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mattydee
04-20-2012, 04:09 PM
Alright Seasonistas! It's the TENTH season of the Ukulele challenge. Remember, you need not have participated in any previous Seasons challenge to pariticipate in this one. But, because it is our tenth weekiversary, I'm shaking things up... are you ready?

The Challenges. Yes. Challenges.

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. (http://www.earthday.org/)

and

Tomorrow, April 23 is William Shakespeare's (http://shakespeare.mit.edu/) birthday.

The challenge is to either cover (or write) a song that is ecologically minded or cover (or write) a song that references Shakespeare, one of his plays, or one (or more) of his characters. Also acceptable would be setting a sonnet to music, or singing one of the many songs from Shakespeare's plays. You can set it yourself, use one of the possible settings Shakespeare might have used (by John Dowland, etc), or take a popular melody and fit Shakespeare's lyric to it.

Prizes

Earth Day prize: A green uke leash style half strap.
Shakespeare prize: A copy of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Rules

To enter, post a YouTube performance video as a reply to this thread by the DEADLINE: 11:59 PM HAWAII TIME, SUNDAY APRIL 29.
Each submission must be a single-take, no cuts, and must have a spoken reference to this contest as an introduction.
Judging criteria are
(a) playing,
(b) singing,
(c) spark/passion/personality,
(d) originality/creativity,
(e) setting/framing/lighting, and
(f) je ne sais quoi.
I'm the sole judge on this one, so I'll have a little judging rubric based on the above, but in the end, if there's a tie, I'll hand it off to my wife to be the deciding vote.
As with all the Seasons challenges, this is a uke-centric deal. You can have other instruments as back-up, but the uke has to be front and center, and remember that it's one take, so no over-dubs, etc. (A little enhancement in post is fine - reverb, etc, but you should know that I like my distortion like I like my coffee: light, if at all.)
Instrumentals are fine. Good, in fact. I'd go so far as to say impressive. So, you know, there's that.
Since this is the TENTH season, and I'm splitting the week into two, you may enter two performances, but only one for each category. So for you overachievers (or, you know, if you're just bored) go for it! If you do enter both categories, each video will be judged on its own merits, which is to say, this is not an extra-credit exercise.

When all is said and done, I'll make a traditional Seasons judge's feedback video. I'll shoot for Monday the 30th.

I'll leave you with this from The Tempest, which encapsulates the beauty of Earth Day and Shakespeare in one tidy passage (you'll recognize a bit from my signature, no doubt):


Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.

Play on, my seasonistas! Play On!

thesillydave
04-21-2012, 04:36 PM
do we get to know tonight????

smellofstrings
04-21-2012, 04:46 PM
I would love to attend! It would be my first entry! :o

mattydee
04-21-2012, 07:50 PM
Good things come to those who wait. Tomorrow.

strumsilly
04-22-2012, 05:25 AM
ok, it's tomorrow, I have enjoyed learning new songs each week,and listening to all yours. thanks for keeping the ball rolling.

glass
04-22-2012, 06:46 AM
cant wait mattydee

ukuleledaddy
04-22-2012, 07:00 AM
Aaaaaaaaand the challenge for the tenth season of the ukulele is .................................................. .................................................. ....

mattydee
04-22-2012, 07:13 AM
ok, it's tomorrow, I have enjoyed learning new songs each week,and listening to all yours. thanks for keeping the ball rolling.

Yep. First post has been edited with the challenge.

uke4ia
04-22-2012, 07:45 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRtprmynlKs

Here's an old video of mine, just to get people into the right frame of mind for the contest. This is "Hamlet (I Need a Little More Proof)".

thesillydave
04-22-2012, 07:46 AM
yikes! a challenge indeed!

austin1
04-22-2012, 08:04 AM
oh my stars, this is AWESOME.

peewee
04-22-2012, 08:07 AM
oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I...

chrimess
04-22-2012, 08:25 AM
got a number of WS ideas, might just have to go for the most obvious, though...

wee_ginga_yin
04-22-2012, 08:48 AM
got a number of WS ideas, might just have to go for the most obvious, though...

Hmmm just watched Anonymous... a movie which would suggest that Lord Oxford was responsible for the works of Shakespeare.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arBk4fUlCrw

mattydee
04-22-2012, 09:32 AM
Hmmm just watched Anonymous... a movie which would suggest that Lord Oxford was responsible for the works of Shakespeare.


No way you could know this, and I won't hijack my own thread beyond this response, but I'm a STAUNCH Stratfordian. So, as far as the contest goes, I'd stay away from this sort of thing, if I were you. ;)

(I'm glad to rebut every one of Emmerich's 'points' via PM, if you like... some of the things he says are outright lies, some are just ridiculous, but all of them, as with all Anti-Stratfordian thinking, are solutions looking for a problem.)

In the end, the work is the work, no matter who wrote it, but this is a hot-button issue for me, because I believe classism is bad news.

ukuleledaveey
04-22-2012, 09:54 AM
:) i thought all of bill Shakespeare plays were written by a load of monkies on type writers during a infinite amount of time lol
wow what a mighty challenge you have set us Matty, many thanks for carrying the torch for another week of ukeness :)

OldePhart
04-22-2012, 10:00 AM
All right - hands off "Big Yellow Taxi," y'all! It's mine! Mine! LOL

Just kidding, maybe we should all do "Big Yellow Taxi" and drive poor Matty nuts...

John

mattydee
04-22-2012, 10:16 AM
All right - hands off "Big Yellow Taxi," y'all! It's mine! Mine! LOL

Just kidding, maybe we should all do "Big Yellow Taxi" and drive poor Matty nuts...

John

Wow, that is a Big Yellow Taxi.

I'm glad to see Earth Day get a little love, though. It's very early yet, obviously, but I'm surprised... I thought the ratio of responses as far as Earth Day v. Shakespeare would be reversed.

OldePhart
04-22-2012, 10:31 AM
Wow, that is a Big Yellow Taxi.

I'm glad to see Earth Day get a little love, though. It's very early yet, obviously, but I'm surprised... I thought the ratio of responses as far as Earth Day v. Shakespeare would be reversed.

Well...you might not call it love after you hear my Joni Mitchell voice... LOL

John

OldePhart
04-22-2012, 10:32 AM
got a number of WS ideas, might just have to go for the most obvious, though...

That wouldn't be something by Dire Straits, would it? :)

ukuleledaveey
04-22-2012, 10:55 AM
or you could mash it up " a yellow taxi, a yellow taxi, a kingdom for my yellow taxi " :)

UncleElvis
04-22-2012, 11:15 AM
Well, consid'ring I actually live on that isle full of noises, sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not, I suppose I should get off my butt and enter this, no?

ARGH!

Ok... tomorrow, I record. Today, I find a song!

UncleElvis
04-22-2012, 11:17 AM
and, funnily enough, they literally did pave paradise to put up a parking lot down here!

peewee
04-22-2012, 11:21 AM
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...and I will pour poison in them..here is my Stratfordian entry, mewling and puking it's way into the world: Chinese Bones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTo75G7g35k

and here's Robyn Hitchcock doing it properly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u2-V-1sivA
"It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on."

mattydee
04-22-2012, 11:33 AM
Whoa, the oft rumored return of Uncle Elvis, at last!

ukuleledaveey
04-22-2012, 11:38 AM
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...and I will pour poison in them..here is my Stratfordian entry, mewling and puking it's way into the world: Chinese Bones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTo75G7g35k

and here's Robyn Hitchcock doing it properly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u2-V-1sivA
"It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on."

Blimmey peewee that was quick off the mark :) that must be the fastest entry ever got to be worth bonus points :) well played sir, really enjoyed your song,im didnt matter that you didnt pick the strings the strummin was great as was your singing, is that one of the vintage martins ?? i could listen to those all day long.
you may have missed the original seasons comp as did i, but great to have you around and taking part now mate, keep it up, im struggling to find any songs at the moment i might try and write something of my own

strumsilly
04-22-2012, 11:41 AM
All right - hands off "Big Yellow Taxi," y'all! It's mine! Mine! LOL

Just kidding, maybe we should all do "Big Yellow Taxi" and drive poor Matty nuts...

John
ha, I already did it. you're too late. oh, that was for another season.

peewee
04-22-2012, 11:52 AM
Blimmey peewee that was quick off the mark :) that must be the fastest entry ever got to be worth bonus points :) well played sir, really enjoyed your song,im didnt matter that you didnt pick the strings the strummin was great as was your singing, is that one of the vintage martins ?? i could listen to those all day long.
you may have missed the original seasons comp as did i, but great to have you around and taking part now mate, keep it up, im struggling to find any songs at the moment i might try and write something of my own
Thanks Davey, you're a great morale booster.
I figure if I can't do it well, I should at least do it quickly, before all the heavy hitters get theirs in. And yeah that's the mahogany style 0. Please do write us a song, give the Bard of Barking a run for his money!
cheers, peewee

uke4ia
04-22-2012, 12:15 PM
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...and I will pour poison in them..here is my Stratfordian entry, mewling and puking it's way into the world: Chinese Bones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTo75G7g35k


Very nice. I'm a big fan of the "Globe of Frogs" album.

OldePhart
04-22-2012, 02:20 PM
Nice job peewee - I feel like I must've led a sheltered life because not only have I not heard that song, the only WS related song I can think of is Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet! Guess I'm just a rock'n'roll kinda guy. LOL

OldePhart
04-22-2012, 02:27 PM
and, funnily enough, they literally did pave paradise to put up a parking lot down here!

Yeah...kinda sucks. Pretty much got to go to someplace like the Marshall Islands to get away from the overuse of asphalt...and I've been really tempted but what the heck is a software engineer going to do in the Marshall Islands!!! LOL

John

Hippie Dribble
04-22-2012, 03:13 PM
Aaaah, begone foul pigeon, an ill wind doth stench my midsummer ruminations of thespian glory and mine inspiration doth leave me. I hope, forsooth, only fleetingly. Yet shall I eat the fruit of the vine and drink from the cup and return for mine own pound of flesh in due season... :p

austin1
04-22-2012, 03:15 PM
Can I turn the Shakespeare rule around and do a song that Shakespeare references in one of his plays?

chrimess
04-22-2012, 03:41 PM
How about a song by the shakespeare Sisters?

uke4ia
04-22-2012, 04:15 PM
Please, please, please, someone do a cover of this:

Epic Rap Battles: Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w2MTXBebg)

mattydee
04-22-2012, 04:41 PM
Can I turn the Shakespeare rule around and do a song that Shakespeare references in one of his plays?

Hmmm, I'm intrigued. Doing a song he wrote is certainly okay. Why not?

mattydee
04-22-2012, 04:43 PM
How about a song by the shakespeare Sisters?

This one is much iffier, as that's obviously a Virginia Woolf allusion. One degree too far for my taste, I think. Unless they have a song that itself fits the rules.

peewee
04-22-2012, 05:15 PM
Please, please, please, someone do a cover of this:

Epic Rap Battles: Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w2MTXBebg)

Nobody should mess with things one and two, not even the bard, yo.

Here's the one I want to hear from someone who can transcribe by ear:
http://archive.org/details/WhenMr.ShakespeareComesToTownByArthurCollins1906
http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/8731/

Eugene, dost thou hear what through yonder link breaks?

UncleElvis
04-22-2012, 07:39 PM
Please, please, please, someone do a cover of this:

Epic Rap Battles: Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w2MTXBebg)

NicePeter and Watsky and Epic Lloyd? How do it get better? (Well, it do, but that's another story!)

Watsky cracks me up how fast he raps!

myrnaukelele
04-22-2012, 08:33 PM
[QUOTE=wee_ginga_yin;921007]Hmmm just watched Anonymous... a movie which would suggest that Lord Oxford was responsible for the works of Shakespeare.

Actually, Francis Bacon has also been suggested as the writer of the Shakespeare plays. Since he needed to remain anonymous (or lose his head - Queen Elizabeth I was known to dispatch enemies of the crown in such a way) he worked out a deal with Shakespeare (an illiterate actor) to be the name behind the plays. He could then write with impunity. Francis Bacon traveled to France, Italy and Spain and was a member of the aristocracy. He was a genius - and it's quite possible it was he who authored the sonnets and plays of Shakespeare.

mattydee
04-23-2012, 05:52 AM
Seriously guys, can we stop with the authorship question? (And on the man's birthday, no less. Give the poor guy a break!) Otherwise, I just might start taking credit for everything you've ever done. ;)

Again, I am happy to rebut this stuff in another thread or via PM, but this one is for the contest itself, OK?

philpot
04-23-2012, 06:29 AM
My man card might get revoked with the song I'm going for...

wolfchs
04-23-2012, 06:34 AM
My man card might get revoked with the song I'm going for...

Could it be the same song I'm thinking about doing? :confused:

chrimess
04-23-2012, 06:39 AM
Phil, don't, if you cannot afford her uke, you should maybe not cover her songs!

My man card might get revoked with the song I'm going for...

strumsilly
04-23-2012, 07:38 AM
ok, I got a good one for Earth Day from the MAN, Marvin Gaye. "Mercy Mercy Me" if I can get my work done early today, I'll try to post tonight. Is it true WS didn't really write his plays? just kidding!

mattydee
04-23-2012, 08:19 AM
ok, I got a good one for Earth Day from the MAN, Marvin Gaye.

Yes! There are some GOOD Earth Day songs out there, people. A quick search will reveal many (not-so) hidden treasures.

As far as Shakesongs go, the world of musical theater is not exempt, but [I]West Side Story, I'm afraid, is. Inspired-by is not enough.

ukuleledaveey
04-23-2012, 08:55 AM
Well here is my entry for this weeks season, I have written my own song, meshing both themes together, I am new to all this music stuff, so if my song is not very good please accept my apologies, that's my alibi and i'm sticking to it. My song is titled "Pessimistic global warming Willie Shakespeare Blue's "


http://youtu.be/-Ri-RSYvLU4

peewee
04-23-2012, 09:20 AM
Well here is my entry for this weeks season, I have written my own song, meshing both themes together, I am new to all this music stuff, so if my song is not very good please accept my apologies, that's my alibi and i'm sticking to it. My song is titled "Pessimistic global warming Willie Shakespeare Blue's "


Nice one Davey, love rhyming "idea" and Ikea". You can't go wrong with the rambling talking blues format, really.
Extra points for combo song and extra points for originality!

peewee
04-23-2012, 09:24 AM
Here's my week 10, part two, Earth Day number: this song was written by Tom Lehrer...or was it??


http://youtu.be/NJM69RxQI1A

Here's great footage of him playing it in Norway in the 60s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_-KNNl-no

brought to you by coal fired electrons and exotic tonewoods

ukuleledaddy
04-23-2012, 10:21 AM
Here's my week 10, part two, Earth Day number: this song was written by Tom Lehrer...or was it??


http://youtu.be/NJM69RxQI1A

Here's great footage of him playing it in Norway in the 60s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_-KNNl-no

brought to you by coal fired electrons and exotic tonewoods

What a great song! Complete with garbage trucks backing you up. Nice timing.

ukuleledaddy
04-23-2012, 10:27 AM
Well here is my entry for this weeks season, I have written my own song, meshing both themes together, I am new to all this music stuff, so if my song is not very good please accept my apologies, that's my alibi and i'm sticking to it. My song is titled "Pessimistic global warming Willie Shakespeare Blue's "


http://youtu.be/-Ri-RSYvLU4

Fantastic Davey! Way to stick it to the man. I'll be listening to that over and over again.

wee_ginga_yin
04-23-2012, 10:30 AM
Here's my week 10, part two, Earth Day number: this song was written by Tom Lehrer...or was it??
brought to you by coal fired electrons and exotic tonewoods

I suspect that the song was not written by Tom Lehrer since this song has such a low carbon footprint.
The academic world is fraught with contention regarding Lehrer's songs. From an ecological and environmental
viewpoint "pollution" is in direct contrast to his satirical masterpiece Poisoning pigeons in the park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY)

We have to ask ourselves, can a man who is so concerned about pollution, have penned an ode
which takes delight in topping our feathered friends.

there is anecdotal evidence that Lehrer wrote "pigeons" after a rather heavy thunderstorm.
The rain began to fall. A large raindrop fell and hit him on the cheek. It ran down to the corner of his mouth.
He put out his tongue and tasted it. It was warm and salty. He rubbed the remainder of it away
with his fingers. He observed it was white, and that a flock of pigeons had recently flown overhead.

Such a small incident turned him into an ornithological maniac.

peewee
04-23-2012, 10:37 AM
From an ecological and environmental
viewpoint "pollution" is in direct contrast to his satirical masterpiece Poisoning pigeons in the park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY)

We have to ask ourselves, can a man who is so concerned about pollution, have penned an ode
which takes delight in topping our feathered friends.

there is anecdotal evidence that Lehrer wrote "pigeons" after a rather heavy thunderstorm.
The rain began to fall. A large raindrop fell and hit him on the cheek. It ran down to the corner of his mouth.
He put out his tongue and tasted it. It was warm and salty. He rubbed the remainder of it away
with his fingers. He observed it was white, and that a flock of pigeons had recently flown overhead.

Such a small incident turned him into an ornithological maniac.

Ha! Mr Lehrer even has his own urban myth! excellent.
And I am still kicking myself over not thinking of Poisoning Pigeons for the Springtime week...kick, kick, kick!

SailQwest
04-23-2012, 11:07 AM
I feel like I've been missing out on the fun! These are great videos!

mattydee
04-23-2012, 11:26 AM
I feel like I've been missing out on the fun! These are great videos!

Join us! There's still time, and plenty of room!

philpot
04-23-2012, 12:18 PM
Phil, don't, if you cannot afford her uke, you should maybe not cover her songs!

Does that hold true for other artists? Because my budget can't touch most ;P

ukuleledaveey
04-23-2012, 12:44 PM
Here's my week 10, part two, Earth Day number: this song was written by Tom Lehrer...or was it??


http://youtu.be/NJM69RxQI1A

Here's great footage of him playing it in Norway in the 60s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_-KNNl-no


brought to you by coal fired electrons and exotic tonewoodsGreat job my man, that was awesome loved your callypso style pickin, that was really really sweet to listen to, loved your singing as well peewee and thought that was awesome with the garbage truck adding percussion, you sure you didnt pay them to turn up ???? loved it mate, always look froward to your entries and thanks so much for the feedback on my little song great ly appreciated as ever, i was quite nervous about putting it up, but thought what the heck.
@ukuleledaddy, thanks mate so so so much for your great feedback, it always means alot to me to get such nice words said, thanks again, you and peewee have made my night and look forward to you entry or entries. once again guys thank you so much your kind words have warmed the cockles of my heart :)

chrimess
04-23-2012, 01:47 PM
that is awesome Dave! Also found the filthy despicable pollution on top of your head interesting.


Well here is my entry for this weeks season, I have written my own song, meshing both themes together, I am new to all this music stuff, so if my song is not very good please accept my apologies, that's my alibi and i'm sticking to it. My song is titled "Pessimistic global warming Willie Shakespeare Blue's "


http://youtu.be/-Ri-RSYvLU4

Hippie Dribble
04-23-2012, 02:03 PM
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears...and I will pour poison in them..here is my Stratfordian entry, mewling and puking it's way into the world: Chinese Bones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTo75G7g35k

and here's Robyn Hitchcock doing it properly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u2-V-1sivA
"It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on."
peewee this is brilliant mate. What a fantastic song. Big Robyn Hitchcock fan here...so influential. You did a great job on this one, it really suited your voice perfectly

Hippie Dribble
04-23-2012, 02:09 PM
Well here is my entry for this weeks season, I have written my own song, meshing both themes together, I am new to all this music stuff, so if my song is not very good please accept my apologies, that's my alibi and i'm sticking to it. My song is titled "Pessimistic global warming Willie Shakespeare Blue's "


http://youtu.be/-Ri-RSYvLU4
Dave, just superb. Your lyrics are powerful and intense mate, you would have been a great travelling compadre for Woody. Have you listened to many of his 'spoken-word' blues ramblings at all??? He uses some really good chord progressions too and I'm sure you'd love em. Brother keep on writing, this is GOOD, real good. Commented on YT too. Bonus points for song title of the year. :)

Hippie Dribble
04-23-2012, 02:15 PM
Here's my week 10, part two, Earth Day number: this song was written by Tom Lehrer...or was it??


http://youtu.be/NJM69RxQI1A

Here's great footage of him playing it in Norway in the 60s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_-KNNl-no

brought to you by coal fired electrons and exotic tonewoods
wow, that was fabulous. Gee, that's one of my favourite clips of the year. What an amazing song, never heard that before but I'm gonna go and learn it straight away. Thanks for the inspiration peewee..oh, and the look, dress code, setting, mid song commentary and introduction...MAGNIFIQUE on all counts.

:cheers:

Hippie Dribble
04-23-2012, 02:18 PM
here's my bash at the Shakespeare category for week 10. It's one of my own soppy love songs :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzk0IEdgq88

peewee
04-23-2012, 03:03 PM
here's my bash at the Shakespeare category for week 10. It's one of my own soppy love songs :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzk0IEdgq88

Wow.
See, this is why I like to get my entry in early: after your heady praise I was bustin' my britches, then I see your entry and it brings me down to earth. But hey, I'm still in the top three!
Fantastic Song.
It took a while to get to the WS part, I was wondering how you were going to work that in. Really good stuff, don't be afraid of the sappiness, it works great. And the fancy inversions in the instrumental break..and the little melodic touches..

Thanks to you and Davey and U-Daddy Uk4ia for your kind words on my stuff.

uke4ia
04-23-2012, 04:54 PM
here's my bash at the Shakespeare category for week 10. It's one of my own soppy love songs :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzk0IEdgq88

Great performance there.

thesillydave
04-23-2012, 08:57 PM
very nice songs so far!! peewee! liked the r. hitchcock but, tom lehrer is a stand out! eugene, always a pleasure! mya-moe bari? wow! uke-davey, nice original! more than i am up to!
so, this is my little entry to this weeks challenge, a song from the talking heads, from their "naked" album, nothing but flowers. have fun all! cheers!


http://youtu.be/HjrBjDw9BJs

ukuleledaveey
04-23-2012, 10:56 PM
here's my bash at the Shakespeare category for week 10. It's one of my own soppy love songs :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzk0IEdgq88

My Man, where can I start, wow that was amazing, ive got goose bumps all down my arms after listening to that, a beautiful song, loved the lyrics to really really good, such a sweet soulful voice, the perfect recipe, you are such a inspiration to us at the struggling end of uke playin . Jon you do amazing cover versions and your own songs mate are fantastic lyrically and wonderful tunes and melodies, and thanks so much for your continued support and feedback and for being such a super fella :)

ukuleledaveey
04-23-2012, 10:59 PM
very nice songs so far!! peewee! liked the r. hitchcock but, tom lehrer is a stand out! eugene, always a pleasure! mya-moe bari? wow! uke-davey, nice original! more than i am up to!
so, this is my little entry to this weeks challenge, a song from the talking heads, from their "naked" album, nothing but flowers. have fun all! cheers!


http://youtu.be/HjrBjDw9BJs

Wow (silly)dave, you may not write your own (yet) but you certainly know how to pick fantastic songs and play them so darn well, that was fantastic, such a great choice of song, i love the original, but man ive been playin your version loads and i love it, that song sounds fab on the uke, loved your vocals and playin a superb job by you there, ive got the tune goin round in my head now lol, really really enjoyed it and thanks so much for your kind words about my entry, cheers and have a great week :)

ukuleledaveey
04-23-2012, 11:05 PM
that is awesome Dave! Also found the filthy despicable pollution on top of your head interesting.

:) thanks so much Christian, it is always great to get such nice feedback, really appreciate it mate, I could lie and say yeah the cap was a statement about the greed and and badness associated about wall street :) but it was just a generic cap i was wearing at the time and forgot it was on my head. look forward to your entry mate. And thanks so much for making this little baby of the seasons in the beginning.

wee_ginga_yin
04-23-2012, 11:51 PM
here's my bash at the Shakespeare category for week 10. It's one of my own soppy love songs :o


Dancing to waltz time or any old time should be indulged more.
They say modern man tries to solve his problems by intellect and logic
Whereas primitive man solves his problems by dancing, and often with more success.
You want rain... dance for it, getting ready for war... do a war dance.
Then there is the ever popular fertility dance. If I could name one activity that
brings people together in a way that brings them joy, then it would be dancing.
None of this lonesome shaking on the floor in isolation, but full body contact dancing
in big groups. Dancing with sweat and laughter. Dancing with grace and skill.
I wonder why people are so afraid of moving their bodies while other people are watching?
Dancing is good for you. It is the movement, the exercise, the release of endorphins.
Dance today... you might feel better for it.

wee_ginga_yin
04-24-2012, 12:53 AM
The notes that go along with this song say that it is NOT about the Gordon/Franklin river in Tasmania.
The only issue that I know of is that the green movement stopped the construction of the Franklin dam
in the 1980's but other than that I have no idea if that particular river has had any environmental problems.

As european governments tighten up controls on emissions and pollution the easy solution is to build your
factory in a country where there is cheap labour and they are not so strict about the governance of environmental issues.

For example there has been a big hoo-haa when a Finnish paper company decided to build a paper mill
in South America. The Argentineans wanted a kick back before the factory could be built, the Finns refused
to pay extortion money and went over the river to the Chilean side and negotiated a deal with the government there.

Now when that deal went through the Argentineans called foul and said the factory could not be built
because they were so concerned about the environmental effects of the waste water.

I say it is all the fault of AIG (Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-n8ITk6UWM)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5awKfM9EwGI

ukuleledaveey
04-24-2012, 01:34 AM
The notes that go along with this song say that it is NOT about the Gordon/Franklin river in Tasmania.
The only issue that I know of is that the green movement stopped the construction of the Franklin dam
in the 1980's but other than that I have no idea if that particular river has had any environmental problems.

As european governments tighten up controls on emissions and pollution the easy solution is to build your
factory in a country where there is cheap labour and they are not so strict about the governance of environmental issues.

For example there has been a big hoo-haa when a Finnish paper company decided to build a paper mill
in South America. The Argentineans wanted a kick back before the factory could be built, the Finns refused
to pay extortion money and went over the river to the Chilean side and negotiated a deal with the government there.

Now when that deal went through the Argentineans called foul and said the factory could not be built
because they were so concerned about the environmental effects of the waste water.

I say it is all the fault of AIG (Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-n8ITk6UWM)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5awKfM9EwGI

Loved it wee_ginga, that was lovely to listen to, i really like your style of playing and singing, you definitely have your own uniqueness, which is a great commodity in dont know if i am using the right words here lol, basically loved your song and your very good :)

wee_ginga_yin
04-24-2012, 02:34 AM
Loved it wee_ginga, that was lovely to listen to, i really like your style of playing and singing, you definitely have your own uniqueness, which is a great commodity in dont know if i am using the right words here lol, basically loved your song and your very good :)

I have a vague feeling of discomfort, that these days protest songs,
and in particular ones about the environment are somewhat scorned.
There is a real danger that the performance turns out to be sentimental
and mawkish and instead of being made aware of the issues, the whole
thing becomes a turn-off

Perhaps what Banksy did to Monet with his "trolley in a Lily pond" has
more visual impact... since the classic painting is littered with urban detritus

36822

Oh and here are some pictures of Polluted rivers around the world (http://zuzutop.com/2010/02/10-ugly-rivers-of-the-world/)

ukuleledaveey
04-24-2012, 02:50 AM
i do like banksy's stuff, wow those rivers were/are terrible, shocking how in these modern times it still goes on, but we all know mans greatest danger is himself !!!!!

chrimess
04-24-2012, 04:39 AM
glad it was a statement- for a moment there I was afraid you had drifted over to that camp- those are the same folks that support Man U and Chelsea...

:) thanks so much Christian, it is always great to get such nice feedback, really appreciate it mate, I could lie and say yeah the cap was a statement about the greed and and badness associated about wall street :) but it was just a generic cap i was wearing at the time and forgot it was on my head. look forward to your entry mate. And thanks so much for making this little baby of the seasons in the beginning.

peewee
04-24-2012, 07:15 AM
very nice songs so far!! peewee! liked the r. hitchcock but, tom lehrer is a stand out! eugene, always a pleasure! mya-moe bari? wow! uke-davey, nice original! more than i am up to!
so, this is my little entry to this weeks challenge, a song from the talking heads, from their "naked" album, nothing but flowers. have fun all! cheers!


http://youtu.be/HjrBjDw9BJs

Sillydave: Great one! you have rescued that song from the scrapheap for me! That record always annoyed me because when it came out it was so much less compelling to a pretentious angst filled art student than Speaking in Tongues. Also I see now that song is clearly the ancestor of another favorite that I rejected for hard-to-arrange-for-one-uke reasons:River of Orchids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErWSYJYKM-Q&feature=related)by XTC.
Thanks for that!

peewee
04-24-2012, 07:22 AM
I have a vague feeling of discomfort, that these days protest songs,
and in particular ones about the environment are somewhat scorned.
There is a real danger that the performance turns out to be sentimental
and mawkish and instead of being made aware of the issues, the whole
thing becomes a turn-off
That was neither sentimental or mawkish, well maybe a teensy bit sentimental, but your point is a good one.
Thanks for the excellent and unique wee-style take on it.

ukuleledaddy
04-24-2012, 10:29 AM
Here's my entry. My major in college was theater and I love Shakespeare, but I had to go with my first passion, nature. Here is Save Me Now by Jeff Lynne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a5Pd0TTe14

By the way, for you Shakespeare fans, a great read is Year Of The King which is actor Antony Sher's diary for his preparation to play Richard III. It's fantastic.

ukuleledaveey
04-24-2012, 10:55 AM
Here's my entry. My major in college was theater and I love Shakespeare, but I had to go with my first passion, nature. Here is Save Me Now by Jeff Lynne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a5Pd0TTe14

By the way, for you Shakespeare fans, a great read is Year Of The King which is actor Antony Sher's diary for his preparation to play Richard III. It's fantastic.
That was awesome ukedaddy, it was almost like a lullaby, very calming and gentle, loved the sounds of the birds chirping as well, i was amazed how crystal clear the sound and vision of your filming was, what set up are you using if its ok to ask ? anyway really enjoyed your entry, jeff lynne he is the chap out of the Move, ELO and travelling wilburys isnt he ?

wee_ginga_yin
04-24-2012, 11:03 AM
That was neither sentimental or mawkish, well maybe a teensy bit sentimental, but your point is a good one.
Thanks for the excellent and unique wee-style take on it.

The one song that seems to have some ecological significance and I would not
be embarrassed to sing is "After the goldrush" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHTuxSzUacg) by Neil Young. It has rather a mystical
quality to it and verses are in the form of a dream vision and seem to span the distant past,
the dire present, and the hopeful future. It has a Delphic quality and uses riddles to hint
at some greater meaning.

Dolly Parton once commented about the making of her version of the song:
"When we were doing the Trio album, I asked Linda and Emmy what it meant,
and they didn't know. So we called Neil Young, and he didn't know. We asked
him, flat out, what it meant, and he said, 'Hell, I don't know. I just wrote it.
It just depends on what I was taking at the time. I guess every verse has
something different I'd taken.'

I hope somebody gives it a go

OldePhart
04-24-2012, 01:37 PM
The one song that seems to have some ecological significance and I would not
be embarrassed to sing is "After the goldrush" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHTuxSzUacg) by Neil Young. It has rather a mystical
quality to it and verses are in the form of a dream vision and seem to span the distant past,
the dire present, and the hopeful future. It has a Delphic quality and uses riddles to hint
at some greater meaning.

Dolly Parton once commented about the making of her version of the song:
"When we were doing the Trio album, I asked Linda and Emmy what it meant,
and they didn't know. So we called Neil Young, and he didn't know. We asked
him, flat out, what it meant, and he said, 'Hell, I don't know. I just wrote it.
It just depends on what I was taking at the time. I guess every verse has
something different I'd taken.'

I hope somebody gives it a go

Heh, heh. That's a pretty good (and pretty typical, for that era, story). Way back in the dark ages of high school I had this English teacher who liked to disect popular songs looking for deep meanings. He had this whole lengthy presentation on the deep meanings buried in Iron Butterfly's in a-gadda-da vida (don't ask me how he came up with verbose ideas about lyrics that last about thirty seconds at the beginning and end of a 17 minute song but the fool managed). Anyway the danged fool didn't even know the original title and lyrics were "In the garden of Eden" and Doug Ingle was so drunk or high in the studio that nobody could understand him well and they changed the title as a joke - the joke stuck.

uke4ia
04-24-2012, 02:22 PM
So we called Neil Young, and he didn't know. We asked
him, flat out, what it meant, and he said, 'Hell, I don't know. I just wrote it.
It just depends on what I was taking at the time. I guess every verse has
something different I'd taken.'

I hope somebody gives it a go

You hope somebody gives what a go? The song, or taking something different with every verse?

OldePhart
04-24-2012, 03:16 PM
You hope somebody gives what a go? The song, or taking something different with every verse?

BWAAA-HAAA - around these parts you never know...

Hippie Dribble
04-24-2012, 06:06 PM
Dancing to waltz time or any old time should be indulged more.
They say modern man tries to solve his problems by intellect and logic
Whereas primitive man solves his problems by dancing, and often with more success.
You want rain... dance for it, getting ready for war... do a war dance.
Then there is the ever popular fertility dance. If I could name one activity that
brings people together in a way that brings them joy, then it would be dancing.
None of this lonesome shaking on the floor in isolation, but full body contact dancing
in big groups. Dancing with sweat and laughter. Dancing with grace and skill.
I wonder why people are so afraid of moving their bodies while other people are watching?
Dancing is good for you. It is the movement, the exercise, the release of endorphins.
Dance today... you might feel better for it.

BOOTY SHAKERS UNITE!!!!!!! ...or...ummmm....

Pray thee brethren I beseech ye, hear thy call! Sway thine own derriere's to yonder rhythms of love :p

strumsilly
04-25-2012, 07:28 AM
Tired of fooling with it so here it is. My first attempt at inserting pictures into moviemaker. It's rough, but it is what it is. Sincere apologies to Mr. Gaye for butchering his song. Hope this doesn't come across as sentimental
and mawkish.

http://youtu.be/SOT56yfrQ90

wee_ginga_yin
04-25-2012, 07:46 AM
Tired of fooling with it so here it is. My first attempt at inserting pictures into moviemaker. It's rough, but it is what it is.

Spot on. Well played and sung, and excellent choice of photos to accompany the song.

ukuleledaddy
04-25-2012, 08:26 AM
That was awesome ukedaddy, it was almost like a lullaby, very calming and gentle, loved the sounds of the birds chirping as well, i was amazed how crystal clear the sound and vision of your filming was, what set up are you using if its ok to ask ? anyway really enjoyed your entry, jeff lynne he is the chap out of the Move, ELO and travelling wilburys isnt he ?

Thanks so much Davey! Yes indeed, Jeff Lynne was the mastermind behind ELO, as well as The Move and Traveling Wilburys. The song I did is from his only solo album, titled Armchair Theater, a great album.

For the filming, I just used my simple point and shoot for the video but for the audio I used my laptop (which you can see perched beside me) with Garage Band. Then I just synch the video and audio together in iMovie.

benjoeuke
04-25-2012, 08:49 AM
OK, so this is one of my all time favorite songs, I really wanted to do this one for the 9th season sunshine and smiles but never had the guts... I feel like I gotta start somewhere, so here it goes with my own arrangement so as not to subject you all to too much of my... er... ahem, singing? BTW, this vid also marks the debut of me singing

http://youtu.be/kDQjSS3xAYE

strumsilly
04-25-2012, 08:50 AM
For the filming, I just used my simple point and shoot for the video but for the audio I used my laptop (which you can see perched beside me) with Garage Band. Then I just synch the video and audio together in iMovie.
wow, your laptop must have a much better mic than my netbook does. mine made me sound worse than I am, which is bad enough. I already had a Shure mic so I bought a usb dual pre, which allows me to record into my computer using the mic. I thought about buying a usb mic, but this is more versatile, as it has 2 channels, soI can mic my uke too, or go straight in with a pick up.

ukuleledaveey
04-25-2012, 10:03 AM
Tired of fooling with it so here it is. My first attempt at inserting pictures into moviemaker. It's rough, but it is what it is. Sincere apologies to Mr. Gaye for butchering his song. Hope this doesn't come across as sentimental
and mawkish.

http://youtu.be/SOT56yfrQ90

Welldone Strumsilly, that was beautiful :) really really loved it, loved your playing your uke sounded so so sweet in that tune, great job mate, i reckon Marvin would be lookin down smilin and proud of your version

ukuleledaveey
04-25-2012, 10:05 AM
Thanks so much Davey! Yes indeed, Jeff Lynne was the mastermind behind ELO, as well as The Move and Traveling Wilburys. The song I did is from his only solo album, titled Armchair Theater, a great album.

For the filming, I just used my simple point and shoot for the video but for the audio I used my laptop (which you can see perched beside me) with Garage Band. Then I just synch the video and audio together in iMovie.

Cheers for the info UkeDaddy, I was amazed by the wondeful quality and sharpness of your vid, ive just got a HDwebcam and usb mic, i cant handle anything to technical lol, anyway thanks for sharing your set up :)

ukuleledaveey
04-25-2012, 10:07 AM
OK, so this is one of my all time favorite songs, I really wanted to do this one for the 9th season sunshine and smiles but never had the guts... I feel like I gotta start somewhere, so here it goes with my own arrangement so as not to subject you all to too much of my... er... ahem, singing? BTW, this vid also marks the debut of me singing

http://youtu.be/kDQjSS3xAYE

Hi Benjoeuke, and welcome aboard mate, good to see you making your debut, ive only been here a few weeks to, a great job mate, loved your playing, that was some sweet music making, keep it up and keep entering each week, lok forward to seeing you around for future seasons :)

benjoeuke
04-25-2012, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the kind words ukuleledaveey, I hope I only get better from here on out :)

OldePhart
04-25-2012, 12:27 PM
OK, so this is one of my all time favorite songs, I really wanted to do this one for the 9th season sunshine and smiles but never had the guts... I feel like I gotta start somewhere, so here it goes with my own arrangement so as not to subject you all to too much of my... er... ahem, singing? BTW, this vid also marks the debut of me singing

http://youtu.be/kDQjSS3xAYE

Great job, keep it up, and welcome to the dark side... :)

uke4ia
04-25-2012, 12:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfnW52u5E8

This is a cover of "Ophelia", a song Levon Helm sang with The Band. I don't know whether this fits the Shakespeare theme, but it gave me a great excuse to do a tribute to Levon.

"Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear"

ukuleledaveey
04-25-2012, 12:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfnW52u5E8

This is a cover of "Ophelia", a song Levon Helm sang with The Band. I don't know whether this fits the Shakespeare theme, but it gave me a great excuse to do a tribute to Levon.

"Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear"
Loved it uke4ia that was great, your enthusiasm always shines through in your vids as well as loads of energy, your a joy to watch and listen to :)

Hippie Dribble
04-25-2012, 12:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfnW52u5E8

This is a cover of "Ophelia", a song Levon Helm sang with The Band. I don't know whether this fits the Shakespeare theme, but it gave me a great excuse to do a tribute to Levon.

"Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear"
Brilliant stuff uke4ia and what a classic song that is. I am a massive fan of The Band and this was a highlight from 'The Last Waltz' too. Your version is charged with electricity mate, really enjoyed that. :)

ReaderMo
04-25-2012, 05:23 PM
http://youtu.be/vJrqw74MlIc

OldePhart
04-25-2012, 06:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfnW52u5E8

This is a cover of "Ophelia", a song Levon Helm sang with The Band. I don't know whether this fits the Shakespeare theme, but it gave me a great excuse to do a tribute to Levon.

"Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear"

Great song...great job. I like them "shoutin' blues" songs

glass
04-26-2012, 08:14 AM
Heres mine a little rushed as I don't think I will have time to record it again but hey...also I noticed a little buzz I think its from the pick up I installed in it...here it is!!!

Also in honor of Earth day I used my gourd which I used a guitar sound board as well as the tuners, enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV-m5Wh-WVg

ukuleledaveey
04-26-2012, 01:44 PM
Heres mine a little rushed as I don't think I will have time to record it again but hey...also I noticed a little buzz I think its from the pick up I installed in it...here it is!!!

Also in honor of Earth day I used my gourd which I used a guitar sound board as well as the tuners, enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV-m5Wh-WVg

that was wicked glass :) loved it mate, you have such a unique style all of your own, which is such a great amazing thing to possess , love watching your vids mate, keep em comin :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-26-2012, 05:32 PM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!

(Oh, and notice the Earth-friendly bamboo uke in my hands. That uke's sustainable, baby.)

peewee
04-26-2012, 05:56 PM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!

Wow it's a Seasonists Supergroup!
You sound great together. Thanks.

Lots going on since I last checked in,
Strumsilly, that was ambitious, but you pulled it off. Beautiful tune.
UkuleleDaddy, Eco Anthem in the trees, great stuff.
Welcome Benjoeuke, glad you're aboard, nice job with a tough song.
Uke4ia, you are awesome, you come on all straight and normal with the home office and the button down shirt and then haul it over the rocks like nobody's business. Love it.
ReaderMo, you made it through one of the most verbose songs ever with nary a stumble. Impressive.
Glass, you are a force of nature. A force for good. Nothing re-used about that performance. Excellent.
I think I already commented on Eugene's song. I'm still astonished.
Nice showing this round.
AM I the only one doing two entries? The rules are a little ambiguous as they say you may do Shakespeare OR Earth Day, but then further down:"you may enter two performances, but only one for each category"
thanks friends, peewee

mattydee
04-26-2012, 06:02 PM
AM I the only one doing two entries? The rules are a little ambiguous as they say you may do Shakespeare OR Earth Day, but then further down:"you may enter two performances, but only one for each category"
thanks friends, peewee

Two entries, one per category, are not only allowed, but encouraged. One entry is all that is required for consideration, so if the seasonistas are busy, they shouldn't worry about doing both, but if they do (like you, peewee) they are welcome!

uke4ia
04-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists

I've been playing this song for 20 years and never knew that it was about anything. Great job, guys.

Hippie Dribble
04-26-2012, 06:58 PM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!

(Oh, and notice the Earth-friendly bamboo uke in my hands. That uke's sustainable, baby.)

Up until Out Of Time, I was gone on REM...with Monster I pretty much stopped listening to them, but every album before that was a classic and I still play them to this day...especially 'Dead Letter Office', 'Murmur', Fables Of The Reconstruction', 'Life's Rich Pageant', 'Reckoning' and 'Green'...that was a SUPERB version of a brilliant song you two. Just loved that so much, well done!!! Must be my shout
:cheers:

ukuleledaveey
04-26-2012, 11:08 PM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!


(Oh, and notice the Earth-friendly bamboo uke in my hands. That uke's sustainable, baby.)
WOW that was absolutely fab chaps, bonus points i reckon for the first
super group of the seasons comp, you sounded really really good together,loved it ,look forward to more collaborations from you :)

Hippie Dribble
04-27-2012, 12:56 AM
hey gang, back for a second helping of the 10th season. This is my bash at a tune for Earth Day...I originally did "A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" but the computer couldn't cope with a 7.5 minute download :o so I went with a shorter one, "Garden Song" by David Mallett, an ol' folky from the 60's and 70's :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9GKQGD-h5E

chrimess
04-27-2012, 01:52 AM
excellent, wish I could chime in from the extreme other end of the country.


Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!

(Oh, and notice the Earth-friendly bamboo uke in my hands. That uke's sustainable, baby.)

ukuleledaveey
04-27-2012, 03:02 AM
hey gang, back for a second helping of the 10th season. This is my bash at a tune for Earth Day...I originally did "A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" but the computer couldn't cope with a 7.5 minute download :o so I went with a shorter one, "Garden Song" by David Mallett, an ol' folky from the 60's and 70's :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9GKQGD-h5E

Wonderful, beautiful, fab playing and wonderful heartfelt, soulful voice my man,good to see you back on the bari :) loved that song always a pleasure to view and listen to your renditions mate :)

wee_ginga_yin
04-27-2012, 04:55 AM
hey gang, back for a second helping of the 10th season. This is my bash at a tune for Earth Day...I originally did "A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" but the computer couldn't cope with a 7.5 minute download :o so I went with a shorter one, "Garden Song" by David Mallett, an ol' folky from the 60's and 70's :)

The Chinese say that there is only one important science and that is gardening... and that is not all that important.

I am longing to get into my garden. I am going to try to grow cape gooseberries this year.
I also have some Russian heirloom tomatoes called silvery fir tree.
No leaves on the trees yet and the ground and even the compost pile are still frozen.
I have plans to build a solar dehydrator for herbs.

Check out all sorts of crazy solar ideas at

Build it solar. (http://www.builditsolar.com/)

glass
04-27-2012, 10:59 AM
Here's one Earth Day entry---R.E.M.'s acid rain anthem Fall On Me---from two seasonists:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfbVl5okWUM

Thanks ukuleledaddy for teaming up this week!

(Oh, and notice the Earth-friendly bamboo uke in my hands. That uke's sustainable, baby.)

Nice duo guys!!! Nice bamboo uke too!

glass
04-27-2012, 11:01 AM
Wow it's a Seasonists Supergroup!
You sound great together. Thanks.

Lots going on since I last checked in,
Strumsilly, that was ambitious, but you pulled it off. Beautiful tune.
UkuleleDaddy, Eco Anthem in the trees, great stuff.
Welcome Benjoeuke, glad you're aboard, nice job with a tough song.
Uke4ia, you are awesome, you come on all straight and normal with the home office and the button down shirt and then haul it over the rocks like nobody's business. Love it.
ReaderMo, you made it through one of the most verbose songs ever with nary a stumble. Impressive.
Glass, you are a force of nature. A force for good. Nothing re-used about that performance. Excellent.
I think I already commented on Eugene's song. I'm still astonished.
Nice showing this round.
AM I the only one doing two entries? The rules are a little ambiguous as they say you may do Shakespeare OR Earth Day, but then further down:"you may enter two performances, but only one for each category"
thanks friends, peewee

Thanks for the kind words....I figure I just like to record and hopefully may win something. Still learning alot but having fun!!!

uke4ia
04-27-2012, 11:47 AM
AM I the only one doing two entries? The rules are a little ambiguous as they say you may do Shakespeare OR Earth Day, but then further down:"you may enter two performances, but only one for each category"

Can I count the "Hamlet" video I posted on the first page toward the Earth Day contest because it's recycled from 2008? :p I just thought today of an Earth Day song that I'd be interested in doing, but I don't know if I'll find the time by Sunday. I'm doing an open mic night tomorrow, and that's my priority at the moment.

peewee
04-27-2012, 01:10 PM
hey gang, back for a second helping of the 10th season. This is my bash at a tune for Earth Day...I originally did "A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" but the computer couldn't cope with a 7.5 minute download :o so I went with a shorter one, "Garden Song" by David Mallett, an ol' folky from the 60's and 70's :)


My 6 y.o. daughter just saw me scroll past your vid and said "Oh I love that guy can we see that?" Your appeal is universal, Jon!

thesillydave
04-27-2012, 01:36 PM
mattydee...before i invest too much time in this next song, might i inquire if just mentioning Shakespears name in the song lyrics qualifies and or just barely meets the requirements?
if not, i'll try another! thanks!

mattydee
04-27-2012, 02:28 PM
mattydee...before i invest too much time in this next song, might i inquire if just mentioning Shakespears name in the song lyrics qualifies and or just barely meets the requirements?
if not, i'll try another! thanks!

That'll do. We've already got two entries so far which have qualified in that manner...

austin1
04-28-2012, 01:12 AM
I don't think I'm going to get an entry in on time :( I've been ridiculously busy, and now I'm sick too. So if anyone wants to borrow my song, I was going to do Green Sleeves, which is mentioned in The Merry Wives of Windsor, right after Falstaff says "Let the sky rain potatoes!"

chrimess
04-28-2012, 06:44 AM
...finished my first banjolele this week: Kalikiana Ukulele:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DL_4jZk4oY

thesillydave
04-28-2012, 07:43 AM
...finished my first banjolele this week: Kalikiana Ukulele:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DL_4jZk4oY

very cool!
and the rocking baby chair / bassinet was mesmerizing! cheers!

ukuleledaveey
04-28-2012, 09:53 AM
...finished my first banjolele this week: Kalikiana Ukulele:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DL_4jZk4oY

That was fantastic Christian, your quite some player/picker :) and congrats on your building project, liking Dire straights has always been a dirty secret of mine lol and your version was ace my man even the angst and anger with the f word added to it, great performance,loved it, funnily enough since the sunshine ans smile week, and a hose pipe ban and drought alert over here in the Uk we have had rain every day and forecast for next week as well, its amazing we have a drought alert and all you see is umbrellas :) anyway top effort and enjoy the rest of your weekend

benjoeuke
04-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Oh man, I need some singing lessons! Well, I had to do it, it's about Romeo and Juliet... btw, this truly was a first take, so busy today but if I get time I might try a second take, I really want to believe I can do better... classic rock... check the solo break even if you can't stand the singing... ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bAsAVL3pno

OldePhart
04-28-2012, 04:04 PM
This sucks pondwater but it looks like I may not get an entry in this week :(. I put in 12 hours on the job today and I'll probably be grinding tomorrow as well.

I will go put a note in the 11th season to kick that one off tonight, though.

John

uke4ia
04-28-2012, 05:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bAsAVL3pno

The only thing this needs is


MORE COWBELL !!!!

uke4ia
04-28-2012, 05:22 PM
I just thought today of an Earth Day song that I'd be interested in doing, but I on't know if I'll find the time by Sunday. I'm doing an open mic night tomorrow, and that's my priority at the moment.


Woo Hoo! My open mic highlight tonight was I got to do duets of "Ophelia" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (which I'd never played before) with a piano player who's also a regular there. And there's still a chance I might get the Earth Day song recorded tomorrow while my daughter's off at a track meet.

Hippie Dribble
04-28-2012, 05:25 PM
Woo Hoo! My open mic highlight tonight was I got to do duets of "Ophelia" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (which I'd never played before) with a piano player who's also a regular there. And there's still a chance I might get the Earth Day song recorded tomorrow while my daughter's off at a track meet.
Congrats brother, what a great feeling that must have been. The Band were - still are - incredible and changed my musical life very much for the better. Don't suppose you got video of it?

benjoeuke
04-28-2012, 05:26 PM
The only thing this needs is


MORE COWBELL !!!!

I wanted so bad to hook up a cowbell to my kick drum pedal but, alas... I don't have a cowbell :(

uke4ia
04-28-2012, 06:36 PM
Congrats brother, what a great feeling that must have been. The Band were - still are - incredible and changed my musical life very much for the better. Don't suppose you got video of it?

No. Ophelia was pretty ragged because we weren't in sync going into the bridges. But Cripple Creek went well, and we're talking about doing "The Weight" at the next one in two weeks. Maybe I can get my daughter to video it.

thesillydave
04-28-2012, 07:58 PM
well kiddos, this was just to get in on the Shakespeare side of the comp.....he's mentioned in the second verse...my apologies to bob for this version!


http://youtu.be/wJStLunKEdk


now off to season 11! woohoo!

Hippie Dribble
04-28-2012, 09:28 PM
well kiddos, this was just to get in on the Shakespeare side of the comp.....he's mentioned in the second verse...my apologies to bob for this version!


http://youtu.be/wJStLunKEdk

now off to season 11! woohoo!

Forsooth! ne'er a fonder likeness for thy tongue of Dylan ha' e'er passed mine ears

um, stupidity aside, what I mean is...GREAT STUFF DAVE :)

nscafe
04-28-2012, 09:32 PM
From zero entries to two weeks in a row?!? :)

Here's another one from me. "Gone" by Jack Johnson. I noticed that I tend to flip you off when I finger an E chord. No offense intended there... Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK7I_NHK4Xo

ukuleledaveey
04-29-2012, 12:15 AM
@ Benjoeukulele - well done and great to see you back this season/week, loved it, wow your some player, loved your cheeky smile at the end of the solo as well made me laugh, i dont think its a case of you cant sing, i think your putting so much effort into your playing and you have made the asumption you cant sing, so you feel concious of your voice, near he end of the song you seemed to relax and there was difference in your voice, anyway keep entering and everything should get eaisier, thats what i tell myself, anyway fab entry loved it hope to see another entry next week and dont worry about your voice :) you sound good and you uke soloing wow :)

@The silly dave - loved it mate, that was a fantastic song i really loved the words, and loved your endurance to do a long song, really really enjoyed it , i have never really listened to hardly any of dylans stuff, dont know why just never really sort of made a effort to listen to any of his work, oh well , great job mate and see you in season 11 :)

@nscafe- great to see you back again to another good strong solid song by you, dont worry about the finger gesture when doing an E, i feel l like flippin you cos im jealous you can do the E chord lol only jokin, im trying like mad to get the E chord down, it is a stubborn little chap, anyway great playing and silky singin, see ya in the next season :)

chrimess
04-29-2012, 02:04 AM
Way more than a token, Dave! Love me some Robert D.

well kiddos, this was just to get in on the Shakespeare side of the comp.....he's mentioned in the second verse...my apologies to bob for this version!


http://youtu.be/wJStLunKEdk


now off to season 11! woohoo!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-29-2012, 09:16 AM
This is my first full day off this week---looking forward to checking out everyone's entries this afternoon.

I did use some down time to put a Shakespearean song together. The lyrics are from As You Like It, the tune is Princess Likelike's "Ainahau" (from the Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsQ2ZbK1lW4

J-Peg
04-29-2012, 09:24 AM
Finally got my Earth Day song together.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0t-LHpGji8&feature=youtu.be

ukuleledaveey
04-29-2012, 09:37 AM
This is my first full day off this week---looking forward to checking out everyone's entries this afternoon.

I did use some down time to put a Shakespearean song together. The lyrics are from As You Like It, the tune is Princess Likelike's "Ainahau" (from the Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsQ2ZbK1lW4

Great job Ralf, that was really sweet and beautiful sounding, this comp is so great as so many of you are fab players it is a pleasure to watch and listen to you all

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 09:38 AM
This is my first full day off this week---looking forward to checking out everyone's entries this afternoon.


"Full day off" what's that? (I worked 12 hours yesterday and need to get back to work today but am trying to steal 30 minutes to record a vid. :) )

John

ukuleledaveey
04-29-2012, 09:39 AM
Finally got my Earth Day song together.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0t-LHpGji8&feature=youtu.be

loved it J-Peg solid good all round performance , love your style of playing and you have a great voice to onto the next challenge lol its a tough one for me, see ya in week 11

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-29-2012, 09:44 AM
"Full day off" what's that? (I worked 12 hours yesterday and need to get back to work today but am trying to steal 30 minutes to record a vid. :) )

John

I only have four or so hours of work to do at home. Love my day off.

wee_ginga_yin
04-29-2012, 10:36 AM
"Full day off" what's that? (I worked 12 hours yesterday and need to get back to work today but am trying to steal 30 minutes to record a vid. :) )

John

Right!!! I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night
half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid,
work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for
permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad
and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves
singing Hallelujah.

uke4ia
04-29-2012, 11:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99mUkKhPB8Q

Here's my Earth Day video. "River Runs Red" by Midnight Oil.

uke4ia
04-29-2012, 11:12 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0t-LHpGji8&feature=youtu.be

Yeah! Burn that river down! Great job.

uke4ia
04-29-2012, 11:23 AM
http://youtu.be/wJStLunKEdk


This made me nostalgiac. I was in high school with a huge Dylan fan that I used to tick off by doing an exaggerated impression of Dylan singing the chorus of this song.

J-Peg
04-29-2012, 11:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99mUkKhPB8Q

Here's my Earth Day video. "River Runs Red" by Midnight Oil.

Great job!
But now I'm mad at myself for not thinking of doing a Midnight Oil song myself.

ukuleledaveey
04-29-2012, 11:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99mUkKhPB8Q

Here's my Earth Day video. "River Runs Red" by Midnight Oil.

Loved it ,you definitely have this amazing quality of energy it is great , would love to see you do some punk covers :) your uke sounded great and that is pretty damned fine playing, i was impressed spotted your midnight oil t-shirt as well,

SailQwest
04-29-2012, 03:12 PM
So this is my first (but hopefully not my last) contribution to the Seasons of the Ukulele Challenges.


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

glass
04-29-2012, 04:28 PM
So this is my first (but hopefully not my last) contribution to the Seasons of the Ukulele Challenges.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDAedlQmetE
Very nice one!!!! Welcome to the seasonal challenges now get ready for week 11!!

OldePhart
04-29-2012, 04:38 PM
Right!!! I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night
half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid,
work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for
permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad
and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves
singing Hallelujah.

Heh, heh. Love it! Certainly tops walking six miles to school through four feet of snow, uphill both ways, with no shoes. DIdn't need shoes 'cause we did't have feet. That's right, walked six miles to school on our knees, uphill both ways... :)

John

chrimess
04-29-2012, 06:08 PM
oops, did not even know my company had a presence in Finland...

Right!!! I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night
half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid,
work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for
permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad
and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves
singing Hallelujah.

myrnaukelele
04-29-2012, 08:35 PM
mattydee- you came up with a couple really good themes for the 10th season. I had every intention of entering but I've been too busy planting my garden and time has run out. Now that spring is here and the weather is warm it's hard to come inside. But you got some great entries. See you all down the road in another season~myrna

ukuleledaveey
04-30-2012, 12:15 AM
So this is my first (but hopefully not my last) contribution to the Seasons of the Ukulele Challenges.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDAedlQmetE
Great to have you on board :) that was lovely a really nice song, look forward to seeing you in future seasons, the 11 has started now :) keep on entering

wee_ginga_yin
04-30-2012, 04:07 AM
Heh, heh. Love it! Certainly tops walking six miles to school through four feet of snow, uphill both ways, with no shoes. DIdn't need shoes 'cause we did't have feet. That's right, walked six miles to school on our knees, uphill both ways... :)

John

Spoken like a true Yorkshireman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo)

mattydee
04-30-2012, 05:45 AM
Alright gang, here's the playlist. If I missed you, let me know ASAP. I'll be going through them all again today, and tallying scores. I may not get to the judges video before tomorrow, and I also want to record what would have been my entry!

Great job everybody! It's so awesome to have people from all over the world come together to do something like this. Yay!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDD5B6434C0B26F39

The playlist is sorted by sub-contest, but I didn't have time to go in and fix the order chronologically within that. Oh, well. Shakespeare played all sorts of games with time, too.

mattydee
05-01-2012, 10:32 AM
I may find time to record the results video today, and I may not, but I do have the results!

Earth Day
1st: Eugene Ukulele - Garden Song
2nd: TheOnlyUkeThatMatters feat. Ukuleledaddy - Fall on Me
3rd (tie): Nscafe - Gone / Peewee - Pollution

Shakespeare's Birthday
1st: TheOnlyUkeThatMatters - Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
2nd: Eugene Ukulele - Peanut Butter and Honey
3rd: Chrimess - Romeo and Juliet

Thanks to everyone for entering, and I'll have my impressions up soon! Its so great to have new faces and voices in the second wave of the Seasons contests! I hope to get a song recorded for this week as well, but it's a busy week for me, and I may have to focus on the Blues in week eleven. Jon and Ralf, PM me with addresses so I can send your prizes.

nscafe
05-01-2012, 11:25 AM
Yay I placed! :)

Thanks for putting on the contest this week mattydee!

Also, congratulations to the well-deserved winners, and everyone else who contributed to this contest.

SailQwest
05-01-2012, 11:36 AM
Congrats, Everyone!

This was great fun! I look forward to future seasons!

thesillydave
05-01-2012, 11:41 AM
congrats to all, especially jon & ralf! and thanks to mattydee for hosting!

ukuleledaveey
05-01-2012, 11:49 AM
congrats to all, especially jon & ralf! and thanks to mattydee for hosting!

Ditto what Dave said :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Thanks, mattydee!!!

Congrats Jon for the Earth Day win! Congrats to everyone for a great week of ukulele good times! While I was checking out the playlist, I took notes...

@ukuleledaveey - Great, simple tune that gets modern cynicism across in a light-hearted way. And you incorporated both themes without forcing it. Cool stuff. Gracias.

@peewee - (Pollution) Pogo! Love it. That's the kind of depressing folk music I like, too. And some nice picking, here. Gracias! (Chinese Bones) Glad you're not so busy lately. You consistently bring great songs and spirited performances to the Seasonal scene. No exception, here, either. Cool song, cool version.

@thesillydave: (Nothing But Flowers) Great song choice. Sweet version. Nice. (Stuck Inside Mobile...) I always love it when a singer releases his inner Bob Dylan. Fun one. Gracias.

@wee_ginga_yin: (Shining River) Haunting, beautiful performance. Another great one. Gracias.

@ukuleledaddy: (Save Me Now) Nice location! Lovely performance of a lovely song. Now, please do 'Evil Woman'.

@strumsilly: (Mercy, Mercy Me) Nice soft picking. Sweet, sad harp playing, too. Nice.

@keymover: (After the Goldrush) Welcome to the Seasons! Great song choice out of the gate, too. Steady strumming, nice ending---wrings out a little of that Young-ian sadness. (Don't Fear the Reaper) Nice picking intro. Luckily, your strumming is cowbell-steady, so this version works great. Did you hear lots of reverb-y back-up singing in your mind? I did. Way to rip a shred, too.

@glass: (3 Rs) Cool uke! It sounds sweet, especially with a river singing back-up. Or is that a freeway? And wow, that's a mathematically challenging song. Nice arithmetic!

@eugene ukulele: (The Garden Song) Nice one, Jon. Groovy, sweet rhythm and singing. Gracias. (Peanut Butter and Honey) Aw, that's sweeter than sweet. Great one, Jon. Muchas gracias.

@nscafe: (Gone) Soft, sweet singing and playing. Nice.

@J-Peg: (Cuyahoga) More Life's Rich Pageant, woohoo! Sweet, steady strumming, and nice picking outro.

@uke4ia: (River Runs Red) Midnight Oil was the first concert my sister and I went to without our mom---a great, passionate band. Great dynamic intro to your version here! And nice dynamics throughout this performance. Cool. (Ophelia) Nice choice. We can pretend it's Hamlet's Ophelia this week. Sounds great, too.

@sailquest: (This Island Earth) Welcome to the Seasons! Great dynamics here and great work navigating the varied meter of the lyric. Cool.

@ReaderMo: (Desolation Row) Great playing on this one! Your playing really lets the tension in these chords build and disperse in a groovy way. Cool.

@chrimess: (Romeo and Juliet) Love that percussive banjo uke picking sound! Nice sweet singing, too. You might become a folk singer sooner than later.

PS I'm still waiting on scores from one Ninth Season judge. I'll post results as soon as they're together. It's a tight race so far.

ukuleledaveey
05-01-2012, 12:19 PM
Many thanks for your words Ralf and greatly appreciated congrats to you and Jon :)

ukuleledaddy
05-01-2012, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the kind words Ralf, and congrats! I think I will give Evil Woman a shot, I love that song! Also, it was a blast teaming up with you this week.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-01-2012, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the kind words Ralf, and congrats! I think I will give Evil Woman a shot, I love that song! Also, it was a blast teaming up with you this week.The team-up was a blast!

But that eugene ukulele's just too good. Grr. (Just kidding, Jon---your spirit and your music both inspire me---never stop strumming, picking, singing, and sharing your music.)

OldePhart
05-01-2012, 02:16 PM
Great job everybody - congrats to the winners - now get your butts to work on those twelve-bar blues for the eleventh season! LOL

So, who is going to pick up week twelve? We can't let this thing drop, it's too much fun!

Hey...wasn't it Uncle E's idea to keep this going? - I don't think I've seen any posts from him in these threads lately - anybody know if he's okay?

John

chrimess
05-01-2012, 02:57 PM
Thanks. Very much, Matty. I will build an instrument every week if that elevates me close to my uke heros!


I may find time to record the results video today, and I may not, but I do have the results!

Earth Day
1st: Eugene Ukulele - Garden Song
2nd: TheOnlyUkeThatMatters feat. Ukuleledaddy - Fall on Me
3rd (tie): Nscafe - Gone / Peewee - Pollution

Shakespeare's Birthday
1st: TheOnlyUkeThatMatters - Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
2nd: Eugene Ukulele - Peanut Butter and Honey
3rd: Chrimess - Romeo and Juliet

Thanks to everyone for entering, and I'll have my impressions up soon! Its so great to have new faces and voices in the second wave of the Seasons contests! I hope to get a song recorded for this week as well, but it's a busy week for me, and I may have to focus on the Blues in week eleven. Jon and Ralf, PM me with addresses so I can send your prizes.

peewee
05-01-2012, 03:01 PM
Yay I placed! :)

Thanks for putting on the contest this week mattydee!

Also, congratulations to the well-deserved winners, and everyone else who contributed to this contest.

What nscafe said!
Hope I can get my 12 bar blooz going this week, fishing for time..
thanks all.

glass
05-01-2012, 03:25 PM
Thanks RAlf it was an ok performance and yes that is the freeway or as we call it the river!!!!

Hippie Dribble
05-01-2012, 10:37 PM
Matty, thankyou and congrats to everyone, it was a week that stretched us all and got the creative juices flowing. I enjoyed everybody's performances as much as always and the theme's were brilliant mate, so thankyou for taking us all on another great journey. Wow, this season's contest has become a rolling juggernaut of awesome fun and sharing. Looking forward to your next entry in week 11 brother, blessings brother. :)