song lyrics seem to come to me in a flash, sometimes just seeds, sometimes complete. No knowing in advance when inspiration will strike next, how or why - which is why many never see the light of day. I don’t sweat it, just enjoy the process when I’m in it.
In my 20’s I was lyricist and vocalist in a number of experimental, punk, alternative bands that recorded a few indie & compilation albums, got some local radio play - but never went anywhere, really. However, I definitely learned a lot about working with other people to create songs and albums.
In 1989 I met and married my husband, Big Joe Burke. We’ve been married for 31+ years and have raised two very beloved (now adult) children together. I managed and promoted my husband’s band through 2 albums, including touring across Canada between 2006 and 2011.
Joe and I have worked together to create many songs through the years; my words, he writes the music, sometimes he’s the vocalist, sometimes I am, sometimes we sing together. I absolutely love working on music and singing with my husband at home. But I’ve only made it onto a stage with Joe once, at a local pub. Very proud of myself for making it through that performance without hurling. Seriously. Look at my face! (Attached Photo; Below - G & Big Joe Burke - Copyright © Irene Thorne) SO close! LOL
See, the big trouble for me where singing/performing my songs is concerned: I hate stepping onto a stage, just am not comfortable up there with all eyes on me, at all. Never have been and never will be, I get that now. In striking contrast, Mr. Big comes to life on the stage. A true and imo very gifted performer.
What I’ve come to recognize is that I’m in love with the creative process of songwriting and collaborating with musicians and vocalists; that’s where I come to life. That’s why I’m here in Song Bay as we speak. Also, I know many other songwriters who are curious about whether or not a place like this (Song Bay) could be a positive experience for them, too. So I’ll be documenting my experience and letting other songwriters know how this works out for me. I'll admit, I'm skeptical but approaching this experience with an open mind.
To start off I’ll be uploading selected lyrics from within my collections for which music has yet to be written/composed. Eventually I may also upload some of the songs that Joe and I have collaborated on together through the years (lyrics & music, both).
That’s all she wrote for now, thanks for your time and interest. May good health and good fortune be yours in these trying times, and may all your creative goals, wishes and wants come true.