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strumsilly
01-27-2013, 06:20 AM
I'm on pins and needles for this weeks challenge, so what's it going to be then?

chrimess
01-27-2013, 06:45 AM
It's called the Bermuda triangle challenge, get it?


I'm on pins and needles for this weeks challenge, so what's it going to be then?

we tigers
01-27-2013, 06:47 AM
I'm kind of curious as well! Haven't been able to take part these last two weeks, so I hope it's something we can do something with...

strumsilly
01-27-2013, 06:50 AM
It's called the Bermuda triangle challenge, get it?
oh, very clever Elvis, it disappears. so it really doesn't matter what we do, the posts will magically disappear anyway.

GinnyT11
01-27-2013, 06:57 AM
Maybe the challenge is to do an Elvis song...

Barbablanca
01-27-2013, 06:58 AM
I was just wondering the same thing! The Topic is normally published by now,isn't it?

chrimess
01-27-2013, 07:08 AM
Or uncle cracker...

Maybe the challenge is to do an Elvis song...

GinnyT11
01-27-2013, 07:45 AM
Shall we make it a no-host bar week---no host comments, no judging, no prizes---with songs by Elvis?

Drew might have word from UE, but if Drew agrees with the suggestion, maybe he could start the thread.

barefootgypsy
01-27-2013, 08:03 AM
Lots of Seasonistas chomping at the bit.......

peewee
01-27-2013, 08:12 AM
Lots of Seasonistas chomping at the bit.......

Chomp Chomp Chomp

This harness tastes like bit.

C'mon UE, I won't have much time off this week except this morning!

chrimess
01-27-2013, 08:14 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnB5se5D2eQ&sns=emWhile waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

Wongo
01-27-2013, 08:31 AM
While waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

Pretty tasty licks. Nice idea

peewee
01-27-2013, 08:34 AM
Nice one Christian. Let's make it free-for-all-week!

ukuleledaddy
01-27-2013, 08:37 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnB5se5D2eQ&sns=emWhile waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.
Christian, that was superb! I'm constantly amazed by the talent showcased in the Seasons.

Dan Uke
01-27-2013, 09:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnB5se5D2eQ&sns=emWhile waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

I knew you played the guitar but I didn't know you were this good!!! Perfect title and I can totally imagine that music playing as people cautiously travel on the Kyber Pass

pootsie
01-27-2013, 09:43 AM
came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

Lovely! Very very nice

Tootler
01-27-2013, 09:44 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnB5se5D2eQ&sns=em
While waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

Wow! That was quite something.

We are still lacking a host.

Has Drew a plan B, I wonder?

myrnaukelele
01-27-2013, 09:48 AM
Let's all post Elvis songs until UE takes over.
Bonus songs this week: anything ELVIS! :)

barefootgypsy
01-27-2013, 10:10 AM
Let's all post Elvis songs until UE takes over.
Bonus songs this week: anything ELVIS! :)Sounds good to me....... Myna start the ball rolling?

strumsilly
01-27-2013, 10:36 AM
WOOHOO, i'M FIRST
http://youtu.be/mOqKSJXTX-E

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 10:52 AM
Coming today. Promise...

Sorry... i've been INSANE!

strumsilly
01-27-2013, 10:53 AM
Well , since the host is probably ppsyching himself up[binge drinking] for a grueling season, I'll start the comments. Chrimess, what can I say. it reminded me of Jefferson Starship, without the annoying vocals, well done. you look much smaller playing that instrument
Strumsilly, wow, have you been taking voice lessons. best ever! top notch, top shelf ...

chrimess
01-27-2013, 10:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4B4gaYuls&sns=emElvis it is:

barefootgypsy
01-27-2013, 10:56 AM
WOOHOO, i'M FIRSTI was an Elvis fan from the age of eight - and that was one of my earliest favourite Elvis songs! Beautiful........can't beat a bit of Elvis..... :D

barefootgypsy
01-27-2013, 11:02 AM
Elvis it is:Lovely Uke-ing there... Danke schon ....keeping that Seasons ball rolling! Beautiful!

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 11:17 AM
Done and done... sorry for the delay!

wee_ginga_yin
01-27-2013, 11:18 AM
I knew you played the guitar but I didn't know you were this good!!! Perfect title and I can totally imagine that music playing as people cautiously travel on the Kyber Pass

That opening section had a very similar vibe to the Celtic Groove first performed by Luther Blissett. The great Luther Blisset was most famous for his unusual guitar tunings. It was said that when Eric Clapton picked up Blissett's guitar and tried to play it he found it impossible because it was not tuned in the normal way, For all of his instrumentals Blissett tuned his guitar differently which made it extremely difficult to emulate his style.

He was also an exponent of incorporating found sounds into his music, rumbling steam rollers, lift doors opening and closing, furniture falling down stairs. It was said that John Cage took his inspiration for some of his own music when he saw Blissett saw his guitar in half during a performance.

More infamous than Cage's 4' 33" was Cage's composition for grand piano and chain saw. Cage wanted to compose a piece of music that would be unique, that it could only be played once and never repeated, and from Blissett he found the inspiration.

Both Ry Cooder and David Lindley have stated that they own a debt of gratitude to Blissett who helped them develop their slide guitar technique, and it was Blissett who produced the seminal recording "Meeting by the river" which saw a fusion of East and West when Cooder played with the Indian guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Here is my attempt to reproduce Celtic Groove with 7 found sounds.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjG79RZHPDc

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 11:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnB5se5D2eQ&sns=emWhile waiting for the half-century season, I messed around with my new Pono parlour a bit and came up with an original composition- hope you like it while we are all waiting for the hound dog.

Ok... you get bonus points for a song with a Bermuda reference (no matter how unintentional!). We have a Khyber Pass here!

Also... wow... that sounded amazing! Well done!

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 11:39 AM
AND, since people are posting vids here, too... and since I'm always one for more interaction between us UUers and Seasonistas new and old and since this will be a double-digit birthday (44),

I'm gonna say...

Let's have another unofficial contest here.

No rules, no restrictions except for "S'gotta be a new video"... end of the week, I'll just pick the song I like the most and give a prize to it.

Also, if y'all want, you do the same! Give a prize to your favorite video in this thread at the end of the week!

ukuloonie
01-27-2013, 11:44 AM
UncleElvis has returned to UkuleleUnderground we have a season 50.
Thanks UncleElvis.

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 11:47 AM
The real contest thread is here:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?76021-50th-Season-of-the-Ukulele-Uncle-Elvis-Week!

ukuloonie
01-27-2013, 11:48 AM
AND, since people are posting vids here, too... and since I'm always one for more interaction between us UUers and Seasonistas new and old and since this will be a double-digit birthday (44),

I'm gonna say...

Let's have another unofficial contest here.



No rules, no restrictions except for "S'gotta be a new video"... end of the week, I'll just pick the song I like the most and give a prize to it.

Also, if y'all want, you do the same! Give a prize to your favorite video in this thread at the end of the week!

This is a cool idea. woohoo
Two Challenges

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 11:49 AM
That opening section had a very similar vibe to the Celtic Groove first performed by Luther Blissett. The great Luther Blisset was most famous for his unusual guitar tunings. It was said that when Eric Clapton picked up Blissett's guitar and tried to play it he found it impossible because it was not tuned in the normal way, For all of his instrumentals Blissett tuned his guitar differently which made it extremely difficult to emulate his style.

He was also an exponent of incorporating found sounds into his music, rumbling steam rollers, lift doors opening and closing, furniture falling down stairs. It was said that John Cage took his inspiration for some of his own music when he saw Blissett saw his guitar in half during a performance.

More infamous than Cage's 4' 33" was Cage's composition for grand piano and chain saw. Cage wanted to compose a piece of music that would be unique, that it could only be played once and never repeated, and from Blissett he found the inspiration.

Both Ry Cooder and David Lindley have stated that they own a debt of gratitude to Blissett who helped them develop their slide guitar technique, and it was Blissett who produced the seminal recording "Meeting by the river" which saw a fusion of East and West when Cooder played with the Indian guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Here is my attempt to reproduce Celtic Groove with 7 found sounds.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjG79RZHPDc

This is just sheer peace. Thank you, sah!

Barbablanca
01-27-2013, 12:47 PM
As I am not really a covers man. I hope I can use this alternative space for an original work this week. Also, dare I say it.... I was never much of an Elvis fan... {Berni has hidden under a concrete slab...} :rolleyes:

UncleElvis
01-27-2013, 12:49 PM
As I am not really a covers man. I hope I can use this alternative space for an original work this week. Also, dare I say it.... I was never much of an Elvis fan... {Berni has hidden under a concrete slab...} :rolleyes:

Go to!

There MAY even be bonus points for references to either Elvis or Bermuda!

chrimess
01-27-2013, 12:58 PM
Altogether too much happening, here! Thanks so much for everyone's kind words, Rob, not only are you astonishingly knowledgeable about music, you are also a great player.
I find Dadgad to be my favourite tuning. On to Elvis' party-had no idea they had a pass of that name onr Island.

Tootler
01-27-2013, 02:17 PM
Like Berni, I was never much of an Elvis fan, but according to this list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_recorded_by_Elvis_Presley) He has recorded an incredibly wide variety of songs, some of which are fairly obscure but many of which are well known from versions by other artists. As a result there is plenty of scope even for someone who is not particularly a fan of Elvis.

myrnaukelele
01-27-2013, 03:49 PM
Happy almost birthday Uncle Elvis! Don't you just love being an Aquarius:cool:
My birthday was Friday. I'm heading into a whole new decade. So I recorded this song ~

http://youtu.be/Jn-e9ZFNjLM

~dave~~wave~
01-28-2013, 03:35 AM
I recorded this yesterday, by the time it was processed the contest thread was up. :D






http://youtu.be/NtYDqVJy0FQ

peewee
01-28-2013, 07:28 AM
Here's an entry for the fake contest (http://youtu.be/R7KrKRQ8phg), Season 50B:
It's a fiddle tune by Mark O'Connor called Appalachia Waltz (http://youtu.be/vguZmqHJ6OA).
A group of my daughter's violin teacher's students performed it recently, with a myself and another dad as the backup rhythm chord men. That got old fast, so I took my limited music reading and arranging skills and a low G uke, along with the sheet music from Mark O'Connor's Violin Method book (http://markoconnor.com/index.php?page=about&family=method&display=1903), and here is the result:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a9a-hzAI5Y

Ukeval
01-29-2013, 03:00 AM
So we can post what we want... here is an irish tune... (who knows if Elvis made a cover of it on an obscure B side ?)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy54RWHCnGc

Joko
01-29-2013, 05:25 AM
Imagine if Elvis did a cover of "On Top of Spaghetti"


http://youtu.be/PXjPEb8Fs-U

GinnyT11
01-29-2013, 06:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khSp8SeSJcw&feature=youtu.be


A island song! With an E chord for Uncle E!

My pitch went walkabout a couple times there, but every later take had a different kind of mistake, so phooey...there it is.

myrnaukelele
01-29-2013, 03:55 PM
A island song! With an E chord for Uncle E!

My pitch went walkabout a couple times there, but every later take had a different kind of mistake, so phooey...there it is.
Yes! Let's hear it for island songs! I may have to dig one out myself...I'm heading off for a short vacation to the Big Island in March.

Barbablanca
01-30-2013, 02:59 AM
I don't think I'm going to get around to doing an Elvis Cover (the only song of his I love is "In the Ghetto") - so here is one for this, more open, Season 50B.

It was inspired by the sheer number of garbage arguments I have heard in bars of late as to who is to blame for the current crisis, which is biting ever deeper here in Catalonia (and Spain).

I'm giving my Epiphone Les Paul its first public airing here too:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ki12ByxNME&feature=youtube_gdata

BTW there appears to be a glitch at one point on the video. That is not there on the original, it must have been a transference problem. But I'm not sure it is worth having my PC out of action for the 45 minute upload time I would need for a fresh upload. :(

LYRICS:

Blame

Blame the poor, the weak, the needy,
For the shape this world is in.
Blame that immigrant from Mali
With his life affirming grin.
Donít blame the worldís top millionaires
Who each earn a countryís wealth,
And if you blame the Media Barons,
Then you better blame yourself.

Itís easy to apportion blame,
To point the scapegoat out,
Itís easy to invent a tale
That gossips bandy about.
But ask yourself: ďWho stands to gain
When the lies have gone to press?Ē
Do I need to name the names?
Or have you already guessed?

Blame the lost, confused and hopeless,
For the spiritual decline.
Blame that single mum on benefit,
For lack of faith in the divine.
Donít blame the pope, donít blame the priests
Donít remind them of their crimes!
Donít blame their rigid doctrines that
Have not moved with the times. CHORUS

Blame the young school leavers,
For the lack of common sense,
Blame that misinformed young skinhead,
For all this sitting on the fence.
Donít blame the politicians
Who donít live up to their ideals.
Donít blame the fleet street hack who tells us,
How to think, react and feel. CHORUS

wee_ginga_yin
01-30-2013, 05:22 AM
I'm giving my Epiphone Les Paul its first public airing here too:


Woo Hoo I got a dedication :old:

GinnyT11
02-01-2013, 04:05 AM
Let's see more free-for-all songs for Uncle Elvis!

Bring out those tunes you've got in your back pocket that don't seem to fit into any Seasons theme.