in #introduceyourself17 days ago (edited)

Hey everybody,

I'd like to introduce myself to the Hive community and from here on out get more involved with the community! 😀

My name is Gary. I'm Irish. I write songs. I study music too.
This is me and my 1982 Yamaha a friend gave me last year.


I finish my degree in a year. Part of me doesn't want to finish it. But I started it so feel the need to continue. I don't care about the piece of paper at the end, experience is everything and it's been a helpful way to stay in contact with the world.

I found this note I wrote when I was 9 when I was 29.
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I'm not catholic anymore, but I did find this note in a children's bible.

I wrote poems and songs in my early life. Someone gave me a guitar when I was 14 and I just started playing and kept playing mostly in private. I got really in to sports in my teens and lost touch with the more creative side of myself. I think the reason for that was some people made fun of me for a piece of my poetry ending up in a local newspaper. I think that is the main reason I focused more on sports growing up, to fit in, to be one of the lads and part of a pack. I was always a lone wolf though, deep deep down. I think that's why that part of my life was very painful and I caused a lot of pain for others by bullying them, starting fights I couldn't win and throwing cheap punches. My true self was angry and took it out on others. When outcasts conform both sides get hurt.


I went through some intense awakenings in my late teens and fell in to a depression. I went to America on a soccer scholarship around that time and came back to Ireland when I was 22 with long hair, some experience with drugs a longing to write songs. I was growing out of sports during this time, in fact growing out of most of what society had to offer. Became attracted to outsiders, hippies, musicians, Buddhist's, different people, y'know. It was the beginning of me taking my mind back and my life back.
When I think of it now it was like my younger poetic self coming back online!

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I was glad to see the back of that part of my life.

Fast forward: I'm 31 now. So I'll let the music do the talking from here.
The following projects were all made over the past year from songs I wrote during the previous 4-5 years or thereabouts.
Entering my 30's and entering lockdowns encouraged me to start sharing my music.
I probably would have done that whether there were lockdowns or not.

I made this with a friend during the first lockdown.

I wrote, recorded, produced & mixed this album last Autumn/Winter.
Off Track & Up Front

A video I made at the start of 2021 as a protest to current societal trends and a reminder of our relationship to one another.

And finally one of my most recent songs I wrote after someone called me a fascist for expressing my views on lockdowns and all of that stupid shit.

That's where I'm at at the moment. It was fun to make this post, look back and reflect and share my life and and my work in a space that I already feel like I can relax in based on what I know and what I've seen so far here.

Shout out to @montycashmusic for encouraging me to join this forum and to make this post. I met him somewhere along the way back before you could travel upon the free earth.

Shout out to @hivepeople too. Thanks for creating the space and the work done backdoors.

I should probably say something about Covid. When it comes to vaccinations I wont be getting one. I also stopped wearing a mask some time ago. It took me some time to step in to my truth in regard to the Covid situation because I had a very rough ride last year. Who didn't, right? It looks as though we are heading for a 2 tier society here in Ireland and Europe but at the same time I remain (naively?) optimistic and hopeful!

Look forward to connecting.

With love,


Good to see you on here Gary! Great write-up and introduction! I always appreciate your honesty.

For your posts be sure to find a community that suits your content. So first go and follow a few communities - then when you make a new post if you're using at the top you can select where you post your content - Where it says, 'Write a new post in' 'Blog' [down arrow] - click on the down arrow and select one of the communities you are following to post directly in that community. You can simultaneously post it in your blog - otherwise it will still come up in the 'All posts' tab in your blog.

Be sure to only post relevant content for that community or it may be muted - and be sure never to double post if you feel your content was not posted, best to double check first. Double posting is different to 'cross-posting' yet I'm yet to realise the true value of 'cross-posting'. To be sure, there are communities that allow a range of different types of posts like GEMS and OCD or Abundance Tribe. Then there are a lot of music specific ones.

Remember that soundcloud links automatically create smart embeds, youtube links as well - and if you're interested in getting away from centralized censorship monster youtube - start using which is a video platform that is part of the hive blockchain.

Anyways, happy blogging!

Hey Monti,

Thanks for the tips. This is a good beginning and I can navigate better as well as post more cunningly.

Yes I am definitely looking to move away from FB, YT and Google. I am on the cusp and in the process. Just browsing here and watching 3speak videos I get the feeling there is much less of a weight attached. There could be a refresh button coming in my life in this regard and a new start on sites that have credibility and integrity.

Hope you are well and taking care.


Cool man! Once again, great to see you on here - I'm sure you'll find your native crowd on Hive.


Welcome to the Hive @garyhynes, nice post and good music, keep going and you will sorely find lots of people listening here on hive.

I like your post, and love the music. Did Robert Hunter or the Grateful Dead play a part in your early music? You have a very nice late 60's early 70's sound to me, the music I grew up with. Thank you for sharing your music with us on Hive.

Hi bashadow,

Glad you like the music. Very happy some people are listening to it!
Greateful Dead I am familiar with, I dig them, very much.
Robert Hunter I have never heard of, but I will have to check him out. I discover new artists from that time every year and I am always impressed if not blown away. Roy Harper and Loudin Wainwright III being the most recent songwriters I've got in to.

See you around,

Edit: I see the Robert Hunter connection now. I guess I know him well. Ripple is one of my favorites.

I loved his Box of Rain song, It was just the sound you have that made me think of them the outdoor concerts with people just kind of hanging around and listening, and enjoying life.

Great song, too. Yeah, that's sort of what I do myself. Just hang around and play. I'd like to create this atmosphere for others too, sooner or later. I was watching an Arlo Guthrie video lately where he talked about a gig he did in Denmark after the berlin wall fell, there was a sense of hope or relaxation or something, which didn't last long. Hopefully we can make that happen again.

Welcome! Think we've all been there, trying to fit in where we don't fit. Glad you found your way back to music! Go check out @sketch.and.jam! Think you may enjoy his content!

I can't blame you. I always found Catholicism pretty heretical. Christianity is so much deeper and more meaningful than that. Maybe you'll find your way back there to.

Hi appalachain,

Thanks a lot. It's good to know there are others out there who broke free from the crowd and are now trying to interact in new spaces and in a meaningful way. It was a long and painful journey back to music but I'm better having gone on it.

It was interesting I found the note in a children's bible, I'll say that. I've had a lot of synchronicites around christianity over the years. Whether I return fully to it with a new perspective, I'm not sure, the dharma and a walk on the woods are working for me at the moment.

I will check out sketch and jam too, thanks!

Take care,

Hey there, and welcome. Nice to meet you =)

PS Friendly for a Fascist is gold.

Hey autobodhi,

Thanks and nice to meet you too.
Haha, FFAF was a fun one to work with, a friend did an awesome mix for me too.



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