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UKISOCIETY
12-07-2011, 06:47 AM
2012 is Woody Guthrie's 100th birth anniversary. I've started a new Youtube channel called Woody2012ukulele (http://www.youtube.com/user/woody2012ukulele) that will feature ukulele covers of songs Woody wrote and/or sang. But, I NEED YOU!

EVERYONE is welcome to record any Woody Guthrie song (both Woody's originals and covers) and add them to this Youtube channel. Send your video and audio files to:
woody2012ukulele@gmail.com and I'll upload them to the channel.

Don't worry if there is a version of the song you want to sing on the channel already. It's okay to have 18 versions of "This Land is Your Land'"! If you have audio only, I'll produce it as a video.

Let's celebrate this truly American voice who now belongs to the world by playing the uke!

Thanks!

OldePhart
12-07-2011, 01:04 PM
Oh, this is SO cool. Going to have to participate, but it will probably be a few weeks before I have time to do a video - work is crazy right now.

Woodie Guthrie was da man! Didn't realize he was born that long ago. Kinda makes me feel old - my twenty-something youngest daughter didn't know who I was talking about and thought I'd lost my mind when I started mouthing off about this! :(

John

Hippie Dribble
12-07-2011, 01:22 PM
Alan, THIS IS AWESOME...I'll put a few up for sure mate...I especially love the gloriously goofy songs he wrote for his kids, amongst so many great ones. What a wonderful idea brother. :)

peewee
12-07-2011, 01:24 PM
I'm going to have trouble ignoring this, I'm already picking songs..

zac987
12-07-2011, 01:24 PM
Does it have to be purely uke? Or can I have an accompani-....acc-....a fella that plays guitar?

UKISOCIETY
12-07-2011, 01:56 PM
Does it have to be purely uke? Or can I have an accompani-....acc-....a fella that plays guitar?I think Woody would approve of that!

itsme
12-07-2011, 02:26 PM
I think it's a neat idea, but devoting a channel to cover tunes by an artist who's music is (as far as I know) still under copyright is probably asking for trouble.

At least if they take the channel down, I don't think they can go after the individual contributors.

Hippie Dribble
12-07-2011, 03:51 PM
I think it's a neat idea, but devoting a channel to cover tunes by an artist who's music is (as far as I know) still under copyright is probably asking for trouble.

At least if they take the channel down, I don't think they can go after the individual contributors.

shucks..was that a wet blanket that hit me in the face...he he...good point though itsme ;)

UKISOCIETY
12-07-2011, 04:02 PM
I think it's a neat idea, but devoting a channel to cover tunes by an artist who's music is (as far as I know) still under copyright is probably asking for trouble.


At least if they take the channel down, I don't think they can go after the individual contributors.

You bring up a good point. And you answered it! Awesome!

itsme
12-07-2011, 05:07 PM
I wasn't trying to be a wet blanket or anything, honest. In fact, I think Woody would have fully approved of youtube covers of his songs. :)

From Wikipedia:


In his recordings in the early 1940s Woody Guthrie included the following “Copyright Warning”:

“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”[94] Currently the copyright in much of Woody's songs is claimed by a number of different organizations.[95]
Copyright law has changed and expanded since then and 28 years no longer applies. But publishers are more aggressive about their "rights" these days.

Anyway, I'd say just keep the specs off the map so if they decide to yank this channel, they can't go after anything else you've got up on another. ;)

janeray1940
12-07-2011, 05:16 PM
It's okay to have 18 versions of "This Land is Your Land'"!

I certainly hope at least one of those 18 will include the seldom-sung "missing" verses. You know, the part they don't teach in American public schools:

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of a steeple
In the relief office, I saw my people
And some were stumbling, and some were wondering,
If this land was made for you and me?

As I went rambling that dusty highway
I saw a sign, said "Private Property"
But on the other side it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.


I'm not a singer, so no, that someone won't be me...

TCK
12-07-2011, 05:35 PM
Best idea EVER. A true American hero that Woody was...bless you for remembering him in this way. I play his music every day, every night...and any time I can find in between. Video submitted, warts and all.

UKISOCIETY
12-08-2011, 05:49 AM
... Video submitted, warts and all.

Does this mean you have a video done? If so, email it to me here: woody2012ukulele@gmail.com And thanks!!

zac987
12-08-2011, 06:31 AM
Let's show these YouTube fascists what a coupla ukuleles can do!

UKISOCIETY
12-08-2011, 06:57 AM
Let's show these YouTube fascists what a coupla ukuleles can do!

I like this very much! :)

myrnaukelele
12-09-2011, 04:26 PM
What a wonderful idea! I'll definitely send a Woody Guthrie song to you soon. And as I was checking out other covers of Woody Guthrie songs I found this sweet version of Mail Myself to You:
http://youtu.be/Jli2s9WoUX0

Hippie Dribble
12-09-2011, 07:34 PM
here's one Alan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOt7VoxXGOk

UKISOCIETY
12-10-2011, 04:07 AM
here's one Alan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOt7VoxXGOk

Thank you! Any videos that are put on other channels I'll make "Favorites" on the Woody channel.

UKISOCIETY
12-10-2011, 04:08 AM
What a wonderful idea! I'll definitely send a Woody Guthrie song to you soon. And as I was checking out other covers of Woody Guthrie songs I found this sweet version of Mail Myself to You:
http://youtu.be/Jli2s9WoUX0

Yes, that's great. I put in the Favorites.

freackykit
12-10-2011, 04:23 AM
This is great...Will be in!

Chris

hoosierhiver
12-10-2011, 08:08 AM
I'm having trouble finding chords to some of his lesser known tunes anybody find a good link or songbook?

Hippie Dribble
12-10-2011, 08:17 AM
Thank you! Any videos that are put on other channels I'll make "Favorites" on the Woody channel.

I'm a computer dunce Alan, how do we make it to send direct to you mate (instead of just being a 'favorite')??? Not sure...

Hippie Dribble
12-10-2011, 08:18 AM
I'm having trouble finding chords to some of his lesser known tunes anybody find a good link or songbook?
my head's a bit of a songbook..hehe..any in particular Mike?...I'll try & work em out for you...

UKISOCIETY
12-10-2011, 09:03 AM
I'm a computer dunce Alan, how do we make it to send direct to you mate (instead of just being a 'favorite')??? Not sure...


I use www.mediafire.com which is free and hosts files up to a certain size.

UKISOCIETY
12-11-2011, 03:15 AM
I'm a computer dunce Alan, how do we make it to send direct to you mate (instead of just being a 'favorite')??? Not sure...

I can download videos from YT via keepvid.com too, but it's my policy to have the video maker's permission before doing so.

hoosierhiver
12-11-2011, 05:35 AM
my head's a bit of a songbook..hehe..any in particular Mike?...I'll try & work em out for you...

So many to choose from........

MattLindahl
12-11-2011, 05:36 AM
Dealing with the same problem, Mike!
So many to choose from........

drbekken
12-12-2011, 10:39 AM
I believe this is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time. Woody Guthrie was, and remains, an international treasure. His son Arlo is playing a solo gig in a tiny, initimate club setting, in Trondheim, Norway, where I live, on January 25...and I won't be able to go, because I will be on the road. You can't win 'em all, I suppose.

UKISOCIETY
12-13-2011, 08:40 AM
I'm having trouble finding chords to some of his lesser known tunes anybody find a good link or songbook?

I've started figuring out the chords by listening to the recordings. I've discovered that most of his songs have the I-IV-V chord progression (like blues songs). Many of his songs only have 2 chords. Here's the site for lyrics:

http://woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Lyrics.htm

And here's what I've figured out for chords, so far:

Vigilante Man = D, G, A
Sinking of the Reuben James = Bb, F, Eb
John Henry = C#, G#
Talking Dust Bowl Blues = A, E
I Ain't Got Now Home = G, C, D
The Biggest Thing Man has Ever Done = C, F, G
Blowin' Down This Road Feeling Bad = D, G, A
Grand Coulee Dam = G, C, D
Gypsy Davy = E, B
Ramblin' Round Your City = D, A , G
We Shall Be Free = E, B
Pretty Boy Floyd = F#, B
New York Town = E, A
Worried Man Blues, F, Bb, C
Bury Me Beneath The Willow - D, G, A
Old Time Religion = G, D, C
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel = D, G, A
Dust Pneumonia Blues = C#, F#, G#


Any corrections are most welcome! More to come...

Hippie Dribble
12-13-2011, 09:28 AM
I think Woody pretty much used the same I * IV * V chord progression for 40 years!!!!