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Tootler
08-04-2012, 12:58 AM
Here it is, the 25th Season of the Ukulele


http://youtu.be/v4xgW0bL0Vk

The Challenge
Learn and sing a train song. It can be a song about a train or a song where a train/railway/railroad features in some way.

Alternatively take a poem about the railways and write an original tune to make it a song or write an original song and sing it.

Parameters-
Video must be a new creation

It must feature ukulele as the main instrument but other instruments welcome.

I will modify the single track/no overdubs rule this week. If you have videos or photos of trains, you can fade these in after at least 30 seconds showing you playing ukulele but they should be your own work and not taken from the web or elsewhere. The audio track must still be a single take with no overdubs.

All instruments welcome, Ukulele must be central.

bonus tracks definitely encouraged.

You need to tell us that your video is for the 25th season of the Ukulele at the beginning of it.

...and a plea: Please include the title of your song in the title of your video, don't just title it "25th season of the ukulele". It really helps when I listen to an unfamiliar song. Remember, songs that may be familiar in the US may not be familiar elsewhere and vice versa.

Judging-
This time, you will be the judges. Everyone who enters a video will be able to take part in the judging. I will explain how it will work towards the end of the week, but basically I will ask you to send me your choices for the best three entries after the week has ended and I will give points to your choices to arrive at a winner.

+3 bonus points for an original tune to a poem or an original song.

Prizes-
1st prize: Fremont ukulele clip hanger – stand that clips to your mic stand or music stand.

2nd Prize: Pub Prop – ukulele hanger that clips to a table.

3rd Prize: Rhythm Ring – slips over your finger to give a rhythmic accompaniment as you strum. You'll have seen me , among others, use one on videos.

Deadline
The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 12th August Hawaii time. That's 11am Monday 13th August UK time (currently GMT+1)

Enjoy yourselves this week and lets see lots of great vidoes.

Geoff

wee_ginga_yin
08-04-2012, 01:31 AM
Bless her Cotton socks!!!

GinnyT11
08-04-2012, 02:46 AM
Excellent set-up, Geoff! You'll get lots of entries.

And bravo for thinking of a new way for "judging." It will be sort of like the Applause-o-Meter on the 1950s show, "Queen for a Day."

Tootler
08-04-2012, 02:49 AM
Bless her Cotton socks!!!

:agree:

(wouldn't accept my reply with just a smiley :rulez:)

strumsilly
08-04-2012, 05:02 AM
here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

OldePhart
08-04-2012, 05:30 AM
...and a plea: Please include the title of your song in the title of your video, don't just title it "25th season of the ukulele". It really helps when I listen to an unfamiliar song. Remember, songs that may be familiar in the US may not be familiar elsewhere and vice versa.

Geoff

Hey Geoff - I think the reason a lot of us avoid putting the title in the YouTube upload is to avoid the copyright police on YouTube. I know that's why I avoid using the song title unless it is one of my originals or a traditional that's public domain.

Awesome you stepping up this way and this is one week I shouldn't have any problem with - I wrote a train song recently and haven't recorded it yet so this works out really sweet!

JOhn

Dougf
08-04-2012, 05:38 AM
I like your judging idea, I was planning on doing something similar for the 27th season. All aboard!

TCK
08-04-2012, 07:18 AM
Man oh man why did I spend so much time over on the train song thread...oh well, looks like I am going to learn a few more...GREAT THEME Tootler!
Gotta agree with John on titles though-I leave them off because YouTube will yank them quick. Can we put them in the thread reply instead?

strumsilly
08-04-2012, 07:43 AM
uh oh. I hope I don't get yanked!

Tootler
08-04-2012, 08:07 AM
Hey Geoff - I think the reason a lot of us avoid putting the title in the YouTube upload is to avoid the copyright police on YouTube. I know that's why I avoid using the song title unless it is one of my originals or a traditional that's public domain.

Awesome you stepping up this way and this is one week I shouldn't have any problem with - I wrote a train song recently and haven't recorded it yet so this works out really sweet!

JOhn


Man oh man why did I spend so much time over on the train song thread...oh well, looks like I am going to learn a few more...GREAT THEME Tootler!
Gotta agree with John on titles though-I leave them off because YouTube will yank them quick. Can we put them in the thread reply instead?

Putting them in the thread is fine. In fact good idea. Just as long as you tell me somewhere the title of the song. You can announce it in the video, if you like.

Copyright seems to work differently for you and us. So far, <touch wood> I've had no major problems. I occasionally get a note saying someone has claimed copyright but all that happens is ads appear in the video. If the song is public domain, which many of mine are, I contact them and tell them and up till now they have removed the copyright claim.

I do know others have had problems, though.

By the way, OldePhart, I'm looking forward to hearing your song.

Tootler
08-04-2012, 08:12 AM
here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

Well that was a great song to start us off. They don't get much better than Jean Ritchie.

myrnaukelele
08-04-2012, 09:18 AM
Tootler - this is a great theme! I LOVE train songs. Here is the first bonus track of the 25th Season:

http://youtu.be/HNFbw4um-F4
This is a video in memory of my dad, who worked as a railroad engineer for 38 years on the Illinois Central RR. The City of New Orleans was one of his trains.

TCK
08-04-2012, 10:19 AM
I'm in Myrna! Lovely version as always...
Mine is a little more silly, but what the heck- lets all play this one! Top shelf tune!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZZWdQSGJ7I&list=UU1xday0NyeuItGfSKVnR8-w&index=9&feature=plcp
Dang I love me a good train song

Barbablanca
08-04-2012, 10:38 AM
I'm not at home so I can't record anything. But if I could I'd be keen to finally get a tune for this song I wrote about the little train that takes you up into the Himalayas.

In fact, if anyone here feels inspired to write a tune for this and submit it to the season, that'd be brilliant!

Here are the lyrics, in case anyone gets inspired:


Up the Hills to Shimla

When I was young, “The Jungle Book”
Escorted me to bed.
And dreams of ancient India,
Raced swiftly around my head.
Then “Plain Tales from the Hills”
Replaced dreams of the wolf-pack.
And I swore one day, I’d find myself,
On the mountain railway track.

Winding through the mountains up to Shimla,
CHO Climbing through the mist and through the rain.
RUS Exploring the great mystery of India,
A pilgrim rattling skywards on the train.

There are uniformed young schoolboys,
Some with sky-blue turban hats.
There are bureaucrats and businessmen,
Who’ve come up from the flats.
There are honeymooning couples,
With shy love looks in their smiles,
And tourists and train spotters,
Devouring every mile.

CHORUS

There are porters and samosas
That appear at every stop.
Rickety old viaducts,
Breathtaking sheer drops.
The distant Himalayas,
As a backdrop to the scene,
And sights that take me back,
To when Victoria was Queen.

CHORUS

In my mind’s eye there are Redcoats,
Fleeing hot nights on the plains,
Subalterns and fat colonels,
Reliving old campaigns.
Crinolined young ladies
Swapping gossip behind fans,
Ambitious worldly curates,
And that ailing other man.

CHORUS

strumsilly
08-04-2012, 12:33 PM
[QUOTE=Barbablanca;1010998]I'm not at home so I can't record anything. But if I could I'd be keen to finally get a tune for this song I wrote about the little train that takes you up into the Himalayas.[quote]
ok, done will post tm

uke4ia
08-04-2012, 12:51 PM
here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

Maybe it's just wishful hearing, but at around the 2:15 mark it sounds like you say "Never thought I'd wish to hear those tiples roar".

OldePhart
08-04-2012, 01:03 PM
Wow - way to jump right out of the gate and set the bar high!


here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

OldePhart
08-04-2012, 01:05 PM
BTW, Geoff - were you aware you have embedding turned off on your intro video so it can only be viewed by going to YouTube?

Ukeval
08-04-2012, 01:08 PM
Here is my entry, sorry instrumental only... ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQZbOn9YTrM
Freight train - Elisabeth Cotten, arrangement by Arnaud D.

OldePhart
08-04-2012, 01:09 PM
@Myrna and @Dave - you two need to collab that one...

Hippie Dribble
08-04-2012, 01:43 PM
here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

awesome job ss. Was gonna have a crack at this one myself. Only became aware of the Jean Ritchie original a few years back..til then I thought it was a Michelle Shocked song, cause it was on one of my fave records ever 'Short Sharp Shocked'. This is a great and very authentic rendition mate, totally love it. Great start to the week. :)

Hippie Dribble
08-04-2012, 01:47 PM
Here is my entry, sorry instrumental only... ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQZbOn9YTrM
Freight train - Elisabeth Cotten, arrangement by Arnaud D.
AWESOME playing Val!!!

Hippie Dribble
08-04-2012, 01:49 PM
@Myrna and @Dave - you two need to collab that one...

YESSSSSSSS!!! Agreed John, their voices would sound great together. What say youse D & M??? :)

Hippie Dribble
08-04-2012, 01:53 PM
Here's an extra song I did for the great Train Song thread a few months back...which may be about to be revived Lazarus-like methinks...he he. I love 2 chord songs but I love one-chord songs even more!!!! "Reuben's Train" done after Patrick Sky's incredible version from the 60's.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakN6xRyg-o

Tootler
08-04-2012, 01:54 PM
BTW, Geoff - were you aware you have embedding turned off on your intro video so it can only be viewed by going to YouTube?

Sorry about that. Fixed now. As it was unlisted, I didn't want anyone grabbing the embed code and then letting it out.

Tootler
08-04-2012, 01:56 PM
Tootler - this is a great theme! I LOVE train songs. Here is the first bonus track of the 25th Season:

http://youtu.be/HNFbw4um-F4
This is a video in memory of my dad, who worked as a railroad engineer for 38 years on the Illinois Central RR. The City of New Orleans was one of his trains.

I was hoping this one would come up. Great version, Myrna. Just loved the banjo uke, the pictures of those trains and the memorial to your father at the end.

Tootler
08-04-2012, 02:00 PM
Here is my entry, sorry instrumental only... ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQZbOn9YTrM
Freight train - Elisabeth Cotten, arrangement by Arnaud D.

Instrumental is fine. Great playing, Merci beaucoup.

Tootler
08-04-2012, 02:11 PM
I'm not at home so I can't record anything. But if I could I'd be keen to finally get a tune for this song I wrote about the little train that takes you up into the Himalayas.

In fact, if anyone here feels inspired to write a tune for this and submit it to the season, that'd be brilliant!

Here are the lyrics, in case anyone gets inspired:


Up the Hills to Shimla

When I was young, “The Jungle Book”
Escorted me to bed.
And dreams of ancient India,
Raced swiftly around my head.
Then “Plain Tales from the Hills”
Replaced dreams of the wolf-pack.
And I swore one day, I’d find myself,
On the mountain railway track.

Winding through the mountains up to Shimla,
CHO Climbing through the mist and through the rain.
RUS Exploring the great mystery of India,
A pilgrim rattling skywards on the train.

There are uniformed young schoolboys,
Some with sky-blue turban hats.
There are bureaucrats and businessmen,
Who’ve come up from the flats.
There are honeymooning couples,
With shy love looks in their smiles,
And tourists and train spotters,
Devouring every mile.

CHORUS

There are porters and samosas
That appear at every stop.
Rickety old viaducts,
Breathtaking sheer drops.
The distant Himalayas,
As a backdrop to the scene,
And sights that take me back,
To when Victoria was Queen.

CHORUS

In my mind’s eye there are Redcoats,
Fleeing hot nights on the plains,
Subalterns and fat colonels,
Reliving old campaigns.
Crinolined young ladies
Swapping gossip behind fans,
Ambitious worldly curates,
And that ailing other man.

CHORUS

That definitely needs a tune. Never been to India but have seen programmes about some of the little railways.


[QUOTE=Barbablanca;1010998]I'm not at home so I can't record anything. But if I could I'd be keen to finally get a tune for this song I wrote about the little train that takes you up into the Himalayas.[quote]
ok, done will post tm

Looking forward to your entry.

Tootler
08-04-2012, 02:15 PM
Here's an extra song I did for the great Train Song thread a few months back...which may be about to be revived Lazarus-like methinks...he he. I love 2 chord songs but I love one-chord songs even more!!!! "Reuben's Train" done after Patrick Sky's incredible version from the 60's.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakN6xRyg-o

Great stuff, Jon. This must have been one of the influences on Hedy West's song 500 miles.

Dan Uke
08-04-2012, 05:42 PM
Is someone gonna do Soul Sister by Train? As overplayed as it might be, it really sounds good on the uke!!

Dougf
08-04-2012, 06:20 PM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

wee_ginga_yin
08-04-2012, 07:52 PM
I have Wrecked Reuben's Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJT_4O-4aEs)

Dan Uke
08-04-2012, 08:22 PM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

I liked this version better than the one you did awhile ago with just instrumental. Thx

theou
08-05-2012, 03:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakN6xRyg-o
That's awesome ! Great voice and great ukulele style !

GinnyT11
08-05-2012, 03:40 AM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


Doug, this is terrific! I love jazz standards and you did this one very well.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 05:43 AM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

Excellent choice of song and I liked your pictures of the Paris Metro.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 05:46 AM
Is someone gonna do Soul Sister by Train? As overplayed as it might be, it really sounds good on the uke!!

While technically it might meet the requirements, I don't really think it is in the spirit of the theme as a train doesn't feature in the song itself, so I am exercising Season Master privileges and ruling it out as a potential entry. If anyone chooses to do it as a bonus track ...

Tootler
08-05-2012, 05:51 AM
I have Wrecked Reuben's Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJT_4O-4aEs)

Only you could pull that one off. Interesting.

Dan Uke
08-05-2012, 06:09 AM
While technically it might meet the requirements, I don't really think it is in the spirit of the theme as a train doesn't feature in the song itself, so I am exercising Season Master privileges and ruling it out as a potential entry. If anyone chooses to do it as a bonus track ...

Thanks for the clarification Season Master!! I knew it didn't fit but I wanted to hear one of my guilty pleasures....ooppss...that is this weeks theme!! LOL

uke4ia
08-05-2012, 06:36 AM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

WOOOOOOO! :bowdown: :holds cigarette lighter up:

ukuleledaveey
08-05-2012, 06:49 AM
Hi All here is my entry a obvious choice and a Ole Classic by the man in black
Many thanks Tootler for hosting this week.


http://youtu.be/jpGkiPbcCoQ

GinnyT11
08-05-2012, 06:55 AM
Here's an extra song I did for the great Train Song thread a few months back...which may be about to be revived Lazarus-like methinks...he he. I love 2 chord songs but I love one-chord songs even more!!!! "Reuben's Train" done after Patrick Sky's incredible version from the 60's.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakN6xRyg-o

Jon,
Are you sure you're not actually from Appalachia? You sing this like you're really a coal miner's boy.

TCK
08-05-2012, 07:05 AM
Right- that was awesome. Man you can make those big beautiful chords ring ;)
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

ukuleledaddy
08-05-2012, 07:49 AM
Hi All here is my entry a obvious choice and a Ole Classic by the man in black
Many thanks Tootler for hosting this week.


http://youtu.be/jpGkiPbcCoQ

Right on UkuleleDaveey! I was wondering who would do this first. Such a great song. Wonderful playing and you really hit those low notes. Great!

ukuleledaveey
08-05-2012, 07:55 AM
Right on UkuleleDaveey! I was wondering who would do this first. Such a great song. Wonderful playing and you really hit those low notes. Great!

Many thanks for your kind words mate :) greatly appreciated, i did also record it with a rhythm ring and harmonica, but found the sounds to cluttered, thought i would just settle with my voice and uke...... maybe a bad choice lol
look forward to your entry and hope your settled in your new home.

uke4ia
08-05-2012, 08:06 AM
I just botched about 20 takes of the song I'm hoping to do this week. This one-take stuff is a harsh mistress. :(

myrnaukelele
08-05-2012, 08:20 AM
YESSSSSSSS!!! Agreed John, their voices would sound great together. What say youse D & M??? :)
Ha! We've already posted our versions. Now we want to hear you guys do this classic train song. More bonus tracks of Riding on the City of New Orleans!;)
And speaking of bonus tracks - here's another from the Train Song thread:

http://youtu.be/AmpZk6aQXnA

ukuleledaveey
08-05-2012, 08:21 AM
hi again folks just like buses, you wait for one train song and two come along at once :) here is a little bonus entry from me


http://youtu.be/m-jBn4ArqwU

Tootler
08-05-2012, 09:40 AM
Hi All here is my entry a obvious choice and a Ole Classic by the man in black
Many thanks Tootler for hosting this week.


http://youtu.be/jpGkiPbcCoQ

Great choice. I loved your opening title sequence, though I missed the fat controller.

Let's hope we hear more of the man in black, he hardly figured during country week.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 09:45 AM
hi again folks just like buses, you wait for one train song and two come along at once :) here is a little bonus entry from me


http://youtu.be/m-jBn4ArqwU

Another excellent choice. You can't go wrong with Woody.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 09:49 AM
Ha! We've already posted our versions. Now we want to hear you guys do this classic train song. More bonus tracks of Riding on the City of New Orleans!;)
And speaking of bonus tracks - here's another from the Train Song thread:

http://youtu.be/AmpZk6aQXnA

I'm sure there will be more folks making their way down to New Orleans before the week's out. Meantime, lovely song, Myrna.

ukuleledaveey
08-05-2012, 10:37 AM
Great choice. I loved your opening title sequence, though I missed the fat controller.

Let's hope we hear more of the man in black, he hardly figured during country week.

Many thanks for your kind words Geoff and thanks for hosting a great week, if only i could find a top hat i could be the fat controller :)

Tootler
08-05-2012, 10:56 AM
... if only i could find a top hat i could be the fat controller :)

Look forward to it :cool:

wolfchs
08-05-2012, 11:04 AM
Hi all! Here's my take on "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum. Great songs so far. Hopefully one of these days I can contribute to bonus tracks. By the way, this video features my new Pono Acacia Tenor Deluxe that I acquired on Friday... Tee-hee-hee I'm so excited by this purchase cause I'm loving the Low G setup on this one!

http://youtu.be/Kq55hwQ_aBw

uke4ia
08-05-2012, 11:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43cT0_DYIk

I thought about the Doobies' "Long Train Runnin'" or the Who's "5:15", but I went with this Richard Thompson song called "Dead Man's Handle". It took lots and lots of takes.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 11:14 AM
Hi all! Here's my take on "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum. Great songs so far. Hopefully one of these days I can contribute to bonus tracks. By the way, this video features my new Pono Acacia Tenor Deluxe that I acquired on Friday... Tee-hee-hee I'm so excited by this purchase cause I'm loving the Low G setup on this one!

http://youtu.be/Kq55hwQ_aBw

Good choice. Well sung and that is a really nice sounding uke.

Tootler
08-05-2012, 11:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43cT0_DYIk

I thought about the Doobies' "Long Train Runnin'" or the Who's "5:15", but I went with this Richard Thompson song called "Dead Man's Handle". It took lots and lots of takes.

Richard Thompson, good choice. Who'd have thought someone would write a song based on a piece of railway safety equipment?

Tootler
08-05-2012, 11:25 AM
One for fellow Brits

Slow train anyone?


http://youtu.be/U6OHD2uCpfU

Of course, anyone can have a go if they feel inspired.

Dougf
08-05-2012, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the nice comments on my train song, guys, looking forward to everyone's entries. Great season, Tootler!

ukuleledaddy
08-05-2012, 03:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43cT0_DYIk

I thought about the Doobies' "Long Train Runnin'" or the Who's "5:15", but I went with this Richard Thompson song called "Dead Man's Handle". It took lots and lots of takes.

Wow! Worth the wait. That was great. Wonderful finger work Uke4ia and a fantastic entry.

Garydavkra
08-05-2012, 04:12 PM
Hi all! Here's my take on "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum. Great songs so far. Hopefully one of these days I can contribute to bonus tracks. By the way, this video features my new Pono Acacia Tenor Deluxe that I acquired on Friday... Tee-hee-hee I'm so excited by this purchase cause I'm loving the Low G setup on this one!

http://youtu.be/Kq55hwQ_aBw

Great job and great choice. I like the sound of your new Pono tenor.

Tootler
08-06-2012, 05:16 AM
I've set up playlists for this season.

Entries Here (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9A787C2AB1E63B9C)

Bonus tracks here (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2804B236ACFC098D)

I'll add entries and bonuses as they come in. Let me know if I miss you or put a video in the wrong playlist.

Keep those trains songs coming.

wee_ginga_yin
08-06-2012, 06:29 AM
Two for the price of one with extra yodel on top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK-uuWxwiKk

Tootler
08-06-2012, 08:12 AM
Two for the price of one with extra yodel on top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK-uuWxwiKk

Great stuff. Only you could pull that off.

Beware: Ve haff vays :rulez:

J-Peg
08-06-2012, 10:09 AM
I stumbled across this handy chart on the web yesterday and it reminded me of this week's theme.
41250

theou
08-06-2012, 10:51 AM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

ukuleledaddy
08-06-2012, 11:27 AM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

Wow, you two hit this one out of the park! That was fantastic. Great picking, singing, solo..... the whole thing was great!

peewee
08-06-2012, 11:48 AM
:agree:
Wow, you two hit this one out of the park! That was fantastic. Great picking, singing, solo..... the whole thing was great!:agree:

Bien Joué!

thesillydave
08-06-2012, 01:31 PM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

that was pleasure to listen too! encore!

OldePhart
08-06-2012, 02:15 PM
I stumbled across this handy chart on the web yesterday and it reminded me of this week's theme.
41250

HEh, heh... Now thaz pretty darn clever.

OldePhart
08-06-2012, 02:21 PM
Very fine! Very fine indeed! Great singin', strummin', and pickin' - kinda hard to top that!


Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

Hippie Dribble
08-06-2012, 05:10 PM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

Feyo!!!! The Ukelites of France!!!!!! Theou this is just wonderful stuff. So well done to you both, bravo!!!

Hippie Dribble
08-06-2012, 05:12 PM
here's another bonus song for the week, "Mamie's Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPHO5Ys7og

29moons
08-06-2012, 07:02 PM
Here it is. This weeks train video. Thanks for a great theme this week Toots. I hope you enjoy this one. I used my capo for the first time trying to be more on key.
http://youtu.be/rOfe0_5MPJw

ukuloonie
08-06-2012, 07:56 PM
here's another bonus song for the week, "Mamie's Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPHO5Ys7og

Cool simple song had me going with the harmonies be cool if you could have a bass going in the background
have you noticed that the uke sounds awesome with the Kala bass
Like cheese and pickle just complement each other just fine.
Thanks John.

ukuloonie
08-06-2012, 07:58 PM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

That was cool playing and with a cool french smooth voice, almost sounds like I'm in New Orleans
Smoooth and groovy

ukuloonie
08-06-2012, 07:59 PM
Here it is. This weeks train video. Thanks for a great theme this week Toots. I hope you enjoy this one. I used my capo for the first time trying to be more on key.
http://youtu.be/rOfe0_5MPJw
That was some great playing and mouth trumpet too.

ukuloonie
08-06-2012, 08:02 PM
Hi all! Here's my take on "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum. Great songs so far. Hopefully one of these days I can contribute to bonus tracks. By the way, this video features my new Pono Acacia Tenor Deluxe that I acquired on Friday... Tee-hee-hee I'm so excited by this purchase cause I'm loving the Low G setup on this one!

http://youtu.be/Kq55hwQ_aBw

I'm looking forward to more songs from you cause you have a nice voice:)

Ukeval
08-06-2012, 09:11 PM
Super chouette ! bravo ;-)

Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

ukuleledaddy
08-07-2012, 05:15 AM
here's another bonus song for the week, "Mamie's Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPHO5Ys7og

What a great way to start my day while sippin' a cup of joe. Really nice Jon. This is one I'll be watching over and over to try and learn. That's inspiring. Thanks!

TCK
08-07-2012, 05:41 AM
While I am sitting around waiting for apparently constipated chooks- figured I would post my favorite train song video. It was not always my favorite train song (though Big Joe Turner is a favorite)...it's the video.
It is the best video on Youtube I think.
Meet Tyler and Jacob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKXkbs55KXU

Tootler
08-07-2012, 06:05 AM
here's another bonus song for the week, "Mamie's Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPHO5Ys7og

Another great blues. Can't go wrong with Jelly Roll Morton. Wonderful playing, Jon, captures the mood beautifully.

Tootler
08-07-2012, 06:11 AM
Here it is. This weeks train video. Thanks for a great theme this week Toots. I hope you enjoy this one. I used my capo for the first time trying to be more on key.
http://youtu.be/rOfe0_5MPJw

Nice one. I liked the mouth trumpet - excellent effect. Well done with the capo. I struggled with a capo, so I keep a couple of my ukes tuned ADF#B instead. Maybe I should try a capo again I can see times when it might be useful.

ukuloonie
08-07-2012, 06:12 AM
While I am sitting around waiting for apparently constipated chooks- figured I would post my favorite train song video. It was not always my favorite train song (though Big Joe Turner is a favorite)...it's the video.
It is the best video on Youtube I think.
Meet Tyler and Jacob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKXkbs55KXU

Wow tck you have grown an amazing beard over the weekend
cool simple train song
( i know it's not you)
Kids are the best they let you know right away what they think.

Tootler
08-07-2012, 06:16 AM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

Wow! That was fabulous, great singing, great picking and wonderful rhythm playing. All in all a great track.

philpot
08-07-2012, 06:22 AM
Oh man. I have the perfect song for this. I just gotta polish it up. Too bad I can't sing like the artist :(

prunelle
08-07-2012, 06:38 AM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

What a great cover ! I wish I could listen to such a version in the hall of the Paris Metro...

ukuleledaddy
08-07-2012, 07:26 AM
Here it is. This weeks train video. Thanks for a great theme this week Toots. I hope you enjoy this one. I used my capo for the first time trying to be more on key.
http://youtu.be/rOfe0_5MPJw

Nice tune. I'll have to learn that one to play for my 5 and 4 year olds. Listening to this really makes me want to catch a train and make some memories with my kids. All aboard!

philpot
08-07-2012, 08:07 AM
Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

Pueo
08-07-2012, 08:24 AM
Well whaddya know! I started learning a train song for a train ride we were going to take on Maui a couple of months ago...
I was going to host a season and do the same thing for judging - I think it is a great idea!
My job has been taking up an inordinate amount of personal time recently, I missed last week because of that and I hope I can make this week. Once I get some free time back I will be able to host. Mahalo to Geoff and everyone else for keeping it going!

ukuleledaddy
08-07-2012, 09:30 AM
Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

Great tune, and your vocals were right on. I've never heard that song before but I'm going to look it up. I love watching you play. You've got a lot of heart.

peewee
08-07-2012, 09:43 AM
It wouldn't be a proper train week without the Wabash Cannonball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball), so here's my train wreck version:

http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q
http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q

Here's the Doc Watson version that makes mine sound infantile (http://youtu.be/BOyFarDDteQ)

Tootler
08-07-2012, 10:19 AM
Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

I'd not heard that song before either but it was a good choice and well sung.

Tootler
08-07-2012, 10:22 AM
It wouldn't be a proper train week without the Wabash Cannonball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball), so here's my train wreck version:

http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q
http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q

Here's the Doc Watson version that makes mine sound infantile (http://youtu.be/BOyFarDDteQ)

Excellent choice PeeWee and you certainly did it justice as far as I was concerned.

ukuleledaveey
08-07-2012, 10:26 AM
It wouldn't be a proper train week without the Wabash Cannonball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball), so here's my train wreck version:

http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q
http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q

Here's the Doc Watson version that makes mine sound infantile (http://youtu.be/BOyFarDDteQ)

Peewee,you rocked that mate, love it, really well played and sung ,really dig your version, great rythmn and strummin, i like it alot well done mate :shaka:

Tootler
08-07-2012, 10:28 AM
Well whaddya know! I started learning a train song for a train ride we were going to take on Maui a couple of months ago...
I was going to host a season and do the same thing for judging - I think it is a great idea!
My job has been taking up an inordinate amount of personal time recently, I missed last week because of that and I hope I can make this week. Once I get some free time back I will be able to host. Mahalo to Geoff and everyone else for keeping it going!

I hope you will manage an entry this week.

philpot
08-07-2012, 10:36 AM
Great tune, and your vocals were right on. I've never heard that song before but I'm going to look it up. I love watching you play. You've got a lot of heart.

Thank you so much :) I can't say I did the original justice. Levon Helm was a fantastic musician.

wee_ginga_yin
08-07-2012, 11:13 AM
Great stuff. Only you could pull that off. Beware: Ve haff vays :rulez:

I tried to get Elli my granddaughter to do The Monkey and the Engineer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxXIEAp9t2g) with me but being a rather beautiful young girl
she refused to play the part of the monkey... kids these days.

It is a great bonus track for anybody that wants to do it

decaturcomp
08-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Well, that's a pretty great start, strums.


here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

peewee
08-07-2012, 12:26 PM
Peewee,you rocked that mate, love it, really well played and sung ,really dig your version, great rythmn and strummin, i like it alot well done mate :shaka:

Thanks Tootler and Davey for the kind words!

peewee
08-07-2012, 12:36 PM
Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

That's a heck of a train song, loved Levon. You do sing it with conviction, sounded great. Nice work.

decaturcomp
08-07-2012, 12:48 PM
Philpot, I was just listening to this record this morning. GOOD call!! Well done, too.

RE: Levon Helm's "A Train Robbery"

decaturcomp
08-07-2012, 12:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5zoGfSi9Ak

You folks have been posting great stuff so far. I just wanted to add a song I love to hear.

myrnaukelele
08-07-2012, 01:06 PM
Tootler - Love the theme:)
As you can see I had a lot of fun with it. Here's my entry for Train Week.

http://youtu.be/VdFjwZm-a6s

Tootler
08-07-2012, 10:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5zoGfSi9Ak

You folks have been posting great stuff so far. I just wanted to add a song I love to hear.

Loved your song. I've not heard it before. Nice pickin' too.

Tootler
08-07-2012, 10:22 PM
Tootler - Love the theme:)
As you can see I had a lot of fun with it. Here's my entry for Train Week.

http://youtu.be/VdFjwZm-a6s

Well, Myrna, you obviously had fun doing that one. :cool:

Excellent choice of song well sung.

Barbablanca
08-07-2012, 11:49 PM
......ok, done will post tm

I await the results of this collaboration with baited breath! I'm glad you took me up on the offer. I've had that song for two years and it's been through a lot of melodies which I have rejected as too much like another of my songs. So, bringing a fresh approach to the lyrics will be great!

So, strum away as sillily as you like Sir! :o

Ukeval
08-08-2012, 12:20 AM
Really a nice theme... so nice contributions.
who will do "Marrakech express" ? (or I missed if done ?)

wee_ginga_yin
08-08-2012, 02:30 AM
A bit of Bob as a bonus

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

decaturcomp
08-08-2012, 02:34 AM
Lovely as usual, Myrna. I really like hearing you play and sing.


Tootler - Love the theme:)
As you can see I had a lot of fun with it. Here's my entry for Train Week.

http://youtu.be/VdFjwZm-a6s

decaturcomp
08-08-2012, 02:50 AM
Wow, this is one of my (many) favorites so far. Really nicely played and sung.

Super chouette ! bravo ;-)

Captain_Lovehandles
08-08-2012, 03:49 AM
I made this last night and just found out (from decaturcomp) about this contest, so here is my entry, if it meets the qualifications. If not, it's at least a fun train song. Cheers!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2r_jehLlI

decaturcomp
08-08-2012, 03:59 AM
A beautiful arrangement. Played flawlessly. AND You made your own uke? Respect.


Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

Tootler
08-08-2012, 08:08 AM
Really a nice theme... so nice contributions.
who will do "Marrakech express" ? (or I missed if done ?)

Not been done yet. Are you up for it?

Ukeval
08-08-2012, 08:26 AM
Not been done yet. Are you up for it?
No I can't but I give the idea for free (and my vote) to the one who want to do it ;-)

TCK
08-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Couldn't help myself. A little tune from 1969, flip side of the first record to give a now infamous sub-culture it's name.
Must Catch a Train- Symarip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS8A2KpC4is&feature=youtu.be

uke4ia
08-08-2012, 10:23 AM
Really a nice theme... so nice contributions.
who will do "Marrakech express" ? (or I missed if done ?)

That's a great idea. I hadn't thought of that one. I don't have time to do a bonus track this week, or I might take a stab at that -- or Locomotive Breath.

Tootler
08-08-2012, 11:21 AM
A bit of Bob as a bonus

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

That was superb.

wee_ginga_yin
08-08-2012, 11:37 AM
That was superb.

Thanks for your appreciation. Hunger, hypocrisy, greed, oil, bad religion, that man could cram a whole lot of topics into
one song that turns out to be pretty prophetic, and that was in 1979.

Tootler
08-08-2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks for your appreciation. Hunger, hypocrisy, greed, oil, bad religion, that man could cram a whole lot of topics into
one song that turns out to be pretty prophetic, and that was in 1979.

Not so much prophetic as perceptive. It was all there in 1979 only we hadn't really caught on. Remember who became British Prime Minister that year!!!!!!

Not always a fan of Dylan, though his early stuff had an edge that he lost somewhere along the line. We used to say, great songwriter but better sung by others and, on the whole, I still think that's true.

Still, this is a great song and was well sung.

Tootler
08-08-2012, 12:52 PM
I made this last night and just found out (from decaturcomp) about this contest, so here is my entry, if it meets the qualifications. If not, it's at least a fun train song. Cheers!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2r_jehLlI

Like it. Definitely a fun song.

Technically you should announce in the video it's your entry for the 25th season of the ukulele. I've added it as an entry as it's your first.

Tootler
08-08-2012, 01:02 PM
Couldn't help myself. A little tune from 1969, flip side of the first record to give a now infamous sub-culture it's name.
Must Catch a Train- Symarip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS8A2KpC4is&feature=youtu.be

This would have done well as a bonus for last week's theme as well. There is a train in there though, so it does fit. Nicely done.

Tootler
08-08-2012, 01:10 PM
Mid week and we're up to 13 entries and 7 bonus tracks.

Entry playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9A787C2AB1E63B9C)

Bonus playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2804B236ACFC098D)

Check I've not missed yours and let me know if I have.

Otherwise keep them coming.

Hippie Dribble
08-08-2012, 02:06 PM
A bit of Bob as a bonus

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

Rob does Bob. Yes. Well, this is my favourite performance of yours mate, ever, and I think I've watched nearly all of em. Utterly spellbinding, complete conviction, so in the zone, such committed delivery. Instant favourite. Bravo. Quite masterful.

Captain_Lovehandles
08-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Technically you should announce in the video....

Thanks. I didn't really make it for the contest. I should have been paying closer attention to the seasons I suppose.

UKISOCIETY
08-08-2012, 03:18 PM
This one was difficult. I have a head cold. And my daughter was a bit too interested in my microphone and instruments. Colin provides the toy train interpretation on his train table. This is "Those Troublesome Trucks" from Thomas and Friends.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLr75H07Ek&feature=youtu.be

OldePhart
08-08-2012, 04:13 PM
Heh, heh. Wow, there's some childhood memories!


I made this last night and just found out (from decaturcomp) about this contest, so here is my entry, if it meets the qualifications. If not, it's at least a fun train song. Cheers!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2r_jehLlI

OldePhart
08-08-2012, 04:19 PM
Wow...great rendition - maybe your best ever!


A bit of Bob as a bonus

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

OldePhart
08-08-2012, 04:25 PM
Great job Phil!


Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

Tootler
08-09-2012, 12:51 AM
This one was difficult. I have a head cold. And my daughter was a bit too interested in my microphone and instruments. Colin provides the toy train interpretation on his train table. This is "Those Troublesome Trucks" from Thomas and Friends.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLr75H07Ek&feature=youtu.be

Well, you made it - with a little help from your friends :)

wee_ginga_yin
08-09-2012, 03:13 AM
Not so much prophetic as perceptive. It was all there in 1979 only we hadn't really caught on. Remember who became British Prime Minister that year!!!!!!

Not always a fan of Dylan, though his early stuff had an edge that he lost somewhere along the line. We used to say, great songwriter but better sung by others and, on the whole, I still think that's true.

Still, this is a great song and was well sung.

I think Dylan is more of a poet than a singer, and the main thing about many of his songs
is the message they contain. If people say he has lost his way. I just think he has taken
the road less travelled, and they are unable to follow.


Rob does Bob. Yes. Well, this is my favourite performance of yours mate, ever, and I think I've watched nearly all of em. Utterly spellbinding, complete conviction, so in the zone, such committed delivery. Instant favourite. Bravo. Quite masterful.

Thank you Mr Duncan... guess we both know when this song is coming from, as someone else said
a performance succeeded if the listener receives the music in the same spirit with which it has been
delivered.



Wow...great rendition - maybe your best ever!

It was you who gave that quote that I have paraphrased above. What was the exact quote
and who said it?

Dougf
08-09-2012, 05:14 AM
A beautiful arrangement. Played flawlessly. AND You made your own uke? Respect.

Thanks. Yeah, that's my K'oto Jalulu #2, it's been holding up pretty well, but I may need to send it back for some warranty work. :)

peewee
08-09-2012, 05:16 AM
This one was difficult. I have a head cold. And my daughter was a bit too interested in my microphone and instruments. Colin provides the toy train interpretation on his train table. This is "Those Troublesome Trucks" from Thomas and Friends.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLr75H07Ek&feature=youtu.be

Truckin'-A, Fantastic show-biz sang froid on display, Alan!
I love Colin's interpretive train play, especially the high drop. Also the way you deal with your pawing and adoring fan is elegance itself.
very nice

OldePhart
08-09-2012, 06:24 AM
I think Dylan is more of a poet than a singer, and the main thing about many of his songs
is the message they contain. If people say he has lost his way. I just think he has taken
the road less travelled, and they are unable to follow.



Thank you Mr Duncan... guess we both know when this song is coming from, as someone else said
a performance succeeded if the listener receives the music in the same spirit with which it has been
delivered.




It was you who gave that quote that I have paraphrased above. What was the exact quote
and who said it?

Hmmmm, I'm a bit puzzled now. I don't recall having written anything similar to any of the above...maybe it was somebody else? (I am on beta blockers and statins though and the medical community is finally admitting what I've experienced and been complaining to my cardiologist about for ten years - they screw with your short term memory!)

John

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:25 AM
here we go.

http://youtu.be/GkoEgOVSGZc

Nice one, sir. I love the way you mix up your picking and strumming here---dynamic.

luschen
08-09-2012, 06:28 AM
Hi everybody. I was surprised no one had entered this yet - very fun to play, but I couldn't quite get the intro correct:


http://youtu.be/IM7E35yiXhk

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:30 AM
Tootler - this is a great theme! I LOVE train songs. Here is the first bonus track of the 25th Season:

http://youtu.be/HNFbw4um-F4
This is a video in memory of my dad, who worked as a railroad engineer for 38 years on the Illinois Central RR. The City of New Orleans was one of his trains.

Great performance and great slideshow. Thanks, Myrna, for sharing this lovely tribute to your father.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:36 AM
I'm in Myrna! Lovely version as always...
Mine is a little more silly, but what the heck- lets all play this one! Top shelf tune!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZZWdQSGJ7I&list=UU1xday0NyeuItGfSKVnR8-w&index=9&feature=plcp
Dang I love me a good train song

Sweet. Nice to hear a couple versions of this classic. Wooooot wooooooot! [That's a combination of a cheer and a train whistle.]

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:41 AM
Here is my entry, sorry instrumental only... ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQZbOn9YTrM
Freight train - Elisabeth Cotten, arrangement by Arnaud D.

Wow. No need to apologize here. Your uke's lovely voice puts some sugar on top of this blues. Sweet.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:44 AM
Here's an extra song I did for the great Train Song thread a few months back...which may be about to be revived Lazarus-like methinks...he he. I love 2 chord songs but I love one-chord songs even more!!!! "Reuben's Train" done after Patrick Sky's incredible version from the 60's.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakN6xRyg-o

Woohoo! You've got that rolling rhythm we need for the ukulelel train trip this week. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:48 AM
Duke Ellington's signature tune, with some footage of the Paris Metro.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8_rsI4ix14

Ah, nice one. Great instrumental journey through that lovely progression. Sweet singing. Great!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:51 AM
I have Wrecked Reuben's Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJT_4O-4aEs)

Sounds to me like you've rocked Reuben's Train. As I was listening, my wife said, "Wow, that sounds like Arthur Russell." Cool.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 06:58 AM
Hi All here is my entry a obvious choice and a Ole Classic by the man in black
Many thanks Tootler for hosting this week.


http://youtu.be/jpGkiPbcCoQ

Great one, Dave. Your strumming's got some nice dynamics going here---hitting that backbeat just right. Keep on rolling.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 07:05 AM
Ha! We've already posted our versions. Now we want to hear you guys do this classic train song. More bonus tracks of Riding on the City of New Orleans!;)
And speaking of bonus tracks - here's another from the Train Song thread:

http://youtu.be/AmpZk6aQXnA

I'm so glad folks are reposting tunes from the Favorite Train Song thread. I missed it, somehow. An especially sweet one, here. I love train songs about missing the person at the end of the line. Sad. Sweet. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 07:09 AM
hi again folks just like buses, you wait for one train song and two come along at once :) here is a little bonus entry from me


http://youtu.be/m-jBn4ArqwU

Ah, another classic. Sweet version here. Gracias.

strumsilly
08-09-2012, 07:19 AM
Here's a bonus."500 Miles aka "Railroaders Lament"I love this D,Bm,Em,G, with an A for good measure. chord progression and am a sucker for sad songs. It's given me a chance to display my "new" uke. I bought a damaged one and glued it up yesterday. just got the strings on this morning. The KoAloha concerts are everything they are cracked [pun intended] up to be.I can't put it down. sweet ringing tone, plays like butter, great tuners, and very pretty. I really can't keep both my concerts, so keep a lookout on the marketplace. this or my Kiwaya KTC-1 will have to go. It' going to be an agonizing choice. I might just put both up and let the marketplace decide. The Kiwaya is almost mint, the Koaloha has numerous dents and cracks. they are both awesome ukes.I can't do either one justice.

http://youtu.be/6ECsMJMdR7Y

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 07:29 AM
Hi all! Here's my take on "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum. Great songs so far. Hopefully one of these days I can contribute to bonus tracks. By the way, this video features my new Pono Acacia Tenor Deluxe that I acquired on Friday... Tee-hee-hee I'm so excited by this purchase cause I'm loving the Low G setup on this one!

http://youtu.be/Kq55hwQ_aBw

Ah, this sad song works well on the uke. Great singing and I like the way you break it down for the last verse.

And that uke sounds sweet. Congrats!

ukuleledaddy
08-09-2012, 07:44 AM
I hope to get a video in for this week! In the meantime, I just posted the results for week 23.

ksiegel
08-09-2012, 08:18 AM
Here's my entry: {Charlie and} The MTA.


http://youtu.be/4KFfA381rtQ




-Kurt

TCK
08-09-2012, 09:33 AM
So awesome! I was working on this one...well, I had a punk rock version planned. Such a fantastic train song! Well done Kurt
Here's my entry: {Charlie and} The MTA.


http://youtu.be/4KFfA381rtQ




-Kurt

wee_ginga_yin
08-09-2012, 12:10 PM
Hmmmm, I'm a bit puzzled now. I don't recall having written anything similar to any of the above...maybe it was somebody else? (I am on beta blockers and statins though and the medical community is finally admitting what I've experienced and been complaining to my cardiologist about for ten years - they screw with your short term memory!)

John

Relax you are not loosing your mind the quote was from Raygf

I am reminded of a Ravi Shankar quote,

"The magic in music happens only when the artist serves it with love
and joy and the listener receives it with the same spirit."

Now that is a quote everyone who performs music should remember.

ksiegel
08-09-2012, 02:34 PM
Okay, its Bonus Track Time!


http://youtu.be/bdbDAXczEDo

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 04:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43cT0_DYIk

I thought about the Doobies' "Long Train Runnin'" or the Who's "5:15", but I went with this Richard Thompson song called "Dead Man's Handle". It took lots and lots of takes.

Great song. Glad you were able to get through lots and lots of takes to get this one. It's great! Gracias!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-09-2012, 04:42 PM
Two for the price of one with extra yodel on top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK-uuWxwiKk

Great one, Rob. You two sound like a couple of hobos. In the best possible way, of course. Muchas gracias.

29moons
08-09-2012, 05:26 PM
Hi everybody. I was surprised no one had entered this yet - very fun to play, but I couldn't quite get the intro correct:


http://youtu.be/IM7E35yiXhk

Now that is some Working Man's Dead. Great job! I loves me some Grateful Dead. Very fitting since Jerry's birthday was last week. Keep it up and nice to see you here at the Seasons.

thesillydave
08-09-2012, 06:21 PM
well, here's my entry....it was word-ier than i remebered! whew!


http://youtu.be/oN_8dxuJosg

chugging along with the seasons!

Dan Uke
08-09-2012, 06:32 PM
Here's my entry. Anytime she sees the camera on, she wants to be in it :p When my son saw the video, he was sad since he wasn't in it. I guess I'm gonna have to make a bonus one now!!



http://youtu.be/4dhFPpwOyLU

prunelle
08-09-2012, 09:09 PM
Here is the bonus track of Feyo Similo ( Theou and myself).

This is a traditional song about the rice workers of the northern part of Italy.
Women who worked in the rice fields and asked their boss more money to get back home...by train.


http://youtu.be/rPaVGd_qK7U

Tootler
08-10-2012, 01:05 AM
Hi everybody. I was surprised no one had entered this yet - very fun to play, but I couldn't quite get the intro correct:


http://youtu.be/IM7E35yiXhk

Good choice of song and nice one. The intro sounded fine to me. If it's not exactly like the intro, then it's a variant which is perfectly acceptable. I doubt most folks would notice anyway.

Tootler
08-10-2012, 01:10 AM
Here's a bonus."500 Miles aka "Railroaders Lament"I love this D,Bm,Em,G, with an A for good measure. chord progression and am a sucker for sad songs. It's given me a chance to display my "new" uke. I bought a damaged one and glued it up yesterday. just got the strings on this morning. The KoAloha concerts are everything they are cracked [pun intended] up to be.I can't put it down. sweet ringing tone, plays like butter, great tuners, and very pretty. I really can't keep both my concerts, so keep a lookout on the marketplace. this or my Kiwaya KTC-1 will have to go. It' going to be an agonizing choice. I might just put both up and let the marketplace decide. The Kiwaya is almost mint, the Koaloha has numerous dents and cracks. they are both awesome ukes.I can't do either one justice.

http://youtu.be/6ECsMJMdR7Y

Excellent song well sung. Hedy West actually wrote quite a few more verses to this song but most folk seem to just sing these three which is a pity. Here's her original (http://youtu.be/rwnNdqpCF8Q)

Tootler
08-10-2012, 01:16 AM
Here's my entry: {Charlie and} The MTA.


http://youtu.be/4KFfA381rtQ


-Kurt

Liked that one, very witty and nice work with the banjo uke. Not familiar with the song, but then as a Brit it's probably not surprising.

GinnyT11
08-10-2012, 02:32 AM
Here's my entry: {Charlie and} The MTA.


http://youtu.be/4KFfA381rtQ




-Kurt

Nice job, Kurt. I really liked this tune when the Kingston Trio did it. I always wondered why his wife didn't throw him a nickel instead of a sandwich so he could get off.

I found this page of research about the tune by someone at MIT (ha! what else do they have to do?). The song was used by a Boston politician when he was campaigning against the MTA's policy of exit charges if you changed your route.
http://www.mit.edu/~jdreed/t/charlie.html

Tootler
08-10-2012, 03:24 AM
Okay, its Bonus Track Time!


http://youtu.be/bdbDAXczEDo

Another one I'm not familiar with. Nice one.

Tootler
08-10-2012, 03:29 AM
well, here's my entry....it was word-ier than i remebered! whew!


http://youtu.be/oN_8dxuJosg

chugging along with the seasons!

Nice choice. Something different for me. Presumably done as part of a schools programme.

strumsilly
08-10-2012, 03:33 AM
Excellent song well sung. Hedy West actually wrote quite a few more verses to this song but most folk seem to just sing these three which is a pity. Here's her original (http://youtu.be/rwnNdqpCF8Q)
Here's another bonus. maybe there's more verses for this out there too.

http://youtu.be/nN87703FlDo

Tootler
08-10-2012, 03:33 AM
Here's my entry. Anytime she sees the camera on, she wants to be in it :p When my son saw the video, he was sad since he wasn't in it. I guess I'm gonna have to make a bonus one now!!


http://youtu.be/4dhFPpwOyLU

Great choice. Hard to beat BB King. Well sung and excellent playing.

Tootler
08-10-2012, 03:38 AM
Here is the bonus track of Feyo Similo ( Theou and myself).

This is a traditional song about the rice workers of the northern part of Italy.
Women who worked in the rice fields and asked their boss more money to get back home...by train.


http://youtu.be/rPaVGd_qK7U

I really liked this one. Really nice to have something different.

Thanks for the synopsis and I liked your choice of location, though I don't think the rice workers would get far on the train that went past :)

Tootler
08-10-2012, 03:46 AM
Here's another bonus. maybe there's more verses for this out there too.

http://youtu.be/nN87703FlDo

Excellent. Well sung and great picking. I don't know whether there's more verses in this case, but a lot of songs were written to fit on one side of a 78 so tend to just be 3 or 4 verses long. There's a skill to telling a story in three or four verses which the best songwriters have.

peewee
08-10-2012, 05:14 AM
Here is the bonus track of Feyo Similo ( Theou and myself).

This is a traditional song about the rice workers of the northern part of Italy.
Women who worked in the rice fields and asked their boss more money to get back home...by train.


http://youtu.be/rPaVGd_qK7U

Extra points for Italian and for a live train in the shot!

UncleElvis
08-10-2012, 06:32 AM
I tried recording mine the other night at my gig, but my baritone sounds like poo in the recording (camera placement), so I'm gonna try to do one tonight.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 07:40 AM
Here is the entry of Feyo (Prunelle and me) to the 25th season. This is the Blind Willie McTell's B & O blues. We finally didn't put any train images in the video, but one train can be heard live at around 1:10.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMydZ5Evjko

Magnifique! Terrific uke playing from both of you---and a rare plectrum appearance for the solos---tres cool. Great singing, too. Muchas gracias!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 07:45 AM
here's another bonus song for the week, "Mamie's Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPHO5Ys7og

You've got the slow, sad blues down, Jon. Your playing sounds both relaxed and deliberate here---that's no small feat. Sweet singing, too. Gracias, mi amigo.

ukuleledaveey
08-10-2012, 07:49 AM
Great one, Dave. Your strumming's got some nice dynamics going here---hitting that backbeat just right. Keep on rolling.


Ah, another classic. Sweet version here. Gracias.
Many many thanks Ralf for your kind comments and support,greatly appreciated, have a great weekend mate :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 07:49 AM
Here it is. This weeks train video. Thanks for a great theme this week Toots. I hope you enjoy this one. I used my capo for the first time trying to be more on key.
http://youtu.be/rOfe0_5MPJw

Ah, your rhythm's great here. I'm a sucker for mouth trumpet, too. That capo worked, too, great singing. Nice one! Gracias.

(My wife caught me playing air bongos during this one. Told you I dig this rhythm.)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 07:59 AM
Not expecting to win any awards for this song, but gosh I love it so much <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9idNB3Ve-4

Nice one, Phil! Your love for this song really comes across in your dynamic performance. Cool. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 08:04 AM
It wouldn't be a proper train week without the Wabash Cannonball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball), so here's my train wreck version:

http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q
http://youtu.be/Rhzclx5T88Q

Here's the Doc Watson version that makes mine sound infantile (http://youtu.be/BOyFarDDteQ)

Woohoo! Great melodic chords during the instrumental breaks. At a tempo like this, that sounds to my ear like an organ or accordian. Ukulele rules. Sweet singing. Sweet bluesy outro. Nice one! Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 08:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5zoGfSi9Ak

You folks have been posting great stuff so far. I just wanted to add a song I love to hear.

Sweet version of a sweet song, Alan! Love it. Muchas gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 08:11 AM
Tootler - Love the theme:)
As you can see I had a lot of fun with it. Here's my entry for Train Week.

http://youtu.be/VdFjwZm-a6s

Nice! You win the 'setting' competition almost every week, Myrna. Is that your four-legged engineer sitting behind the No. 5? And a sweet version of great song. Woohoo!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 08:16 AM
A bit of Bob as a bonus

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

Nice chugga chugga train rhythm here. Your sparse harmony playing works well with this wailing, mournful melody. Great one. Muchas gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 08:25 AM
I made this last night and just found out (from decaturcomp) about this contest, so here is my entry, if it meets the qualifications. If not, it's at least a fun train song. Cheers!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2r_jehLlI

Ah, both trains and Train. Nice. Hmm, now what was going on in that water tower? Hmm...

ukuleledaddy
08-10-2012, 08:38 AM
Well it's been a crazy week and I only had time to do this in one take before we take off to go camping! Here's a Joe Purdy cover. Cinderella And The A train.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QESz47-k6b0&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

decaturcomp
08-10-2012, 09:24 AM
Great job Jas!


Ah, both trains and Train. Nice. Hmm, now what was going on in that water tower? Hmm...

peewee
08-10-2012, 09:27 AM
In contrast to UkeleleDaddy and his lovely assistants, here's a depraved and non-kid friendly Train Song from The Cramps, 1980.
Drug Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZtk5P7RCU)

This is for you Cloverdale...

http://youtu.be/O0jTBjqoS5I

Ralf, thanks for the kind words...and noticing my little strum melody bit, but so far nobody has noticed the UWC verse I snuck in to Wabash Cannonball towards the end

Tootler
08-10-2012, 09:29 AM
Well it's been a crazy week and I only had time to do this in one take before we take off to go camping! Here's a Joe Purdy cover. Cinderella And The A train.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QESz47-k6b0&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA&index=1&feature=plcp

Thanks for this entry and nice one. I loved your assistants. They seemed to be having a bit of trouble with the railway at one point. :)

Tootler
08-10-2012, 09:36 AM
In contrast to UkeleleDaddy and his lovely assistants, here's a depraved and non-kid friendly Train Song from The Cramps, 1980.
Drug Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZtk5P7RCU)

This is for you Cloverdale...

http://youtu.be/O0jTBjqoS5I



Yes I liked that especially the train whistle. Those whistles are great, I have two one with an American sound and one with a British one.

Definitely adult content.

J-Peg
08-10-2012, 10:12 AM
Actually had time to get one done this week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGL6Qr1lJwc&feature=youtu.be

Tootler
08-10-2012, 10:28 AM
Actually had time to get one done this week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGL6Qr1lJwc&feature=youtu.be

Excellently done and good choice of song.

GinnyT11
08-10-2012, 10:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eYlYgfqJs&feature=youtu.be

Well, I didn't die after posting my first video last week, so Mr. Nietzsche would say I'm stronger.

It is psychologically easier for me to host a large, sit-down dinner party than to expose my uking this way, but I'm hoping it will eventually help me overcome my self-consciousness. I'll keep practicing those F#ms.

luluwrites
08-10-2012, 10:39 AM
Aw, Ginny! You're awesome. Inspiring, too.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eYlYgfqJs&feature=youtu.be

Well, I didn't die after posting my first video last week, so Mr. Nietzsche would say I'm stronger.

It is psychologically easier for me to host a large, sit-down dinner party than to expose my uking this way, but I'm hoping it will eventually help me overcome my self-consciousness. I'll keep practicing those F#ms.

Tootler
08-10-2012, 10:44 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eYlYgfqJs&feature=youtu.be

Well, I didn't die after posting my first video last week, so Mr. Nietzsche would say I'm stronger.

It is psychologically easier for me to host a large, sit-down dinner party than to expose my uking this way, but I'm hoping it will eventually help me overcome my self-consciousness. I'll keep practicing those F#ms.

I'm really glad you eventually posted an entry. I know how nerve racking it can be at first. In some ways I think it's harder than playing in front of others but you did really well and that was an excellent choice of song and there was some good phrasing in there. The pause towards the end was very effective.

I avoid F#m - unless I'm doing it as a Em shape on a ADF#B tuned uke :nana:

strumsilly
08-10-2012, 11:26 AM
I'm really glad you eventually posted an entry. I know how nerve racking it can be at first. In some ways I think it's harder than playing in front of others but you did really well and that was an excellent choice of song and there was some good phrasing in there. The pause towards the end was very effective.

I avoid F#m - unless I'm doing it as a Em shape on a ADF#B tuned uke :nana:
ha, that's why everyone need a baritone. no Fm6, but the C7 is a little trickier, not as bad as the Fm6, to me anyway. It get easier, especially if you never go back and watch yourself!

Tootler
08-10-2012, 11:53 AM
ha, that's why everyone need a baritone. no Fm6, but the C7 is a little trickier, not as bad as the Fm6, to me anyway. It get easier, especially if you never go back and watch yourself!

Fm is another one which is deceptively tricky in GCEA. I have a couple of songs I do which need Fm and I think I more or less have it cracked now - he says hopefully.

Tootler
08-10-2012, 11:57 AM
As it's getting near to the end of the week, I felt I could post a bonus track of my own.

Morningtown ride is a lullaby written by Malvina Reynolds and was a hit in the UK for the Seekers in 1966.

The video at the beginning and end are from a holiday in the Harz Mountains in Germany in 2011 and the stills in the middle are from a model railway I did many years ago (now defunct)


http://youtu.be/FPreEQa5TyQ

uke4ia
08-10-2012, 12:50 PM
Fm is another one which is deceptively tricky in GCEA. I have a couple of songs I do which need Fm and I think I more or less have it cracked now - he says hopefully.

Once you get past the fiction that you're not allowed to use your thumb, it becomes much easier. Just reach around the neck and get that G string with your thumb.

TCK
08-10-2012, 01:04 PM
Color me completely depraved PEEWEE, this totally hit the spot. Lux is smiling from hell
In contrast to UkeleleDaddy and his lovely assistants, here's a depraved and non-kid friendly Train Song from The Cramps, 1980.
Drug Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZtk5P7RCU)

This is for you Cloverdale...

http://youtu.be/O0jTBjqoS5I

Ralf, thanks for the kind words...and noticing my little strum melody bit, but so far nobody has noticed the UWC verse I snuck in to Wabash Cannonball towards the end

Tootler
08-10-2012, 01:11 PM
Once you get past the fiction that you're not allowed to use your thumb, it becomes much easier. Just reach around the neck and get that G string with your thumb.

Tried that with another chord but my thumb's too short and it didn't work for me.

v30
08-10-2012, 01:47 PM
Here's my entry....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=balkUlo1yW8&feature=youtu.be

GinnyT11
08-10-2012, 02:40 PM
Here's my entry....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=balkUlo1yW8&feature=youtu.be

You say you're a Newfoundlander...are you sure you didn't grow up singing gospel songs in Tennessee or Kentucky? This is great---a very good song for your voice.

myrnaukelele
08-10-2012, 02:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eYlYgfqJs&feature=youtu.be

Well, I didn't die after posting my first video last week, so Mr. Nietzsche would say I'm stronger.

It is psychologically easier for me to host a large, sit-down dinner party than to expose my uking this way, but I'm hoping it will eventually help me overcome my self-consciousness. I'll keep practicing those F#ms.
Doris Day would be proud! Nice one:)

GinnyT11
08-10-2012, 03:49 PM
Doris Day would be proud! Nice one:)

Thanks, Myrna! You're a far better player and singer than I am. I've admired your video performances, as well as the views of Alaska that you're giving us (including the "Chattanooga" station).

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Couldn't help myself. A little tune from 1969, flip side of the first record to give a now infamous sub-culture it's name.
Must Catch a Train- Symarip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS8A2KpC4is&feature=youtu.be
You've got good reggae, Dave. Thanks for passing it on.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:22 PM
This one was difficult. I have a head cold. And my daughter was a bit too interested in my microphone and instruments. Colin provides the toy train interpretation on his train table. This is "Those Troublesome Trucks" from Thomas and Friends.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLr75H07Ek&feature=youtu.be

Great one. Lots of live train fun from your little ones. And some great, uptempo train-style fun from you and your uke. Woot woot!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:27 PM
Hi everybody. I was surprised no one had entered this yet - very fun to play, but I couldn't quite get the intro correct:


http://youtu.be/IM7E35yiXhk

Ah, nice choice. Groovy strumming. And way to play through a few difficulties. That's how the Seasonistas do it.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:32 PM
Here's a bonus."500 Miles aka "Railroaders Lament"I love this D,Bm,Em,G, with an A for good measure. chord progression and am a sucker for sad songs. It's given me a chance to display my "new" uke. I bought a damaged one and glued it up yesterday. just got the strings on this morning. The KoAloha concerts are everything they are cracked [pun intended] up to be.I can't put it down. sweet ringing tone, plays like butter, great tuners, and very pretty. I really can't keep both my concerts, so keep a lookout on the marketplace. this or my Kiwaya KTC-1 will have to go. It' going to be an agonizing choice. I might just put both up and let the marketplace decide. The Kiwaya is almost mint, the Koaloha has numerous dents and cracks. they are both awesome ukes.I can't do either one justice.

http://youtu.be/6ECsMJMdR7Y

Sweet choice. (Probably at least one more version of this song will pop up this week.) This sad song kind of balances out the obvious delight you're feeling with that lovely uke. Congrats on both your performance and your successful repair work.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:37 PM
Here's my entry: {Charlie and} The MTA.


http://youtu.be/4KFfA381rtQ




-Kurt

Way to banjolele this one. Strumming and picking both right in the pocket here. Woohoo!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Okay, its Bonus Track Time!


http://youtu.be/bdbDAXczEDo

That uke sounds so mellow compared to the banjolele. Your playing really takes advantage of that difference. Mellow. Nice.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:50 PM
well, here's my entry....it was word-ier than i remebered! whew!


http://youtu.be/oN_8dxuJosg

chugging along with the seasons!

Great choice. (Was this the first one that came to mind? If so, your mind rules, Dave.) Great version. Great. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 05:59 PM
A great choice of theme---thanks, Tootler---has inspired all sorts of great work this Season. Here's one from the basement...


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

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-10-2012, 06:09 PM
Nine hundred miles seemed almost twice as far as necessary; here's a somewhat less-distant bonus track...


http://youtu.be/DshROXF6veQ

ukuloonie
08-10-2012, 06:16 PM
Cool song Ralf.

peewee
08-10-2012, 06:18 PM
Nine hundred miles seemed almost twice as far as necessary; here's a somewhat less-distant bonus track...

http://youtu.be/DshROXF6veQ

Way to cover some distance, Ralf! in 1400 miles, you could make to Albuquerque, though it's probably not the right time of year for hoboing across the Great Basin.

Love the 900 sing-over-the-melody-line format, sounds extra-lonesome. I'm stealing that technique! (well I'll attempt to..)

And 500 kinda went reggae stylee on you there! Sweet, in tune and in the pocket as always.
You make me yearn for a basement room of vintage paneling and large amps..

thesillydave
08-10-2012, 06:37 PM
yes ralf...my mind is stuck in 1973...or thereabouts! thanks! and really liked your miles theme songs! sounds like another contest challenge!

Dan Uke
08-10-2012, 07:38 PM
Great choice. Hard to beat BB King. Well sung and excellent playing.

The song was written by U2. I wanted to pick a band at least close to the UK to get some brownie points! LOL

This is my bonus song and what does this song mean? Bono might be our generation "Dylan"


http://youtu.be/byGMd8MuuL0

TCK
08-10-2012, 08:11 PM
Loved it mate...but an Irish band to get brownie points from the uk? Hmmmm.
This song was written by U2. I wanted to pick a band at least close to the UK to get some brownie points! LOL

This is my bonus song and what does this song mean? Bono might be our generation "Dylan"


http://youtu.be/byGMd8MuuL0

Tootler
08-10-2012, 10:18 PM
The song was written by U2. I wanted to pick a band at least close to the UK to get some brownie points

Oops. It just sounded the sort of thing BB King would do - in fact I have a feeling he duetted with Bono on it at some time.

Anyway off to spend the day at Saltburn folk festval just afew miles away on the coast so I will have a lot of catching up to do tomorrow. Still I will have my uke with me and there wil be plenty chance to play it :)

Barbablanca
08-11-2012, 01:34 AM
Some great tracks in this season, congrats to you all. But I especially love "Theou"'s entry. Well done Guillem & Fey! Next time I'm in Lyon, or you're down in Barcelona, I want to learn that one!

In the end, it looks like no-one took me up on writing a melody for my train song (lyrics published earlier on this thread.... If you get inspired after the season, then just PM me with a link to somewhere I can hear / download your mp3 version... or a youtube link to hear your take. I'm really proud of those lyrics, but the three tunes I have tried for that were "pants". I need some fresh ears and a fresh mind to approach it.

UKISOCIETY
08-11-2012, 02:44 AM
Good morning! Since my voice is all but gone due to illness, I can only add this old video as a "bonus". A silly video but serious cover of Hank Snow:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-TL2UUNTcw

wee_ginga_yin
08-11-2012, 04:36 AM
Get on board little children... its a gospel train bonus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg44OAeOruU

Dan Uke
08-11-2012, 05:27 AM
Loved it mate...but an Irish band to get brownie points from the uk? Hmmmm.

Based on the reports from the olympics, I thought they only dislike the Americans. The Brits root for any country that plays against the U.S. :confused:

J-Peg
08-11-2012, 05:55 AM
Oops. It just sounded the sort of thing BB King would do - in fact I have a feeling he duetted with Bono on it at some time.


Yes. BB King and U2 recorded it together on U2's "Rattle & Hum" album and also released it as a single. I don't think U2 has ever actually recorded it by themselves.

ksiegel
08-11-2012, 07:12 AM
A Bonus Track for the 25th Season of the Ukulele.

A Public Domain song attributed to Texas Convicts, this song was collected by Alan Lomax in the 30s. There are many versions, including Creedence Clearwater Revival's, but the definitive version is arguably Leadbelly's (Hudie Ledbetter).

While there was no specific use of the word "train" in this song, The Midnight Special itself was a train.

I used my Low-G Waverly Street #38 Soprano ukulele for this song. Full and mellow, strung with Worth Clear strings, I don't play this wonderful instrument too often - it is small, light, and feels fragile - but there are just some times when no other instrument works in my head. This was one of those times.

Enjoy.


-Kurt



http://youtu.be/0sWZQbDiULc

chrimess
08-11-2012, 07:13 AM
Three songs no bonus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwbeb1GxG5g&sns=em

mattydee
08-11-2012, 01:03 PM
Busy week. But here's my train song. I was glad to finally have a song to bust out the banjolele on! Thanks for another great season, Tootler.


http://youtu.be/r_bJi6QxsbI

chrimess
08-11-2012, 01:05 PM
Hi MD,
Excellent songs, love the banjolele, too.



Busy week. But here's my train song. I was glad to finally have a song to bust out the banjolele on! Thanks for another great season, Tootler.


http://youtu.be/r_bJi6QxsbI

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 01:56 PM
Okay, here it is in all it's glory. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be

The background is just a montage of (hopefully) copyright-free pictures I found around the internet. I couldn't find any copyright notices accompanying these, anyway. I believe a couple of the pictures may actually be of very realistic model railroads. The remainder are a mix of early railroad pictures and steam trains still making nostalgia runs.

The ukulele is my Mainland mango tenor using the MiSi pickup straight through a Presonus box to the laptop. I used Audacity for EQ (removing the "thuddiness" of the undersaddle transducer) and a touch of reverb and compression.

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 02:01 PM
NIce! - that's one I've not heard.


As it's getting near to the end of the week, I felt I could post a bonus track of my own.

Morningtown ride is a lullaby written by Malvina Reynolds and was a hit in the UK for the Seekers in 1966.

The video at the beginning and end are from a holiday in the Harz Mountains in Germany in 2011 and the stills in the middle are from a model railway I did many years ago (now defunct)


http://youtu.be/FPreEQa5TyQ

Dougf
08-11-2012, 02:06 PM
My bonus track - Blues in the Night, by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdY3yfzfd2s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdY3yfzfd2s

chrimess
08-11-2012, 02:17 PM
Hi John.
This is a beautiful tune and a mighty production-thinking of going pro?

Okay, here it is in all it's glory. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be

The background is just a montage of (hopefully) copyright-free pictures I found around the internet. I couldn't find any copyright notices accompanying these, anyway. I believe a couple of the pictures may actually be of very realistic model railroads. The remainder are a mix of early railroad pictures and steam trains still making nostalgia runs.

The ukulele is my Mainland mango tenor using the MiSi pickup straight through a Presonus box to the laptop. I used Audacity for EQ (removing the "thuddiness" of the undersaddle transducer) and a touch of reverb and compression.

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 02:31 PM
@j-peg - very nice. Really interesting choice of chords.

@GT - the nicest kind of journey - I haven't heard this in years and you did it well

@geoff - loved the bonus - loved the pics of the model railroad, too. I've almost dove into that hobby two or three times but never really had the space.

@v30 - great job man - looks like my standing as the man in black is in grave jeopardy! :)

@Ralf - wonderful as always. I guess the grass really is always greener in the neighbor's yard 'cause I'd give my baritone for your sweet tenor in a heartbeat! :)

@nongdam - really nice - great tone on that uke, too.

@wee_ginga_yin - man, you're really bustin' out all over this week. Great entry and some really nice bonus vids!

@kurt - another one bustin' out all over the last couple of seasons! Loved - midnight special - some great picking

@christian - quite a medley, man - you always bring it!

@mattydee - wowsers - way to kill the vocals...I'll even forgive your using a banjo... LOL

@Dougf - cool bonus - you always come up with something unusual!

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 02:42 PM
Hi John.
This is a beautiful tune and a mighty production-thinking of going pro?

Thanks Christian! That means a lot. I don't think I've got what it takes to go pro by any means - pros have to be spot on every time and I bat somewhere more around .100 LOL

I am thinking about getting a Mac book though for two reasons - the real reason I want one is that so far I haven't found video editing software on the PC that works as nicely as on the Mac (especially for green screen stuff). The second reason, and the one that could possibly justify the purchase, is that I have some ideas for some music performance apps that I'd like to develop for the iPad and, while there is at least one native-code iOS SDK that will run on Windows, you still need a Mac to license it for the app store.

Actually, I guess there are three reasons...as you can tell from some of my videos I'm a bit of a gear junkie... :)

John

ukuleledaveey
08-11-2012, 02:51 PM
Okay, here it is in all it's glory. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox5JZubAfMQ&feature=youtu.be

The background is just a montage of (hopefully) copyright-free pictures I found around the internet. I couldn't find any copyright notices accompanying these, anyway. I believe a couple of the pictures may actually be of very realistic model railroads. The remainder are a mix of early railroad pictures and steam trains still making nostalgia runs.

The ukulele is my Mainland mango tenor using the MiSi pickup straight through a Presonus box to the laptop. I used Audacity for EQ (removing the "thuddiness" of the undersaddle transducer) and a touch of reverb and compression.
Great song John,loved the video,lovely playing and just love your voice so much mate it is a pleasure to hear you sing :)

ukuleledaveey
08-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Three songs no bonus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwbeb1GxG5g&sns=em

:smileybounce::shaka::bowdown: loved it mate, absolutely great, cant beat some doobie bro's and a bit of ozzie, really enjoyed it mate, and also great to see your little baby still rolling on into its 26th week.

chrimess
08-11-2012, 03:07 PM
There is a place for mac Os and that is in audio-visual. While I feel that most Apple products have counterintuitive HCI features IOS still rules the world over my beloved RIM.

Thanks Christian! That means a lot. I don't think I've got what it takes to go pro by any means - pros have to be spot on every time and I bat somewhere more around .100 LOL

I am thinking about getting a Mac book though for two reasons - the real reason I want one is that so far I haven't found video editing software on the PC that works as nicely as on the Mac (especially for green screen stuff). The second reason, and the one that could possibly justify the purchase, is that I have some ideas for some music performance apps that I'd like to develop for the iPad and, while there is at least one native-code iOS SDK that will run on Windows, you still need a Mac to license it for the app store.

Actually, I guess there are three reasons...as you can tell from some of my videos I'm a bit of a gear junkie... :)

John

chrimess
08-11-2012, 03:10 PM
Cheers, Dave, going to bed early to see the marathon live, puked my guts in the tunnel before hourseguards when I did it- best olympics ever for the venues and the the Brits just ruled- did you really have to go out on penalties in the footie, though?


:smileybounce::shaka::bowdown: loved it mate, absolutely great, cant beat some doobie bro's and a bit of ozzie, really enjoyed it mate, and also great to see your little baby still rolling on into its 26th week.

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 03:29 PM
Thanks, man. Appreciate it mucho!


Great song John,loved the video,lovely playing and just love your voice so much mate it is a pleasure to hear you sing :)

ukuloonie
08-11-2012, 03:48 PM
This is my entry for the Train week I think I mentioned week 26 in the video sorry Tootler,
I do a tiny little bit of talking in the begining as an intro so be prepared, but you do see an electric tram drive by in the background

I decided to try my hand at writing a song. I called it "The Montréal Express" so half original.
I can't write music yet so I adapted a tune from what I gather a traditional Irish tune called "Lily of the West"
Unfortunately she's a bit of a tart. I like the tune though.

The main character Frank Blaine was a train Engineer in the early days of steam trains in Canada in fact he help build some of the lines and then became train engineer himself going up the ranks.
He died trying to stop his train from smashing into a freight train which was a bit common back then. He saved all his passengers though.

More can be found about him can be found here (http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/stories/frankblaine.html) if interested.


http://youtu.be/bBOX1ottaaE

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 06:07 PM
Very nice song and well sung!


This is my entry for the Train week I think I mentioned week 26 in the video sorry Tootler,
I do a tiny little bit of talking in the begining as an intro so be prepared, but you do see an electric tram drive by in the background

I decided to try my hand at writing a song. I called it "The Montréal Express"
The music is from as I can gather a traditional Irish tune called "Lily of the West"
Unfortunately she's a bit of a tart. I like the tune though.

The main character Frank Blaine was a train Engineer in the early days of steam trains in Canada in fact he help build some of the lines and then became train engineer himself going up the ranks.
He died trying to stop his train from smashing into a freight train which was a bit common back then. He saved all his passengers though.

More can be found about him can be found here (http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/stories/frankblaine.html) if interested.


http://youtu.be/bBOX1ottaaE

ukuloonie
08-11-2012, 06:11 PM
Very nice song and well sung!

Thanks OldePhart:)
I was really lucky to have the tram go back and forth and whistle his horn for me, really lent it self well to the song.

OldePhart
08-11-2012, 06:19 PM
Thanks OldePhart:)
I was really lucky to have the tram go back and forth and whistle his horn for me, really lent it self well to the song.

Ahhh- but you made your own luck going out in that marsh and swattin' mosquitos! Goin' the extra mile, for sure. I wanted to do mine on location; there are a couple of spots not terribly far from here that are supposed to be good for trainspotting but I just couldn't bring myself to slog out into the triple-digit temperatures carrying all my stuff.

UncleElvis
08-11-2012, 07:23 PM
I'm starting to love doing these at work! I'm gonna make it a thing, I think.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAB9TywhOdY

Dan Uke
08-11-2012, 07:57 PM
All the "pros" coming in at the last moment! Great entries for all who posted on Sat...One more day!!!

thesillydave
08-11-2012, 08:25 PM
no "pros" here! but a last minute bonus entry...and it mentions a train n the last refrain!
just having fun and being silly!


http://youtu.be/cuwPts0pRvA

another great contest! thanks tootler! cheers all!

ksiegel
08-12-2012, 04:30 AM
TCK and I have been talking about this one for a while - I come at it from the Steve Goodman angle, and he's from the David Allen Coe side of things.

You're somewhere in between - and a damned fine version at that!

Great Job!


-Kurt


no "pros" here! but a last minute bonus entry...and it mentions a train n the last refrain!
just having fun and being silly!


http://youtu.be/cuwPts0pRvA

another great contest! thanks tootler! cheers all!

barefootgypsy
08-12-2012, 06:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_eYlYgfqJs&feature=youtu.be

Well, I didn't die after posting my first video last week, so Mr. Nietzsche would say I'm stronger.

It is psychologically easier for me to host a large, sit-down dinner party than to expose my uking this way, but I'm hoping it will eventually help me overcome my self-consciousness. I'll keep practicing those F#ms.Oh, just great, Ginny! Back now from the days away at with family in a BAD spare bed - causing BAD neck and shoulder, lots of painkillers..... but now I'll have to find something, oh dear!......

barefootgypsy
08-12-2012, 06:54 AM
Loved it mate...but an Irish band to get brownie points from the uk? Hmmmm.Plenty of Irish bands get brownie points from the UK..... UK folk love Irish bands - why shouldn't they?

TCK
08-12-2012, 07:19 AM
I was looking at it from the other perspective Gypsy, of course it is probably more short sided than anything. Being that my only Irish blood comes from the diaspora, and my contact with Irish folks is limited to Catholics (I am a Catholic School teacher)...well, there is still certainly a bit of bad blood there.
Plenty of Irish bands get brownie points from the UK..... UK folk love Irish bands - why shouldn't they?

OldePhart
08-12-2012, 08:12 AM
Great job as always, E!


I'm starting to love doing these at work! I'm gonna make it a thing, I think.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAB9TywhOdY

OldePhart
08-12-2012, 08:25 AM
Great bonus Dave - I haven't heard that one in a long time. I always loved that last verse, too.


no "pros" here! but a last minute bonus entry...and it mentions a train n the last refrain!
just having fun and being silly!


http://youtu.be/cuwPts0pRvA

another great contest! thanks tootler! cheers all!

UncleElvis
08-12-2012, 08:31 AM
Great job as always, E!

Thank you, brother!

I'm a-tryin'! *grin*

I'm slowly working my way through all the entries this week. There are some amazing things happening in these contests!

ksiegel
08-12-2012, 09:16 AM
(Preparing to duck and run...)

Gee, Dave... I thought you were a REAL teacher!


(Running as fast as I can - Serpentine, Charlie!!)

I'd gotten into a bad habit of, whenever singing "The Wild Rover", using the phrase "I'll go back to me parents, confess what I've done/and ask them to pardon their Protestant son"


-Kurt
(the son of a Catholic School Survivor)





I was looking at it from the other perspective Gypsy, of course it is probably more short sided than anything. Being that my only Irish blood comes from the diaspora, and my contact with Irish folks is limited to Catholics (I am a Catholic School teacher)...well, there is still certainly a bit of bad blood there.