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we tigers
12-01-2012, 11:29 PM
Season of the Ukulele 42
“The Italian Job”

Buongiorno ragazzi e ragazze di Stagioni dell’Ukulele!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPKGWPvytc4

Saskia and I are big fans of Italy. We love going there on holiday and enjoy the food, the culture and also the music. As an Art&Design teacher I visit Italy at least once a year.
We first thought about doing a season about the maffia/ the mob, crime, murder ballads, etcetera. But we thought we might as well connect it to our love for all things Italian and create two seperate categories within one theme. So here it is!

The first category is: All Things Italian
Italian songs would be great, but anything remotely related to the italian culture will do. You can do Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, soundtracks from The Godfather, The Sopranos (played on Sopranos!), Ennio Morricone, or something like that. Italian crooners from the sixties like Gino Paoli, Italian pop music like Giovanotti or Neffa, hell, you can even do Giorgio Moroder! Go wild!

The second challenge is: Crime Songs
As a librarian I love books and good stories, and many cultures have an oral tradition wherein stories were passed around through music and song. I love the drama that is spread through the old murder ballads, whether they tell from the point of view of the victim, or the perpetrator. Your song should be about a true crime, and I will put up a link to a wiki site that should get you started. There are songs out there like Tom Dooley, traditionals like The long black Veil, or modern classics like Nick Cave’s Where the wild roses grow or Sufjan Stevens haunting John Wayne Gacy jr. You will get bonus points for drama! (More Barbie dolls!!!)

Parameters:
The standard season rules apply. Your official entry has to be a new video created for this season and cannot have overdubs, but multitracking is allowed on any bonus material.
Your video should mention the 42nd season of the ukulele.
When posting please mention the category. If you play a Sinatra song about a murder, you choose in which you enter!
Multiple versions of one song are allowed.

Judging:
Saskia and Michael will be judging. No real criteria… Just be awesome!

Prizes:
All Things Italian:
First prize: Panel mounted photographic art made by Michael
Second prize: a bag of money! Chocolate money that is… Hey; we’re in a worldwide financial crisis!

Crime Songs:
First prize: Framed needlework art made by Saskia
Second prize: a bag full of Dutch seasonal chocolate covered ‘kruidnoten’.

Bonus prizes:
Our twins will draw two names from the hat. They will win:
a set of Aquila LowG tenor strings or
another bag of chocolate money

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM HAWAII TIME, SUNDAY DEC 9th.
That’s somewhere Monday morning in Rome.

Go for it!
cheers,

Saskia & Michael

Playlists:
Italia (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTeFH93a6qtELrWCRFxP527IcLhkz1gOo)
Crime Songs (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTeFH93a6qtFc56CwMcJdRaNgIuAHoc0B)
Bonus (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTeFH93a6qtGxJN3G5xKkSHQsBnYl-Izz)

we tigers
12-02-2012, 12:14 AM
As I mentioned before, here are two wikipedia links to give you some ideas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Murder_ballads
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_about_killers

Ukeval
12-02-2012, 01:54 AM
So if I understand well the top would be an Italian crime song ???? ;-)))

eor
12-02-2012, 02:44 AM
hey folks

love the seasons though i seldom enter.

I can do a bonus track this week at least.

The Sopranos... done for another contest a while back... good luck seasonistas.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDFcY4GR1aY&feature=plcp

GinnyT11
12-02-2012, 03:42 AM
Thanks for this interesting challenge! I was afraid it was going to be songs with glockenspiels. :)

TCK
12-02-2012, 06:25 AM
At the risk of sounding like an up-tight Californian (which I probably am),
I have to say that we gave the world the first telescope, and showed the Vatican where the sun really sat in our solar system. We invented (for better or worse) the battery, the radio, the telephone, the nuclear reactor, and the plastic we are now surrounded by. We told the world about density, gave them their alphabet, and handed them an ice cream cone. We invented musical notation, and made a piano to play it on. The gasoline engine and the pneumatic tire are Italian, as is the helicopter. The list goes on and on.
I am fairly certain that if any other culture represented on the underground had their most enduring and damning stereotype made into Season, it would hit the fan... might as well defend mine.

Another stereotype of ours- We are often proud to a fault.
The Cloverdale Kid-via Ustica and Sicily.

GinnyT11
12-02-2012, 06:38 AM
............

we tigers
12-02-2012, 06:50 AM
At the risk of sounding like an up-tight Californian (which I probably am),
I have to say that we gave the world the first telescope, and showed the Vatican where the sun really sat in our solar system. We invented (for better or worse) the battery, the radio, the telephone, the nuclear reactor, and the plastic we are now surrounded by. We told the world about density, gave them their alphabet, and handed them an ice cream cone. We invented musical notation, and made a piano to play it on. The gasoline engine and the pneumatic tire are Italian, as is the helicopter. The list goes on and on.
I am fairly certain that if any other culture represented on the underground had their most enduring and damning stereotype made into Season, it would hit the fan... might as well defend mine.

Another stereotype of ours- We are often proud to a fault.
The Cloverdale Kid-via Ustica and Sicily.

We NEVER EVER meant to offend. The mobster link was a way for us to connect the two challenges. As we clearly stated: we love Italy and Italian art and culture. We visit the country several times every year and have great respect for its historical achievements, as we do for every other culture.

Hippie Dribble
12-02-2012, 07:08 AM
We NEVER EVER meant to offend. The mobster link was a way for us to connect the two challenges. As we clearly stated: we love Italy and Italian art and culture. We visit the country several times every year and have great respect for its historical achievements, as we do for every other culture.
brilliant theme you guys, love it lots. Thankyou Michael and Saskia for hosting the week, it'll be a lot of fun. As for Italian stereotypes, here in Oz there is a pasta bar on every corner and a pizza shop on every other one, and 'Casino' is just about my favourite movie. Italians are also recognised here as THE greatest soccer actors in the world after the inglorious dive of one of their players in the penalty box to put us out of the World Cup in 2004 which we have still not gotten over... :mad:

myrnaukelele
12-02-2012, 08:35 AM
Excellent themes this week we tigers! Looking forward to hearing some great entries. Here's a bonus from the 19th Season. In the background is the Matanuska River. The video has been overdubbed since the noise of the river drowned out the actual recording.

http://youtu.be/HceQ9_CP0AI

pabrizzer
12-02-2012, 09:00 AM
hey folks

love the seasons though i seldom enter.

I can do a bonus track this week at least.

The Sopranos... done for another contest a while back... good luck seasonistas.




Wow! That was fantastic! Loved it!!

pabrizzer
12-02-2012, 09:10 AM
I have one I prepared earlier as a bonus track for this season as well.
It is My Rifle, My Pony and Me sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in the movie Rio Bravo.
One of the prettiest 2 chord songs there is IMHO.
I'm thinking something about Ned Kelly as my official entry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DoDTJPDJM

uke4ia
12-02-2012, 09:38 AM
I figured Italian week would come eventually. So I already know what song I want to do. I only hope I have time this week to learn it.

By the way, can somebody answer this for me: I've encountered a bunch of Italian songs where the word "e" is in the lyrics but is not pronounced at all by the singer. Is this customary? Is the entire word just implied by the context?

wee_ginga_yin
12-02-2012, 10:19 AM
Song where WGY dons his John Lennon nose and specs and does a song about a crime of passion
that results in the death of one of the protagonists, and a bonus for season 42.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C09mEc0xDfY

PatriciaPDX
12-02-2012, 11:00 AM
Here is my entry for the Italian side; thanks for the fun challenge! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2yJ5bPhdRo&feature=youtu.be

Ciao!

Hippie Dribble
12-02-2012, 11:00 AM
Song where WGY dons his John Lennon nose and specs and does a song about a crime of passion
that results in the death of one of the protagonists, and a bonus for season 42.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C09mEc0xDfY
oh bum, I was gonna do that one...shucks...nice job anyway brother and a beautifully framed clip with an awesome outfit to boot!!!

Hippie Dribble
12-02-2012, 11:03 AM
I have one I prepared earlier as a bonus track for this season as well.
It is My Rifle, My Pony and Me sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in the movie Rio Bravo.
One of the prettiest 2 chord songs there is IMHO.
I'm thinking something about Ned Kelly as my official entry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DoDTJPDJM

lovely voice Briz and wonderfully smooth feel mate, really enjoying your music brother
:cheers:

xommen
12-02-2012, 11:04 AM
Here my entry for the Everything Italian Bit, my Italian is a litte sloppy I guess ;-).
It's a U2 song, as WeTigers was expecting one from me :cool:.
It's called Miss Sarajevo by the Passengers, which is U2 and some friends like Pavarotti.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN32MpR2xm8&feature=g-upl

Hippie Dribble
12-02-2012, 11:07 AM
Here is my entry for the Italian side; thanks for the fun challenge! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2yJ5bPhdRo&feature=youtu.be

Ciao!

lovely background story Patricia and a great rendition of a fab song. You have an awesome voice! More please... :)

Dougf
12-02-2012, 11:24 AM
I figured Italian week would come eventually. So I already know what song I want to do. I only hope I have time this week to learn it.

By the way, can somebody answer this for me: I've encountered a bunch of Italian songs where the word "e" is in the lyrics but is not pronounced at all by the singer. Is this customary? Is the entire word just implied by the context?

I'm not Italian, but I've studied the language a bit. There are actually two words that are just the letter e, one means "and", and the other, with an accent (è), means "is". The pronunciation is closer to "eh", and not "ee". I don't think either would normally be dropped, but the phrasing of any given song might allow it to be omitted or de-emphasized. Perhaps a UU member who is a native Italian speaker could shed further light.

uke4ia
12-02-2012, 11:46 AM
I'm not Italian, but I've studied the language a bit. There are actually two words that are just the letter e, one means "and", and the other, with an accent (è), means "is". The pronunciation is closer to "eh", and not "ee". I don't think either would normally be dropped, but the phrasing of any given song might allow it to be omitted or de-emphasized. Perhaps a UU member who is a native Italian speaker could shed further light.

I'm referring to "e", which means "and". Ombracorta, are you out there?

xommen
12-02-2012, 11:47 AM
And here is my entry for Crime Songs, a version of Murder by Numbers by the Police.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRSj34mZB8g

Tootler
12-02-2012, 12:57 PM
You Tube is taking some time to process my Murder Ballad entry, so here's one I did earlier


http://youtu.be/o78lR7mj7aI

Bonus track, of course.

ombracorta
12-02-2012, 01:20 PM
I'm referring to "e", which means "and". Ombracorta, are you out there?


Hi! I'm your Italian consultant ;)

The word "e" that means "and" is pronounced "EH" like the "e" in "bench" or "melt".
Generally speaking all the "e" are pronounced in this way in Italian and not like "ee". If with accent "é" is more like the "e" in "yeah".

Anyway I'll follow this contest and give you my opinion about pronunciation :cool:

Have fun!

Tootler
12-02-2012, 01:29 PM
This is about as Italian as I'm going to get.

"It's Now or Never" recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960 with the melody based on the Italian song "O Sole Mio"


http://youtu.be/Y949q5cPBA0

chrimess
12-02-2012, 01:38 PM
brilliant theme you guys, love it lots. Thankyou Michael and Saskia for hosting the week, it'll be a lot of fun. As for Italian stereotypes, here in Oz there is a pasta bar on every corner and a pizza shop on every other one, and 'Casino' is just about my favourite movie. Italians are also recognised here as THE greatest soccer actors in the world after the inglorious dive of one of their players in the penalty box to put us out of the World Cup in 2004 which we have still not gotten over... :mad:

Now, Jon did you really have to bring up the WorldCups of 2004/2012 in conjunction with the Azzuri?

ombracorta
12-02-2012, 02:02 PM
brilliant theme you guys, love it lots. Thankyou Michael and Saskia for hosting the week, it'll be a lot of fun. As for Italian stereotypes, here in Oz there is a pasta bar on every corner and a pizza shop on every other one, and 'Casino' is just about my favourite movie. Italians are also recognised here as THE greatest soccer actors in the world after the inglorious dive of one of their players in the penalty box to put us out of the World Cup in 2004 which we have still not gotten over... :mad:

First of all it was world cup Germany 2006 and we that cup, winning the semifinal 2-0 against Germany. http://youtu.be/g7_2qI-VQYM And the final against France. I think there's no need to explain the joy of beating Germany in Germany and then France....
I know you Australian are still angry about the penalty but.... Could you do better than this? Moreover, in italian championship SERIE A we are teaching diving and acting to players from any country ;) So I'm sure that this art will spread all over the world =___=''

Never talk about soccer with an italian guy anyway :D

uke4ia
12-02-2012, 02:49 PM
Hi! I'm your Italian consultant ;)

The word "e" that means "and" is pronounced "EH" like the "e" in "bench" or "melt".
Generally speaking all the "e" are pronounced in this way in Italian and not like "ee". If with accent "é" is more like the "e" in "yeah".

Anyway I'll follow this contest and give you my opinion about pronunciation :cool:

Have fun!

My question wasn't about pronunciation. I noticed that in some songs I've heard (including the one I want to do for this week), the lyrics include the word "e" in a couple of places but I can't hear the singer actually say the word. Is it customary to leave this word out when singing, and just have it implied by the context that the word would go there?

Jazzbanjorex
12-02-2012, 02:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VkJhwmyGz0&feature=youtu.be
Good times, good times.

Joko
12-02-2012, 08:22 PM
we thought we might as well connect it to our love for all things Italian and create two seperate categories within one theme. So here it is!

Just to be 100% clear here, we are allowed TWO individual "official" entries? One for each category?

~dave~~wave~
12-02-2012, 08:26 PM
I first heard this traditional murder ballad covered by Bob Dylan on his great World Gone Wrong album.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfx9kKWwel4

we tigers
12-02-2012, 08:33 PM
Just to be 100% clear here, we are allowed TWO individual "official" entries? One for each category?

Yes please Joko!

Joko
12-02-2012, 09:14 PM
Okay then, here is my submission to the "crime" category. Murder!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmRmMmZuO7A

Lost my voice there in about the fifth verse...

Ukeval
12-02-2012, 10:52 PM
It seems murder is more inspiring ?
For my sake Italy is fine, so here is my entry for the Italy side (crime will come later)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmmDFAQzi6o

The fine arrangement is from Wilfried Welti in his Classical e-book, thanks Wilfried ;-)

ombracorta
12-02-2012, 10:57 PM
My question wasn't about pronunciation. I noticed that in some songs I've heard (including the one I want to do for this week), the lyrics include the word "e" in a couple of places but I can't hear the singer actually say the word. Is it customary to leave this word out when singing, and just have it implied by the context that the word would go there?

Can you tell me the song title? Use PM if is a secret, I won't tell anyone :)

ombracorta
12-02-2012, 11:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VkJhwmyGz0&feature=youtu.be
Good times, good times.

Funny!!
What do you mean I'm funny?
It's funny, you know. It's a good story, it's funny, you're a funny guy.
What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What?
It's just, you know. You're just funny, it's... funny, the way you tell the story and everything.
Funny how? What's funny about it?
Tommy no, You got it all wrong.
Oh, oh, Anthony. He's a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
Jus...
What?
Just... ya know... you're funny.
You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little f... up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f.... amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?


LOL
Nice song and good work!!

Tootler
12-03-2012, 12:46 AM
Here's my entry in the crime category.

This traditional ballad relates to a real life murder that happened in Scotland in 1592. The Earl of Huntly murdered the Earl of Moray at Donibristle in Fife, just across the Forth from Edinburgh. The exact circumstances of the murder are not clear but what is known is the the King, James VI had sent Huntly to arrest Moray as he was suspected to be involved in a plot against the king. When Huntly attempted to take Moray, there was a fracas and Moray fled, eventually being caught at Donibristle where he was killed. Sympathy at the time seems to have been with Moray, but the King eventually released Huntly without punishment. The ballad existed for a long time in fragmentary form and in that form was included by Child in his ballad collection but in the 1930s, American Folksong collector, James Madison Carpenter found a more complete version from an Aberdeenshire woman. I first heard this in the 1960s on an album by Scots Folk Singers Robin Hall & Jimmy McGregor and what I sing is based on the version on their album though I have added some lines from the longer version to make a slightly fuller story. There are two tunes known for this song, one dating from the 1730s and the other from th 1880s. I sing the Victorian version.

More complete information on the song can be found here (http://www.leopardmag.co.uk/feats/13/lethal-dowry-of-the-bonny-earl)


http://youtu.be/t13UtriAsDA

Ye [C] Hielan's an' ye [G] Lowlan's
O, [Am] where hae ye [F] been?
They hae [C] slain the Earl of [G] Moray
And lain [F] him on the green.
He [C] was a braw [Am] gallant
And [Dm] he rode at the [G] ring.
An' the [Am] bonnie Earl of [C] Moray
He [C] micht hae been a [G] king!

Chorus
[F] Lang may his lad[G]y
Look frae [Am] the Castle [F] Doune,
Ere she [Am] see the Earl of [C] Moray
Come [Dm] soundin' [F] through the [C] toun.

Now Huntly on his horse has lapt
And tae the king has sped
I've slain the Earl o' Moray
He's deid all in his bed
He was a braw gallant,
An he played at the glove,
An’ the bonnie Earl o’ moray
He was the Queen’s love. Cho

Now way be tae thee, Huntly
And wherefore did ye sae?
I bade you bring him wi' you
But forbade you him to slay.
He was a braw gallant
And he play'd at the ball
An' the Bonnie Earl of Moray
The flower amang them all. Cho

Reprise first verse

Barbablanca
12-03-2012, 01:59 AM
Nice on Val! I love how you get a real Renaissance sound out of your Uke.

Geoff, your lyrics neatly avoid the most famous misheard lyric problem. You probably know this, but for those who don't, this song gave rise to the generic name for a misheard lyric "a mondagreen". It comes from people singing (and even recording) versions of this song in which the fourth line (usually rendered as "And laid him on the green") is misheard as "And Lady Mondagreen" ;)

Barbablanca
12-03-2012, 02:28 AM
Sorry about the double posting. Don't know how that happened.

Ukeval
12-03-2012, 03:55 AM
After Italy, here is a crime story :
"William Lyons, 25, a levee hand, was shot in the abdomen yesterday evening at 10 o'clock in the saloon of Bill Curtis, at Eleventh and Morgan Streets, by Lee Sheldon, a carriage driver. Lyons and Sheldon were friends and were talking together. Both parties, it seems, had been drinking and were feeling in exuberant spirits. The discussion drifted to politics, and an argument was started, the conclusion of which was that Lyons snatched Sheldon's hat from his head. The latter indignantly demanded its return. Lyons refused, and Sheldon withdrew his revolver and shot Lyons in the abdomen. When his victim fell to the floor Sheldon took his hat from the hand of the wounded man and coolly walked away. He was subsequently arrested and locked up at the Chestnut Street Station. Lyons was taken to the Dispensary, where his wounds were pronounced serious. Lee Sheldon is also known as 'Stag' Lee."
This story was sung in many versions, here I play the instrumental arranged for ukulele by Mark Neslon (Juke'n the uke) based on Mississipi John Hurt version.


http://youtu.be/o8FMBksGQSw

~dave~~wave~
12-03-2012, 03:56 AM
Grazie Michael e Saksia per ospitare un'altra settimana divertente.
Auguri e felicitazioni a tutti i nostri amici Italiani.
Ho presente "Quando Dipingo il Mio Capolavoro"

Thanks Saskia and Michael for a fun challenge.
Working on songs yesterday got my mind off the most humiliating Cornhusker football loss ever on Saturday night.

I dipped again into the deep Dylan songbook for this one, "When I Paint My Masterpiece."

Note: My tenor six is strung with Italian-made Aquila Reds and Nylguts.



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

wee_ginga_yin
12-03-2012, 04:42 AM
Season 42 of the Ukulele Theme:Murder ballads


Unoriginal song which is a rip off of Stagger Lee but set in Glasgow rather than the southern states of America.


Listen to Taj Mahal do it properly. Stagger Lee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHzCx76H7UE)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy7AXkWkoRQ

C C7 F C G7 C

Ah wis standing on the corner
when I hear ma jack russell terrier bark
he wis barking et twa men
gamblin' doon Kelvin Park

Slasher Brown and Wee Bigsby
Wur twa men whae wur gambling late
Slasher he threw seven
Bigsby swore he threw eight

Slasher ses tae Bigsby
I can't let ye away wi' that
Y'ive got awe ma dole money
and ma Rangers Burberry hat.

Slasher he went hame
Got his golf club far behint the door
Ses ah'm gane doon the Saracen Heid
Ta pay the debt A'h owe

Slasher went inta the barroom
wae his golf club in his hand
Look straight at Wee Bigsby
and ses you'r a deid man.

Bigsby ses tae Slasher
please don't take ma life
cos a'hve got the bairns
and a lovely wee wife.

Slasher swung that golf club
twice aroon his heid
then he whacked Wee Bigsby
who fell doon deid

Noo the moral o' this story
is tae leave the gamblin alane
stay was yer wife and bairns
Just stay right at hame.

Dougf
12-03-2012, 04:44 AM
Harry Warren, one of the most prolific and accomplished songwriters of the 20th century, was Italian-American, born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna to immigrant parents. He won three Oscars, and his hits include "I Only Have Eyes for You", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "Jeepers Creepers", "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)", "That's Amore", "Lullaby of Broadway", "At Last" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (the last of which was the first gold record in history). Here's one of his I did for Season 31.


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

strumsilly
12-03-2012, 04:54 AM
I love Italy, I've been lucky enough to have been several times. My stepdaughter was married on the coast across from Capri[to an American]. this video is kind of scary, but I'll post it anyway.I think the coffee was too strong this morning.
some background, from wiki:

"Funiculì, Funiculà" is a famous Neapolitan song written by Italian journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Italian composer Luigi Denza in 1880. It was composed to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius. The 1880 cable car was later destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944.(Some remains of the top station were still visible in September 2012). The song was sung for the first time in the Quisisana Hotel in Castellammare di Stabia and met with huge success. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival during the same year. Edward Oxenford, an English songwriter and translator of libretti, published a version which became somewhat traditional in English-speaking countries.

the English version has nothing to so with funiculars, but since I don't speak Italian, here it is. I took a liberty with the lyrics, should be "hark the soft guitar" but I was playin a Pono bari, so.....

http://youtu.be/cMNklG0syGo

CountryMouse
12-03-2012, 09:16 AM
http://youtu.be/TpFcPLDX3AE

I know this is a variant of Tootler's Cruel Ships Carpenter, but there ya go. I've been meaning to do this song for at least a year, but I never could find a good time or reason to do it. NOW I did!

CountryMouse

peewee
12-03-2012, 09:48 AM
Hey Country Mouse, Welcome aboard!

Here's an Italian entry, I hope it qualifies, the writer performer was Italian-American.
Johnny Thunders' signature ballad, You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory.
The song itself is not particularly Italian so let me know if you want something more Paisano-Powered.


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

Joko
12-03-2012, 09:50 AM
Funny!!
What do you mean I'm funny?
It's funny, you know. It's a good story, it's funny, you're a funny guy.
What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What?
It's just, you know. You're just funny, it's... funny, the way you tell the story and everything.
Funny how? What's funny about it?
Tommy no, You got it all wrong.
Oh, oh, Anthony. He's a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
Jus...
What?
Just... ya know... you're funny.
You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little f... up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f.... amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDsL88XlFn8

KoaDependent
12-03-2012, 11:04 AM
Season 42 of the Ukulele Theme:Murder ballads


Unoriginal song which is a rip off of Stagger Lee but set in Glasgow rather than the southern states of America.
.

Did.... did you greenscreen that or are you shacking up with Eugene Ukulele?

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:10 AM
Hi! Great themes this week, thanks for hosting a twin week!
We're just recording a crime song, so meanwhile we can put this "Mambo Italiano" as a bonus. It fits quite well for an Italian week. We're not happy with the quality of the video (sound and picture), but we love the song. At least you can see our drummer here... Maybe, if there's enough time, we manage to record a better version as official entry at the end of the week. :iwant:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F--aaMVnV8o

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:16 AM
I have one I prepared earlier as a bonus track for this season as well.
It is My Rifle, My Pony and Me sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in the movie Rio Bravo.
One of the prettiest 2 chord songs there is IMHO.
I'm thinking something about Ned Kelly as my official entry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DoDTJPDJM

Very smooth, really enjoyed that! :cheers:

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:30 AM
It seems murder is more inspiring ?
For my sake Italy is fine, so here is my entry for the Italy side (crime will come later)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmmDFAQzi6o

The fine arrangement is from Wilfried Welti in his Classical e-book, thanks Wilfried ;-)

Always a pleasure to hear a Welti arrangement played so well! Quite smart of you to think of Vivaldi for the Italian season. :)

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:36 AM
Grazie Michael e Saksia per ospitare un'altra settimana divertente.
Auguri e felicitazioni a tutti i nostri amici Italiani.
Ho presente "Quando Dipingo il Mio Capolavoro"

Thanks Saskia and Michael for a fun challenge.
Working on songs yesterday got my mind off the most humiliating Cornhusker football loss ever on Saturday night.

I dipped again into the deep Dylan songbook for this one, "When I Paint My Masterpiece."

Note: My tenor six is strung with Italian-made Aquila Reds and Nylguts.



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

Nice song, didn't know it. I like the combination of you singing and the pictures on the other side. Well done!!!:)

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:42 AM
Season 42 of the Ukulele Theme:Murder ballads


Unoriginal song which is a rip off of Stagger Lee but set in Glasgow rather than the southern states of America.


Listen to Taj Mahal do it properly. Stagger Lee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHzCx76H7UE)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy7AXkWkoRQ

C C7 F C G7 C

Ah wis standing on the corner
when I hear ma jack russell terrier bark
he wis barking et twa men
gamblin' doon Kelvin Park

Slasher Brown and Wee Bigsby
Wur twa men whae wur gambling late
Slasher he threw seven
Bigsby swore he threw eight

Slasher ses tae Bigsby
I can't let ye away wi' that
Y'ive got awe ma dole money
and ma Rangers Burberry hat.

Slasher he went hame
Got his golf club far behint the door
Ses ah'm gane doon the Saracen Heid
Ta pay the debt A'h owe

Slasher went inta the barroom
wae his golf club in his hand
Look straight at Wee Bigsby
and ses you'r a deid man.

Bigsby ses tae Slasher
please don't take ma life
cos a'hve got the bairns
and a lovely wee wife.

Slasher swung that golf club
twice aroon his heid
then he whacked Wee Bigsby
who fell doon deid

Noo the moral o' this story
is tae leave the gamblin alane
stay was yer wife and bairns
Just stay right at hame.

Hey, you got the same background as EugeneUkulele/ Jon! Are you in Tasmania????

pabrizzer
12-03-2012, 11:43 AM
Bella Ciao - just uke no vocals.
This song has been used by all sorts of people and causes to encourage all sorts of behaviour but I won't hold that against it. It is a pretty little 3 chord song.
Now a Bonus entry please We Tigers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ts--3bjSE&feature=plcp

wee_ginga_yin
12-03-2012, 11:49 AM
Did.... did you greenscreen that or are you shacking up with Eugene Ukulele?

Well you know that everybody had to visit the Sun studios after Elvis made those fantastic
recordings there, well I heard that if you want to get that authentic ukulele sound there
was only one place to go for that ambiance... well in actual fact there is one other place in the UK
Special K studios (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4dyjGdjjVo) owned by Kapt Krabbers

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:50 AM
I love Italy, I've been lucky enough to have been several times. My stepdaughter was married on the coast across from Capri[to an American]. this video is kind of scary, but I'll post it anyway.I think the coffee was too strong this morning.
some background, from wiki:

"Funiculì, Funiculà" is a famous Neapolitan song written by Italian journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Italian composer Luigi Denza in 1880. It was composed to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius. The 1880 cable car was later destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944.(Some remains of the top station were still visible in September 2012). The song was sung for the first time in the Quisisana Hotel in Castellammare di Stabia and met with huge success. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival during the same year. Edward Oxenford, an English songwriter and translator of libretti, published a version which became somewhat traditional in English-speaking countries.

the English version has nothing to so with funiculars, but since I don't speak Italian, here it is. I took a liberty with the lyrics, should be "hark the soft guitar" but I was playin a Pono bari, so.....

http://youtu.be/cMNklG0syGo
Haha, very good! I only knew this one in Italian! Great rendition! Thank you!

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:53 AM
http://youtu.be/TpFcPLDX3AE

I know this is a variant of Tootler's Cruel Ships Carpenter, but there ya go. I've been meaning to do this song for at least a year, but I never could find a good time or reason to do it. NOW I did!

CountryMouse

Really enjoyed that! Welcome to the seasons! Hope to hear more from you!:)

The Ukelites
12-03-2012, 11:58 AM
Crime time! As it's twin week two things are different this time...;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIqUUm9Z7Ek

wee_ginga_yin
12-03-2012, 12:19 PM
Bella Ciao - just uke no vocals.
This song has been used by all sorts of people and causes to encourage all sorts of behaviour but I won't hold that against it. It is a pretty little 3 chord song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ts--3bjSE

To the barricades toveri. It may be an Italian song but it has that Slavic feel to it.
There is a great Finnish version of a massed choir singing it. The women singers
put some extra bite in the words Bella Ciao (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS8GIqjPVHM)

I thought you might have had some vocals for it. I think Chumbawumba did an english
version using the melody and their own words... not a direct translation.

Still... you played it sweetly.

wee_ginga_yin
12-03-2012, 12:25 PM
Crime time! As it's twin week two things are different this time...;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIqUUm9Z7Ek

Loved that tug-boat fog horn saxophone playing.

I know you are not going to fall for that old trick,
but look out there is somebody behind you with a knife.

we tigers
12-03-2012, 12:27 PM
Wow guys! One day into the season and we’re allready on page 6. Saskia and I have just watched 26 pretty awesome videos. And it’s only Monday… oh boy!

We’ve created playlists and put these in the opening post. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. Let me know if I have. Some reactions on the first batch of videos:

Eor – Sopranos Theme (bonus)
Hadn’t seen that one yet. Cool video! Professional stuff. You’ve got a nice little Tom Waits vibe going.

Myrna – Banks of the Ohio (bonus)
What a gorgeous setting! We want to come visit… The overdub works well with the sou
nd of the river in background. We like your voice a lot. Warm and welcoming.

Pabrizzer – My Rifle, My Pony and Me (bonus)
Two chords is all you need. That, and a nice fire to sit around… Again a good voice with a lot of character!

Wee-Ginga-Yin – Frankie and Johnny (bonus)
Cool video. I don’t know what you do to the sound to have it as warbled as it is, but it’s fitting! Classic WGY!

PatriciaPDX – You’re nobody ‘till somebody loves you (Italia)
Props for the props! Lovely introduction to a excellent song. Well sung and played. Welcome to the seasons and I hope you’ll stick around for many more.

Xommen – Miss Sarajevo (Italia)
You continue to amaze me how you manage to always enter a U2 song! Difficult song to get across. We were wondering how you would sing Pavarotti’s part… ;)
Well done!

Xommen – Murder by numbers (bonus)
I happen to be a big admirer of The Police and Sting (even owned a Sting signature bass for a while…) so I was looking forward to how you would tackle this song. Nicely done, Wim. But… Saskia’s strict in her rules. The entry should be about a true crime or an authentic murder ballad. So I’m afraid this one goes into the bonus playlist.

Tootler – Cruel Ships Carpenter (bonus)
Like the drone! Goes well with the ukulele and the singing. The drone gives a song like this a nice eery quality. I always enjoy how you play these old folk songs. You keep the heritage alive.

Tootler – Now or Never (Italia)
Wow Geoff! Good job on the singing! Step into my gondola, please!

Jazzbanjorex – That’s Amore (Italia)
Massive bonus points for the bow tie and the faux Italian introduction! Pizzaz XXL. Great stuff.

~dave~~wave~ - Love Henry (crime)
you’ve some nice weather going in Nebraska; it’s snowing here in the Netherlands… Good choice of song. Like the strumming, especially the little riff. Well done!

Joko – In the Pines (crime)
I’ve got to admit that I too know this from the unplugged session Nirvana did for mtv… We like the flickering light in the back. Adds some spooky vibes to an allready well delivered dramatic song. Great job Joko.

Ukeval – Winter – Largo – Vivaldi (Italia)
Bravo Val! Really impressive playing. Beautifull arrangement as well. Nice to see Vivaldi in this category. Wow!

Tootler – Bonny Earl O’Moray (crime)
Love it, Geoff! Beautiful melody, well delivered, absolutely brilliant. Playing an old Scottish song on a Hawaiian instrument in the 21st century, and it all makes sense.

Ukeval – Staggerlee (crime)
That Brüko sounds wonderful. Our slight disappointment in the absense of vocals (the challenge is about storytelling, after all) is more than made up for by your beautiful playing.

~dave~~wave~ - When I paint my Masterpiece (Italia)
Thanks for the slide show, Dave. Nice touch! We were in Rome last august and you took us back there for three minutes. Michael’s going to Rome again in May and this might just help him get through the months ‘till then… Oh right; and it’s a great song as well! Good job!

Wee-Ginga_Yin – Slasher Brown and Wee Bigsby (crime)
Fez-a-go-go! Good story, great playing, love a local story told in the vernacular.

Dougf – September in the Rain (bonus)
So smooth… Nice vocals and that pineapple sounds beautiful.

Strumsilly – Funiculi Funicula (Italia)
This made us laugh! The accent; getting the word ukulele in the lyrics; the way you move while singing; top job Strumsilly!

CountryMouse – Pretty Polly (crime)
You have a good singing voice! Goes really well with this song. Welcome to the seasons! What a debut! Hope to see many more entries in future seasons. That was excellent.

Peewee – You can’t put your arms around a memory (Italia)
A nice surprise to see some old punk in this season. It’s allready full of insanely diverse entries. Who would’ve thought to see the New York Dolls in the same season as Vivaldi.
Loved the song, wel played and sung. We can always trust on you to dig up a nice underground gem.

The Ukulites – Mambo Italiano (bonus)
You guys just always rock. The drums are a nice addition to your sound. Looking forward to the official entries!

Pabrizzer – Bella Ciao (Italia)
Nice little instrumental. Lovely arrangement with some stellar picking. Short and sweet; just how we like ‘m!

xommen
12-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Xommen – Murder by numbers (bonus)
I happen to be a big admirer of The Police and Sting (even owned a Sting signature bass for a while…) so I was looking forward to how you would tackle this song. Nicely done, Wim. But… Saskia’s strict in her rules. The entry should be about a true crime or an authentic murder ballad. So I’m afraid this one goes into the bonus playlist.


I missed that part of the rules, nevertheless reading this gave me an idea for an official entry ;)

xommen
12-03-2012, 01:04 PM
I would really like to see someone tackle this one, so if any is up for a challenge:
Via con me by Paolo Conte, the link is a great cover done on uke and guitar, and contains the chords in the comments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IlpJnmW3GU
I tried and failed miserably, so I destroyed the evidence ;).

ombracorta
12-03-2012, 01:10 PM
I would really like to see someone tackle this one, so if any is up for a challenge:
Via con me by Paolo Conte, the link is a great cover done on uke and guitar, and contains the chords in the comments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IlpJnmW3GU
I tried and failed miserably, so I destroyed the evidence ;).

Great song! And Francesco (the guy in the video you posted) is a friend of mine! I know it wasn't easy, but thanks for trying anyway :)

uke4ia
12-03-2012, 01:15 PM
I would really like to see someone tackle this one, so if any is up for a challenge:
Via con me by Paolo Conte, the link is a great cover done on uke and guitar, and contains the chords in the comments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IlpJnmW3GU
I tried and failed miserably, so I destroyed the evidence ;).

I just like to sing the "Chips! Chips!" part

FriendlyFred
12-03-2012, 01:26 PM
This is not an entry for the contest, because I recorded " L'Italiano " by Toto Cutugno some weeks ago.
But i'd say this is an Italian song. A cheesy one.

http://youtu.be/pLvXSLeFqMc

Hippie Dribble
12-03-2012, 01:30 PM
here's one I just recorded this morning for the crime section. no uke, singing only, so it's a bonus I guess...it's from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology


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

GinnyT11
12-03-2012, 01:47 PM
Has someone already posted to this thread (I might have missed it) that Seasonistas now have their OWN section on the Forum!
It's a subsection of the Contests section, and it's amazing how many posts there are already in 42 weeks.

Anyone who has posted a song in any Seasons week can join the Seasonistas group. We have 43 members as of now. I believe there will be marshmallows later, so you don't want to miss out! ;)

mattydee
12-03-2012, 02:03 PM
Here's a bonus from the back of the vaults: Season 5.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnRrkUtVs9w

I've got something in the works. Not sure If I'll get two in this week, but maybe...

pabrizzer
12-03-2012, 02:04 PM
To the barricades toveri. It may be an Italian song but it has that Slavic feel to it.
There is a great Finnish version of a massed choir singing it. The women singers
put some extra bite in the words Bella Ciao (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS8GIqjPVHM)

I thought you might have had some vocals for it. I think Chumbawumba did an english
version using the melody and their own words... not a direct translation.

Still... you played it sweetly.

Even the Chumbawumba lyrics wished death to people of uncertain parentage.
I have chosen to leave the vocals off - I did hear some really beautifully sung versions on Youtube but it is a rallying call for stuff music is best left out of IMHO.
I think it was originally a rice workers song against the oppression of the "bosses".

pabrizzer
12-03-2012, 02:07 PM
This is not an entry for the contest, because I recorded " L'Italiano " by Toto Cutugno some weeks ago.
But i'd say this is an Italian song. A cheesy one.


Liked this a lot!!

Joko
12-03-2012, 04:13 PM
Here'sa my Italia entry! Sing along!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpq60itTt-U

alemarco
12-03-2012, 07:12 PM
Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero


http://youtu.be/RnxSzx0wkrs

pabrizzer
12-03-2012, 07:33 PM
Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero



I watched right to the end and I really enjoyed it. You looked a bit worried about some of the high notes but I reckon you nailed every one. Great job.

Ukeval
12-03-2012, 07:54 PM
Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero

Bravo !
You should try Tosca aria when she murdered Scarpia, you will have the two themes... ;-)

Dan Uke
12-03-2012, 08:05 PM
Can someone sing Nessun Dorma? My favorite!

myrnaukelele
12-03-2012, 08:15 PM
Originally done by Raffaella Carrà, Pink Martini has popularized this song and dance. They are playing at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center this Friday to a SOLD OUT audience and I do not have a ticket :(

http://youtu.be/AU4eSsYPUhs
My deepest apologies for my terrible Italian.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-03-2012, 08:54 PM
UkeVal's lovely version of Staggerlee reminded me to post this 11th Season version as a bonus...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZezxT6m8no

pabrizzer
12-03-2012, 10:01 PM
Can someone sing Nessun Dorma? My favorite!
If I could come anywhere close to this 12 year old I'd give it a go.

Nessun Dorma (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzSfx2IKafs)

Ukeval
12-03-2012, 10:37 PM
UkeVal's lovely version of Staggerlee reminded me to post this 11th Season version as a bonus...


Thanks for the song. (I would like to be able to sing while playing, but I'm not...) ;-)

wee_ginga_yin
12-03-2012, 11:57 PM
Wee-Ginga-Yin – Frankie and Johnny (bonus)
Cool video. I don’t know what you do to the sound to have it as warbled as it is, but it’s fitting! Classic WGY!


To get that special sound I had to visit the Todd B studios (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z3RWSymRYE) :worship::worship::worship:
Whenever possible, I try to visit places where my ukulele heroes
have made recordings, but I never quite get it right. :old:

Hippie Dribble
12-04-2012, 12:15 AM
thanks Michael and Saskia, here's my entry in the crime songs section. Julia Miller is a character from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, first published in 1915, a literary masterpiece if ever there was one. Reading that certainly had a big impact on my life. You can read more about it here (http://spoonriveranthology.net/spoon/river/). Played on my baritone tuned to F.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GDy2iObLfY

UkeyDave
12-04-2012, 12:27 AM
Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero



That was absolutely beautiful.

UkeyDave
12-04-2012, 12:29 AM
UkeVal's lovely version of Staggerlee reminded me to post this 11th Season version as a bonus...



Fabulous picking.

wee_ginga_yin
12-04-2012, 12:35 AM
@Myrnaukulele You've got some "Happy birthday Mr President" moves going on there.:D

Jazzbanjorex
12-04-2012, 03:27 AM
Oh, an actual (factual) crime. That nixes Bohemian Rhapsody.

Ukeval
12-04-2012, 05:05 AM
Back to Italy, XVth century...
A recording I made some time ago of an early Saltarello I arranged for uke... This is a bonus track.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT20LWwV0N4

Here is the tab, except rythm, you will see it is so simple (only open string and second fret)
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?67me6d6i82m8to1

GinnyT11
12-04-2012, 05:18 AM
Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Brava, alemarco, brava! First I've ever heard an aria accompanied by a uke, and you did a fine job. A great contribution to Italy week! Can you do Lucia's mad scene? :D


(Odd historical factoid: During the unification of Italy, the name Verdi was popular graffiti because to the royalists it secretly meant Victor Emmanuel Rei d'Italia.)

xommen
12-04-2012, 09:18 AM
Ok so I recorded a different song for my official entry for the crime section, as my previous song was declared a bonus.
This is Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2, some info about this Bloody Sunday:

There are two Bloody Sundays in Irish history.
The first was in 1920 when British troops fired into the crowd at a football match in Dublin in retaliation for the killing of British undercover agents.
The second was on January 30, 1972, when British paratroopers killed 13 Irish citizens at a civil rights protest in Derry, Northern Ireland.
The song is more about the second Bloody Sunday. (thanks, Céire - Dublin, Ireland)


http://youtu.be/3N_bAVc0IWM

decaturcomp
12-04-2012, 09:21 AM
There's also the Botticelli's Neice line if you're looking for more help.


Grazie Michael e Saksia per ospitare un'altra settimana divertente.
Auguri e felicitazioni a tutti i nostri amici Italiani.
Ho presente "Quando Dipingo il Mio Capolavoro"

Thanks Saskia and Michael for a fun challenge.
Working on songs yesterday got my mind off the most humiliating Cornhusker football loss ever on Saturday night.

I dipped again into the deep Dylan songbook for this one, "When I Paint My Masterpiece."

Note: My tenor six is strung with Italian-made Aquila Reds and Nylguts.

decaturcomp
12-04-2012, 09:35 AM
Bellissima!



Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero

~dave~~wave~
12-04-2012, 09:39 AM
Bonus- a quick, rough lunch hour tribute to the Clint Eastwood "Spaghetti Westerns" - Hang 'Em High.

This film was produced in the US, so rather than Ennio Morricone the music was by Dominic Frontiere.

Booker T and the MGs did a killer soul instrumental version of this tune where the key keeps modulating, it got to Number 6 on the charts when the movie came out in 1968.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80k4qakPrqA




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

~dave~~wave~
12-04-2012, 09:45 AM
There's also the Botticelli's Niece line if you're looking for more help.

What I'm looking for help on is stealing the Georgia playbook so my Cornhuskers don't get humiliated at the Citrus Bowl. ;)

pabrizzer
12-04-2012, 09:47 AM
Bonus- a quick, rough lunch hour tribute to the Clint Eastwood "Spaghetti Westerns" - Hang 'Em High.

This film was produced in the US, so rather than Ennio Morricone the music was by Dominic Frontiere.

Booker T and the MGs did a killer soul instrumental version of this tune where the key keeps modulating, it got to Number 6 on the charts when the movie came out in 1968.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80k4qakPrqA




Love the poncho. Enjoyed the song too!

decaturcomp
12-04-2012, 10:23 AM
Something remembered from the distant past and fumbled into a uke song by ear...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85KnDTgxY4

we tigers
12-04-2012, 11:37 AM
Another fine evening of watching entries! You Seasonistas know how to deliver!!!


The Ukulites – Macky Messer (crime)
That’s a big kazoo you’ve got there, Steffen… Great to hear you guys in your native language! Like the setting and I didn’t know Steffen played baritone saxophone. Quality as ever! Sehr schön.

Friendly Fred – L’Italiano (bonus)
Nice arrangement, Fred. Well done. Looking forward to an official entry!

Eugene Ukulele – Ollie McGee (bonus)
Haunting stuff.

Matty Dee – Where did you sleep last night (bonus)
You just took me back to 1994. Good job!

Joko – Wassa Matta Maria (Italia)
I almost pissed my pants when you started with Ave Maria… Movember is over Joko.
You definitely are the biggest entertainer of ‘m all! Hey! Shut uppa ya face!

Alemarco – Va Pensiero (Italia)
We saw Nabuccu in the arena in Verona a couple of years ago. Sung by a massive choir it was the highlight of the evening. The audience even cried for an encore. Beautiful to see how this is totaly different after such grandeur: this is small, yet still impressive, played on a ukulele with only your voice.

Myrnaukulele – Tuca Tuca (Italia)
Me piace! Me piace! Me piace! So sweet Myrna. Love it!

OnlyUkeThatMatters – Staggerlee (bonus)
Really nice, Ralf. Great to see different versions of this song and the way it’s told differently each time. That’s a part of the oral tradition as well.

Eugeneukulele – Julia Miller (crime)
Powerfull and emotional performance, Jon… Impressive.

Ukeval – Saltarello – Medieval (bonus)
Ukeval, ukulele renaissance man!

Xommen – Sunday Bloody Sunday (crime)
Although you use the signature effect of The Edge, you still make the song your own. Good job.

~dave~~wave~ - Hang ‘em High (bonus)
Loved it Dave! Great atmosphere with the effect, the poncho and the whistling. Spaghetti western at it’s best.

Decaturcomp – Lasciatemi Morire (Italia)
Another classical entry. After Vivaldi and Puccini we now have Monteverdi. Well done Alan. We are impressed by how well these classical pieces maintain their power when stripped down and played on a uke. Barbies for bonus?

we tigers
12-04-2012, 12:13 PM
Update on the prizes: these are handmade during the season so we're keeping ourselves quite busy this week!
I've just finished the prize for the Italia category:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/7AD62192-E8BE-4473-9B79-1A6A8A2C8287-22640-00001558408054F2.jpg
I've just mounted the picture on the panel.

Saskia is going needlepoint crazy with the prize for the crime category:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/23E510CE-919F-41B2-B998-E55C6E199D37-22640-00001558B7CBE439.jpg
By the end of the week it'll be framed properly. We just stuck it in there for the photograph.

Keep the entries coming! It's so much fun!

Tootler
12-04-2012, 12:31 PM
http://youtu.be/TpFcPLDX3AE

I know this is a variant of Tootler's Cruel Ships Carpenter, but there ya go. I've been meaning to do this song for at least a year, but I never could find a good time or reason to do it. NOW I did!

CountryMouse

Glad to see you have joined the seasons. I've commented on your version of the song in You Tube but one of the things I like about traditional songs is that they often occur in many variants so two people doing variants of the same basic song will come over very different especially as often the melodies are different as well as there being variations in the words.

In many of the British Isles versions of this song, Polly's ghost comes and kills William in pretty brutal fashion while he is at sea. This is based on an old sailors' superstition that bad luck will follow a ship with a murderer on board unless the murderer is discovered and justice is meted out.

Tootler
12-04-2012, 12:51 PM
Geoff, your lyrics neatly avoid the most famous misheard lyric problem. You probably know this, but for those who don't, this song gave rise to the generic name for a misheard lyric "a mondagreen". It comes from people singing (and even recording) versions of this song in which the fourth line (usually rendered as "And laid him on the green") is misheard as "And Lady Mondagreen" ;)

I was aware. The term was coined by an American writer, Sylvia Wright who wrote an article about misheard lyrics, titled "The Death of Lady Mondegreen" and used, as an example, her own mishearing of the line "and laid him on the green" in "The Bonny Earl of Moray" as a six year old child.

I've known this song for many years but to save a bit of typing, I had copied and pasted the lyrics from a website which is why it says "lain him on the green" though I normally sing "laid him on the green".

CountryMouse
12-04-2012, 02:37 PM
Wow guys! One day into the season and we’re allready on page 6. Saskia and I have just watched 26 pretty awesome videos. And it’s only Monday… oh boy!

We’ve created playlists and put these in the opening post. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. Let me know if I have. Some reactions on the first batch of videos:

Eor – Sopranos Theme (bonus)
Hadn’t seen that one yet. Cool video! Professional stuff. You’ve got a nice little Tom Waits vibe going.

Myrna – Banks of the Ohio (bonus)
What a gorgeous setting! We want to come visit… The overdub works well with the sou
nd of the river in background. We like your voice a lot. Warm and welcoming.

Pabrizzer – My Rifle, My Pony and Me (bonus)
Two chords is all you need. That, and a nice fire to sit around… Again a good voice with a lot of character!

Wee-Ginga-Yin – Frankie and Johnny (bonus)
Cool video. I don’t know what you do to the sound to have it as warbled as it is, but it’s fitting! Classic WGY!

PatriciaPDX – You’re nobody ‘till somebody loves you (Italia)
Props for the props! Lovely introduction to a excellent song. Well sung and played. Welcome to the seasons and I hope you’ll stick around for many more.

Xommen – Miss Sarajevo (Italia)
You continue to amaze me how you manage to always enter a U2 song! Difficult song to get across. We were wondering how you would sing Pavarotti’s part… ;)
Well done!

Xommen – Murder by numbers (bonus)
I happen to be a big admirer of The Police and Sting (even owned a Sting signature bass for a while…) so I was looking forward to how you would tackle this song. Nicely done, Wim. But… Saskia’s strict in her rules. The entry should be about a true crime or an authentic murder ballad. So I’m afraid this one goes into the bonus playlist.

Tootler – Cruel Ships Carpenter (bonus)
Like the drone! Goes well with the ukulele and the singing. The drone gives a song like this a nice eery quality. I always enjoy how you play these old folk songs. You keep the heritage alive.

Tootler – Now or Never (Italia)
Wow Geoff! Good job on the singing! Step into my gondola, please!

Jazzbanjorex – That’s Amore (Italia)
Massive bonus points for the bow tie and the faux Italian introduction! Pizzaz XXL. Great stuff.

~dave~~wave~ - Love Henry (crime)
you’ve some nice weather going in Nebraska; it’s snowing here in the Netherlands… Good choice of song. Like the strumming, especially the little riff. Well done!

Joko – In the Pines (crime)
I’ve got to admit that I too know this from the unplugged session Nirvana did for mtv… We like the flickering light in the back. Adds some spooky vibes to an allready well delivered dramatic song. Great job Joko.

Ukeval – Winter – Largo – Vivaldi (Italia)
Bravo Val! Really impressive playing. Beautifull arrangement as well. Nice to see Vivaldi in this category. Wow!

Tootler – Bonny Earl O’Moray (crime)
Love it, Geoff! Beautiful melody, well delivered, absolutely brilliant. Playing an old Scottish song on a Hawaiian instrument in the 21st century, and it all makes sense.

Ukeval – Staggerlee (crime)
That Brüko sounds wonderful. Our slight disappointment in the absense of vocals (the challenge is about storytelling, after all) is more than made up for by your beautiful playing.

~dave~~wave~ - When I paint my Masterpiece (Italia)
Thanks for the slide show, Dave. Nice touch! We were in Rome last august and you took us back there for three minutes. Michael’s going to Rome again in May and this might just help him get through the months ‘till then… Oh right; and it’s a great song as well! Good job!

Wee-Ginga_Yin – Slasher Brown and Wee Bigsby (crime)
Fez-a-go-go! Good story, great playing, love a local story told in the vernacular.

Dougf – September in the Rain (bonus)
So smooth… Nice vocals and that pineapple sounds beautiful.

Strumsilly – Funiculi Funicula (Italia)
This made us laugh! The accent; getting the word ukulele in the lyrics; the way you move while singing; top job Strumsilly!

CountryMouse – Pretty Polly (crime)
You have a good singing voice! Goes really well with this song. Welcome to the seasons! What a debut! Hope to see many more entries in future seasons. That was excellent.

Peewee – You can’t put your arms around a memory (Italia)
A nice surprise to see some old punk in this season. It’s allready full of insanely diverse entries. Who would’ve thought to see the New York Dolls in the same season as Vivaldi.
Loved the song, wel played and sung. We can always trust on you to dig up a nice underground gem.

The Ukulites – Mambo Italiano (bonus)
You guys just always rock. The drums are a nice addition to your sound. Looking forward to the official entries!

Pabrizzer – Bella Ciao (Italia)
Nice little instrumental. Lovely arrangement with some stellar picking. Short and sweet; just how we like ‘m!

Thanks so much, Michael!

Soooo much talent here!

CountryMouse

CountryMouse
12-04-2012, 02:44 PM
Glad to see you have joined the seasons. I've commented on your version of the song in You Tube but one of the things I like about traditional songs is that they often occur in many variants so two people doing variants of the same basic song will come over very different especially as often the melodies are different as well as there being variations in the words.

In many of the British Isles versions of this song, Polly's ghost comes and kills William in pretty brutal fashion while he is at sea. This is based on an old sailors' superstition that bad luck will follow a ship with a murderer on board unless the murderer is discovered and justice is meted out.

I really enjoyed your version too! Thanks for the explanation of the superstition. I always like to know more about the background of songs. :)

CountryMouse

Barbablanca
12-04-2012, 03:04 PM
My favourite "Mondagreen" story was told to me by a friend. Apparently, as a young child, at Christmas time, she used to break into tears when people sang "Away in a Manger".

Her mother eventually found out that the line that brought on the tears was: "The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes!" Little Fiona had been hearing "the cattle are blowing the baby away" - the image of which terrified her sensitive little soul. ;)

Jazzbanjorex
12-04-2012, 04:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx8HGu5tZcY&feature=youtu.be

myrnaukelele
12-04-2012, 08:34 PM
@Myrnaukulele You've got some "Happy birthday Mr President" moves going on there.:D
:o
If you really want to see some great moves you may want to watch the official video from Pink Martini~

http://youtu.be/g2a0wg9-JVI

pabrizzer
12-05-2012, 12:15 AM
Ok Still the same song but now I have found some lyrics I am able to sing.
Yes Jazzbanjorex, after that Tom Dooley song, the T Shirt is definitely worn in your honour.
Bella Ciao!
Ned Kelly IS coming!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj8LY_IV9HY&feature=plcp
Edited to add - WTF now I'm surrounded by banjos!

Barbablanca
12-05-2012, 02:48 AM
Another original song written especially for this week - it kind of combines the two themes, since it is a homage to the men and women of Italy's Anti-Mafia Brigades. Put it down as "Italy", since, if I have time, I'll try and record a "Crimes" song that doesn't glorify the perpetrators, as many do, sadly.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoBhOGGpMFM&feature=youtube_gdata

On this song I am playing a Tenor Banjo that I have converted into a Baritone Banjo Uke thanks to the inspiration of Valèry of this parish and Ken Middleton's "Living Water" strings. ;)

LYRICS:

Un omaggio a la Direzione Investigativa Antimafia

Selfless and courageous they choose to take a stand,
To play their part in ridding a scourge from off the land.
To go against The Family is to risk their own, they know,
They can kiss goodbye to a normal life many pleasures they must forego.

They never know who they can trust,
Their lives are masquerades.
Those valiant men and women
Of the Anti Mafia Brigades

They learn to live with the real fear that when they get into their car
A bomb wired to the ignition, will prove their au revoir.
Every approaching motorbike could be the last sight they will see,
They can never let their guard down, even round the Christmas tree.

Opposition to their aims, the Dons just will not brook,
One day they will give the word with a nod, or just a look.
Politicians they have bought will then turn a blind eye,
And some brave man or woman will be the next to die.

In spite of the grave danger, people still join the Brigade.
Italia’s unsung heroes coming to their country’s aid.
Behind the scenes they battle on, in a war not easily won.
We may never even know their names, or learn what they have done.

Ukeval
12-05-2012, 03:06 AM
It is fun to play banjo like that, isn't it ???
Well done !

decaturcomp
12-05-2012, 04:31 AM
These are beautiful! As if the competition ,um challenge, weren't brisk enough!


Update on the prizes: these are handmade during the season so we're keeping ourselves quite busy this week!
I've just finished the prize for the Italia category:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/7AD62192-E8BE-4473-9B79-1A6A8A2C8287-22640-00001558408054F2.jpg
I've just mounted the picture on the panel.

Saskia is going needlepoint crazy with the prize for the crime category:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/23E510CE-919F-41B2-B998-E55C6E199D37-22640-00001558B7CBE439.jpg
By the end of the week it'll be framed properly. We just stuck it in there for the photograph.

Keep the entries coming! It's so much fun!

julienstaudt
12-05-2012, 04:55 AM
Hey

Here's my entrie for the italian section.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOKiOpu4oXQ

This is a little impression of Giuseppe Verdi's Opera: La forza del destino.

ukuleledaveey
12-05-2012, 07:52 AM
Howdy gang well as it is the 42 week of the seasons what better day to post my offical entry for the 42nd week then my 42nd Birthday :) sorry if it is not the best (I,m rushing as i am about to take the wife out for a Indian Buffet meal) but I really wanted to post today, kind of thinking this song has a foot in both camps as it was covered by Frank Sinatra and the song has a villainous theme so here it is folks "Bad bad Leroy Brown"
Many thanks we tigers for hosting, toodle pip for now folks :)


http://youtu.be/CNgQ8L96U7A

we tigers
12-05-2012, 08:23 AM
Happy birthday, Davey! Enjoy your curry!

ukuleledaddy
12-05-2012, 09:50 AM
thanks Michael and Saskia, here's my entry in the crime songs section. Julia Miller is a character from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, first published in 1915, a literary masterpiece if ever there was one. Reading that certainly had a big impact on my life. You can read more about it here (http://spoonriveranthology.net/spoon/river/). Played on my baritone tuned to F.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GDy2iObLfY

I just love your stuff Jon. This is wonderful. Beautiful progression and sung with tender conviction as always.

ukuleledaveey
12-05-2012, 10:27 AM
Happy birthday, Davey! Enjoy your curry!
Dank u wel we tigers (hope i have got it right) absolutley full to the brim now with curry and Merlot,enjoying this weeks theme and hoping to get a bonus in
tot zo
Daveey :)

The Ukelites
12-05-2012, 10:39 AM
Howdy gang well as it is the 42 week of the seasons what better day to post my offical entry for the 42nd week then my 42nd Birthday :) sorry if it is not the best (I,m rushing as i am about to take the wife out for a Indian Buffet meal) but I really wanted to post today, kind of thinking this song has a foot in both camps as it was covered by Frank Sinatra and the song has a villainous theme so here it is folks "Bad bad Leroy Brown"
Many thanks we tigers for hosting, toodle pip for now folks :)


http://youtu.be/CNgQ8L96U7A

Always a pleasure to hear from you!
:smileybounce: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVEEY:smileybounce:

we tigers
12-05-2012, 10:43 AM
another day, another list of comments:

Jazzbanjorex – Tom Dooley (crime)
Another quality entry!

Pabrizzer – Bella Ciao (Italia)
Do you want this as your official entry or the instrumental version?
Well sung! You have a pleasant voice. Great stuff.

Barblabanca – AntiMaffia Brigades (Italia)
I have great respect for writing an original song for a challenge like this with so little time. Especially when you manage to come with a song that’s so true to the tradition of folk ballads. A hybrid entry. Looking forward to your ‘crime’ entry.

Julienstaudt – La forza del Destino (Italia)
Verdi on a ukulele: impressive! That’s some excellent playing.

Ukuleledaveey – Bad bad Leroy Brown (Italia/crime)
Clever entry! Sneaking into both categories with one song… Happy birthday Davey!
Geniet er van kerel! Have a good one brother

pabrizzer
12-05-2012, 11:18 AM
another day, another list of comments:

Jazzbanjorex – Tom Dooley (crime)
Another quality entry!

Pabrizzer – Bella Ciao (Italia)
Do you want this as your official entry or the instrumental version?
Well sung! You have a pleasant voice. Great stuff.

Barblabanca – AntiMaffia Brigades (Italia)
I have great respect for writing an original song for a challenge like this with so little time. Especially when you manage to come with a song that’s so true to the tradition of folk ballads. A hybrid entry. Looking forward to your ‘crime’ entry.

Julienstaudt – La forza del Destino (Italia)
Verdi on a ukulele: impressive! That’s some excellent playing.

Ukuleledaveey – Bad bad Leroy Brown (Italia/crime)
Clever entry! Sneaking into both categories with one song… Happy birthday Davey!
Geniet er van kerel! Have a good one brother

Yes please, Make the one with the vocals my official entry in the Italian section. The "instrumental" could go in the bonus list.
Used a newer camera for the one with vocals and it all looks a bit weird but it was done with just one take and no over dubs or anything. Has a strange click at the beginning and I don't know why.
Thanks We Tigers - I'm going to miss seeing your entry this week.
Briz.

thesillydave
12-05-2012, 08:27 PM
i know, i know...but it was the first "real' crime some that i thought of...
ukeval did a great instrumental, and wee_ginga_rob did the scottish version..so, here goes with professor longhair's version...happy crime week!


http://youtu.be/t9opPHcdSxs

ciao!

myrnaukelele
12-05-2012, 08:27 PM
Here's my crime song entry. This is a murder ballad from Appalachia. According to Wikipedia: "It is derived from the 19th century Irish ballad The Wexford Girl, itself derived from the earlier English ballad "The Oxford Girl". Other versions are known as the "Waxweed Girl", "The Wexford Murder". These are in turn derived from Elizabethan era poem or broadside ballad, "The Cruel Miller". I learned it from a Louvin Brothers recording. I actually may be singing the harmony here instead of the melody...

http://youtu.be/FizQLrNZXe4

thesillydave
12-05-2012, 09:14 PM
and now, my italian esque song


http://youtu.be/Uiqdcn-4iZ0

thanks wee tigers!

wee_ginga_yin
12-06-2012, 05:28 AM
Like the Ace of Hearts falling out the sleeve of Dean Martin's mohair suit here
is a Deano bonus... it does not fit in anywhere, since it is the wrong style and
the wrong accent.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtk0-tb-Ss

Dougf
12-06-2012, 07:04 AM
Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno, 1956. The lyrics are in Neapolitan dialect, and satirize American pop culture in early post-war Italy. There are at least six English words or phrases, see if you can find them. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdfh4lOEGks

Cornfield
12-06-2012, 07:20 AM
My first Season entry. This is in the "True Crime" Category.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=add2gmi_rgQ

Normally I sing this acapella but I used a uke for the occasion of this video.

CountryMouse
12-06-2012, 08:59 AM
Here's my crime song entry. This is a murder ballad from Appalachia. According to Wikipedia: "It is derived from the 19th century Irish ballad The Wexford Girl, itself derived from the earlier English ballad "The Oxford Girl". Other versions are known as the "Waxweed Girl", "The Wexford Murder". These are in turn derived from Elizabethan era poem or broadside ballad, "The Cruel Miller". I learned it from a Louvin Brothers recording. I actually may be singing the harmony here instead of the melody...

http://youtu.be/FizQLrNZXe4

Love it!

Mousie

Hippie Dribble
12-06-2012, 09:32 AM
hey John, just embedded the clip for you mate. Great performance BTW. :)

To embed a video: after you've clicked the 'reply' button to post on the thread, click on the icon second from the right (immediately above where you write; it's the one that looks like a roll of film), then paste the link to your video in there and OK.

Cornfield
12-06-2012, 10:48 AM
hey John, just embedded the clip for you mate. Great performance BTW. :)

To embed a video: after you've clicked the 'reply' button to post on the thread, click on the icon second from the right (immediately above where you write; it's the one that looks like a roll of film), then paste the link to your video in there and OK.

Thank you, another mystery of life explained. Thanks also for listening/watching and commenting.

I have a few employees in the 25-30 age group. I told them that I had written a parody song to the tune of Waltzing Matilda expecting that they would ask what a parody was. Instead they asked me what Waltzing Matilda was. :)

xommen
12-06-2012, 10:56 AM
Bonus: Ga met mij mee (based on Paolo Conte's Via Con Me)
I started out trying to do a cover of the original of Paolo, but as that failed,
I came up with translating the Italian lyrics to Dutch.
I did that with a combination of Google Translate, and using an English Translation somebody else did as an extra check.

http://youtu.be/jEa4HHZJYFE
If somebody is interested in the songsheet I made, you can download it here:
Ga Met Mij Mee (http://www.vanommen.net/Paolo_Conto_Ga_Met_Mij_Mee.pdf)

we tigers
12-06-2012, 11:03 AM
You guys keep on rocking. Saskia and I have already watched 47 great videos. Keep up the good work. We've updated the playlists again. If I have somehow forgotten you, let me know. Some notes on todays videos:

Thesillydave – Staggerlee (crime)
Cool bluesy rendition with a fitting smokey vocal.

Myrnaukulele – Knoxville Girl (crime)
Loved it. I quite like the fact that you’re singing the harmony part, makes for a nice change. It is almost like a wail of despair. The historical back story is great, too. It again shows the links in the oral tradition.

Thesillydave – We Speak no Americano (Italia)
Cinzano T-shirt! Bonus points for coolness. Viva SillyDave!

Wee_Ginga_Yin – Sway (bonus)
(s)way out there, Rob. Another awesome video.

Dougf – Americano (Italia)
Wow Doug! Massive hats-off for singing in Italian!

Mr. Eworm – Indicting the Governor (crime)
Welcome to the seasons! Love the setting and the sing-a-long. What a way to enter the seasons, John. An original song with a grand finale. Top job.

GinnyT11
12-06-2012, 11:06 AM
http://youtu.be/hb-t31gxTg4

For All Things Italia:
Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star performed by Scheherezade of 1,001 takes.

Hippie Dribble
12-06-2012, 12:33 PM
http://youtu.be/hb-t31gxTg4

For All Things Italia:
Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star performed by Scheherezade of 1,001 takes.

Beautiful performance Ginny! Bravo!!!!! :)

uke4ia
12-06-2012, 02:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjFcgnZt8xY

One of my favorite '70s progressive rock bands was the Italian band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM). This is a song of theirs called "Il Banchetto" - the banquet. This is the album jacket explanation of the lyrics:

This song tells the story of a King who invites three friends to a banquet. They are in turn The Poet, The Assassin and The Pope. During the meal they all go to the window and looking out, they see beyond the Palace Gates a crowd of miserable poor people. There is laughter in the banquetting hall and the King wonders why the people are not as happy as he and his friends...

ombracorta
12-06-2012, 10:26 PM
Great job Ginny!! Bravissima :)

ombracorta
12-06-2012, 10:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjFcgnZt8xY

One of my favorite '70s progressive rock bands was the Italian band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM). This is a song of theirs called "Il Banchetto" - the banquet. This is the album jacket explanation of the lyrics:

This song tells the story of a King who invites three friends to a banquet. They are in turn The Poet, The Assassin and The Pope. During the meal they all go to the window and looking out, they see beyond the Palace Gates a crowd of miserable poor people. There is laughter in the banquetting hall and the King wonders why the people are not as happy as he and his friends...

Wow!! Very original choice, good Italian and great performance!!

wee_ginga_yin
12-07-2012, 04:13 AM
Is there something wrong with my head or was I singing the melody of Mona Lisa to the words of Buona Sera?
If so you are getting two songs for the price of one, and this is my official entry for the Italian side of things.


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

I Like Paolo Nutini's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8YH5jFg8Kw) version since it has the same temp as the great Louis Prima (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8NcdzjvZOQ)

The Ukelites
12-07-2012, 04:51 AM
Like the Ace of Hearts falling out the sleeve of Dean Martin's mohair suit here
is a Deano bonus... it does not fit in anywhere, since it is the wrong style and
the wrong accent.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtk0-tb-Ss

Cool rendition, I wanted to do this Deano song too, but then I had the same problem as you: It's not really Italian and not Crime at all. Anyway it's a superb song, we always play it when we gig

The Ukelites
12-07-2012, 04:56 AM
Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno, 1956. The lyrics are in Neapolitan dialect, and satirize American pop culture in early post-war Italy. There are at least six English words or phrases, see if you can find them. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdfh4lOEGks

Great one, Douglas! The perfect choice in my opinion. Renato Carosone is fantastic musician! I had a try on this song too, but I could'nt learn the Italian text fast enough for this week.

GinnyT11
12-07-2012, 05:01 AM
Beautiful performance Ginny! Bravo!!!!! :)


Great job Ginny!! Bravissima :)

Mille grazie, signori!

It's true what they say...if you practice and try to learn new things, you improve. Thanks to the Seasons challenges and the kindly Seasonistas for giving me the nerve to post videos.
I encourage others who are a bit shy about posting give it a whirl. There is no downside.

GinnyT11
12-07-2012, 05:22 AM
ombracorta, since you're checking in here this week, can you please advise on the correct pronunciation of Aquila, the brand of strings? I've heard all three of these.

ACK-will-a
a-QUILL-a
a-KEE-la

000Kanaka000
12-07-2012, 05:48 AM
My All Thing Italian Entry



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ-IY38adBE

Dougf
12-07-2012, 05:51 AM
Great one, Douglas! The perfect choice in my opinion. Renato Carosone is fantastic musician! I had a try on this song too, but I could'nt learn the Italian text fast enough for this week.

Thanks, Miriam, I agree, Renato Carosone was a giant. It was definitely a challenge for me to learn the lyrics, and Neapolitan is quite different from standard Italian. I listened to this version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj4VohXh-8g dozens of times trying to get it, but I know I mispronounced a lot. Here's the wikipedia link for the Neapolitan Language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_language

Dougf
12-07-2012, 05:56 AM
ombracorta, since you're checking in here this week, can you please advise on the correct pronunciation of Aquila, the brand of strings? I've heard all three of these.

ACK-will-a
a-QUILL-a
a-KEE-la

The first one is closest. The way I think of it is to say "aqualung" in English (remember Jethro Tull?), and drop the "ng", although the Italian pronunciation would be more like "AH-kwee-la".

strumsilly
12-07-2012, 09:15 AM
recorded this using my new toy, a Zoom Q3HD, TIRED OF BEING TIED TO MY DESKTOP. not sure how it's going to work out. when I played it back on my computer there seemed to be synching issues. here goes anyway.

http://youtu.be/jA8660SrNLo

000Kanaka000
12-07-2012, 09:31 AM
Crime Portion - My Confession.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ad_eVfrqo

we tigers
12-07-2012, 10:04 AM
Xommen – Ga met mij mee (bonus)
Toe maar Wim! All of a sudden Paolo Conte has a certain punkrock quality. Extra credits for translating it to Nederlands.

GT3T33 – Catch a Falling Star (Italia)
This short song has got it all. Great chord changes, a quirky break and an abundance of Ginny-enthousiasm!

Uke4ia – Il Banchetto (Italia)
My favourite Italian prog band is Goblin. I was secretly hoping that you’d unleash your prog uke powers on one of their songs. But this one is a great surprise. Though your Italian accent is quite good I really digged the instrumental part. Wow! An adventurous entry for the season (and an Italian band I’m going to have to check out…).

Wee-Ginga-Yin – Beona Sera (Italia)
Beautiful, Rob. I love that you always make the songs entirely your own. I have never heard this song as small and delicate like a lullaby as this.

000kanaka000 – Ave Maria (Italia)
Great to see you back in the seasons! This song is quite the challenge and you pulled it off effortlessly. Well done!

Strumsilly – Long Black Veil (crime)
I don’t see any synching issues, Andy. Great that you have the chance to record on different locations now. The porch setting adds a lot of atmosphere! Great job!

000kanaka000 – My Confession (crime/bonus)
That was great fun. We loved it a lot but we have the rule that it should be a song about a true crime or a traditional murder ballad… So I’m writing it down as a bonus I’m afraid.
But what an excellent delivery!

ksiegel
12-07-2012, 10:37 AM
Once again, I find myself with too little time to do a new video -

So here is Bonus Video #1, uploaded about a year ago, when we were doing a non-season Favorite Train Song thread.

(Somebody Robbed the) Glendale Train, New Riders of the Purple Sage.

And if anyone does "The Ballad of Jesse James", you'll note the song starts out, "Jesse James was a lad/Who killed many a man/He robbed the Glendale Train"...



-Kurt


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhZ7bgXTFls

And the yarmulke is because it was Chanukah, and the candles were still burning...

ksiegel
12-07-2012, 10:41 AM
Bonus Video # 2:

Fall River Hoedown (The Ballad of Lizzie Borden)

I did this one for Mim, and her Show Tune contest.

Remember the poem:

Elizabeth Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one


-Kurt


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L66UW-UYmbs

000Kanaka000
12-07-2012, 10:46 AM
000kanaka000 – My Confession (crime/bonus)
That was great fun. We loved it a lot but we have the rule that it should be a song about a true crime or a traditional murder ballad… So I’m writing it down as a bonus I’m afraid.
But what an excellent delivery!

* One thing i don't understand is yes you say a true crime in one paragraph but then go onto say
Your video should mention the 42nd season of the ukulele.
When posting please mention the category. If you play a Sinatra song about a murder, you choose in which you enter!
Multiple versions of one song are allowed.

So Sinatra is OK even for a crime category even though it's not a genuine crime song ? Am sorry but
am not getting it. So it's only OK IF you do a Sinatra song and that one doesn't have to be a genuine crime
song and any other one HAS to be or it's disqualified. Just want to clear this up so no one else makes
the mistake that i did.

mattydee
12-07-2012, 11:10 AM
Time is tight and voice is tired, so this is it this week. Crime:


http://youtu.be/mCVoVhXqqYo

Looks like the audio sync is off a bit on the youtubes. Too bad, because it's perfect on the computer, and I don't have time to fiddle with it. Oh, technology.

pabrizzer
12-07-2012, 11:19 AM
recorded this using my new toy, a Zoom Q3HD, TIRED OF BEING TIED TO MY DESKTOP. not sure how it's going to work out. when I played it back on my computer there seemed to be synching issues. here goes anyway.

Liked this one a lot.

Jazzbanjorex
12-07-2012, 11:24 AM
[QUOTE=strumsilly;1119186]recorded this using my new toy, a Zoom Q3HD, TIRED OF BEING TIED TO MY DESKTOP. not sure how it's going to work out. when I played it back on my computer there seemed to be synching issues. here goes anyway.

I've use a Zoom Q3HD for a long time now. Because it makes .mov files YouTube always warn of syncing problem during the upload but I've never had a problem. You can convert it before uploading if you want. Two AA batteries last an hour of straight recording. The mics pick up sound good when it's loud enough. Anyway, mine has done me well.
Rex

pabrizzer
12-07-2012, 11:25 AM
My All Thing Italian Entry



Beautifully played and sung!

uke4ia
12-07-2012, 12:06 PM
Uke4ia – Il Banchetto (Italia)
My favourite Italian prog band is Goblin. I was secretly hoping that you’d unleash your prog uke powers on one of their songs. But this one is a great surprise. Though your Italian accent is quite good I really digged the instrumental part. Wow! An adventurous entry for the season (and an Italian band I’m going to have to check out…).


I'm not familiar with Goblin. Can you recommend a song or two for me to check out? For PFM, I suggest looking on YouTube for "La luna nuova" or "Impressioni di settembre".

000Kanaka000
12-07-2012, 12:25 PM
OK - A Word sent from Frank -- Crime :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JukgBqOAek&feature=youtu.be

Tootler
12-07-2012, 01:34 PM
Here's my crime song entry. This is a murder ballad from Appalachia. According to Wikipedia: "It is derived from the 19th century Irish ballad The Wexford Girl, itself derived from the earlier English ballad "The Oxford Girl". Other versions are known as the "Waxweed Girl", "The Wexford Murder". These are in turn derived from Elizabethan era poem or broadside ballad, "The Cruel Miller". I learned it from a Louvin Brothers recording. I actually may be singing the harmony here instead of the melody...
http://youtu.be/FizQLrNZXe4

I looked up The Oxford Girl in my folk song books and the text is pretty much the same as the song you sing with just place names changed. The notes on the song suggest that the true antecedent is a mid eighteenth century song called "The Berkshire Tragedy" which tells a similar story but at much greater length. The Bloody Miller is mentioned and dates from 1684 so much later than Elizabethan but certainly earlier than the Berkshire tragedy. The authors of my book (well known folk song scholars over here) suggest that the Bloody Miller is sufficiently different not to be the origin of your song but it certainly bears a general resemblance to the Oxford Girl.

All interesting stuff.

pabrizzer
12-07-2012, 03:15 PM
Our Sunshine written by Paul Kelly. Obviously Paul is a Ned Kelly admirer because calling someone "Sunshine" is usually a term of endearment. If you are not familiar with the Ned Kelly story it is well worth a bit of research. He was certainly a man of real substance.
When the judge, Sir Redmond Barry, uttered the customary words "May God have mercy on your soul", Ned allegedly replied "I will go a little further than that, and say I will see you there when I go". He was hanged on 11 November at the Melbourne Gaol for multiple murder by Elijah Upjohn.
Sir Redmond Barry died of the effects of a carbuncle on his neck on 23 November 1880, twelve days after Kelly.
Here is a link to Paul Kelly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fk69tFWPCY) performing his song. The words that appear on the video are those written by Ned in his now famous "Jerrliderie Letter". This letter was narrated and written during the hold up of the town of Jerrilderie and was meant to be passed on to be published. Ned Kelly and his gang had control of the town for 3 days with no one killed or injured. The letter of 8000 words was not made public until well after his death.
Between 30000 and 60000 (the account varies) Victorians signed a petition requesting that Ned's life be spared. He was 25 years of age when hung.
From all that I have read (a considerable amount) I reckon this is a pretty accurate account of the Kelly story.
Ned Kelly Story (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQrzrE46wFQ&feature=plcp)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDWTl7vPqkQ&feature=plcp

Hippie Dribble
12-07-2012, 06:38 PM
Our Sunshine written by Paul Kelly.

awesome job on this one Briz, really good version mate, and a fine lookin clip. take a bow.

pabrizzer
12-07-2012, 10:17 PM
Thanks for your comment eugene.
Here's a Steve Earle song recorded a while ago as a bonus track.
Devil's Right Hand - not a real crime but the scenario of many.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8TFRWOsoE

Barbablanca
12-08-2012, 04:14 AM
I never thought I'd get a single take of this one. I can't count the number it took to even get this... and there's an error in one of the last verses where I sing "before the waves" instead of "beneath" them :mad: - But it's gonna have to do!!! In fact I did so many takes that I ended up having to use a rubber pick because my thumb was red raw :eek:

This is my contribution to the Crime section. It is based on a true murder that happened on the Pembrokeshire Coast path. The events told in the song were the strongest theory as to what had happened to the victims and that's how I imagined it too when I wrote it (in 2007) for a song competition about historical events in Pembrokeshire. However, soon after, the true murderer was discovered and it turned out the couple were actually victims of a guy with serial killer tendencies.

In response to the news, I gave up singing the song as irrelevant and inaccurate, but the story is just so graphic that I decided to revise it and change some details and the names of the original victims for this fictional version for the Seasons.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4eQWTTv4fk&feature=youtube_gdata

LYRICS:

Wrong Place and Wrong Time

Bill and Barbara Wilson loved to walk the Pembroke coast.
“It’s an antidote to my city job”, was Bill’s repeated boast,
But the Wilsons would find out one day in late May `89
They were walking in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The sun streaked through the clouds shining golden off the sea,
Seagulls swooped like children’s kites, of childhood memory,
They laughed and joked together as they reached another climb,
Not knowing they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Far on the horizon, like black clouds, the Wicklow hills,
Sheltered men who in the past had maimed or even killed,
That day their comrades sweated in a cove of Pembroke lime,
The Wilsons soon would learn of the wrong place and the wrong time.

The sun beat on their faces as the path it reached a fork,
The choice, to head down to the beach or continue with their walk,
“Little Haven’s not far off and we’ve got no deadline!”
Down they wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time.

Broad daylight's not the time to bring a cache of arms ashore,
“I’ll strangle that feckin fisherman!” Pat fearfully swore.
Then to his shock and horror coming down the path he spied,
The Wilsons walking into the wrong place at the wrong time.

It all happened so quickly Barbara had no time to shout,
Two men held her at gunpoint, while Bill received a clout.
“We haven’t seen a thing!” said Bill. “Let us go upon our way!”
But they were in the wrong place at the wrong time on that day.

The gunmen exchanged glances and slowly shook their heads,
Bill held Barbara tightly fearing that they’d soon be dead.
Their hands were tied behind them using some old baler twine.
The price was high for those in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Pembroke’s solitude and beauty had drawn them to that place,
Now its very isolation had quickly sealed their fate.
Two frightened men with shotguns stood upon the seaweed's slime,
The seagulls’ mocking cries called out “Wrong place at the wrong time!”

Two shots in quick succession and the ugly deed was done,
The blood upon the clear white sand it glistened in the sun,
All traces would soon disappear beneath the high tide line,
Waves obliterating the wrong place and the wrong time.

The bodies were well hidden among the deepest grass,
Before the couple would be found several days would pass,
Their deaths would be a mystery; no-one’s yet paid for the crime,
The press said they'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

wee_ginga_yin
12-08-2012, 05:15 AM
@000Kanaka000 Great coughing solo near the end there.

Cornfield
12-08-2012, 05:51 AM
Love it. :) Great song

Dougf
12-08-2012, 06:00 AM
Here's a bonus for the crime category, it's a song I wrote about Josefa Loaiza, a woman hanged for murder during the California gold rush. I did a version for season 20, but this one is better because I added some old photos from the Internet.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5WUy6aTr8

Tootler
12-08-2012, 09:10 AM
Here's a bonus crime song. It was written by English Singer/Songwriter, Steve Tilston apparently inspired by an old photograph, but I reckon also influenced by stories about the "Wild West" that we heard as kids. It's a great narrative song.


http://youtu.be/xMr5DlQMSTo

I include the words and chords below. I must admit, I play a reduced set of chords in the chorus as I had problems with the rapid chord changes. I also played it a tone higher on a D-tuned ukulele.

[D] He was barely a man [G] in his grandfather's coat
Sewn [D] into the lin[A7]ing a [D] ten-shilling note
[D] Goodbye to the family, [G] goodbye to the shore
'Till I taste [D] good for[A7]tune [D] you'll see me no more

[D] A boat on the ocean [G] tossed like a cork
[D] Then one fine morn[A7]ing [D] they sighted New York
[D] He stood on the gang-plank [G] and breathed in the air
"Hello [D] land of plent[A7]y, I've [D] come for me share"

Chorus
[A7] And [D] he [G]did [D] like the [A7] lad[D]ies, [G] the [D] rise and the fall
[A7] Of [D] their ank[G]les [D] and [A7] dres[D]ses, [A7] down [D] on the dance floor
[G] And[D] rol[A7]ling [D] the dice and [G] spinning the wheel
But [D] he [G] took [D] most [A7] delight in the [D] slip jigs and reels

There's talk of a pistol and some say a knife
But all are agreed there was somebody's wife
Some kind of commotion, a terrible fight
He left a man dead and ran into the night

On a train from St. Louis, just one jump ahead
He slept one eye open, a six-gun in bed
He dreamt of the mountains and green fields of home
While crossing the plains where the buffalo roam.
Chorus

Oh, bad reputation's a hard thing to bear
Mothers pour scorn and young children they stare
But he found consolation in flash company
Life ain't so bad with a girl on your knee

Oh they called him the Kid, and by twenty-one
All that he knew was the power of the gun
And by twenty-three, he'd shot five men down
Who got in his way as he rambled around.
Chorus

There's bones in the desert and buzzards that fly
In the highest of circles, just wishing he'd die
But in matters of cruelty, it must be said
A landlord will pick your bones before you're dead

It was wild mescaleros, I heard people say
In the deadliest ambush near old Santa Fe
And a young buck was taken dressed in a coat
And inside the lining, a ten-shilling note.

Chorus
In the slip jigs and reels.

Tootler
12-08-2012, 11:16 AM
I think I've managed to watch all the videos on the playlists. I've left comments on You Tube.

~dave~~wave~
12-08-2012, 01:00 PM
A bonus multi-track commemorating the first Italian to visit North America...
...The natives living here wish he'd stayed home.
Cover of a song by reggae godfather Burning Spear (Winston Rodney).

Italian Aquila strings on the Kala Rasta tenor (NylGut) and solidbody U-bass (Silver Rumblers).




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyN5hugvvsk

Barbablanca
12-08-2012, 01:14 PM
Dave Wave - I loved it! I especially liked the way your "cigar box uke" (or whatever that lovely looking instrument to your left is) gently sways along to the reggae beat. Great song - who's the original by? And what exactly is that squarish instrument, anyway? Any videos of it in action?

~dave~~wave~
12-08-2012, 02:54 PM
...Great song - who's the original by? And what exactly is that squarish instrument, anyway? Any videos of it in action?Thanks, Berni, I can't hold a candle to your awesome originals, but I have fun.


Original by Burning Spear (Winston Rodney) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Spear
Tenor uke made from a box that held two Mouton Cadet wine bottles, see the end of this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptQBBXGgS_Q
Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSkwlWqmiy0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00C4jKA_Lpg

ukuloonie
12-08-2012, 03:27 PM
Here is my entry.
It's about a young man called Ernest Cashel (1882-1904)
He believed in the fantasy of the romantic side of the criminal life, he had read a lot of crime novels and wanted to emulate it in his life.

The Song I wrote is a 2 chord song, using the same song as Tom Dooley, but I changed the words.
He wrote a letter his last and final words (which now resides in the Glenbow Museum archives Here in Calgary Alberta.)

Adressed to Young men. He warned of the perils of Saloons, Gambling houses and the Houses of ill fame and said that
Crime Novels were the worst influence of all.
"Stay at home Shun Novels, Bad company and cigarettes.' it concluded with
"Don't do anything, boys, you are afraid to let your mother know."
Cashel was twenty one when he went to the Gallows.


http://youtu.be/f4ojM5Tm0LI

G................................................. ...............D7
Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
D7................................................ ...............G
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime.

My mother gone an left me, my poor ol’ pappy died
turned to gambling, cheatin, Just to get by.
I’m gonna be an Outlaw and live a life of crime
To see my name up in lights, be known for all of time.

Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime.

I Got caught by the law and I spent me some time
They didn’t hold me long and I was back to my life of crime
Off to Canada I will go, where no-one knows my name
There I’ll start my life anew and begin my life again.

Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime.

Coming from Ponoka, irons all over me
Hatched my plan, told the chief said i gotto go pee,
He much obliged me and took off them cuffs,
I jumped out the window and escaped into the bush.

Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime.

Out east by Lacombe, I found me some rest.
Got to talking, got to drinking, it ended in a mess.
That old farmsteaders, blank eyes lookin at me.
a bullet in his chest. a gun my hand and Blood all over me

Tomorrow I’m gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I’m goona die
Take heed an listen son, don’t follow no life o crime

The Mounties caught up with me, no body they could find
Sent me off to Manitoba for a petty crime.
Springmelt came, the old boy they did find.
Floatin down river with a bullet from a gun o mine


The judge said
your gonna swing boy, Tomorrow you will die
You followed a life of crime and now it’s time to die.

I have other plans, I said I aint gonna die
My boys from Wyoming are gonna show you why
I waved my pistols at the chief, and I did smile
And walked off in the starry night and said my Goodbyes.

Tomorrow I’m gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son, don’t follow no life o crime

They found me at ol dooleys, hidin in the barn.
The posse grew impatient, let’s burn his murderin hide
I came out all meek like, my hands touched the sun
I don’t wanna get roasted, I said, I’ m all done.

Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime

Tomorrow Im gonna swing boys, Tomorrow I will die
Take heed an listen son don’t follow no life o crime.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-08-2012, 03:56 PM
Two great themes this week---gratzie, we tigers! Here's an Italian folk song; forgive my mispronounciations, okay?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85kGO5wEkW0

I certainly couldn't understand this one without a translation. Here are the lyrics:

Italiano:

Cara mamma, io sono malata.
Ma una coso nell'orto ci sta.
"E nell'orto ci sta l'in salata*,
Se tu la vuoi, io te la do."
O, mamma, no! No! No!
Questo fa mele, pel male che ho!
O quant'e studpida la mamma mia,
Che non conos ce la malattia!
O mamma, no! No! No!
Questo fa male pel male che ho!

Cara mamma, io sono malata,
Ma una cose nell'orto ci sta!
"E nell'orto ci sta l'ortolano,
Se tu lo vuoi, io te lo do!"
O mamma, si! Si! Si!
Questo va bene per farmi guari!
O quant'e cara la mamma mia,
Che conosciutto la malattia!
O mamma, si! Si! Si!
Questo va bene per farmi guari!

English:

"O, dear mama, I'm feeling so badly. Go to the garden and find me a cure."
"Yes, my daughter, I'll pick you some lettuce*, and it will make you feel better I'm sure."
"O, mama, no! No! No! That would be bad for me, mama, I know!
Why can't you stop being stupid and get me something that's good for me and won't upset me?
O, mama, no! No! No! That would be bad for me, mama, I know."

"O, dear Mama, I'm feeling so badly. Go to the garden and find me a cure."
"Yes, my daughter, I'll bring the gard'ner, and he will make you feel better, I'm sure."
"O, mama, yes! Yes! Yes! That is exactly the thing that I need.
Where in the world is there such a fine mother? Search as I might I could ne'er find another.
O, mama, yes! Yes! Yes! Go find the gard'ner and bring him with speed."

*verses two and three: la papapa (potatoes), il pomidoro (tomatoes)

pabrizzer
12-08-2012, 04:31 PM
Two great themes this week---gratzie, we tigers! Here's an Italian folk song; forgive my mispronounciations, okay?


Ben fatto! Gee, I hope that means, "Well done!"

J'Ukebox
12-08-2012, 04:54 PM
LOL! So glad i read the translation! That was fabulous, and even better once I understood the meaning!! Bravo!

29moons
12-08-2012, 07:08 PM
Here's mine - A little Dino for ya - Thanks We Tigers for a fun week.


http://youtu.be/zkXAh9MBvY0

29moons
12-08-2012, 07:47 PM
Here's my second one for the week - Crime


http://youtu.be/m7wAAaXnFN8

myrnaukelele
12-08-2012, 08:33 PM
Bonus - Another version of Frankie and Johnny sung with my stepdaughter Molly.

http://youtu.be/sa7qFbGDnQw
This is the first song I ever sang onstage.

myrnaukelele
12-08-2012, 08:53 PM
Here is my entry.
It's about a young man called Ernest Cashel (1882-1904)
He believed in the fantasy of the romantic side of the criminal life, he had read a lot of crime novels and wanted to emulate it in his life.

The Song I wrote is a 2 chord song, using the same song as Tom Dooley, but I changed the words.
He wrote a letter his last and final words (which now resides in the Glenbow Museum archives Here in Calgary Alberta.)
.


A bonus multi-track commemorating the first Italian to visit North America...
...The natives living here wish he'd stayed home.

]




This is my contribution to the Crime section. It is based on a true murder that happened on the Pembrokeshire Coast path. The events told in the song were the strongest theory as to what had happened to the victims and that's how I imagined it too when I wrote it (in 2007) for a song competition about historical events in Pembrokeshire. However, soon after, the true murderer was discovered and it turned out the couple were actually victims of a guy with serial killer tendencies.



Here's a bonus for the crime category, it's a song I wrote about Josefa Loaiza, a woman hanged for murder during the California gold rush. I did a version for season 20, but this one is better because I added some old photos from the Internet.

:bowdown:
You guys are all great songwriters. I am in awe of this talent. You're all amazing.

ukuloonie
12-08-2012, 09:05 PM
Thanks MyrnaUkulele kind of you to say.

ombracorta
12-09-2012, 07:52 AM
ombracorta, since you're checking in here this week, can you please advise on the correct pronunciation of Aquila, the brand of strings? I've heard all three of these.

ACK-will-a
a-QUILL-a
a-KEE-la

I'd say the first one :)

~dave~~wave~
12-09-2012, 08:16 AM
You guys are all great songwriters. I am in awe of this talent. You're all amazing.

I can't take credit for writing mine, Myrna, it's a cover, I edited my post to give credit to Burning Spear.

************
Loved your Frankie and Johnny duet, I had the volume cranked and was strumming along, my wife was pulled into the room and now is humming the tune as she writes Christmas cards.

FiL
12-09-2012, 08:43 AM
Here's my entry into the crime category. This is an original song called "Jennifer", written years ago after reading an article in the local paper about this girl's murder in a sleepy suburban town. Something about her story struck a chord.


http://youtu.be/8jOAnnQFObk

- FiL

we tigers
12-09-2012, 09:51 AM
Hi guys,
I've just updated the playlists. Please check if I haven't accidentally forgotten you. Up 'till Friday I managed to comment on every entry, but yesterday and today I haven't found the time. We'll try to make up time tomorrow evening. The season still has a few hours in it, so feel free to post some vids! The three playlists together already feature a whopping 70 videos... wow!

Barbablanca
12-09-2012, 10:19 AM
....Original by Burning Spear (Winston Rodney)

Great band. The best reggae outfit ever IMHO. I have their first two albums - that song must be from a later one. Or my memory is even more shot than I thought ;)


Tenor uke made from a box that held two Mouton Cadet wine bottles...

I recognised it when I saw the videos. It sounds amazing, especially since its construction is so apparently home made!"

Tootler
12-09-2012, 11:06 AM
Hi guys,
I've just updated the playlists. Please check if I haven't accidentally forgotten you. Up 'till Friday I managed to comment on every entry, but yesterday and today I haven't found the time. We'll try to make up time tomorrow evening. The season still has a few hours in it, so feel free to post some vids! The three playlists together already feature a whopping 70 videos... wow!

It gets difficult at the weekend as there is usually a flood of entries. You're doing really well though. Keep up the good work. :cheers:

Tootler
12-09-2012, 11:20 AM
This song was included in the crime and punishment section of one of my song books. I felt that was sufficient excuse to post it as a bonus.

The Unfortunate Rake originated in England in a late Eighteenth century broadside and has proved popular among country singers, the victims subsequently including soldier, sailor, trooper, young man, young woman and cowboy. Versions have been collected in practically every English speaking country. Well known North American versions include "The Streets of Laredo" and "St. James Infirmary". In the original song, the young man was dying from syphilis (The pills of white mercury was an early 'cure') but later versions tended to either be more coy about the cause of the ailment or imply something more violent.


http://youtu.be/NtSt8wE5oos

I suppose a modern equivalent is knowingly infecting someone with HIV and someone has recently been convicted for that over here, so maybe crime after all.

ukuLily Mars
12-09-2012, 12:18 PM
It seems murder is more inspiring ?
For my sake Italy is fine, so here is my entry for the Italy side (crime will come later)

The fine arrangement is from Wilfried Welti in his Classical e-book, thanks Wilfried ;-)

WOW. Just beautiful, Ukeval!

ukuLily Mars
12-09-2012, 12:49 PM
I hate having to sit this week out but I am having some technical issues and it's hard to post every week. But I'm really enjoying the videos everyone has posted! Thanks, Tigers, for a really fun week (even for spectators).


I love Italy, I've been lucky enough to have been several times. My stepdaughter was married on the coast across from Capri[to an American]. this video is kind of scary, but I'll post it anyway.I think the coffee was too strong this morning.
some background, from wiki:

"Funiculì, Funiculà" is a famous Neapolitan song written by Italian journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Italian composer Luigi Denza in 1880. It was composed to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius. The 1880 cable car was later destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944.(Some remains of the top station were still visible in September 2012). The song was sung for the first time in the Quisisana Hotel in Castellammare di Stabia and met with huge success. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival during the same year. Edward Oxenford, an English songwriter and translator of libretti, published a version which became somewhat traditional in English-speaking countries.

the English version has nothing to so with funiculars, but since I don't speak Italian, here it is. I took a liberty with the lyrics, should be "hark the soft guitar" but I was playin a Pono bari, so.....


I really enjoyed this! I take a funicular all the time and this always runs through my head. ALWAYS. I enjoyed your version much more than the one that runs through my head.



I know this is a variant of Tootler's Cruel Ships Carpenter, but there ya go. I've been meaning to do this song for at least a year, but I never could find a good time or reason to do it. NOW I did!

CountryMouse

This was nice! You have a lovely voice and it's perfect for this song.


Crime time! As it's twin week two things are different this time...;)


I always love your videos, but bringing the Lotte and Kurt just tops them all! This is just outstanding. I almost hate to mention that one of you has a really funny-looking 'uke.


Can't have an Italian week without some opera, so here's my version of "Va, pensiero" (aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi's opera Nabucco. Basically, the Hebrews, exiled to Babylon, are longing to return to their own country.

Lyrics and translation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero



This was lovely, and a really special contribution to this Season's theme (umm... the Italian one, that is).


Originally done by Raffaella Carrà, Pink Martini has popularized this song and dance. They are playing at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center this Friday to a SOLD OUT audience and I do not have a ticket :(

My deepest apologies for my terrible Italian.

Myrna, just when I think you can't be more Fabulous, you prove me wrong.



For All Things Italia:
Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star performed by Scheherezade of 1,001 takes.
This was really nice, Ginny! I think it's my favorite of your videos so far. I can't believe it took you a lot of takes, though; you look really relaxed and you are obviously having fun!

OldePhart
12-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Hey all, I didn't think I'd get to participate again this week but I threw this together at the last moment. I've been so busy I have only been able to check this thread every couple of days so I hope nobody's already done this, if they have I apologize for steppin' on toes!. (The last two weeks I've been back to doing the stinking commute thing so I'm about worn out.)

This is rough as a cobb, but a lot of early blues was so I don't feel too bad. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOea8cinmI&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOea8cinmI&feature=youtu.be

Edit to add - not sure if this actually qualifies as it's more about prison and criminals than a specific crime. If it doesn't qualify I guess it's a bonus. :)


John

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-09-2012, 06:24 PM
In 2003, I read a story about a murder in Washington, D.C. in the newspaper, and I wrote a song about it. This ukulele arrangement is new for this week's challenge.

Thanks again, we tigers, for hosting a great week. Thanks, Seasonistas, for all the great music!


http://youtu.be/6i1dfL5eO2Q

Mr. Price Paid

9:08 at the the 72
traffic's smooth on FLA Avenue
9:09 now the shooter in view
he makes his way to the man at pump two
POW mr. price falls to the ground
it ain't like there ain't nobody
the guy at pump three you know he could see
but he finishes pumping his gasoline

the witness pays his bill---he don't say a thing
about the man who lay at pump two bleeding
back into his car then off to work for the day
as price's life drains away

and no one calls the police
cause don't no one believe
the men in blue in northeast DC
serve or protect you or me

minutes roll by; mr. price dies
turned out to be his last day
still more cars pull on away
soon another pulls up where he lay

9:13 someone tells mr. donkor
something's wrong up at two
he opens the door
heads over to two
but price is through
nothing much the manager could manage to do

still no one calls the police
cause don't no one believe
the men in blue in northeast DC
serve or protect you or me
only their own and the ones who own them

ukuloonie
12-09-2012, 07:06 PM
Cool Ralph, A sad modern tale of it aint got nothin' to do with me.
Thanks for spending the time in writing that song.

decaturcomp
12-09-2012, 07:13 PM
The murder side of a season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7nLf_bxiRQ&feature=g-crec-u

myrnaukelele
12-09-2012, 07:14 PM
In 2003, I read a story about a murder in Washington, D.C. in the newspaper, and I wrote a song about it. This ukulele arrangement is new for this week's challenge.



Here's my entry into the crime category. This is an original song called "Jennifer", written years ago after reading an article in the local paper about this girl's murder in a sleepy suburban town. Something about her story struck a chord.

- FiL

More wonderful original songs. I am so impressed with all you talented Seasonistas who write your own songs.

myrnaukelele
12-09-2012, 09:45 PM
I thought Ralf or ukuleledaddy might do this one for Crime week. On November 24, 1971 an unidentified man calling himself D. B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.

http://youtu.be/BnsDzg4crao

Barbablanca
12-10-2012, 06:14 AM
Ralf! What a tough song about our modern indifference. I especially liked the line: "nothing much the manager could manage to do". The price we pay for our modern living is perhaps too high (pun intended).

we tigers
12-11-2012, 11:50 AM
While you Seasonistas are mashing things up over in Season 43, Saskia and I are still going through all the entries of 42. This evening we watched the remaining entries for the crime category. Quite a few very good original songs and great stories.

Matty Dee – John Wayne Gacy Jr. (crime)
I was hoping somebody would do this song. Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois album is absolutely brilliant and this song simply scared me when I first heard it. Your version is a bit different from the original; you’ve made it your own and had more focus on the vocals. Impressive job Matt!

000kanaka000 – A Word from Frank (crime)
Go Kanaka! I love the way you go the extra mile with the disguise. You rocked this one! Brilliant delivery. Sorry if there was a misunderstanding with the rule stating it had to be about a true crime. But you spun it into a great direction.

pabrizzer – Our Sunshine (crime)
wow… This blew me away. Beautiful song, wonderful melody, and really good vocals. I like the shot as well, with the specs on the table. Again: wow!

Barbablanca – Wrong Place and Wrong Time (crime)
Love it how you always enter with original songs. You know how to tell a good story with a excellent feel for the traditional murder ballad.

ukuloonie – Ernest Cashel (crime)
A great story, delivered with a lot of energy. Bonus points for originality. And a catchy song as well!

29moons – hung my head (crime)
Such a sad story. I remember Sting’s original version from back in the nineties. I like this one better, closer to the Johnny Cash version. Good choice of song and well sung!

Fil – Jennifer (crime)
Singing a crime song with a framed picture of the Dalai Lama in the background; that’s different ;). Good original song and man that 8-string sounds awesome. Goes really well with your voice!

Next up: Italia!

we tigers
12-11-2012, 12:02 PM
the last two entries for the Italian category:

OnlyUkeThatMatters – Cara Mama, Io Sono Malata (Italia)
This is brilliant Ralf! Such a sweet song. You played it really well and your vocals: excellent! Lovely pronunciation as well. Grrrrazie!

29moons – Houston (Italia)
Good job! Like the easy going vibe and the crooning. 29DinoLune!

That's for official entries. I'll try and comment and the remaining bonus entries tomorrow evening.

PatriciaPDX
12-11-2012, 12:41 PM
In 2003, I read a story about a murder in Washington, D.C. in the newspaper, and I wrote a song about it. This ukulele arrangement is new for this week's challenge.

Thanks again, we tigers, for hosting a great week. Thanks, Seasonistas, for all the great music!....

Oh my, sad story, but great song, very impacting...well done!

000Kanaka000
12-11-2012, 12:46 PM
* in the end it worked out as this one was crazy. It's always fun to challenge ones self and
do something different. And would have to say this one was definitely out of my comfort zone.
Am glad when someone enjoys the effort.


000kanaka000 – A Word from Frank (crime)
Go Kanaka! I love the way you go the extra mile with the disguise. You rocked this one! Brilliant delivery. Sorry if there was a misunderstanding with the rule stating it had to be about a true crime. But you spun it into a great direction.

we tigers
12-11-2012, 12:56 PM
Oops! Just noticed that I forgot a few crime songs. Sorry guys! Catching up tomorrow...

we tigers
12-14-2012, 12:03 PM
Some more comments on videos:

Tootler – The Unfortunate Rake (bonus)
Another well told story. Beautiful melody and a nice touch to slow down to accentuate the lyrics.

OldePhart – Midnight Special (bonus)
Rocking and swinging song. ‘Rough as a cobb’ is a good thing for a song like this. Time for some tea with a soothing spoonful of honey!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters – Mr. Price Paid (crime)
Loved it Ralf. A sad story well told and a great song altogether. That last repeating sentence with you looking into the lens makes it quite poignant.

Decaturcomp – Staggerlee (crime)
Another Staggerlee, but again very different. Nice to see how one song can get so many identities. Loved your picking.

Myrnaukulele – DB Cooper (bonus)
Never heard of the case, but a great story. Good stuff.

We hope to announce the winners tomorrow... Woohoo!

we tigers
12-15-2012, 10:47 AM
Tadaa!
Here are the results of Season 42. We had a wonderful week with all these great entries. We love how everybody entered with so much gusto! Thank you so much!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah7XnzA77AM

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/6e3831c0bac26a9a9600106c8a0f8a23.jpg
Winners please send us a pm with your address and the long journey of your prize can commence!

Barbablanca
12-15-2012, 11:39 AM
Congratulations to the deserving winners!

and a big thank you to the two Panthera tigris for another great Season!

The Ukelites
12-15-2012, 11:58 AM
Congrats to the winners and many thanks for your super hosting!:)

thesillydave
12-15-2012, 12:23 PM
congrtas to all the winners and all the seasonistas! and weetigers! great job!

000Kanaka000
12-15-2012, 01:35 PM
Congratulations to all the winners - and to the rest of us onwards
and upwards.

Jazzbanjorex
12-15-2012, 02:04 PM
Congratulations winners and thank you We Tigers. Nice challenge.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-15-2012, 02:27 PM
Grazie, we tigers!!

Thanks to all this week's Seasonistas for the great songs, great performances, and great variety---great week! Congrats winners!

CountryMouse
12-15-2012, 02:59 PM
Thank you so much!! And congratulations to the other winners! This was a fun challenge!

CountryMouse

PatriciaPDX
12-15-2012, 03:23 PM
Yay! Congratulations, sis! And to all the other winners! This was such fun and I enjoyed everyone's entries so much; thanks, We Tigers, for the opportunity! :D

Ukeval
12-15-2012, 08:52 PM
Another great week !!!
;-)
Thanks all !

Hippie Dribble
12-15-2012, 10:23 PM
Michael and Saskia, thankyou both for your wonderful week hosting. So many superb performances, so much inspiration. Congratulations to the winners and all entrants alike, it was a lot of fun. :)

CountryMouse
12-16-2012, 04:10 AM
Yay! Congratulations, sis! And to all the other winners! This was such fun and I enjoyed everyone's entries so much; thanks, We Tigers, for the opportunity! :D

Thanks so much! I was surprised! :)

CountryMouse

Dougf
12-16-2012, 08:27 AM
Congrats, winners, and thank you We Tigers for hosting.

myrnaukelele
12-16-2012, 10:29 AM
Wetigers - thank you for hosting such a fun Season! There were SO many great entries -I am truly astonished that my entry won a prize.
I shall treasure it! Grazie.
Congratulations to all the other winners and to all who entered. I LOVED the opera entries! And the traditional murder ballads were so well done. And you Seasonistas who entered original songs- you are all awesome!
All in all, it was a wonderful Season. :o

wee_ginga_yin
12-17-2012, 02:29 AM
Tell the twins the chocolate payoff is in the post :-)
Thanks for a great week with such splendid songs.

Rob.

pabrizzer
01-09-2013, 07:18 PM
Greetings Tigers and Cubs.
Hope all is well. The needle work trophy arrived today and has been placed prominently among my ukes in MY corner of the bedroom. Picture attached. I think the packaging would have survived a nuclear incident!
Big thank you from Australia. Can't wait to see your video with the LWU.
Cheers, Brian.
47333

Hippie Dribble
01-09-2013, 07:25 PM
Brian, your wife actually lets you put up ukes on the wall in the bedroom????? Hang on to her mate!!!! he he...

pabrizzer
01-09-2013, 07:41 PM
Brian, your wife actually lets you put up ukes on the wall in the bedroom????? Hang on to her mate!!!! he he...
Have done so for 40 years this Feb so I guess we're stuck with each other.
I do have a music room but it is full of guitars.:)

myrnaukelele
01-14-2013, 06:17 PM
Michael and Saskia - this weekend I received the ukulele art. I love it! It has a special place on the wall in my music room. Thanks so much! Myrna

we tigers
01-15-2013, 12:39 AM
Thank god it arrived! You never know how the mysterious way of the postal companies work.
If you have the opportunity, please post a picture, Myrna.
I'm glad you like it!

CountryMouse
01-15-2013, 10:18 AM
Thank god it arrived! You never know how the mysterious way of the postal companies work.

Woohoo! The chocolate-y spicy little cookies arrived!! Everyone in the house loves them! They are being rationed so they last a *little* while longer! LOL!

Thanks again so much for this cool contest!

CountryMouse