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Hippie Dribble
10-11-2011, 04:47 PM
1915. Clarence Williams and Armand Piron. Traditional jazz tune.

I'd never heard of this song til I heard the good dr bekken's AWESOME youtube version. This is my bash at it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMPQUep1rzE

A real fun tune and a good excuse to be a hambone! :o Thanks for watching everyone. :)

wee_ginga_yin
10-12-2011, 05:53 AM
It has perplexed me as to what exactly is a "shimmy". From the song version that I sung I
imagined that it was something you did with the posterior regions of the body,
but I could be wrong. A shimmy is a dance move in which the body is held still, except
for the shoulders, which are alternated back and forth. When the right shoulder goes back,
the left one comes forward. Thus the move is calculated to draw attention to the upper
part of the body, full front and centre. To be more precise the bosoms

Could that dance they did to Mud's "tiger feet" where you hitch your thumbs in you braces
and throw your left and right shoulders forward be classified as a shimmy?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Ambient Doughnut
10-12-2011, 06:26 AM
Love it! That's one of my favourite tunes too but I usually just rip straight through it. Sounds much more trad this way. Liking the new performance chair too. :)

Gary Gill
10-12-2011, 06:51 AM
Nice playing. I enjoy your videos. Keep up the good work.

coriandre
10-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Woohoo !! That was great to watch ! Great performance that I really enjoyed. Could you give me the chords used ? I would love to play this....should sound pretty good on a banjo as well.

TCK
10-12-2011, 04:44 PM
Best Shimmy ever- 3:22.
Just sayin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjY_uSSncQw
SO as to not be a complete thread-jacker...Jon, this is GREAT. I now have bleeding knuckles- could not resist getting my bones and rattling along with you, over and over again.



It has perplexed me as to what exactly is a "shimmy". From the song version that I sung I
imagined that it was something you did with the posterior regions of the body,
but I could be wrong. A shimmy is a dance move in which the body is held still, except
for the shoulders, which are alternated back and forth. When the right shoulder goes back,
the left one comes forward. Thus the move is calculated to draw attention to the upper
part of the body, full front and centre. To be more precise the bosoms

Could that dance they did to Mud's "tiger feet" where you hitch your thumbs in you braces
and throw your left and right shoulders forward be classified as a shimmy?

Enquiring minds want to know.

coriandre
10-12-2011, 05:31 PM
That Pat Benetar video is a classic just for that shimmy !

Ambient Doughnut
10-13-2011, 12:26 AM
Best Shimmy ever- 3:22.
Just sayin'
Worryingly accurate! ;)

wee_ginga_yin
10-13-2011, 01:52 AM
Now that I think of it I think the shimmy should be a much faster movement.
Like Ms. Monroe did in "Running wild" at around 2:06
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySvCe_lgbRM

Ambient Doughnut
10-13-2011, 03:22 AM
To be fair she has a little more to shimmy with! :)

TCK
10-13-2011, 03:33 AM
That Marilyn clip may need a new piece of vocabulary to describe it...
That certainly was not shoulders:p

wee_ginga_yin
10-13-2011, 04:02 AM
In the interests of scientific investigation I would like to propose that
the young adolecent boys from the 1970's developed their own style
of Shimmying from the shoulder, as is evidenced in the video "Tiger Feet"
by the MUD. It can be caught at 1:07 in the following video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQDS2APdhAw

Hippie Dribble
10-13-2011, 12:19 PM
HAHAHA you guys are cracking me up... :rofl::biglaugh:

just as a by the way, this is how you shimmy without shoulders:

:nana:

drbekken
10-15-2011, 11:57 AM
This is great, Jon! Shimmy shimmy shake shake shake!

TCK
10-15-2011, 12:22 PM
My word- those guys from Mud have probably spent the last forty years kicking their own arses for doing that.
So, I was watching my wife practice Belly-Dancing (snicker) and noted that the "shimmy" has, at least in the middle east, been appropriated to different parts of the body.
I give you Sadie- apparently some sort of shimmy wizard, for further study on the subject.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YamDoDK71Ds
Oh yeah- awesome tune there Jon!

v30
10-15-2011, 01:19 PM
That uke has that classic sound that works great for this piece. Really enjoyed it and can't help but smile when you are hammin it up.

Hippie Dribble
10-15-2011, 06:23 PM
thanks doc and v30. Much appreciated fellas. Yep Dave, thanks for inspiring further research on this fascinating, enchanting subject...he he