Writing and Music by John Kirnan

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Desert Night Ride – from “Black Moon”

Not much to say about this piece, the title says it all. If you’re a guitarist though, you might like to know that the guitar is tuned to Open G (D G D G B D).

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Mystic Bookshop – 3 AM — from “Black Moon”

Inside the shop, it feels quiet, despite the occasional thunder and constant hiss of rain, outside, in the city. Shadow shadows a lone passerby like a mostly metaphysical detective who’s there but not seen. Inside, on ladder-like shelves, under covers, book thought softly sleeps, and waits. There is a sense of something on the way, from the other side of normal. The cat’s eyes slowly open. The clock strikes three. And then….

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A video of “Why Rivers Run”

“Why Rivers Run” is from the “Green to Gold” album. This is the first video of one of my songs.

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An Ocean In Between – from “Black Moon”

Here’s another instrumental from “Black Moon,” the new album I’m working on. I wrote this tune for my mother about 15 years ago. For any guitarists out there, it’s in an open G tuning: D G D G B D.

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Black Moon

I’m working on a new album. It’s called “Black Moon.” At the bottom of this post, you can download the title track. It’s a guitar instrumental.

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Lost Tracks 6 – “New Day”

Well, I wouldn’t call this a gem, but here’s another small stone from my odd little rock collection of musical memories that I’m calling “Lost Tracks.” Like the others, one day, we may get it all polished up […]

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“One Storm Away” – Third Time’s A Charm

It was still really tricky and took quite a while but, this time, I managed to improve the sound quality. So if you downloaded “Out of the Blue” before March 3, 2014, and would like to replace your copy of “One Storm Away” with the improved version, I’ve put a download link at the bottom of this page. The album download itself, on the “Out of the Blue” post, now contains the new version of the song and a new jewel case cover.

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Lost Tracks 5 – “Sandstorm Radio”

Unlike the previous Lost Track, this one is definitely not an acoustic guitar piece. Another way it differs from “Shadows in the Woodlands” is that, rather than being quite short, it’s thirteen minutes long. A mini album, you might say. So you’re really getting your money’s worth with this one. Of course, all Lost Tracks are free, so I guess that means it ain’t worth nothin’. Forget I said that.

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Green to Gold

“Green to Gold” was recorded in 1989, a year after “Out of the Blue,” and most of what I said in the post about the first album applies to the second one as well. This time though, I thought I’d focus more on the songs themselves and the memories connected to them.

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The Sparrow Stone – Chapter 4

John’s Journal – page 1 – I haven’t written much fiction. And what I did write, at least in the past, was mostly just plain hard work. Poetry was always easier for me. Even writing a piece in a traditional style was always easier than prose. I guess I was a bit hung up on the rules, till I threw them away. That and finding that I could combine fiction and verse into one form was the breakthrough for me. Having said that, somehow it still feels like it shouldn’t be this easy. This book is almost writing itself. Not that I’m complaining. Long may it last.

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