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dirk.li
01-31-2010, 01:20 PM
One Year Ukulele Underground Membership Anniversary and Birthday Contest
(for those of you who love acronyms: OYUUMAABC)

Contest Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq-g3LuO5u0

Example Song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yIKWujR49s

1) The Prize
The tangible prize is a handmade solid mahogany Brüko concert ukulele with geared tuners and passive pickup (shipped to your doorstep, wherever you are!)

2) Why am I holding this contest?
IMHO Ukulele Underground is one of the best online communities on the web. And I'm really thankful that Deach who I had met on YouTube about a year ago, told me about it. I want to say “Thank you, UU, for being so awesome" and at the same time celebrate my one year UU membership and my 36th birthday with this contest.

3) Schedule
The contest will run from February 1st to April 1st 2010 (GMT) because I joined UU on April 1st 2009. I will announce the winner on April 2nd 2010 which is at the same time my 36th birthday.

4) The Rules
(a)
You must be a member of the Ukulele Underground forum. Write a song that includes the words “Ukulele" and “Underground” somewhere in the lyrics. Your song could tell a story about the Ukulele Underground forum or how you got arrested while playing the ukulele in the London Underground, or a Blues, anything!… Be creative, be funny... be you!!!

(b)
Tape a video of yourself playing and singing your song. You have to sing and play the ukulele at the same time. Apart from this you may add other instruments or video snippets or whatever else comes to your mind. Multitracking is allowed if you record the ukulele and your voice together (not as two separate tracks). Other instruments may be added as separate tracks. Please note however that the song itself will be judged and not your kick-ass technical gear. ;)

(c)
Upload your video on YouTube as a video response to my contest video and post a link to your video in this thread. Add "OYUUMAAB Contest" in the title of your video. You may also name the title of the contest at the start of your video, but you don't have to. ;)

(d)
One entry per person is allowed. You can also enter another entry which then overrides the previous one, etc. The last entry counts.

(e)
If you write a song in another language but English, please include an English translation in the description.

5) Judging Criteria

50% lyrics (Are the lyrics well written? Is the story well told? Is it logical? Is it special?)
30% music (Is it the usual 3-chord-strumming-thang or something special? Nice melody?)
20% performance (A happy attitude, shenanigans, special surroundings or clothes are a plus).

HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!!


ENTRIES:

Bratset: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8bPhLfueQM
krabbers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGN0isW_IuI
waterdog226: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9k_Qoa4b78
Mr_P: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cENJYvHTVXc
ogikloavailable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aucwJizKHd4
luke'nlele: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK1ZdLvrgrQ
BarbaryBill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKOD_ORqRuU
wee_ginga_yin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6AnFZddRKM
Harry R: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA
(on YouTube: Jackcox1996): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKnKrk65pE
unluckymum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuqGx3urF-Y
TheUkulazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv7J0p6jnRw
SparkyUkulele http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLwp3o4DOJI
JohnD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yUjfLEYy8E
NatalieLin6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbQpB77yY_s
glass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9bgQxBCQB4
Brendarn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlxrvyY-h7w
bornagainjeeper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW58Z252OXU
bonesigh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwzWEOaiamw
acousticballyhoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=AmGdaQPQl5E
boscotiny (2nd entry): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4JQZacCiiE
tank10111: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjvrDFtdSss


And the winner is....

Thank you very much for all the birthday wishes and especially for all your great entries which I have enjoyed very very much! (And I hope you have, too).

I'd like to apologize that I haven't had the time to make a "winner video" yet, but I'll do that as soon as possible. I have spent the afternoon and evening of April 1st to listen to all the great entries again and again and also consulted a friend of mine...

... and I have picked a winner!

The winner is Alex (BornAgainJeeper) with his song "G is for Guano" (check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW58Z252OXU)

With his song Alex meets (and excels) all criteria I had set for the contest.

1)
50% lyrics (Are the lyrics well written? Is the story well told? Is it logical? Is it special?)

The lyrics are cleverly crafted, contain the words "ukulele" and "underground" and even explain the meaning of the letters G, C, E and A (it now becomes clear to all of us, why the ukulele was especially MADE to be played underground)! Alex's video is the only one that tells a story in the lyrics AND the video, too! It even contains an analogy to the famous fairy tale "Hänsel & Gretel" (I hope your fat friend didn't get sick from eating these bread crumbs from the cave floor). It is very special to my mind due to the fact that the lyrics and the video support each other in telling the story. And I also like the fact that a jeep makes an appearance in the video which makes it authentic, too.

2)
30% music (Is it the usual 3-chord-strumming-thang or something special? Nice melody?)

The song starts with a blast intro, flashing an ukulele solo and gets straight into the groove. I started tapping with my feet right at the beginning of the song. The melody is nice, the chorus catchy. Altogether very well put together!

3)
20% performance (A happy attitude, shenanigans, special surroundings or clothes are a plus).

Happy attitude: Absolutely. You had me rolling on the floor several times when I watched it for the first time and it had the same effect on my friends when I showed it to them.

Shenaningans: I just say "bread crumbs".

Special surroundings: Oh yes! Look at this underground waterfall, the spider and the bat.

Special clothes: Yes! The cave-climbing gear is unusual and great!

4)
Special PLUS
It must have been a lot of work to produce this video. Filming at the location, putting together the sound and then matching the song and the video... Thank you, Alex, for producing such a great song & video!!

Please PM me your address, Alex. I'll ship my uke to you on Tuesday (Monday is a bank holiday here because of the Easter thing.)

ogikloavailable
01-31-2010, 01:59 PM
Yeah,i'm in :D

Professor Palmer
01-31-2010, 02:15 PM
Beautiful uke, everything I want. I'm in!

Edit: One question. Does the video of us playing and singing (in one track) have to be the same take as our audio? I often do many, many takes; so it's hard to make my videos without overdub.

Ukeattitude
02-01-2010, 08:25 AM
Nice idea, great initiative, as we say in France Chapeau ( Hat off)
I don't know if I will take part, I'm on this forum and play only for one year, I'm a newbie but I will perhaps try ;-)
Thanks for your contest.

dirk.li
02-01-2010, 10:08 AM
Thanks for the praise. :-) I think you should definitely go for it!!

NatalieLin6
02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
I have wanted to write a song about this lovely place and our jams for quite some time and since I recently discovered cracks in my uke, I guess this is just the thing to get my booty in gear!

dirk.li
02-01-2010, 01:24 PM
Dang, what kind of cracks? I'm very curious about your entry, Nat!

NatalieLin6
02-01-2010, 01:34 PM
Dang, what kind of cracks? I'm very curious about your entry, Nat!

They aren't bad enough to affect the sound so no worries :) I am going to get the ball rolling on this tonight.

dirk.li
02-01-2010, 09:17 PM
Beautiful uke, everything I want. I'm in!

Edit: One question. Does the video of us playing and singing (in one track) have to be the same take as our audio? I often do many, many takes; so it's hard to make my videos without overdub.

What I meant was that you should play and sing the song in a single take. As if you were presenting it live. :-) Hmm, I never thought about overdubbing of the audio, since I never do it. I wonder how you get video and audio in synch when you do this?

krabbers
02-01-2010, 09:50 PM
im on it Dirk

P-co
02-01-2010, 10:51 PM
Great concept. I haven't done any vid's yet but might make this my debut. Will also be my virgin songwriting although I always make up stuff for the kids.

P-co
02-01-2010, 10:55 PM
Damn, just watched the sample song and I think we already have a winner. That was great!

P-co
02-01-2010, 10:58 PM
Good news, this was you Dirk so I guess you will not be giving the prize to yourself. I will get all this worked out soon.

dirk.li
02-02-2010, 01:04 AM
im on it Dirk

Awesome, Mike!!

dirk.li
02-02-2010, 01:08 AM
Good news, this was you Dirk so I guess you will not be giving the prize to yourself. I will get all this worked out soon.

Hahaha, yes, it was me. I thought I should try it myself first before I ask others to do the job... ;) And I wanted to provide a sound sample, too.

haolejohn
02-02-2010, 07:57 AM
Dirk, Can the song have UU instead of Ukulele Underground in it?

dirk.li
02-02-2010, 08:12 AM
Dirk, Can the song have UU instead of Ukulele Underground in it?

Hi John, sorry, "UU" doesn't work. (Because UU could be anything "unidentifiable underwear", etc.) The song should contain the words "Ukulele" and "Underground" somewhere in the lyrics. No abbreviations. :-)

climberkid15
02-02-2010, 07:42 PM
sounds fun... ill see what i can write and maybe make an entry...and my uke just pulled a strap button so who know... i might feel inspired enough to win a new one... OFF TO WRITEING

boscotiny
02-03-2010, 12:24 AM
Thanks for putting on the contest. I'll put on my creative thinking cap and try to come up with a winner. Good luck everyone!

dirk.li
02-03-2010, 12:31 AM
I'll put on my creative thinking cap and try to come up with a winner. Good luck everyone!

Awesome! That's the spirit! :)

SamWise
02-03-2010, 03:28 AM
I'm totally down for this!

Bratset
02-03-2010, 10:06 AM
I'm so in!!
Making a Ode to Ukulele Underground :)

Bratset
02-03-2010, 10:35 AM
My Entry! :) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8bPhLfueQM)

rpeters
02-03-2010, 11:55 AM
I'm totally in on this competition! Love it. First month is for writing the lyrics, second the music!

Do you guys write the music or the lyrics first? I've done both ways before, not sure which way I like better.

boscotiny
02-03-2010, 12:35 PM
rpeters,
I write/play the music and sing "mock" words as I go. In the end, both words and music change to some degree. It's fun even if you mess up once or twenty times.

Professor Palmer
02-03-2010, 01:51 PM
What I meant was that you should play and sing the song in a single take. As if you were presenting it live. :-) Hmm, I never thought about overdubbing of the audio, since I never do it. I wonder how you get video and audio in synch when you do this?

I've done it one each of my videos. I record all my music multi-tracked. Then I listen to it while I play along, making a video. It's simple enough. However, for the sake of the competition I will do it all in one! :D

However, I have a question. If the song is not about UU, but uses the words ukulele and underground... do these words need to be KEY words? Or just simply words in the song? I have a song in mind, but it has nothing to do with ukuleles or underground. The words will simply be in the song.

dirk.li
02-03-2010, 04:52 PM
I've done it one each of my videos. I record all my music multi-tracked. Then I listen to it while I play along, making a video. It's simple enough. However, for the sake of the competition I will do it all in one! :D

However, I have a question. If the song is not about UU, but uses the words ukulele and underground... do these words need to be KEY words? Or just simply words in the song? I have a song in mind, but it has nothing to do with ukuleles or underground. The words will simply be in the song.

Yes, that's what I mean! I think the contest would be boring if every song was about Ukulele Underground. The words don't have to be keywords, they just have to be somewhere in the song lyrics! Cool, I'm curious about your entry!

krabbers
02-04-2010, 11:29 PM
mines up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGN0isW_IuI

dirk.li
02-05-2010, 12:59 AM
mines up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGN0isW_IuI

Thank you very much for this excellent entry, Mike. You're setting the bar very high!
On first reflex I wanted to go into my basement and cover your song. But I have to remain impartial until the end of the contest... (But right after that I'll do it!!)

smithers2387
02-06-2010, 05:19 PM
im all in for matt lyndahl on this one. that guy is the most clever mofo since john lennon

Mr_P
02-07-2010, 05:21 PM
Here's my offering!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cENJYvHTVXc

luke'nlele
02-08-2010, 05:34 AM
Thanks for the contest, dirk! We have the song finished.
Still working on the video. #%@&! :p
Great competition, sweet prize!
Not expecting that we will win, but good to be in such company!

ogikloavailable
02-08-2010, 05:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aucwJizKHd4

:D

dirk.li
02-08-2010, 06:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aucwJizKHd4

:D

Ogi, that's brilliant! I really like the happy vibes of your performance. ;)

ogikloavailable
02-09-2010, 02:22 PM
Ogi, that's brilliant! I really like the happy vibes of your performance. ;)

Thanks sir :D and thanks for subs me too :)

ogikloavailable
02-09-2010, 02:25 PM
Ogi, that's brilliant! I really like the happy vibes of your performance. ;)

Thanks sir :D and thanks for subs me too :)

luke'nlele
02-10-2010, 06:20 PM
Finally, we got our vid together. Thank goodness this is not a video-making skills contest! Happy Anniversary/Birthday, dirk! Thanks for the contest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK1ZdLvrgrQ

We only posted the lyrics on YT, but thought we'd also post the melody tab and some chords/strum pattern for the chorus here:

Hey, Ukulele (ukulele original)

Verses (melody tab)

-3-----5-----7----8-----7------5------3------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
Is your life much too hur- ried
U- ku- le- le Un- der- ground
From Ha- wai- i ‘round the globe


-2------3------5-------7------5----
--------------------------------------
--------------------------------------
--------------------------------------
Has stress got you down
Twen- ty thou- sand strong
Won’t you jam with me


-2—3—2---3----5-----3----2---
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
To fret is not to wor- ry
If we all jam to- geth- er
U- ku- le- le love to spread


-3-------5—--7—---5-----3-----
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
With the Un- der-ground
Tha’d be quite a song
For the world to see


Chorus (melody tab and chords, strum pattern vv^^vvv )


---3----- 5----7-----5------3---------------0---2—----3------5
----------------------------------------3--------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
[C]Hey u- ku- [G]le-[C]le, [G]come on out [C]and[D] play



----2------3---5-----3------2-----------------0-------2-------3
----------------------------------------1---3--------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
[G7]Say u- ku-[C]le-[G7]le, [F]the a- lo-[G7] ha-[C] way

dirk.li
02-11-2010, 01:20 PM
Finally, we got our vid together. Thank goodness this is not a video-making skills contest! Happy Anniversary/Birthday, dirk! Thanks for the contest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK1ZdLvrgrQ

We only posted the lyrics on YT, but thought we'd also post the melody tab and some chords/strum pattern for the chorus here:

Hey, Ukulele (ukulele original)

Verses (melody tab)

-3-----5-----7----8-----7------5------3------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------
Is your life much too hur- ried
U- ku- le- le Un- der- ground
From Ha- wai- i ‘round the globe


-2------3------5-------7------5----
--------------------------------------
--------------------------------------
--------------------------------------
Has stress got you down
Twen- ty thou- sand strong
Won’t you jam with me


-2—3—2---3----5-----3----2---
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
To fret is not to wor- ry
If we all jam to- geth- er
U- ku- le- le love to spread


-3-------5—--7—---5-----3-----
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------
With the Un- der-ground
Tha’d be quite a song
For the world to see


Chorus (melody tab and chords, strum pattern vv^^vvv )

C G C G C D
-3-----5---7----5----3------------0---2—3---5
-----------------------------3--------------------
---------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
Hey u- ku- le- le, come on out and play


G7 C G7 F G7 C
2------3---5---3---2----------------0----2----3
----------------------------1-----3---------------
---------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------
Say u- ku- le- le, the a- lo- ha- way

Awesome!! Can you post it as a video response to my contest video, too, please?

luke'nlele
02-11-2010, 02:24 PM
Awesome!! Can you post it as a video response to my contest video, too, please?
Thanks, Dirk! We just finished posting it as video response on your channel:)

BarbaryBill
02-13-2010, 03:45 AM
Here's my contribution Dirk.

kept me happy for a whole morning! No wonder I'm constantly in trouble!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKOD_ORqRuU

Harry R
02-15-2010, 12:08 AM
I'm so in, that's an amazing prize, Dirk!
I've written my song, just need some peace and quiet in my house so i can record it XD

wee_ginga_yin
02-15-2010, 09:26 AM
My entry for the Dirk anniversary contest.
A little Bo Diddley number.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6AnFZddRKM

(D)Two girls I would like to date
Ukulelezo and Adellethegreat
(G)They have got a fantastic sound
(D)On the Ukulele Underground

(A)Ukulele (G)Ukulele (D)Underground

(D)Dogey9 is my main man
He can make music from and old tin can
(G)Yet he can be so profound
(D)on the Ukulele Underground

(A)Ukulele (G)Ukulele (D)Underground

(D)Just listen to Tone it's better than school
For the facts in his sidebar are so cool
(G)For folk history he's renowned
(D)on the Ukulele Underground

(A)Ukulele (G)Ukulele (D)Underground

(D)Krabbers Krabbers he don't eat meat
But he sure can keep a steady beat
(G)He sent the world spinning around
(D)with his message to the underground.

(A)Ukulele (G)Ukulele (D)Underground

Harry R
02-16-2010, 05:39 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA

Here's my contribution, Dirk, although I don't feel so confident now that I've seen some of the amazing songs I'm competing with!

dirk.li
02-16-2010, 10:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA

Here's my contribution, Dirk, although I don't feel so confident now that I've seen some of the amazing songs I'm competing with!

Excellent entry, Harry! Thank you so much for participating. Your song is great, especially the second voice is cool!

Swampy Steve
02-19-2010, 06:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA

Here's my contribution, Dirk, although I don't feel so confident now that I've seen some of the amazing songs I'm competing with!

Very cool!! I really like this

ogikloavailable
02-20-2010, 04:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA

Here's my contribution, Dirk, although I don't feel so confident now that I've seen some of the amazing songs I'm competing with!

Wohooo,this is cool,awesome :D

beeploop
02-21-2010, 04:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46WGH7LBlA

Here's my contribution, Dirk, although I don't feel so confident now that I've seen some of the amazing songs I'm competing with!awesome!......

Music
02-24-2010, 11:56 AM
Ill beee in itttt :D

Music
02-24-2010, 12:00 PM
I want it i want it i want it i wanttt ittt !!!!!!!!!!! ahh im going to making a video for this :D cant wait

Music
02-26-2010, 10:01 AM
IM innn :D do we only have to add a response on youtube and thats it too enter ?:D :iwant:

NatalieLin6
02-26-2010, 11:45 AM
I have had mine done for about a week now, but I started this whole hair coloring journey and have went from purple hair to blue hair and now blond and sea foam green hair. I would like to get it back to purple before making my video because it looks SILLY! Although, St. Patty's Day is coming up, HAHAHA!

boscotiny
02-26-2010, 01:51 PM
I agree, Natalie. I would never think of recording without purple hair!

unluckymum
03-01-2010, 09:17 AM
Ok- here is mine, its a true story about the slightly snotty attitude that ukulele players can encounter at open mic nights !!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuqGx3urF-Y

dirk.li
03-01-2010, 09:20 AM
Awesome new entries! Thank you very much! Sorry, I haven't been on UU for a while... I'll watch them now! :-)

Please post your videos as video responses to my contest video, too!

dirk.li
03-01-2010, 09:34 AM
I have had mine done for about a week now, but I started this whole hair coloring journey and have went from purple hair to blue hair and now blond and sea foam green hair. I would like to get it back to purple before making my video because it looks SILLY! Although, St. Patty's Day is coming up, HAHAHA!

This is too funny, Nat! :-) You should include photos of your different hair colors in the vid! :-)

Ron
03-01-2010, 08:49 PM
Nice song!

TheUkulazy
03-02-2010, 04:22 PM
I'm in.... here is my entry enjoy everyone....absolutely ridiculous song, very fun to write and play...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv7J0p6jnRw

Ron
03-02-2010, 04:42 PM
Hulaairious

TheUkulazy
03-02-2010, 04:55 PM
I posted my video as a response but it doesn't appear to be showing up...let me know if theres something i can do to fix that because i can no longer choose it as a video to post as a response

SparkyUkulele
03-04-2010, 09:03 AM
Wasn't planning on entering but I just thought of this song and figured I might as well give it a go! Also unexpetedly, ice cream popped up in this song too xD


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLwp3o4DOJI

Sparky

Ron
03-04-2010, 09:09 AM
That's a great song! Nicely done, Sparky.

dirk.li
03-05-2010, 10:05 PM
I posted my video as a response but it doesn't appear to be showing up...let me know if theres something i can do to fix that because i can no longer choose it as a video to post as a response

It's there now as a video response! Thank you very much for entering my contest!
It happened to me sometimes that my video responses got lost... but this one miraculously appeared out of thin air, even without me having to confirm it. YouTube works in misterious ways sometimes... :)

TheUkulazy
03-06-2010, 12:03 PM
haha good, and thank you for hosting

JohnD
03-22-2010, 05:23 PM
Dirk,

Thank you for holding the contest. Here's my first ever uke song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yUjfLEYy8E

I'm not sure if I've done this right, so please let me know.

John

NatalieLin6
03-23-2010, 04:34 AM
Here is my entry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbQpB77yY_s

Thanks for the contest Dirk, and kicking my butt in gear to write!

glass
03-26-2010, 08:42 AM
hope you enjoy this video. I thought it was pretty good for only a couple months playing....hey the only way to get better is keep at it.....
Also sorry for a couple slipups in vid but had to keep it somewhat quite as my young one was sleeping right next door.....
Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9bgQxBCQB4

Hope you have a good birthday!

Brendarn
03-27-2010, 01:49 PM
really enjoyed doing this, although frustrating at times!
Hope you like
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlxrvyY-h7w

Happy Birthday!

bornagainjeeper
03-27-2010, 05:23 PM
It took a while but i finally got it done!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIRK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW58Z252OXU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW58Z252OXU

please comment and rate on the youtube page i check it more often!

bonesigh
03-30-2010, 07:16 PM
Here's my entry, finally got it done. Only the 3rd song I've ever written. I've only been playing for 9mos. now and having a great time. Never intend to stop. If it weren't for Ukulele Underground I don't know how I would have ever gotten so far so fast. Thanks for having this contest Dirk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwzWEOaiamw

acousticballyhoo
03-31-2010, 12:09 PM
Yeah, This my entry from Thailand.

"Big guy, Small gear"


http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=AmGdaQPQl5E

Lets joy and cheer. ^_^

boscotiny
03-31-2010, 06:06 PM
I couldn't find a way to post a video response to your contest video. I'll try again after I post this. Here's my entry:
http://www.youtube.com/user/boscotiny#p/a/u/0/N4JQZacCiiE

Thanks again for having the contest. If there's any way I can delete everyone else's entry so I can win, let me know.

tank10111
04-01-2010, 01:31 AM
hope i'm not too l8!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjvrDFtdSss

tank10111
04-01-2010, 01:33 AM
oh, and happy, happy birthday.

dirk.li
04-01-2010, 04:48 AM
hope i'm not too l8!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjvrDFtdSss

Nah, you're not too late!! Thanks a lot for your entry. Will watch it now!

TheUkulazy
04-02-2010, 11:25 AM
Happy birthday dirk

acousticballyhoo
04-02-2010, 11:48 AM
Happy birthday toooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

dirk.li
04-03-2010, 08:22 AM
And the winner is....

Thank you very much for all the birthday wishes and especially for all your great entries which I have enjoyed very very much! (And I hope you have, too).

I'd like to apologize that I haven't had the time to make a "winner video" yet, but I'll do that as soon as possible. I have spent the afternoon and evening of April 1st to listen to all the great entries again and again and also consulted a friend of mine...

... and I have picked a winner!

The winner is Alex (BornAgainJeeper) with his song "G is for Guano" (check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW58Z252OXU)

With his song Alex meets (and excels) all criteria I had set for the contest.

1)
50% lyrics (Are the lyrics well written? Is the story well told? Is it logical? Is it special?)

The lyrics are cleverly crafted, contain the words "ukulele" and "underground" and even explain the meaning of the letters G, C, E and A (it now becomes clear to all of us, why the ukulele was especially MADE to be played underground)! Alex's video is the only one that tells a story in the lyrics AND the video, too! It even contains an analogy to the famous fairy tale "Hänsel & Gretel" (I hope your fat friend didn't get sick from eating these bread crumbs from the cave floor). It is very special to my mind due to the fact that the lyrics and the video support each other in telling the story. And I also like the fact that a jeep makes an appearance in the video which makes it authentic, too.

2)
30% music (Is it the usual 3-chord-strumming-thang or something special? Nice melody?)

The song starts with a blast intro, flashing an ukulele solo and gets straight into the groove. I started tapping with my feet right at the beginning of the song. The melody is nice, the chorus catchy. Altogether very well put together!

3)
20% performance (A happy attitude, shenanigans, special surroundings or clothes are a plus).

Happy attitude: Absolutely. You had me rolling on the floor several times when I watched it for the first time and it had the same effect on my friends when I showed it to them.

Shenaningans: I just say "bread crumbs".

Special surroundings: Oh yes! Look at this underground waterfall, the spider and the bat.

Special clothes: Yes! The cave-climbing gear is unusual and great!

4)
Special PLUS
It must have been a lot of work to produce this video. Filming at the location, putting together the sound and then matching the song and the video... Thank you, Alex, for producing such a great song & video!!

Please PM me your address, Alex. I'll ship my uke to you on Tuesday (Monday is a bank holiday here because of the Easter thing.)

acousticballyhoo
04-03-2010, 08:45 AM
Congratulation Alex ('',)
I'm very like your entry!!

Enjoy new uke ^_^

bonesigh
04-03-2010, 10:43 AM
Yeah, it's a very nice video Alex. Entertaining. Soon as I saw it I knew who the winner was going to be. Congrats and Happy Easter!

bornagainjeeper
04-03-2010, 10:59 AM
Thanks so much dirk quite the honor, so many great songs in the mix....Dirk, i hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Keep your eyes peeled folks, i will soon be holding a contest open to all skill levels and giving away a Ovation applause electric soprano

boscotiny
04-03-2010, 05:31 PM
good job Alex. Nice video and nice playing too.

krabbers
04-04-2010, 07:01 AM
congrats on the win alex , a video about playing a ukulele underground.......whoda thunkit ???
at least you actualy went underground i was green screened in my living room with lyrics taped to the lightshade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGN0isW_IuI

when it looks like i am singing into the distance i am actualy reading the words about 2 feet away

great contest dirk

unluckymum
04-04-2010, 08:11 AM
Congratulations Alex- and thanks Dirk for a great contest !! Happy Easter :)

SparkyUkulele
04-04-2010, 01:44 PM
Congratulations Alex! :D You did a FANTASTIC job! :D Well earned ^_^

Sparky

bornagainjeeper
04-04-2010, 02:34 PM
congrats on the win alex , a video about playing a ukulele underground.......whoda thunkit ???
at least you actualy went underground i was green screened in my living room with lyrics taped to the lightshade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGN0isW_IuI

when it looks like i am singing into the distance i am actualy reading the words about 2 feet away

great contest dirk

i do feel somewhat guilty about having a similar theme as you, but i justified it as i had already written half the words before i saw your video.... I absolutely loved yours btw...krabbers green screen videos always kill me, i love the space one

krabbers
04-14-2010, 02:59 AM
i do feel somewhat guilty about having a similar theme as you, but i justified it as i had already written half the words before i saw your video.... I absolutely loved yours btw...krabbers green screen videos always kill me, i love the space one

no need to feel guilty it was an awesome song with a funny video and very well deserved. well done you