Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Let Me See The Light

(Griffin/Royer) This is an 'accidental' song that occurred something like this.
1. Jimmy started the chorus and brought it to me some time during the pleistocene period.
2. He and I finished the chorus, but never got verses or lyric.
3. I finished Let me see the Light one night in a fit of inspiration.
4. I took the song to Jimmy who sheepishly admitted he had finished the song too, with another writer. His version was called The Healing has Begun. We agreed we would just keep our own versions.
5. I recorded the song with the Finnigans. Mike sang it, and Sean, who is quite a promoter, turned out half of Hollywood and a film crew to record the chorus. (Note video credits)
6. We didn't get around to editing the film for years. By the time we did, Jimmy had died and I didn't feel right about leaving his name off, so I added his name back to the credits.
7. The video turned into quite an event on the internet, getting tens of thousands of plays. Yeah, I know, Rebecca Black has more but this was pretty good for old guys.
8. Here 'tis.

Video


Finnigan Bros. album version

4 comments:

  1. Wow, Robb. That explains the DNA similarity between the two songs. (The theory of evolution can apply here.) Seriously, both are great songs, and I love the video.

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  2. Yes! WOW! I've loved 'The Healing Has Begun' for a long time now, but I love it even more knowing its origins and evolution. I agree - the video is fab, as is the song 'Let Me See the Light' itself. Lovely and very touching that you credited Jimmy in the video at the end.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and the history of it, as well. It makes it all the more special. The two of you were such a brilliant songwriting team, Robb.

    Oh! I nearly forgot! Y'know the 'Jimmy Griffin' CD that I received from you (and Jessica) in the post on my wedding anniversary this past Wednesday? I've listened to it at least two dozen times already, and I cannot get enough of it. It's wonderful. I love it so much, Robb.

    I'm finding it extremely difficult to pick a favourite track, as there are so many that I love (pretty much all of them), but for now, it has to be 'Share This Love'.

    Thank you so much sharing this love of Jimmy's music with all of us, Robb.

    June in Ireland

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  3. Yes! WOW! I've loved 'The Healing Has Begun' for a long time now, but I love it even more knowing its origins and evolution. I agree - the video is fab, as is the song 'Let Me See the Light' itself. Lovely and very touching that you credited Jimmy in the video at the end.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and the history of it, as well. It makes it all the more special. The two of you were such a brilliant songwriting team, Robb.

    Oh! I nearly forgot! Y'know the 'Jimmy Griffin' CD that I received in the post on my wedding anniversary this past Wednesday? I've listened to it at least two dozen times already, and I cannot get enough of it. It's wonderful and I love it so much, Robb.

    I'm finding it extremely difficult to pick a favourite track, as there are so many that I love (pretty much all of them), but for now, it has to be 'Share This Love'.

    Thank you so much sharing this love of Jimmy's music with all of us, Robb.

    June in Ireland

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