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thejumpingflea
11-10-2009, 09:25 AM
Let's say an evil wizard has cursed your ukulele.

It now can only play one song! (Oh no!) The good news is, you get to pick what that ONE song is....

So, what song do you pick and why?

I know that the joy of the instrument is trying all these different songs and learning as much as you can, but if you HAD to pick a favorite to play, what would it be?

ukantor
11-10-2009, 09:43 AM
That's a tough one. I like soppy, mournful love songs best of all, and my current fave is "I'm Through With Love", but if I could only play ONE I'd go for a happy love song - "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me". It is cheerful, the lyrics are well written, the tune is uncomplicated, but not obvious, with a good bridge, and the chords complement the melody well.

I'm SO glad this is a hypothetical question.

Ukantor.

RyRod
11-10-2009, 09:51 AM
it's tough, but i'd have to say europa(once i finish learning it). santana is the man, and I could listen to that song all day.

psesinkclee
11-10-2009, 09:51 AM
James Hill's version of One Note Samba. Definitely my favorite song to play, and its a crowd-pleaser ;)

thomas
11-10-2009, 09:52 AM
My one song would be "The Thrill Is Gone", because it would be...

ritzer012
11-10-2009, 09:54 AM
does this curse also give you the instant ability to play that one song? in that case it would have to be something super impressive....i'd pick bandito tyler i think

Ukulele Jim
11-10-2009, 09:59 AM
It would be a 300-song medley.

ritzer012
11-10-2009, 09:59 AM
It would be a 300-song medley.

ha awesome answer!

ukecantdothat
11-10-2009, 10:03 AM
it's tough, but i'd have to say europa(once i finish learning it). santana is the man, and I could listen to that song all day.
What a great question! I would have to say, since it's an evil wizard responsible, "Evil Ways." That way, if RyRod and I ever got together, at least there would be two great Carlos songs going.

menehunenyc
11-10-2009, 10:19 AM
Blackbird...play it for the rest of my life.

bazmaz
11-10-2009, 10:31 AM
Has to be....

I'll See You In My Dreams

If it was good enough to be one of George Harrisons faves (and played at the end of his memorial concert by his closest friend) it's good enough for me.

Lovely tune too.

Tutchi
11-10-2009, 11:30 AM
For me it has to be "Whispering" I have about fifteen versions of it on my hard-drive and I never get bored listening to it.

Tutchi
:cool:

Big_e
11-10-2009, 12:53 PM
"While my guitar gently weeps". I can't play it now but that would be the one I'd pick.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-10-2009, 01:08 PM
At this season, "Christmas Eve in My Home Town".

All time, Wow that's a difficult choice.

I'll choose, ...

"Moonlight Becomes You".

Final answer? Not yet.

Will the Evil Wizard ever have a change of heart?

I really like the idea of a medely.

mangorockfish
11-10-2009, 01:18 PM
Besse Mi Mucho by Carlos uh can't think of his last name.:D I think that's how you spell the title.

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 01:26 PM
"While my guitar gently weeps". I can't play it now but that would be the one I'd pick.

:agree::agree:

Brewerpaul
11-10-2009, 01:55 PM
It's not one song specifically, but when I pick up a uke, I most often end up noodling around with a standard blues progression, then adding variations. Does that count?

uke552
11-10-2009, 02:08 PM
Has to be....

I'll See You In My Dreams

If it was good enough to be one of George Harrisons faves (and played at the end of his memorial concert by his closest friend) it's good enough for me.

Lovely tune too.


I agree. I am learning that one now. Has been a favorite for a while.

ukecantdothat
11-10-2009, 02:09 PM
Has to be....

I'll See You In My Dreams

If it was good enough to be one of George Harrisons faves (and played at the end of his memorial concert by his closest friend) it's good enough for me.

Lovely tune too.
That rendition made me gently weep. Good call.

RonS
11-10-2009, 02:10 PM
Easy

I've been playing "Something" since 1969.

If all goes well I'll be playing it for another 40 years.

wickedwahine11
11-10-2009, 02:13 PM
it's tough, but i'd have to say europa(once i finish learning it). santana is the man, and I could listen to that song all day.

Ooh, if I could play one that I can't currently play, it would for sure be "Europa." I love the KTown version, but I could listen to the Herb Ohta, Jr. version forever!

For one I currently play, probably "Lullaby of Birdland."

Schnitzelbank
11-10-2009, 04:34 PM
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey.
I would go to the wizard's house and play it as long as I could, every day (just like the video for the ukulele version of Wuthering Heights) until he went batty and lifted the curse.

If that was unlikely to work, The Scarlet Tide by Elvis Costello.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFZx-lsbxqI

schubs
11-10-2009, 04:37 PM
Well this is an obvious question. Elephant Town! Duh!

experimentjon
11-10-2009, 04:59 PM
Perfect Together by Danyo Cummings.

It was the first song I ever played, so it'd be alright if it were the only song I can play. I love that song.

deach
11-10-2009, 05:00 PM
I'm Yours .

thejumpingflea
11-10-2009, 05:38 PM
I'm Yours .

Oh, I think I heard that on the radio once. Someone should totally cover it on a uke.

DeG
11-10-2009, 05:48 PM
Waddaya mean "if" ? :D

UkeMan09
11-10-2009, 06:07 PM
I was hoping you would say "No Stairway!"

I would probably play "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train. It's really catchy!

-UM :shaka:

clayton56
11-10-2009, 10:13 PM
Goldfinger


but on banjo my piece de' resistance is Macarthur Park - in chord melody style, no vocal.

buddhuu
11-10-2009, 10:54 PM
Ooh, hard one. :eek:

I'm a terrible singer, but it'd have to be something I could sing to.

Maybe "Ain't Misbehavin'"

According to the parameters set by tJF, there's no reason why my other instruments shouldn't still be able to cope with other tunes, so I'd just swap to mando or fiddle if I wanted to play something other than "Misbehavin'". :D

seeso
11-11-2009, 12:45 AM
Wish You Were Here.

beeejums
11-11-2009, 12:47 AM
Angry Anthem #347 (the acoustic version). By a band called The Forces of Evil, if you haven't heard of it... Reel Big Fish's evil twin.

But don't Google it.

hoosierhiver
11-11-2009, 03:21 AM
I think I'd have to pick some classical piece or some complicated bluegrass number so I could be constantly working on getting the picking down better.

molokinirum
11-11-2009, 03:59 AM
Easy...White Sandy Beach...or maybe Wish You Were Here...or maybe Gently Weeps...or maybe all of the above in one medley!!:D

buddhuu
11-11-2009, 04:11 AM
Ooh, you guys with the medleys. I call shenanigans! :p

RonS
11-11-2009, 04:20 AM
"Ain't Misbehavin'"

I'm going to have to learn that one!

Ukulele JJ
11-11-2009, 04:53 AM
Beethoven's 9th symphony would keep me busy for the rest of my natural life, and it's among the greatest musical achievements in history.

Hey, it's really just one long song, in sections, right?

JJ

ralphk
11-11-2009, 07:55 AM
Well, for someone like myself with limited skills, and with a current interest more into C-W music than the uke standards, and now that I am 79 years old, my thoughts range from "I don't look good naked anymore", "Remember Song" and "father time and gravity", but it is the Christmas season, so my current favorite is "Christmas Cookies". This is a fun number.

Ralph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Y0GinK7NY&feature=PlayList&p=06FEF5ED30734DB0&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=29

GrumpyCoyote
11-11-2009, 08:02 AM
12 bar blues in A.

Take that, evil wizard.