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lisaxy424
09-12-2010, 10:59 AM
So, my school district is holding a fundraiser/faculty talent show, and me being that annoying go-getter you hate at work, took the role of coordinating my school's act (which just so happens to be a 40-teacher marching band playing "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga...)

But NOW I've also agreed to provide pre-show music...on my uke...for all the students and families...yup.

I need major help with this! Please share all your suggestions of music that won't be "lame" to my students, but still 100% family friendly! The reason we're getting away with playing Lady Gaga is because our arrangement is only instrumental...but for this part, I'll be singing and playing for 30 minutes, and may have a violin player with me (I know, this just gets better and better...)

The only "appropriate" songs in my stash are turning out to be The Beatles and stuff like "I Can See Clearly Now" and "Build Me Up Buttercup"...and you can bet your @$$ I'll be playing all the p-uke songs like "I'm Yours" too - I am not above them in this scenario!

PLEASE HELP! :)

fitncrafty
09-12-2010, 11:04 AM
How about do a search in you tube... My 10 yr old daughter could listen to soul sister on uke all day(not me playing you tube). How about girls just want to have fun by Cindy Lauper,
Check out a lot of Julia Nunes covers alot of her covers are good and family friendly.
Good luck. I am sure it will be great!
Lot of work though huh?

Ukulele JJ
09-12-2010, 11:04 AM
Sounds like fun!

How about Bob Marley? You know, the less, um... "smokey" of his songs. :-)

Neil Diamond works surprisingly well too.

JJ

CoLmes
09-12-2010, 11:04 AM
Do your rendition of Billionaire. You'll students will like that/think its hilarious. A teacher rapping is win.

Have you heard cooler than me by mike posner? It's another new easy song. Eb D Gm over and over

orrrrr Bruno Mars The Way You Are- that's F Dm Bb F (i believe) I'm sure you could learn it in time.

Just trying to think of new ones for you.

rjamesak
09-12-2010, 11:33 AM
Bruno Mars The Way You Are- that's F Dm Bb F (i believe) I'm sure you could learn it in time.


Fun song. Sounds like those are the right chords.

armytrucker77
09-12-2010, 12:16 PM
well you can try this site http://www.chordie.com/ ....you can search by song or artist and then when you find the one you want click on it and on the right hand side of page you can change it to ukulele and have the chords for it. hope that helps some.

salukulady
09-12-2010, 01:11 PM
Any song the audience can sing along to. Remember when Natalie did Build Me Up Buttercup at UWC? EVERYBODY sang along! Another Saturday Night, Brown Eyed Girl, (but don't do those two back to back, they're the same chord progression) Margaritaville, Sea Cruise. Any song the audience knows the chorus to is a hit, especially at a school function. Parents wanna join in. And don't forget Tiny Bubbles and Hukilau....They can all sing the echo on Tiny Bubbles and get someone to teach the Hukilau dance to a few Dad's. Put hula skirts and coconut bras on them and make them dance for the kids. Vamp the song slowly over and over (talk the vocals while they are being shown the moves) while they are learning it and then close it with the Dad's dancing and hamming it up while you sing at a faster pace.

Dorky is good and parents love that crap. Gosh Lisa, I wish I was there to help you, it would be fun and we could go out drinking afterwards.

Let us know how it goes....good luck.

seeso
09-12-2010, 02:22 PM
That's fantastic! :D

I think "Build Me Up, Buttercup" is a great choice.

Ideas:

Single Ladies - Beyoncé
Halo - Beyoncé
Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland
Bulletproof - La Roux
King of Anything - Sara Bareilles
These Words - Natasha Bedingfield
So What - Pink
No One - Alicia Keys

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

roxhum
09-12-2010, 02:38 PM
Hey where do you live. I could always join you on my accordion.

UkéDan
09-12-2010, 02:45 PM
Sweet Caroline??? I wooda never thought of that one but what a great idea.
Maybe this sounds weird but I usually do Iz's Somewhere Over the Rainbow when I'm cornered with a uke, and it works every time, especially with kids.
Then again, I often ad lib songs on a C F G7(or Dm) progression with crazy lyrics, like "No peeing in Bed" or "Fireman are our friends" type words, and the kids always freak out laughing.
But then again I'm crazy....

lisaxy424
09-12-2010, 03:44 PM
These are great - keep 'em coming! Thanks for your help you guys :)

rasputinsghost
09-12-2010, 05:51 PM
Mr Blue Sky and Dream a Little Dream of Me!!!

Rzr
09-12-2010, 06:12 PM
These are great - keep 'em coming! Thanks for your help you guys :)

You could do Footloose or Walking on Sunshine or All Night Long or Boogie Wonderland.

TCK
09-12-2010, 06:25 PM
Zoe's version of the Smith's "There is a Light" is a show stopper...and a great introduction to some cool old music for the kids.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGNN2L-Wh5I
Now- as a fellow teacher and student government moderator, I have to tell you, the word "NO" is your friend :)

ADD
09-12-2010, 06:45 PM
"Puff the Magic Dragon" always gets the audience singing and nostalgic.

mm stan
09-12-2010, 07:54 PM
AlohaLisaxy424,
I'd say play some easy songs first to warm up...then I'd try some timeless classics ...maybe some local stuff that every age group knows...
In Hawaii, there's brother IZ, pearly shells etc. or which works well too is beatles....like you said. Have fun and let us know how it goes....MM Stan..

redheadedali
09-13-2010, 04:40 PM
I'd check out the songs that have been featured on Glee. Lots of those are big crowd-pleasers, and if the kids recognize them from the show, they'll seem "current" even if they are actually a couple of decades old :).

Hippie Dribble
09-13-2010, 11:30 PM
hi lisaxy,

I'm with Stan; I'd be going for some ol'time folk songs where you can get a bit of audience interaction happenning and some by-play with the crowd. Stuff like "Skip To My Lou", "Quartermaster's Store","Jennie Jenkins" et.al. where the audience can call out stuff and help make up the verses. Some novelty songs and singalong songs; TV themes?; gotta throw in a Dylan or Pete Seeger song (personal bias!); a chart hit or two from times present or past (yeah,you probably have to do "Soul Sister" and/or "I'm Yours"); maybe a couple of tin pan alley type songs ("Blue Moon"?)and nostalgic ones like ADD said...just keep it surprising, talk to the crowd and show them you're having fun too- that's always really contagious...oh, and THE song you just CANNOT LEAVE OUT:

I have a sad story to tell you
It might hurt your feelings a bit
Last night when I walked in my bathroom
I slipped on a big pile of sh..........aving cream!
Be nice and clean! Shave everyday and you'll always be clean! etc etc

("Shaving Cream" traditional song - Lil' Rev does a cover of it on his most recent record)

Lots of fun and guaranteed to keep the vibe nice and lighthearted!

Hope it goes well for you! eugene

mailman
09-14-2010, 01:54 AM
How about "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"? Is there music related to the Twighlight movie saga (I'm lame. I really don't know if there is)? If so, it'd be big with the kids....

kennypinoy
09-14-2010, 03:12 AM
I'd check out the songs that have been featured on Glee. Lots of those are big crowd-pleasers, and if the kids recognize them from the show, they'll seem "current" even if they are actually a couple of decades old :).

I agree, I think Glee would be a big hit for pretty much all ages, and most of the songs featured on Glee are fairly well known and easy to sing along to. If you want to be a bit more daring you could try doing something more recent: Dynamite - Taio Cruz ?

sukie
09-14-2010, 09:02 AM
I say "Meet Me at Menards" I absolutely love that song.

Mandarb
09-14-2010, 09:09 AM
I do not have anything to recommend - there have already been some good suggestions. Just wanted to wish you good luck and have fun.

lisaxy424
10-14-2010, 04:46 PM
SUCCESS! :)

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions, we actually had TOO MUCH music - which is a fantastic problem to have! The best part about this whole thing is that I now have a playing partner who wants to gig with me! :) In fact - we have a duo name already, "Strum-cious" (how cute, right?)...check out our new youtube channel of some of the very first songs we played together for the pre-show: http://www.youtube.com/user/Strumcious

And, just for funzies, this is the other "performance" I did that night...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_uS_SM5aEA

Thanks again guys!

fitncrafty
10-14-2010, 05:00 PM
That was great! I loved the second video as well! So glad that it was a success!! I am nervous to play in front of my teacher yet alone an audience!! Kudos!

salukulady
10-14-2010, 05:03 PM
LISA! You are fantastic! What a great duo and the teacher number is to die for. Congratulations!

ADD
10-14-2010, 07:58 PM
That was great fun. Thanks for letting us know how it went for you.

rock_and_roll_camera
10-17-2010, 12:10 AM
Well I looked through your youtube page and I can't see why you're worried!? I've not had a chance to look at everything but you've got a lot of really good stuff up there! Your uke playing is great and your singing is brilliant too!... So far my favourites are Littlest Things (Lily Allen), Never Forget You (Noisettes) and New York (Pamola Faith)...

So nice to see somebody covering so much British stuff other than the Beatles etc! You've got alot of talent, just play anything and I'm sure your audience will be amazed!

rock_and_roll_camera
10-17-2010, 12:11 AM
Well I looked through your youtube page and I can't see why you're worried!? I've not had a chance to look at everything but you've got a lot of really good stuff up there! Your uke playing is great and your singing is brilliant too!... So far my favourites are Littlest Things (Lily Allen), Never Forget You (Noisettes) and New York (Pamola Faith)...

So nice to see somebody covering so much British stuff other than the Beatles etc! You've got alot of talent, just play anything and I'm sure your audience will be amazed!

Sorry!... Didn't realise I was too late!...

joeybug
10-17-2010, 01:18 AM
You ROCK!!! Love the videos and love the name, though I don't quite "get it" which is probably a sign of how little I know about Ukuleles and Violins...I've subscribed, looking forward to seeing more from you!

Hippie Dribble
10-17-2010, 02:04 AM
hi lisaxy

ALL brilliant as far as I'm concerned...great vids...and I love the name!!!! Jealous I didn't think of it first!!! :o...

hmmm...we'll need a name as our little uke group begins our conquest of Tassie's nursing home set next month :biglaugh: