- Sunday May 23rd, 2021 @ 10:58
A Life Through Music... Part I
It's Saturday morning following a disappointing result to Drogheda the night before, and neither Brian or myself are in the best of form, truth be told.
But as is often the case, music has the power to pick you up and brighten your day.
As most Pat's fans will know, music plays a big part in Brian's life, whether that's at home listening to his favourite albums, tuning in to late night radio programmes after a busy work day, or attending new music gigs across the city; and it's not long before Brian warms up and the stories start to flow.
The year was 1966. Kerr's eldest brother, Frankie, was living in London, and knowing of his younger brother's love of football, Frankie called home to invite 13-year-old Brian over to experience the World Cup in person.
"We were real posh at that time, we had a phone," Brian jokes. "We were posh in that we had a phone, that was it, but we had it because my two brothers were away. It was arranged for me to go to London within a day or two."
"So, I landed in Acton. My brother was working in a pub called The Gunnersbury Arms, and interestingly, he was living with three girls at the time in an apartment.
I always had this image of the apartment being huge… Frankie died in 2010, and this is an interesting story, he left a few quid to two of those girls.
He married one of them, and they lived in London for most of their lives, but his wife died and we got him back to Dublin, but he didn't last long, he was only around for about a year after that.
The other two girls were still alive and living in that apartment.
And I had the lovely task on contacting them and telling them that I wanted to meet them in London in 2011."
"I went to see them and the apartment was quite small, " Brian laughs. "I had this image from when I was a kid of this lovely big apartment with three bedrooms in it. I associate that time with Good Vibrations. The Beach Boys were the deal.
Still to this day, for most people, Good Vibrations gives everyone a lift. I still play a Beach Boys CD every now and again in the groove of a lovely, sunny summer's day. As a kid that time was really exciting, but the memories stick."
You can read the article in full in our matchday programme: