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TCK
03-01-2013, 03:16 PM
Part of the pleasure of this week, Dave, is how much joy and fun you're having as host! The theme is deeply meaningful to you, and it's makes everyone else happy in general. (Lots of interesting bird stories from Seasonistas.) You're making very thoughtful comments and keeping up an uncommon excitement among participants. It feels like a party you're hosting—let's all fly away somewhere!
My favorite folks I have never met (for the most part), playing songs for me about something I deeply love...Just would rather do nothing else. Can't imagine anywhere I would rather be, and wishing this season would not end. Can't thank you all enough.
Leads me to another favorite, little Roscoe Holcomb for you all. I would post the Eugene version as well, but it went ka-blooey. Hope Aaron does not mind me posting this one for inspiration. Like those songs where bird imagery is used to convey human conditions?...yeah, me too :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgp4staPCBU

TCK
03-01-2013, 03:25 PM
WAIT- I can post Jon's version. This was made before we all knew him, and he was playing that six string thing. Like all Bluegrass standards, this one has about a million different verses, but man does this song send me. In interest of reviving the seasons Bro-mance (as if it has not been alive and well all along)-
Jon Duncan (Eugene Ukulele) Doing Free Little Bird. Sorry, MP3 only.
Jon- if you get mad I posted it, you can come to California and tell me so ;)
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B30QzfaU1OdqTlZ6cXBsNTBaZEk/edit?usp=sharing
Right now- keep them coming!

ukuleledaddy
03-01-2013, 03:37 PM
Another pigeon song! Haven't heard that one before, and I loved it! So many of these bird songs are so emotive - that one was gorgeous and you did it beautifully!

Thank you very much. I have a vivid memory of listening to a few of my parents' albums when I was a kid and this is one of them. If you get a chance, listen to the live version from Elton's "Here And There" album, absolutely beautiful. He intros it by saying it was the first song he wrote that he felt really exited about.



Such emotive playing here Daddy-o, totally loved it. I will admit I watched the intro picture six times...GOLDEN? Awesome stuff there, and thanks- why did I wait so long to do this? Cant wait to have my bird on my fist again.


OK- I thought I had done my bucket list when I held the Owl...I was so pleased with myself. Now you post this and I add a new item to said list- Play with Toucan Sam and the Fruit Loops! I was really hoping someone would do this, and you guys did the heck out of it. Smiling, aging punk rocker in Cloverdale tonight :)


Cheers Dave! I had the pleasure of holding a Golden on my arm in Alaska. Absolutely a highlight of my life. I remember how heavy it was and how frightened/overjoyed I was.

Glad you enjoyed Where Eagles Dare! Sorry the sound is so crappy. You probably can't even see me, I'm hiding in the back. Regarding your bucket list, I just heard that we will be playing The Tonga Room in SF in August! You gotta come check it out!

TCK
03-01-2013, 03:40 PM
Thank you very much. I have a vivid memory of listening to a few of my parents' albums when I was a kid and this is one of them. If you get a chance, listen to the live version from Elton's "Here And There" album, absolutely beautiful. He intros it by saying it was the first song he wrote that he felt really exited about.



Cheers Dave! I had the pleasure of holding a Golden on my arm in Alaska. Absolutely a highlight of my life. I remember how heavy it was and how frightened/overjoyed I was.

Glad you enjoyed Where Eagles Dare! Sorry the sound is so crappy. You probably can't even see me, I'm hiding in the back. Regarding your bucket list, I just heard that we will be playing The Tonga Room in SF in August! You gotta come check it out! Nothing could hold me back- love the TONGA room...however, I am bringing an Ukulele and crashing

pabrizzer
03-01-2013, 05:06 PM
Loved the Free Little Bird song. Never heard it before - here is my cover (bonus) just done quickly on my laptop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS4Ro2LAHo0

thesillydave
03-01-2013, 06:35 PM
bonus time! another chick song...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJR_SpNVGsY&feature=youtu.be
thanks TCK another fun season!

OldePhart
03-01-2013, 06:55 PM
bonus time! another chick song...


thanks TCK another fun season!

WOOOO HOOOO! Little Feat My week is complete!

If I get some time this is inspiring me to do a bonus of another bluesy bird song!

ukuloonie
03-01-2013, 06:58 PM
We should have something tomorrow as well.

TheUkeBloke
03-01-2013, 08:28 PM
This is my entry for Season 54 of the Ukulele Underground Contest, a cover version of Eagle by Waylon Jennings. This is my first ever entry into these contest, hope I have got it right! I made a few minor changes to suit my singing/playing, and hoping I get better as the weeks progress.....!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_r9506mm4c

pabrizzer
03-01-2013, 08:36 PM
This is my entry for Season 54 of the Ukulele Underground Contest, a cover version of Eagle by Waylon Jennings. This is my first ever entry into these contest, hope I have got it right! I made a few minor changes to suit my singing/playing, and hoping I get better as the weeks progress.....!

Great first entry! Welcome aboard.

thesillydave
03-01-2013, 08:51 PM
throwing this in for the bonus rounds....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDm1_BRQ82g
cheers!

myrnaukelele
03-01-2013, 09:03 PM
throwing this in for the bonus rounds....
cheers!

Gotta love those chicken songs!

myrnaukelele
03-01-2013, 09:19 PM
Here's a bonus. Once again I pretend I'm a torch singer :o

http://youtu.be/T0BXjodouqI
Hoagy Carmichael originally wrote the composition that would become “Skylark” for a musical about the great jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. The song’s melody is said to have been based on Beiderbecke solos, at least the phrasing, a claim supported by the composition’s original title, “Bix Lix” (“Bix Licks”). Though the musical did not get produced, Carmichael reworked the composition and passed the melody on to Johnny Mercer who, over a year later, called Hoagy and sang him “Skylark.” By that time Carmichael had forgotten he wrote it. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom he had an affair.

wallyboy
03-01-2013, 10:04 PM
thanks for your kind words TCK, its been a pleasure to be part of a great season

jamz
03-02-2013, 04:59 AM
I'm coming back to the seasons after a long absence. This is a AFI song that has some kind of disturbing lyrics so I changed one or two words to make it less about spousal abuse and more about chicken. The Audio is a one-take, and the video was shot this morning with my daughter.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN7QadoJLTQ&feature=youtu.be

chrimess
03-02-2013, 05:39 AM
This one's for the birds-stay angry, Cards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXkIWombrY&sns=em

bbbannister
03-02-2013, 07:12 AM
Hi everyone.

Here's Ed Sheeran's Little Bird.


http://youtu.be/8r6tA9tls5Q

Have a good one.

BB

UkeyDave
03-02-2013, 07:48 AM
Bonus Track. Some birds. I think there may be three of them. I hope your Peregrine doesn't swoop down and crush one of their little skulls.

http://youtu.be/mpTSPP8Oq48

chrimess
03-02-2013, 08:11 AM
Excellent choice and well done-ES has indeed arrived stateside with quite an impact.


Hi everyone.

Here's Ed Sheeran's Little Bird.


http://youtu.be/8r6tA9tls5Q

Have a good one.

BB

Hippie Dribble
03-02-2013, 08:29 AM
I'm coming back to the seasons after a long absence. This is a AFI song that has some kind of disturbing lyrics so I changed one or two words to make it less about spousal abuse and more about chicken. The Audio is a one-take, and the video was shot this morning with my daughter.


AWESOME VIDEO! :shaka:

Hippie Dribble
03-02-2013, 08:32 AM
This one's for the birds-stay angry, Cards:

fantastic playing Christian!
:cheers:

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 08:42 AM
I'm coming back to the seasons after a long absence. This is a AFI song that has some kind of disturbing lyrics so I changed one or two words to make it less about spousal abuse and more about chicken. The Audio is a one-take, and the video was shot this morning with my daughter.


EGGcellent!!!!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-02-2013, 08:59 AM
Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:


http://youtu.be/DuSjpzWxPSc

SailQwest
03-02-2013, 09:09 AM
I have a bird song that reminds me of one of my friends, an entertainer in the Virgin Islands, who encouraged me to play music. I miss him much.

This is a great week for me to make another Seasons entry (my second). I think the Seasons are great, but I keep talking myself out of making videos for it.

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 09:47 AM
Get those entries in.
I think THIS Season has a chance to make the BIG 50 official entries!
Come ON!!!

chrimess
03-02-2013, 10:01 AM
Vintage Raggae Ralf! Where does that uke come from?

Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:


http://youtu.be/DuSjpzWxPSc

ivantheT
03-02-2013, 10:04 AM
I think since I am playing all the way through the song and doing some harmonies this should be able to count as my official entry.
It would be great to get to 50.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYH00GduK-Q

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-02-2013, 10:39 AM
Vintage Raggae Ralf! Where does that uke come from?

I have to play some reggae for The Cloverdale Kid. That baritone uke came home with me from Maui---bought it at the Mele shop in Wailuku.

ukuleledaveey
03-02-2013, 11:05 AM
Absolutely fantastic Theme Dave and loving this week wish it could go on for ever and here is my last song for the week, i hate trying to cover one of my favourite bands Eels, but how could i resist this little ditty :)


http://youtu.be/T2EwmLwzr2E

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 11:51 AM
Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:

Nicely done and you know I think that baritone uke is a pearler.
I like your work.

chrimess
03-02-2013, 12:34 PM
Beautiful mellow Mele monster!

I have to play some reggae for The Cloverdale Kid. That baritone uke came home with me from Maui---bought it at the Mele shop in Wailuku.

chrimess
03-02-2013, 12:55 PM
Absolutely fantastic Theme Dave and loving this week wish it could go on for ever and here is my last song for the week, i hate trying to cover one of my favourite bands Eels, but how could i resist this little ditty :)


http://youtu.be/T2EwmLwzr2E

talk about someone progressing magnificently!

ukuloonie
03-02-2013, 01:10 PM
This is a duet with my wife, I know wee Tigers sang this earlier, but we practised this together and wanted to share it.
The Birds are at the end of the clip my budgies.

http://youtu.be/7rRFdDhpPvs

OldePhart
03-02-2013, 01:23 PM
Here's a bonus. Once again I pretend I'm a torch singer :o

Whaddaya mean, pretend?


I'm coming back to the seasons after a long absence. This is a AFI song that has some kind of disturbing lyrics so I changed one or two words to make it less about spousal abuse and more about chicken. The Audio is a one-take, and the video was shot this morning with my daughter.

That was a very cool video. The song almost sounds like a children's song until the disturbing lyrics come up. :)


This one's for the birds-stay angry, Cards:

Wow, another nice instrumental. You're shaming, me, my friend - I'm going to have to spend some time in the woodshed!


Hi everyone.

Here's Ed Sheeran's Little Bird.


Nice job, I think we saw a video of ES at NAMM, or was that another up and comin' youngster?


Bonus Track. Some birds. I think there may be three of them. I hope your Peregrine doesn't swoop down and crush one of their little skulls.

Nice one - I can relate to the takes gone awry as it usually happens to me about 20 times before I finally give up and settle. Your first start, especially, reminded me of one of the tracks off the Tommy album - maybe largely because I have to confess to probably never having heard Marley's three little birds (heard of it, but I don't think I've heard it).

John

OldePhart
03-02-2013, 01:35 PM
Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:

Very nice, Ralf, but with that angelic voice you must have wings, right?


I think since I am playing all the way through the song and doing some harmonies this should be able to count as my official entry.

I think I agree with you. :) Welcome to UU and to the seasons!


Absolutely fantastic Theme Dave and loving this week wish it could go on for ever and here is my last song for the week, i hate trying to cover one of my favourite bands Eels, but how could i resist this little ditty :)

Wow! Daveey! Adding kazoo and whistling, too! I really have been missing a lot the last few months...I need to retire so I can watch all the seasons vids!


This is a duet with my wife, I know wee Tigers sang this earlier, but we practised this together and wanted to share it.
The Birds are at the end of the clip my budgies.

Very nice, sweet duet and pretty birds! Is this the first time we've seen your wife?

John

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 01:42 PM
This is a duet with my wife, I know wee Tigers sang this earlier, but we practised this together and wanted to share it.
The Birds are at the end of the clip my budgies.


Another lovely version of this beautiful little song.
Budgerigars are native to Australian and sometimes form flocks of over a million birds if the conditions are good.

ukuleledaveey
03-02-2013, 01:45 PM
talk about someone progressing magnificently!





Wow! Daveey! Adding kazoo and whistling, too! I really have been missing a lot the last few months...I need to retire so I can watch all the seasons vids!

John
thanks so much guys, im blushing, i dont think im particularly good, but im having fun and meeting wonderful people through the wonders of the internet and the ukulele.
John thank you mate and thasnk you for the wonderful comment you made about freebird to, i know it would never be a patch on the original but your words of praise were truly great, i hold you guys and many others with such esteem as i look up to you all as great uke players and fun people to inter act with, im saving to come to the states, hoping i can make UWC 2014 and meet some of you great people :)
once again many thanks christian and John and everyone else your all fab and groovy people :)

SailQwest
03-02-2013, 01:58 PM
Such lovely entries! I'm enjoying the bird theme.
This is my entry for Season 54: Yellow Bird.


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

ukuloonie
03-02-2013, 02:11 PM
Very nice, sweet duet and pretty birds! Is this the first time we've seen your wife?

John

Hi John we have sung a couple of times I think the first one was I'll fly away and i think another was the Numbers week as well.


Another lovely version of this beautiful little song.
Budgerigars are native to Australian and sometimes form flocks of over a million birds if the conditions are good.

Thanks Pabrizzer,
I do play sounds from wild Budgerigars to them and they just go a little nuts, it would be cool to see them in there native land though.

TCK
03-02-2013, 02:21 PM
No time to comment until tonight, but I wanted to pop in and tell you all that you are the BEST. I had Academic Decathlon all day, then went to handle my Falcon, now off to dinner with the in-laws, but I will not sleep until I have commented on all the great videos that are still popping in!
Thanks folks- smiling from ear to ear here- see you all this evening

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 03:02 PM
Bonus again
On the Wings of a Snow White Dove.
(Doves are sometimes known as Falcon food.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwkECJ5yXrg

chrimess
03-02-2013, 03:39 PM
Anytime. My friend- Indiana, Texas and Carolina will make a heck of a roadtrip!

thanks so much guys, im blushing, i dont think im particularly good, but im having fun and meeting wonderful people through the wonders of the internet and the ukulele.
John thank you mate and thasnk you for the wonderful comment you made about freebird to, i know it would never be a patch on the original but your words of praise were truly great, i hold you guys and many others with such esteem as i look up to you all as great uke players and fun people to inter act with, im saving to come to the states, hoping i can make UWC 2014 and meet some of you great people :)
once again many thanks christian and John and everyone else your all fab and groovy people :)

myrnaukelele
03-02-2013, 03:57 PM
One final bird bonus:

http://youtu.be/3foUszqRlNw
Here's the Jerry Byrd video I learned the song from:
http://youtu.be/nudiAFnbYg0

uke4ia
03-02-2013, 06:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl3za2WaYVQ

For the past four years, I've been playing a lot at the Eggroll Café in Lowell, Mass., at open mics and occasionally in a show. I've gotten to know a lot of good young musicians there. Recently, people who subscribe to my YouTube channel may have noticed me posting videos of some of them performing. Tonight, I was on a bill with several of them to celebrate pianist Keith Dominique releasing his first CD.

You Seasonistas have been so kind about the Robyn Hitchcock "Birdshead" cover that I did for this week's official entry that I tried playing it tonight for the live audience and it went over very well. So here's my last bonus track for this season.

ukuleledaddy
03-02-2013, 07:16 PM
Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:


http://youtu.be/DuSjpzWxPSc

Sweet and lovely Ralf, both the song and the uke!

TCK
03-02-2013, 07:19 PM
OK- I am here now, and glad to be- so much awesome stuff happened today while I was running around...
Let me just say a few things:

Loved the Free Little Bird song. Never heard it before - here is my cover (bonus) just done quickly on my laptop.
OK- host posts a song he likes and you go and nail it in minutes? Well done Pa'- fantastic stuff there!

bonus time! another chick song...thanks TCK another fun season!
No, thank you my friend for some of the best entertainment anywhere! Another rad song from the Silly...I had to look up the original, but yeah, you nailed it. Thanks for playing along Dave.

This is my entry for Season 54 of the Ukulele Underground Contest, a cover version of Eagle by Waylon Jennings. This is my first ever entry into these contest, hope I have got it right! I made a few minor changes to suit my singing/playing, and hoping I get better as the weeks progress.....!]
Another newbie! Loving this! If I cared about winning these things I would pissed at the stiff competition (it was my first), but instead I am humbled you chose my bird week to throw it in the ring for, and impressed by your talent. Hope to see you at all these in the future.

throwing this in for the bonus rounds....

cheers!
Oh he didn't...yeah he did. SUPERCHICKEN! I am instantly 6 again, and for that I thank you- this is brilliant. You are probably the guy that kicked my butt in that competition...and I am grateful for that. This is brilliant.

Here's a bonus. Once again I pretend I'm a torch singer :o

Hoagy Carmichael originally wrote the composition that would become “Skylark” for a musical about the great jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. The song’s melody is said to have been based on Beiderbecke solos, at least the phrasing, a claim supported by the composition’s original title, “Bix Lix” (“Bix Licks”). Though the musical did not get produced, Carmichael reworked the composition and passed the melody on to Johnny Mercer who, over a year later, called Hoagy and sang him “Skylark.” By that time Carmichael had forgotten he wrote it. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom he had an affair. I am a HUGE Bix fan, and well, yeah, a huge Myrna fan. "Pretend" my foot...you nailed this sister. Beautiful as always.

I'm coming back to the seasons after a long absence. This is a AFI song that has some kind of disturbing lyrics so I changed one or two words to make it less about spousal abuse and more about chicken. The Audio is a one-take, and the video was shot this morning with my daughter.

So nice to see a returning seasonista! Welcome back first. Second...I sing to my chickens every day-makes 'em lay better (this depends on who you ask), and I LOVE this video. Kids and chickens? OK- I am sucked in. Great stuff here.

This one's for the birds-stay angry, Cards:
I am still trying to figure out what possesses someone to learn the Angry Birds theme...still struggling with the shame I feel at knowing it instantly...but Christian, you killed this! Great video

Hi everyone.
Here's Ed Sheeran's Little Bird.
Have a good one.
BB
Had not heard this, and that is bad because this is a great tune...of course most of what you post is great. Thanks for the introduction here!

Wow, great Season going on here! Here's another one:

Mister Ralf- first, this is another incredible effort. Second, thank you so much for posting the BEST Wailers tune for this season, and thanks for playing me some reggae! You did a magnificent job on this one.

I think since I am playing all the way through the song and doing some harmonies this should be able to count as my official entry.
It would be great to get to 50.

IvantheT! What is up mate? We love your stuff around here- is this your first? In any event- already hit this one, and it is great...my first season had 17 entries- you guys are cracking me up with this fifty thing, but we are close. Super close.

Absolutely fantastic Theme Dave and loving this week wish it could go on for ever and here is my last song for the week, i hate trying to cover one of my favourite bands Eels, but how could i resist this little ditty :)
Daveey- another great song for us here! Thanks so much for doing your thing for us...I have to say, the only reason I do these seasons is because I am continually inspired by the amount of support you give us all, and the amount of effort you throw at our contest. So glad you like the party I am throwing this week- your best mate from across the pond ;)

This is a duet with my wife, I know wee Tigers sang this earlier, but we practised this together and wanted to share it.
The Birds are at the end of the clip my budgies.

Who is so lucky to get two (very different) versions of this song in one week? I love this tune, and I am so glad you both showed up to play it for me. Haunting harmony, simple and stripped down, just the way the Kid likes 'em- great video Loonie (and yeah, I had 24 budgies at one point in college...I love those guys!)

Such lovely entries! I'm enjoying the bird theme.
This is my entry for Season 54: Yellow Bird.
OK- read the post about hesitating to make a video, and then saw this- what were you hesitating for? You have talent in spades and I for one am grateful you shared it with us once again- A hearty welcome back to the seasons with the caveat that if you go missing again I am flooding your inbox. This was great (and a favorite of mine for sure)!

Bonus again
On the Wings of a Snow White Dove.
(Doves are sometimes known as Falcon food.)
YIKES! Did I not sit down tonight and play this song before I made comments? Yeah- I did. Either you are a quick study (see week 22...TCK has a favorite genre) or you just have great taste- another fantastic bonus (but if you think I am only posting one bonus next week you got another thing coming). Thanks for your enthusiastic response to our feathered friends this week Pa!

One final bird bonus:
OK- same as I posted on YT...Myrna, I just love you to bits.


…You Seasonistas have been so kind about the Robyn Hitchcock "Birdshead" cover that I did for this week's official entry that I tried playing it tonight for the live audience and it went over very well. So here's my last bonus track for this season.
Said it once, I will say it again- you play the hell out of this song mate. Beautiful stuff here...I know you have rock in your veins, but man can you bring a ballad. Great stuff.


Again, thanks all for the great entertainment, and as always, please check and be sure I have your videos where they ought to be. Positively chuffed to have 45 entries, 47 bonuses, 3 new seasonistas (I think), Dave in a chicken outfit...my goodness, the list goes on, but we still have a day. We still need to cover BOTH my favorite bird songs, we still have time to hit fifty (Pa really wants that to happen- I don't think he cares where), and we still have a little time left for some fun for the birds. You guys are the best-
TCK

ukuleledaddy
03-02-2013, 07:30 PM
This one's for the birds-stay angry, Cards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXkIWombrY&sns=em

Incredible! I can't pick my jaw back up off the floor. You make that look effortless.

TCK
03-02-2013, 07:59 PM
And as an aside...Phoenix is well pleased too. Just waiting to hear her song ;)
49669

thesillydave
03-02-2013, 08:09 PM
okay...this is just a silly bonus song, the antithesis of a bird lovers song....but, i had to do it..to round out my chicken theme week...my apologies...
and,... my wife made me post it...she has a sick sense of humor!


http://youtu.be/ky_sxpbIcmU

thanks TCK, another fun week!

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 08:34 PM
okay...this is just a silly bonus song, the antithesis of a bird lovers song....but, i had to do it..to round out my chicken theme week...my apologies...
and,... my wife made me post it...she has a sick sense of humor!


thanks TCK, another fun week!

But I can't watch it. It says it's private!:(

Only 4 official entries to make the big 50.
What a wonderful season TCK!

Come on we can make the 50.

thesillydave
03-02-2013, 08:39 PM
But I can't watch it. It says it's private!:(

Only 4 official entries to make the big 50.
What a wonderful season TCK!

Come on we can make the 50.

might have been karma! fixed now...

pabrizzer
03-02-2013, 09:43 PM
might have been karma! fixed now...

EGGstroadinary!
Oh, hang on what's this trail of squished eggs, and ducks, and chicks? And it leads to ....... SillyDave.
Yes you should fear the karma!

Loved it SD.

we tigers
03-02-2013, 11:05 PM
This season is great! Such brilliant entries!

ukuleledaveey
03-02-2013, 11:24 PM
Anytime. My friend- Indiana, Texas and Carolina will make a heck of a roadtrip!

Maybe i should start A Kick starter page, it would make a great documentary, bloke in Uk takes part in a global online ukulele weekly challenge and then road trip around the world to meet and play with fellow contestants, i wouldd pay to watch that documentary lol maybe i should give speilberg a call for funding.
Thanks so much for starting the seasons mate, i love your sense of humour, your a top fella and a hell of a uke player :) i am going to make it to the states one day (ive started saving, although i have my eye on a Mele soprano) all the best mate.



Daveey- another great song for us here! Thanks so much for doing your thing for us...I have to say, the only reason I do these seasons is because I am continually inspired by the amount of support you give us all, and the amount of effort you throw at our contest. So glad you like the party I am throwing this week- your best mate from across the pond ;)
TCK
Dave my man man your making me blush again lol :o thank you so much, I love our seasons family and it keeps on growing and it is always nice to see new faces, you guys are the wind beneath my wings :) oh i can feel another bonus coming on, just kidding, all the best form me to you all.

TCK
03-03-2013, 05:17 AM
Dave my man man your making me blush again lol :o No need to blush at all mate- you sucked me into this, now it is just as you describe it, a big family I can't wait to reunite with every week. I kind of worded my comment incorrectly- re-reading it I hope no one is offended...I should have said Daveey was the reason I first did the seasons, YOU ALL keep me coming back. This place is just like a big rocking happy fest for sure!
OK- enough of that silliness
What do we have for today?

mattydee
03-03-2013, 05:24 AM
What do we have for today?

This. (Among others I hope.)


http://youtu.be/RcxfmCk8mis

I figured out how to use the mic. (After I recorded, and with no time left to lay it down again, but I figured it out!)

GinnyT11
03-03-2013, 05:42 AM
...I should have said Daveey was the reason I first did the seasons, YOU ALL keep me coming back. This place is just like a big rocking happy fest for sure!



Cloverdale Dave, your kind comment on my first, terrified video posting was so helpful to me that I wanted to do more of them. A small, kind comment is magnified many times when it's received.

Over time, Daveey made many encouraging comments to me (and others) that transformed my view of myself as a player. I voted for him as having the Seasons' best Aloha spirit, and I'm deeply pleased to have him as a friend. You rock, Attic Man!

TCK
03-03-2013, 06:43 AM
This. (Among others I hope.)
I figured out how to use the mic. (After I recorded, and with no time left to lay it down again, but I figured it out!)
Such a great start to the day Matty! You nailed that one, and it ain't an easy one by any stretch. Thanks so much for posting it.
Did you get a new mike? Snowball went kabloouie- I remember that, what is the new one?

Cloverdale Dave, your kind comment on my first, terrified video posting was so helpful to me that I wanted to do more of them. A small, kind comment is magnified many times when it's received.

So glad it worked (and it was genuine...I stand in awe of all of you)! I find at the end of the week, my fondest moments have usually been reading the theme, finding the song, turning on the camera. I just wish every one could see how cathartic working a song out can be. Very glad you have been going since that first one ;)

UkeyDave
03-03-2013, 06:52 AM
Maybe i should start A Kick starter page, it would make a great documentary, bloke in Uk takes part in a global online ukulele weekly challenge and then road trip around the world to meet and play with fellow contestants, i wouldd pay to watch that documentary lol maybe i should give speilberg a call for funding.

Blimey Daveey what a great idea, can I come too? Just need the lottery win to fund it now and we're on. :)

ajlm
03-03-2013, 07:27 AM
Can I just tell you all how thrilled I am that big brother asked me to help judge this season? Not only are there tons of amazing videos to watch and be inspired by but you all are a great bunch of people who do nothing but encourage each other.

Now back to the judging...

uke4ia
03-03-2013, 07:33 AM
This. (Among others I hope.)
I figured out how to use the mic. (After I recorded, and with no time left to lay it down again, but I figured it out!)

Great. No one else could have hit the high notes on the bridge like you. I was wondering if anyone would do one of the REM bird songs. I passed on "Disturbance at the Heron House", and there's also "Swan Swan H" and "Parakeet".

OldePhart
03-03-2013, 08:58 AM
Hi John we have sung a couple of times I think the first one was I'll fly away and i think another was the Numbers week as well.


You guys have done I'll Fly Away?! I need a link, man, I need a link. That is my all time favorite song - my whole family knows they'd better sing that at my funeral or I'm coming back to haunt somebody! :)

John

OldePhart
03-03-2013, 09:09 AM
im saving to come to the states, hoping i can make UWC 2014 and meet some of you great people :)


Man, that would be super! If you should decide to rough it let me know and I can bring up extra camping gear for you so you don't have to worry about excess baggage on the international flight. (I'm planning on camping at the field from now on myself because I think I missed out on too much field-fun staying in a cabin last year and this year I wasn't sure until recently that I was going to be able to make the full week that makes having a cabin worthwhile, anyway.)

John

ksiegel
03-03-2013, 09:24 AM
Hey, Dave!

The Season is going great! I give it four feathers up!

And here's some news - I went to the hand doctor on Tuesday - he's got me heading off to Occupational Therapy next week, and the therapist works with a lot of musicians, so I'm planning on asking her to work with me from a musician aspect. Additionally, he changed my splint, from the full length, across the palm thing to one that sits on the back of the finger, and pulls, rather than pushes the joint into place. That means I'm bending the finger at the middle knuckle, and can bend my hand again, AND the fingertip is exposed.

Meaning I can hold the ukulele with my left hand again.
Meaning I can touch strings again.
Meaning I can play again.

This one is for you, bud!


http://youtu.be/PawlgN6Rs50



-Kurt

OldePhart
03-03-2013, 09:34 AM
Such lovely entries! I'm enjoying the bird theme.
This is my entry for Season 54: Yellow Bird.

Beautiful! I sure am glad I didn't do this song because everyone of you that did did it so much better than my attempts!


Bonus again
On the Wings of a Snow White Dove.
(Doves are sometimes known as Falcon food.)


Falcon food! - love it! I also love that song, sweet job!


One final bird bonus:

Okay...grass skirt and snow-covered ground...I think my head just exploded. Great job on the song, though!



For the past four years, I've been playing a lot at the Eggroll Café in Lowell, Mass., at open mics and occasionally in a show. I've gotten to know a lot of good young musicians there. Recently, people who subscribe to my YouTube channel may have noticed me posting videos of some of them performing. Tonight, I was on a bill with several of them to celebrate pianist Keith Dominique releasing his first CD.

You Seasonistas have been so kind about the Robyn Hitchcock "Birdshead" cover that I did for this week's official entry that I tried playing it tonight for the live audience and it went over very well. So here's my last bonus track for this season.
Great job - hard to believe that you just learned it for the season!


okay...this is just a silly bonus song, the antithesis of a bird lovers song....but, i had to do it..to round out my chicken theme week...my apologies...
and,... my wife made me post it...she has a sick sense of humor!
thanks TCK, another fun week!

That was hilarious, my friend. I just hope you didn't sacrifice a perfectly good hat...


This. (Among others I hope.)

I figured out how to use the mic. (After I recorded, and with no time left to lay it down again, but I figured it out!)
Super as always Matty. I don't know how you hold some of those notes out as long as you do without falling off your stool. Do you have an oxygen line running to a port in your back or something?


Hey, Dave!

The Season is going great! I give it four feathers up!

And here's some news - I went to the hand doctor on Tuesday - he's got me heading off to Occupational Therapy next week, and the therapist works with a lot of musicians, so I'm planning on asking her to work with me from a musician aspect. Additionally, he changed my splint, from the full length, across the palm thing to one that sits on the back of the finger, and pulls, rather than pushes the joint into place. That means I'm bending the finger at the middle knuckle, and can bend my hand again, AND the fingertip is exposed.

Meaning I can hold the ukulele with my left hand again.
Meaning I can touch strings again.
Meaning I can play again.

This one is for you, bud!


-Kurt

Great news about the hand! Good to see you back. Also a very funny song. The last verse, especially, had me rolling. I guess I'm just a fourth-grader at heart...

Okay...by some miracle it's a Sunday afternoon and all of the grandkids are off to other places, so I think I'll set up the camera and see if I can croak out a bonus right quick!

John

electrauke
03-03-2013, 09:45 AM
Here is my entry of the classic Bobby Day song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bHmB7V73dQ

Hope you like it.

alemarco
03-03-2013, 09:57 AM
I spent all week working on a different bird song, but last night I concluded that I was never going to do it justice without multitracking. So this afternoon I recorded this instead.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFGR306J1vU&feature=youtu.be

Are we at 50 entries yet?

GinnyT11
03-03-2013, 10:14 AM
Alemarco, I know that song from "The Man of La Mancha"! It was very sweetly done—you're a natural for ballads.

electrauke, I think that's your best video so far. You've got great rhythm and a really easy manner rocking that uke (and standing too—not many people do that), and I like your back-up singer.

Tootler
03-03-2013, 10:26 AM
Another bonus. I first came across this several years ago in a flute tutor (tune only, of course) and I liked it so I looked the song up.

Here is my effort. One take, for better or worse.


http://youtu.be/e-T68tYN078

J-Peg
03-03-2013, 10:30 AM
Got one done in time again this week! I'm hoping this becomes a trend.


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

electrauke
03-03-2013, 11:34 AM
This. (Among others I hope.)


http://youtu.be/RcxfmCk8mis

I figured out how to use the mic. (After I recorded, and with no time left to lay it down again, but I figured it out!)

My dad's favorite band is REM. He says they should have let him in :)

GinnyT11
03-03-2013, 11:44 AM
Got one done in time again this week! I'm hoping this becomes a trend.

OMG, OMG, OMG! This is wonderful! J-Peg, you've done some cool visuals and multitracking in past weeks, but you've got to do more sweet duets with your wife like this. Please, do them for our mental health!

barefootgypsy
03-03-2013, 11:45 AM
I had a chance to sit and watch some videos earlier on, and commented directly on the Youtubes, in my other alter-ego of songandancedaisy..... I had such a great time watching them, I enjoyed every one I was able to see - sorry I haven't been able to replicate the remarks on here this time. And I only wish I had time to watch all the videos - it has to be 50 now! Wow, what a week - absolutely great - it's the theme, there's something there for everybody, which is ideal. Thanks Dave, I hope you've enjoyed your week too......

alemarco
03-03-2013, 12:18 PM
Alemarco, I know that song from "The Man of La Mancha"! It was very sweetly done—you're a natural for ballads.

Thanks, Ginny! I was involved in a production of La Mancha, which is how I know the song. Pre-ukulele days, otherwise I'm sure the director would have had me up there playing it!


Got one done in time again this week! I'm hoping this becomes a trend.

That was absolutely beautiful! One of my favorite songs ever.

OldePhart
03-03-2013, 01:04 PM
Okay, this is probably the first time I've had time to record a bonus in months! Since nobody did this song (and I'm pretty sure I've seen all the videos) I was forced, forced, I tell ya to do it...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D456SVuvzo&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D456SVuvzo&feature=youtu.be

John

OldePhart
03-03-2013, 01:17 PM
Here is my entry of the classic Bobby Day song.
Hope you like it.
Nah...I didn't like it - I loved it! Great job to both of you!


I spent all week working on a different bird song, but last night I concluded that I was never going to do it justice without multitracking. So this afternoon I recorded this instead.

Nice, good choice for your voice!


Got one done in time again this week! I'm hoping this becomes a trend.

As are we! That was beautiful, a beautiful song and great playing and singing!

John

max2173
03-03-2013, 01:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQA8BegkQg&feature=youtu.be

Our entry, sorry the clickiness on bits of the song!

SailQwest
03-03-2013, 01:29 PM
Thanks for all of your kind comments.

I'm about halfway through the Seasons Playlist and I'm really enjoying it. A buffet of musical delights. Thanks everyone!

ukuleledaddy
03-03-2013, 01:53 PM
Okay, this is probably the first time I've had time to record a bonus in months! Since nobody did this song (and I'm pretty sure I've seen all the videos) I was forced, forced, I tell ya to do it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D456SVuvzo&feature=youtu.be

John

Glad you did this John! You're right, somebody had to do it! It was on ,y list of bonuses to do but time got the better of me. Nice version there.

decaturcomp
03-03-2013, 01:54 PM
This is my favorite thing I've ever read here:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by GT3T11 http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1202952#post1202952)
Cloverdale Dave, your kind comment on my first, terrified video posting was so helpful to me that I wanted to do more of them. A small, kind comment is magnified many times when it's received.

decaturcomp
03-03-2013, 02:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgXpe1QNJc

ukuLily Mars
03-03-2013, 03:12 PM
Whew! I was afraid I wasn't going to get this done in time! I'm pretty sure no one has done this one. I really wanted to do it and couldn't find chords except for guitar chords in a key that... well, let's just say I tried it, and it was very, very low. Then I tried it up an octave and it upset some of the local dogs. So here it is, my first arrangement! I hope you like it! (Of course, as soon as I had it in a key I could sing it in, I got a little cold. Definitely not at my best, but hey, it's for the birds!)

This is "Feed the Birds," from Mary Poppins. It seemed appropriate as a way to acknowledge all the people who are working on behalf of birds at Aurora's digs. TCK, this is a very special Season, and thanks so much for putting your heart into it and sharing your feathered friends with us.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D0eWhv9ZB0&feature=youtu.be

TCK
03-03-2013, 03:51 PM
Seemed the best way to close out the week would be to go to Bodega Bay and the town of Bodega for the day (snicker). My mother in law is recounting all the birds we saw today...my father in law is rolling his eyes. Melissa said "I may need to get my own pair of binoculars", and I saw two red-shouldered hawks from about ten feet. All in all it was a grand day.
Even better, I get back and you fine folks have added even more to an already awesome week. I can't thank you all enough for embracing the theme and supporting the cause. I would have sponsored the birds anyway...it is so nice to solicit even greater returns out of you folks AND see that so many of you are like minded.
Also...Pabrizzer, sit down...we did it! 50 entries, and I can't even count the first timers! We got the whole band back together (I am waiting on 2 more, but the gang is almost entirely here, which is awesome!) My head hurts thinking of how I will pick just three of you for the sponsorship, just know if I had the dough, you would all have a bird sponsored in your name. Absolutely over the moon here folks.
And now for today's awesomeness:

Hey, Dave!
The Season is going great! I give it four feathers up!
And here's some news - I went to the hand doctor on Tuesday - he's got me heading off to Occupational Therapy next week, and the therapist works with a lot of musicians, so I'm planning on asking her to work with me from a musician aspect. Additionally, he changed my splint, from the full length, across the palm thing to one that sits on the back of the finger, and pulls, rather than pushes the joint into place. That means I'm bending the finger at the middle knuckle, and can bend my hand again, AND the fingertip is exposed.
Meaning I can hold the ukulele with my left hand again.
Meaning I can touch strings again.
Meaning I can play again.
This one is for you, bud!


-Kurt
YES! The only other person in the world to be into raptors, knitting and fiber art and ukulele-can't tell you how great it is to see you already back Kurt! Now, you take it easy on that finger and let it heel proper (tisk tisk), but I am so glad you posted one here!

Here is my entry of the classic Bobby Day song. Hope you like it. Is this another first time? It is AWESOME. You two have a great thing going here, I am sure it will make everyone who sees it smile. Now for the old fellow advice. Chase that dream to handle down now. I first got the bug over twenty years ago and let work and life and bills and school and all kinds of really silly stuff get in the way (OK- important stuff...but not this important). You march right down to the World Center for Birds of Prey and walk in like you own the place. Tell them you plan to handle as soon as their insurance will allow it, and that you would like to start by feeding. Tell them The Cloverdale Kid sent you (OK- don't tell them that...they will never let you in) and send me a picture with the Condor on your fist as soon as you can-
Best of luck, Dave

I spent all week working on a different bird song, but last night I concluded that I was never going to do it justice without multitracking. So this afternoon I recorded this instead.
Are we at 50 entries yet?
Hahaha- I am sure the song you worked on was absolutely incredible, as was this one. You put such a nice touch on all your stuff- really beautiful

Another bonus. I first came across this several years ago in a flute tutor (tune only, of course) and I liked it so I looked the song up.
Here is my effort. One take, for better or worse.

Tootler, any video from you is always for the better! Now for the questions...is this a folk song? I remember the Lennon Sisters doing this one (so I had to pick my jaw up when I saw you doing it). Can I put my jaw back in, or is it really a Lawrence Welk kind of thing? Not bad if it is, just a surprise (which I liked immensely)

Got one done in time again this week! I'm hoping this becomes a trend.
I think we are all hoping this is a trend! SO nice to see the two of you back, your song and they way you two perform together is sublime. Thanks for this one, and we will see you next week!

Okay, this is probably the first time I've had time to record a bonus in months! Since nobody did this song (and I'm pretty sure I've seen all the videos) I was forced, forced, I tell ya to do it...
John
OK- lets all take a vote- If you would rather watch John play us all his favorites rather than beat him to it, raise your hand...that's a lot of hands. Fantastic video John, just love what you bring us (including all the laughs)


Our entry, sorry the clickiness on bits of the song!
Is this a first too? I am not sure- not always able to watch all the seasons. This is so well played that the clicking breaks my heart. We need to sort that- where my techies at? Fantastic playing guys.

Whew! I was afraid I wasn't going to get this done in time! I'm pretty sure no one has done this one. I really wanted to do it and couldn't find chords except for guitar chords in a key that... well, let's just say I tried it, and it was very, very low. Then I tried it up an octave and it upset some of the local dogs. So here it is, my first arrangement! I hope you like it! (Of course, as soon as I had it in a key I could sing it in, I got a little cold. Definitely not at my best, but hey, it's for the birds!)

This is "Feed the Birds," from Mary Poppins. It seemed appropriate as a way to acknowledge all the people who are working on behalf of birds at Aurora's digs. TCK, this is a very special Season, and thanks so much for putting your heart into it and sharing your feathered friends with us.


Oh my Lilly- this is absolutely beautiful, and certainly a childhood favorite. It's a Jolly 'oliday around here, and I am so glad you made it! Thanks for your kind words about the theme, and your lovely contribution.

And now...I also have a message in my inbox from decaturcomp. It says that Terri (his lovely wife, choreographer, and singin' partner) would love it if I could make their last video there entry. Hmmm, yeah, I can do that. Now, I know I said Alan was the only one who knew it, but he could care less about bonus points and such... That one happens to be my favorite bird song, which we have plastered all over Facebook more than once.
Alan and Terri, thanks so much for playing this one for me. It is spectacular!
Now we are done to one other, tied for top bird song, that has not yet been touched. Eugene knows what it is-hmmm, SO does Bill...hmmmmmmmm. We'll see!

Whew- I am spent folks, but we have a little time left- Keep them coming, this is one I don't want to see end! Thanks again all!

GinnyT11
03-03-2013, 04:05 PM
Dave, can we do this week over again?
I think this Season has been the most fun and love and sparkle EVAH!

In my area, eastern bluebirds are looking for places to nest (the same ones that fly over the white cliffs of Dover—where is that song?). Here's a handsome Mr. Blue checking out the house in my backyard.

49705

TCK
03-03-2013, 04:09 PM
I certainly wish we could...it has been pretty awesome!
Bluebirds! I have to start looking for them- they are beautiful...all I ever see is the big ones, but Mother in law is trying to teach me the little guys :)
Dave, can we do this week over again?
I think this Season has been the most fun and love and sparkle EVAH!

In my area, eastern bluebirds are looking for places to nest (the same ones that fly over the white cliffs of Dover—where is that song?). Here's a handsome Mr. Blue checking out the house in my backyard.

49705

electrauke
03-03-2013, 04:14 PM
[QUOTE] "Is this another first time? It is AWESOME. You two have a great thing going here, I am sure it will make everyone who sees it smile. Now for the old fellow advice. Chase that dream to handle down now. I first got the bug over twenty years ago and let work and life and bills and school and all kinds of really silly stuff get in the way (OK- important stuff...but not this important). You march right down to the World Center for Birds of Prey and walk in like you own the place. Tell them you plan to handle as soon as their insurance will allow it, and that you would like to start by feeding. Tell them The Cloverdale Kid sent you (OK- don't tell them that...they will never let you in) and send me a picture with the Condor on your fist as soon as you can"[QUOTE]]

Actually , it is not my first time for the Seasons. And yes I will do that.

decaturcomp
03-03-2013, 05:00 PM
I was working for a birder who had just spotted her first bluebird of the season while I was there so I got to have a gander at one right here in Metro Atlanta this very week.

Agree about doing this again, too!


I certainly wish we could...it has been pretty awesome!
Bluebirds! I have to start looking for them- they are beautiful...all I ever see is the big ones, but Mother in law is trying to teach me the little guys :)

ukuloonie
03-03-2013, 05:40 PM
Ginny You have leaves on your tree's??
We just had a foot of snow today
I miss the green leaves and spring, I did see a robin though the other day.
That's a good sign that spring is getting closer.

pabrizzer
03-03-2013, 06:27 PM
Also...Pabrizzer, sit down...we did it! 50 entries, and I can't even count the first timers! We got the whole band back together (I am waiting on 2 more, but the gang is almost entirely here, which is awesome!) My head hurts thinking of how I will pick just three of you for the sponsorship, just know if I had the dough, you would all have a bird sponsored in your name. Absolutely over the moon here folks.


You did it. It has been (still some hours to go) a FANTASTIC Season. I reckon your prizes have inspired people and your enthusiasm has sparked such interest!
And at least 50 entries from all around the world! How bloody GOOD IS THAT!
Well done mate!!!!

I just hope they have a bit left over for this week's season as well.

ukuleledaddy
03-03-2013, 06:34 PM
Whew! I was afraid I wasn't going to get this done in time! I'm pretty sure no one has done this one. I really wanted to do it and couldn't find chords except for guitar chords in a key that... well, let's just say I tried it, and it was very, very low. Then I tried it up an octave and it upset some of the local dogs. So here it is, my first arrangement! I hope you like it! (Of course, as soon as I had it in a key I could sing it in, I got a little cold. Definitely not at my best, but hey, it's for the birds!)

This is "Feed the Birds," from Mary Poppins. It seemed appropriate as a way to acknowledge all the people who are working on behalf of birds at Aurora's digs. TCK, this is a very special Season, and thanks so much for putting your heart into it and sharing your feathered friends with us.


Oh this is great! I had thought of doing this one as well. My four year old is the biggest Mary Poppins fan in the world! I will show her this tomorrow, then learn how to play it myself (did you find the chords on the internet?). What a lovely job you did here. Your voice is simply beautiful.

TCK
03-03-2013, 07:20 PM
You did it. It has been (still some hours to go) a FANTASTIC Season. I reckon your prizes have inspired people and your enthusiasm has sparked such interest!
And at least 50 entries from all around the world! How bloody GOOD IS THAT!
Well done mate!!!!

Would not have gotten there without you egging them on (see what I did)- thanks for all your enthusiasm this week. Prizes- shoot, those were for me, I am just glad everyone else sees how special these darn things are. Really touching to see the support. As far as enthusiasm...well, shoot, that is about all I got for the Seasons!

Jnobianchi
03-03-2013, 07:25 PM
Just getting this in under the wire, I think; So close, as YouTube still hasn't incorporated my last edit! I thought perhaps that Bye Bye Blackbird might be submitted, so I went with the tin pan alley response to that tune; Cliff Friend's 1927 song entitled "Hello Bluebird".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rNVorQFp0

As for birds seen this week, plenty of herring gulls, robins, blue jays, crows and an osprey and a couple of red tailed hawks yesterday. We're still in the middle of winter birds right now. :)

TCK
03-03-2013, 07:46 PM
Now we are nearly all here! John, your playing astounds me, and this little gem from yesteryear is the bees knees my friend. Thanks so much for posting it...so glad it made it under the gun!
(not gonna lie folks- I begged John to play for this season because I knew he liked birds too...well, not so much begged as polluted his Facebook wall).
Today I was introduced to many loons and grebes, also a lot of gulls, and this little fellow called a ruddy turn-stone I am quite fond of. Thanks again John.
Just getting this in under the wire, I think; So close, as YouTube still hasn't incorporated my last edit! I thought perhaps that Bye Bye Blackbird might be submitted, so I went with the tin pan alley response to that tune; Cliff Friend's 1927 song entitled "Hello Bluebird".
As for birds seen this week, plenty of herring gulls, robins, blue jays, crows and an osprey and a couple of red tailed hawks yesterday. We're still in the middle of winter birds right now. :)

TCK
03-03-2013, 07:56 PM
Well- with three hours left, I figure I ought to get off to bed. Pretty sure no one is cooking up my other favorite bird song, so I figured I would play it for you if I may.
Before I do, I need to thank sis, who has all your entries on a spread sheet and is crunching numbers, watching and enjoying all your great videos, and came up with our theme. I can't take credit...it was totally her idea. I just ran with it.
She is a really new Uke player, so if you see her on here, give her all the help she needs, like you did me a few years back- I told her this was the best place on the internet, and that she needed Uke in her life.
I have already thanked you guys over and over, but I will do it again. Thanks for a great week, and for all the inspiration.
OK- now my video, which took me 9 months to learn. It is only three chords, but the timing is weird, and this is ROUGH and it is well past my bed time- I just finally got it to a passable point last night. Oh- I should just shut up and post the thing...
Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9l4gfdJm4&feature=youtu.be
G'nite folks- Dave

pabrizzer
03-03-2013, 08:04 PM
Magpies and Kookaburras in our yard this afternoon.
My daughter feeds them when they come so they visit everyday.
We some times have Little Kestrels visit as well as about 5 or 6 other species on a regular basis. We were once visited by a spangled drongo.
Our magpie is quite different to the northern hemisphere magpie.
A news item I saw recently claimed it to be the best song bird in the world due to its vocal range and complexity of the songs that it sings.
And of course the kookaburra is famous for its laugh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDikeT9h9k

mikef
03-03-2013, 10:12 PM
Tsk, can't believe I ran out of time again... pesky work schedule.
There's even less of an excuse as I was pondering this very theme for my own hosting week so I wasn't short on ideas... I had "I Love Birds" by Eels ready for the record button. I shall chastise myself and give the garden birds extra seeds today.

Superbly hosted Dave, bravo... and well done all on another brilliant season.

barefootgypsy
03-03-2013, 11:11 PM
Just getting this in under the wire, I think; So close, as YouTube still hasn't incorporated my last edit! I thought perhaps that Bye Bye Blackbird might be submitted, so I went with the tin pan alley response to that tune; Cliff Friend's 1927 song entitled "Hello Bluebird".

As for birds seen this week, plenty of herring gulls, robins, blue jays, crows and an osprey and a couple of red tailed hawks yesterday. We're still in the middle of winter birds right now. :)
Fabulous! Haven't heard this one before, it's lovely! Especially with your signature whistling, and the triples and fan strokes! Dig that old-time vibe! As you do so very well! :) It's great to see you on the Seasons, I hope you'll do it again.....meanwhile, happy bird-watching! I have so enjoyed this week's Season with this theme.....and I saw goldfinches on my patio this morning.......

TheUkeBloke
03-04-2013, 01:36 AM
I know I am over time on this season but this is not a song, but an interesting video for Season 54 of the Ukulele Underground Contest (about birds).
For several months we had a very friendly Kookaburra that often flew into the house to the kitchen to eat the meat we prepared for him. Sometimes he would stand on the dining room table waiting to be fed. Once he flew in through the back of the house to the kitchen (don't know how he found his way).
I remembered this video we took, after I saw that "pabrizzer" uploaded "Birds" earlier today (http www youtube com/watch?v=qzDikeT9h9k&feature=em-uploademail).

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

CountryMouse
03-04-2013, 02:01 AM
I know I am over time on this season but this is not a song, but an interesting video for Season 54 of the Ukulele Underground Contest (about birds).
For several months we had a very friendly Kookaburra that often flew into the house to the kitchen to eat the meat we prepared for him. Sometimes he would stand on the dining room table waiting to be fed. Once he flew in through the back of the house to the kitchen (don't know how he found his way).
I remembered this video we took, after I saw that "pabrizzer" uploaded "Birds" earlier today (http www youtube com/watch?v=qzDikeT9h9k&feature=em-uploademail).

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

This is wonderful!!! I need to show this to B. and Cat'r! We love to feed the birds here, but I doubt any would come through...well, wait a minute. They have been getting pretty bold when humans are about.

CountryMouse

TCK
03-04-2013, 03:02 AM
Now you guys post these :) Kookaburra was one of those songs we learned in grade school that never left my head-it was one of the first I thought we would see. Oh well, saved for another day!

ukuLily Mars
03-04-2013, 04:06 AM
Oh this is great! I had thought of doing this one as well. My four year old is the biggest Mary Poppins fan in the world! I will show her this tomorrow, then learn how to play it myself (did you find the chords on the internet?). What a lovely job you did here. Your voice is simply beautiful.

Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope your little girl does, too.

I found guitar chords on several sites but I couldn't sing them comfortably. I came up with this arrangement on my own, which I haven't done before but I really HAD to do this song for TCK this week! It's just scribbled out right now but I will try to get it typed up this week and if you send me a PM I will share it with you. Although the guitar chords might work for you, too.

ukuLily Mars
03-04-2013, 04:08 AM
Sigh. I miss Bird Week. I can't believe it's over.

myrnaukelele
03-04-2013, 04:38 AM
Just getting this in under the wire, I think; So close, as YouTube still hasn't incorporated my last edit! I thought perhaps that Bye Bye Blackbird might be submitted, so I went with the tin pan alley response to that tune; Cliff Friend's 1927 song entitled "Hello Bluebird".


As for birds seen this week, plenty of herring gulls, robins, blue jays, crows and an osprey and a couple of red tailed hawks yesterday. We're still in the middle of winter birds right now. :)

FABULOUS!! Absolutely fabulous. Great song and wonderful technique. One of my favorite vids for this week.:)

myrnaukelele
03-04-2013, 04:45 AM
Well- with three hours left, I figure I ought to get off to bed. Pretty sure no one is cooking up my other favorite bird song, so I figured I would play it for you if I may.
Before I do, I need to thank sis, who has all your entries on a spread sheet and is crunching numbers, watching and enjoying all your great videos, and came up with our theme. I can't take credit...it was totally her idea. I just ran with it.
She is a really new Uke player, so if you see her on here, give her all the help she needs, like you did me a few years back- I told her this was the best place on the internet, and that she needed Uke in her life.
I have already thanked you guys over and over, but I will do it again. Thanks for a great week, and for all the inspiration.
OK- now my video, which took me 9 months to learn. It is only three chords, but the timing is weird, and this is ROUGH and it is well past my bed time- I just finally got it to a passable point last night. Oh- I should just shut up and post the thing...
Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas


I considered doing this one- I love the Be Good Tanyas and this song in particular. Watched their YT vid of this song several times last Sunday when I was deciding what song to sing this week. Decided it was too much to learn in just one week and do it justice. Really, you were meant to be the one to sing it this week. Thanks so much for this wonderful bird theme. So many great bird songs to choose from. All the Seasonistas rose to the occasion. One of the best Seasons EVER!

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2013, 04:54 AM
John mentioned it and I was reminded that I did it ages ago.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ml1TYL0vg

GinnyT11
03-04-2013, 05:00 AM
OK- now my video, which took me 9 months to learn. Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas
G'nite folks- Dave

And Dave, are you playing that very nice song on your new Owl uke?

DWitt
03-04-2013, 05:26 AM
Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas


Yay! I love that song—great job with it!

barefootgypsy
03-04-2013, 05:44 AM
Sigh. I miss Bird Week. I can't believe it's over.Me too, I long to sit and watch ALL the videos... will have to do it piecemeal, little by little, but I will. Wonderful, wonderful theme, especially for the bird lovers! Of which I count myself one.....

Jnobianchi
03-04-2013, 09:01 AM
John mentioned it and I was reminded that I did it ages ago.

Lovely, Rob. Great job!!

Thank you VERY much, Myrna!!

John

Jnobianchi
03-04-2013, 09:03 AM
Fabulous! Haven't heard this one before, it's lovely! Especially with your signature whistling, and the triples and fan strokes! Dig that old-time vibe! As you do so very well! :) It's great to see you on the Seasons, I hope you'll do it again.....meanwhile, happy bird-watching! I have so enjoyed this week's Season with this theme.....and I saw goldfinches on my patio this morning.......

Thanks Lesley! I really enjoyed it!

Barbablanca
03-04-2013, 10:30 AM
Sigh. I miss Bird Week. I can't believe it's over.


I suppose there is no rule saying you couldn't keep posting "Bonus tracks" to a Season after it's done and dusted, is there? :rolleyes:

ukuloonie
03-04-2013, 10:35 AM
There is no rule to adding Bonus songs that I know of,
I guess it is up to the Host of the week to add the video to the bonus list of videos.

austin1
03-04-2013, 10:39 AM
stupid school! I keep missing the seasons!

Jnobianchi
03-04-2013, 11:48 AM
Well- with three hours left, I figure I ought to get off to bed. Pretty sure no one is cooking up my other favorite bird song, so I figured I would play it for you if I may...

Dave -

GREAT job. I can see why it took awhile to learn it. That syncopation of lyrics against the steady changes *ain't easy*! :)

TCK
03-04-2013, 02:09 PM
Sigh. I miss Bird Week. I can't believe it's over.
Me too...on to the next, but my how much fun as his been?

I considered doing this one- I love the Be Good Tanyas and this song in particular. Watched their YT vid of this song several times last Sunday when I was deciding what song to sing this week. Decided it was too much to learn in just one week and do it justice. Really, you were meant to be the one to sing it this week. Thanks so much for this wonderful bird theme. So many great bird songs to choose from. All the Seasonistas rose to the occasion. One of the best Seasons EVER!
We really did spread our wings and soar...really all I did was come up with something to play (shoot- I did not even do that), you guys supplied the talent. Thanks for coming to the party (and oh yeah- I would give my eye teeth to hear you do this song- I was rough as it gets, but man is it a special one for me).

And Dave, are you playing that very nice song on your new Owl uke?
You betcha!

Yay! I love that song—great job with it!
Thanks DWitt- it is one of those songs for me...glad you liked it

Dave -

GREAT job. I can see why it took awhile to learn it. That syncopation of lyrics against the steady changes *ain't easy*! :)
No- it is the most ridiculously hard three chord song in the world, but I had to have it here. Thanks John, glad you liked it.

There is no rule to adding Bonus songs that I know of,
I guess it is up to the Host of the week to add the video to the bonus list of videos.
I will add them as long as you folks want to play them- shoot, I am making a bonus for season 22 right now :)

TCK
03-04-2013, 02:19 PM
In other news, last week not 20 feet from the car window on the way home from work, we saw 2 male red-tailed hawks sparring in a field for the seemingly uninterested female perched in a near by tree. Went by the tree to see how things panned out.
She has chosen her suitor, who stood proudly right next to her as she preened.
Best of luck to the new couple (they are usually monogamous, barring catastrophe).

uke4ia
03-04-2013, 03:35 PM
Sigh. I miss Bird Week. I can't believe it's over.

If anyone wants to do a second Bird Week sometime, I'd be up for it. I couldn't believe how many bird songs I found that I wanted to do. I already have a Top 3 of ones I'd do next time.

electrauke
03-04-2013, 06:24 PM
Cannot wait to see who wins, this was a great Season.

ukuleledaddy
03-04-2013, 06:25 PM
Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9l4gfdJm4&feature=youtu.be
G'nite folks- Dave

Dave, what a great way to cap off this seriously amazing week. I love that song (as do my girls) and it has been on my list of songs to learn. Wonderfully played and sung. My hat's off to you pal.

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2013, 09:56 PM
I have been watching a Howlin' Wolf Docu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XRC3YcgQ24) on youtube which gives a great perspective
on how the blues moved from the delta to Chicago, and in it the Wolf sang
Little Red Rooster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vr-DR5HdKw), I remember the Rolling Stones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfJVeHKVcE8) doing it in the 60's, so I bashed
it out this morning.


http://youtu.be/8vVfB513f1A

TCK
03-05-2013, 03:48 AM
Dave, what a great way to cap off this seriously amazing week. I love that song (as do my girls) and it has been on my list of songs to learn. Wonderfully played and sung. My hat's off to you pal. Thanks mate-we will both have to play it for the girls down by the river ;) C-F-C-G, whole song...it's the vocals that are tricky (dang you Frazey!)

ukuleledaveey
03-05-2013, 08:19 AM
Another bonus from me, i forgot i did this way back in season 17 :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuJ3D7IEbIY

Jnobianchi
03-05-2013, 08:40 AM
If anyone wants to do a second Bird Week sometime, I'd be up for it. I couldn't believe how many bird songs I found that I wanted to do. I already have a Top 3 of ones I'd do next time.

Yes - I had four more I didn't do... At least four.

Jnobianchi
03-05-2013, 08:43 AM
Hey, Dave!

The Season is going great! I give it four feathers up!

And here's some news - I went to the hand doctor on Tuesday - he's got me heading off to Occupational Therapy next week, and the therapist works with a lot of musicians, so I'm planning on asking her to work with me from a musician aspect. Additionally, he changed my splint, from the full length, across the palm thing to one that sits on the back of the finger, and pulls, rather than pushes the joint into place. That means I'm bending the finger at the middle knuckle, and can bend my hand again, AND the fingertip is exposed.

Meaning I can hold the ukulele with my left hand again.
Meaning I can touch strings again.
Meaning I can play again.

This one is for you, bud!

Kurt - Great entry! and also, GREAT news on the splint. I'm happy for you. :)

Pueo
03-05-2013, 12:14 PM
Awwwwww man I missed it! Perhaps I can add to the Bonus list.

GREAT entries this week everyone!

ksiegel
03-05-2013, 12:57 PM
Kurt - Great entry! and also, GREAT news on the splint. I'm happy for you. :)

Thanks John, but now some not-so great-news on the splint.

Went to the Occupational Therapist this morning, and they gave me a new split. This one is a wrap-around plastic thing that doesn't need to be taped in place, but completely covers the pad of the finger, and sticks out another 5mm... So no more using the ring finger for chords.

I can play using my index and middle finger, and occasionally the pinkie, but it just doesn't come out right. I never realized how much that finger was used to play Uke. Or type, for that matter.

And in other, just as depressing news, while on my way to occupational therapy this morning - less than 100 yards from the hospital, I was t-boned by another driver, at speed. My 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander has been totaled by the insurance company. I've got a rental for the next few weeks, and they will probably pay a bit less than 1/2 of what I paid new for the car, if I'm lucky. As it was, I was very lucky, and wasn't hurt at all. The front of the car - everything forward of the doors - was displaced by about 4 inches, so the collision was probably in excess of 60mph. And none of the airbags went off.


-Kurt

23skidoo
03-05-2013, 01:40 PM
Well, here's a belated bonus..... just couldn't get it done over the killer weekend - kids' basketball and soccer season overlapping, Jake concert Saturday night, yard work, sleep.... better late than never, though.

Dave - this is great theme, my friend.... haven't had any time to catch up on the playlist - or the rest of the forum, for that matter - but this is my favorite song by my favorite artist. It's funny - I've fooled around with this song on guitar over the years but never spent too much time on it..... the familiarity that comes with really learning a tune changes the way you listen to it and I've never wanted to do that with this one.

I know a few other folks - including our most gracious host - have tendered their version of this one, so here's mine:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONG1kVz8Gnw

TCK
03-05-2013, 01:55 PM
Dave - this is great theme, my friend.... haven't had any time to catch up on the playlist - or the rest of the forum, for that matter - but this is my favorite song by my favorite artist. It's funny - I've fooled around with this song on guitar over the years but never spent too much time on it..... the familiarity that comes with really learning a tune changes the way you listen to it and I've never wanted to do that with this one.

I know a few other folks - including our most gracious host - have tendered their version of this one, so here's mine:

Such a great video here Skidoo, and so happy it made it on here for us..who cares about late?
Yeah- this is certainly one hell of a song, and you did it proud mate


And in other, just as depressing news...
Jeez Kurt- it has got to be time to catch a brake soon man, so sorry to read this

GinnyT11
03-05-2013, 02:07 PM
I found this photo today and for some reason it reminded me of Cloverdale Dave, our host of avian delights.
Please, Dave, don't dress like this when you handle the raptors...


49839

ukuloonie
03-05-2013, 02:08 PM
Thanks John, but now some not-so great-news on the splint.

Went to the Occupational Therapist this morning, and they gave me a new split. This one is a wrap-around plastic thing that doesn't need to be taped in place, but completely covers the pad of the finger, and sticks out another 5mm... So no more using the ring finger for chords.

I can play using my index and middle finger, and occasionally the pinkie, but it just doesn't come out right. I never realized how much that finger was used to play Uke. Or type, for that matter.

And in other, just as depressing news, while on my way to occupational therapy this morning - less than 100 yards from the hospital, I was t-boned by another driver, at speed. My 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander has been totaled by the insurance company. I've got a rental for the next few weeks, and they will probably pay a bit less than 1/2 of what I paid new for the car, if I'm lucky. As it was, I was very lucky, and wasn't hurt at all. The front of the car - everything forward of the doors - was displaced by about 4 inches, so the collision was probably in excess of 60mph. And none of the airbags went off.


-Kurt

Ohh Poopy Day Kurt

OldePhart
03-05-2013, 04:08 PM
I found this photo today and for some reason it reminded me of Cloverdale Dave, our host of avian delights.
Please, Dave, don't dress like this when you handle the raptors...


49839

Unless, of course, you're itching to find out what it feels like to be raptor lunch...

OldePhart
03-05-2013, 04:18 PM
Thanks John, but now some not-so great-news on the splint.

Went to the Occupational Therapist this morning, and they gave me a new split. This one is a wrap-around plastic thing that doesn't need to be taped in place, but completely covers the pad of the finger, and sticks out another 5mm... So no more using the ring finger for chords.

I can play using my index and middle finger, and occasionally the pinkie, but it just doesn't come out right. I never realized how much that finger was used to play Uke. Or type, for that matter.

And in other, just as depressing news, while on my way to occupational therapy this morning - less than 100 yards from the hospital, I was t-boned by another driver, at speed. My 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander has been totaled by the insurance company. I've got a rental for the next few weeks, and they will probably pay a bit less than 1/2 of what I paid new for the car, if I'm lucky. As it was, I was very lucky, and wasn't hurt at all. The front of the car - everything forward of the doors - was displaced by about 4 inches, so the collision was probably in excess of 60mph. And none of the airbags went off.


-Kurt

That sucks, Kurt. Definitely one of those days you want to crawl back into bed and see if getting up on the other side works better. Glad you weren't hurt.

The airbags not firing is not unusual on a side impact, though - well, you know that, you were a firefighter! The idea is that if it is pointless to fire the airbags then not firing them saves the insurance companies a lot of money on repairs, so they generally fire only if the force vector would send passengers toward them. Also, they fire and deflate so fast that it's not just a money thing - you wouldn't want front airbags to fire on a side impact, then already be deflated by the time you were pushed head on into oncoming traffic! (As an engineer, albeit a software engineer, I'm fascinated by the amount of research that went into developing something that seems so simple.) Even side airbags often don't fire if hit on the passenger side and the passenger seat is empty.

John

TCK
03-05-2013, 05:43 PM
It appears the judging is hotly contested AND cross continental...if I have to bring mom in we are all in trouble :)
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

TCK
03-05-2013, 06:55 PM
And the meeting of the minds has ended...
I want to first say there are no winners here, everyone wins, at least to me. You all gave something of yourselves this week, and if I could have shown you the smiles it made, I would- just believe me, I will have a stupid look on my face for a long while.
You all introduced me to some wonderful songs or renditions.
You all showed so much support for my cause, something I hold so dear- I am forever grateful. I wish we could have a season where everyone stepped up to the mic in my living and took a turn (oh wait...we have that sorta).
Thanks to the Cloverdale Sister- she is a MACHINE. Efficient as all get out, and we have had a ball bantering back and forth about all of you.
Thanks to the Cloverdale Wife, who was supposed to be our tie-breaker, but did not really do that. We still love her (and did not want her throwing knives tonight-it is raining outside).
OK- I am done babbling. Here are the prize recipients.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pkraKp1Svc&feature=youtu.be
Right- hit me with some addresses prize recipients, and take care everyone. Thanks for one heck of a good time.

thesillydave
03-05-2013, 07:07 PM
so....when does my bird arrive? ha!
congrats to all who participated and to those great videos!
thanks TCK..and family! i had a great time and i hope all the birds get an extra portion of feed from all of us!
p.s. if one wanted to, where would one contribute?
seasonistas rule!
(i live in eureka springs, arkansas! come visit!)

TCK
03-05-2013, 07:11 PM
Should have said that all along...
If anyone wants to contribute (no pressure...but I would love ya even more) to the great things we do at Bird Rescue, you can go here and do so. Sonoma County Bird Rescue Center (http://www.birdrescuecenter.org/support.htm)
Dave, she will be there A.S.A.P!

ajlm
03-05-2013, 07:12 PM
All - thank you for welcoming me in to the fold and blessing me with all your amazing songs!! I truly enjoyed watching every single one of them. Most of them more than once!! There were so many wonderful songs and performances it was truly so difficult to decide but so much fun to argue with The Cloverdale Kid about. :-)

You all have inspired me to keep at it and hopefully participate in the seasons sometime!!

Congrats to the prize recipients!!

Cheers!!

we tigers
03-05-2013, 07:30 PM
Congrats to the prize recipients and thanks Cloverdale Family for a brilliant and cuckoo season!

chrimess
03-06-2013, 12:23 AM
Congrats, guys, and thanks to California, the most cuckoo seasonistas won and the Cuckoo-lele wants to cheer you on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBLHTRwXKf0&sns=em

GinnyT11
03-06-2013, 02:53 AM
Thanks so much, Dave, for making this an especially exciting season. We were all rocking robins this week, and it's mostly due to your exuberance as host and excitement about raptors that brought out our own interesting bird connections. Thanks too to Melissa and sister Ang for help in scoring.

Big congratulations to the winners, whose songs soared to higher heights!

Here's where I should have put the picture...

49851


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decaturcomp
03-06-2013, 03:13 AM
Wonderful choices! Well done judgies!!
Congrats to every one, feathered or un!

TCK
03-06-2013, 03:21 AM
Congrats, guys, and thanks to California, the most cuckoo seasonistas won and the Cuckoo-lele wants to cheer you on:
Oh no- Cuckoolele is private, I cant see it!

SailQwest
03-06-2013, 03:40 AM
Congrats to all of the winners, and thanks to The Cloverdale Kid (and family) for hosting this Season!

I enjoyed this Season a lot, and plan to do more than just lurk in the future. :D

chrimess
03-06-2013, 03:40 AM
oop, sorry, fixed.

Oh no- Cuckoolele is private, I cant see it!

GaryC1968
03-06-2013, 04:00 AM
Congratulations to the winners and thanks again to The Cloverdale Kid for another great season!

Dougf
03-06-2013, 04:33 AM
Congrats winners, and thanks Dave and family for the high flying season.

ukuLily Mars
03-06-2013, 04:42 AM
seasonistas rule!
(i live in eureka springs, arkansas! come visit!)
Party at sillydave's! Woo-hoo! Count me in!


You all have inspired me to keep at it and hopefully participate in the seasons sometime!!
What is this "hopefully" of which you speak??? You HAVE TO participate now! You're one of us!

Kurt! Glad you came out of the crash unharmed. Looks like you have enough to be dealing with, and I wish you the best. Hope you can play your 'uke soon! That will make everything better.

Congratulations to all of the prize recipients! I'm glad I wasn't judging. There were some really fun videos this week.

Thanks, TCK and The Cloverdale Family, for a wonderful Season! It's obvious that everyone really enjoyed participating this week, and that's because of your enthusiasm and your love for the bîrds, as well as just a general sense of fun and camaraderie.

decaturcomp
03-06-2013, 04:56 AM
Birds, Birds, Birds, Birds, BIRDS!
I'm not finished yet...
This is an Aloha to Birds Week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD5VNtFekzc

OldePhart
03-06-2013, 07:22 AM
Congrats winners xxxxxx prize recipients and everybody else. Lots of fun. Thanks Dave.

John

Mandalyn
03-06-2013, 07:34 AM
Congrats to the winners! Glad I was able to join you guys. I have peeking in here for almost a year!
Thank you all for kind comments and encouragement!

Jnobianchi
03-06-2013, 09:22 AM
...And in other, just as depressing news, while on my way to occupational therapy this morning - less than 100 yards from the hospital, I was t-boned by another driver, at speed. My 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander has been totaled by the insurance company. I've got a rental for the next few weeks, and they will probably pay a bit less than 1/2 of what I paid new for the car, if I'm lucky. As it was, I was very lucky, and wasn't hurt at all. The front of the car - everything forward of the doors - was displaced by about 4 inches, so the collision was probably in excess of 60mph. And none of the airbags went off.


-Kurt

Holy cow, Kurt! I'm glad you weren't hurt - that's no small thing. But man, that stinks~!

I'm sending positive vibes your way.

Thank you, Dave, Mrs. Dave and Dave's sister for giving me the red-tailed hawk. I couldn't be happier, especially considering the excellence of all your entries. What a great time I've had watching and participating. Thanks, everyone!!

CountryMouse
03-06-2013, 09:42 AM
Congratulations to the winners! This was a great Season! :)

CountryMouse

Barbablanca
03-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Congrats to the freebirds who "won" - I agree this was a cracking week! Well done TCK!

Glad to hear you weren't hurt in the crash Kurt. Hope you can get some blood out of a stone.... er... I mean some money from the insurance sharks.

See y'all on 55!

wallyboy
03-06-2013, 10:13 AM
well done to the winners, a great week, well hosted tck, top job

barefootgypsy
03-06-2013, 10:59 AM
Congrats to the winners! And thanks Dave for a great week of chirruping and soaring to new heights! Your hosting style was a joy. Shame it's over. And on to exploring new places with pabrizzer.... :D

uke4ia
03-06-2013, 11:10 AM
Congratulations to the winners! And my apologies that with such an aviary of videos, I've had time to watch so few of them.

ukuleledaddy
03-06-2013, 04:09 PM
Congrats to the prize recipients! GREAT WEEK Dave!!

myrnaukelele
03-06-2013, 07:47 PM
This was such a fun Season! You Seasonistas really rocked it with the bird songs. Congrats winners- your prizes are well-deserved. And thanks TCK and family for hosting and judging. I loved this week!

TCK
03-07-2013, 06:41 PM
Thanks all- seriously had the time of my life, kinda sad it is over...
I guess I will keep posting bird songs into the void- I invite you all to do so if you feel the need ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oomGJ-1it2c&list=UU1xday0NyeuItGfSKVnR8-w
Way back in season 27 I did this one- still a fave. Only one I can pick out like this-

ksiegel
03-08-2013, 05:53 PM
Hi, John.

As I said on the YouTube page, I was talking to Michael Smith this evening at a concert he and Anne Hills did, and told him that one of the UU members had done this song, and had Done it well - he said to say "Thank You!" I apologize for not remembering your name during the conversation.


-Kurt



This brings me to my video. I tried to shoot it with me in front of the picture window with our assortment of feeder birds behind me. The back lighting of sunlight on the snow made me black. Those videos were deleted. I redid it with me in front of the fireplace. The only birds in the shot are the flamingoes on my shirt.

This is a song by Michael P Smith, We Become Birds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sKfMzqtf6Y&feature=youtu.be

thesillydave
04-16-2013, 09:50 PM
my bird arrived today!!!
a barn owl! the photo is amazing!
my youngest, baxter, said,"this is the best prize you have ever received for playing your ukulele!"...
and you know, he's right! thanks TCK!

pabrizzer
04-16-2013, 09:54 PM
Young Baxter is a smart lad. They were most worthy prizes.

TCK
04-17-2013, 09:19 AM
Glad you like her Dave! She certainly is pretty special ;)
Tell Baxter I will let her know she is appreciated

redpaul1
02-17-2014, 07:59 AM
<digression> Side note: Why is it that you lot say Barkley when we say Berkley for the same spelling. I noticed it studying Bishop Berkley in Philosophy 101 and have always wondered since then. It must be specific to the name, yes? I mean you don't say Harshey Bar, right? I know there are inconsistancies aplenty in our way of doing business over here but, I sincerely wonder, is there an answer to this? </digression>.
It's because our (British) accents have moved on. Back in the 17th Century, Brits would have pronounced Berkeley and Derby as Americans pronounce them today.

Modern American accents and usage have been much influenced by German, Yiddish and Dutch, of course (<digression> which is why Americans write people, whereas Brits write to them - cf, German Ich schreibe ihm vs Ich schreibe zu ihn - English had lost the dative/accusative distinction even by Tudor times & so for centuries has relied on prepositions to do the work that inflections do in German - English is a deflected, rather than inflected language - but C19th German/Jewish immigrants to the US simply transposed ich schreibe ihm onto 'I write him' rather than translate it into 'I write to him'</digression>), but in as a general principle, colonial accents are much more conservative than metropolitan ones (forgive the solecism, that's how linguists refer to non-English English accents). Shakespeare rhymed 'wind' as in breeze, with 'wind' as in turn, i.e, with 'wined'. We don't any more, but New Zealanders of my acquaintance continue to do so.

So, why not Harshey? Well, generally, changes in a language's pronunciation come from the top down, via emulation of 'prestige accents'. Philip II of Spain had a lisp, which is why modern Castilian Spanish has too. Louis XiV couldn't roll his 'r's in the front of his mouth, which is why modern French rolls its 'r's at the back of the throat.

The English Lords Berkely and Derby and their chums started affecting a drawl (the so-called Mayfair drawl) back in the days of Beau Brummell and the dandies. So Berkeley & Derby became Bahkley & Dahby. The 'conservative' American accent simply preserves the original pronunciation. As best I know, there was no Lord Hershey, and that's why Hershey never became Harsh.

This 'prestige' accent among the late C18th English aristocracy exaggerated a pre-existing tendency in the English English accent toward becoming more and more non-rhotic ('r' silent after a vowel), whereas American accents tend, along with Scots and Irish accents, to favour the pronunciation of the post-vocalic 'r' (rhotic pronunciation). You say 'carr', I say 'cah'. You say 'Berkshire', I say 'Bahkshire'.

The only time an English English-speaker pronounces 'Berk' to rhyme with 'jerk' is in the context of Cockney rhyming slang: 'Berk' is short for 'Berkshire Hunt'. These days, calling someone a 'Berk' is a rather mild insult (& certainly milder than calling them a 'jerk'), but that's only because neither insulter nor insultee aren't generally aware of how bad the insult actually is.

HTH - Better late than never! :)

p.s., just noticed DWitt's post on David Hume/Home. The last British Prime Minister to come from the House of Lords was a Scottish peer, the 13th Earl of Home, pronounced 'Hume' (better known to history as Sir Alec Douglas-Home, as he resigned his peerage in order to lead his administration from the House of Commons).