James Patrick Rooney | Author | Sitting on a Rainbow

Sitting on a Rainbow Playlist

The author, James Patrick Rooney, grew up in the ’60s and ’70s—an exceptionally musical time. He associates nearly every notable event in his life with a song or an album or an artist. Following is a playlist of the music that inspired and drove his story forward. As you sit on the rainbow with Patrick Connelly, take a little time to listen to his music. Or create your own personal playlist. It will help bring the story to life, just as it did for the author. A cousin and close friend, Ned Flood, did just that by creating a “sitting on a rainbow” Spotify playlist. I’m grateful to Ned for his support.

Thank you and please enjoy.

Chapter 1:

[1] – “Freedom” by Richie Havens (Woodstock 1, 1969)

[2] – “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, 1969)

[3] – “Come Saturday Morning” by The Sandpipers from The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)


Chapter 2:

[4] – “Rocky Road to Dublin” – written by D.K. Gavan, 17th century Irish poet.


Chapter 3:

[5] – “Tonight” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as performed by George Michael on the 1991 tribute album Two Rooms.


Chapter 6:

[6] – Van Halen. “Hot for Teacher” (I highly recommend the 1984 music video)


Chapter 7:

[7] – “Both Sides Now” written and performed by Joni Mitchell (Clouds 1966) and made even more famous by Judi Collins.


Chapter 8:

[8] – “Dancing Days” by Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy, 1973)

[9] – “A Song for Ireland” by Mary Black (Collected, 1984)


Chapter 11:

[10] – “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins (Celebrate Me Home, 1977)

[11] – “Over the Rainbow”—written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg; performed by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Chapter 13:

[12] – “Whiskey in a Jar”—written in the 17th century; made famous by Thin Lizzy and performed by several other artists including The Dubliners and Metallica.


Chapter 14:

[13] – “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard; performed brilliantly by Glenn Close.


Chapter 15:

[14] – “Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd (The Wall,1979)


Chapter 18:

[15] – Any pipes-driven lament by The Chieftains, Planxty or The Bothy Band; or better still—all three.

[16] – “For Emily (Kewpie), Wherever I May Find Her” by Simon & Garfunkel (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, 1966)


Chapter 19:

[17] – Anything “wall-thrashing” from the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

[18] – “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison (Moondance, 1970)


Chapter 20:

[19] – “Dreams Are More Precious” by Enya (And Winter Came… 2008)


Chapter 22:

[20] – Listen to a mix from The Chieftains voluminous catalog on your favorite streaming service.


Chapter 24:

[21] – “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra (This is Sinatra!, 1956)

[22] – “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel (The Stranger, 1977)


Chapter 26:

[23] – Once again, a mix of The Chieftains from your favorite streaming service would be a good backdrop to the redecorating underway at the Connelly home in SoSo.

[24] – The Celtic Harp by The Chieftains (1993)

[25] – “Hard Times Come Again No More” written by Steven Foster (1854) and performed by many wonderful gospel singers over the years.


Chapter 27:

[26] – Listen to any mesmerizing harp music you prefer.

[27] – “L.A. Woman” by The Doors (L.A. Woman, 1971)


Chapter 28:

[28] – “Do You Believe in Magic?” by The Lovin’ Spoonful (Do You Believe in Magic, 1965)


Chapter 30:

[29] – “But I Might Die Tonight” by Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman, 1970)


Chapter 32:

[30] – Put on a mix of two of Patrick’s favorite Irish pub bands, The Pogues and The Dubliners, while you’re reading this chapter. Or any other time at all.

[31] – Listen to any traditional Celtic music of your choice, including The Chieftains, Planxty, The Dubliners, etc., while you celebrate a very special St. Patrick’s Day weekend along with Finnie and Patrick.

[32] – “A Song for Ireland” by Mary Black (Collected, 1984); This time, listen to Luke Kelly of The Dubliners’ version.


Chapter 33:

[33] – “Caoineadh Cu Chulainn’s Lament” from Riverdance (1993)

[34] – Listen to cheerful Irish reels and pub music by The Chieftains and others on your preferred streaming service, and don’t forget to visit the bar three times (if you’re of age).


Chapter 34:

[35] – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers (The Gambler, 1978)


Chapter 35:

[36] – If you’re not tired of The Chieftains by now, play some of their uplifting instrumental music (i.e., reels) in the background. Maybe a splash of whiskey will help matters (if you’re of age).


Chapter 36:

[37] – “Turn! Turn! Turn!” written by Pete Seeger, performed by The Byrds (Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965)


While reading Chapters 36 and 37, listen to John Denver’s entire Windsong album and reflect on the beauty and power of nature, and how blessed we were to have the beautiful song writer and troubadour as a part of our lives.


Chapter 37:

[38] – “Looking for Space” by John Denver (Windsong, 1975)


Chapter 38:

[39] – “Woodstock” written by Joni Mitchell; performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young (Déjà Vu, 1969)


Chapter 39:

[40] – “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin (Pearl, 1971) Patrick has found that if you adjust the lyrics to “Me and my friggin’ Marie,” the song may resonate more in the context of this chapter.


Chapter 40:

[41] – Listen to any number of Irish pipe-driven laments while enjoying May Eve at Murphy’s. Stream something from the catalog of the iconic piper Davy Spillane, for example.


Chapter 42:

[42] – “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix as performed at Woodstock, 1969

[43] – “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day” by Jethro Tull (War Child, 1974)

[44] – “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” written by Rodgers and Hart; performed by Ella Fitzgerald (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rogers and Hart Book, 1956)


Chapter 44:

[45] – “Brand New Day” by Van Morrison (Moondance, 1970)


Chapter 45:

[46] – Astral Weeks by Van Morrison (1968) Play the album lightly in the background as you read this chapter. Then play it again. It grows on you.

[47] – “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison (Astral Weeks, 1968)

[48] – “Ball of Confusion” written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong; performed by The Temptations (1970)

[49] – “Abraham, Martin and John” written by Dick Holler; performed by Dion (1968)

[50] – “The Way Young Lovers Do” by Van Morrison (Astral Weeks, 1968)


Chapter 46:

[51] – “We Are the Champions” by Queen (News of the World, 1977)

[52] – “Let’s Live for Today” written by David “Shel” Shapiro and Mogol, with Michael Julien; performed by The Grass Roots (Let’s Live for Today, 1967)

[53] – “Life’s a Long Song” by Jethro Tull (Aqualung, 1971)


Chapter 47:

[54] – “On Raglan Road”—published in 1946 by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh as “Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away.” It was later turned into the great Irish folk song “On Raglan Road,” performed by The Dubliners (Hometown!, 1972)

[55] – “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac (Life Becoming a Landslide, 1975)


Chapter 48:

[56] – “Tomorrow is a Long Time” by Bob Dylan (1971)


Chapter 49:

[57] – Once again, listening to any of the pipes-driven laments from the great Irish pipers (Paddy Moloney, Davy Spillane, Liam O’Flynn, etc.) would be the perfect backdrop to this chapter.

[58] – “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison (Moondance, 1970)


Chapter 50:

[59] – “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day” by Jethro Tull (War Child, 1974)


Chapter 51:

[60] – “War Child” by Jethro Tull (War Child, 1974)

[61] – “Mo Ghile Mear” from the poems of Sean Clárach Mac Domhnaill (1700s); lyrics by Dónal O’ Liatháin, early 1970s; performed by The Chieftains and Sting; Mary Black, among others.


Chapter 52:

[62] – “The Town I Loved So Well” by Luke Kelly and The Dubliners (Plain and Simple, 1983)

[63] – “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison (Astral Weeks, 1968)