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greenie44
07-25-2015, 07:53 PM
Can ukulele playing heal? Can music offer comfort and solace in the face of tragedy? I'd like to think it can, and maybe we can do it together.

Those of us in the United States have probably heard of the shootings in Lafayette Louisiana earlier this week. The words 'senseless tragedy' don't even begin to scratch the surface of this event. Two young women were murdered - 22 year old Mayci Breaux and 33 year old Jiliian Johnson. Jillian was, in the words of my friend Tony (who was a friend of hers) and many others "a force of nature" - and a uke player in the band The Figs. Tony also said

The thing that tears at us is we look at the twenty-thirty somethings and until this tragedy didn't realize we were seeing a person who shared our idealistic ideals but was actually living them out. She was capable of what we weren't. Jillian was remarkable.

I asked Tony if there was anything that this community of uke people could do to help, and he suggested a collaboration on one of The Figs' songs.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bJFWFrvGwg&feature=youtu.be

If any of you out there would like to participate, please PM me. I figure we can get a basic track down and they circulate it so that others can add in their contributions, even if it's only singing on the chorus or chording along.

Let me know please, and thanks in advance. It's a small gesture, but it might help a bit.

janeray1940
07-25-2015, 08:09 PM
Thanks for posting this. I read about this in my news feed this morning and immediately bought both of their albums on iTunes - it makes me so sad that I had never heard of them or Jillian before and that it took a senseless tragedy to bring their names to nationwide (worldwide?) attention. Really great music!

And I hope people do participate in your collab. I'm completely clueless about anything to do with recording, so I think I'm out - but I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this.

kohanmike
07-25-2015, 08:47 PM
I'm in with my u-bass, just sent you a PM. Have an iRig HD all ready for it's inaugural for this, with Audacity or GarageBand or even Final Cut Pro X.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-26-2015, 07:00 AM
hey greenie, i'm in, bit of upstrumming, whatever you need

greenie44
07-26-2015, 10:59 AM
Thanks to those who have stepped up. Janeray - you could participate; it would be pretty easy and I could guide you through it if you want to take a try.

janeray1940
07-26-2015, 04:29 PM
Thanks to those who have stepped up. Janeray - you could participate; it would be pretty easy and I could guide you through it if you want to take a try.

Thanks - really the only recording device I have is my iPhone. If that would suffice - count me in for some chords!

mikef
07-26-2015, 09:55 PM
Hey Rick... I'm in Sir... just let me know what you need :)

(pending my new recording equipment turning up in time... which it should...)

redpaul1
07-26-2015, 10:37 PM
So I figure it goes something like this. Those E chords on line 3 seem like some kind of passing chord, and I'm not sure if that F#m on the 2nd line of the bridge shouldn't be a D, but that should get you started.


Cross That Bridge - The Figs

[F#m]The Superdome is [D]rumblin'
[F#m]The quarterback is [D]fumblin'
[F#m]You know it's kind of [D]humblin'[E]
[F#m]To cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'.
[F#m]Cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'.

(Instrumental verse - 1st 4 lines of verse 1)

[F#m]The aqueducts are [D]crumblin'.
[F#m]The Colosseum's [D]tumblin'.
[F#m]An old blind man keeps [D]mumblin'[E]
[F#m]"Let's cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'".

[F#m]Cle-o-pat-ra—[D]she's the kind
[F#m]of girl who'll make you [D]change your mind.
[F#m]Drop your sword and [D]fall in line,[E]
[F#m]and cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin''.

(bridge - go straight in)
[E]Floss that tooth
when it's [F#m]rotted.
[E]Stretch that calf
when it's [D]knotted.
Slash that vein
when it's [D]clotted,
and [F#m]cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin''.

(Instrumental verse -1st 4 lines)

[F#m]"Look at what a fix we're in"
[F#m]said the god of rain and wind.
[F#m]I guess it's just the way of men[E]
[F#m]to cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'.

[F#m]"Look at what a fix we're in"
[F#m]said the god of rain and wind.
[F#m]I guess it's just the way of men[E]
[F#m]to cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'.
[F#m]Cross that [D]bridge when it's [F#m]burnin'.

southside mike
07-27-2015, 01:46 AM
I'm in. Let me know what you need me to do.

kohanmike
07-27-2015, 03:09 PM
redpaul1, I just received an email that you made a post on this thread asking why I remade the key, but I don't see your post listed here. I took the sheet greenie44 posted in Dropbox and went from that, didn't change the key, just moved the chords above the lyrics, spaced lines and added the repeat at the end.

peewee
07-27-2015, 04:06 PM
Let me know how to contribute, greenie!

redpaul1
07-27-2015, 08:46 PM
redpaul1, I just received an email that you made a post on this thread asking why I remade the key, but I don't see your post listed here. I took the sheet greenie44 posted in Dropbox and went from that, didn't change the key, just moved the chords above the lyrics, spaced lines and added the repeat at the end.

Yeah, sorry about that. At the time, I hadn't yet access to greenie's dropbox, which is why (once I did have access) I deleted my OP (the original is in the key in the version I posted). As soon as I saw the version in the dropbox (Jon's version), I realised my question was better addressed to him, and in any case, irrelevant, 'cos that's the key we're doing it in.

All that said, I now notice you've placed the "Bridge:" direction/notification in the wrong place. That had me quite confused for a while. Until I realised it was just a typo, it took me ages to figure out why you'd tacked the first line of verse 3 onto the end of verse 2 and added the last line of verse 3 to the bridge.

Using the original format (for ease of composition/layout inside the 'code' tags) you have:


The (Em)aqueducts are (B7)crumblin'.
The (Em)Colosseum's (B7)tumblin'.
An (Em)old blind man keeps (C)mumb(D)lin'
"Let's (Em)cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'"
(Em)Cleopatra — (B7)she's the kind of
(Em)Girl who'll make you (B7)change your mind,
BRIDGE:
(Em)Drop your sword and (C)fall in (D)line, and
(Em)Cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'.
(D)Floss that tooth when it's (Em)rotted.
(D)Stretch that calf when it's (C)knotted.
(D)Slash that vein when it's (C)clotted, and
(Em)Cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'.

What it should be of course is:


The (Em)aqueducts are (B7)crumblin'.
The (Em)Colosseum's (B7)tumblin'.
An (Em)old blind man keeps (C)mumb(D)lin'
"Let's (Em)cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'"

(Em)Cleopatra — (B7)she's the kind of
(Em)Girl who'll make you (B7)change your mind,
(Em)Drop your sword and (C)fall in (D)line, and
(Em)Cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'.

BRIDGE:
(D)Floss that tooth when it's (Em)rotted.
(D)Stretch that calf when it's (C)knotted.
(D)Slash that vein when it's (C)clotted, and
(Em)Cross that (B7)bridge when it's (Em)burnin'.

Agreed, it's only a typo, and doesn't materially change anything in the songsheet. I only mention it here & now in case anyone else should get similarly confused. HTH

Nickie
07-28-2015, 02:49 AM
Thank you....I don't have the technical moxie to make a You Tube video, so we're going to do this song in our jam session the Saturday as a tribute to her.....

kohanmike
07-28-2015, 05:25 AM
Agreed, it's only a typo, and doesn't materially change anything in the songsheet. I only mention it here & now in case anyone else should get similarly confused. HTH

Got it, and thanks for the correction. I'll fix it ASAP. Still have to lay down the bass track, been very distracted with building management responsibilities.

mds725
07-28-2015, 09:26 AM
I am a recording incompetent, and I don't know the song at all, but I'd like to help in some way.

kohanmike
07-28-2015, 12:45 PM
Uploaded v4, added a last line repeat.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/ (http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Cross That Bridge v4.pdf)

Hippie Dribble
07-28-2015, 12:49 PM
Thank you....I don't have the technical moxie to make a You Tube video, so we're going to do this song in our jam session the Saturday as a tribute to her.....

That's brilliant Nickie. :)

Has anyone layed any tracks down yet?

kohanmike
07-28-2015, 01:08 PM
I saw a new track in Dropbox. I'm literally right in the middle of working out and recording the bass part right now (4 PM Pacific Time). Rick, should I follow The Figs bass line starting on the first instrumental, or can I start at the beginning with soft single notes?

Hippie Dribble
07-28-2015, 01:38 PM
I saw a new track in Dropbox. I'm literally right in the middle of working out and recording the bass part right now (4 PM Pacific Time). Rick, should I follow The Figs bass line starting the on the first instrumental, or can I start at the beginning with soft single notes?

The arrangement would work better in my opinion if you bring the bass in after the first verse - yeah, at the instrumental - then back it off again at the breakdown (2nd last verse) then kick it in hard for the last verse. Just to give the song some colour and dynamic.

kohanmike
07-28-2015, 04:28 PM
OK, I finished the bass part and uploaded it to Dropbox. Did follow The Figs arrangement. My first collaboration like this, it was work with new calluses, but fun.

Hippie Dribble
07-28-2015, 04:35 PM
OK, I finished the bass part and uploaded it to Dropbox. Did follow The Figs arrangement. My first collaboration like this, it was work with new calluses, but fun.
Yeah! That sounded wicked Mike. Nice fat sound. Awesome!

kohanmike
07-28-2015, 04:44 PM
Wow, thanks H.D. Still in the infant stages of bass playing so that makes me feel really good.

greenie44
07-28-2015, 09:34 PM
For all interested, I have a mix with 3 parts included, and will add in the bass part and one more tomorrow AM. I'll put the intermediary in the Dropbox by the end of the day tomorrow. It sounds pretty darn great, even at this early stage.

Nickie
07-29-2015, 05:06 AM
[QUOTE=Hippie Dribble;1727310]That's brilliant Nickie. :)

Thank you, our trio worked on it last night!

Fleacia
07-29-2015, 05:27 PM
Just want to say good luck and thanks to those participating! I'm just seeing this now and they're a new band to me.

kohanmike
07-29-2015, 08:31 PM
After listening to the mix, I'm going to remake the bass part, it's out of time.

greenie44
08-01-2015, 07:58 AM
Thanks to the whole UU community for pitching in on this project. I am going to try and wrap up a final mix by this coming Wednesday, so let me know if you want to participate. I'll post the final result once I hear from folks that it is OK, and share that with Jillian's people.

Thanks again.

kohanmike
08-01-2015, 09:34 AM
Perfect. I'll have the new bass part done today and upload it to Dropbox.

kohanmike
08-01-2015, 02:20 PM
Bass is done and uploaded.

ukuleledaddy
08-01-2015, 04:45 PM
I've done one or two collaborations through the magic of the internet and I'm happy to try and contribute if I can remember what to do on my end technically.

Nickie
08-02-2015, 05:00 PM
I wish we could share it on line, we have enough issues just getting the darn amps, preamps, mixers working. But we did the song last night and nailed it. Our gang cheered and applauded! I think it's gonna be a keeper for us, and I'll think of Jillian every time we do it!

UkeFoote
08-04-2015, 07:18 PM
Hey all -
I'm sorry I wasn't able to help with the collaborative tribute, but Ani and I put together our own, covering a different song by Ms. Jillian. This is “Give Me An Archer”. Brian plays baritone ukulele and sings, Ani plays synthesizer.

Our performance of this song by Ms. Johnson is dedicated to both her memory and also to Mayci Breaux, and to the survivors who were beloved of these gifted and beautiful women.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BulB4gegVhA&feature=youtu.be

I'm looking forward to hearing your collaborative song. Jillian Johnson was a special lady and a special talent. It's so sad that it took a tragedy for us all to find that out.

kohanmike
08-27-2015, 09:49 AM
Haven't heard anything more about the final outcome of our collaboration.

greenie44
08-27-2015, 10:23 AM
I posted the link in another thread, and the link was also posted to Jillian's Facebook page, which is a gathering place for tributes.

Here is the video again, and thanks for your participation. BTW, the video has been viewed 169 times so far.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGI2VX-qNvA

kohanmike
08-27-2015, 01:36 PM
Great, thanks very much Rick, glad to have participated.

Hippie Dribble
08-27-2015, 01:48 PM
Bless you Rick. Beautiful gesture mate.

aspieman456
08-27-2015, 02:53 PM
Can ukulele playing heal? Can music offer comfort and solace in the face of tragedy? I'd like to think it can, and maybe we can do it together.

Those of us in the United States have probably heard of the shootings in Lafayette Louisiana earlier this week. The words 'senseless tragedy' don't even begin to scratch the surface of this event. Two young women were murdered - 22 year old Mayci Breaux and 33 year old Jiliian Johnson. Jillian was, in the words of my friend Tony (who was a friend of hers) and many others "a force of nature" - and a uke player in the band The Figs. Tony also said

The thing that tears at us is we look at the twenty-thirty somethings and until this tragedy didn't realize we were seeing a person who shared our idealistic ideals but was actually living them out. She was capable of what we weren't. Jillian was remarkable.

I asked Tony if there was anything that this community of uke people could do to help, and he suggested a collaboration on one of The Figs' songs.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bJFWFrvGwg&feature=youtu.be

If any of you out there would like to participate, please PM me. I figure we can get a basic track down and they circulate it so that others can add in their contributions, even if it's only singing on the chorus or chording along.

Let me know please, and thanks in advance. It's a small gesture, but it might help a bit.

Nice melody with clear words that I can hear.