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ksiegel
02-02-2013, 06:55 AM
http://youtu.be/oABV68CWHo4

Welcome to the 51st Season of the Ukulele on Ukulele Underground!

Strangely sandwiched between the awesome talents of Uncle Elvis and Christian, I'm your host for the week, so Please Bear With me.

Ever since I learned how to use a Record Player - remember those? - Tom Paxton has been a major part of the Soundtrack of My Life. In October 2012, Tom hit the milestone of his 75th birthday, and became one of the Elder Statesmen of Folk Music - a term I'm sure would make him cringe, if he heard it.

So the theme for This Week's contest is - Tom Paxton!

Make a new video of nearly any Tom Paxton Song. There is one glaring exception, but you can do that as a Bonus - his Short-Shelf Life Post-Election songs for the Day After US Election Day from 2000 and 2004.

Here are the rules:
No Multi- tracking, overdubs, or Special Effects on Official Entires. In this case, that includes Reverb. A Green Screen background is acceptable.(All that is fine for Bonus Entires)

The Ukulele must be featured Front And Center, along with the Performer's Face. Masks are discouraged, but not outlawed.

Multiple performers are encouraged. The More, The Merrier - Many of Tom's songs are wonderful as singalongs or harmony vehicles.

Nothing can be posted prior to February 3, 2013, and only bonus videos will be accepted after 2359 Hawaii time on February 10, 2013. The UU Date Stamp will decide any questions.
Prizes? Yeah, we're going to have prizes!

The First Prize Winner gets the choice of One of the Following:

1) Tom Paxton: The Honor Of Your Company
The life and music of one of America's modern folk music legends as told in his own words, and more than 85 songs. (c) 2000

2) Tom Paxton: Ramblin' Boy and other songs
(c) 1965 - more than 40 songs

3) The Kazoobie Wazoo -The Excessively Loud Kazoo

Second Place gets to choose from the remaining two items, and third place gets the leftovers.

PLUS! All three winners AND the top 3 Bonus entries get a My-T-Siren whistle - because of course, it always goes whirr when it stands still!

So Thanks for putting up with me, and PLEASE!!! Go buy Tom Paxton's CDs!! See Him in Concert when you can. Go to http://www.tompaxton.com/ for Concert Dates, Free Downloads, and more information about one of the nicest people ever in Folk Music !

And remember - His stringed first instrument was the Ukulele!


Entries Playlist (Includes this video) (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0b_W_VxTzR33YjMwkl7J8HPMbY20EQ8Q&feature=view_all)
Bonuses Playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0b_W_VxTzR15hybhC3seIJhYiJQSCbiT&feature=view_all)

GinnyT11
02-02-2013, 09:28 AM
...........

Ukeval
02-02-2013, 09:35 AM
Never heard about him...
He made a song about Sarah Palin.. pro or against ?

ukuloonie
02-02-2013, 09:41 AM
Best read the rules through for this week.

-Nothing can be posted prior to February 3, 2013,*

-No Multi- tracking, overdubs, or Special Effects on Official Entires. In this case, that includes Reverb.

-A Green Screen background is acceptable.(All that is fine for Bonus Entires)

-The Ukulele must be featured Front And Center, along with the Performer's Face. Masks are discouraged, but not outlawed.

-Multiple performers are encouraged. The More, The Merrier - Many of Tom's songs are wonderful as singalongs or harmony vehicles.

-and only bonus videos will be accepted after 2359 Hawaii time on February 10, 2013.

Each host does have slightly different rulz and can edit them when needed.
Thanks guys.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-02-2013, 09:58 AM
Never heard about him...
He made a song about Sarah Palin.. pro or against ?

SARAH PALIN
By Tom Paxton

She was for the Bridge To Nowhere, then she wasn’t;
There are those who think truth matters, but she doesn’t.
Seeing Russia from her back porch
Means she knows foreign relations,
And it’s only left-wing media
Who ask for explanations.
Eastern liberals ask questions so obtuse;
They don’t have the sense to field-dress a moose.
But, if you’re buying Sarah Palin, let me tell ya,
That I have a Bridge To Nowhere I can sell ya.

Ukeval
02-02-2013, 10:48 AM
Thanks ;-)

Hippie Dribble
02-02-2013, 11:10 AM
what a wonderful, wonderful theme. With you on Tom Paxton, Kurt. My first introduction to him was through Pete Seeger's 'Rainbow Quest' tv show, around 65-66 (several episodes have since been re-released on DVD). He interviews a very very young Paxton and Pete is overflowing with praise and enthusiasm for his music. I know he has recorded a number of Tom Paxton's songs over the years. Can't wait to hear which tunes everyone covers...

TCK
02-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Somehow this fellow has managed to slip completely beneath the radar for me...thank you for the introduction. I am finding I love him nearly as much as Lehrer, and that I now want to learn all his songs.
Gonna be a long week ;)

Joko
02-02-2013, 12:40 PM
My first introduction to him was through Pete Seeger's 'Rainbow Quest' tv show, around 65-66

Uh... From your videos, Jon, I guessed you were at most in your mid-40's... Far too young to remember TV from the mid-sixties. Am I that far off or are you just that well-preserved? Something in the Tasmanian water, perhaps.

I am boning up on my Tom Paxton discography and I think I've found a song that speaks to a topic of the day (here in the USA anyways) quite appropriately.

Tom was also really impressive as a complimentary player to the first Bulls dynasty...

http://hoopedia.nba.com/images/5/5b/Paxson2.jpg

Err wait, I'm thinking of John Paxton. Err.. Paxson.. whatever.

chrimess
02-02-2013, 12:52 PM
Give her some credit, guys, for all the creativity she has inspired-not just Paxton and SNL but also the largely underrated movuie 'Nailin' Pailin'.



SARAH PALIN
By Tom Paxton

She was for the Bridge To Nowhere, then she wasn’t;
There are those who think truth matters, but she doesn’t.
Seeing Russia from her back porch
Means she knows foreign relations,
And it’s only left-wing media
Who ask for explanations.
Eastern liberals ask questions so obtuse;
They don’t have the sense to field-dress a moose.
But, if you’re buying Sarah Palin, let me tell ya,
That I have a Bridge To Nowhere I can sell ya.

Tootler
02-02-2013, 01:06 PM
Tom has some of his short shelf life songs on his website http://www.tompaxton.com/ You can download them for free. You folks in the USA will know which ones are on Kurt's no no list but I like the one about Tinky Winky which I've heard him do a couple of times in concerts over here.

Sod the early start. Here's a bonus I recorded recently though not for the seasons. I have both the books Kurt is offering as prizes and, as far as I can see, it's not in either but it is on his album "Ain't that news"

http://youtu.be/qEd1b7zFnnI

barefootgypsy
02-02-2013, 01:31 PM
What a great theme, I was introduced to Tom Paxton's music by a hippy poet boyfriend in the folk clubs of the late 60's - I'm really looking forward to this week! And after Elvis, too..... icing on the cake....... thanks, Kurt!

Dan Uke
02-02-2013, 02:32 PM
I have never heard of him and this week is really busy so I will submit a bonus as it's not Sunday yet. In honor of Kurt who believes in only one take, here is my bonus song on one take.

I looked up Tom Paxton and the first song that popped up was Buy a Gun for your Son so I picked the next song on youtube. Maybe I'll get around to practicing it more but it just happened to be a good song for Low G.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_795SxEmDdA&feature=youtu.be

pabrizzer
02-02-2013, 04:12 PM
Gee - it's Sunday pm here - but I'll wait for the official start gun.
IMHO there ^ goes one of his best songs as a start breaking bonus.

Dan Uke
02-02-2013, 05:43 PM
Gee - it's Sunday pm here - but I'll wait for the official start gun.
IMHO there ^ goes one of his best songs as a start breaking bonus.

Please do the song especially if you have a low G!

chrimess
02-02-2013, 06:06 PM
Awesome, tinky winky is the reason the US would not buy the Tubbies for the longest time.


Tom has some of his short shelf life songs on his website http://www.tompaxton.com/ You can download them for free. You folks in the USA will know which ones are on Kurt's no no list but I like the one about Tinky Winky which I've heard him do a couple of times in concerts over here.

Sod the early start. Here's a bonus I recorded recently though not for the seasons. I have both the books Kurt is offering as prizes and, as far as I can see, it's not in either but it is on his album "Ain't that news"

http://youtu.be/qEd1b7zFnnI

ksiegel
02-02-2013, 06:46 PM
Tom has some of his short shelf life songs on his website http://www.tompaxton.com/ You can download them for free. You folks in the USA will know which ones are on Kurt's no no list but I like the one about Tinky Winky which I've heard him do a couple of times in concerts over here.

Sod the early start. Here's a bonus I recorded recently though not for the seasons. I have both the books Kurt is offering as prizes and, as far as I can see, it's not in either but it is on his album "Ain't that news"


Great job, Geoff! I'd forgotten this song!

And funny, as I was putting together the prizes, I kind of figured that you would have both of the books already. (g)


-Kurt

ksiegel
02-02-2013, 06:55 PM
Thanks ;-)

The bonus song I did for Season 47 - "The Bravest" was written by Tom.

He also wrote a wonderful little ditty called "Bottle of Wine", which, while in France, one of his daughters heard described as "An Old French Folk Song".

He now does a verse - en Francais - during his shows.

Not making any suggestions, but...


-Kurt

ksiegel
02-02-2013, 06:57 PM
Give her some credit, guys, for all the creativity she has inspired-not just Paxton and SNL but also the largely underrated movuie 'Nailin' Pailin'.

There was a movie with Sarah Palin as a carpenter?

ksiegel
02-02-2013, 06:59 PM
Gee - it's Sunday pm here - but I'll wait for the official start gun.
IMHO there ^ goes one of his best songs as a start breaking bonus.

As long as it is Sunday where you are, Pa, then you can start.

And I agree with Dan - let us hear you take on this one!

-Kurt

ksiegel
02-02-2013, 07:01 PM
I have never heard of him and this week is really busy so I will submit a bonus as it's not Sunday yet. In honor of Kurt who believes in only one take, here is my bonus song on one take.

I looked up Tom Paxton and the first song that popped up was Buy a Gun for your Son so I picked the next song on youtube. Maybe I'll get around to practicing it more but it just happened to be a good song for Low G.

It is really hard to believe that you'd never heard this song before, and then you did such a great job with it, Dan! Very nice! And that instrument sounds superb!

Also, keep in mind that "Buy a Gun For Your Son" was written in the 60s...

We liberals are an incorrigible bunch...



-Kurt

Dan Uke
02-02-2013, 08:00 PM
It is really hard to believe that you'd never heard this song before, and then you did such a great job with it, Dan! Very nice! And that instrument sounds superb!

Also, keep in mind that "Buy a Gun For Your Son" was written in the 60s...

We liberals are an incorrigible bunch...



-Kurt

HAHA..I'm all for bearing arms but I don't know if I would have written a song.

Songs with 3 chords and not too high are what I like. Looking forward to hearing more songs from him. PLEASE someone else do this song as mine is a bonus and I don't plan on entering.

pabrizzer
02-02-2013, 08:05 PM
HAHA..I'm all for bearing arms but I don't know if I would have written a song.

Songs with 3 chords and not too high are what I like. Looking forward to hearing more songs from him. PLEASE someone else do this song as mine is a bonus and I don't plan on entering.

But it is NOT a pro gun song. It's a beauty too. It was high on my list. Might still do it as a bonus later in the week.

Dan Uke
02-02-2013, 08:40 PM
But it is NOT a pro gun song. It's a beauty too. It was high on my list. Might still do it as a bonus later in the week.

This should prove I have never heard of Tom Paxton!!

coolkayaker1
02-02-2013, 08:44 PM
Outstanding rendition and superb song selection, Daniel.

BTW, did you know someone built a log cabin in your bedroom?


I have never heard of him and this week is really busy so I will submit a bonus as it's not Sunday yet. In honor of Kurt who believes in only one take, here is my bonus song on one take.

I looked up Tom Paxton and the first song that popped up was Buy a Gun for your Son so I picked the next song on youtube. Maybe I'll get around to practicing it more but it just happened to be a good song for Low G.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_795SxEmDdA&feature=youtu.be

pabrizzer
02-03-2013, 12:12 AM
My official entry - but it was a real toss up between the two songs I have recorded.
This is a powerful piece and I have not done it justice - but what a song.

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

pabrizzer
02-03-2013, 12:15 AM
Which makes this song, which I actually did first, a bonus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20i0BOxo-Co

krabbers
02-03-2013, 01:01 AM
I know a few of his songs but didn't know they were his.
We sang rambling boy at my mate Roys funeral on Wednesday.

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 01:04 AM
Which makes this song, which I actually did first, a bonus.

I love Tom Paxton's songs and this is a new one to me.... that's a great rendition, beautifully played and sung! Really well done and thanks for sharing it with us!

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 01:09 AM
My official entry - but it was a real toss up between the two songs I have recorded.
This is a powerful piece and I have not done it justice - but what a song.
Incredible song - so moving, and so beautifully done...... thank you - I loved it.

xommen
02-03-2013, 01:43 AM
I had never heard of Tom Paxton before yesterday, so I also did not know about this song, but I do like it. I't called Hold on to me Babe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRn1zYKSpEk

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 02:02 AM
I had never heard of Tom Paxton before yesterday, so I also did not know about this song, but I do like it. I't called Hold on to me Babe.

Nice one! lovely vocal, nice finger-picking - I think Tom Paxton may be winning a lot of new fans because of this thread!

wee_ginga_yin
02-03-2013, 02:26 AM
It really is bigger than yours. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz6i04IMUBk)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptm3IrIKKt8

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 05:00 AM
http://youtu.be/zf4RLD79EeY

This song takes me back to the folk club I frequented when I was introduced to the folk scene by my (then) boyfriend, in the late 60's when I was 17 and 18....(I didn't marry him, no!) - Tom Paxton was held in the highest regard, deservedly, of course, and thre singers enjoyed doing his songs - we all enjoyed joining in with this one! I've just discovered that he (Tom Paxton) is performing in my town next April - and I can't go! :(

2nd take in this key (G). I just keep lousing up different bits.

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 05:01 AM
My official entry - but it was a real toss up between the two songs I have recorded.
This is a powerful piece and I have not done it justice - but what a song.

You did it justice, Brian.

Very nicely done.


-Kurt

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 05:02 AM
http://youtu.be/zf4RLD79EeY

This song takes me back to the folk club I frequented when I was introduced to the folk scene by my (then) boyfriend, in the late 60's when I was 17 and 18....(I didn't marry him, no!) - Tom Paxton was held in the highest regard, deservedly, of course, and thre singers enjoyed doing his songs - we all enjoyed joining in with this one! I've just discovered that he (Tom Paxton) is performing in my town next April - and I can't go! :(

2nd take in this key (G). I just keep lousing up different bits.

Great job! And NUTS! This was the song Cat'r and I were going to do. Is this off the table now?

CountryMouse

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 05:19 AM
It really is bigger than yours. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz6i04IMUBk)


Okay, I'm not counting the transistions as Special Effects - This was wonderfully laid back!

But where was your puppy?


-Kurt

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 05:19 AM
Great job! And NUTS! This was the song Cat'r and I were going to do. Is this off the table now?

CountryMouseOh, sorry, Countrymouse! I must confess, I was dying to get it in quickly, before someone else did it! But please, as far as I'm concerned, go ahead and do it, it's good to see different versions! And I always enjoy your videos! :D

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 05:24 AM
This song takes me back to the folk club I frequented when I was introduced to the folk scene by my (then) boyfriend, in the late 60's when I was 17 and 18....(I didn't marry him, no!) - Tom Paxton was held in the highest regard, deservedly, of course, and thre singers enjoyed doing his songs - we all enjoyed joining in with this one! I've just discovered that he (Tom Paxton) is performing in my town next April - and I can't go! :(

2nd take in this key (G). I just keep lousing up different bits.

That was Lovely! No matter where you go, if you start singing this song, people will join in. You did a great job of it!


-Kurt

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 05:28 AM
Great job! And NUTS! This was the song Cat'r and I were going to do. Is this off the table now?

CountryMouse

Nope, not off the table! I encourage EVERYONE to do ANY of Tom's songs - as many times as they want to!

I'll be doing a version of the previously mentioned "Short Shelf Life" song form 2000 & 2004 later, and I encourage EVERYONE to submit their own version - which I will attempt to put together into a single video, if I can figure out how to download from YT - either tha or have people just send me the .MOV version, and I'll assemble it from there.



-Kurt

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 05:32 AM
Oh, sorry, Countrymouse! I must confess, I was dying to get it in quickly, before someone else did it! But please, as far as I'm concerned, go ahead and do it, it's good to see different versions! And I always enjoy your videos! :D

Okay, thanks! :)

CountryMouse

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 05:37 AM
Nope, not off the table! I encourage EVERYONE to do ANY of Tom's songs - as many times as they want to!

I'll be doing a version of the previously mentioned "Short Shelf Life" song form 2000 & 2004 later, and I encourage EVERYONE to submit their own version - which I will attempt to put together into a single video, if I can figure out how to download from YT - either tha or have people just send me the .MOV version, and I'll assemble it from there.



-Kurt

Thanks very much, Kurt! Cat'r had not heard of Tom Paxton, so he's gotta practice the chorus a little. :)

I have another Tom Paxton song I already did a video of in August 2010 (but re-uploaded to my covers channel in Feb. 2012--I freak out about possible copyright troubles)--can that be a bonus? Or do you just want to see it for the heck of it?

CountryMouse

wee_ginga_yin
02-03-2013, 05:56 AM
Okay, I'm not counting the transistions as Special Effects - This was wonderfully laid back!

But where was your puppy?

-Kurt


Well here she is as a puppy.

Reina the Great Dane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIFZYNOi3AQ)

She is a bit of a racer. I think that

She does not want to grow up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WUfTrdbml4)

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 06:24 AM
I once asked Tom about doing some of his songs, and he told me to go ahead and do so.

I've also got a message off to a mutual friend, asking if I should forward the playlist to Tom. I'm awaiting the response.


Thanks very much, Kurt! Cat'r had not heard of Tom Paxton, so he's gotta practice the chorus a little. :)

I have another Tom Paxton song I already did a video of in August 2010 (but re-uploaded to my covers channel in Feb. 2012--I freak out about possible copyright troubles)--can that be a bonus? Or do you just want to see it for the heck of it?

CountryMouse

And sure, do the bonus! The more, the merrier!


-Kurt

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 06:46 AM
I once asked Tom about doing some of his songs, and he told me to go ahead and do so.

I've also got a message off to a mutual friend, asking if I should forward the playlist to Tom. I'm awaiting the response.
by Tom, you mean Tom Paxton......wow - that's truly awesome....

Dan Uke
02-03-2013, 07:12 AM
BTW, did you know someone built a log cabin in your bedroom?

My house is like a preschool and always a mess!! I have 8 different paint colors and I'm not even counting the 2 difft bathroom colors. Gonna have to spend a lot of money repainting everything if I ever sell the house. LOL

~dave~~wave~
02-03-2013, 07:58 AM
Thanks for a great theme, Kurt. Tom Paxton is a national treasure.

There used to be something in this country called conscription.
My generation got that ended.

Now our kids don't even know what it means, but because some nuts blew up the Trade Center and there are no jobs in this economy, they go cheerfully marching off to boot camp.
The more things change the more they stay the same.





http://youtu.be/CIgBQ2Ihk9M

Tootler
02-03-2013, 08:51 AM
Great job, Geoff! I'd forgotten this song!

Thanks. It usually goes well when I sing it in a singaround.


And funny, as I was putting together the prizes, I kind of figured that you would have both of the books already. (g)


-Kurt

Yes I've had 'Ramblin' Boy and other songs' a good many years now. I got 'The Honor of Your Company' at a concert here more recengly and got it signed at the same time. The man in front of me, who was having a CD signed, asked Tom about using his songs with his kids (obviously a schoolteacher). Tom's answer answer was - as near as I can remember - 'Of course, my songs are meant to be sung'. That's his attitude. A very approachable man.

Joko
02-03-2013, 08:56 AM
I'm pretty sure this is the first Seasons song I've made with the soprano uke...

You mentioned it previously. Not to delve into politics, but it's fitting tune for right now as guns & laws are being discussed & debated in Washington...

With my usual lil' mess ups here & there:


http://youtu.be/CBnfiR2f0Kg

Tootler
02-03-2013, 08:56 AM
Now for my entry - The song that gives the week its title.


http://youtu.be/iBleYTNGW1A

One of my favourites probably because I had a somewhat nomadic childhood so I feel I relate to it. Also it usually goes well when I sing it out. Great chorus for joining in.

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 09:28 AM
I once asked Tom about doing some of his songs, and he told me to go ahead and do so.

I've also got a message off to a mutual friend, asking if I should forward the playlist to Tom. I'm awaiting the response.



And sure, do the bonus! The more, the merrier!


-Kurt

About a year ago I used YouTube's editing on several of my videos. Big mistake--I suddenly came to their attention and I got notices that several of my songs had copyright claims on them. So I decided to take everything with a copyright date post-1922 and move it to a secondary channel. If anything bad happened, I wouldn't lose *everything*. As I was uploading those songs to the new (covers) channel, several got immediate copyright claims against them; so to avoid problems, I took them down.

So unless I have specific permission from a songwriter (and their publisher), I don't put it on my main channel. I am safe with Amanda Palmer's post-Dresden Dolls songs (I even wrote to her to get permission for "The Ukulele Anthem" and "Lost") and safe with Jonathan Coulton's Creative Commons songs. Also I put covers of songs from YouTube and UU friends on my main channel, since I can get permission from them also.

But since I don't have permission directly from Tom Paxton and his publisher (and can prove it to YouTube), anything I do by him is going on my secondary (covers) channel. It's not the songwriter--it's the publisher. THEY are the ones that come after YouTube, who in turn come after the performer.

Anyway, here is my cover of "Ramblin' Boy". I see I didn't give Tom credit anywhere; but I'm pretty sure that if I edit anything on that song right now, YouTube will see it and come after me. See my song "Art Must Be Free" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQZoRHjkN8Y) on my main channel about my feelings about this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUmF-1OYp1o&list=UUtwNTq5HtCVL8r7mJ79o3jA&index=15

CountryMouse

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 09:38 AM
About a year ago I used YouTube's editing on several of my videos. Big mistake--I suddenly came to their attention and I got notices that several of my songs had copyright claims on them. So I decided to take everything with a copyright date post-1922 and move it to a secondary channel. If anything bad happened, I wouldn't lose *everything*. As I was uploading those songs to the new (covers) channel, several got immediate copyright claims against them; so to avoid problems, I took them down.

So unless I have specific permission from a songwriter (and their publisher), I don't put it on my main channel. I am safe with Amanda Palmer's post-Dresden Dolls songs (I even wrote to her to get permission for "The Ukulele Anthem" and "Lost") and safe with Jonathan Coulton's Creative Commons songs. Also I put covers of songs from YouTube and UU friends on my main channel, since I can get permission from them also.

But since I don't have permission directly from Tom Paxton and his publisher (and can prove it to YouTube), anything I do by him is going on my secondary (covers) channel. It's not the songwriter--it's the publisher. THEY are the ones that come after YouTube, who in turn come after the performer.

Anyway, here is my cover of "Ramblin' Boy". I see I didn't give Tom credit anywhere; but I'm pretty sure that if I edit anything on that song right now, YouTube will see it and come after me. See my song "Art Must Be Free" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQZoRHjkN8Y) on my main channel about my feelings about this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUmF-1OYp1o&list=UUtwNTq5HtCVL8r7mJ79o3jA&index=15

CountryMouseWell - all I can say is, that was really beautiful, vocally and instrumentally - I was looking forward to someone doing that one, and rather hoping it would be one of the ladies! You've made my day!

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 09:44 AM
Thanks for a great theme, Kurt. Tom Paxton is a national treasure.

There used to be something in this country called conscription.
My generation got that ended.

Now our kids don't even know what it means, but because some nuts blew up the Trade Center and there are no jobs in this economy, they go cheerfully marching off to boot camp.
The more things change the more they stay the same.

What a great song! No-one writes a peace song like TP......and you nailed it - excellent! I know a lot of these songs, but not that one - thanks for doing it!

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 09:48 AM
I'm pretty sure this is the first Seasons song I've made with the soprano uke...

You mentioned it previously. Not to delve into politics, but it's fitting tune for right now as guns & laws are being discussed & debated in Washington...

With my usual lil' mess ups here & there:

I make those mess-ups too! I think the more you do this, the less they get, though! Anyway - absolutely ACE! Loved it - a long time since I've heard that one - old friends returning!

strumsilly
02-03-2013, 12:33 PM
Well - all I can say is, that was really beautiful, vocally and instrumentally - I was looking forward to someone doing that one, and rather hoping it would be one of the ladies! You've made my day!
I've been out of town, and when I saw this weeks challenge, I thought of this song, then after I started posting it, I saw it had already been done. oh well, here it is anyway, I should have worn a cute hat.

http://youtu.be/2mQfzV4Naoc

Joko
02-03-2013, 12:54 PM
I should have worn a cute hat.


A good sentiment for everyone, at all times. We all need to wear more cute hats.

Hippie Dribble
02-03-2013, 01:23 PM
bitter and sweet like medicine


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

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 01:36 PM
I've been out of town, and when I saw this weeks challenge, I thought of this song, then after I started posting it, I saw it had already been done. oh well, here it is anyway, I should have worn a cute hat.

http://youtu.be/2mQfzV4Naoc

Great job! Somehow it reminds me of Woodie Guthrie (a Good Thing!) Mine is only a bonus anyway, so no problems. :)

CountryMouse

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 01:37 PM
I had never heard of Tom Paxton before yesterday, so I also did not know about this song, but I do like it. I't called Hold on to me Babe.

Great Job, Wim! Are you sure you'd never heard of Tom before yesterday? Or did you just listen to a lot of songs in a hurray, and pick the one that spoke to you best?


Thanks for a great theme, Kurt. Tom Paxton is a national treasure.

There used to be something in this country called conscription.
My generation got that ended.

Now our kids don't even know what it means, but because some nuts blew up the Trade Center and there are no jobs in this economy, they go cheerfully marching off to boot camp.
The more things change the more they stay the same.



Yes he is, and while we've only met a couple of times, we have several mutual Friends - check out Anne Hills' Paxton Tribute Albnum "The Things I Notice Now" for some more interpretations of Tom's music.


Thanks. It usually goes well when I sing it in a singaround.

Yes I've had 'Ramblin' Boy and other songs' a good many years now. I got 'The Honor of Your Company' at a concert here more recengly and got it signed at the same time. The man in front of me, who was having a CD signed, asked Tom about using his songs with his kids (obviously a schoolteacher). Tom's answer answer was - as near as I can remember - 'Of course, my songs are meant to be sung'. That's his attitude. A very approachable man.

The only time Tom gave me a negative was when I wanted to use the chorus for "The Honor Of Your Company" for the memorial page of the 1995 World Science Fiction Convention in Scotland (Intersection). There were some problems with the copyright at the time, and so we couldn't - but he selt me a postcard with his apology, and said to try it again in 5 years - the problems should be fixed. (Too bad I've stopped going to WorldCons...)


I'm pretty sure this is the first Seasons song I've made with the soprano uke...

You mentioned it previously. Not to delve into politics, but it's fitting tune for right now as guns & laws are being discussed & debated in Washington...

With my usual lil' mess ups here & there:

Politics? In a Tom Paxton Thread? perish the thought! We don't use sarcasm, either!


Now for my entry - The song that gives the week its title.

One of my favourites probably because I had a somewhat nomadic childhood so I feel I relate to it. Also it usually goes well when I sing it out. Great chorus for joining in.

Great take, Geoff! No matter how many times I hear this, or how many different people do it, they all add something of themselves to the song. (One of the reasons I used it as the thread title).

And I can't believe it only "usually" goes well when you sing it out. You've probably got them all singing along, every time!


About a year ago I used YouTube's editing on several of my videos. Big mistake--I suddenly came to their attention and I got notices that several of my songs had copyright claims on them. So I decided to take everything with a copyright date post-1922 and move it to a secondary channel. If anything bad happened, I wouldn't lose *everything*. As I was uploading those songs to the new (covers) channel, several got immediate copyright claims against them; so to avoid problems, I took them down.

So unless I have specific permission from a songwriter (and their publisher), I don't put it on my main channel. I am safe with Amanda Palmer's post-Dresden Dolls songs (I even wrote to her to get permission for "The Ukulele Anthem" and "Lost") and safe with Jonathan Coulton's Creative Commons songs. Also I put covers of songs from YouTube and UU friends on my main channel, since I can get permission from them also.

But since I don't have permission directly from Tom Paxton and his publisher (and can prove it to YouTube), anything I do by him is going on my secondary (covers) channel. It's not the songwriter--it's the publisher. THEY are the ones that come after YouTube, who in turn come after the performer.

Anyway, here is my cover of "Ramblin' Boy". I see I didn't give Tom credit anywhere; but I'm pretty sure that if I edit anything on that song right now, YouTube will see it and come after me. See my song "Art Must Be Free" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQZoRHjkN8Y) on my main channel about my feelings about this.

CountryMouse

Great job on the video! When are you doing another one? (g)

The best part about Tom is that his publisher is PAX music - meaning Tom Paxton. While the rights are administered through Cherry Lane Music, now owned by
BMG, BMG has never responded to any of my requests for information on YouTube performance permission. Based on my conversations with Tom, unless and until BMG responds negatively, Tom's verbal permission is all that is needed.

I will be seeing him in concert in about 3 months, and will specifically ask him about YouTube performance rights then, unless the mutual friend I've contacted gets other information first.


I've been out of town, and when I saw this weeks challenge, I thought of this song, then after I started posting it, I saw it had already been done. oh well, here it is anyway, I should have worn a cute hat.

It matters not that it has already been posted. If all I got was 43 versions of "The Marvelous Toy", I'd still consider this week a success! And you did a great job!

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 01:37 PM
Well - all I can say is, that was really beautiful, vocally and instrumentally - I was looking forward to someone doing that one, and rather hoping it would be one of the ladies! You've made my day!

Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. It was just a bonus though--still have to do my/our official entry! :)

CountryMouse

CountryMouse
02-03-2013, 01:40 PM
Great job on the video! When are you doing another one? (g)

The best part about Tom is that his publisher is PAX music - meaning Tom Paxton. While the rights are administered through Cherry Lane Music, now owned by
BMG, BMG has never responded to any of my requests for information on YouTube performance permission. Based on my conversations with Tom, unless and until BMG responds negatively, Tom's verbal permission is all that is needed.

I will be seeing him in concert in about 3 months, and will specifically ask him about YouTube performance rights then, unless the mutual friend I've contacted gets other information first.

Well, hope to do "Bottle of Wine" sometime this week! :)

Thanks for the info. I'll still be safe and post it over on my covers channel. :)

CountryMouse

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 01:48 PM
bitter and sweet like medicine

Not the song I expected from you, Jon, but very nicely done!

(Can you even guess which one I figured that you would do?)

Hippie Dribble
02-03-2013, 03:08 PM
Not the song I expected from you, Jon, but very nicely done!

(Can you even guess which one I figured that you would do?)

couldn't guess, so many great ones...tell me which mate and I'll have a crack. My fave Tom song is "Jennifer And Kate", I'm going to work on it this afternoon. I think it's the most beautiful song a man ever wrote for his family. But what a goldmine his catalogue is, eh

ksiegel
02-03-2013, 03:42 PM
couldn't guess, so many great ones...tell me which mate and I'll have a crack. My fave Tom song is "Jennifer And Kate", I'm going to work on it this afternoon. I think it's the most beautiful song a man ever wrote for his family. But what a goldmine his catalogue is, eh

Oh, no.. I can't do that. Someone planning one either of the two songs might be put off from doing one if I mentioned it...

(But I think you would do a killer take on Forest Lawn...)



-Kurt

peewee
02-03-2013, 06:40 PM
(But I think you would do a killer take on Forest Lawn...)


-Kurt

I was tempted to do Forest Lawn, as I live in LA and all, but then I remembered the Graeme Allwright version of Bottle of Wine in French, then I saw that you were hinting at it somewhere upthread, so here goes:

This truly is a song that all French people seem to know. Allwright was born in New Zealand, moved to France as a young man, and made a career of rewriting English language songs in French. Cohen, Dylan, Seeger, Paxton..

This is dedicated to my late friend Johnny who played this one on his 6 string, and to Lara who just celebrated 14 years of sobriety.

I am still really busy with work, and haven't the time to really get this down, and I feel guilty for not having watched and commented on all the entries yet also. I certainly hope to.

Folk on Seasonistas! Thanks Kurt, for a great theme.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r5M4HIydmw

xommen
02-03-2013, 10:05 PM
Great Job, Wim! Are you sure you'd never heard of Tom before yesterday? Or did you just listen to a lot of songs in a hurray, and pick the one that spoke to you best?
I actually first only looked through the ones I could easily find chords for, from that, this one I really liked. After recording this, I listened to some other stuff he wrote/recorded, and realised I know some of his songs, I just did not know they were by him ;).

barefootgypsy
02-03-2013, 10:58 PM
I was tempted to do Forest Lawn, as I live in LA and all, but then I remembered the Graeme Allwright version of Bottle of Wine in French, then I saw that you were hinting at it somewhere upthread, so here goes:

This truly is a song that all French people seem to know. Allwright was born in New Zealand, moved to France as a young man, and made a career of rewriting English language songs in French. Cohen, Dylan, Seeger, Paxton..

This is dedicated to my late friend Johnny who played this one on his 6 string, and to Lara who just celebrated 14 years of sobriety.

I am still really busy with work, and haven't the time to really get this down, and I feel guilty for not having watched and commented on all the entries yet also. I certainly hope to.

Folk on Seasonistas! Thanks Kurt, for a great theme.

That was great! So musical - shows how far I have to go with my uke, having just bashed it out 3 chord strum-wise..... -ah, me!.... A1 performance and lovely French too.....

mikef
02-04-2013, 12:21 AM
Folk really is not my strong point BUT I'm going to give a go and there's only one song I have in mind, purely as it has the same title as a single my old band released many moons ago... tenuous but good enough to give me some direction this week :) Let's just hope I can figure it out.

ksiegel
02-04-2013, 02:27 AM
I was tempted to do Forest Lawn, as I live in LA and all, but then I remembered the Graeme Allwright version of Bottle of Wine in French, then I saw that you were hinting at it somewhere upthread, so here goes:

This truly is a song that all French people seem to know. Allwright was born in New Zealand, moved to France as a young man, and made a career of rewriting English language songs in French. Cohen, Dylan, Seeger, Paxton..

This is dedicated to my late friend Johnny who played this one on his 6 string, and to Lara who just celebrated 14 years of sobriety.

I am still really busy with work, and haven't the time to really get this down, and I feel guilty for not having watched and commented on all the entries yet also. I certainly hope to.

Folk on Seasonistas! Thanks Kurt, for a great theme.


Tres Bon!

Actually, the first time I've heard more than the chorus in French, and I love it!

To quote Tom, "Almost sounds better that way, doesn't it?"


I actually first only looked through the ones I could easily find chords for, from that, this one I really liked. After recording this, I listened to some other stuff he wrote/recorded, and realised I know some of his songs, I just did not know they were by him ;).

So that means we can look forward to a bonus entry or two??


Folk really is not my strong point BUT I'm going to give a go and there's only one song I have in mind, purely as it has the same title as a single my old band released many moons ago... tenuous but good enough to give me some direction this week :) Let's just hope I can figure it out.

Of course you can! Even the Rovers (aka The irish Rovers) did a rockin' version of one of Tom's songs.

Tootler
02-04-2013, 07:14 AM
Great take, Geoff! No matter how many times I hear this, or how many different people do it, they all add something of themselves to the song. (One of the reasons I used it as the thread title).

And I can't believe it only "usually" goes well when you sing it out. You've probably got them all singing along, every time!


Thanks, Kurt.

I think the great thing about the song is that anyone can relate to it because it can be about a [metaphorical] journey through life.

And, yes, they will always join in with the chorus. :nana:

Cornfield
02-04-2013, 07:18 AM
Do songs that Tom Paxton covered count? He has been around a long long long long time. On a side note, I'm really surprised that his song "The Bravest" wasn't more popular. It honors the emergency workers of 9/11.

GinnyT11
02-04-2013, 08:12 AM
On a side note, I'm really surprised that his song "The Bravest" wasn't more popular. It honors the emergency workers of 9/11.

That's because Kurt did a very emotional rendition of that song as a bonus in Season 47 (Get to Work). He's a former firefighter and spent some time at Ground Zero in the weeks after the event. I don't think any of us could match it because of the sentiment he felt about singing it.

xommen
02-04-2013, 08:14 AM
Tres Bon!
So that means we can look forward to a bonus entry or two??

I guess that could happen, I'm starting with this one that I found lyrics and music for, but I did not listen to the original before I recorded it ;). So this is my interpretation of your so beautiful:

http://youtu.be/0GeWgFGO60E

PatriciaPDX
02-04-2013, 10:46 AM
I have to admit that I did not know who Tom Paxton was either (my folk music knowledge is lacking!), but I've learned a good bit about him these last few days (thank you for expanding my horizons, Kurt!). After listening to many songs, I particularly like this sweet song he wrote for his daughter:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKu6mMAGlOQ&feature=youtu.be

FiL
02-04-2013, 12:46 PM
Most folks who know "Bet On the Blues" know John Denver's version, but it was written by Tom Paxton. I changed a few chords to make it my own.


http://youtu.be/E1FKljX6gSE

- FiL

thesillydave
02-04-2013, 01:43 PM
what a great idea for a season! so many songs to try! here's my entry, "The Marvelous Toy"

http://youtu.be/3Rvf_Ll7jG4

swinne
02-04-2013, 02:31 PM
what a great idea for a season! so many songs to try! here's my entry, "The Marvelous Toy"

http://youtu.be/3Rvf_Ll7jG4

That was wonderful! I love this song. I haven't heard it in such a long time. It definitely made me smile.
:D

ksiegel
02-04-2013, 03:48 PM
I guess that could happen, I'm starting with this one that I found lyrics and music for, but I did not listen to the original before I recorded it ;). So this is my interpretation of your so beautiful:


And a very nice interpretation it is, too. Tom wrote this one (as he wrote all of his love songs) for his lovely wife Midge.



I have to admit that I did not know who Tom Paxton was either (my folk music knowledge is lacking!), but I've learned a good bit about him these last few days (thank you for expanding my horizons, Kurt!). After listening to many songs, I particularly like this sweet song he wrote for his daughter:

I'm glad I could expand your horizons, Patricia! Tom writes everything: sad, happy, for adults, kids, and those of us who are stuck in between, and oh boy does he do some of the best Snark you've ever heard!


Most folks who know "Bet On the Blues" know John Denver's version, but it was written by Tom Paxton. I changed a few chords to make it my own.
- FiL

That's a great one, FiL. I have to admit it is also one I've never heard before. Thanks!


what a great idea for a season! so many songs to try! here's my entry, "The Marvelous Toy"


Yes Dave, so many songs! Now, what are you going to do for the bonus songs? (Yes, that is Plural.)




-Kurt

ksiegel
02-04-2013, 03:56 PM
Do songs that Tom Paxton covered count? He has been around a long long long long time. On a side note, I'm really surprised that his song "The Bravest" wasn't more popular. It honors the emergency workers of 9/11.

I think that many of us who needed to hear "The Bravest" did. I made my video, but don't think I could do it again. I am certainly happy to listen to/watch someone else to a video of the song, however.



-Kurt

TCK
02-04-2013, 04:02 PM
Well, it turns out I do know who Tom Paxton is.
In fact, I went into convulsions remembering "Must've Been A Party" being played every nine minutes on the radio (wedged between something by the Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers), and me being a nine year old trapped in the lipstick red interior of my mothers Buick, wishing the radio would just stop it...
"Bottle Of Wine"-another jolt from the past, and Buick sing-a-longs, The Fireballs being accompanied by mom at the top of her lungs.
But this one I loved. I loved it when Dolly and Porter did it, and more when Charlie Pride did it. Dennis Brown should never have done a Reggae cover of it, but he did-I will get over it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMu9g1eOM7c&feature=youtu.be

ksiegel
02-04-2013, 04:23 PM
Well, it turns out I do know who Tom Paxton is.
In fact, I went into convulsions remembering "Must've Been A Party" being played every nine minutes on the radio (wedged between something by the Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers), and me being a nine year old trapped in the lipstick red interior of my mothers Buick, wishing the radio would just stop it...
"Bottle Of Wine"-another jolt from the past, and Buick sing-a-longs, The Fireballs being accompanied by mom at the top of her lungs.
But this one I loved. I loved it when Dolly and Porter did it, and more when Charlie Pride did it. Dennis Brown should never have done a Reggae cover of it, but he did-I will get over it.


Nailed it, Dave! Great job!

Hippie Dribble
02-04-2013, 05:03 PM
may have been a bit hasty jumping in on day one. recorded "What Did You learn In School Today?" cause I already knew it so it was an easy option. But this morning I took a shot at what is probably my fave Paxton song and one of his more recent , "Jennifer and Kate" from 2008. Kurt, please accept this as my official entry mate and put the other one on detention. One of the most beautiful songs a father ever wrote for his family.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n1IKX2yh_I

pabrizzer
02-04-2013, 09:40 PM
Cha and Pa bonus. Not looking our usual happy selves as this was about take number 8 or 9.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj75fsbgPlI

barefootgypsy
02-04-2013, 10:21 PM
Well, it turns out I do know who Tom Paxton is.
In fact, I went into convulsions remembering "Must've Been A Party" being played every nine minutes on the radio (wedged between something by the Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers), and me being a nine year old trapped in the lipstick red interior of my mothers Buick, wishing the radio would just stop it...
"Bottle Of Wine"-another jolt from the past, and Buick sing-a-longs, The Fireballs being accompanied by mom at the top of her lungs.
But this one I loved. I loved it when Dolly and Porter did it, and more when Charlie Pride did it. Dennis Brown should never have done a Reggae cover of it, but he did-I will get over it.

Oh so sensitively done, Dave! Beautiful.......I love your strumming patterns there, spot-on!

barefootgypsy
02-04-2013, 10:27 PM
I have to admit that I did not know who Tom Paxton was either (my folk music knowledge is lacking!), but I've learned a good bit about him these last few days (thank you for expanding my horizons, Kurt!). After listening to many songs, I particularly like this sweet song he wrote for his daughter:

Beautifully done, Patricia! I chickened out of this one - and your finger-picking is great!

barefootgypsy
02-04-2013, 10:34 PM
may have been a bit hasty jumping in on day one. recorded "What Did You learn In School Today?" cause I already knew it so it was an easy option. But this morning I took a shot at what is probably my fave Paxton song and one of his more recent , "Jennifer and Kate" from 2008. Kurt, please accept this as my official entry mate and put the other one on detention. One of the most beautiful songs a father ever wrote for his family. If I'm breaking the rules, apologies...you can put me on detention too. Thank God they don't have the cane anymore

Beautiful, Jon, just beautiful! It's a killer, this song, isn't it......touches all those places. I hadn't heard it before. And you sang and played it so beautifully.

barefootgypsy
02-04-2013, 10:38 PM
Most folks who know "Bet On the Blues" know John Denver's version, but it was written by Tom Paxton. I changed a few chords to make it my own.


- FiL
Nice one! Sort of whimsical and rather haunting at the same time - your picking here does that - just great!

pabrizzer
02-05-2013, 01:17 AM
My Pony Knows the Way - Bonus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln-1NYbb4yg

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 06:27 AM
may have been a bit hasty jumping in on day one. recorded "What Did You learn In School Today?" cause I already knew it so it was an easy option. But this morning I took a shot at what is probably my fave Paxton song and one of his more recent , "Jennifer and Kate" from 2008. Kurt, please accept this as my official entry mate and put the other one on detention. One of the most beautiful songs a father ever wrote for his family.

Done, and Well Done Jon!

Tom's songs about his family have quite evocative imagery, and you can tell by his words how much lover there is.

Not unlike when you write about your own family. Thank you for this!


Cha and Pa bonus. Not looking our usual happy selves as this was about take number 8 or 9.

A very good one, Brian - although Cha looks like she wants to be singing the whole time.

You should have her do "Goin' To The Zoo" - while the protagonist is a bit younger than she is, I think she could do a great rendition!


My Pony Knows the Way - Bonus

Arghh! It cut out just before you finished! I was singing alone! The judges call for a Re-Do!

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 08:00 AM
Remember that Short-Shelf Life Song I said could be used as a Bonus, but not an entry?


Here it is.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bIuqZiko3o

pabrizzer
02-05-2013, 09:56 AM
A very good one, Brian - although Cha looks like she wants to be singing the whole time.

You should have her do "Goin' To The Zoo" - while the protagonist is a bit younger than she is, I think she could do a great rendition!



Arghh! It cut out just before you finished! I was singing alone! The judges call for a Re-Do!

Tuesday arvo is our uke / guitar lesson afternoon. She had been playing uke with me but was really struggling with the Bb chord. I was trying to make out she was Jenny and adding her name to the song. We had been having a lot of fun til about take 7. We took a a break and came back and had another go but we were pretty over it.
It is why I do my first take whenever it is reasonable.

My Pony is all there for me. ??

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 11:04 AM
My Pony is all there for me. ??

It ended early while watching the YouTube videos earlier in the day - looks like it is all there now.

I guess the Judges got the Re-Do.

(g)

xommen
02-05-2013, 11:20 AM
Another Bonus, this one I could not get a full chordsheet for, but I watched someones movie and combined that with half a sheet I found. This is called How Beautiful upon the Mountain. I thought it could use some reverb, and as it's a bonus, I went for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vtQxmb_d5k

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 11:40 AM
Another Bonus, this one I could not get a full chordsheet for, but I watched someones movie and combined that with half a sheet I found. This is called How Beautiful upon the Mountain. I thought it could use some reverb, and as it's a bonus, I went for it.


Another great job, Wim! It is from Tom's most recent album, I think, and I've heard him do it in concert 3-4 times. When you have a few hundred people singing along in harmony, it sounds incredible.

I hope Tom makes it to the Netherlands soon, so you can see the man live.



-Kurt

Tootler
02-05-2013, 12:21 PM
Another great job, Wim! It is from Tom's most recent album, I think, and I've heard him do it in concert 3-4 times. When you have a few hundred people singing along in harmony, it sounds incredible.

I hope Tom makes it to the Netherlands soon, so you can see the man live.



-Kurt

His last concert over here was mostly based on his latest album. I bought a copy but not sure where I put & the house is in a bit of chaos just now. I was hoping to do a track from it.

Wim, he comes over to the UK regularly. I imagine be will do a European tour at the same time. If be doesn't I recommend you try & come over here if you can. He's a great singer and does an excellent show.

ksiegel
02-05-2013, 12:57 PM
Wim, he comes over to the UK regularly. I imagine be will do a European tour at the same time. If be doesn't I recommend you try & come over here if you can. He's a great singer and does an excellent show.

From Tom's Web site:


Performance Schedule

2013

January
12 - Denver, CO - Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music - 8 PM
13 - Albuquerque, NM - South Broadway Cultural Center - 8 PM
25 - Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House - 7:30
26 - Cedar Rapids, IA - CSPS/Legion Arts - 8 PM

February
15-16 - Surprise, AZ- Valley Vista Performing Arts Center
17 - Cerritos, CA - Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts - 3 PM
23 - Annapolis, MD - Children's Theatre of Annapolis - 7:30 PM NEW

March
14 - Vienna, VA - The Barns at Wolf Trap - 8 PM

April
12 - Framingham, MA - Amazing Things Arts Center - 8 PM
13 - Schenectady, NY - 8th Step@Proctors/GE Theater - 7:30 PM - I've had tickets since the show was announced.
19 - East Lansing, MI - Hannah Community Center - 8 PM
20 - Evanston, IL - S.P.A.C.E. - 7:30 PM
*** U.K. TOUR ***

25 - Milton Keynes, GB - The Stables - 8 PM NEW
26 - London, UK - Union Chapel - 7 PM NEW
27 - Birmingham, UK - Town Hall - 8 PM NEW
29 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - Assembly Hall Theatre - 8 PM NEW
30 - Saiford, GB - The Lowry - 8 PM NEW

May
1 - Newington, Edinburgh, UK - Edinburgh Queens Hall - 8 PM NEW
2 - Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK - The Sage Gateshead NEW

*** ***

4 - Homer, NY - Center for the Arts of Homer - 8 PM
11 - Germantown, MD - Black Rock Center for the Arts - 8 PM

Tootler
02-06-2013, 01:46 AM
Sage in May. Great!

Better get phoning. My wife will want to go too.

strumsilly
02-06-2013, 04:24 AM
bonus , already been done, but it's my favorite, so sad.

http://youtu.be/tUNC9tnsRLY

Cornfield
02-06-2013, 04:33 AM
bonus , already been done, but it's my favorite, so sad.

http://youtu.be/tUNC9tnsRLY

I heard Tom Paxton at a folk festival in Illinois this summer where he played this song and also he played this version:

Well I met this young girl at a folk club,
Like you do, like you do.
So I bought her a drink and we chatted,
Wouldn't you, wouldn't you.

And then after the show she invited me home,
And she said we were two of a kind,
Then she played me every record
That Tom Paxton ever made,
And you know that was the last thing on my mind.

Cornfield
02-06-2013, 04:41 AM
Do songs that Tom Paxton covered count? He has been around a long long long long time. On a side note, I'm really surprised that his song "The Bravest" wasn't more popular. It honors the emergency workers of 9/11.

I know that Kurt did a great job with this song a few weeks ago. What I meant was that I was surprised this song was not more popular with the general public....I only heard it on folk music programs. You would think this would have been one of the big rallying anthems on the Country Music circuit.

strumsilly
02-06-2013, 04:44 AM
Video not available
it was still processing, good to go now

roxhum
02-06-2013, 04:48 AM
Fantastic barefootgypsy! That brought back memories. My brother used to sing that song, back in the day. You did it justice!

ksiegel
02-06-2013, 09:05 AM
bonus , already been done, but it's my favorite, so sad.


That was superb! And sounds great on the "Rose" Lanaikai!

Thanks for doing that bonus!


-Kurt

barefootgypsy
02-06-2013, 09:26 AM
Sage in May. Great!

Better get phoning. My wife will want to go too.Yeah, Birmingham in April - and I have a prior commitment already......one of those you can't get out of..... (big sigh........)

barefootgypsy
02-06-2013, 09:27 AM
Fantastic barefootgypsy! That brought back memories. My brother used to sing that song, back in the day. You did it justice!Thank you kindly, roxhum! Glad you liked it! :)

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 10:48 AM
WHEREAS:
El Se~Nor de la Paxton is a practicioner of the Kazooistic arts as well as a fellow Ukulelist... I thought it would be apropos to employ both the tenor and the baritone kazoos for this, his most sacred of all texts worshipping at the cages of things faunaistical:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32R8BOmvKdY

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 11:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YP4Sa1gBZY

Saxracing
02-06-2013, 12:39 PM
Hi Dave,
I like your song and also yout quote(I have more Ukes than I need...)
Greatings from Belgium


Thanks for a great theme, Kurt. Tom Paxton is a national treasure.

There used to be something in this country called conscription.
My generation got that ended.

Now our kids don't even know what it means, but because some nuts blew up the Trade Center and there are no jobs in this economy, they go cheerfully marching off to boot camp.
The more things change the more they stay the same.





http://youtu.be/CIgBQ2Ihk9M

CountryMouse
02-06-2013, 02:08 PM
I didn't *mean* to get Cat'r tipsy! But we had fun. :rolleyes: And yes, Strawberry Hill is not "fruit of the vine" but vastly preferable to Mad Dog 20/20, Thunderbird, or Wild Irish Rose.


http://youtu.be/OUQzHQs9qHc

CountryMouse

ksiegel
02-06-2013, 04:03 PM
Both are very nice, Alan. I like the fun, make-the-kids-laugh approach to "Goin'To The Zoo", and General Custer's laid-back style.

[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32R8BOmvKdY

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YP4Sa1gBZY


I put "Zoo" as the entry, and "Custer" as the bonus. Let me know if there is a change.


-Kurt

ksiegel
02-06-2013, 04:11 PM
I didn't *mean* to get Cat'r tipsy! But we had fun. :rolleyes: And yes, Strawberry Hill is not "fruit of the vine" but vastly preferable to Mad Dog 20/20, Thunderbird, or Wild Irish Rose.

CountryMouse

Those beverages bring me back to the 70s, when Mateus Rose was the beverage of choice for the discerning high school kid...

Your giggling was the icing on the cake! Great Fun!



-Kurt

CountryMouse
02-06-2013, 05:40 PM
Those beverages bring me back to the 70s, when Mateus Rose was the beverage of choice for the discerning high school kid...

Your giggling was the icing on the cake! Great Fun!



-Kurt

Thanks very much! It *was* fun! :)

CountryMouse

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 06:37 PM
Gracias Commandante' I can ask no more. Your kindness is whelming me over. Thanks for pushing us in the left direction!!


Both are very nice, Alan. I like the fun, make-the-kids-laugh approach to "Goin'To The Zoo", and General Custer's laid-back style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32R8BOmvKdY (http://[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32R8BOmvKdY)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YP4Sa1gBZY (http://[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YP4Sa1gBZY)


I put "Zoo" as the entry, and "Custer" as the bonus. Let me know if there is a change.

-Kurt

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Once in collage (decoupeage major decoy carving minor) I found a $20 on the ground and wisely invested it in some of the high end stuff ... TWO bottles of Lancers Vin Rose'.


Thanks very much! It *was* fun! :)

CountryMouse

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 06:51 PM
Great song, beautifully done. Huzzah!


Cha and Pa bonus. Not looking our usual happy selves as this was about take number 8 or 9.

decaturcomp
02-06-2013, 07:03 PM
Yes, I'd say you do!http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=417385

Well, it turns out I do know who Tom Paxton is.

CountryMouse
02-06-2013, 08:10 PM
Once in collage (decoupeage major decoy carving minor) I found a $20 on the ground and wisely invested it in some of the high end stuff ... TWO bottles of Lancers Vin Rose'.

Heh. Wise choice. :)

CountryMouse

roxhum
02-07-2013, 04:38 AM
I am going to try to keep up with the Seasons because I love them, but it really cuts into my uke playing time. Here goes, I have made it through page 7.

Dave Wave, I loved your song choice and your playing was really nice. These songs are bringing back memories of my youth.

Joko, your vids are always fun to watch with a lot of humor. Well done.

Tootler, Another song that I didn't remember until I heard it. I really enjoyed your rendition of it.

Country Mouse, I have to agree with barefootgypsy that was beautiful, vocally and instrumentally. My favorite of your vids

Strumsilly, What a treat having Ramblin Boy back to back. I love your laid back feel. I felt like I was relaxing around a camp fire. Nice mellow uke playing and singing. Thank you!

Eugene Ukulele: Jon, what can I say, you are my hero. Loved the song choice. I can't get enough of your music. You know Jon I had a mix of uke music playing. I had some of your music and some of Lil' Rev and I swear I got the two of you mixed up. I had never realized how similar the two of you are.

Peewee, I may normally hide in the shadows around here, but I always enjoy your videos. Great playing and singing. I am smiling because when I hear a song in French whether I know the words or not I figure it is a romantic song, and there you are singing the classic drinking song.

Xommen, beautiful! I really enjoyed your playing, it sounded, well… beautiful.

Patricia, Wow, I really liked that song, the playing, singing, and your style. It was a little bit haunting sounding. Excellent job. I like your picking.

Oh man, you all are so good.

Fil, I loved your song and performance. You have a nice voice, I need to learn to pic like that.

Silly Dave, Out here in the land of lurking I try never to miss your vids. I know they are going to entertain me and bring a bit of sunshine to my day. This one was did not disappoint.

Dave, Isn't it something how you don't think you know an artist and it turns out you recognize all their music? Of course I remember this one too. You did an excellent rendition. Dave, you know, I love you and was kind of hoping you and Melissa would adopt me.

Oh crap! I gotta go to work now.
Thanks for all the wonderful music! Lessons in playing and opening up a world of new songs to learn.

Happy Strumming, Roxhum

decaturcomp
02-07-2013, 05:46 AM
A song by Mississippi John Hurt may make a cameo in this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B6rSuFCIow

Cornfield
02-07-2013, 07:18 AM
My entry for Tom Paxton week is "You Can Eat Dog Food". I played it at a restaurant/bar so I hope the patrons didn't get upset


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

mikef
02-07-2013, 09:14 AM
Hey guys, here's my official entry for Tom Paxton week.

I know practically nothing about Tom Paxton and to be honest I picked this song at random purely as it's called "Louise" as I was in a band many moons ago who released a single with the same title. It was therefore a total joy to find out what an excellent song it is & it now has a place in my list of favorite songs! I had immense fun working this one out too :)


http://youtu.be/cDLvl6IKtKo

p.s.
Just noticed it says "15st" on the video!! Doh!! Shhh, don't tell anyone ;)

Tootler
02-07-2013, 02:04 PM
Those beverages bring me back to the 70s, when Mateus Rose was the beverage of choice for the discerning high school kid...


-Kurt

Also for the aspiring but not very well off young professional. :cool:

Tuesday and Wednesday were somewhat busy so I had hoped to do some catching up and maybe record a bonus or two but some money I had been expecting came through so I went in to town and bought a U-Bass instead. :iwant:

I have a bonus already, though. One I did for an earlier season.


http://youtu.be/VA8D2JIatlw

Sang this and Can't Help but Wonder at a local folk club tonight. Plenty of joining in the choruses.

ksiegel
02-07-2013, 02:08 PM
A song by Mississippi John Hurt may make a cameo in this video...



My entry for Tom Paxton week is "You Can Eat Dog Food". I played it at a restaurant/bar so I hope the patrons didn't get upset

]


Hey guys, here's my official entry for Tom Paxton week.

I know practically nothing about Tom Paxton and to be honest I picked this song at random purely as it's called "Louise" as I was in a band many moons ago who released a single with the same title. It was therefore a total joy to find out what an excellent song it is & it now has a place in my list of favorite songs! I had immense fun working this one out too :)

p.s.
Just noticed it says "15st" on the video!! Doh!! Shhh, don't tell anyone ;)

That's a very interesting song, Mike. Also from "How Come The Sun?"
It just sounds bouncy and all, but looking st the lyrics, I realize it describes being at a wake or funeral.

Thanks for doing this one!

ksiegel
02-07-2013, 02:42 PM
Well, I was going to do a couple more songs on the Bonus side, but life had other plans...

This morning, while rearranging the chairs at work, I caught my left ring finger between a chair and a wall - it stung a touch, but that was all.

5 minutes later I tried to pick up a customer's cup of coffee with my left hand...

Yes, "tried".

That was when I noticed my finger was bent at the last knuckle. The position sometimes called "trigger finger".

I iced it, splinted it, and finished the day at work, then went to the local hospital's Urgent Care/ Emergency department.

I've apparantly torn part of the phangyeal tendon sheath, on the extensor side. So my left ring finger is now in a splint.

For anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. probably in the 6-8 week range.

I can't hold the uke at the moment - the metal splint will rub the neck - and chords are right out.

So I can't play, only listen and watch.

Will someone please do "One Time, and One Time Only" for me?

I'm also looking forward to hearing versions of:

Forest Lawn
Getting Up Early
and
Coffee In Bed


Thank you.


-Kurt

decaturcomp
02-07-2013, 03:12 PM
Man, am I sorry to hear this. Tough for a uker I know. Sorry you got hurt, pal.


Well, I was going to do a couple more songs on the Bonus side, but life had other plans...

ukuloonie
02-07-2013, 04:22 PM
EEEE Gads Thats nutz.
Sorry to hear about your mishap.

GinnyT11
02-07-2013, 04:32 PM
So my left ring finger is now in a splint.
For anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. probably in the 6-8 week range. I can't hold the uke at the moment - the metal splint will rub the neck - and chords are right out. So I can't play, only listen and watch.

-Kurt

Kurt, this is bad news and I'm sorry you can't play for a while. You can still type, though, so you're connected with us.
There was a good thread when Lalou asked what she could do to keep learning with a broken wrist. You might find some new ideas there.

I think this may keep you from some of your household chores for a while, so a silver lining.

TCK
02-07-2013, 05:05 PM
Ugh- say it isn't so Kurt...gutted.
Speedy recovery mate

decaturcomp
02-07-2013, 06:38 PM
I had this on the list, so I've listened to it twice now! One take. Ragged but wrong. Still, I sing for you because you are not here to sing it more betterer.

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

myrnaukelele
02-07-2013, 06:38 PM
Oh Kurt SO sorry to hear of your injury. :( I hope it heals quickly.

This is a most interesting week. I've always liked Tom Paxton and of course heard his more famous songs over the years. But this week opened my eyes to the fact that he has written so many songs I have never heard. This is one of those. I've always admired Phil Ochs and the powerful songs he wrote. I sang his song "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" for the 12th Season of the Ukulele (Rebellion/Revolution/Renegades). When I found that Tom Paxton had written a tribute song to Phil Ochs, a close friend, I realized it was the song I needed to do for this week.

http://youtu.be/Gh6N6gs9OsA

decaturcomp
02-07-2013, 07:05 PM
This is terrific, Myrna. Really moving. This one shows the town crier side of Paxton a little, I think. It's as if he can't not share his feelings with other folks. A fine tribute to a fallen hero. Thanks.


Oh Kurt SO sorry to hear of your injury. :( I hope it heals quickly.

This is a most interesting week. I've always liked Tom Paxton and of course heard his more famous songs over the years. But this week opened my eyes to the fact that he has written so many songs I have never heard. This is one of those. I've always admired Phil Ochs and the powerful songs he wrote. I sang his song "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" for the 12th Season of the Ukulele (Rebellion/Revolution/Renegades). When I found that Tom Paxton had written a tribute song to Phil Ochs, a close friend, I realized it was the song I needed to do for this week.

pabrizzer
02-07-2013, 10:36 PM
Getting Up Early as requested.
Have stuck to my one take policy with this one so there are flaws.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xEBeS6uO8Q

mikef
02-07-2013, 10:40 PM
That's a very interesting song, Mike. Also from "How Come The Sun?"
It just sounds bouncy and all, but looking st the lyrics, I realize it describes being at a wake or funeral.


I love songs like that... it would be easy to right a slow song like this in Dm... but it always fascinates me when a seemingly jolly song has a darker side when you actually listen to the lyrics. There are lots of songs out there where people just hear the chorus to and then want it played at their wedding or something without actually realizing what the song is REALLY about :)

Anyway, hope the finger heels soon my friend.

mikef
02-07-2013, 10:52 PM
Right, I have a quiet morning... so it's off to YouTube for a good streaming session. It will be interesting this week as I doubt I know any of the songs so I'll have no preconceptions whatsoever. Sounds like fun to me!

[updated post listening]...
Wow! Some really good picking techniques going down my friends... every track is a winner this week, well done everyone... and keep me coming, it's only Friday :)

decaturcomp
02-08-2013, 02:48 AM
What an amazingly brilliant song in a week of brilliant songs! There are some great ones so far but this really gets to me. I think it's your performance of it Brizz, at least in part.


Getting Up Early as requested.
Have stuck to my one take policy with this one so there are flaws.

barefootgypsy
02-08-2013, 03:05 AM
Hey guys, here's my official entry for Tom Paxton week.

I know practically nothing about Tom Paxton and to be honest I picked this song at random purely as it's called "Louise" as I was in a band many moons ago who released a single with the same title. It was therefore a total joy to find out what an excellent song it is & it now has a place in my list of favorite songs! I had immense fun working this one out too :)

Great choice of song, beautifully done! I love your strumming technique there, too!

barefootgypsy
02-08-2013, 03:07 AM
Getting Up Early as requested.
Have stuck to my one take policy with this one so there are flaws.
What a beautiful song - beautifully done, well done! Another one I hadn't heard... I find I know the well-known ones, about half-a dozen, but there are so many more beautiful songs.... think I need a CD........

barefootgypsy
02-08-2013, 03:26 AM
@ decaturcomp -

[/QUOTE]Custer - loved it, loved it! Another one I've never heard... and I particularly liked you pickin' there, sir....... oh, so many things I want to learn to do better! Thanks for that one!

xommen
02-08-2013, 08:55 AM
Another Bonus: Coffee in bed this Morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QggjNSsV1ds

pabrizzer
02-08-2013, 11:37 AM
The World Goes Round and Round

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tML0lmlDdwk

Tootler
02-08-2013, 12:14 PM
Well, I was going to do a couple more songs on the Bonus side, but life had other plans...

This morning, while rearranging the chairs at work, I caught my left ring finger between a chair and a wall - it stung a touch, but that was all.

5 minutes later I tried to pick up a customer's cup of coffee with my left hand...

Yes, "tried".

That was when I noticed my finger was bent at the last knuckle. The position sometimes called "trigger finger".

I iced it, splinted it, and finished the day at work, then went to the local hospital's Urgent Care/ Emergency department.

I've apparantly torn part of the phangyeal tendon sheath, on the extensor side. So my left ring finger is now in a splint.

For anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. probably in the 6-8 week range.


That's a bummer, Kurt. Only just caught up with this.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

Geoff

Tootler
02-08-2013, 12:16 PM
Got two bonus tracks uploading. Meantime to do some catching up on the entries.

Bonus tracks uploaded.

Here's one of them. This is one of the early ones he wrote for Midge, his wife.


http://youtu.be/AGXzce3vqhs

ksiegel
02-08-2013, 01:46 PM
Another Bonus: Coffee in bed this Morning

Thank you, Wim!

I wonder how many people think htis song is about drinking coffee in bed? (g)


The World Goes Round and Round

I'd completely forgotten this one, Brian. Thank You for the refresher!
It gives me something to sing while I sit at the spinning wheel, too!



Got two bonus tracks uploading. Meantime to do some catching up on the entries.

Bonus tracks uploaded.

Here's one of them. This is one of the early ones he wrote for Midge, his wife.


Nicely done, Geoff! Can't wait for the next bonus!

pabrizzer
02-08-2013, 04:14 PM
Just a bit of fun.
Pa and Son ('Cahon' Curt).
Made the cahon myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZW1JEAPll0

myrnaukelele
02-08-2013, 04:30 PM
This is terrific, Myrna. Really moving. This one shows the town crier side of Paxton a little, I think. It's as if he can't not share his feelings with other folks. A fine tribute to a fallen hero. Thanks.

Thanks Alan.

decaturcomp
02-08-2013, 04:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_DA9hYvTnU&list=UUa57R-HT-UlbHxQ0i2hy7yw

barefootgypsy
02-09-2013, 03:42 AM
Another Bonus: Coffee in bed this Morning
Oh boy, what a fun song! Really had me chuckling..... did we have our coffee in bed this morning? Wouldn't you like to know......

barefootgypsy
02-09-2013, 03:49 AM
@ decaturcomp, One Time Only - well, another "wow" song, beautifully done. Such lovely picking there, nice tender vocal... (sigh) I need to get off here and get practising my own fingerpicking, the only way to get better...... Thanks for sharing that one Alan.....

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 04:25 AM
Thanks Lesley! That one sorta touches a few bases for me. Here's one that doesn't though. It's actually sorta cute that folks were worked up about "bad language" at one time even in the case of legit literature like that of Lawrence and Joyce. Now, you hear stronger language at the mall and everywhere else...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc_dOLYZcbA&list=UUa57R-HT-UlbHxQ0i2hy7yw&index=1


@ decaturcomp, One Time Only - well, another "wow" song, beautifully done. Such lovely picking there, nice tender vocal... (sigh) I need to get off here and get practising my own fingerpicking, the only way to get better...... Thanks for sharing that one Alan.....

barefootgypsy
02-09-2013, 04:50 AM
Thanks Lesley! That one sorta touches a few bases for me. Here's one that doesn't though. It's actually sorta cute that folks were worked up about "bad language" at one time even in the case of legit literature like that of Lawrence and Joyce. Now, you hear stronger language at the mall and everywhere else...

Ha-ha, wonderful, that man can write songs about just about anything! Love it - thanks for sharing! :D

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 06:17 AM
Okay, sorry. There are just so many interesting songs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk9fBmShAq4

bbbannister
02-09-2013, 07:53 AM
Happy 51 everyone.

TP was new to me, so it's been fun to learn of him.

I've chosen "How beautiful upon the mountains". Apologies for the foot tapping on the mic stand!

Enjoy...


http://youtu.be/6XGXQVC3GaE

Bob

Tootler
02-09-2013, 07:53 AM
@ decaturcomp, One Time Only - well, another "wow" song, beautifully done. Such lovely picking there, nice tender vocal... (sigh) I need to get off here and get practising my own fingerpicking, the only way to get better...... Thanks for sharing that one Alan.....

I've been trying out finger picking for this week but I realised if was going to need more practice than I would have time for this week so. I've stuck to strumming for now and keep on working at it.

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 08:25 AM
Just perfect!
I didn't hear the tapping except in the rest and it worked nicely there.

I remember people putting sofa cushions under my feet during recording sessions in my youth.
It's hard to not move with a song like this one, isn't it?


Happy 51 everyone.

TP was new to me, so it's been fun to learn of him.


I've chosen "How beautiful upon the mountains". Apologies for the foot tapping on the mic stand!

Enjoy...


Bob

Tootler
02-09-2013, 10:38 AM
When Morning Breaks

http://youtu.be/JI9nfvJlBjc

The words are very simple but with the melody they build up tension and the effect is powerful

When morning breaks I'll be gone
When morning breaks I'll be gone
The regiment is marching to war
When morning breaks I'll be gone

Chorus
The drums are rolling for war
The drums are rolling for war
The lines are forming to wait for the morning
To wait for the cruel cannon's roar

The captain read out my name
The captain read out my name
And where we'll go, I do not know
The captain read out my name
Chorus

I'll breath your name through the fire
I'll breath your name through the fire
I'll breath your name to bring me back again
I'll breath your name through the fire
Chorus

CountryMouse
02-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Eeeek, Kurt! I hope it heals faster than you or the doctors think it will!

CountryMouse

Tootler
02-09-2013, 12:31 PM
As Alan says, so many interesting songs.

http://youtu.be/OLc10guj3nY
and all mine have been off one album.

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 12:37 PM
That's one heck of a record album you have there, Geoff. I really appreciated this song. He puts a lot of feeling into what sound like simple statements. You did a fine job of finding all of that, too. This is one of my favorites you've done.


As Alan says, so many interesting songs.

and all mine have been off one album.

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 12:38 PM
I think this one, a topical song, still rings true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ISHCHgDAk&list=UUa57R-HT-UlbHxQ0i2hy7yw&index=1

pabrizzer
02-09-2013, 01:16 PM
I think this one, a topical song, still rings true.
I looked at this one - You have done it so well.
The cost of our coal powered life is very high.

decaturcomp
02-09-2013, 02:26 PM
Thanks, Brizz. "Clean Coal" pffffft. Like "Jumbo Shrimp" as Gallagher might say. Of course there was White Lung in the mills, too. I have friends from Dalton, GA which is still a major carpet manufacturing town. Not cool.

PS: I can't be the only one who thought we'd run out of good material early on this week, right? There's still plenty of stuff left, "Marvelous Toy", "Whose Garden Was This?", "Ramblin' Boy" "A Sailor's Life" There is a great record with Bob Gibson and Anne Hills that I don't think we've touched. I could go on. I guess I just want to say that Kurt was right and I was wr..., ahem...WrOn...., um partially mistaken.


I looked at this one - You have done it so well.
The cost of our coal powered life is very high.

ukuloonie
02-09-2013, 02:33 PM
It's Saturday so I guess it time to add my song.
Dance in the Shadows.

http://youtu.be/tXbR3o8mdcU

Hippie Dribble
02-09-2013, 03:49 PM
It's Saturday so I guess it time to add my song.
Dance in the Shadows.


stunning mate. gave me the Holy shivers

pabrizzer
02-09-2013, 04:30 PM
The Bravest - because they were and Tom wrote a great song that reminds us of their sacrifice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1LJGXomPc4

ukuloonie
02-09-2013, 06:00 PM
stunning mate. gave me the Holy shivers

Thanks Jon.

ksiegel
02-09-2013, 06:30 PM
Here are two of my favorite performers, together.

The posting says this is about 5 years ago.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HSc5Hc_KWaA

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-09-2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks for a great challenge, Kurt. I didn't know anything about Tom Paxton before this week---thanks for introducing me to a terrific songwriter and performer. And thanks, Seasonistas, for your wonderful versions of Paxton's songs.


http://youtu.be/3n_b2-Fy81U

(Thanks to my wife, Jessica, as well for the cool new t-shirt.)

thesillydave
02-09-2013, 09:35 PM
late night last minute silly bonus....

http://youtu.be/UGRVjhNSZXU

had to find the right prop!
thanks kurt!

ukuleledaveey
02-10-2013, 01:32 AM
Hi All sorry for the lateness for my official entry, many thanks Kurt for hosting and i to have never heard of Tom Paxton, it is always a treat to discover a new artist, anyway as time has been against me, this was a song i actually remember from my childhood and i hope it is not one fo the banned songs from the week, my ignorance is my defence :)


http://youtu.be/izFM3cwuwjQ

Tootler
02-10-2013, 02:22 AM
That's one heck of a record album you have there, Geoff. I really appreciated this song. He puts a lot of feeling into what sound like simple statements. You did a fine job of finding all of that, too. This is one of my favorites you've done.

Thanks, Alan.

The album was "Ramblin' Boy", his second album which was released over here in 1965. Other tracks from this album that have been done this week are "What Did You Learn in School Today", "Ramblin' Boy", "Last Thing on my Mind" and "Goin' to the Zoo". As you say "One heck of an album".

When I first got it, I played it so much that I literally wore it out and had to replace it. My brother then took it (the replacement) to sea with him and it was stolen when he was in New Zealand. I eventually found it on CD with his next album, "Ain't that News" - a bonus treat.

decaturcomp
02-10-2013, 03:41 AM
This was just great, thanks. I've been listening to her stuff this week and to their recordings with Bob Gibson. What an amazing bunch of talent!


Here are two of my favorite performers, together.

The posting says this is about 5 years ago.

ksiegel
02-10-2013, 04:15 AM
This was just great, thanks. I've been listening to her stuff this week and to their recordings with Bob Gibson. What an amazing bunch of talent!
Anne is a friend - my parents absolute favorite singer. I hired her to play for their 50th wedding anniversay about 9 years back, and now she calls or stops by the house whenever she's around - even called my dad and sang Happy Birthday on his 85th.

I'll be seeing her and Michael Smith (he wrote "The Dutchman") in a month, here in Schenectady.


I'll finish commenting on entries later this evening - and just a reminder, entries close in approximately 21 hours from now.

Tootler
02-10-2013, 06:17 AM
Another song from the Ramblin' Boy album


http://youtu.be/7zTwiNC9D94

Tootler
02-10-2013, 10:26 AM
This has been a great week. I'm mostly familiar with Tom Paxton's early songs, though I did buy his most recent album last time I went to see him. This week has been a chance to hear some songs that are less familiar to me.

This week has shown the consistently high quality of his songs over the years. There are many better known and well respected songwriters who come nowhere near Tom Paxton in the consistency, quality and variety of their songs.

Overall I am impressed with the quality of the entry and bonuses this week. Well up among the best.

I know the deadline has not quite been reached but thanks Kurt for a great theme and may your finger heal up soon.

Tootler
02-10-2013, 10:50 AM
I just had to do this one. Possibly his best known song though that honour may also go to "Goin' to the Zoo"

This is as he wrote it and as it appeared on the Ramblin' Boy album. Just three verses. The fourth was added later. At the end, I have added the parody that he told his audiences about and sang at his concerts a little time back.


http://youtu.be/X1otuxtO_pY

Tom also told a story of when his daughter was at St. Andrews University.

She was at the University Folk club and someone sang "Last Thing on my Mind". She turned to the guy next to her and said
"My Dad wrote that".
"No, it can't be" was the reply "It's traditional Scottish" and, after a pause;
"Who is your dad, anyway?"
"Tom Paxton"
"Oh, well, maybe he did"

decaturcomp
02-10-2013, 11:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw3InaWWcTk

decaturcomp
02-10-2013, 12:38 PM
...and then some topical songs don't stay topical forever. I suppose you could replace "Daily News" with "Murdoch News" and make a few more tiny adjustments...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLnMR8SxY3Y

Tootler
02-10-2013, 01:23 PM
By Alan, you're busy this week. I'm having trouble keeping up with you.


I think this one, a topical song, still rings true.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ISHCHgDAk&list=UUa57R-HT-UlbHxQ0i2hy7yw&index=1

As you say, still rings true. Black lung was mostly referred to as "The dust" over here. Deep mining has almost gone here. I thought the last mine had shut but I recently found out there are still one or two active though one is about to close. There is also some open cast mining as well but coal mining is virtually finished in the UK.

<Rant>
Most of the pits were worked out but the way that a certain prime minister went about closing them down was nothing less than disgraceful and the final insult was her triumphalist gloating on TV. Despicable.
</Rant>


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw3InaWWcTk

This brought a lump to my throat. My sister's husband had such a companion and died of liver failure at 47. She had filed for divorce as she couldn't cope with his alcoholism any longer but ended up having to go to his flat to find his body. The ultimate irony was that her divorce came through on the day of his funeral. His alcoholism has had a permanent effect on my niece.

I also had the misfortune to find some empty vodka bottles in a colleagues office when I went looking for a student's missing lab book, the results from which would affect her degree. In the end, we had to award the student her degree on the basis of her other work as the lab book was never found. My colleague was eventually dismissed as a result of his alcoholism. What happened to him after that I don't know as I had retired by then.


...and then some topical songs don't stay topical forever. I suppose you could replace "Daily News" with "Murdoch News" and make a few more tiny adjustments...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLnMR8SxY3Y

Another song from the Ramblin' Boy Album

You're right some topical songs don't stay topical but the nature of the sentiments do. Our equivalent could be the Daily Mail or the Sun (which is a Murdoch paper). More the daily Mail which is a rant from cover to cover and makes Vlad the Impaler look the soul of moderation than the Sun which so trivialises things that we are convinced it's from another planet.

Tootler
02-10-2013, 01:29 PM
With Alan's cover of the Daily News, it means that 11 out of 15 tracks from the Ramblin' Boy album have been covered this week. That's quite a record from one album.

Ones not covered are;

Rumblin' in the Land
Fare Thee Well Cisco
Harper
High Sheriff of Hazard.

Anyone?

ksiegel
02-10-2013, 02:37 PM
Still have comments I'm working on - just got home from work, have to be back at 5 am local, but I want to thank everyone who has entered, and want to especially ask a certain few from Bavaria, the UK, France, and New Jersey:


WHERE ARE YOUR SONGS?????? I've really been looking forward to hearing something from all of you (And you know who you are!)

It is 1935 local - that's 1335 Hawai'i time, so there are still 10 hours and 24 minutes left to make an entry! Please?

One other thing - the entries and bonuses this season have been so wonderful, EVERYONE gets a siren whistle! Please PM me with a mailing address, and I'll send it out!



-Kurt

wee_ginga_yin
02-11-2013, 01:25 AM
Sleep well you are protected... I read it in the daily news... a late bonus :-)

http://youtu.be/0nOLUArHTjY

barefootgypsy
02-11-2013, 01:33 AM
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One other thing - the entries and bonuses this season have been so wonderful, EVERYONE gets a siren whistle! Please PM me with a mailing address, and I'll send it out!



-KurtOh wow, I have to have a siren whistle! Will PM...... it has been a truly fantastic week with these Tom Paxton songs, thanks Kurt - really enjoyed it, and thanks everyone for such a great time following your videos! :D

decaturcomp
02-11-2013, 12:23 PM
Wow, thanks Geoff!

It seems like we ought to split up the last four songs on that record and post them just so we can have done an entire record. Even though the season is over that would be fun right?

Who wants to sign up for one of these?
Rumblin' in the Land
Fare Thee Well Cisco
Harper
High Sheriff of Hazard.



By Alan, you're busy this week. I'm having trouble keeping up with you.



As you say, still rings true. Black lung was mostly referred to as "The dust" over here. Deep mining has almost gone here. I thought the last mine had shut but I recently found out there are still one or two active though one is about to close. There is also some open cast mining as well but coal mining is virtually finished in the UK.

There was also the white lung for garment workers I seem to recall, right?
Occupational hazards have become a punchline in peoples' conversations but even now, folks are taking on additional stress and risk to keep their jobs as companies downsize and continue to make more demands. Certain companies have been rumored to require employees to clock out and continue working. In a catch 22, I understand, working off the clock is a firing offense at these same companies.

<Rant>
Most of the pits were worked out but the way that a certain prime minister went about closing them down was nothing less than disgraceful and the final insult was her triumphalist gloating on TV. Despicable.
</Rant>



This brought a lump to my throat. My sister's husband had such a companion and died of liver failure at 47. She had filed for divorce as she couldn't cope with his alcoholism any longer but ended up having to go to his flat to find his body. The ultimate irony was that her divorce came through on the day of his funeral. His alcoholism has had a permanent effect on my niece.

I also had the misfortune to find some empty vodka bottles in a colleagues office when I went looking for a student's missing lab book, the results from which would affect her degree. In the end, we had to award the student her degree on the basis of her other work as the lab book was never found. My colleague was eventually dismissed as a result of his alcoholism. What happened to him after that I don't know as I had retired by then.

More lives have been ruined by alcohol than we can count. Perhaps it is nearly benign for many but the Russian Roulette of deciding to drink is certainly a risk. Even among folks who aren't addicted, many people have had to call in sick to work because of drinking or have lost families. It's just a sad thing in many cases. Others, not so much of course.

Another song from the Ramblin' Boy Album

You're right some topical songs don't stay topical but the nature of the sentiments do. Our equivalent could be the Daily Mail or the Sun (which is a Murdoch paper). More the daily Mail which is a rant from cover to cover and makes Vlad the Impaler look the soul of moderation than the Sun which so trivialises things that we are convinced it's from another planet.

pabrizzer
02-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Wow, thanks Geoff!

It seems like we ought to split up the last four songs on that record and post them just so we can have done an entire record. Even though the season is over that would be fun right?

Who wants to sign up for one of these?
Rumblin' in the Land
Fare Thee Well Cisco
Harper
High Sheriff of Hazard.


If we're doing this I will have a go at Harper. A bit un-Tom Paxton like - a vengeful father murders his daughter's lover.

ksiegel
02-11-2013, 05:32 PM
While I anxiously await the last four songs to complete the Ramblin' Boy album, I think I've caught up on the entries and bonuses.


24 entries, 31 bonuses. I'll be working on them over the next couple of days, and should have something finished by the weekend.

You know, since I can't play an instrument right now...

Please take a look at the playlists, and let me know if I've missed anyone!

And Please don't forget to PM your address to me, for the siren whistles!



-Kurt

~dave~~wave~
02-11-2013, 06:06 PM
Gosh, this was a great week.
I spent a couple of long sessions Sunday listening and strumming along to every entry, and finished up tonight.

The subtitle of this season could be "Three Chords and the Truth."

Hope you're better soon, Kurt.
Open tuning and slide sounds like just the prescription when you can ease into it.

Tootler
02-11-2013, 10:50 PM
Wow, thanks Geoff!

It seems like we ought to split up the last four songs on that record and post them just so we can have done an entire record. Even though the season is over that would be fun right?

Who wants to sign up for one of these?
Rumblin' in the Land
Fare Thee Well Cisco
Harper
High Sheriff of Hazard.


I'm up for The High Sheriff of Hazard

pabrizzer
02-11-2013, 11:27 PM
Harper - bit of a one take blunder - the timing in this song is a bit tricky. I tried to do it straight but had trouble with the lyrics in a few spots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14jSigdL0gE

elmann
02-12-2013, 12:37 AM
pabrizzer> harper

As your "there goes the mountain": a wonderful match of voice, strum and song.
Has also to be pushed into my repertoire.

Tootler
02-12-2013, 02:00 AM
I didn't think I'd get time this morning but here it is, after all.

The High Sheriff of Hazard


http://youtu.be/YDVYwf13wyQ

Tootler
02-12-2013, 02:16 AM
Harper - bit of a one take blunder - the timing in this song is a bit tricky. I tried to do it straight but had trouble with the lyrics in a few spots.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14jSigdL0gE

Nicely done. You captured the essence of the song. A faithless lover and death are a potent combination in a song.

decaturcomp
02-12-2013, 02:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFnvQL9RyjM

decaturcomp
02-12-2013, 03:10 AM
Did anyone do When Morning Breaks?
I think we still need that one to complete
"Ramblin Boy"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdlvTxPt8NI

decaturcomp
02-12-2013, 05:10 AM
Okay, found them all Here's the whole Ramblin' Boy record re-imagined for Ukulele. This was Tom Paxton's major label debut.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeIzPEGGcS24qK49Idugrk7-e1yLcIFmp&feature=edit_ok

ksiegel
02-12-2013, 07:33 AM
Okay, found them all Here's the whole Ramblin' Boy record re-imagined for Ukulele. This was Tom Paxton's major label debut.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeIzPEGGcS24qK49Idugrk7-e1yLcIFmp&feature=edit_ok

Thanks, Alan!

I will be letting Tom know about this, even if he never gets to watch it.


-Kurt

decaturcomp
02-12-2013, 08:36 AM
Cool! Please send our best wishes. What a great songwriter!


Thanks, Alan!

I will be letting Tom know about this, even if he never gets to watch it.

-Kurt

Tootler
02-12-2013, 01:51 PM
Okay, found them all Here's the whole Ramblin' Boy record re-imagined for Ukulele. This was Tom Paxton's major label debut.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeIzPEGGcS24qK49Idugrk7-e1yLcIFmp&feature=edit_ok

Well done Alan. Is it worth adding duplicates as quite a few of the songs were covered more than once?

Just a thought.

decaturcomp
02-12-2013, 02:08 PM
Sure. Why not?


Well done Alan. Is it worth adding duplicates as quite a few of the songs were covered more than once?

Just a thought.

Tootler
02-13-2013, 10:21 AM
Sure. Why not?

Excellent

Amazon.co.uk have a boxed set of five of Tom Paxton's Elektra albums for 13.93GBP and Ramblin' Boy and Ain't that News for 6.00GBP. I already have the latter and have ordered the box set. Excellent value, even if both include Ramblin' Boy.

ksiegel
02-19-2013, 03:56 AM
I should have the winners up soon - first I need to come up with a couple of bonus prizes.

And deal with the bank, as my credit card seems to have had a ticket on Tiger Airlines in Singapore charged to it...

Just a reminder to EVERYONE who entered, official entry or bonus: If you haven't done so already, please send me a shipping name and address by PM, so I can get your siren whistle out to you!

This was a very difficult contest to judge, BTW - EVERYONE was spectacular!


-Kurt

ksiegel
02-22-2013, 07:31 AM
Well, here it is: The winner list for "Season 51 of the Ukulele: I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound- The Songs of Tom Paxton." (I don't know if that is the longest title of the past year, but if it is, I'm giving myself a prize for it!)

This week was a difficult one. First, Every entry, and Every bonus was deserving of a prize - so Everybody gets a Siren Whistle! (And that is everyone who appeared in the video, too!)

I had a great time, and I'm thrilled that some people discovered Tom for the first time, and others reconnected - and especially thrilled that there are people who didn't know who Tom is, but knew his songs.

I'd say that I accomplished my goal for the week.

The other thing that made it such a hard week was injuring my finger, the day I was planning on recording a couple of bonus tracks. And knowing I'll be out of commission for at least 6 weeks. (I go to the hand specialist on Tuesday, so we'll see what happens from there.) It is such a pain in the butt (and hand) to do so many things right now, that while I can work, I can't make a video. So this posting is it.

I've watched each video at least 4 times, some more. I'm amazed at the songs that I had never heard, and blown away by the talent and creativity of the UU members who took part.

I'm on the floor that the entire Ramblin' Boy album was covered this season, and special thanks to Geoff, Brian, and Alan who came together to ensure that would happen.

And I'm dismayed that I had to knock the major prize winners down to 3, since that's all of the prizes I had.

But before we get there, we have the Over Achiever Awards.

There were 35 bonus entries for the week. Twenty-five of them were submitted by three people: Geoff (Tootler) made 6 bonus videos, Brian (Pabrizzer) did 9, and Alan (decaturcomp) made 10 videos. I can't let them off the hook without some kind of reward for Due Diligence (Or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), can I?

So in addition to the siren whistles for Pa, Cha, and Brian's son Curt, I'm also sending a couple of Nose Flutes.

Alan is getting a Wazoo, to go along with his Tenor and Baritone Kazoos.

And Geoff... I don't know what to get for you musically, BUT since you are a practitioner of the Fiber Arts, I'll be sending you a small skein of handspun yarn that I spun myself. (If you're on Ravelry, let me know!)

Finally, the criteria: I had to like the song, as well as the performance, and that gave me the most problems. I liked ALL of the performances! I finally ended up listening to the playlist with my eyes closed - twice- and knocked the list down to 9. from those 9, I picked 5 that I could listen to on unlimited repeat while wearing headphones. These were the songs that I started to sing along with, every single time.

I assigned each song a number between 1 and 5 (inclusive), and plugged it into a random number generator. As each prize winner was picked, I reduced the size of the selection set, eliminating two more entries, and ended up with 3 total.

So The 1st Prize winner gets a choice of:
Tom Paxton: The Honor of Your Company
Tom Paxton: Ramblin' Boy and other songs
a Wazoo- the excessively loud kazoo

2nd prize winner gets a choice of what's left, and

The 3rd prize winner gets the last prize.

Please let me know by replying to this thread what you'd like.

The 1st Prize winner is: PatriciaPDX for Jennifer's Rabbit
The 2nd Prize winner is: Mikef for Louise
The 3rd prize winner is: TCK for Last Thing On My Mind.

Thank you one and all, and as soon as I get postal addresses, and get the right envelopes, I'll start sending things out.



-Kurt

CountryMouse
02-22-2013, 09:04 AM
The 1st Prize winner is: PatriciaPDX for Jennifer's Rabbit
The 2nd Prize winner is: Mikef for Louise
The 3rd prize winner is: TCK for Last Thing On My Mind.


-Kurt

Congratulations, winners! This was such a fun week! Thank you very much, Kurt! I hope your hand heals up SOON!

CountryMouse

thesillydave
02-22-2013, 09:40 AM
congrats winners! thanks kurt for re-introducing us to the wonderful songs of tom paxton!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-23-2013, 08:19 AM
Terrific Season, everyone! Thanks to Kurt for the wonderful theme; thanks to everyone for sharing such wonderful versions Paxton's songs; and congratulations to the winners!

myrnaukelele
02-23-2013, 08:57 AM
Congratulations to all the winners! Kurt - you picked a great theme - thanks for hosting.:)

Tootler
02-23-2013, 12:36 PM
Definitely congratulations to the winners. It was a great week and gave me a chance to relearn or in some cases learn for the first time several Tom Paxton songs that I remember from times gone by.


And Geoff... I don't know what to get for you musically, BUT since you are a practitioner of the Fiber Arts, I'll be sending you a small skein of handspun yarn that I spun myself. (If you're on Ravelry, let me know!)

It's not actually me who is a practitioner but my wife and younger daughter both of whom both knit and are quilters. I will pass the skein of handspun yarn on. I am sure it will be much appreciated.

I keep myself busy with music. As well as ukulele, I sing in a choir, play in a folk band, a recorder group and a wind band.

My elder daughter makes and decorates cakes and is very good at it, so we keep out of mischief one way and another.

I'll PM you my address once I have posted this message.

TCK
02-23-2013, 02:51 PM
Happy to receive whatever is left mate! What a fun week this was (sorry about the knackered hand...). Thanks for introducing me to Tom Paxton, even though it turns out I knew him. Congrats to all the folks that entered (and the winners) because this was a stellar bit of entertainment!

mikef
02-24-2013, 11:06 PM
Wow, I didn't expect that at all, there were some amazing entries this week! Thank you so much!!! :smileybounce:
And huge congratulations to PatriciaPDX and TCK too!

ksiegel
02-28-2013, 08:49 AM
Getting ready to pack and ship everything, but I don't have all of your addresses!

Here are the folks I've got postal info for:

mikef
TCK
Tootler
patriciaPDX
FiL
ukuleledavey
CountryMouse
PeeWee
ukuloonie
myrnaukulele
joko
xommen
decaturcomp
pabrizzer
barefootgypsy

And here are the folks who I don't have postal info for:

eugeneukulele
weegingayin
dave_wave
thesillydave
strumsilly
MrEWorm
bbbannister
theonlyukethatmatters
nongdam

So please drop me a PM with your postal info if you haven't done so already.


Thanks!


-Kurt

ksiegel
03-16-2013, 08:26 AM
I've gotten most of the domestic prizes shipped - still need a box for Alan (decaturcomp).

I hope to get the non-US prizes out in the next week - but I'm still missing nine (9) addresses:



eugeneukulele
weegingayin
dave_wave
thesillydave
strumsilly
MrEWorm
bbbannister
theonlyukethatmatters
nongdam

Please PM a postal address to me, folks!

Thanks!!


-Kurt