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Tootler
12-22-2012, 01:47 PM
Welcome to the 45th Season of the Ukulele. My married daughter and family arrived this afternoon, so I've not had time to produce an intro video this time, I'm afraid.

So here's the challenge.

Background:

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night was written by Nahum Tate about 1700. For over 100 years, it was the only Christmas hymn approved by the Anglican Church to be sung in church. As result it many local musicians wrote or adapted tunes for it to be sung to so it has been sung to a variety of tunes over the years and, in fact, still is.

Today, the most usual tune used in Britain is “Winchester Old” taken from a late 16th century psalter (example here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H78cavrhK5E)) and in America “Christmas” an adaptation by Lowell Mason of an aria from a Handel Opera (example here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zPftw0JZzk)).

The Challenge

Sing "While Shepherds Watched" to a different tune from either of the two above, accompanying yourself on the ukulele. You can use an existing tune or you can write your own. If you use an existing tune, it doesn't have to be one already known as a hymn tune, it can be from anywhere. A tune from a pop song or a classical theme, for example, is fine. Be creative.

Words

If you're not sure of the full words you can find them here (http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/while_shepherds_watched.htm).

You don't have to sing the whole carol if you don't want but please include at least three verses.

Parameters

* Ukulele front and centre
* State in your video that the recording is for the "45th season of the ukulele" (at the beginning or end, either is fine)
* Give the name and/or source of your tune somewhere in your entry.
* Multi-tracking is permitted. Have fun and be creative with your entries. A common feature of church music writing in 18th Century England was fuguing – where each section of the choir would enter in turn with the same phrase so they overlapped and harmonised.
A bit like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX3K8zMXwDs):

If someone else chooses the tune you were going to use, no problem. Go ahead and use it anyway but try to give your version a distinctive flavour.

Bonus Tracks

Bonus tracks? Yes please. You can either post more tunes to “While Shepherds Watched” or alternatively, since it is the season of goodwill, post songs on a theme of Peace and Goodwill.

Prizes
As it's Christmas, no first, second and third prizes will be awarded this season but everyone who posts a worthy entry will be given a certificate. I will be the judge of what is a worthy entry and will adopt very generous criteria.

Deadline:
11:59 PM Hawaii time, Sunday December 30th. That's 10am Monday 31st December here in the UK.

Playlists.
Season 45 Entries playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDS9PJ8Yc1N_HqpOEoOFJ_2)
Season 45 Bonus tracks playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDGAtjbjk8bjZw-jfvW7j3D)

I probably won't get time to comment on the entries early in the week but I will try to update the playlists daily. I expect that early on, most of you will be busy anyway (as I will). I will try to listen to entries later in the week and make appropriate comments.

Enjoy the challenge and Seasons Greetings to all of you Seasonistas.

FiL
12-22-2012, 05:15 PM
Oh, I like this challenge, Geoff!

- FiL

Hippie Dribble
12-22-2012, 05:37 PM
Lovely Geoff, thanks mate. :)

Joko
12-22-2012, 05:58 PM
I think I'm going to try and do something a little different with this. What's interesting is that the words don't hold to the standard verse-chorus-verse-(bridge)-chorus pattern modern music is so bound to...

~dave~~wave~
12-22-2012, 06:47 PM
It took less than 30 minutes from reading the challenge to getting this first take in the can. Just came to me reading the lyric in iambic pentameter.

Nifty challenge, Geoff.

Tune written in 1962 by a Jewish lad from the frozen north of Hibbing, Minnesota, one Robert Allen Zimmerman.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JE82lsMJ_4

pabrizzer
12-22-2012, 06:54 PM
While Shepherds Watch / Yankee Doodle.
Not as silly as it sounds - Yankee Doodle dates back to the 1750s. Same era as the hymn. Melody is not attributed to anyone but the lyrics sometimes are. Just by coincidence it is the State song of the state Connecticut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcBcp0JOq-A

Tootler
12-22-2012, 11:43 PM
Managed a bit of time while wife, elder daughter & granddaughter have gone to the shops.

I posted this at 1am this morning local time and when I checked eight hours later there were already two entries. Great :cool:

Two excellent starts. Great choices both of you.

@~Dave~~Wave~. Loved the Dylan style delivery with the harmonica intro and instrumental break and also repeating the last two lines for the chorus.

@pabrizzer. Excellent choice fits beautifully and you worked the bridge in nicely. Also well sung.

Tootler
12-22-2012, 11:45 PM
I think I'm going to try and do something a little different with this. What's interesting is that the words don't hold to the standard verse-chorus-verse-(bridge)-chorus pattern modern music is so bound to...

A lot of pop songs are just verse, verse, bridge, verse which gives you four verses. If you repeat bridge and verse you can actually do all six. Jazz era songs are often a lot more sophisticated but I'm sure you'll find something that works. Looking forward to your entry.

krabbers
12-22-2012, 11:52 PM
~dave~~wave~ excellent, great version
pabrizzer brilliant, also the theme to Roger Ramjet

Tootler
12-22-2012, 11:53 PM
If you want something a little different a version that's commonly sung in folk music circles over here has a chorus between each verse.

Here is an example (http://youtu.be/UwyOnLeyk6I) sung by English Folk Singer, Kate Rusby.

The chorus goes:

Sweet bells, sweet bells,
Sweet chiming Christmas bells
They cheer us on our heavenly way
Sweet chiming bells.

If you have a tune that needs a chorus then use this. I'd love to hear at least one person give it a go.

My wife likes this version so pretty please.

krabbers
12-22-2012, 11:59 PM
ive got my idea ready will do it later,,,,,,, is it allowed to funny? i dont want to upset anyone,

Tootler
12-23-2012, 12:01 AM
I've set up the entries playlist here (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDS9PJ8Yc1N_HqpOEoOFJ_2) and I've updated the initial post with the link.

I will add a bonus tracks playlist later.

Tootler
12-23-2012, 12:02 AM
ive got my idea ready will do it later,,,,,,, is it allowed to funny? i dont want to upset anyone,

Won't upset me but then I'm not particularly religious.

Please stick to the actual words though, just make the presentation humorous. I'm sure many of us know at least one set of "alternative" words. :nana:

pabrizzer
12-23-2012, 12:52 AM
~dave~~wave~ excellent, great version
pabrizzer brilliant, also the theme to Roger Ramjet
Yes. But I wasn't going to mention that. Doesn't quite fit in with the 1700s theme.
You gotta love this line
"Fly through in and outer space" (inner would have been more correct)

pabrizzer
12-23-2012, 12:57 AM
ive got my idea ready will do it later,,,,,,, is it allowed to funny? i dont want to upset anyone,
You've already upset me by mentioning the Roger Ramjet connection. he he :)

xommen
12-23-2012, 01:42 AM
I thought this was going to be a real challenge, but I then I thought of a U2 song :D that would fit the Lyrics, and this is Whilst Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night to the melody of the verses of U2's Yahweh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd2Fi4lPLiE

ukuleledaveey
12-23-2012, 01:59 AM
this is gonna be tough for me as a dyslexic agnostic....... i dont believe in DOG :)

got my entry worked out now to find time to record it, would love to do it in the local church, but i dont think they will let me.
Great theme Geoff :)

xommen
12-23-2012, 03:35 AM
I recorded the same track, but then with the chorus of Yahweh, as as bonus mesh-up.

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

xommen
12-23-2012, 05:22 AM
And another bonus of the same song/melody but now with the chorus Geoff provided.

http://youtu.be/SNywebjF58k

myrnaukelele
12-23-2012, 08:34 AM
Won't upset me but then I'm not particularly religious.
Please stick to the actual words though
Tootler - I have changed one word in the last verse to "Goddess" (instead of the more patriarchal God). I am a firm believer in the sacredness of the feminine and a higher Benevolent Being that transcends gender. I hope this does not offend anyone.

wee_ginga_yin
12-23-2012, 10:09 AM
Bright Lights Big City stole my baby's heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Jp1PhLT4o

myrnaukelele
12-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Really, I should be packing as we leave for Philadelphia in just a few hours. This was done in a hurry since it is the only chance I'll have to enter this week. Set to a tune by one of the greatest composers of all time- Duke Ellington - What Am I Here For? Chords were simplified and changed a bit to fit the words.

http://youtu.be/3w4L9boLBaA
Peace on Earth! And great joy to you all in the coming New Year~

Tootler
12-23-2012, 10:37 AM
Tootler - I have changed one word in the last verse to "Goddess" (instead of the more patriarchal God). I am a firm believer in the sacredness of the feminine and a higher Benevolent Being that transcends gender. I hope this does not offend anyone.

I think I can cope with that :)

Tootler
12-23-2012, 10:50 AM
More interesting entries;

@xommen: A U2 song melody, what a surprise. That said, it worked well and I liked the two bonus tracks that followed which showed a development of your interpretation.

@we_ginga_yin Very creative with more NASA footage. Very interesting use of overdubbing to echo the words.

@myrnaukulele: Very well done. As usual, you caress the song. The Ellington melody with the sweet bells chorus was a good touch. Have a good trip.

Tootler
12-23-2012, 11:47 AM
Entries playlist updated and bonus playlist created:

Entries Playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDS9PJ8Yc1N_HqpOEoOFJ_2)

Bonus Playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDGAtjbjk8bjZw-jfvW7j3D)

Rob (WGY), I've put your version in the bonus playlist as it did not visually feature you playing ukulele

xommen
12-23-2012, 12:35 PM
More interesting entries;
@xommen: A U2 song melody, what a surprise. That said, it worked well and I liked the two bonus tracks that followed which showed a development of your interpretation.


Thanks Geoff, I actually started out with the idea of doing a I-V-vi-IV progression to it, but that did not work for me, and then this song/melody came to mind.
I would love it when somebody would prove that I-V-vi-IV can be done, that I could not do it, certainly does not mean it can't be done ;).

PatriciaPDX
12-23-2012, 12:39 PM
This is my entry, set to the tune of "Love Me Tender." I wanted to mention that later in the video I say that I have to sit close enough to see the words but it's obvious I have a pair of glasses on my head; however, they're only a prop.
Here we are:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUd9C-bUCDY&feature=youtu.be

Thanks, as usual, for the opportunity!

CountryMouse
12-23-2012, 01:15 PM
This is my entry, set to the tune of "Love Me Tender." I wanted to mention that later in the video I say that I have to sit close enough to see the words but it's obvious I have a pair of glasses on my head; however, they're only a prop.
Here we are:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUd9C-bUCDY&feature=youtu.be

Thanks, as usual, for the opportunity!

Beautiful! It is soothing. What a great setting for these words!

CountryMouse

~dave~~wave~
12-23-2012, 01:59 PM
Los Lobos is one of my favorite bands, this is a song from their masterwork album Kiko which was released in 1992. They're touring in honor of it's 20th anniversary, if you get a chance to see them live, don't miss it.

I found the tab for the guitar riff the song is based on, which uses a dropped C open tuning.
Lo and behold, when I tried it on my low g tenor strung with Worth extra heavies, it worked for me.

The bottom string is tuned to C a full octave below conventional uke middle C.

Had to resort to the looping pedal, no way I have the chops to sing and play the riff together.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZUr--bfZyw



Uke Tuning low tenor: C A D G (Dropped C)


G|------------------------------0--------------|
D|-------0-------0-----------0--------3---3--0-|
A|----0-----0h3-----3---0h2--------2---(0)-----|
C|1h2------------------------------------------|


Yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah Peace to the world

I see a baby in a crib
Reaching up for Mama's arms
Love is rising in their hearts - oh yeah

There's a man standing on the street
Shouting loud above the crowd
Saying amen to everyone one around - oh yeah

I see a man who loved his land
Laying lifeless on the ground
He said the time is now
To bring peace to the world

We build a wall of stone
As high as the trees are tall
Higher then the mountains
Stronger then us all - oh yeah

Some day that wall will crumble
Tumble and fall, the sun will shine
And bring peace to us all

CountryMouse
12-23-2012, 05:45 PM
I stayed very traditional...I think I'm just not very imaginative, but I wanted to get this done while there was still time!


http://youtu.be/EDsh6emgIMc

CountryMouse

pabrizzer
12-23-2012, 06:21 PM
Los Lobos is one of my favorite bands, this is a song from their masterwork album Kiko which was released in 1992.


So good ~dave~~ So good!
I am going to get me one of them looping gizmos one day.

Wongo
12-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Bright Lights Big City stole my baby's heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Jp1PhLT4o

That was awesome. What a truly fantastic job all round

Tootler
12-24-2012, 04:51 AM
Coming along nicely.

@PatriciaPDX: That worked very well. Sometimes you need to use two verses to get through the tune. We have a version we did in a gig recently where we did that to a Morris Dance Tune.

@~Dave~~Wave: Peace to the World by Los Lobos. Very well done. The looper is certainly effective. I keep thinking I should invest in one - when funds permit. I also like the U-bass. It has a good sound.

@Country Mouse: To Joy to the World - Good choice. Worked well and I liked the harmonies. They were very effective.

Jazzbanjorex
12-24-2012, 05:51 AM
Oh I had to jump on this one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yinD1fx_zWY&feature=youtu.be
Hope you enjoy.
Rex

bbbannister
12-24-2012, 08:45 AM
Loving the weeks season. It's like a cool mash up theme again. Inspired choice.

Mine's work in progress waiting to see whether Father Christmas delivers a harmonica with hands free kit :-)

Bob.

pabrizzer
12-24-2012, 09:39 AM
Oh I had to jump on this one!
Hope you enjoy.
Rex
Gee Rex, I came SO close to choosing good old Gilligan.
Good uke playing with the effortless key changes and all. Good singing too (although sounding a bit Russian).
It adds a "Life of Brian" (Monty Python) feel to the proceedings.

Jazzbanjorex
12-24-2012, 10:43 AM
Gee Rex, I came SO close to choosing good old Gilligan.
Good uke playing with the effortless key changes and all. Good singing too (although sounding a bit Russian).
It adds a "Life of Brian" (Monty Python) feel to the proceedings.

I was afraid that you were going to do Gilligan. We seem to be on the same frequency. It was kinda my bad Patric Stewart voice.
I had developed a music sheet of Gilligan's Island for the club to teach barr chords and modulation change so I adapted it here.
Rex

FiL
12-24-2012, 11:06 AM
This is a great theme Geoff! I've never heard this song before (and I still haven't heard a "proper" version of it), but it took about ten minutes to come up with a chord progression and melody for it, with a bit of an assist from "Rivers of Babylon".


http://youtu.be/njj2G9_gEPM

Merry Christmas to all my fellow Seasonistas!

- FiL

000Kanaka000
12-24-2012, 11:19 AM
This is GREAT !!!!! Loved it.



Oh I had to jump on this one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yinD1fx_zWY&feature=youtu.be
Hope you enjoy.
Rex

pabrizzer
12-24-2012, 12:05 PM
This is a great theme Geoff! I've never heard this song before (and I still haven't heard a "proper" version of it), but it took about ten minutes to come up with a chord progression and melody for it, with a bit of an assist from "Rivers of Babylon".
Merry Christmas to all my fellow Seasonistas!

- FiL

Real good job on this FiL. I really enjoyed the "folksie" feel with the addition of the harmonica.

FiL
12-24-2012, 12:40 PM
Real good job on this FiL. I really enjoyed the "folksie" feel with the addition of the harmonica.

Thank you, pa! I'm very much a work-in-progress on the harmonica, but it helps make up for my lack of soloing skills on the uke.

- FiL

peewee
12-24-2012, 01:48 PM
Hi All
Thanks Geoff! Haven't reviewed entries (except for Gillihgan's Shepherds, that was epic!) but managed to sneak this into the scheduled gift wrapping hour today. I think I will have the only go-go dancing elf so far:


http://youtu.be/C7ZM_qPklio

I woke up with the idea of a mega macho rock medley, one tune per verse, Satisfaction, Smoke on the Water, Seven Nation Army, Louie Louie..then I just couldn't shake the family!

Jazzbanjorex
12-24-2012, 05:25 PM
This is GREAT !!!!! Loved it.

Thank you.

Joko
12-24-2012, 08:10 PM
Celebrating Christmas and the long loving relationship between man and sheep...


http://youtu.be/x-md4rTBFJ8

wee_ginga_yin
12-24-2012, 09:43 PM
A bonus track that I recorded for the "heaven and hell week" but never posted to the seasons.
The "shepherds" song is about someone coming down from heaven... this song is about someone
going up to heaven.

The story goes that Ray LaMontagne wrote this song after the deaths of Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV3pLBRbG0U#!).
You just discover you have a friend... then they are gone.

I am not sure about the theology of the song. Bad theology and bad lives often go together,
and everytime a pop star kicks the bucket then the bromide that is served up is that they will
be up in heaven jammin' with Jimi and Janis... whereas the truth of the matter is that Jimi will
have Karen Carpenter backing him up on drums.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMJBwr5G5yA

wee_ginga_yin
12-25-2012, 04:07 AM
Christmas card from a hooker from Minneapolis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NVb3gRaqnk

we tigers
12-25-2012, 05:10 AM
Here's our entry. Quite a challenge it was! After a daylong search we found a suitable song in our vast music collection. It's called Cookie Bay by The High Llamas from 1999.
The High Llamas was basically one man, Sean O'Hagan, with a love for Brazilian jazz and Bossa Nova. We had to rewrite some of the chords to make it fit on the four strings of the ukulele. That's more or less the reason why Michael's looking at the floor; sneaking a peak on his notes on these crazy complicated chords.
We did a little mulittracking towards the end with some hand claps, bells and vocals.

Thank you for watching and Merry Christmas!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44kilezHu0I

Raygf
12-25-2012, 05:31 AM
Here's our entry. Quite a challenge it was! After a daylong search we found a suitable song in our vast music collection. It's called Cookie Bay by The High Llamas from 1999.
The High Llamas was basically one man, Sean O'Hagan, with a love for Brazilian jazz and Bossa Nova. We had to rewrite some of the chords to make it fit on the four strings of the ukulele. That's more or less the reason why Michael's looking at the floor; sneaking a peak on his notes on these crazy complicated chords.
We did a little mulittracking towards the end with some hand claps, bells and vocals.

Thank you for watching and Merry Christmas!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44kilezHu0I

BRAVO! Well done! I'd love a chord chart for this.

000Kanaka000
12-25-2012, 05:34 AM
OK here it is If the Sheppards Watched thier Flocks by Night next to the Rabbit Hole
and Gracie Slick.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnqRJ1stXwc

we tigers
12-25-2012, 05:39 AM
BRAVO! Well done! I'd love a chord chart for this.

the chord chart is home-made so expect pencil squiggles on a few pieces of paper... I'll take a few photographs and send you a pm. If I can find the time during the Christmas madness...

Tootler
12-25-2012, 06:28 AM
Wow!

This Season is producing some really interesting entries. You folks are really rising to the challenge and producing some superb entries.

I have just updated the entries playlist - escaped upstairs for half an hour but have to go back down.

I will update the bonus playlist later and post some comments later while the rest of the family are watching the crappy Christmas day evening TV :old:

Tootler
12-25-2012, 09:43 AM
Some comments on the most recent entries;

@Jazzbanjorex: Very good, liked this. I'm not familiar with Gilligans Island though the tune was vaguely familiar.

@Fil: An original tune, Very good. Liked the use of the harmonica.

@peewee: Very good. Definitely a cuteness point for the dancer.

@Joko: Loved this. Not quite sure what to call the style. Sounds like rock to me.

@We Tigers: Really liked this. Liked the Brazilian Style. What key were you in? From watching Saskia on her Glock, it looked like Eb. No wonder you had awkward chords.

@000Kanaka000: Wow! Loved it. Very atmospheric and the reverb added to the overall effect.

@wee_ginga_yin: Two bonus tracks. Powerful songs both of them. The idea of Jimi Hendrix backed by Karen Carpenter on drums was an interesting thought. Who will play bass I wonder? Vacancy just now waiting for Paul McCartney perhaps?

I've updated the bonus playlist. Links for both playlists on the first post.

pabrizzer
12-25-2012, 10:37 AM
Here's our entry. Quite a challenge it was! After a daylong search we found a suitable song in our vast music collection. It's called Cookie Bay by The High Llamas from 1999.
The High Llamas was basically one man, Sean O'Hagan, with a love for Brazilian jazz and Bossa Nova. We had to rewrite some of the chords to make it fit on the four strings of the ukulele. That's more or less the reason why Michael's looking at the floor; sneaking a peak on his notes on these crazy complicated chords.
We did a little mulittracking towards the end with some hand claps, bells and vocals.

Thank you for watching and Merry Christmas!

Love the jazz chords and feel guys, and done with your usual very high standard of performance. The over dubs and harmonies at end were so well done. Faultless really!

wee_ginga_yin
12-25-2012, 08:07 PM
Some comments on the most recent entries;

@wee_ginga_yin: Two bonus tracks. Powerful songs both of them. The idea of Jimi Hendrix backed by Karen Carpenter on drums was an interesting thought. Who will play bass I wonder? Vacancy just now waiting for Paul McCartney perhaps?

The thought I had was that Jimi was expecting Keith Moon and got Karen Carpenter instead...
I can just imagine her saying "Hit it boys" and launching into "close to you", and leaving Jimi
totally perplexed with his fingers fixed on a power chord that he just can't play.

Whether it be "Hooker from Minneapolis" or "Fairytale in New York" which you did,
both songs are ultimately about the search to connect... hoping for a touch of human
kindness.

Hooker is a difficult song to play because none of the lines seem to rhyme. I have
heard tell it is based on a poem by Bukowski... so that explains a lot regarding the
low life imagery.

bbbannister
12-26-2012, 08:04 AM
Hi All

Hope you are having a good break.

Here's my version to Dylans Make you feel my love tune. Complete with my Christmas present Hands free harmonica!


http://youtu.be/0CVGF9kHEtM

BobB

strumsilly
12-26-2012, 09:59 AM
Hope all had a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and tune filled New year. great challenge, this song popped into my head, and I think it sort of worked. In the interest of full disclosure, that is not a real fire, it is streamed from Amazon! it is however, a real fireplace, in the bedroom of our new house. I hope to light a real fire when I figure out how to open the flue.

http://youtu.be/xyPrlzRUfEo

decaturcomp
12-26-2012, 03:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg4S6HPysE8&sns=em

pabrizzer
12-26-2012, 03:16 PM
decatucomp
What have you done to the uke? It sounds great in this clip and I love the pick / strum.
Good singing too! Melody yours?
Really liked this one.

This season is turning out much more interesting than I expected. Good one, Tootler!

decaturcomp
12-26-2012, 07:19 PM
decatucomp
What have you done to the uke? It sounds great in this clip and I love the pick / strum.
Good singing too! Melody yours?
Really liked this one.

Thank you. It's a baritone strung and tuned reentrant high G and capoed at the third fret. I improvised the tune as I played each time and this was the third try.
This season is turning out much more interesting than I expected. Good one, Tootler![/QUOTE]

Tootler
12-27-2012, 12:34 AM
My daughter & family are setting off home this afternoon. I should be able to check the recent entries later on.

decaturcomp
12-27-2012, 03:07 AM
Now this just works a treat for me.
A match made in Heaven.
Great delivery, too.
My compliments to you and to that Zimmerman kid you mentioned.


It took less than 30 minutes from reading the challenge to getting this first take in the can. Just came to me reading the lyric in iambic pentameter.

Nifty challenge, Geoff.

Tune written in 1962 by a Jewish lad from the frozen north of Hibbing, Minnesota, one Robert Allen Zimmerman.

Tootler
12-27-2012, 10:09 AM
Some more excellent entries:

@bbbannister: Another version to a tune by Mr. Zimmerman. He seems to be good at providing tunes for this hymn. Nice job and liked the harmonica work, just set it all off nicely.

@strumsilly: This one was really suitable. Nice peaceful sound and some excellent picking. Fire effect was pretty good too.

@decaturcomp: An original tune? This one was good and more excellent picking. Different style but just as effective.#

Entries playlist updated.

ukuleledaveey
12-27-2012, 12:13 PM
Hi all well here is my entry,sung to that Cockney classic "London Girls" by Chas n Dave


http://youtu.be/aCF_UzEezWY

thesillydave
12-27-2012, 07:02 PM
Happy holidays seasonistas! i tried to do this song to the tune of ' hot tamales, get them while their red hot'


http://youtu.be/YTb1-hRDlWo

Merry Christmas and happy new years to everyone!

000Kanaka000
12-27-2012, 09:57 PM
This is a great season --- so many videos and so many different flavors ---
a real smorgasbord of choices. Love these challenges that one has to think
outside of the box to participate in.

Tootler
12-28-2012, 04:15 AM
They keep coming in. Given it's a holiday time, you folks are doing the seasons proud by producing entries.

@ukulele daveey: To Chas and Dave and the Sweet Chiming Bells Chorus. Nicely done Daveey. Your natural accent is right for this as well. Nice touch with the kazoo; suits the Chas and Dave style.

@TheSillyDave: Congrats on the new uke. The banjo uke very nicely suits your choice of tune.

Playlist updated.

decaturcomp
12-28-2012, 04:46 AM
Here's the failed first attempt with the baritone gCEA, capoed setup. Improvising while reading lyrics worked until the last quatrain, but then....
So this is a bonus and please don't deduct points for it, mmmkay?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYmeb40cqjo

pabrizzer
12-28-2012, 10:19 AM
Here's the failed first attempt with the baritone gCEA, capoed setup. Improvising while reading lyrics worked until the last quatrain, but then....
So this is a bonus and please don't deduct points for it, mmmkay?
But that was just beautifully done as well!
Second last chord did detract a little (and the look on your face showed your disappointment) but the last chord fixed it:)

~dave~~wave~
12-28-2012, 02:59 PM
Wow, who could have predicted the variety of melodies this challenge engendered, what fun!


Entries playlist updated.

Not to quibble, but shouldn't wee ginga's Dub Tango be on the official entries rather than the bonus playlist?

wee_ginga_yin
12-28-2012, 09:59 PM
Wow, who could have predicted the variety of melodies this challenge engendered, what fun!



Not to quibble, but shouldn't wee ginga's Dub Tango be on the official entries rather than the bonus playlist?

Naw!!! I broke the rules and I didn't feature the Ukulele upfront, so I abide by Geoff's decision. No biggie.

You can't always get what you want or even what you need... a sad christmas tale (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVdBrI30jRs)

~dave~~wave~
12-29-2012, 02:02 AM
Naw!!! I broke the rules and I didn't feature the Ukulele upfront, so I abide by Geoff's decision. No biggie.


Ah, I understand. Visually upfront, not just audibly.

Certainly our gracious host's call to make... :o

Barbablanca
12-29-2012, 04:06 AM
OK, I had this idea at the beginning of the week and didn't get time till now. It was inspired by one line in the original, can you guess which?


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

I was on tenterhooks all week in case someone else did this. I also think it does the I V VI IV thing too, doesn't it? ;)

elmann
12-29-2012, 05:26 AM
Most impressive for me is Love me tender. Wow!

Kind of talking blues about the story on Maccaferri Islander.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1YXbYvmjWk

strumsilly
12-29-2012, 05:34 AM
[QUOTE=Barbablanca;1136414

I was on tenterhooks all week in case someone else did this. I also think it does the I V VI IV thing too, doesn't it? ;)[/QUOTE]

Ha, I was going to do a reggae originally , but then Violets of Dawn popped into my head, I'm glad I didn't, yours was much better. well done.

mattydee
12-29-2012, 08:48 AM
As soon as I realized the angel who appears in this tale is the Angel Gabriel, I knew I needed a swinging tune like this one. Banana Split For My Baby by Louis Prima.


http://youtu.be/-5r4_yqmhXE

Tootler
12-29-2012, 12:13 PM
Here's the failed first attempt with the baritone gCEA, capoed setup. Improvising while reading lyrics worked until the last quatrain, but then....
So this is a bonus and please don't deduct points for it, mmmkay?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYmeb40cqjo

Apart from the penultimate chord going wrong this sounded really good


OK, I had this idea at the beginning of the week and didn't get time till now. It was inspired by one line in the original, can you guess which?

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

I was on tenterhooks all week in case someone else did this. I also think it does the I V VI IV thing too, doesn't it? ;)

I loved this one the reggae beat was very effective And I liked the way you worked the sweet chiming bells chorus.


Most impressive for me is Love me tender. Wow!

Kind of talking blues about the story on Maccaferri Islander.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1YXbYvmjWk

A newcomer to the seasons, I believe. Welcome and an excelent first entry. Hope to see more in the future.


As soon as I realized the angel who appears in this tale is the Angel Gabriel, I knew I needed a swinging tune like this one. Banana Split For My Baby by Louis Prima.

http://youtu.be/fcXAQBDOWZE

Loved this one Matty. I thought the 'trumpet' vocalisations were very effective. It reminded me of Louis Prima as the king of the apes in the Jungle Book!

pabrizzer
12-29-2012, 01:32 PM
It reminded me of Louis Prima as the king of the apes in the Jungle Book!

That's a compliment, right?:)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-29-2012, 02:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-U1DFaa6j0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Terrific challenge this Season, Geoff.
The tune is "Maui" from Chas. K. Hopkins' "Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs", arranged by the great Earnest Ka'ai.
And for what it's worth, this video's setting is a kitchen in Paia, a small town on Maui, Hawaii.

Tootler
12-29-2012, 08:30 PM
That's a compliment, right?:)

definitely. In the song 'I'm the king of the swingers' which Louis Prima sang, in the trumpet solo, the king of the apes pursed his lips as if he was vocalising the solo. That song has to be one my favourite moments in the film. It was done with great panache.

bbbannister
12-29-2012, 09:57 PM
Here's the failed first attempt with the baritone gCEA, capoed setup. Improvising while reading lyrics worked until the last quatrain, but then....
So this is a bonus and please don't deduct points for it, mmmkay?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYmeb40cqjo

Thought this was really nice. I hadn't realised you could tune a Baritone to gcea. Hmm, sounded great.

Tootler
12-30-2012, 10:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-U1DFaa6j0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Terrific challenge this Season, Geoff.
The tune is "Maui" from Chas. K. Hopkins' "Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs", arranged by the great Earnest Ka'ai.
And for what it's worth, this video's setting is a kitchen in Paia, a small town on Maui, Hawaii.

That was lovely Ralf. I liked the simple accompaniment.

Seeing the sun shining through the window makes me envious. Here, I am in the middle of a dreary, dark UK winter nursing the end of a particularly bad winter cough & cold. Not been much snow this year but much rain. Much much rain.

Playlists updated:
Season 45 Entries playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDS9PJ8Yc1N_HqpOEoOFJ_2)
Season 45 Bonus tracks playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDGAtjbjk8bjZw-jfvW7j3D)

Please check I have yours and PM me if I have missed you out.

Tootler
12-30-2012, 11:07 PM
Season 45 of the ukulele is now officially ended.

There were 20 entries which is pretty good considering it was Christmas.

we tigers
12-30-2012, 11:41 PM
It was a great season, Geoff! It proved to be a real challenge as well! Thanks for hosting another fun week.

peewee
12-31-2012, 06:18 AM
Great one Geoff, thanks for taking the time out of your holidays, I know it was impossible to get much free time on my end!
on to 2013.

decaturcomp
01-03-2013, 04:18 PM
Very nice, yes. As Peewee said, a wonderful season. Thanks Geoff and Seasonistas one and all.

Tootler
01-04-2013, 05:49 AM
I'm glad you folks enjoyed the season. I'm hoping to go looking for certificate blanks soon to create some certificates for all those great entries. I'm afraid I've got a bit behind because I caught a rather nasty cough between Christmas and New Year and I am still recovering. My wife and daughter have also come down with it but we're more or less on the mend now, so I hope to deal with this soon.

000Kanaka000
01-05-2013, 09:04 AM
Really hope yours passes much quicker than mine hung on...

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
01-05-2013, 09:47 AM
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Geoff.

I finally got a chance to enjoy the playlist last night. What an amazing Season. Interesting to see and hear how the meaning of the song (or at least its emotional impact) can be drastically different depending on the musical setting. Thanks, all!

ukuleledaveey
02-14-2013, 10:31 AM
Have the winners ever been announced for this week ??? just curious :)

Tootler
02-16-2013, 08:13 AM
Have the winners ever been announced for this week ??? just curious :)

Sorry Daveey. Guilty as charged.

I'm afraid the period after Christmas was not the best of times one way and another, so dealing with this kinda got put on the back burner. I've not forgotten and things are finally settling down so I will get around to it.

ukuleledaveey
02-16-2013, 12:39 PM
No worries Geoff :) i wasnt hassling,just curious, i was laying in bed the other night and it popped into my head, hope your better now mate, i know there has been loads of bugs and viruses since december, all the best from me :)

we tigers
03-03-2013, 12:03 AM
I'm a bit curious as well...