Open Mic

The Jig of Tollymore

by Jenna Koo

*Please note that this song should be viewed by Clay Magazine readers only. Please do not copy or share this song. Thank you.


What is a jig, one might ask? According to, a jig is “a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons, usually in triple meter.” I do not have much to say about my short musical byte, except for the fact that it was inspired by my love for Irish music. The initial idea to compose “The Jig of Tollymore” came about when I sang an Irish improvisational piece while washing the dishes after lunch. At first, my composition sounded too much like Morrison’s Jig, a popular, lively Irish tune. As a result, I had to adjust some of the notes of my own work.

Honestly, I believe titling my composition was the hardest part of the composing process. I initially brainstormed multiple titles–this proved fruitless. So, I shifted my focus to researching Irish towns when I discovered a cute, little hut with a medieval impression. I thought the name of the cabin served perfectly as the song title.

The end section of the jig repeats the same melody twice. I intended for the repeat of the melody to be played louder, but the dynamics, the louds and softs of music, were modified slightly due to my iPad’s incompetence to playback with different volume. Although I intended for the piece to sound authentically Irish, I added my own personal flair to help emphasize who wrote the piece.


About the Composer:

Name: Jenna Koo

Age: 14

  • What classes are you taking with TPS this year?


English 3 Lit. Survey, Starting Points, Pre-AP Biology, Spanish 2, Geography for High School, Geometry Honors, and U.S. Government.

  • How many years have you been apart of TPS?

This will be my fourth year. Go TPS!

  • What are a few of your hobbies or favorite things?

Playing or composing music, learning more about God, exercising, spending time with my family, and reading






  1. Wow, that’s lovely, Jenna! I don’t know that we’ve ever had an audio composition in Open Mic before. I love it! 🙂

  2. Makenzie thought that it was quite the change too XD

  3. That was amazing! I love fast-paced, adventure-y type music and that’s exactly how it made me feel 🙂

    • Thanks Savannah! That’s my type of music too, but if you hear me at home, my improvs sound awfully sad XDD My personality… 🙂

  4. Wow, I’m impressed that you composed a piece and played it successfully! That’s an amazing skill. Great job.

    • Actually… I didn’t play that. I used the playback mode (I think I mentioned that in my short paragraph xD). I can’t play it. (I always make my songs too hard for myself to play. Don’t ask why hehe. I don’t know why I just admitted that XDD)

      • Ah, I see. I didn’t understand what the playback mode was, I thought maybe you recorded portions of your song and played it while you were actually playing the song to create an “orchestra” effect. Thanks for explaining. But your piece is still awesome!

        • That would have been cool to use a playback mode and then actually play on top of that… I’ll have to try that sometime 🙂 Thanks so much, Rachel!

  5. Jennaaaaa o__o This is amazing!

  6. nice music! 🙂