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uke4ia
09-15-2012, 03:34 PM
WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT RAIN UP IN THIS JOINT!


We already had a week for sunshine songs. This week, we're gonna break whatever droughts are still going on and fill this place with rain!

I want songs about rain. Little drizzles, torrential downpours, and everything in between. Songs about wanting it to rain because it's too dry. All good.

Eligible Songs:

All songs with "rain", "rains", or "rainy" in the title are okay, even if the lyrics don't mention rain. Songs that are about rain are okay, even if the title doesn't mention rain. Songs focused on other related words such as "storm", "thunder", "lightning", "shower", "rainbow" are only okay if the lyrics make it clear there's rain involved. Rainless songs using these words as a metaphor for something else, like being struck by lightning as a metaphor for falling in love, are not okay. Here's some examples.

Okay:

Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
Umbrella - Rihanna
Here Comes the Flood - Peter Gabriel
Shower the People - James Taylor (but only if you sing the part at the end about "Make it rain")

Not Okay:

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Lightning Strikes - Lou Christie
Riders on the Storm - The Doors
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Iz

In addition, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "Pennies from Heaven" are specifically banned for this week. Too obvious. I want you to dig deeper.

Rules:


The video must be a new video recorded for this contest.

The video must show the song performed in a single take. The ukulele must be the central instrument. No multitracking.

The video must say at the beginning or end that it is for the 31st Season of the Ukulele. If you forget to say it when you do your best take of the song, it is okay to insert a short separate video clip that says this.

Videos must be posted to this thread.

The contest ends at midnight Hawaiian time on Sunday night, September 23.

Judging:

Three winners will be chosen randomly. Each person who submits an eligible entry will get one entry in the drawing. If I can come up with a way to do this and get a random result, I will use Eisley Rabbit to choose the winners. For example, putting all the names on paper and seeing which ones he chews on first. If this doesn't work, my daughter Molly will pick the names out of my Fluke gig bag.

Bonus songs will not improve your chances of winning, but they will earn you the adulation of your peers. If Ukeval or anyone else wants to do a progressive rock song that maybe doesn't include rain, I will happily accept these.

The Fabulous Prizes:

The first place winner will get first choice of the three prizes, the second place winner will get to choose from the remaining two, the third place winner gets what's left.

Prize 1: A "Warning: I have a ukulele and I know how to use it!" T-shirt from Zazzle.com:
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Prize 2: A "Ukes, Not Nukes" T-shirt from the Bad Machinery web comic strip by way of Topatoco.com:
42985

Prize 3: A Snark ukulele tuner, and the Easy Star All-Stars CD "Dub Side of the Moon", which is a 2003 reggae version of the entire Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" album performed by artists on the Easy Star label.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO0cmoGPfHA

Instead of a theme post, here's an example song to get you started. Even by my standards, this is an obscure song, so I can assume none of you would have played it. But it's a song I like a lot, by a band called Strange Cave. In 1987, Musician magazine held a contest to find the "Best Unsigned Bands", then later put out a CD of songs by the winners called "Best of the BUBs". As far as I know, that's the only place this song has been available.


I will try to update the playlists promptly. The operative word being "try".

ENTRIES PLAYLIST:

31st Season entries (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbIBa-QYEmc6Kj2CEHtidQ3MXEMacuJsq&feature=view_all)

BONUS SONG PLAYLIST:

31st Season Bonus Songs (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbIBa-QYEmc4buF6G_bWBZjxWd_UcgH7W&feature=view_all)

Dan Uke
09-15-2012, 04:28 PM
YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AitamQOI4

janeray1940
09-15-2012, 04:49 PM
Ooooh I think I've got one! That is, if it ever cools down enough for me to turn the fan off and get it recorded. High of 102 today with no relief in sight... I could use some rain!

weerpool
09-15-2012, 05:08 PM
make sure when you write my name for my entry, kindly write it on a piece of carrot :)

weerpool
09-15-2012, 05:16 PM
damn, that was gnarly. you beat me to it Nongdam :)
YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AitamQOI4

uke4ia
09-15-2012, 05:18 PM
YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AitamQOI4

Nice one, nongdam! A nice tribute to the recently departed Robin Gibb. And hello again to Nicole.

Now let's give Janeray1940 a downpour! I'm hoping this week will inspire me to finish a song about a rainmaker that I've had sitting around for a while (meaning years).

fitncrafty
09-15-2012, 05:23 PM
Great job on the video nongdam.. Love your little girl video bombing you! Ha! Beautiful playing..
I think after 31 seasons Ifinally figured out what's going on with these contests.. :)
So much fun! Good luck everyone!

29moons
09-15-2012, 05:27 PM
Hey everyone! Here's my entry this week. I was able to do this on the first take so that's why it was posted so quickly. As for the 29th season, I will make a video either tonight or tomorrow andf announce the winners. Sorry, next time I will wait until I have nothing going on to judge a week. This week was just so crazy.


http://youtu.be/fHodlXTBpoM

uke4ia
09-15-2012, 05:59 PM
Hey everyone! Here's my entry this week. I was able to do this on the first take so that's why it was posted so quickly. As for the 29th season, I will make a video either tonight or tomorrow andf announce the winners. Sorry, next time I will wait until I have nothing going on to judge a week. This week was just so crazy.


http://youtu.be/fHodlXTBpoM

WooHoo! Two videos in the first two hours! Thanks, 29moons! Some good ol' Creedence. I wish I could sing as high as you can.

The first two songs to be posted both had titles that are questions. Offhand, I can think of two more rain songs with question titles. One of which should be obvious after hearing 29moons' song.

Dan Uke
09-15-2012, 06:18 PM
Nice one, nongdam! A nice tribute to the recently departed Robin Gibb. And hello again to Nicole.

Now let's give Janeray1940 a downpour! I'm hoping this week will inspire me to finish a song about a rainmaker that I've had sitting around for a while (meaning years).

I was thinking about this song for Guilty Pleasure Week as TCW's was ABBA, their contemporary. However, it didn't seem like a guilty pleasure as I don't know of anyone who doesn't like Bee Gees!!! I really like this week as I thought of a couple of singers / groups that I like that have rain lyrics...Prince anyone?

Dan Uke
09-15-2012, 06:49 PM
damn, that was gnarly. you beat me to it Nongdam :)

Dude, you got mad skilz so I'm sure you can make any song sound good. Looking forward to whatever you pick!!

29moons
09-15-2012, 07:04 PM
We break to bring you this important message from 29moons - The winners for week 29 have been posted on the week 29 thread. We now continiue with week 31.

29moons
09-15-2012, 08:29 PM
Seriously!? the BeeGees. That ROCKS. I love that man. I like it that there is a question song and daughters in the first two on the first night. AWESOME!


YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AitamQOI4

Dan Uke
09-15-2012, 08:51 PM
Hey everyone! Here's my entry this week. I was able to do this on the first take so that's why it was posted so quickly. As for the 29th season, I will make a video either tonight or tomorrow andf announce the winners. Sorry, next time I will wait until I have nothing going on to judge a week. This week was just so crazy.


http://youtu.be/fHodlXTBpoM

Man, Uke4ia is right...If I can sing as high as you, the song choice becomes limitless. Great job!

filipinouker
09-16-2012, 12:39 AM
Originally Posted by nongdam
YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs

"how deep is your love" is one of my favourites - you sang it & played it so well that i want to learn to play it now, but the chords look TOUGH! Your kids' involvement made the whole video just perfect :)



Originally Posted by 29moons
Hey everyone! Here's my entry this week

it's great how you can reach all those high notes and with confidence! The tune is very catchy.

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 03:05 AM
First Choice Song was already posted so here is my second choice
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Season 31 Rain)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnv2_0RpqJE

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 03:44 AM
First Choice Song was already posted so here is my second choice
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Season 31 Rain)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnv2_0RpqJE

The rules for this week say that this song and "Pennies from Heaven" are specifically banned for the week, because they are too obvious for uke players. Sorry, but this can only be a bonus song. A good version, though.

wee_ginga_yin
09-16-2012, 06:48 AM
I think it's gonna rain today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3ZbLTcDok

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 07:05 AM
I think it's gonna rain today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3ZbLTcDok

Holy cow, Rob! How is it possible that I've never heard this song before? I looked it up after watching the video. It's by Randy Newman, and this is a partial list of people who've recorded covers of it: Bette Midler, Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, UB40, Judy Collins, Neil Diamond, Audra McDonald, Katie Melua, Madeleine Peyroux, Helen Reddy, Mama Cass Elliott, Peggy Lee, Irma Thomas, and wee ginga yin.

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 07:15 AM
Ah didn't see that --- no matter it's all for the fun of it. Someone already took the song
i originally wanted to do. Will have to see what else i can scour and find as am getting
ready to go down the road again in the morning.

JerBear
09-16-2012, 07:15 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 07:17 AM
I edited the first post to draw attention to the section on which songs are eligible and which aren't, and to answer Ginny's question about whether it was okay to say "31st Season" at the end of the song instead of the beginning (yes, I suppose you could say it during if you chose).

caukulele
09-16-2012, 07:18 AM
Holy cow, Rob! How is it possible that I've never heard this song before? I looked it up after watching the video. It's by Randy Newman, and this is a partial list of people who've recorded covers of it: Bette Midler, Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, UB40, Judy Collins, Neil Diamond, Audra McDonald, Katie Melua, Madeleine Peyroux, Helen Reddy, Mama Cass Elliott, Peggy Lee, Irma Thomas, and wee ginga yin.

Wonderful song...is one of my favorites and you did a great job. I was going to do this one..so now back to looking for another!!!

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 07:29 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c


Welcome, JerBear, to the ukulele, the Seasons of the Ukulele, and to posting Internet videos of yourself playing the ukulele! You are now an official Seasonista!

When I was young, the band The Irish Rovers had a weekly half-hour TV variety show that my family watched. This was the show's theme song, and the band played it at the end of every show.

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 07:54 AM
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The video must say at the beginning [B]or end that it is for the 31st Season of the Ukulele.

Mahalo for allowing it at the end! I've learned from experience that if I say it at the beginning, I just get nervous and flub the whole thing :)

GinnyT11
09-16-2012, 07:59 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.
Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

JerBear, I wish we had a button to push to make the sound of a crowd cheering, because you deserve it for posting a first video, which is a noobie nerve-wracker. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and you've taken it.
You looked calm and you did the story song at a nice pace. Keep at it!

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 07:59 AM
Mahalo for allowing it at the end! I've learned from experience that if I say it at the beginning, I just get nervous and flub the whole thing :)

I'd thought I'd covered it by allowing an extra video clip to be inserted afterward that said this. But some people are uncomfortable with video editing, so putting it at the end is okay. Or you can do like wee ginga yin and insert a text banner over the first few seconds that says "31st Season".

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 08:22 AM
OK -- here we go again.... I Can't Stand the Rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2LB36N16EY

krabbers
09-16-2012, 08:55 AM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

OldePhart
09-16-2012, 09:09 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

Great job and welcome to the seasons and to the uke and to UU and all that. Great choice!

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 09:13 AM
OK last song for the 31rst Season - When this popped in said what the heck this will be the only time i get to
sing like an adolescent boy.

Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owMvhGF_G7E

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 09:33 AM
OK -- here we go again.... I Can't Stand the Rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2LB36N16EY

Thanks a lot for doing another song, Kanaka! Love your singing. This is another song that has been covered a lot. After being co-written and sung by Ann Peebles, it's been covered by Tina Turner, Seal, Humble Pie, Lowell George, Ronnie Wood, Michael Bolton, Sam Moore, and 000Kanaka000, and sampled by Missy Elliott. John Lennon told Billboard magazine that "It's the best song ever."

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 09:50 AM
Was most happy to do it... Definitely a lot of people have done this one it's a nice one to sing.
Now the last song is another matter fun in a different sort of way. hahahahahaha

wee_ginga_yin
09-16-2012, 09:56 AM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Howzat? ... heartfelt and powerful.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 10:01 AM
OK last song for the 31rst Season - When this popped in said what the heck this will be the only time i get to
sing like an adolescent boy.

Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owMvhGF_G7E

Okay, now you're right in my wheelhouse. Thank you so much, Kanaka. I'm a big Allan Sherman fan. I quoted "One Hippopotami" to a Facebook friend yesterday, who responded that her mother worked with Sherman in the '40s. When my parents moved to a smaller place and were divvying up furniture among my siblings, I had a small apartment, so I said "Take what you want, I'll take the Allan Sherman albums."

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 10:07 AM
It's one of those you just can't resist doing. Allan Sherman stuff was great. It's always enjoyable to have
things that are just fun and light hearted as well as the more serious entries and songs. Ah yes the One
Hippopotami. hahahahahaah

29moons
09-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Nicely done. You truly made that your own. I like the changes you made.


ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

caroljean
09-16-2012, 10:36 AM
Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk

Tootler
09-16-2012, 11:34 AM
Well there seems to have been quite an early rush this season. Lots of good songs

@nongdam: Wow! that was quick off the mark. Very good it was too. I liked the assistant as well. Excellent choice of song too.

@29moons: Another one quick off the mark. This is not a CCW song I am familiar with, but it was well sung with nice rhythmic accompaniment.

@000Kanaka000: Raindrops Keep Falling - Very well sung with a nice accompaniment. Pity that this week's host had excluded it. Still it makes a good bonus. I Can't Stand the Rain. If you had been over here this summer, you would have realised just how appropriate this was. Well sung and superb accompaniment that changed to suit the different parts of the song. Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. I remember this from years back, but I never really took much notice of the words. Your version brings out the message in the song really well.

@wee_ginga_yin: Another star performance. What a lovely song as well.

@JerBear: Welcome to the seasons. That was a superb first video, really well done. I loved the song as well, very suitable. I look forward to more videos from you in the future.

@krabbers: I like it when you get two different versions of the same song. Yours is different from 29moons which is good.

@caroljean: Here comes the rain. I wasn't familiar with the song so I looked it up and was quite surprised that it was the Eurythmics. Anyway, your version nicely captured the mood of the song. Well sung.

Tootler
09-16-2012, 11:40 AM
I had a song recorded for this week but then while I was listening to the entries so far, one of the suggested videos reminded me of this song which seemed much more suitable. I had dots and chords in a book already, so I quickly recorded it (first take, not often I manage that :shaka:) and here it is.

Gordon Lightfoot from 1966, though I remember the Peter, Paul and Mary version better.


http://youtu.be/5R4RUVv46Bs

glass
09-16-2012, 11:40 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

Nice jerbear, welcome to the seasons

000Kanaka000
09-16-2012, 12:20 PM
Man going to have to drag out the Uke again and do these songs just because. Love Annie Lenox here comes the rain
and also Early Morning Rain. Wow my fingers may bleed before the end of the week as there are just to many great
songs to play along the way just because they are great songs. Now am excited to see what else gets posted.

Tootler
09-16-2012, 12:31 PM
Here's the one I was originally going to use. I'm posting it as a bonus track. From 1963 "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades.


http://youtu.be/NFAdhIQwd0s

J-Peg
09-16-2012, 01:30 PM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

One month? That's a pretty impressive performance, especially for being at this for such a short time.
We expect you to stick around now.

Hippie Dribble
09-16-2012, 02:10 PM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.
Nice work brother jerbear and welcome to the seasons weeks!!! I love this song, you did a really lovely job of it, and your voice is very sweet. Here's cheers to the first of many many more mate! :)

Hippie Dribble
09-16-2012, 02:14 PM
Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk
awesome job caroljean. Love your unique take on it, and the relentless rhythm of that strumming pattern is hypnotic, works a treat with your rendition, just a lovely arrangement. As for your voice, it has that breathy, fragility which is truly haunting. powerful stuff mate. Loved it.

GinnyT11
09-16-2012, 02:18 PM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

peewee
09-16-2012, 02:32 PM
Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 03:02 PM
Okay, this one is going to take a bit of translation to qualify as a "rain" song, but - here goes nothin'!

Its English title and lyrics don't qualify. However, the French title - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - should, following the logic that a song called "Umbrella" would qualify.

To make things even more of a polyglot mess: I originally learned this song when I lived in Japan, with a Japanese title (シェルブールの雨傘) that translates the same as the French. And while IIRC neither the English nor the French lyrics actually reference rain per se, the Japanese lyrics do. Link (http://j-lyric.net/artist/a000487/l016595.html) for anyone who can read Japanese.

Overexplaining? Yeah, I tend to do that. And a bit of a moot point since I don't sing, so there really aren't any lyrics anyway. But it's a lovely song, particularly when played by a more competent player than myself, from a fabulous movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JS4JMY0JWM) in which there definitely is some rain.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXOhGsRlKV4

I'm not especially thrilled with how this came out and I may replace it later, time permitting - but it's been a few weeks and I really wanted to get back into the Seasons swing of things. Everything seems to be conspiring against me today - it's hot as heck and all the doors and windows are open, the fan is running on high, and I live in a flight path, so... yeah. That.

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 03:03 PM
I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom

Was it an air-conditioned bathroom? If so, I am jealous. Nice acoustics!

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 03:05 PM
It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!


Ginny, good for you! Nice first attempt.

fitncrafty
09-16-2012, 03:39 PM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

Great job on your first video.. Love that song, we (Kurt) just played it at uke night last week.. The video looked fantastic on my tablet... Look forward to hearing more from you!

OldePhart
09-16-2012, 03:40 PM
Heh, heh. I have the feeling there might be another cover or six of this one - that's one of my favorite songs and you and tootler both did it well.



I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

fitncrafty
09-16-2012, 04:00 PM
Jane, I really enjoyed your rain song.. Great job, very peaceful like it was raining. I think it may be the first time I have ever seen you play.. sweet.

I also wanted to say that I am having a blast tonight catching up on this thread and listening to you all play!! Thank you all for putting yourselves out there and making videos.. I love all your videos and I have had a great relaxing time listening to all of you...

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 04:38 PM
Jane, I really enjoyed your rain song.. Great job, very peaceful like it was raining. I think it may be the first time I have ever seen you play.. sweet.


Who me? (*blush*) Thank you! I don't post much but I've done a couple of the Seasons, and hope to do more.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 05:24 PM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

All right, I have wrested the computer back from my daughter to look at the videos of the last 7 hours.

An excellent rendition, krabbers. Great intensity in the vocals. I haven't ever tried recording in my car, but I find I like the sound in my little computer room, so it's probably the same idea - small space gives good sound through reverberation.

roxhum
09-16-2012, 05:30 PM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

Charming as always Ginny! Your Wixom sounds great as does your playing and I loved the picking. I have been practicing picking simple tunes too. Way to go!

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 05:31 PM
Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk

Thanks, caroljean! This is one of the songs I was wondering if someone might do this week. It's been a long time since I've heard any Eurythmics. I think Dave Stewart had a new album out last week, I can't remember when I last heard anything about Annie Lennox.

fitncrafty
09-16-2012, 05:40 PM
Thanks, caroljean! This is one of the songs I was wondering if someone might do this week. It's been a long time since I've heard any Eurythmics. I think Dave Stewart had a new album out last week, I can't remember when I last heard anything about Annie Lennox.

Annie Lennox just sang at the Olympics this summer.. It was great.... Great job on teh song Caroljean...

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 05:44 PM
I had a song recorded for this week but then while I was listening to the entries so far, one of the suggested videos reminded me of this song which seemed much more suitable. I had dots and chords in a book already, so I quickly recorded it (first take, not often I manage that :shaka:) and here it is.

Gordon Lightfoot from 1966, though I remember the Peter, Paul and Mary version better.


http://youtu.be/5R4RUVv46Bs

Thanks, Tootler. I heard a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary growing up, but I don't remember that song. Something about the melody makes me think of the Monkees "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round". You say you had "dots and chords in a book". What are "dots"?

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 05:51 PM
Here's the one I was originally going to use. I'm posting it as a bonus track. From 1963 "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades.


http://youtu.be/NFAdhIQwd0s

Wow, an audio fade-out and a fade to black. These are skills that leave my primitive mind in awe. Now this song I know. Nicely done. Is it the D tuning that gives your Kala such a bright sound, or is that just how it sounds anyway?

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 06:29 PM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

Yay, actual rain! As you gradually work your way back inside from the garden. Good work on the song and the fingerpicking.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 06:38 PM
Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Hokey smokes, that's echo-ey all right! If you were playing a Fluke, you might have blown your camera out! Now all we need are the Bunnymen.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 06:45 PM
Okay, this one is going to take a bit of translation to qualify as a "rain" song, but - here goes nothin'!

Its English title and lyrics don't qualify. However, the French title - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - should, following the logic that a song called "Umbrella" would qualify.

To make things even more of a polyglot mess: I originally learned this song when I lived in Japan, with a Japanese title (シェルブールの雨傘) that translates the same as the French. And while IIRC neither the English nor the French lyrics actually reference rain per se, the Japanese lyrics do. Link (http://j-lyric.net/artist/a000487/l016595.html) for anyone who can read Japanese.

Overexplaining? Yeah, I tend to do that. And a bit of a moot point since I don't sing, so there really aren't any lyrics anyway. But it's a lovely song, particularly when played by a more competent player than myself, from a fabulous movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JS4JMY0JWM) in which there definitely is some rain.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXOhGsRlKV4


I think I would need to diagram this on three-dimensional graph paper to figure out whether it qualifies, and it's past my bedtime already. It's a very pretty song. It sounds Japanese the way you play it. I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if sounds that way in the film.

uke4ia
09-16-2012, 06:47 PM
Annie Lennox just sang at the Olympics this summer.. It was great.... Great job on teh song Caroljean...
Oh yeah, I guess I did see that.

janeray1940
09-16-2012, 07:11 PM
I think I would need to diagram this on three-dimensional graph paper to figure out whether it qualifies, and it's past my bedtime already. It's a very pretty song. It sounds Japanese the way you play it. I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if sounds that way in the film.

Aha, so my tactic worked - so convoluted that it's easier to just say "yeah, whatever, it qualifies." :)

It sounds much more French in the film. Much more!

Hippie Dribble
09-16-2012, 07:16 PM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

ukuleledaddy
09-16-2012, 08:09 PM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Great to see you poking your head into the seasons Krabbers! Wonderful rendition of this classic. Loved it!

Dan Uke
09-16-2012, 08:09 PM
Bonus Song - I want to be like Christian and just play a few songs. Sorry in advance since many of you don't like the second song but they are both in the key of E...at least I made them in the key of E :p


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heg-3YGaRR4&feature=plcp

Dan Uke
09-16-2012, 08:13 PM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Krabbers!! You have a song called "Big Storm" and you play this one? You gotta share your original!

Canoe Lady
09-16-2012, 08:46 PM
I think it's gonna rain today.

I have loved this song forever. I had thought about doing it for this contest, but knew I couldn't do it justice. Well done.


Mahalo for allowing it at the end! I've learned from experience that if I say it at the beginning, I just get nervous and flub the whole thing :)
Me too!


ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
Love your playing style.


I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

Bravo Ginny! Keep up the good work. Having an ukulele like that in your hands makes you want to play all the time, doesn't it?


Okay, this one is going to take a bit of translation to qualify as a "rain" song, but - here goes nothin'!

I'm not especially thrilled with how this came out and I may replace it later, time permitting - but it's been a few weeks and I really wanted to get back into the Seasons swing of things. Everything seems to be conspiring against me today - it's hot as heck and all the doors and windows are open, the fan is running on high, and I live in a flight path, so... yeah. That.

Jane, very cool. I hope it qualifies as a rain song. And I thought your fan sounded like rain, so if you wouldn't have told us it was a fan....

weerpool
09-16-2012, 11:22 PM
here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

wee_ginga_yin
09-16-2012, 11:35 PM
I have loved this song forever. I had thought about doing it for this contest, but knew I couldn't do it justice. Well done.

It is a very ambiguous song, and since it is originally a piano song quite difficult
to pull off on a ukulele... all you can do is have dramatic pauses and let folks
fill in the missing bits in their heads... the bridge is particularly difficult.

When you listen to Norah Jones sing the song there is some hope in it that
people can make a difference and there is some loving kindness in the world.

Norah Jones Rain today (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gz7mGISJ5M)

However I think Mr Newman is more ascerbic in his delivery and when he says
the world is full of loving kindness, in actual fact he means the exact opposite.
It was that nuance that I was aiming for in my delivery... a world weary song.

Here he is as an old man singing the song... with an old worn out voice.

Randy Newman Rain today (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60AChuvfzUo)

wee_ginga_yin
09-16-2012, 11:56 PM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

That's a new one on me. I think it would make a good number for a musical show.
The Bekken scat in the middle was bebop mouth trumpet at its best.:old:

Hippie Dribble
09-17-2012, 12:55 AM
That's a new one on me. I think it would make a good number for a musical show.
The Bekken scat in the middle was bebop mouth trumpet at its best.:old:

Thanks for the encouragement Rob. I've set a new personal best (or worst) with this one it seems...2 dislikes already and it's only been up a couple of hours....never had more than 1 dislike in 190 clips til now...sheesh

Ukeval
09-17-2012, 12:59 AM
Thanks for the encouragement Rob. I've set a new personal best (or worst) with this one it seems...2 dislikes already and it's only been up a couple of hours....never had more than 1 dislike in 190 clips til now...sheesh
Don't worry about the dislike, it is what I call the jealous touch...
By the way, really a good one ! I enjoyed very much !

filipinouker
09-17-2012, 01:17 AM
It's been such an enjoyable activity, just listening to all the entries so far --- I've been listening while doing my household chores this morning and your songs have kept me cheerful :D

JerBear I love your song about unicorns and discovering why unicorns don't exist anymore - how sad. Did you write that song? It's great how you can sing and play so well, being so new to the ukulele!

CarolJean There's something about you that's so calming, soothing - perhaps it is your un-rushed, relaxed style. I love your take on the Eurythmics song!

000Kanaka000 Is your ukulele a tenor? I've noticed that the neck is longer than most ukes I've seen. I love your version of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. There is a silky quality to your voice!

wee_ginga_yin ah so calming. I sat down as I listened to you and felt really peaceful. I'm not familiar with your song, but really enjoyed it!

tootler Such clear, confident, strong strumming and singing!

krabbers I like your idea of singing in the car (I might try it one of these days). You have a good clear voice.

GT3T11 HURRAH! Great finger-picking and lovely cheerful singing! Your confidence and the way you look at the camera as you sing and speak brings the listener (me) feel closer to you - if that makes sense! Will learn from your example :)

peewee fab echo!!! and superb location - made you sound a little like Morrissey from The Smiths :D Love your style. I am so inspired to try ukeing in the loo (ladies, that is)!!!

janeray1940 wow, lots of good fingerpicking and what looks like a lot of barre chords too! Amazing. The tune sounds 'nostalgic'...

eugene ukulele I soooo wish I could strum like you!!! Confident, clear, fast, cheerful! Your voice and your creative take on an old favourite is v.good. The birds singing in the background make it just perfect. Love it love it love it!

weerpool I was all goosebumpy as I listened to your version of Laughter in the Rain. Not an easy song to sing or play - and you've done both soooooo well. So sweet, so jazzy, so lovely.

wee_ginga_yin
09-17-2012, 03:51 AM
Bonus Track: Beatles song for 31st season of the ukulele. Theme:Rain
Single track, shot in PhotoBooth in cartoon mode, and post processed
in GarageBand, to give it that 60's spacey echo.

Blame El Niño. Europe gets all the rain and America gets the drought.
Could it be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is there
a secret message at the end of this song:-)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IxAfPQaEVA

Headphones on!!!

JerBear
09-17-2012, 05:01 AM
Welcome, JerBear, to the ukulele, the Seasons of the Ukulele, and to posting Internet videos of yourself playing the ukulele! You are now an official Seasonista!

When I was young, the band The Irish Rovers had a weekly half-hour TV variety show that my family watched. This was the show's theme song, and the band played it at the end of every show.


JerBear, I wish we had a button to push to make the sound of a crowd cheering, because you deserve it for posting a first video, which is a noobie nerve-wracker. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and you've taken it.
You looked calm and you did the story song at a nice pace. Keep at it!


Great job and welcome to the seasons and to the uke and to UU and all that. Great choice!


Well there seems to have been quite an early rush this season. Lots of good songs

@JerBear: Welcome to the seasons. That was a superb first video, really well done. I loved the song as well, very suitable. I look forward to more videos from you in the future.



Nice jerbear, welcome to the seasons


One month? That's a pretty impressive performance, especially for being at this for such a short time.
We expect you to stick around now.


Nice work brother jerbear and welcome to the seasons weeks!!! I love this song, you did a really lovely job of it, and your voice is very sweet. Here's cheers to the first of many many more mate! :)


Great job on your first video.. Love that song, we (Kurt) just played it at uke night last week.. The video looked fantastic on my tablet... Look forward to hearing more from you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I do hope to participate again - it'll just depend on the themes and how quickly I can learn a new song. :)


It's been such an enjoyable activity, just listening to all the entries so far --- I've been listening while doing my household chores this morning and your songs have kept me cheerful :D

JerBear I love your song about unicorns and discovering why unicorns don't exist anymore - how sad. Did you write that song? It's great how you can sing and play so well, being so new to the ukulele!


Thanks! I did not write it, no. Wikipedia tells me that it was originally a Shel Silverstein song, made popular by The Irish Rovers (which was the version I found).

janeray1940
09-17-2012, 05:32 AM
Jane, very cool. I hope it qualifies as a rain song. And I thought your fan sounded like rain, so if you wouldn't have told us it was a fan....

Thanks! And that's an interesting take on the "ambient noise" - I never would have thought of that.



janeray1940 wow, lots of good fingerpicking and what looks like a lot of barre chords too! Amazing. The tune sounds 'nostalgic'...


Thank you! If it sounds nostalgic then I think I succeeded here - the original certainly sounds that way. As for barre chords - I was lucky to learn them early on in my playing journey, long before I had any idea they were considered difficult.

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:23 AM
Thanks for the encouragement Rob. I've set a new personal best (or worst) with this one it seems...2 dislikes already and it's only been up a couple of hours....never had more than 1 dislike in 190 clips til now...sheesh


nothing to dislike about it, good one

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:37 AM
here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

Way to bring it again! I realy like your style

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:38 AM
Nicely done. You truly made that your own. I like the changes you made.

thanks very much

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:38 AM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

Playing a classic again but you always make it your own, which is MUCH harder than to make it sound like the original. Great job

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:39 AM
Way to go Super Gs!! Ginny and Geoff playing the same song. I enjoyed both versions

weerpool
09-17-2012, 06:40 AM
thanks for the inspiration nongdam. i was trying to lighten up a bit on my vids thanks to you.
Way to bring it again! I realy like your style

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:41 AM
Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Peewee, your screen name or something similar seems appropiate for the setting! You got some rythym rocking side to side and I'm sure you could have made some rain sound! LOL

I really like this song!

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:42 AM
I had a song recorded for this week but then while I was listening to the entries so far, one of the suggested videos reminded me of this song which seemed much more suitable. I had dots and chords in a book already, so I quickly recorded it (first take, not often I manage that :shaka:) and here it is.

Gordon Lightfoot from 1966, though I remember the Peter, Paul and Mary version better.


http://youtu.be/5R4RUVv46Bs

i first heard this song at a folk club in farnham, i loved it straight away, it has never sounded as good as it did on that night, but that in no way is a put down , this is great well done , again brilliant song choice. the guy that sang it that night was the same guy who made my reso uke i used in season 30

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:44 AM
I think it's gonna rain today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3ZbLTcDok

Great lyrics...Way to show the soft side. Thanks for sharing

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:45 AM
Here's the one I was originally going to use. I'm posting it as a bonus track. From 1963 "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades.


http://youtu.be/NFAdhIQwd0s

nice one, good song choice again

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:46 AM
Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

great song choice

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:48 AM
OK -- here we go again.... I Can't Stand the Rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2LB36N16EY

Nice soulful vibe and you sang it really well

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:50 AM
Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk

This is one cool song and you changed it up so it was even better! This is one of the songs I was hoping someone did. Thanks

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:51 AM
nice one, just watched the youtube link, i knew i had heard it before ,thanks for all the above info

krabbers
09-17-2012, 06:53 AM
yeah your right i did...lol i forgot. does it mention rain tho.? i cannot remember, its not one i do live anymore, thanks for pointing it out

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 06:59 AM
yeah your right i did...lol i forgot. does it mention rain tho.? i cannot remember, its not one i do live anymore, thanks for pointing it out

It might work since you mention storm and it is talking about rain. On a sidenote, "By Your Side" is one of my favorites!

Tootler
09-17-2012, 07:09 AM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

Well done on the fingerpicking, Ginny. I have tried intros like that on a couple of songs, but never quite had the bottle to use it in a recording, so well done for going for it. The song was nicely sung as well. My version was a bonus track so we're definitely not in competition on this one, though it's nice to have different takes on a song.


Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Wow! some reverb in that loo. Much better than adding the electronic stuff. Nice singing and playing as well.


Okay, this one is going to take a bit of translation to qualify as a "rain" song, but - here goes nothin'!

Its English title and lyrics don't qualify. However, the French title - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - should, following the logic that a song called "Umbrella" would qualify.

To make things even more of a polyglot mess: I originally learned this song when I lived in Japan, with a Japanese title (シェルブールの雨傘) that translates the same as the French. And while IIRC neither the English nor the French lyrics actually reference rain per se, the Japanese lyrics do. Link (http://j-lyric.net/artist/a000487/l016595.html) for anyone who can read Japanese.

Overexplaining? Yeah, I tend to do that. And a bit of a moot point since I don't sing, so there really aren't any lyrics anyway. But it's a lovely song, particularly when played by a more competent player than myself, from a fabulous movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JS4JMY0JWM) in which there definitely is some rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXOhGsRlKV4

I'm not especially thrilled with how this came out and I may replace it later, time permitting - but it's been a few weeks and I really wanted to get back into the Seasons swing of things. Everything seems to be conspiring against me today - it's hot as heck and all the doors and windows are open, the fan is running on high, and I live in a flight path, so... yeah. That.

Well played, Jane. really nice sound - even on cheap headphones on my tablet PC. I remember the tune and the French title but I can't remember what it was called in English.


great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

This was great, definitely your own take on it Jon. I just loved the scat singing in the middle. I thought this song might come up - just as obvious, IMO as the ones our host banned. I am glad you were first to do it as it very much suits your style.

janeray1940
09-17-2012, 07:12 AM
Well played, Jane. really nice sound - even on cheap headphones on my tablet PC. I remember the tune and the French title but I can't remember what it was called in English.


Thank you! The English title is "I Will Wait For You," and the English title of the film it's from is "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Tootler
09-17-2012, 07:24 AM
Thanks, Tootler. I heard a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary growing up, but I don't remember that song. Something about the melody makes me think of the Monkees "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round". You say you had "dots and chords in a book". What are "dots"?

Many thanks. Peter, Paul and Mary's version is on You Tube. It was seeing it as one of the suggested videos when I was listening to one of the entries that reminded me of the song.

"Dots" is Folkie slang for musical notation. Often used in a slightly pejorative manner as many folkies play entirely by ear.


Wow, an audio fade-out and a fade to black. These are skills that leave my primitive mind in awe. Now this song I know. Nicely done.

Thanks very much. The fades are not all that difficult. The audio fade I did in Audacity. The video fade is a standard effect in the video editor I use.


Is it the D tuning that gives your Kala such a bright sound, or is that just how it sounds anyway?

A bit of both really. It had a bright tone when I got it - that's what I liked about it when I bought it. Tuning up a tone has enhanced that. I changed the Aquila strings it came with for Ken Middleton's living water strings and that kept the brightness but softened the tone a little - sort of removed the hard edge that Aquilas can give.

krabbers
09-17-2012, 07:24 AM
and i would like to thank this season for reminding me what a great song "have you ever seen the rain is" i am going to add it to my jam night virtual song book at unplugthewood

http://www.youtube.com/unplugthewood

http://myspace.com/unplugthewood (http://www.myspace.com/unplugthewood)
we are also on twitter too unplugthewood

GinnyT11
09-17-2012, 09:22 AM
Bonus Track: Beatles song for 31st season of the ukulele. Theme:Rain
Single track, shot in PhotoBooth in cartoon mode, and post processed
in GarageBand, to give it that 60's spacey echo.
Blame El Niño. Europe gets all the rain and America gets the drought.
Could it be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is there
a secret message at the end of this song:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IxAfPQaEVA
Headphones on!!!


That's fantastic, Rob! So cool, as if John Lennon is speaking from beyond the grave.
Apart from the unusual playing and amazing sound effect you got, the video itself looks like avant-garde graphic art. The yellow chair is like Van Gogh painted something on a Warhol piece.

As for the mystery message...is Paul dead?



.

erivel
09-17-2012, 09:34 AM
Dang, Rob beat me to it! Oh well here's my official entry. This is actually the first uke song I ever uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/QH9AzukgRMI

wee_ginga_yin
09-17-2012, 09:39 AM
That's fantastic, Rob! So cool, as if John Lennon is speaking from beyond the grave.
Apart from the unusual playing and amazing sound effect you got, the video itself looks like avant-garde graphic art. The yellow chair is like what Warhol would put in if he were painting Van Gogh's rented room.

As for the mystery message...is Paul dead?

I listened to it without headphones and I think it looses out on some of the rippling effects.
On youtube the Beatles themselves say that the "RAIN" video gave birth to MTV... not sure
if that is a good thing but I think the song and the video were well ahead of its time. Apparently
at the end of the song was the first time ever that a reverse loop was used, to give backwards
music. It is interesting to see Paul with a chipped front tooth... and sorry you did not get the
mystery message... but that would have been the obvious choice.

Rain by the Beatles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdrGS__yg6Q)

wee_ginga_yin
09-17-2012, 09:50 AM
Ahh!!! so that is how you play a C9 :-)

Sorry I slipped in before you... we should have done a duet. Now that would be a challenge
for some upcoming season. Nice intro and great singing. Well done.

cheesegasuki
09-17-2012, 10:04 AM
I think I would need to diagram this on three-dimensional graph paper to figure out whether it qualifies, and it's past my bedtime already. It's a very pretty song. It sounds Japanese the way you play it. I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if sounds that way in the film.

The last verse in Japanese describes wanting to walk alone so wrapped up in memories that you can't hear the rain falling all around you.

janeray1940
09-17-2012, 10:09 AM
The last verse in Japanese describes wanting to walk alone so wrapped up in memories that you can't hear the rain falling all around you.

Well done! I'm so literal that I don't even attempt translation, so much gets lost.

erivel
09-17-2012, 10:12 AM
Ahh!!! so that is how you play a C9 :-)

Sorry I slipped in before you... we should have done a duet. Now that would be a challenge
for some upcoming season. Nice intro and great singing. Well done.

Thanks Rob! Wait, which one was C9...seriously? :)

erivel
09-17-2012, 10:22 AM
Here's my bonus track. I could have used this one for Dreams week too if I could go back in time...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/g5pUxi-Y-EI

cheesegasuki
09-17-2012, 10:30 AM
Well done! I'm so literal that I don't even attempt translation, so much gets lost.

Thanks! With the differences in grammar and how much can be implied in Japanese, you can't really translate anything literally. It's that mix of love/melancholy song that works well in Japanese and makes me think of every single enka tune I've ever heard at karaoke.

Good job playing it!

janeray1940
09-17-2012, 10:36 AM
Thanks! With the differences in grammar and how much can be implied in Japanese, you can't really translate anything literally. It's that mix of love/melancholy song that works well in Japanese and makes me think of every single enka tune I've ever heard at karaoke.

Good job playing it!

ありがとう! And yes, so many nuances in the Japanese language that you have to be really creative to be a good translator. My parents had hoped that that's what I would become... didn't happen, because while I can understand both Japanese and English, I really struggle with going between the two. I really admire those who do it well.

redpaul1
09-17-2012, 11:16 AM
Back in grad school in Canada, we used to have a long-running competition to see who could name as many rain-related songs as possible. It's the pathetic fallacy you see. The belief that the weather is mirroring or expressing your feelings: The Sky is Crying, etc, etc.

There's hundreds of great soul songs with rain as their theme: The Dramatics "In The Rain"; Love Unlimited "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)"; The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain", to name but three off the top of my head; but I've gone for a country number (well, country-ish - it's a Tony Joe White composition, but was most famously covered by Brook Benton):


http://youtu.be/MZxBIk2du_8

p.s. I was going to do Hong Kong Garden for Season 30, but work got in the way.

krabbers
09-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Back in grad school in Canada, we used to have a long-running competition to see who could name as many rain-related songs as possible. It's the pathetic fallacy you see. The belief that the weather is mirroring or expressing your feelings: The Sky is Crying, etc, etc.

There's hundreds of great soul songs with rain as their theme: The Dramatics "In The Rain"; Love Unlimited "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)"; The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain", to name but three off the top of my head; but I've gone for a country number (well, country-ish - it's a Tony Joe White composition, but was most famously covered by Brook Benton):


http://youtu.be/MZxBIk2du_8

p.s. I was going to do Hong Kong Garden for Season 30, but work got in the way.

Hello Paul Have you done many seasons I feel I have missed out on this. I wish it would rain. What a great song and a sad sad story behind it. Big George was the man for the stories behind the songs

Tootler
09-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Bonus Song - I want to be like Christian and just play a few songs. Sorry in advance since many of you don't like the second song but they are both in the key of E...at least I made them in the key of E :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heg-3YGaRR4&feature=plcp

Great Mashup, good choice of songs. I thought about Runaway for Guilty Secrets week, but couldn't quite make it work. You've done a really good job here and added a few more in for good luck.


here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

Well done, nice accompaniment which really enhances the song.


Bonus Track: Beatles song for 31st season of the ukulele. Theme:Rain
Single track, shot in PhotoBooth in cartoon mode, and post processed
in GarageBand, to give it that 60's spacey echo.

Blame El Niño. Europe gets all the rain and America gets the drought.
Could it be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is there
a secret message at the end of this song:-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IxAfPQaEVA

Headphones on!!!

Sometimes I'm so entranced by your use of effects both audio and video, that I forget to listen to the song. Makes me think I should have a try with some of the effects on my video editor.


Dang, Rob beat me to it! Oh well here's my official entry. This is actually the first uke song I ever uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago...enjoy!

http://youtu.be/QH9AzukgRMI]

Well, given what Rob did with it, you are bound to be different. A "straight" version is quite a contrast.


Here's my bonus track. I could have used this one for Dreams week too if I could go back in time...enjoy!

http://youtu.be/g5pUxi-Y-EI

Great song from a great album. I've played this a few times over the years. Your version really captures the feel without slavishly copying the original.


Back in grad school in Canada, we used to have a long-running competition to see who could name as many rain-related songs as possible. It's the pathetic fallacy you see. The belief that the weather is mirroring or expressing your feelings: The Sky is Crying, etc, etc.

There's hundreds of great soul songs with rain as their theme: The Dramatics "In The Rain"; Love Unlimited "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)"; The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain", to name but three off the top of my head; but I've gone for a country number (well, country-ish - it's a Tony Joe White composition, but was most famously covered by Brook Benton):

http://youtu.be/MZxBIk2du_8

p.s. I was going to do Hong Kong Garden for Season 30, but work got in the way.

Nice one.

redpaul1
09-17-2012, 12:20 PM
Hello Paul Have you done many seasons I feel I have missed out on this. I wish it would rain. What a great song and a sad sad story behind it. Big George was the man for the stories behind the songs
Hello Mike. I've only done two (seasons). "I wish it would rain" is the business. I'd love to have a go at it, but if anyone's got the voice for this song, it's you (IMHO).

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 12:26 PM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

One of the songs I assumed would be done this week, and I was kinda hopin' it would be you who played it. So thank you very much. I've never heard it played quite so fast. The movie has trained us (or at least me) to think of it as more of a ballad.

Don't worry about the dislikes. A lot of people don't know the song was around a long time before the movie, so they're assuming any performance is going to sound like the Gene Kelly version. They probably freaked out when you went into the Cliff Edwards scat singing.

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 12:33 PM
Bonus Song - I want to be like Christian and just play a few songs. Sorry in advance since many of you don't like the second song but they are both in the key of E...at least I made them in the key of E :p


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heg-3YGaRR4&feature=plcp

"Hey, Soul Sister" sounds better for the association with "Runaway". Even on uke, I can't hear "Runaway" without getting the organ part stuck in my head. I just Googled to see if that was a Vox organ on the original, and found this bit of trivia for aging audiophiles on http://www.combo-organ.com/discography.htm:

"The distinctive "organ" part was done on a one-of-a-kind instrument called a Musitron. This ancient, 3-octave, monophonic, tube-driven thing was actually a modified Clavioline, built by Max Crook himself (who played the part on "Runaway"). Check out the official Del Shannon web site for information on the Musitron and more than you ever wanted to know about "Runaway"."

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 12:42 PM
here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

Thank you for funkifying Neil Sedaka. I think I would have enjoyed him more in the '70s if he'd been funkified. You showed me that this is a better song than I remembered it as being.

The Captain and Tennille had a huge hit with a cover of Sedaka's "Love Will Keep Us Together". Toni Tennille's voice sounded so much like Sedaka's that for the first few weeks it was on the radio, I thought it WAS Sedaka. And here's some Sedaka trivia I found on Wikipedia:


On an episode of the quiz show I've Got a Secret in 1965, Sedaka's secret was that he was to represent the United States in classical piano at the 1966 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, and he impressed the panelists with his performance of Frederic Chopin's "Fantaisie Impromptu" on the show. Prior to his piano performance, panelist Henry Morgan challenged Sedaka with the fact that the Soviet bureaucracy despises — and, in fact, outlaws — rock 'n' roll music and that any Western music that young Russians have was by underground smuggling. This exchange continued before the panel learned that Sedaka was to represent the USA at the Tchaikovsky classical piano competition, which Van Cliburn had won in 1958. Unfortunately, Morgan's warning turned out to be true. Despite Sedaka's classical roots, because of Sedaka's "other" life as a pop star, he was disqualified by the USSR as the US entrant for the competition.

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 12:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IxAfPQaEVA


You find more different ways to use reverb than anyone I've ever heard. I would say that after peewee's bathroom video the two of you should have an echo-off contest, but I have no doubt that you'd win, and the last vibrations would still be reverberating days later.

wolfchs
09-17-2012, 12:47 PM
[QUOTE=weerpool;1047044]here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!

Oh man! I was gonna do this one... you did it so well, I don't think I can play it after that :) I'm off to find a new song then :o

Hippie Dribble
09-17-2012, 12:54 PM
here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

brother your voice is like honey

Hippie Dribble
09-17-2012, 12:59 PM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

It's my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.
yeah Ginny! Love that song. You're totally in the groove on this one. That Wixom sounds lovely too

Hippie Dribble
09-17-2012, 01:02 PM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

so crazy good krabbers, loved your vocal; the phrasing and the way you clipped each line...bloomin magnificent

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 01:06 PM
Dang, Rob beat me to it! Oh well here's my official entry. This is actually the first uke song I ever uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/QH9AzukgRMI

This is one of those Beatles songs that I never really knew. It was originally the B-side of "Paperback Writer" and I don't know when it eventually got put on an album. I know it mostly from a heavier, darker cover version that Fairport Convention did in a collection from their 1997 Cropredy festival. So your more Beatlesque version sounds very light and airy to me by comparison.

This reminds me that in case we ever do the suggested Season that is all Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band covers, the Bonzos collaborated with the Beatles on "You Know My Name, Look Up the Number", which was the B-side of "Let It Be".

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 01:16 PM
Here's my bonus track. I could have used this one for Dreams week too if I could go back in time...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/g5pUxi-Y-EI

It is now officially Reverb Week on the Seasons of the Ukulele! I love how your falsetto sounds on this one. You don't often get to hear a breathy falsetto. Well, maybe you do because you have one.

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 01:24 PM
Back in grad school in Canada, we used to have a long-running competition to see who could name as many rain-related songs as possible. It's the pathetic fallacy you see. The belief that the weather is mirroring or expressing your feelings: The Sky is Crying, etc, etc.

There's hundreds of great soul songs with rain as their theme: The Dramatics "In The Rain"; Love Unlimited "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)"; The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain", to name but three off the top of my head; but I've gone for a country number (well, country-ish - it's a Tony Joe White composition, but was most famously covered by Brook Benton):


http://youtu.be/MZxBIk2du_8

p.s. I was going to do Hong Kong Garden for Season 30, but work got in the way.

Thanks a lot, Paul, for taking part this week. I didn't know this song, but I like it. Yes, there's so many good rain songs. That's why I skewed the rules so that people would have to do rain songs, rather than rainbow or storm songs. By the way, speaking of "raining all over the world", I would flat-out LOVE it if someone does ELO's "Showdown" this week.

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 01:27 PM
[QUOTE=weerpool;1047044]here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!

Oh man! I was gonna do this one... you did it so well, I don't think I can play it after that :) I'm off to find a new song then :o

Just do it and then one of you guys who know how to multi-track put the song together as a duet! That would be sweet!!

Since its a bonus for the duet, you can bend the rules!

wolfchs
09-17-2012, 03:54 PM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(

http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 04:24 PM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(

http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk

Well, I'm glad you did this one. If you weren't supposed to play sad songs on a ukulele, minor chords wouldn't sound so darn good on them. You did a beautiful job with it.

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 04:52 PM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(

http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk

This song sounds so much better with a female voice and it sounded really sweet. Great job

uke4ia
09-17-2012, 05:16 PM
And that just might be the only song that the Everly Brothers and a-ha both recorded.

ukuLily Mars
09-17-2012, 05:54 PM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o

I was watching That's Entertainment recently and the movie opens with a clip of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) singing this song and playing the 'uke, then they show other versions (including Judy Garland) leading up to Gene Kelly. He would approve of your rendition! As always, a terrific video and great fun to watch, Jon.

krabbers
09-17-2012, 07:01 PM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(

http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk
That was really nice

RichM
09-17-2012, 07:33 PM
Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!


http://youtu.be/PDLGEZBVn2E

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 07:41 PM
Just trying to make it rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikhI6Dh6sfg&feature=youtu.be

RichM
09-17-2012, 07:51 PM
Here's a bonus track (depending, of course, on your definition of "bonus"). It's an obscure They Might Be Giants B-side that I'm pretty sure nobody else is doing...


http://youtu.be/cb9WbhLXp7s

29moons
09-17-2012, 08:06 PM
Another uke cover from the Lincoln album. Great job, I was so excited when I saw "Pencil Rain" load up. Your booming voice really fits it well and the uke sounds awesome. I did "Snowball In Hell" during Heaven and Hell week.


Here's a bonus track (depending, of course, on your definition of "bonus"). It's an obscure They Might Be Giants B-side that I'm pretty sure nobody else is doing...


http://youtu.be/cb9WbhLXp7s

29moons
09-17-2012, 08:10 PM
Loving it! really well done. Your playing is great on this, I've never heard it before. Always fun.

BTW - Got my shirt today, thanks. I'll try to wear it for my next video.


Just trying to make it rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikhI6Dh6sfg&feature=youtu.be

29moons
09-17-2012, 08:16 PM
Nicely done, one of my favorite Beatles tunes. My band used to do a cover of this in the eighties, fun to play too. Great job, I always look forward to your vids.


Dang, Rob beat me to it! Oh well here's my official entry. This is actually the first uke song I ever uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/QH9AzukgRMI

29moons
09-17-2012, 08:22 PM
Nicely done. I love the Eurythmics and the eighties. You have a great sound.


Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk

ukuleledaddy
09-17-2012, 08:27 PM
Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!


http://youtu.be/PDLGEZBVn2E

I'm surprised nobody has done that one yet also! Great tune and you did a fantastic job! I'll be watching your video to try and figure it out myself. Loved it!

wee_ginga_yin
09-17-2012, 08:28 PM
You find more different ways to use reverb than anyone I've ever heard. I would say that after peewee's bathroom video the two of you should have an echo-off contest, but I have no doubt that you'd win, and the last vibrations would still be reverberating days later.

There is not a toilet in existence that is big enough to give me enough reverb and echo. :old:

Hippie Dribble
09-17-2012, 08:44 PM
There is not a toilet in existence that is big enough to give me enough reverb and echo. :old:

I think I know one brother...the infamous long drop at the Friendly Beaches camping ground on the Tassie East Coast. It's the longest, deepest chamber you could ever need. Bit smelly though, especially in the summer...also a tad dangerous...some folks don't make it out...but anything for the enhancement of the artistic process eh

Dan Uke
09-17-2012, 08:46 PM
Loving it! really well done. Your playing is great on this, I've never heard it before. Always fun.

BTW - Got my shirt today, thanks. I'll try to wear it for my next video.

It makes two of us! Never heard this song until today...HAHA

Hopefully you like your shirt! UU is awesome so I just bought a shirt today too and even more important, I became a UU VIP!

I could have purchased another uke with the money I spent on the contests and recently to support UU but these seasons have brought so much joy to me. I wouldn't have had a chance to share these times with my kids but these contests gave me a platform so I thank everyone from those who have hosted, those who participate and those who are building up the courage to enter!!

RichM
09-18-2012, 02:07 AM
Another uke cover from the Lincoln album. Great job, I was so excited when I saw "Pencil Rain" load up. Your booming voice really fits it well and the uke sounds awesome. I did "Snowball In Hell" during Heaven and Hell week.

Thanks! One does not take on John Linnell lightly. I had to go back and watch your "Snowball in Hell," which was awesome! Perhapse TMBG on uke is a new sub-genre...

strumsilly
09-18-2012, 03:33 AM
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on my new [old] Pono baritone.

http://youtu.be/cD0v2Rir9KA

krabbers
09-18-2012, 06:04 AM
good job Rich, i had not heard the song before

krabbers
09-18-2012, 06:44 AM
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on my new [old] Pono baritone.

http://youtu.be/cD0v2Rir9KA

love this song , well done

Tootler
09-18-2012, 07:16 AM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(
http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk

This seasons throwing up a few songs I'd forgotten about. You did a really good job on this one.


Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!

http://youtu.be/PDLGEZBVn2E

I wouldn't know whether or not you got some lyrics wrong, as I'm not familiar with this particular Eric Clapton song. I'm not sure it matters anyway, you did a good job on it.


Just trying to make it rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikhI6Dh6sfg&feature=youtu.be

Don't try too hard, we've had more than enough rain over here this summer. Nice song.


Here's a bonus track (depending, of course, on your definition of "bonus"). It's an obscure They Might Be Giants B-side that I'm pretty sure nobody else is doing...

http://youtu.be/cb9WbhLXp7s

I like that: "pencil rain". Like you, I'm not sure what it means. It could come from the French "Il pleut crayons" - lit. "It's raining pencils" for heavy rain. Anyway, your style suits the song really well. (Where my wife comes from, they say "It's raining stair rods" - similar idea)


James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on my new [old] Pono baritone.
http://youtu.be/cD0v2Rir9KA

Another song I'd forgotten about. I'm glad you chose this one as it's a good song. Well sung, btw.

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 09:52 AM
YEAH!! I'm the first entry!! Obviously I am distracted by my kids but I was determined to be first!! Now on to the bonus songs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AitamQOI4

What a lovely start for the season! Nice arrangement for this song!:D

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 09:58 AM
Hey everyone! Here's my entry this week. I was able to do this on the first take so that's why it was posted so quickly. As for the 29th season, I will make a video either tonight or tomorrow andf announce the winners. Sorry, next time I will wait until I have nothing going on to judge a week. This week was just so crazy.


http://youtu.be/fHodlXTBpoM

I completly have forgotten this rain song! My father used to sing this song very often to me and my brothers when we were kids. Great choice! Thanks for sharing!:)

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:04 AM
First Choice Song was already posted so here is my second choice
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Season 31 Rain)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnv2_0RpqJE

Very nice version (even this song was excluded from the season), some sensitive singing and a brilliant smile! :D Also like your second song, but prefer "raindrops"! ;)

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:14 AM
Holy cow, Rob! How is it possible that I've never heard this song before? I looked it up after watching the video. It's by Randy Newman, and this is a partial list of people who've recorded covers of it: Bette Midler, Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, UB40, Judy Collins, Neil Diamond, Audra McDonald, Katie Melua, Madeleine Peyroux, Helen Reddy, Mama Cass Elliott, Peggy Lee, Irma Thomas, and wee ginga yin.

Love this song, Rob. Really excellent choice. Like the picking! Sorry for not taking part in the garden season, but I have one good excuse: I (Miriam) went to the dentist and afterwards I talked the whole week like Duffy Duck :drool:, no chance getting my garden song (Don't sit under the Apple tree) recorded.

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:19 AM
Alright, here goes nothing. First video... ever.

Apologies for quality (of ipad video, and voice)


http://youtu.be/EBVWvsF_D1c

((uke4ia, if this isn't rain-y enough, call it a bonus, and I'll work on something else during the week))


Edit to add: today is my one-month uke-iversary. Felt like it was time to jump in.

Welcome to the seasons! Great singing and playing for only one month practise! Keep playing and sending videos! :music: Cheers!

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:25 AM
ok I it's been done already but hey ho. I have changed the chorus chords a bit hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dilS0H3No3c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

You got a great voice for such songs! Also love the sound of your ukulele! :) I wouldn't have changed the chords, but I like your version too. :cheers:

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:34 AM
Here we go, week two:

Actually it's a rainy day. I love my rocking chair, and my 80's.

Here Comes the Rain Again...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ndr6mfLLqk

Some eighties! Good song choice! Nice to see a new face in the season! :) Welcome, Caroljean! Is this a rockin chair?

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 10:35 AM
Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!


http://youtu.be/PDLGEZBVn2E

All right! Between this and me doing "Let It Grow" for Garden Week, I think we've covered the gamut of Clapton "Let It..." songs. Or did he do a cover of "Let It Be" that I've forgotten about?

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:40 AM
I had a song recorded for this week but then while I was listening to the entries so far, one of the suggested videos reminded me of this song which seemed much more suitable. I had dots and chords in a book already, so I quickly recorded it (first take, not often I manage that :shaka:) and here it is.

Gordon Lightfoot from 1966, though I remember the Peter, Paul and Mary version better.


http://youtu.be/5R4RUVv46Bs

First take? Wow! We really like your voice, it's the perfect clear voice for songs that tell a story. :)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 10:43 AM
Just trying to make it rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikhI6Dh6sfg&feature=youtu.be

This sounds way, way too cheerful for a Coldplay cover. Coldplay songs have to be depressing and miserable, as in this demonstration by the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPAt5uj94zk

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:44 AM
I worked on this for the afternoon and recorded many takes, and just when I was about to post it, I saw that Geoff had already done so. Good thing we're all friends here and not in competition!

This is my entry for Rain week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7oODjqYJg

my FIRST attempt at fingerpicking anywhere someone could hear me---baby steps!
I flubbed a moment in the song, but it's the take that had the smoothest picking and singing together.

Nice first picking! You should keep that song!:D

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 10:47 AM
Here's a bonus track (depending, of course, on your definition of "bonus"). It's an obscure They Might Be Giants B-side that I'm pretty sure nobody else is doing...


http://youtu.be/cb9WbhLXp7s

Always glad to have a TMBG song in the mix. This was probably a better choice than "When It Rains It Snows". You did a great job with it. Not everyone could do a pop song that requires a theatrical singing style.

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 10:48 AM
There is not a toilet in existence that is big enough to give me enough reverb and echo. :old:

Now there's a motto!

chrimess
09-18-2012, 10:50 AM
Interesting concept- a "Coldplay Cover"- after their second album most of their so called original songs are really covers in themselves- both of their own and other bands' tunes.


This sounds way, way too cheerful for a Coldplay cover. Coldplay songs have to be depressing and miserable, as in this demonstration by the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPAt5uj94zk

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:51 AM
Hi all, can't review your entries just now, we're shooting on location at a school, and I'm on my phone. I was able to sneak onto a secret bathroom to record an almost unrehearsed version of Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.
The echo-ey acoustics were too good to pass up. I hope to get a more polished entry or two in before the end of the week. Best to all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyCHZfhF4Cc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Hope there a bonus points for the setting;) One day with Anita O'Day, the other one school toilets... Wow
Great playing and singing as always. Heavy natural reverb!

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:54 AM
Okay, this one is going to take a bit of translation to qualify as a "rain" song, but - here goes nothin'!

Its English title and lyrics don't qualify. However, the French title - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - should, following the logic that a song called "Umbrella" would qualify.

To make things even more of a polyglot mess: I originally learned this song when I lived in Japan, with a Japanese title (シェルブールの雨傘) that translates the same as the French. And while IIRC neither the English nor the French lyrics actually reference rain per se, the Japanese lyrics do. Link (http://j-lyric.net/artist/a000487/l016595.html) for anyone who can read Japanese.

Overexplaining? Yeah, I tend to do that. And a bit of a moot point since I don't sing, so there really aren't any lyrics anyway. But it's a lovely song, particularly when played by a more competent player than myself, from a fabulous movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JS4JMY0JWM) in which there definitely is some rain.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXOhGsRlKV4

I'm not especially thrilled with how this came out and I may replace it later, time permitting - but it's been a few weeks and I really wanted to get back into the Seasons swing of things. Everything seems to be conspiring against me today - it's hot as heck and all the doors and windows are open, the fan is running on high, and I live in a flight path, so... yeah. That.

Sweet song, your uke sounds very nice, so we would look forward to a second recording without the fan ;)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 10:55 AM
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on my new [old] Pono baritone.

http://youtu.be/cD0v2Rir9KA

You bring across the sadness in the lyrics better than the original. When I hear James Taylor sing it, I never get the feeling that he's all that sad to lose Suzanne.

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 10:59 AM
great entries so far gang! here's one you probably never heard of before... :o


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWtkYC0wLw0

Jon, EuGene Kelly, this song is full sunshine. Love the stops!:cool:

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:03 AM
here's my carefree fun entry for this week. im loving every entries so far. im excited to see more as the week progress. you guys rock!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O74NJd_mjqw

Sweet song, smooth singing singing and playing! Nice instrumental part!

UKISOCIETY
09-18-2012, 11:06 AM
This can't count because it's multitrack, but I wanted to share it with you. I did this in 2008, I think. I'd be interested to hear somebody do it for this contest!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-vcpMYwGYA

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:08 AM
Dang, Rob beat me to it! Oh well here's my official entry. This is actually the first uke song I ever uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/QH9AzukgRMI

You and Rob did both a great job!

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:12 AM
Back in grad school in Canada, we used to have a long-running competition to see who could name as many rain-related songs as possible. It's the pathetic fallacy you see. The belief that the weather is mirroring or expressing your feelings: The Sky is Crying, etc, etc.

There's hundreds of great soul songs with rain as their theme: The Dramatics "In The Rain"; Love Unlimited "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)"; The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain", to name but three off the top of my head; but I've gone for a country number (well, country-ish - it's a Tony Joe White composition, but was most famously covered by Brook Benton):


http://youtu.be/MZxBIk2du_8

p.s. I was going to do Hong Kong Garden for Season 30, but work got in the way.

Hi Paul, nice to see you here! Cool song choice! Welcome!

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:16 AM
Hello everyone! Here's a song I just learned how to play a couple of hours ago when I found out weerpool did such an amazing job on the song I was gonna do... hope you guys like it even though it's such a sad depressing song :(

http://youtu.be/36q0k3rUzHk

Wonderful version! Sensitive singing and playing! :D Keep this song!

peewee
09-18-2012, 11:16 AM
Boy I have some catching up to do on this thread, lots of great songs. It's a little intimidating to start looking at the thread when there are 150+ posts already!

Here's a cheery little bonus track by Magnetic Fields (Stephin Merritt) from 1995. All the Umbrellas in London (http://youtu.be/tnLLR4QwEPY)
I hope the metaphorical rain in the song is enough for it to qualify. No natural reverb this time, but I went for an analog fade-out. And I tried to get the patented Uke4ia sledgehammer strum going in the chorus..


http://youtu.be/wMLQDMb3Lt0

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 11:17 AM
This can't count because it's multitrack, but I wanted to share it with you. I did this in 2008, I think. I'd be interested to hear somebody do it for this contest!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-vcpMYwGYA

Well, it still makes for a great bonus track! Thanks!

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:20 AM
Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!


http://youtu.be/PDLGEZBVn2E

Nice instrumental part, you have a good voice for the song!:)

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:23 AM
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on my new [old] Pono baritone.

http://youtu.be/cD0v2Rir9KA

Cool song, this style fits you very well...:)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 11:28 AM
Here's a cheery little bonus track by Magnetic Fields (Stephin Merritt) from 1995. All the Umbrellas in London (http://youtu.be/tnLLR4QwEPY)
I hope the metaphorical rain in the song is enough for it to qualify. No natural reverb this time, but I went for an analog fade-out. And I tried to get the patented Uke4ia sledgehammer strum going in the chorus..


http://youtu.be/wMLQDMb3Lt0

Yay for the lo-fi fadeout! A metaphorical rain is enough for a bonus song. And YES!!!, my playing style has influenced somebody! I'm just gonna be walkin' on air about that for the rest of the day. My strum is the result of 20 years of trying to get some sound out of a Martin soprano.

The Ukelites
09-18-2012, 11:31 AM
Cool, this week we managed to comment all official entries so far and record a video.:shaka:
We play a song I know from Irma Thomas, Detroit Cobras did a cover of it a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agoboU5h9KU

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 11:46 AM
Cool, this week we managed to comment all official entries so far and record a video.:shaka:
We play a song I know from Irma Thomas, Detroit Cobras did a cover of it a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agoboU5h9KU

Glad you got your voice back. You both sound great on this.

janeray1940
09-18-2012, 11:50 AM
Sweet song, your uke sounds very nice, so we would look forward to a second recording without the fan ;)

Thank you! Doesn't look like a second recording is going to happen - as usual, time is getting away from me this week. Learning to let my perfectionist tendencies go...

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 11:56 AM
Cool, this week we managed to comment all official entries so far and record a video.:shaka:
We play a song I know from Irma Thomas, Detroit Cobras did a cover of it a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agoboU5h9KU

The dynamic duo is back. The chemistry is always amazing and I like the soultry singing. Thanks for commenting on everyone's video...that takes a lot of work.

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 12:01 PM
Boy I have some catching up to do on this thread, lots of great songs. It's a little intimidating to start looking at the thread when there are 150+ posts already!

Here's a cheery little bonus track by Magnetic Fields (Stephin Merritt) from 1995. All the Umbrellas in London (http://youtu.be/tnLLR4QwEPY)
I hope the metaphorical rain in the song is enough for it to qualify. No natural reverb this time, but I went for an analog fade-out. And I tried to get the patented Uke4ia sledgehammer strum going in the chorus..


http://youtu.be/wMLQDMb3Lt0

I love the fade-out too! You got your own style, which makes your videos very enjoyable...Hopefully, our playing can bring some rain to Cali

janeray1940
09-18-2012, 12:03 PM
Cool, this week we managed to comment all official entries so far and record a video.:shaka:
We play a song I know from Irma Thomas, Detroit Cobras did a cover of it a few years ago.


Really enjoyed that! And good for you for spreading the uke love through all the positive comments :)

~dave~~wave~
09-18-2012, 12:30 PM
OK -- here we go again.... I Can't Stand the Rain


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2LB36N16EY

Wow. The power of your voice just pulled my wife down the stairs to have a better listen.
You nailed this one, 000K.

Tootler
09-18-2012, 12:32 PM
This can't count because it's multitrack, but I wanted to share it with you. I did this in 2008, I think. I'd be interested to hear somebody do it for this contest!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-vcpMYwGYA

Great Bonus track, very atmospheric.

Tootler
09-18-2012, 12:35 PM
Boy I have some catching up to do on this thread, lots of great songs. It's a little intimidating to start looking at the thread when there are 150+ posts already!

Here's a cheery little bonus track by Magnetic Fields (Stephin Merritt) from 1995. All the Umbrellas in London (http://youtu.be/tnLLR4QwEPY)
I hope the metaphorical rain in the song is enough for it to qualify. No natural reverb this time, but I went for an analog fade-out. And I tried to get the patented Uke4ia sledgehammer strum going in the chorus..

http://youtu.be/wMLQDMb3Lt0

Nice bonus, liked the strum, though no one can do a sledgehammer strum quite like uke4ia, but yours was very effective for the song. Loved the analogue fade out :music:

Tootler
09-18-2012, 12:43 PM
Another bonus track and another first take :nana:.

Vintage Dylan. The strength of Dylan at his best is that his songs remain relevant even though the time he wrote them for has passed. This song is Dylan at his best.


http://youtu.be/grJcuGRNFjQ

There's almost 7 minutes of it, so be warned :music:

Tootler
09-18-2012, 01:08 PM
Cool, this week we managed to comment all official entries so far and record a video.:shaka:
We play a song I know from Irma Thomas, Detroit Cobras did a cover of it a few years ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agoboU5h9KU

Good to see you back. I always look forward to your entries. They are uniformly to a high standard and this one was no exception. Liked the gold background as well.

Thanks for your comment on my effort, btw.

OldePhart
09-18-2012, 01:11 PM
If anybody decides to do Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain" I have one request - do it poorly so I won't be embarrassed when I enter my cover of it. :)

Amazing how much great stuff there has been so early this last couple of seasons!

John

redpaul1
09-18-2012, 01:15 PM
Hi Paul, nice to see you here! Cool song choice! Welcome!
Danke schön! Hope you liked it!

redpaul1
09-18-2012, 01:17 PM
Soz! Replying from phone. Duplicated post :O

ksiegel
09-18-2012, 02:09 PM
My entry - again, the result of my mispent youth, listening to Folk Music recordings.

I learned this from the 1961 KAPP recording "Mighty Day On Campus", by the Chad Mitchell Trio (Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraizer, and Mike Kobluk, with accompanist James J. McGuinn III - better known after he changed his name to Roger.)

Come to think of it, this is the second song I learned from that album, and have posted here. The first one was Fall River Hoedown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L66UW-UYmbs), for "Mim's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle for a Makai Contest" in November 2011.

Sorry about the back-lighting - as dark and dreary as the day was, it was still brighter outside than in the garage.


http://youtu.be/bAbJNtCSiIg



-Kurt

UKISOCIETY
09-18-2012, 03:57 PM
Ooooo! I just figured out a great song for the contest! Hope I can record it tomorrow! :)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 04:00 PM
So my wife has decided she wants to have work done on the house to get it ready to sell once our daughter goes off to college soon. For the last week, there's been painters stripping old wallpaper and painting several rooms. When they finish, flooring guys will come in to sand and polish the hardwood floors, which will involve removing some primordial carpeting. And just in case that wasn't enough to do at once, in two weeks an asbestos removal company is coming to remove a 60-year-old tile floor in the basement -- this means we have to clear everything out of a room that once looked like the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and move it all to an unfinished basement room.

As a result, most of the house is either a work zone or filled with stuff cleared out of the work zones. About the only livable space in the house right now is the master bedroom and computer room, some cooking space, and the penned area we have for Eisley. So I am huddled here at the computer except when Molly needs it for her homework. And that's probably the only reason I've been able to keep up with all the videos that have come in so far. It has given me a full appreciation of just what a task it is when Jon, Geoff, and Ralf review every video every week. If I had a hat on, I would take it off to them. And to all of you for keeping me entertained here in my spider-hole.

JerBear
09-18-2012, 04:01 PM
My entry - again, the result of my mispent youth, listening to Folk Music recordings.

I learned this from the 1961 KAPP recording "Mighty Day On Campus", by the Chad Mitchell Trio (Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraizer, and Mike Kobluk, with accompanist James J. McGuinn III - better known after he changed his name to Roger.)

Come to think of it, this is the second song I learned from that album, and have posted here. The first one was Fall River Hoedown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L66UW-UYmbs), for "Mim's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle for a Makai Contest" in November 2011.

Sorry about the back-lighting - as dark and dreary as the day was, it was still brighter outside than in the garage.


http://youtu.be/bAbJNtCSiIg



-Kurt

wish I could see what your fingers were doing cause it sure sounded impressive. :)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 04:09 PM
Another bonus track and another first take :nana:.

Vintage Dylan. The strength of Dylan at his best is that his songs remain relevant even though the time he wrote them for has passed. This song is Dylan at his best.


http://youtu.be/grJcuGRNFjQ

There's almost 7 minutes of it, so be warned :music:

A couple of years ago, I had a teenager argue to me that Bob Dylan was the best male vocalist ever. I tried to explain to him that in the late '60s-early '70s there were musicians who had successful careers just doing Bob Dylan covers and singing his songs better than he could. By the way, I wrote the rules for this week specifically so that the theme would allow "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" to count. Just because I think it would be hilarious to hear it done by one of the Seasonistas. Especially if it's Rob in a fez and smoking jacket.

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 04:13 PM
My entry - again, the result of my mispent youth, listening to Folk Music recordings.

I learned this from the 1961 KAPP recording "Mighty Day On Campus", by the Chad Mitchell Trio (Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraizer, and Mike Kobluk, with accompanist James J. McGuinn III - better known after he changed his name to Roger.)

Come to think of it, this is the second song I learned from that album, and have posted here. The first one was Fall River Hoedown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L66UW-UYmbs), for "Mim's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle for a Makai Contest" in November 2011.

Sorry about the back-lighting - as dark and dreary as the day was, it was still brighter outside than in the garage.


http://youtu.be/bAbJNtCSiIg



-Kurt

Thanks, Kurt. This is a song I wasn't familiar with. In silhouette, I wondered if your identity was hidden because you had joined the Ukulele Players Protection Program.

JerBear
09-18-2012, 04:20 PM
Okay, I got some of the lyrics wrong (thanks, Internet!), but I still love this Eric Clapton song. Actually, I can't beleive I'm the first person to get to it!


Oh Internet. Lyrics aside, this was great. :)

ksiegel
09-18-2012, 04:58 PM
wish I could see what your fingers were doing cause it sure sounded impressive. :)

Thanks!

I wish I could tell you what I was doing but... I have no idea.

I was just strumming, mostly with the index finger, but an occasional thumb (I think) and the chords are just Am - E7 -Dm - I guess the pattern is i - V7 - iv. I can't tell you the strum pattern, because that stuff is all alchemy and black magic to me - I "just strum", and whatever happens, happens. The rhythm is in my head, and I just try to reproduce it. Sometimes, it works.

On the other hand, if you want to take the 3-1/2 hr drive on Saturday 9/22/12 to Schenectady, we've got a small Uke Festival going on at Proctors Theater, and I'll be happy to show you what I was doing, in the light.

uke4ia - no Protection Program - I simply wanted to give everyone a break from having to see my face, for a change.



-Kurt

wolfchs
09-18-2012, 05:04 PM
As I left work today, it was pouring hard, so I was soaked by the time I got to my car... I thought about this song and thought it appropriate to do as a bonus. After a couple of takes, I finally got tired and decided I will embrace it, imperfections and all :o

http://youtu.be/fecY6BCW-o4

Doc_J
09-18-2012, 05:12 PM
Great songs and videos folks. I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone do "I Can See Clearly Now". Or have I missed that one?

GinnyT11
09-18-2012, 05:22 PM
Take it away, Doc! It's all yours!

(You don't have to sing; you can just hum.)

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 05:47 PM
As I left work today, it was pouring hard, so I was soaked by the time I got to my car... I thought about this song and thought it appropriate to do as a bonus. After a couple of takes, I finally got tired and decided I will embrace it, imperfections and all :o

http://youtu.be/fecY6BCW-o4

You can always tell when it's almost time to get out of work, because the drizzle turns into a downpour. I'm glad at least you got some inspiration out of it.

JerBear
09-18-2012, 05:57 PM
BONUS time.

I give you a song about... songs about rain.



http://youtu.be/E8J29w1k1N0


May have been a bit ambitious at this stage. You get the best take of the night - had to stop before I became a very bad neighbor. Not quite where I want it, but getting there.

fitncrafty
09-18-2012, 05:59 PM
My entry - again, the result of my mispent youth, listening to Folk Music recordings.

I learned this from the 1961 KAPP recording "Mighty Day On Campus", by the Chad Mitchell Trio (Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraizer, and Mike Kobluk, with accompanist James J. McGuinn III - better known after he changed his name to Roger.)

Come to think of it, this is the second song I learned from that album, and have posted here. The first one was Fall River Hoedown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L66UW-UYmbs), for "Mim's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle for a Makai Contest" in November 2011.

Sorry about the back-lighting - as dark and dreary as the day was, it was still brighter outside than in the garage.


http://youtu.be/bAbJNtCSiIg



-Kurt

Nice one kurt.. too bad it was dark otherwise sounded great...

uke4ia
09-18-2012, 06:44 PM
I give you a song about... songs about rain.


http://youtu.be/E8J29w1k1N0

May have been a bit ambitious at this stage. You get the best take of the night - had to stop before I became a very bad neighbor. Not quite where I want it, but getting there.

I didn't know this song, but this could be the theme post for the entire week. Thanks a lot for doing this one.

Dougf
09-18-2012, 07:32 PM
Beatles fans might remember that the fab four played this one at their Decca audition.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KCISWBVROI

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 07:58 PM
What I like about you Doug is that you know who you are and you always bring it with your jazz chords that none of could even try to imitate as we have no idea what these chords are!

I could totally imagine Jon's skat / mouth trumpet compliment this song.

Dougf
09-18-2012, 08:02 PM
What I like about you Doug is that you know who you are and you always bring it with your jazz chords that none of could even try to imitate as we have no idea what these chords are!

I could totally imagine Jon's skat / mouth trumpet compliment this song.

Thanks, Daniel, even I don't know what some of those chords are. :)

myrnaukelele
09-18-2012, 08:10 PM
This old Delmore Brothers tune came to mind when I started thinking about all the rain songs I know.

http://youtu.be/OEWLgOc7RXc
It's been raining here for days, with high winds and power outages and flood warnings. So actually I wish it would stop raining...

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 08:14 PM
As I left work today, it was pouring hard, so I was soaked by the time I got to my car... I thought about this song and thought it appropriate to do as a bonus. After a couple of takes, I finally got tired and decided I will embrace it, imperfections and all :o

http://youtu.be/fecY6BCW-o4

That was really good and I expected you to play some chords and do Eminem. Since you are the Billboard Queen, I have a request, can you sing a Bruno Mars or Adele Rain song? :iwant:

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 08:18 PM
This old Delmore Brothers tune came to mind when I started thinking about all the rain songs I know.

http://youtu.be/OEWLgOc7RXc
It's been raining here for days, with high winds and power outages and flood warnings. So actually I wish it would stop raining...

You definitely get my vote for dressing in character...Tat's some mean fingerpicking and your smile always brightens my day or night. Thanks

Dan Uke
09-18-2012, 08:21 PM
My entry - again, the result of my mispent youth, listening to Folk Music recordings.

I learned this from the 1961 KAPP recording "Mighty Day On Campus", by the Chad Mitchell Trio (Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraizer, and Mike Kobluk, with accompanist James J. McGuinn III - better known after he changed his name to Roger.)

Come to think of it, this is the second song I learned from that album, and have posted here. The first one was Fall River Hoedown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L66UW-UYmbs), for "Mim's Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle for a Makai Contest" in November 2011.

Sorry about the back-lighting - as dark and dreary as the day was, it was still brighter outside than in the garage.


http://youtu.be/bAbJNtCSiIg



-Kurt

You and your uke sounds really good and you did a really good job of changing the volume of your playing and singing to really tell the story.

thesillydave
09-18-2012, 08:31 PM
well, i'm back inside, after surveying my gardens! now, trying to get over a cold..so...here goes my rain song...


http://youtu.be/fC3GkUUrq54

what to do for bonus (s) ?! ...hmmmm...
another great week of seasonists showing their stuff!

Hippie Dribble
09-18-2012, 09:05 PM
nice story behind this one, I won't bore you with it here but I now have a surprise song to sing for mum on her 80th birthday tomorrow night :)


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

Tootler
09-18-2012, 11:25 PM
So my wife has decided she wants to have work done on the house to get it ready to sell once our daughter goes off to college soon. For the last week, there's been painters stripping old wallpaper and painting several rooms. When they finish, flooring guys will come in to sand and polish the hardwood floors, which will involve removing some primordial carpeting. And just in case that wasn't enough to do at once, in two weeks an asbestos removal company is coming to remove a 60-year-old tile floor in the basement -- this means we have to clear everything out of a room that once looked like the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and move it all to an unfinished basement room.

Ah! When She-who-must-be-obeyed decrees, it shall be done. :rulez:



... It has given me a full appreciation of just what a task it is
Jon, Geoff, and Ralf review every video every week. If I had a hat on, I would take it off to them. And to all of you for keeping me entertained here in my spider-hole.

Thanks. Being retired helps, though I wonder at times how I managed to fit work in ;)

000Kanaka000
09-19-2012, 01:39 AM
You can always tell when it's almost time to get out of work, because the drizzle turns into a downpour. I'm glad at least you got some inspiration out of it.

Nice voice and nice song. enjoyed it.

000Kanaka000
09-19-2012, 01:49 AM
Wow. The power of your voice just pulled my wife down the stairs to have a better listen.
You nailed this one, 000K.

Thank you - am back on US soil and working on getting over jet lag. Next plane stop is
home and getting to unwrap the Mya Moe that was delivered while i was away- Whah Hoo can't wait.
Change the strings and ready for some new music.

000Kanaka000
09-19-2012, 01:55 AM
Sweet song, smooth singing singing and playing! Nice instrumental part!

Another good song. So many good songs this week.

GinnyT11
09-19-2012, 02:43 AM
Kanaka, you're hitting "reply with quote" to a reply to someone's song (post 216 & 218), not the original post, so it's not clear whose song you're commenting on. In 216 you're commenting on uke4ia's comment to wolfchs, and I think it's her song you mean to point out.

strumsilly
09-19-2012, 03:04 AM
nice story behind this one, I won't bore you with it here but I now have a surprise song to sing for mum on her 80th birthday tomorrow night :)


excellent as always, gives me something to aspire to, but makes me want to delete my version.

~dave~~wave~
09-19-2012, 04:03 AM
A few of us from our uke club to play in a small group, we've been working on this Johnny Rivers tune from '68, Summer Rain.

Welcome Sue to the seasons, we did this as a duo since we all have busy schedules this week.

Written by Nebraska native Jim Hendricks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hendricks_(musician)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tda3GE2Rzvc

tcanova
09-19-2012, 05:15 AM
I didn't do this one for the contest, I always forget to look and see what contests are running, but it was suggested I post it as an add on.
It is "Fixing a Hole"

Enjoying some of the great entries!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y4dxesbvrQ&feature=share&list=UUIT0isWH67c38IVVuJ-v14A

UkeyDave
09-19-2012, 05:15 AM
Heres my entry which is A Hard Rains A gonna Fall. A Robert Zimmermann track. Seems Tootler beat me to it so hope you don't mind an alternative version. I wanted to do it in a Bryan Ferry style because I do like that version but found I always reverted back to a Dylan style voice.

http://youtu.be/omsE831NUjY

FiL
09-19-2012, 07:56 AM
My first entry! Hope I did this right.

One of my favorite songs, by the Jayhawks:


http://youtu.be/JVfxD22AAa8

Apologies for the low sound levels--didn't want to disrupt my coworkers!

- FiL

GinnyT11
09-19-2012, 09:16 AM
My first entry! Hope I did this right.
One of my favorite songs, by the Jayhawks:
Apologies for the low sound levels--didn't want to disrupt my coworkers!
- FiL


You did it exactly right, FiL! You're a Seasonista now! Hope to have more of your smooth playing in weeks to come.

Two questions: Do you play at the office when others are around? And are you making a chord with your thumb?

FiL
09-19-2012, 09:51 AM
Thanks, GT!

Others are around, but I am able to close my door, so it's not too loud. (I am fortunate to work in a building where everyone has their own private office.) Haven't had any complaints yet. Of course I only play during my lunch break!

I don't use my thumb to make chords, I just got in a bad habit early on of letting it hang over the neck.

- FiL

krabbers
09-19-2012, 09:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfI3kQIpkJg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

peewee
09-19-2012, 10:03 AM
Krabbers!

I considered that song until I pulled up a version of it and remembered about all the vocal gymnastics involved. You do it really well! Nice one.

Hippie Dribble
09-19-2012, 10:17 AM
My first entry! Hope I did this right.

One of my favorite songs, by the Jayhawks:


http://youtu.be/JVfxD22AAa8

Apologies for the low sound levels--didn't want to disrupt my coworkers!

- FiL

Awesome job brother!!! I love this song too...don't s'pose you have a copy of Gary Louris and Mark Olsen's 'Ready for The Flood' album do you...one of my favourite albums of the past few years. Welcome to the seasons roadshow mate, great to have you join us. Surely bonus danger points for recording in the office within earshot of workmates...that takes some guts he he. can't wait to hear you sing at full throttle, you've got a great voice.

Hippie Dribble
09-19-2012, 10:27 AM
Heres my entry which is A Hard Rains A gonna Fall. A Robert Zimmermann track. Seems Tootler beat me to it so hope you don't mind an alternative version. I wanted to do it in a Bryan Ferry style because I do like that version but found I always reverted back to a Dylan style voice.

http://youtu.be/omsE831NUjY

nice work Dave. Very good vocal mate. Tougher song to sing than it seems eh, so many tricky phrases to squeeze in, you did a fine take on it. Cheers!

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 10:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfI3kQIpkJg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I guess your car is your music studio, you could have diff't backgrounds to get us in the mood of the song. That was cool...I feel that you have brought the quality level up by posting this season.

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 10:50 AM
My first entry! Hope I did this right.

One of my favorite songs, by the Jayhawks:


http://youtu.be/JVfxD22AAa8

Apologies for the low sound levels--didn't want to disrupt my coworkers!

- FiL

You have a really nice voice and I would love to play at work one time too but don't have the courage yet...maybe next time. I hope to hear you at home, where you can really belt out a song and show all your talents. Great job

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 10:52 AM
A few of us from our uke club to play in a small group, we've been working on this Johnny Rivers tune from '68, Summer Rain.

Welcome Sue to the seasons, we did this as a duo since we all have busy schedules this week.

Written by Nebraska native Jim Hendricks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hendricks_(musician)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tda3GE2Rzvc

Way to bring another member and now expect you guys to do songs all the time. It's nice that you harmonized in parts of the song. Also cool to have another player so you can do a little solo.

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 11:09 AM
well, i'm back inside, after surveying my gardens! now, trying to get over a cold..so...here goes my rain song...


http://youtu.be/fC3GkUUrq54

what to do for bonus (s) ?! ...hmmmm...
another great week of seasonists showing their stuff!

Never heard this song and it is very catchy. Can't notice you have a cold as it was well sung. BTW, your Train video is approaching 400 hits!! People really like your singing and I am one of them

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 11:10 AM
nice story behind this one, I won't bore you with it here but I now have a surprise song to sing for mum on her 80th birthday tomorrow night :)


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

wow, you sound really close to James Taylor. Another good performance

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 11:17 AM
Here's my bonus track. I could have used this one for Dreams week too if I could go back in time...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/g5pUxi-Y-EI

Lovely falsetto! BTW, what are you listening too? I'm always curious when there is no multitracking involved. Is it a Tony Robbins self help tape? HAHA. I have no idea and an enquiring mind want to know?

erivel
09-19-2012, 11:31 AM
Lovely falsetto! BTW, what are you listening too? I'm always curious when there is no multitracking involved. Is it a Tony Robbins self help tape? HAHA. I have no idea and an enquiring mind want to know?

Thanks Daniel! You know I don't know why I left the headphones on. I was checking the level of the reverb before recording...

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:33 AM
Beatles fans might remember that the fab four played this one at their Decca audition.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KCISWBVROI

So that's what this song actually sounds like! I only know it from a parody version on a CD with soundtracks from Looney Tunes cartoons.

Doug, you hold your uke at more of an "upright" angle than anyone else I've seen, and I'm assuming that makes it easier for you to curl your hand as far around to the front of the uke as you do. Is this something you developed while playing uke, or is it something you carried over from playing guitar or bass?

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:35 AM
This old Delmore Brothers tune came to mind when I started thinking about all the rain songs I know.

http://youtu.be/OEWLgOc7RXc
It's been raining here for days, with high winds and power outages and flood warnings. So actually I wish it would stop raining...

You've gone above and beyond to honor the theme, Myrna! Is all that heavy-duty rain noise from behind you, or is there another door open behind the camera?

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:42 AM
well, i'm back inside, after surveying my gardens! now, trying to get over a cold..so...here goes my rain song...


http://youtu.be/fC3GkUUrq54

what to do for bonus (s) ?! ...hmmmm...
another great week of seasonists showing their stuff!

What? Jimmy Buffett was still writing songs after 1980? Who knew? Thanks, Dave!

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:44 AM
nice story behind this one, I won't bore you with it here but I now have a surprise song to sing for mum on her 80th birthday tomorrow night :)


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

You have a very James Taylor-like timbre to your voice on this one, Jon! I like the bluesiness of the playing, and personally I like the foot-stomping.

wolfchs
09-19-2012, 11:49 AM
You have a really nice voice and I would love to play at work one time too but don't have the courage yet...maybe next time. I hope to hear you at home, where you can really belt out a song and show all your talents. Great job

Daniel, if you like Fil's voice, check this out: www.youtube.com/ukeon2012 and see if you recognize any other seasonistas on there ;)

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:49 AM
A few of us from our uke club to play in a small group, we've been working on this Johnny Rivers tune from '68, Summer Rain.

Welcome Sue to the seasons, we did this as a duo since we all have busy schedules this week.

Written by Nebraska native Jim Hendricks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hendricks_(musician)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tda3GE2Rzvc

Welcome to the Seasons, Sue! This is a great duet. I never until today knew what the name of this song was. I always figured it was something like "She's Here by Me".

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 11:57 AM
I didn't do this one for the contest, I always forget to look and see what contests are running, but it was suggested I post it as an add on.
It is "Fixing a Hole"

Enjoying some of the great entries!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y4dxesbvrQ&feature=share&list=UUIT0isWH67c38IVVuJ-v14A


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y4dxesbvrQ

Thanks, Tony! I posted this as a bonus tune on the playlist. I really like your playing style. And I enjoyed how much you made the strums on the backbeat sound like snare drum hits. I hope you can take part in more of the Seasons as we continue.

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 12:02 PM
Heres my entry which is A Hard Rains A gonna Fall. A Robert Zimmermann track. Seems Tootler beat me to it so hope you don't mind an alternative version. I wanted to do it in a Bryan Ferry style because I do like that version but found I always reverted back to a Dylan style voice.

http://youtu.be/omsE831NUjY

Thanks, Dave! I don't know how you and Tootler can play a Dylan song without going into a full-blown Dylan impersonation. I can't sing a line of any of his songs without doing an exaggerated parody of his voice.

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 12:12 PM
My first entry! Hope I did this right.

One of my favorite songs, by the Jayhawks:


http://youtu.be/JVfxD22AAa8

Apologies for the low sound levels--didn't want to disrupt my coworkers!

- FiL

Welcome to the Seasons of the Ukulele, FiL! Nice song. I'm a big Richard Thompson fan, so after this song I watched the links that came up for "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again" and "Withered and Died". Both were very good. I liked the 8-string rendition of "Withered and Died". I did a video of that last month for Dreams week but chose to go with something cheerier instead.

Your last sentence now has the Jimmy Fallon skit going through my head where the guy at his desk keeps repeating a uke riff while he sings "Ukulele music is annoying when you're trying to get work done." Ginny asked about you playing uke at work. I'm more wondering where you work that you would have a big microphone set up.

~dave~~wave~
09-19-2012, 12:16 PM
Bonus Track: Beatles song for 31st season of the ukulele. Theme:Rain
Single track, shot in PhotoBooth in cartoon mode, and post processed
in GarageBand, to give it that 60's spacey echo.

Blame El Niño. Europe gets all the rain and America gets the drought.
Could it be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is there
a secret message at the end of this song:-)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IxAfPQaEVA

Headphones on!!!

I was listening to this on my big speakers and enjoying the echo effect synced in time with the tempo.
Did not read your post carefully, so was unprepared for the last 5 seconds which made my hair stand up.
Well done Beatles tribute.

uke4ia
09-19-2012, 12:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfI3kQIpkJg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

All right! For this week's theme, there are songs I assume someone will definitely do, songs that maybe if I'm lucky someone will play them, and the wish list. This is one that I was hoping someone might do but sure wasn't counting on. So I'm glad that Paul got you to play it.

Dan Uke
09-19-2012, 12:52 PM
Daniel, if you like Fil's voice, check this out: www.youtube.com/ukeon2012 and see if you recognize any other seasonistas on there ;)

That looks likes fun. I would join u guys but I don't have an ugly Hawaiian shirt! Your version of Runaway is much better than mine! LOL

Canoe Lady
09-19-2012, 01:18 PM
Here's my entry for this week. It was sunny and I was playing the uke outside. Across the lake, I could see this big cloud coming in. I got set up, counting on a storm. I got the storm, so I apologize for the wind noise. I did a second recording after the rain started, but that was just too loud.
Yep, this is what a 15% change of rain looks like here in the north.

Thanks for watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgwM9cVsqSU