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Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 06:14 PM
"SO DAMN HAPPY": The Songs of Loudon Wainwright


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BACKGROUND TO THE THEME & PRIZES:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn2bIGb_zPU&feature=youtu.be


JUDGING:

will be a score out of 30 from Eugenie and I, on the basis of your singing, playing and the emotional investment you put into your chosen song. In the spirit of the original seasons contest we will record a critique video and give feedback to each entry.

BONUS POINTS?

You Bet! An automatic 3 bonus points for anyone who records 'Primrose Hill' as an entry or bonus. For no other reason than it is my favourite LW song.

GUIDELINES:

* one entry per person, single continuous take, no overdubs, uke front and centre.
* multiple versions of the same song are OK.
* enter as many bonuses as you like.
* please state in your video that the song is for season 67, Loudon Wainwright week, or words to that effect.
* please state in your video or in your thread post whether your song is an entry or a bonus track.

INSPIRATION:

a couple of references to get you started...
http://www.chordie.com/song.php/songartist/Loudon+Wainwright/index.html
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/loudon_wainwright_iii_tabs.htm
http://www.azchords.com/l/loudonwainwrightiii-tabs-34330.html

DEADLINE:

midnight Hawaii time Sunday June 2.

If you have any questions about the week, post away in the thread and I'll try and answer ASAP. Have a great week gang!

:)

PLAYLISTS:

ENTRIES (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn2bIGb_zPU&list=PLv7YnEFyEDkvjhosjqq29ZUlJEDlYst-B)

BONEY BUMS (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv7YnEFyEDkv6HBOtqQFteIiFn5Aq3O4l)

TCK
05-25-2013, 06:17 PM
I am staying up...
Addiction is a painful thing

thesillydave
05-25-2013, 06:46 PM
how about a little hint?! ha!

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 07:06 PM
how about a little hint?! ha!
Anything for you brother, after all, I'm

SO DAMN HAPPY

today... :p

erivel
05-25-2013, 09:06 PM
Awesome theme Jon! I'm going to Maui in the morning. Hope I can get something recorded there. I already have a song in mind. :)

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 09:16 PM
Awesome theme Jon! I'm going to Maui in the morning. Hope I can get something recorded there. I already have a song in mind. :)

That's great Eric. Have a fab trip mate, really looking forward to what you bring to the party
:cheers:

erivel
05-25-2013, 09:49 PM
That's great Eric. Have a fab trip mate, really looking forward to what you bring to the party
:cheers:

Thanks mate! Fingers crossed, hoping to find the time this week!

ukuloonie
05-25-2013, 09:49 PM
Looks like a cool week and some great songs to boot.

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 10:03 PM
recent gig, full set


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBVTkUT1RTc

Wongo
05-25-2013, 10:14 PM
Saw this not that long ago. I had never heard of him before. Looking forward to exploring his music with all of you
http://youtu.be/Zm7MCpdRCb8

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 10:41 PM
Saw this not that long ago. I had never heard of him before. Looking forward to exploring his music with all of you

great post Wongo, thanks for it mate.
I actually saw him and Lucy play down in Hobart a couple of years ago. An amazing show, including a couple of songs on the piano.

At one point of a song off the 'Strange Weirdos' record he forget the words and asked the crowd to help him out...silence. I knew the line so screamed it out and he turned to me and said "thanks man", then continued the song. I think I was the only real Loudo freak in the audience - Tassie crowds have a rep of being a very shy and reserved bunch, but not me after a few beers. :p Anyway, had a short chat with him afterwards, got him to sign a couple of records I took along. Was a memorable night for me no doubt.

But yeah, his stuff is incredible. Firmly in folk territory but splashes of country, pop, jazz and blues and maybe the wittiest lyricist I can think of...with a nod to John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Darren Hanlon and some others

Wongo
05-25-2013, 10:45 PM
Sounds like an awesome night. It's always great to meet the people who inspire you. Thanks for a great theme this week.

wee_ginga_yin
05-25-2013, 11:03 PM
Great choice of a performer Jon, and I could not agree more his stuff is so edgey
there is always an undercurrent of menace bubbling below the surface especially
when he sings songs about his father or his own family.

Here is a BONUS I did some time ago which encapsulates the hatred for the father
and perhaps a little bit more than love for the mother... with some extra glowing ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZyTQL4pFCc

wee_ginga_yin
05-25-2013, 11:24 PM
The blockhead BONUS


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiSBME1cOIs

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 11:48 PM
Great choice of a performer Jon, and I could not agree more his stuff is so edgey
there is always an undercurrent of menace bubbling below the surface especially
when he sings songs about his father or his own family.

Here is a BONUS I did some time ago which encapsulates the hatred for the father
and perhaps a little bit more than love for the mother... with some extra glowing ;-)

"White Winos"... Wonderful job on this one Rob. Such a poignant and sad song, you really gave yourself to the story. And delivered.

Thanks for kicking things off in such fine fashion mate.

Hippie Dribble
05-25-2013, 11:52 PM
The blockhead BONUS


"I'm Alright"... Oh yeah, down and dirty and doing your best work on this one mate. That percussive, chunky rhythm you're pumpin out is just so right here

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 12:23 AM
Alas I have no yootoob Loudon songs to share but I've got an old audio recorded awhile back. This was first recorded by Charlie Poole - he was the subject of a 2CD tribute set LW recorded a few years ago.

My Mother And My Sweetheart (https://soundcloud.com/eugeneukulele/my-mother-and-my-sweetheart)

and here's another one I forgot about

High Wide And Hansome (https://soundcloud.com/eugeneukulele/high-wide-and-hansome)

pabrizzer
05-26-2013, 01:00 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlXJyE6pH88

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 01:13 AM
" I Haven't Got The Blues Yet"...Wow! You're so quick off the mark Brian, it's scary! Excellent effort mate considering you gave yourself zero learning time.

Entry or bonus?

pabrizzer
05-26-2013, 01:21 AM
Make it my entry please Jon.
Although I really like Over The Hill too so I may change it later if I get time to do it.
Any suggestions for a song to do with Charlie? Simple kid friendly 3 chorder?

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 01:35 AM
Make it my entry please Jon.
Although I really like Over The Hill too so I may change it later if I get time to do it.
Any suggestions for a song to do with Charlie? Simple kid friendly 3 chorder?
hmm, nothing comes immediately to mind mate, I'll have a think about it. A lot of his material has a very 'adult' quality to it. The most harmless and innocent of songs often have lines in em that come out of nowhere with a shock. One maybe is "A Year" though again, the subject is confronting...

UkeyDave
05-26-2013, 02:07 AM
Crikey, thats a tough one John. I've never heard of him but hey thats the beauty of the Seasons. We all get to go out of our comfort zone. Well, having trouble finding a song I can replicate though. Will have to keep searching. 8-/

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 02:15 AM
Make it my entry please Jon.
Although I really like Over The Hill too so I may change it later if I get time to do it.
Any suggestions for a song to do with Charlie? Simple kid friendly 3 chorder?

The Swimming Song? Dead Skunk? The Ukulele Song?

xommen
05-26-2013, 02:20 AM
My entry for this week: Daughter.
I liked the lyrics to this song, especially as my daughter is 18 and has a part time job. So she buys lots of stuff herself. And there is lots of stuff that I did not teach her ;).

http://youtu.be/-2oVa1Q_TUY

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 02:33 AM
Crikey, that's a tough one John. I've never heard of him but hey thats the beauty of the Seasons. We all get to go out of our comfort zone. Well, having trouble finding a song I can replicate though. Will have to keep searching. 8-/

hey Dave, yeah I think the toughest aspect of interpreting Loudon Wainwright's stuff is the phrasing side of things, he certainly has a unique style and isn't short of a word. But I guess a big part of the challenge this week, as always, is for us to somehow find our own way of presenting the songs that is true to ourselves and where we're at. But I agree mate, Wainwright may yet prove a tough beast for us to tame this week and it may well flop. Keep searching brother, you'll find a friendly one amidst the angry trolls... :p

He wrote a cute one about ukuleles too actually:
The Ukulele Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_RjBL9m23A)
Here's the chords for it:
http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/loudon.pdf

Joko
05-26-2013, 03:15 AM
There's a park near my new place that I'd been wanting to check out, and the Seasons came along right on time! I love this Wainwright guy! Awesome stuff! One song stood out for me...

Sorry about the competing background music. I had gotten all settled in at the 'perfect spot' when, I don't know what it was that rolled up and started playing music behind the trees, but since the sun goes down fast in the tropics and I was running out of daylight, I uked forward!


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

pabrizzer
05-26-2013, 03:15 AM
I think we'll do Bell Bottom Pants - just 2 chords - but catchy.

decaturcomp
05-26-2013, 04:26 AM
Oh, MAN! Love you Brother. I almost cried when I saw this. LWIII is a huge favorite of mine. Once I drove across the US in 3 days, when I got to Palo Alto I found that Loudon was playing in a little college cafeteria there. So, the first thing I did after the long third day's drive was to hop back in the car and go off to hear his show. The line I recall above all others from that night was:
"Some junkie stole my blonde guitar
God works in wondrous ways..."

decaturcomp
05-26-2013, 05:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4T02j7shw8

bnus

lakesideglenn
05-26-2013, 06:16 AM
Great theme this week, Jon! I may not be able to resist doing "High Wide and Handsome" on my "super" guitarele! Don't worry, I'll make it a bonus entry.
Now...what to do for my official entry????
Stay tuned!

TCK
05-26-2013, 07:02 AM
Precisely why I love the seasons. Looking at my darn music library, there is well over a year of continuous music in it, and today I am adding like a wild man. Never gave Louden Wainwright much of a listen until last night. Not sure why, just never got around to it.
Now I find a complete album of Charlie Poole interpretations. I am in.
I was introduced to folk music late, and Charlie even later, but man I love his stuff. Largely due to this gal, who is a four foot powder-keg of folk music awesome. Here she is doing Poole, which was also done by Wainwright, and thanks Jon for making me listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKN3MKDmjA

Dougf
05-26-2013, 07:35 AM
Jon, the first list of songs that you linked shows "Suicide is Painless", but it was not written by, nor apparently ever performed by Wainwright. He did appear in some M*A*S*H episodes and sang his song "Suicide Blues". Would "Suicide is Painless" qualify?

Shady Wilbury
05-26-2013, 09:11 AM
Firstly, full disclosure...I got very excited about this season, and then realised that Loudon Wainwright III isn't Lyle Lovett. It's been a pleasure to discover the music of Loudon Wainwright, and so I chose to cover 'Glad To See You Got Religion' from his 1970 self-titled debut album.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZtV6JECGEM&feature=youtu.be

ETA: This is my entry.

Raygf
05-26-2013, 09:16 AM
Here is my entry.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysGvsBvlrX8

frisbee fred
05-26-2013, 09:38 AM
Jon, the first list of songs that you linked shows "Suicide is Painless", but it was not written by, nor apparently ever performed by Wainwright. He did appear in some M*A*S*H episodes and sang his song "Suicide Blues". Would "Suicide is Painless" qualify?
Oh, great, thanks Doug. That's the only one I knew and was going to do.......

Shady Wilbury
05-26-2013, 09:49 AM
Thanks for the introduction to this song, Ray! I must admit my Loudon Wainwright/Lyle Lovett confusion cost me something here, but it's a joy to learn a bunch of new songs.

~dave~~wave~
05-26-2013, 10:03 AM
My favorite version of Schooldays is on The McGarrigle Hour.

I changed a line in honor of the kind girls who blessed my pimpled blue-jeaned baby self in their beds, not the reverse as Loudon wrote it.
There weren't many, but I'm eternally grateful.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UeWrFITusw




In Delaware when I was younger, I would live a life obscene
In the spring I had great hunger, I was Brando, I was Dean

Blaspheming booted blue-jeaned baby boy, Oh, how I made them turn their heads
The townie girls, they made me jump for joy, and then they blessed me in their beds

In Delaware when I was younger, I would row upon the lake
In the Spring I had great hunger, I was Keats, I was Blake

My pimpled pencilled pains I'd bring to frogs who sat entranced
My drift dream ditties I would sing, the water striders danced

In Delaware when I was younger, they thought St. Andrew had sufficed
But in the Spring I had great hunger, I was Buddha, I was Christ

You wicked wise men, where's your wonder? You Pharisees one day will pay
See my lightning, hear my thunder. I am truth, I know the way

In Delaware when I was younger...

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-26-2013, 10:53 AM
Here's my go...


http://youtu.be/p8uu2W3yg2E

decaturcomp
05-26-2013, 11:10 AM
Another bnus about Rufus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NOLv2wRoBY

NSFW

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 12:16 PM
Jon, the first list of songs that you linked shows "Suicide is Painless", but it was not written by, nor apparently ever performed by Wainwright. He did appear in some M*A*S*H episodes and sang his song "Suicide Blues". Would "Suicide is Painless" qualify?

Apologies Doug, my oversight, I googled those links in a minute or so before I posted.

Nay to your question. "Suicide is Painless" is not a song by Loudon Wainwright so not eligible.

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 12:18 PM
I think we'll do Bell Bottom Pants - just 2 chords - but catchy.

Yes! love that song!!!! just make sure you were them pantses :p

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 12:21 PM
just a bit of housekeeping...

I'm getting a bit flustered with all the awesome songs and not sure where to put them...could you please state in your post whether they are entries or bonus tracks. Unless otherwise indicated I'm makng everyone's posts entries, except for Alan, for whom everything is a bonus until I'm advised otherwise :p

OldePhart
05-26-2013, 12:29 PM
Well...this theme worked out quite well, Jon, as you'll hear in the video...

I think this is my first entry in about three months - you should feel greatly honored... LOL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m29GidtHuI&feature=youtu.be

John

decaturcomp
05-26-2013, 12:39 PM
My entry. A song about a real jerk. This one was covered by Alex Chilton's Big Star.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAt_97_Qku4

decaturcomp
05-26-2013, 12:48 PM
May I please add to this.
I made a real botch of who's entries were entries or bonuses last season. I even lost a couple of entries entirely.
That was entirely my fault.
Please, for your host's sake, always add a written note saying either bonus or entry. That is much easier for them than having to queue up every video one extra time just to see if you mention it on the video.

Hosting is really fun! Everyone should do it. I can't wait for another turn. AND if you help the hosts in this easy way, they'll have more time to appreciate your efforts.

Thanks and love from Alan!!!


just a bit of housekeeping...

I'm getting a bit flustered with all the awesome songs and not sure where to put them...could you please state in your post whether they are entries or bonus tracks. Unless otherwise indicated I'm makng everyone's posts entries, except for Alan, for whom everything is a bonus until I'm advised otherwise :p

wee_ginga_yin
05-26-2013, 12:57 PM
I have been wanting to do this for a while but just could not get away with that strident sneer of the original so here is a softer more reflective version which would be my official entry, where desperation deception and deceit; have their say when the old and world weary tries to pick up the young and innocent.


http://youtu.be/ApEGvtJ3tmQ

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 01:55 PM
Here's another possibly helpful reference for you:
http://www.azchords.com/l/loudonwainwrightiii-tabs-34330.html

librainian
05-26-2013, 04:00 PM
Hi Eugene Ukulele - thanks for this terrific contest. Loudon's song "Got a Ukulele" is the reason I picked up this damn habit last year in the first place!

This is my official entry, a completely a different song entitled "Times Is Hard," off the Album 10 Songs for the New Depression. Happy huh? If no one else does "Got A Ukulele" I may submit that as well but I already have another bonus entry lined up. Stay tuned for that, it's a toughie.


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

librainian
05-26-2013, 04:04 PM
Here's a bonus entry from the same album. I might have bit off more than I could chew with that one. It's frustrating when you can work out your own arrangement to a tune but can't smoothly play it! Sorry for the flub ups.

The Panic Is on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLQqqZ9EZ6E

pabrizzer
05-26-2013, 10:43 PM
Over the Hill
If possible I would like this to be my official entry please Jon.
Sorry to be a nuisance but I do prefer this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj_a5jl51VA

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 11:29 PM
Over the Hill
If possible I would like this to be my official entry please Jon.
Sorry to be a nuisance but I do prefer this one.

No nuisance mate, I prefer this one too. Superb job. Magnificent vocal, so full of emotion, I really felt ya mate. Done!

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 11:39 PM
Hi Eugene Ukulele - thanks for this terrific contest. Loudon's song "Got a Ukulele" is the reason I picked up this damn habit last year in the first place!

This is my official entry, a completely a different song entitled "Times Is Hard," off the Album 10 Songs for the New Depression. Happy huh? If no one else does "Got A Ukulele" I may submit that as well but I already have another bonus entry lined up. Stay tuned for that, it's a toughie.

Welcome to the seasons Andrew! Way to bust out a first entry mate, fantastic shot at this one

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 11:51 PM
I have been wanting to do this for a while but just could not get away with that strident sneer of the original so here is a softer more reflective version which would be my official entry, where desperation deception and deceit; have their say when the old and world weary tries to pick up the young and innocent.

oh my, this was superb Rob. Talk about draining the well, you got in so deep here mate. Thanks for telling the story so well.

Hippie Dribble
05-26-2013, 11:56 PM
My entry. A song about a real jerk. This one was covered by Alex Chilton's Big Star.

Wow, another amazing shot at this one. Just loved this Alan, you got the whispering menace going on. I felt them there eyes of yours looking right through me. Excellent playing too man

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:08 AM
Well...this theme worked out quite well, Jon, as you'll hear in the video...

I think this is my first entry in about three months - you should feel greatly honored... LOL

John
AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHGHHHH!!!!!!! I hate you and your deceased polecat!!!!!!! Thanks for entering brother. That was a whole bunch of fun. Have a great time and come back safe and well mate.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:19 AM
Here's my go...


this song is like standing in the middle of a barren wasteland. Breaks my heart everytime I hear it. You knocked it outta the park Ralf and, not for the first time gave me a lump in the throat and moist eyes.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:26 AM
My favorite version of Schooldays is on The McGarrigle Hour.

I changed a line in honor of the kind girls who blessed my pimpled blue-jeaned baby self in their beds, not the reverse as Loudon wrote it.
There weren't many, but I'm eternally grateful.


Ha ha! I love this song and you just made me love it even more Dave. Totally kicked butt. Aaah to have them days back...

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:32 AM
Here is my entry.


Absolutely amazing Ray. Deadpan majestic.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:45 AM
Firstly, full disclosure...I got very excited about this season, and then realised that Loudon Wainwright III isn't Lyle Lovett. It's been a pleasure to discover the music of Loudon Wainwright, and so I chose to cover 'Glad To See You Got Religion' from his 1970 self-titled debut album.

ETA: This is my entry.
Lyle Lovett! He he...you did a super job with this one Shady. Great choice of song for you and the sweet, plaintive vocal was a perfect fit.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 12:56 AM
There's a park near my new place that I'd been wanting to check out, and the Seasons came along right on time! I love this Wainwright guy! Awesome stuff! One song stood out for me...

Sorry about the competing background music. I had gotten all settled in at the 'perfect spot' when, I don't know what it was that rolled up and started playing music behind the trees, but since the sun goes down fast in the tropics and I was running out of daylight, I uked forward!



Oh my gosh Joko. The scatting. The scatting. THE SCATTING!!!!!! Aaaarrggghhhh that was unbelievable man. Absolutely amazing job brother. Gonna take a long time before this smile is gone from my face, that was just pure joy

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2013, 01:01 AM
My entry for this week: Daughter.
I liked the lyrics to this song, especially as my daughter is 18 and has a part time job. So she buys lots of stuff herself. And there is lots of stuff that I did not teach her ;).


Great choice of song Wim and a beautiful, sensitive rendition mate. Great playing too, the rhythm and phrasing on this one is deceptively challenging and you did a wonderful job with it.

decaturcomp
05-27-2013, 03:32 AM
This was one of those songs I sang cross-legged on many, many living room floors many decades ago:

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

BONUS: Thank you Mr. Host.

librainian
05-27-2013, 02:31 PM
Another bonus entry for me. You did say as many as you want right? I'm kind of proud of this arrangement for this song. The singing. not so much! It was raining pretty hard when I recorded this. You can hear it in the background. I think it sets the perfect atmosphere for this song.

The Final Frontier (from Strange Weirdos)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I_1WVT2TLk

peewee
05-27-2013, 03:08 PM
What a theme John!

Just back to civilization after a holiday weekend camping trip, getting some smoke smell into the Kanilea.
Had a long conversation about "perfect songs" the two contenders I proposed were 53rd and 3rd and the man who couldn't cry. So I'm right in sync. Many of my faves have been hit already, I'll see if there isn't some untrod material that I can work on. Thanks!
Haven't heard any entries as its tricky via phone, but knowing the material and many of the performers, I am definitely looking forward to it!
And Alan, I almost did Motel Blues for Road week!

TheUkeBloke
05-27-2013, 05:01 PM
My entry for Ukulele Underground Season 67. The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright.

I had been playing this song for a few weeks (maybe its not obvious form my performance though...!). I came across it sung by Lew DeWitt.

Its a great easy going song. I hadn't seen much of Loudon Wainwright's songs before - wow he's done some great stuff.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo9a7ybUjw4

This was the third take after 2 mistakes. I couldn't do any more in this outfit, its Winter here in Oz and I was getting somewhat cold....! Hope it was worth it, Jon. :cool:

pabrizzer
05-27-2013, 06:49 PM
Another bnus about Rufus.
NSFW

Some irony here cause I'm pretty sure that Rufus turned out NOT to be a mammary gland man at all.

4thmonth
05-27-2013, 08:53 PM
I have never heard of this guy before. Been listening to the stuff all day. I like it! I may try to play something before the week is out. We shall see....

pabrizzer
05-27-2013, 10:46 PM
A Cha and Pa bonus -
Bell Bottom Pants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tEhHpx4kWE

Hippie Dribble
05-28-2013, 12:09 AM
A Cha and Pa bonus -
Bell Bottom Pants.


Thanks for making my night a whole lot brighter Cha and Pa. I'm smiling so much I'm aching I tell ya. You guys'd rock any pop rock folk festivals and dances you chose. (As long as you wear them pantses...he he). So much fun! I love you guys!!!

wee_ginga_yin
05-28-2013, 02:54 AM
If Loudon were drowning, I think he would insist he was only waving.
The swimming song is not really about swimming, it is more about
greif and loneliness. I have always thought it was about depression
so bad that it is bordering on suicide, and the only way to stay alive is
kick your legs about and flail with your arms to stop from going under.

Inexplicably for me it is always associated the with the Stevie Smith poem
Not waving but drowning.

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him
his heart gave way, They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

So here is my slowed down Swimming song bonus, with extra organ and
added grand-children in the water enjoying the experiance.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmnBbvEvZ0M

xommen
05-28-2013, 06:45 AM
a Bonus called: the Picture

http://youtu.be/Fpi_MKvbZlA

myrnaukelele
05-28-2013, 07:51 AM
The sun is shining and I have a zillion things to do before I leave tonight for a three week vacation. I have been planting the garden before I go so I've had very little time for playing my uke. I'm not sure I'll be able to enter the Seasons for the next few weeks but you all have fun! I can't believe I'm off to Indiana in just a few hours and then I head to France and I haven't even found my suitcase yet. Thank god I know where my passport is. Anyway- off to plant the basil. Happy ukeing everyone!

pabrizzer
05-28-2013, 10:52 AM
Phew!
Only smelt him two seasons ago.
But he stinks again as a bonus for this season.
C'mon stink!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMflwpQR-p0
They take a while to decompose these dead skunks.

librainian
05-28-2013, 11:13 AM
A Cha and Pa bonus -
Bell Bottom Pants.

So nice. She's got the timing down great!

ukuleledaveey
05-28-2013, 11:22 AM
The sun is shining and I have a zillion things to do before I leave tonight for a three week vacation. I have been planting the garden before I go so I've had very little time for playing my uke. I'm not sure I'll be able to enter the Seasons for the next few weeks but you all have fun! I can't believe I'm off to Indiana in just a few hours and then I head to France and I haven't even found my suitcase yet. Thank god I know where my passport is. Anyway- off to plant the basil. Happy ukeing everyone!

Have a great time Myrna :) are youheading over to the UK at all or just france ? have a great time

ukuleledaveey
05-28-2013, 11:30 AM
great theme Jon, never really listened to to Loudon before, but really enjoying researching him, have found 2 songs i like alot, just hope no one else does one of them lol, although i cannot play them like loudon, enjoying the entries posted so far, great going everyone :)

GinnyT11
05-28-2013, 11:31 AM
Oui, Myrna, bon voyage! Aussi bon appetit, bonne consommation de vin, et bon plaisir chaque jour!

Tootler
05-28-2013, 01:28 PM
The sun is shining and I have a zillion things to do before I leave tonight for a three week vacation. I have been planting the garden before I go so I've had very little time for playing my uke. I'm not sure I'll be able to enter the Seasons for the next few weeks but you all have fun! I can't believe I'm off to Indiana in just a few hours and then I head to France and I haven't even found my suitcase yet. Thank god I know where my passport is. Anyway- off to plant the basil. Happy ukeing everyone!

Enjoy your break Myrna. I seem to remember you managed to post some entries last year from an apartment in Paris. (At least I thought it was Paris)

Tootler
05-28-2013, 01:34 PM
great theme Jon, never really listened to to Loudon before, but really enjoying researching him, have found 2 songs i like alot, just hope no one else does one of them lol, although i cannot play them like loudon, enjoying the entries posted so far, great going everyone :)


I seem to have had that problem this week. I had two possibilities lined up and both times, someone beat me to it. A third one, I couldn't find a You Tube clip or other recording so I could learn the tune, though I had found words and chords. Sometimes it goes like that. I'm just going to go with my first choice anyway, even though Pabrizzer has already done a great job on it because it is such a good song an I want to put it into my repertoire as it should go well in a couple of folk clubs I go to.

I did find a LW III song book on Amazon which I'm thinking of ordering as it will be a useful resource. He really is a good songwriter. If I have the words and music I sometimes like to learn the songs without hearing a recording or someone sing them as you can then really put your own take on the song.

Tootler
05-28-2013, 01:43 PM
Here is my entry, Over the Hill. Pabrizzer did a really good job earlier with a baritone uke. I've decided to use a soprano uke (I don't have a baritone, anyway - nor a tenor for that matter. Just sopranos and concerts). I noticed that LW used a Flea for a live performance of his ukulele song so I reckon I'm in good company. Over the Hill really is a good song, though it captures more of a young man's view of ageing. Once you start to get there, it doesn't seem quite as bad. At least I'm still enjoying life and the uke and the seasons is part of it.


http://youtu.be/V8FbmFcHzWI

southside mike
05-28-2013, 02:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAh43FKTX0
This was a challenge for me as I only knew one Loudon Wainwright III
song. Thanks Eugene for forcing me to explore all of his music. Now I look forward to adding him to my list of favorites. This song was tough for me as I had to come up with it from scratch so my version will be quite different from his.

krabbers
05-28-2013, 02:33 PM
Ok here's our official entry all the way from Unplugthewood

"unrequited to the nth degree"


http://youtu.be/SZ7Q20Uh6Kc

TheUkeBloke
05-28-2013, 06:59 PM
If Loudon were drowning, I think he would insist he was only waving.
The swimming song is not really about swimming, it is more about
greif and loneliness. I have always thought it was about depression
so bad that it is bordering on suicide, and the only way to stay alive is
kick your legs about and flail with your arms to stop from going under.


Gee, I hope this is not the real interpretation for such a happy sounding song. The story I heard quoted was:

Quote: After the success of Loudon Wainwright III's "Dead Skunk," Columbia Records was eager for another "silly animal song" to appeal to the public. Much to their disappointment, the singer offered what he considered an even better, yet animal-free, song called "The Swimming Song" for his new album, Attempted Mustache.

Although it didn't prove to be a bigger hit than "Dead Skunk," the nostalgic song still remains one of Wainwright's favorites. Fans agree, even if their interpretations can go a little off-base (is it about alcoholism, drug addiction, falling in love, sex? Is it about growing old or dying young?). According to Wainwright, it's just a simple song about - you guessed it - swimming.

"I was just thinking about swimming, but you know I mentioned, 'I'm a self-destructive fool.' For me, it's just about the joy of swimming," he told the A.V. Club. :endQuote.

However, good work on your entry, very interesting to listen to, and very well put together.

bbbannister
05-28-2013, 09:59 PM
Precisely why I love the seasons. Looking at my darn music library, there is well over a year of continuous music in it, and today I am adding like a wild man. Never gave Louden Wainwright much of a listen until last night. Not sure why, just never got around to it.
Now I find a complete album of Charlie Poole interpretations. I am in.
I was introduced to folk music late, and Charlie even later, but man I love his stuff. Largely due to this gal, who is a four foot powder-keg of folk music awesome. Here she is doing Poole, which was also done by Wainwright, and thanks Jon for making me listen.


So how come I didn't know about the Royal Oak in Lewes Thursday night session.

I'll be getting my house move out of the way and heading over for sure

Bob.

redpaul1
05-28-2013, 11:22 PM
So how come I didn't know about the Royal Oak in Lewes Thursday night session.

I'll be getting my house move out of the way and heading over for sure

Bob.

... and, Bob, if you want to catch Debby McClatchy, she's going to be back in Lewes in October, http://www.debbymcclatchy.com/touring.htm, probably at the Royal Oak. Her web page says Black Oak, but I'm sure that's a typo.

Kid (took me far longer than it should have to work out what TCK stood for, but I got it now!!) - did you catch her Cloverdale show at the beginning of the month?

pabrizzer
05-29-2013, 12:32 AM
Last bonus from me.
You're Always in a Hurry - 2nd song in the concert Jon posted.
I don't think it is recorded on CD yet.
The homeless man is concerned for the business man. Beautifully constructed song IMHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzr8s7Mrbig

wee_ginga_yin
05-29-2013, 12:56 AM
Gee, I hope this is not the real interpretation for such a happy sounding song. The story I heard quoted was:

Quote: After the success of Loudon Wainwright III's "Dead Skunk," Columbia Records was eager for another "silly animal song" to appeal to the public. Much to their disappointment, the singer offered what he considered an even better, yet animal-free, song called "The Swimming Song" for his new album, Attempted Mustache.

Although it didn't prove to be a bigger hit than "Dead Skunk," the nostalgic song still remains one of Wainwright's favorites. Fans agree, even if their interpretations can go a little off-base (is it about alcoholism, drug addiction, falling in love, sex? Is it about growing old or dying young?). According to Wainwright, it's just a simple song about - you guessed it - swimming.

"I was just thinking about swimming, but you know I mentioned, 'I'm a self-destructive fool.' For me, it's just about the joy of swimming," he told the A.V. Club. :endQuote.

However, good work on your entry, very interesting to listen to, and very well put together.

Oh you old spoil sport... I never let reality stand in the way of imagination ;)

Consider this: If the swimmer was adept at the backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly, and Australian Crawl
why would he say "last summer I nearly drowned" If he was so adept at swimming why would he talk
of holding his breath and kicking his feet, and moving his arms around, those actions are surely those
of a novice or someone who is desperate.

Consider this: Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes, I'm a self-destructive fool, The only reference I can come up with
is to rub salt in wounds... that is to make things worse for someone who is already suffering, and the mention
of being a self-destructive fool points to the fact that he has led a rather traumatic life. He has no particular
love for his father and he has gone through 2 divorces. For a real insight which reveals alot about is mental
state after his mother died have a listen to Last man on Earth CD Recorded in the wake of Wainwright's mother's
death and the collapse of a romantic relationship, the album thematically addresses feelings of grief and loneliness
In 2012, Wainwright noted, "Last Man on Earth was written right after my mother died, so a lot of the material on
that record has to do with that momentous event. The life circle was present on a lot of those songs."
You might say he is a man of constant sorrow.

Consider this: When someone is down or depressed if they have to hold on to a job or a marriage then they can
not let is show that something is amiss. They have to maintain the appearance of being normal... or super normal
In society you have to do swan dives and jack-knifes to prove to yourself and to other that you are coping.
You wear the swimming suit in the public place but when you are on your own you swim naked in the reservoir.
Keeping up appearances.

Everybody has to have a back story when they interoperate a song. That is may take, and if that old silver tongued
trickster Loudon says anything different, I would take it with a pinch of salt... better a pinch of salt, than a rub of salt.

-=ROB=-

pabrizzer
05-29-2013, 01:51 AM
Oh you old spoil sport... I never let reality stand in the way of imagination ;)


I think Loudon would have called a song about near suicidal depression
I'm Depressed and Thinking about Killing Myself
not
The Swimming Song

He doesn't mind calling it like it is.
Check out
Killing You This Christmas
It's not usually too hard to know what he is on about.

Tootler
05-29-2013, 03:09 AM
So how come I didn't know about the Royal Oak in Lewes Thursday night session.

I'll be getting my house move out of the way and heading over for sure

Bob.

Bob, there's also the Lewes Saturday Folk club; http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/

I've met Valmai & Bryan, who run it, at Whitby folk week but I live rather too far from Lewes to go. :(

Plenty of good folk clubs in my area, though. ;)

wee_ginga_yin
05-29-2013, 03:22 AM
I think Loudon would have called a song about near suicidal depression
I'm Depressed and Thinking about Killing Myself
not
The Swimming Song

He doesn't mind calling it like it is.
Check out
Killing You This Christmas
It's not usually too hard to know what he is on about.

I totally disagree. In the Final Frontier he sings

It's a silly, impractical word
Quite often it's rhymed with a bird
Or a thing on your hand
"All You Need..." sang that band

He does not use LOVE in the song at all, but only alludes to it.
Bird/Dove, Hand/Glove, Beatles/all you need is...

There is a subtlety there that forces you to listen and think, It is not straight forward.
If you want to make sense, you have to think a little before you can understand what he is saying.

There are some songs that say one thing and mean another. For example in "not missing you at all"
Tina Turner sings those words but you get the feeling that she is meaning the exact opposite.

Regarding The swimming song there are lots of interpretations as to the meaning (http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858624453/)
and none of them seem to think it is about swimming but rather coping with life, alcoholism, coming of age.

Being Australians I can however appreciate that both you and TheUkebloke think
it is only about swimming... Australia has always been great at Olympic swimming :-)

-=ROB=-

DWitt
05-29-2013, 04:00 AM
When I saw the theme, my entry was obvious. I have a favorite LW song . . . and, hey, no-one's done it yet!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HBHDxx7fvU


The versions of the chords I found online seemed to me to be missing a few things, and with a couple things off. Here's what I put together:


One Man Guy

C Am
People will know when they see this show
F G C
The kind of a guy I am
C Am
They'll recognize just what I stand for
F G
and what I just can't stand
F G
They'll perceive what I believe in
F G
And what I know is true
C Am
they'll recognize I'm a one man guy
F G
Always was through and through

C Am
People meditate, hey that's just great
F G C
Trying to find the inner you
C Am
People depend on family and friends
F G
And other folks to pull them through
F G
I don't know why I'm a one man guy
F G
Or why I'm a one man show
C Am
But these three cubic feet of bone and blood
F G
and meat are all I love and know

C F
'Cause I'm a one man guy in the morning
C F
Same in the afternoon
C F
One man guy when the sun goes down
C F
I whistle me a one man tune
C F
One man guy a one man guy
C F
Only kind of guy to be
Dm F
I'm a one man guy, I'm a one man guy
Dm G C
I'm a one man guy is me


C6sus4 C

C6sus4 Csus4


C Am
I'm gonna bathe and shave and dress myself
F G C
and eat solo every night
C Am
Unplug the phone, sleep alone
F G
Stay way out of sight
F G
Sure it's kind of lonely
F G
Yeah it's sort of sick
C Am
Being your own one and only
F G
Is a dirty selfish trick


C F
'Cause I'm a one man guy in the morning
C F
Same in the afternoon
C F
One man guy when the sun goes down
C F
I whistle me a one man tune
C F
One man guy a one man guy
C F
Only kind of guy to be
Dm F
I'm a one man guy, I'm a one man guy
Dm G
I'm a one man guy is me

bonesigh
05-29-2013, 07:02 AM
Here ya go Eugene. I'm a big fan of singer/songwriters. The lyrics are great in quite a few of his songs. I had to tweak one line of this song though. I have a G rated channel (: I hope someone does "Primrose Hill" for ya (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65M9tKU5zAw&feature=youtu.be

ďBEDĒ by Loudon Wainwright III
B
Experiments and tests that show
E
We sleep sounder when alone
B
If unentangled that we lie
E
Then itís easier to kind a die
F92333
For though thereís pulse and shallow breath
E B E
Falling asleepís a kind of death

B
And I suppose death has itís charms
E
When itís done in someone elseís arms
B
You bed someone the reason why is
E
Oh, singiní this line could make die (For obvious reasons I changed this line)
F9 (2333)
Who can say what those two did
E B E
Made some whoopee or a kid
F9 (2333)
Bedís much more than just one thing
E B7+52332 E
Itís God and boat and boxing ring
F92333
Itís desert island, mountain top
E B7+52332 B
Itís cradle, grave and final stop

B
A bed of nails, a bed of coals
E
Pierce your skin, now sear your souls
B
A bed of greens, the ocean bed
E
Go to sleep, go on play dead
F9 (2333)
Ah, we all love our lullabies
E B E
A little prayer before we die

B
And when we die where do we go
E
Is it up above or else down below
B
Itís back n forth or so it seems
E
If afterlife is like our dreams
F9 (2333)
Some say this lifeís a dream
E B7+52332 E
Instead I say real life begins in bed

Barbablanca
05-29-2013, 12:41 PM
On the strength of the versions I've heard here, I just acquired "Older than my old man now" by Loudon Wainwright III. I think it is one of his latest albums.

I had lost touch with LWIII some years back, after being a fan for some years. This new album is SUPERB

It is a themed album, since all of the songs deal with getting old, getting closer to death and losing faculties. That could be a recipe for depression, but not in LWIII's hands. The album is moving, hilarious, wistful, revealing, personal and even painful at times (often a combination of these adjectives in the same song).

Loudon, at his best, always managed to make the highly personal universal and that is what he does here on nearly every song. There are also a few songs which have a "prose" preamble that puts them in context, a technique that I was surprised worked as well as it does.

So, anyone who remembers the power of LWIII's early work and wonders whether the old maestro has still got it, let me tell you he has. I thoroughly recommend OTMOMN! Thanks Jon for this theme.

PS I hope to record my Catalan version of "I'm alright" before the week is out "Estic be!"

redpaul1
05-29-2013, 02:14 PM
Z
Here ya go Eugene. I'm a big fan of singer/songwriters. The lyrics are great in quite a few of his songs. I had to tweak one line of this song though. I have a G rated channel (: I hope someone does "Primrose Hill" for ya (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65M9tKU5zAw&feature=youtu.be

ďBEDĒ by Loudon Wainwright III

B
Experiments and tests that show
E
We sleep sounder when alone
B
If unentangled that we lie
E
Then itís easier to kind a die
F9 (2333)
For though thereís pulse and shallow breath
E B E
Falling asleepís a kind of death

B
And I suppose death has its charms
E
When itís done in someone elseís arms
B
You bed someone the reason why is
E
Oh, singiní this line could make die (For obvious reasons I changed this line)
F9 (2333)
Who can say what those two did
E B E
Made some whoopee or a kid
F9 (2333)
Bedís much more than just one thing
E B7+(52332) E
Itís God and boat and boxing ring
F(92333)
Itís desert island, mountain top
E B7+(52332) B
Itís cradle, grave and final stop

B
A bed of nails, a bed of coals
E
Pierce your skin, now sear your souls
B
A bed of greens, the ocean bed
E
Go to sleep, go on play dead
F9 (2333)
Ah, we all love our lullabies
E B E
A little prayer before we die

B
And when we die where do we go
E
Is it up above or else down below
B
Itís back n forth or so it seems
E
If afterlife is like our dreams
F9 (2333)
Some say this lifeís a dream
E B7+(52332) E
Instead I say real life begins in bed
Great song. Great interpretation.

max2173
05-29-2013, 02:30 PM
Hello!

I'd only vaguely heard of Loudon Wainwight III before this week, but I'm very glad I've heard of him now! His songwriting skills are exemplary!
Here's my entry, something a bit bluesy, as you could expect. (I'm really sorry about the video quality, my proper camera broke so I'm using the built in one on my laptop; it does not like low light.)


http://youtu.be/e4T_jxDITiw

Loving this week!

pabrizzer
05-29-2013, 02:32 PM
I totally disagree. In the Final Frontier he sings

It's a silly, impractical word
Quite often it's rhymed with a bird
Or a thing on your hand
"All You Need..." sang that band

He does not use LOVE in the song at all, but only alludes to it.
Bird/Dove, Hand/Glove, Beatles/all you need is...

There is a subtlety there that forces you to listen and think, It is not straight forward.
If you want to make sense, you have to think a little before you can understand what he is saying.

There are some songs that say one thing and mean another. For example in "not missing you at all"
Tina Turner sings those words but you get the feeling that she is meaning the exact opposite.

Regarding The swimming song there are lots of interpretations as to the meaning (http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858624453/)
and none of them seem to think it is about swimming but rather coping with life, alcoholism, coming of age.

Being Australians I can however appreciate that both you and TheUkebloke think
it is only about swimming... Australia has always been great at Olympic swimming :-)

-=ROB=-

See it's obvious to me that he is alluding to the word that rhymes with the thing you wear on your hand and the "All you need is" stuff the band sang about. There is nothing hidden there - not stated, but not hidden. Doesn't want to say it maybe but we do know what he is talking about.
Now you will need to give us the WGY interpretation of Dead Skunk - it can't possibly be a humorous song about smelly road kill can it?

But that is the beauty of song, poetry and ink blots -
We get to see what we want to see.

TCK
05-29-2013, 04:23 PM
Yes mate- my dad and I have helped run that gig for the last ten years. Debby is the sweetest gal, and a real treat to see on the bill every year. Just can't say enough about how much she gets under your skin...or how fun it is to run around the world class fiddling gig with a Uke and a set of bones ;)
... and, Bob, if you want to catch Debby McClatchy, she's going to be back in Lewes in October, http://www.debbymcclatchy.com/touring.htm, probably at the Royal Oak. Her web page says Black Oak, but I'm sure that's a typo.

Kid (took me far longer than it should have to work out what TCK stood for, but I got it now!!) - did you catch her Cloverdale show at the beginning of the month?

librainian
05-29-2013, 06:38 PM
Such a great song. I liked the intimate heartfelt nature of your version. You have a knack for phrasing and melody that just lets the song flow through. Well done!


Last bonus from me.
You're Always in a Hurry - 2nd song in the concert Jon posted.
I don't think it is recorded on CD yet.
The homeless man is concerned for the business man. Beautifully constructed song IMHO.

TCK
05-29-2013, 07:21 PM
So damn happy...
About sums things up.
The facts. For the last 8 weeks the dog y'all have seen in my videos (the three of you that watch them all the way through) has been trying to die on me. I am financially ruined and my best friend is no better...Now feeding her pills and a food that I am sure is made from unicorn poop and solid gold ($85 for 25 lbs.).
Why do I tell you this? Because of this song, which I have played over and over for the last week.
You see...there is very little keeping me from going 'round the bend...
I got my music and this dog for my friend.
So here we are a few cocktails in and this is what I have for you all. Thank you Seasonista's for holding me together for what has been a difficult 8 weeks...this is my break down. It will end in a few minutes and I will no longer bore you with this crap. Damn dog means the world to me.
Jon- Bonus? Entry? Who cares. File this one right at your heart if you would...because I played it from there. And a hearty thank you for teaching it to me mate.
That is all I really got.

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

peewee
05-29-2013, 08:28 PM
Wow, TCK you are hauling it over the rocks. Sorry about your dawg :(

Here's an entry, this song is maybe the only time I've heard the phrase "Nordic Name" outside of my wannabe blue-blood waspy family.
And yes, I did attend an Episcopalian school or two, and yes, I also went to a university that is known for having a low proportion of gentiles, so I can certainly relate.

"Nice Jewish Girls" from "II"

I worked out the chords myself, and the third verse part is not accurate, but I like to think it sounds OK.


http://youtu.be/AnsGC8S0fxc

This is a provocative and autobiographical song that could possibly be interpreted as sexist and/or anti-semitic. My intent is not to offend. My understanding of the song is more that it is a commentary about anti semitism in waspy families..it definitely treads on thin ice, as do many of LW3's songs.

peewee
05-29-2013, 09:05 PM
And continuing with the treading-on-thin-ice theological sub-theme, here's one (Boney-Ass) for the Christians:
"I Am The Way"
Again, no offense intended, but it does balance out the previous track nicely..


http://youtu.be/AbLpdHcB7GE

wee_ginga_yin
05-29-2013, 11:23 PM
See it's obvious to me that he is alluding to the word that rhymes with the thing you wear on your hand and the "All you need is" stuff the band sang about. There is nothing hidden there - not stated, but not hidden. Doesn't want to say it maybe but we do know what he is talking about.

I think you are missing my point. You seemed to be saying that the swimming song
should be taken quite literally, and that he had no metaphorical intent. That was my objection,
and I tried to say that if you applied the same principles to Final Frontier you would have a hard time
to say what it was all about if you wanted it to be something that was actual and without exaggeration,
That is to say a literal interpretation.


Now you will need to give us the WGY interpretation of Dead Skunk - it can't possibly be a humorous song about smelly road kill can it?

But that is the beauty of song, poetry and ink blots -
We get to see what we want to see.

Of course I can indulge in a bit of hyperbole for your amusement, since it is well known that
I enjoy a little bit of soviet revisionism.

Dead Skunk is an scathing indictment of Richard Nixon's involvement in Viet Nam.
Nixon was a president who was caught "in the middle of the road". In the 60's Merika
had lost its way. The Republicans couldn't get any policies right and the Democrats had
no policies left... and Nixon well he didn't know whether he should look left or right.
With the Watergate scandal the corruption within the Nixon administration
was exposed and what was uncovered stank to high heaven.

You don't believe me of course... but what does Loudon have to say about his humorous song
at occupy wall street? Hear what he has to say at around 8 seconds. Funny that he should be
singing about dead skunks to the fat cats on Wall Street, and of course it was not a political statement
it was only a humorous song ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW8c9hgsYhw

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 01:20 AM
My entry for Ukulele Underground Season 67. The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright.

I had been playing this song for a few weeks (maybe its not obvious form my performance though...!). I came across it sung by Lew DeWitt.

Its a great easy going song. I hadn't seen much of Loudon Wainwright's songs before - wow he's done some great stuff.

This was the third take after 2 mistakes. I couldn't do any more in this outfit, its Winter here in Oz and I was getting somewhat cold....! Hope it was worth it, Jon. :cool:
Respect mate, respect. Anyone who can stand there in buggah all in the kind of temps we've been having deserves big props mate. A very chilled out, smooth and sweet take on the song. Good choice to do it with the baritone too, it was lovely and warm. Really nice job with it David. But I'm wondering about that last verse you snuck in mate... :)

TheUkeBloke
05-30-2013, 05:01 AM
But I'm wondering about that last verse you snuck in mate... :)
I had already learnt this song a few weeks ago, by Lew Dite, who has the verse "In the summer of nineteen twenty eight....", though I could not understand the second line he was singing and sung it as "I swam with Stark and Cash". Now I realise the verse was not in Loudon's lyrics.....!!! ...what a bummer....!

Barbablanca
05-30-2013, 08:20 AM
.....Again, no offense intended..........

This is a phrase we are hearing a lot of lately. It kind of saddens me. It is a sign of the encroachment of intolerant times where freedom of speech is under threat from the new puritanism that is taking hold of so many areas of the world. IMHO, sacred cows should only be sacred to those who believe them to be. We all need to learn to be a little more thick skinned. That's a much better recipe for harmonious coexistence than the hypersensitivity that is on the rise right now - that can only lead to more tensions between people, not less.

Barbablanca
05-30-2013, 08:23 AM
0:41 Loudon: "Put your phones down and clap your hands!"

- Brilliant! ROFLOL

TheUkeBloke
05-30-2013, 12:52 PM
0:41 Loudon: "Put your phones down and clap your hands!"

- Brilliant! ROFLOL

"scratching my head here!" - to which song are you referring to?

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 03:56 PM
Hey gang, thankyou to everybody for your songs thus far. i must apologize, this week has been crazy busy but I've knocked most of my commitments on the head now, so looking forward to watching the bonuses and entries I've not yet watched this afternoon and tonight.

In the meantime here's one I did first thing this morning...

As a Christian, this song abuses every tenet of the faith that I hold dear, yet I somehow have always found it really funny and entertaining. Not sure how long my conscience will allow me to leave this one up on the channel, but anyway, here it is for now in all it's ragged pagan debauchery. Um...enjoy! I think... :)


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

4thmonth
05-30-2013, 05:31 PM
Hey gang, thankyou to everybody for your songs thus far. i must apologize, this week has been crazy busy but I've knocked most of my commitments on the head now, so looking forward to watching the bonuses and entries I've not yet watched this afternoon and tonight.

In the meantime here's one I did first thing this morning...

As a Christian, this song abuses every tenet of the faith that I hold dear, yet I somehow have always found it really funny and entertaining. Not sure how long my conscience will allow me to leave this one up on the channel, but anyway, here it is for now in all it's ragged pagan debauchery. Um...enjoy! I think... :)


I am in love with the way your shirt and your tie and your uke all go so well together. You have such great style! And the song is definitely my kind of song. Well done. :)

TCK
05-30-2013, 05:46 PM
I learned this song from a guy named Eugene Ukulele a few years ago- had nearly forgotten it.
Never did a video of it as I get a little excited at the end every time.
Written for the great Charlie Poole, who drank his self to death long before he reached his full potential. Another happy Ukulele song ;)
High, Wide and Handsome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdxyV2ftP7c&feature=youtu.be

Marvelle
05-30-2013, 05:53 PM
Eugene: Totally agree with 4thmonth, plus the ease with which you play. The music just pours out of you. Great skill there, sitting comfortably in an easy manner. And Loudon's heaven sounds pretty cool.

Dougf
05-30-2013, 06:07 PM
So many great songs to choose from, but this one really hit home for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Qh75lUq-I

pabrizzer
05-30-2013, 06:55 PM
So many great songs to choose from, but this one really hit home for me.



Fabulous, just fabulous.
Thanks for sharing!

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 08:24 PM
one of Loudo's sadder ones


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSvZm7IKEak

redpaul1
05-30-2013, 10:33 PM
["No offence"] is a phrase we are hearing a lot of lately. It kind of saddens me. It is a sign of the encroachment of intolerant times where freedom of speech is under threat from the new puritanism that is taking hold of so many areas of the world. IMHO, sacred cows should only be sacred to those who believe them to be. We all need to learn to be a little more thick skinned. That's a much better recipe for harmonious coexistence than the hypersensitivity that is on the rise right now - that can only lead to more tensions between people, not less.

Hear! Hear! You took the words right out of John Stuart Mill's mouth :)

Before quitting the subject of freedom of opinion, it is fit to take notice of those who say, that the free expression of all opinions should be permitted, on condition that the manner be temperate, and do not pass the bounds of fair discussion. Much might be said on the impossibility of fixing where these supposed bounds are to be placed; for if the test be offence to those whose opinion is attacked, I think experience testifies that this offence is given whenever the attack is telling and powerful, and that every opponent who pushes them hard, and whom they find it difficult to answer, appears to them, if he shows any strong feeling on the subject, an intemperate opponent...
Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being "pushed to an extreme;" not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.
On Liberty — Mill (1869) Chapter 2: Of The Liberty Of Thought And Discussion

And now... Back to our show!!!

redpaul1
05-30-2013, 10:38 PM
"scratching my head here!" - to which song are you referring to?
The one wee_ginga_yin posted of LWIII @ 'Occupy Wall St' (post #102 (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?81262-SEASON-67-OF-UKE-quot-So-Damn-Happy-quot&p=1284316#post1284316)above).

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 11:14 PM
Here is my entry, Over the Hill. Pabrizzer did a really good job earlier with a baritone uke. I've decided to use a soprano uke (I don't have a baritone, anyway - nor a tenor for that matter. Just sopranos and concerts). I noticed that LW used a Flea for a live performance of his ukulele song so I reckon I'm in good company. Over the Hill really is a good song, though it captures more of a young man's view of ageing. Once you start to get there, it doesn't seem quite as bad. At least I'm still enjoying life and the uke and the seasons is part of it.


Goeff this is gold mate. Your voice has the plaintive timbre and weatherbeaten stain of a man whose lived the life you sing of. It's a wonderful performance.

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 11:19 PM
This was a challenge for me as I only knew one Loudon Wainwright III
song. Thanks Eugene for forcing me to explore all of his music. Now I look forward to adding him to my list of favorites. This song was tough for me as I had to come up with it from scratch so my version will be quite different from his.
Very heartfelt performance Mike. Your vocal was beautiful. I love that song, thanks for doing it proud mate

Hippie Dribble
05-30-2013, 11:24 PM
Ok here's our official entry all the way from Unplugthewood

"unrequited to the nth degree"


Super job Mike and compadres. Awesome jam, loved the melody humming out of the flute. Ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho...wishin I was there

krabbers
05-31-2013, 12:01 AM
Super job Mike and compadres. Awesome jam, loved the melody humming out of the flute. Ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho...wishin I was there
thanks we have had a few UU'ers turn up in the past . no-ones invited but everybody's welcome. Miranda is a great Flootist

krabbers
05-31-2013, 12:08 AM
Hi everyone well done, some superb entries this week, i have just spent the last couple of hours with the playlist running,and i have left comments on the YT pages .
as a "songwriter", this has been one of my favourite weeks LWIII is very inspirational to me,

again there are some standout songs this week for me, top stuff thanks.

mike

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 01:07 AM
When I saw the theme, my entry was obvious. I have a favorite LW song . . . and, hey, no-one's done it yet!


Really nice performance brother. I like the way you really mellowed things out, you have a real tenderness and warmth in your voice which is beautiful to listen to

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 01:23 AM
Here ya go Eugene. I'm a big fan of singer/songwriters. The lyrics are great in quite a few of his songs. I had to tweak one line of this song though. I have a G rated channel (: I hope someone does "Primrose Hill" for ya (:


Janet, thankyou so much for doing this one. It's one of my faves and you did it up fine. Your voice is lovely and melodic and you sang the pyjamas off it. And thanks for printing up the chords and lyrics, I've been contemplating having a crack at it myself on the weekend. It's when you see his song lyrics in front of you that you really appreciate what an incredible songwriter Loudon Wainwright is. Everyone...you need to buy 'Last Man On Earth'. Fabulous record.

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 01:37 AM
Hello!

I'd only vaguely heard of Loudon Wainwight III before this week, but I'm very glad I've heard of him now! His songwriting skills are exemplary!
Here's my entry, something a bit bluesy, as you could expect. (I'm really sorry about the video quality, my proper camera broke so I'm using the built in one on my laptop; it does not like low light.)

Loving this week!

Max that was freaking awesome sauce. So much energy and spirit, all guts and all the glory. Brilliant shot at this one mate, and the harmonica playing was excellent. Between you and me that totally kicked butt.

UkeyDave
05-31-2013, 01:45 AM
Well I must admit, when Jon announced this weekís theme, as Loudon Wainwright III my initial reaction was WHO the hell is he? Also Iím always suspicious and somewhat puzzled by anyone who puts a number after their name. (sorry maíam).
Anyway, Iíve trawled and listened to tons of his stuff so I definitely know who he is now but I thought Iíd have to give this week a miss as whilst he writes some great stuff, there was nothing that floated my boat or I thought I could manage to cover. The only one has been this one up to now (I'm still trawling). Its crap (Iím talking about my version not the original song) but at least I got to try out my new camera so at least you can see me performing poorly more clearly. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X6FvLyVefY

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 01:51 AM
So damn happy...
About sums things up.
The facts. For the last 8 weeks the dog y'all have seen in my videos (the three of you that watch them all the way through) has been trying to die on me. I am financially ruined and my best friend is no better...Now feeding her pills and a food that I am sure is made from unicorn poop and solid gold ($85 for 25 lbs.).
Why do I tell you this? Because of this song, which I have played over and over for the last week.
You see...there is very little keeping me from going 'round the bend...
I got my music and this dog for my friend.
So here we are a few cocktails in and this is what I have for you all. Thank you Seasonista's for holding me together for what has been a difficult 8 weeks...this is my break down. It will end in a few minutes and I will no longer bore you with this crap. Damn dog means the world to me.
Jon- Bonus? Entry? Who cares. File this one right at your heart if you would...because I played it from there. And a hearty thank you for teaching it to me mate.
That is all I really got.

that aint gonna be nothing but your entry Dave. Ok, I watched it half a dozen times, it's put tears in my eyes everytime. Geez mate, I'm even starting to sing it like you. One day I will turn up on your doorstep and we will play this song and about 1000 others. I'll bring the vodka and the guitar strings. Thanks for putting this out there mate. Means more to me than you probably realise.

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 02:33 AM
Wow, TCK you are hauling it over the rocks. Sorry about your dawg :(

Here's an entry, this song is maybe the only time I've heard the phrase "Nordic Name" outside of my wannabe blue-blood waspy family.
And yes, I did attend an Episcopalian school or two, and yes, I also went to a university that is known for having a low proportion of gentiles, so I can certainly relate.

"Nice Jewish Girls" from "II"

I worked out the chords myself, and the third verse part is not accurate, but I like to think it sounds OK.

This is a provocative and autobiographical song that could possibly be interpreted as sexist and/or anti-semitic. My intent is not to offend. My understanding of the song is more that it is a commentary about anti semitism in waspy families..it definitely treads on thin ice, as do many of LW3's songs.
Super work with this one Peter. Thin ice for sure but that's part of his charm, no. You're on sure footing with LW mate, he's perfect for your wry view of things. Smoothly played and even more smoothly sung. Fab job brother

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 02:43 AM
So many great songs to choose from, but this one really hit home for me.



Amazing video mate. Just amazing. Couldn't take my eyes off it. The performance was beautiful but the photos...oh gee. Thanks for making it so personal, that's one very precious clip right there. Every dad should see it. Well done brother.

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 02:56 AM
Well I must admit, when Jon announced this week’s theme, as Loudon Wainwright III my initial reaction was WHO the hell is he? Also I’m always suspicious and somewhat puzzled by anyone who puts a number after their name. (sorry ma’am).
Anyway, I’ve trawled and listened to tons of his stuff so I definitely know who he is now but I thought I’d have to give this week a miss as whilst he writes some great stuff, there was nothing that floated my boat or I thought I could manage to cover. The only one has been this one up to now (I'm still trawling). Its crap (I’m talking about my version not the original song) but at least I got to try out my new camera so at least you can see me performing poorly more clearly. ;-)

Excellent one Dave!!!! A swingin version of Dead Skunk, loved it mate. Gretsch is sounding nice and that was a rock solid vocal and rhythm you pumped out, right on the money.

pabrizzer
05-31-2013, 03:58 AM
OK One more bonus.
This guy really doesn't hide behind dead skunks and swimmers.
A Guilty Conscience and a Broken Heart.
He doesn't even wait to dance on the grave - he dances at the morgue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSv8DP-5oJ8

bonesigh
05-31-2013, 04:21 AM
Awww, so sad for you. I sure know what it's like lovin' them so much. I've lost many a pet. Hope yours is feeling better. Most recent loss was my parrot "Mac". She was with me for 20 years but died so young. I just happened to be practicing the song "When She Loved Me" for an open mic night. My Mac died suddenly from a hidden parrot disease that wrecked her liver and kidneys. I didn't know she was sick. I didn't know if I could sing that song but I made it through it, barely, almost cried at the beginning. Now that song reminds me of her ):


So damn happy...
About sums things up.
The facts. For the last 8 weeks the dog y'all have seen in my videos (the three of you that watch them all the way through) has been trying to die on me. I am financially ruined and my best friend is no better...Now feeding her pills and a food that I am sure is made from unicorn poop and solid gold ($85 for 25 lbs.).
Why do I tell you this? Because of this song, which I have played over and over for the last week.
You see...there is very little keeping me from going 'round the bend...
I got my music and this dog for my friend.
So here we are a few cocktails in and this is what I have for you all. Thank you Seasonista's for holding me together for what has been a difficult 8 weeks...this is my break down. It will end in a few minutes and I will no longer bore you with this crap. Damn dog means the world to me.
Jon- Bonus? Entry? Who cares. File this one right at your heart if you would...because I played it from there. And a hearty thank you for teaching it to me mate.
That is all I really got.

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

bonesigh
05-31-2013, 04:32 AM
This line makes me think of the other day when my little girl and I were in the doctors waiting room. There were about 10 others waiting. I'm siting there playing softly on my uke. People are occasionally glancing surreptitiously at the weirdo with the uke. My daughter is next to me drawing a great detailed picture of a cat's eye for the doctor. (That kid can draw!!!) Anyway, I'm gazing about and noticing that no one is talking or doing anything else but looking at their phones. It was a surreal moment.


0:41 Loudon: "Put your phones down and clap your hands!"

- Brilliant! ROFLOL

TCK
05-31-2013, 04:41 AM
I patiently await the day I open the door, and see a 3x5 card with "My name is Eugene Ukulele, and I am here to play a song" written on it in marker. I will provide the mangy old dog and the chicken and chips. SO glad you like the song...thanks for showing it to me. It turns out it is about the only thing keeping me from going 'round the bend.
that aint gonna be nothing but your entry Dave. Ok, I watched it half a dozen times, it's put tears in my eyes everytime. Geez mate, I'm even starting to sing it like you. One day I will turn up on your doorstep and we will play this song and about 1000 others. I'll bring the vodka and the guitar strings. Thanks for putting this out there mate. Means more to me than you probably realise.
Surely, a glass will be raised and a few songs will be played for Mac. Pets- of all the silly things we could do right? Little buggers really worm their way in. Dog is a little better...but is going to be on pills for the rest of her life. I am OK with that, because there will be a rest of her life. May not be long, but it is something. Glad you have a song for her- I have buried many a pet with a record myself. Music is a great road to our emotional selves.

Awww, so sad for you. I sure know what it's like lovin' them so much. I've lost many a pet. Hope yours is feeling better. Most recent loss was my parrot "Mac". She was with me for 20 years but died so young. I just happened to be practicing the song "When She Loved Me" for an open mic night. My Mac died suddenly from a hidden parrot disease that wrecked her liver and kidneys. I didn't know she was sick. I didn't know if I could sing that song but I made it through it, barely, almost cried at the beginning. Now that song reminds me of her ):

Barbablanca
05-31-2013, 06:23 AM
Well, I love LWIII, but I don't usually do much in the way of covers. However, it so happens that I had already written a Catalan version of "I'm alright!", a few weeks back, to include in the repertory of our blues band. So, here, for your delectation..... and without further ado.... is... "Estic Bť!"


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

In adapting a song into another language you need to make quite a few changes because of the new rhyme scheme, or due to the sound of your target language, or simply for grammatical reasons.

I hope you agree that I have captured the spirit, if not the letter, of the original.

Literal translation follows:
ďEstic bť" (Iím alright)

I woke up this morning feeling fine,
I had a full breakfast with a powerful cup of coffee
I went out jogging, I want to get back in shape,
In no way did I allow myself to become downhearted.
I watched a documentary about Kathmandu;
I didn't think, even for a moment, I was alone without you.

Iím alright! Iím alright without you!

I crashed onto my bed and went out like a light,
There were no hours of lamenting and crying.
I didn't waste any time thinking about what we had in common;
I didn't have a nightmare in which you starred.
I slept like a baby, in ecstasy,
You have not crushed my guitar baby! (*)

You told me I wouldn't be able to live alone,
You thought Iíd be grieving forever more.
But I gotta tell you that you got it all wrong,
Because I have triumphed over sadness.
You boasted you were the centre of my world,
But I am no stowaway in your heart!


(*) a Catalan expression meaning ďYou haven't brought me down!Ē Cool, eh?)

redpaul1
05-31-2013, 11:58 AM
Well, here's my entry. I'm in a pub, at a Strummerville event, uploading from my cellphone. Talk more about this tomorrow :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7w1KYp8paM

ukuleledaddy
05-31-2013, 12:24 PM
Here's my entry. I'm grateful to have looked further into Loudon's music. I was going to take a pass this week because I knew only two of his songs (Daughter and Cardboard Boxes) and this is a crazy week (getting ready for my youngest daughter's fifth birthday party). Then I found this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZLdRTE2NAs

GinnyT11
05-31-2013, 12:42 PM
Here's my entry. I'm grateful to have looked further into Loudon's music. I was going to take a pass this week because I knew only two of his songs (Daughter and Cardboard Boxes) and this is a crazy week (getting ready for my youngest daughter's fifth birthday party). Then I found this.


This had me sniffing, Sean. It is one of life's great delights to have a five-year-old daughter, and that was a great song for this almost-birthday moment. Put this time on slo-mo, because when she's 15 and out with some gawky teenage boy, you will watch this video and bawl because your five-year-old is gone.

4thmonth
05-31-2013, 12:47 PM
Here is my entry. Bear with me. I have never played a song with out looking up the chords or tab first. I just guessed at the chords because I couldn't find them. I also changed the lyrics a tiny bit.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLx57XZsbQE

Here is what I did with it.

Song In C by Loudon Wainwright

[F] Hereís another song in C [G]
When I play [F] ukulele, itís my key [G]
If [Am] I was playing a guitar [G]
Iíd probably [Am] be in G, the chances are [G]
But, [F] hereís another song in C [G]
With my [F] favorite protagonist, me. [G]
Of my [F] little world Iíll tell and show [G]
Iíll [F] sing about it, so youíll know [G]
That the [Am] people in it break my heart [G]
[Am] and my world can fall apart, [G]
And thereís [F] not a thing that I can do [G]
[G] Except to sing in C to you. [C]

There used to be a family.
Brother, sister, father, mother and me.
We were living in a little home.
We were fending off the great unknown.
But the great unknown, it got inside.
What happened? Oh, it did divide.
In the end the father had to leave.
When he did, the mother had to grieve.
Thatís the time when real troubles start.
Itís when a world can fall apart.
And thereís not a thing that I can do,
Except to sing in C to you.


I grew up and had a family,
And it broke apart so easily.
All that started thirteen years ago.
Why itís never-ending, I donít know.
I could blame it on the great unknown,
Or as a kids what I was told and shown.
But I blame myself and I blame himÖ
The cruel and foolish people that weíd been.
And the children that we had will grow.
They will fend off their own unknowns.
And maybe theyíll end up like meÖ
With a tendency to sing in C.

So by now it clear to hear and know,
If you play ukulele you really knowÖ
That sometimes a body has to sit
And just sing about the heavy shit.
And the great unknownís a hurricane
With howling winds and floods and driving rain.
You might make it through but you donít know
If right behind you thereís a tornado.
And if families didnít break apart,
I supposed thereíd be no need for art.
But you and I know they do.
So I sing in C to you.

Thanks for listening. :)

4thmonth
05-31-2013, 12:54 PM
OK One more bonus.
This guy really doesn't hide behind dead skunks and swimmers.
A Guilty Conscience and a Broken Heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSv8DP-5oJ8

love this! adorable. you are adorable.

librainian
05-31-2013, 01:17 PM
One last minute bonus entry live from my car! I see there's been a flurry of last minute entries. I can't wait to enjoy them all. Thanks all for sharing and to Eugene for putting this one one. It's been a blast

Here's one about something we all can relate to - Moving.

"Cardboard Boxes"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVTsRYTW0uU

strumsilly
05-31-2013, 01:25 PM
someone remind me to turn the phone off when recording. between the phone, my wife, texts beeping etc I'm posting this flawed TAKE ANYWAY because I don't want to do it again, playing the uke should be fun, "you gotta believe me'

http://youtu.be/VmX2nxrpn50

pabrizzer
05-31-2013, 02:31 PM
Loudon does some strange movements when he performs.
He does this weird leg lifting thing and he does unusual things with his tongue and often has his mouth agape for longer periods than seems normal.
Does he have tics?
Does anyone else notice these?

peewee
05-31-2013, 02:51 PM
Loudon does some strange movements when he performs.
He does this weird leg lifting thing and he does unusual things with his tongue and often has his mouth agape for longer periods than seems normal.
Does he have tics?
Does anyone else notice these?
I meant to work the creepy left-right tongue move into my entry, but plum forgot.
http://loudo.homestead.com/files/loudo_tongue_wag.jpg

ukuleledaddy
05-31-2013, 03:24 PM
This had me sniffing, Sean. It is one of life's great delights to have a five-year-old daughter, and that was a great song for this almost-birthday moment. Put this time on slo-mo, because when she's 15 and out with some gawky teenage boy, you will watch this video and bawl because your five-year-old is gone.

Thanks Ginny. Glad you liked it. I forgot to mention in my post that I changed a few of the lyrics. In the original, Loudon's lyrics state that he can't be at her big party, but he'll send flowers. Quite sad. I'm very luck indeed to be able to spend so much quality time with my girls at this age.

pabrizzer
05-31-2013, 03:28 PM
I meant to work the creepy left-right tongue move into my entry, but plum forgot.
http://loudo.homestead.com/files/loudo_tongue_wag.jpg
Gee I wish you had.

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 03:31 PM
Loudon does some strange movements when he performs.
He does this weird leg lifting thing and he does unusual things with his tongue and often has his mouth agape for longer periods than seems normal.
Does he have tics?
Does anyone else notice these?
they're his 2 defining performance quirks briz, he's well known for them and lampooned himself about them in song as well, just can't remember which one off the top of my head. I was nearly gonna make bonus points if anyone lifted their leg and stuck their tongue out during their song, but didn't think anyone would be across it... :)

TCK
05-31-2013, 04:18 PM
Just a small thread jack. Thanks all for the kind words for my song, and of course, for the kind words for Bella. She is doing a little better...and every day I get to see her tail wag is a good one for me.
The arms of the internet are big and strong, and you fine people are first rate. I could not surround myself with better folks. Thank you.
Dave
53832

Hippie Dribble
05-31-2013, 05:52 PM
Funny, even his silliest songs have a sting in the tail...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY5czxlzqTY

TCK
05-31-2013, 06:21 PM
How was I not subscribed to your new channel? I am sure I did that...
Stop screwing with the buttons on your Youtube OK?
This is the best set of lyrics I have heard in a LONG time...and certainly the best ending to a video ever.
Funny, even his silliest songs have a sting in the tail...

thesillydave
05-31-2013, 08:22 PM
i had a hard time with this weeks challenge...didn't really know LWIII music that much...so it took me awhile to find a song that would work..
and, as we are in a tourist town and summer is finally here, school's out and we are cooking! (i'm the head boss cook in our little restaurant)
but any who...here's my little entry.. 'you can't fail me now'

http://youtu.be/XdhG3YBMoU8
hope everyone has a great week and i'll try and watch some vids sunday! cheers!

Marvelle
05-31-2013, 09:10 PM
Dog is a little better...but is going to be on pills for the rest of her life. I am OK with that, because there will be a rest of her life. May not be long, but it is something.

I'm really glad to hear she's better. I was transfixed watching your video. You just nailed that song and poured yourself into it. This weekend I'll spend time looking at all your Youtube videos. Thanks so much for posting that song.

redpaul1
06-01-2013, 12:37 AM
Well, here's my entry. I'm in a pub, at a Strummerville event, uploading from my cellphone. Talk more about this tomorrow :)
Let me begin with a confession. God knows, I've tried and I've tried. I watched Jon's intro, and I sat through the entire 98 minutes of that concert from Oregon: LWIII leaves me cold. All the reaction diligent exposure to his oeuvre provoked in me was to sit down and write a rude song about him.

So then I tried another tack. I sat down and listened to all the entries on the playlist. A lot of people reckon Bob Dylan covers always sound better than the original. Don't know about that, but certainly I've preferred all the LWIII covers I've heard here to the originals.

It's clear I'm obviously missing something: the "emotional investment" in all the songs you've posted is eloquent testimony to that. None more so than TCK's entry. You'd need a heart of stone not to be moved as Dave pours all his feelings about his Bella into "Primrose Hill" (and as equally cheered by the good news that that old tail's started wagging again). That rude song is going to remain on the notepad.

So, like ukuleledaddy, I was going to pass on this week, when I ran across this number. I've been experimenting with tuning my tenor down to Bb. I really like the results and this seemed like a good number to show it off.

And why this particular number? Well, I don't know if LWIII ever actually met Paul Krugman, but I have. A long time ago, on a planet far far away, I had a position at the London School of Economics, and Krugman swung by to promote a book he'd written. I'll say one thing for him: Nobel prize, schnobel prize, PK certainly takes the prize as the arrogant sonofabitch's arrogant sonofabitch. This was long before he'd got his Nobel. God knows what he'd be like now.

Anyway, I'm sure PK and LWIII have equally nice things to say about me.

This was a very quick job, as I had to head out to support the good people at Strummerville and the good work they do; and today the pUKEs are playing at a tattoo convention(!), so I've got to be spending Saturday rehearsing for that (and for rehearsing my excuses as to why I'm not getting inked today :eek: ).

So (clearly!) I'm not expecting to receive many points for emotional investment. I also (equally clearly!) need a lot more practice at singing and twiddling at the same time. But you know, it is what it is. And so, without any further ado...

...Laydeez 'n' gennermen: "Paul Krugman Blues":



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7w1KYp8paM

Hippie Dribble
06-01-2013, 01:19 AM
"The Grammy Song"...weird when dreams come true. He ended up winning one. :p


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7JW8tM3Kuc

mikef
06-01-2013, 01:41 AM
I've missed out this week guys... busy busy week. I shall however look forward to catching up with your shenanigans via the playlist on Monday... I have a sneaky suspicion there will be some crackers :D

TCK
06-01-2013, 04:58 AM
Awful kind of you. Glad you enjoyed my take on it.
I'm really glad to hear she's better. I was transfixed watching your video. You just nailed that song and poured yourself into it. This weekend I'll spend time looking at all your Youtube videos. Thanks so much for posting that song.

TCK
06-01-2013, 05:43 AM
Haha- I loved reading this in it's entirety over coffee today mate. First, thanks for the kind words for me and my little friend. Second...go with the tattoo-not like they are permanent or anything, and third- have you seen what you guys did with "Because You're Young?" Cocksparrer on the Ukulele? There is nothing better than that on all of the internet-you absolutely do not need more practice, and are clearly investing emotion into a folk music of a different sort. All is well.
Tenor sounds great tuned down, and that little bluesy bit is top shelf!
Best of luck with the gig- wish I was there.

It's clear I'm obviously missing something: the "emotional investment" in all the songs you've posted is eloquent testimony to that. None more so than TCK's entry. You'd need a heart of stone not to be moved as Dave pours all his feelings about his Bella into "Primrose Hill" (and as equally cheered by the good news that that old tail's started wagging again). That rude song is going to remain on the notepad.

ukuleledaveey
06-01-2013, 10:21 AM
Many thanks for a great week Jon and opening my ears to Loudon, here is my OFFICIAL ENTRY :) i struggled with this wonderful song, but i wanted to get a entry in, tommorrow i am going to kick back and listen to the entries, i didnt realise that loudon was a regular on the jasper Carrot show many years ago, so i guess in away i have already known his stuff although i dont claim to,but i am definately going to listen to alot of loudons stuff now :)


http://youtu.be/IQaBpvATh6A

wee_ginga_yin
06-01-2013, 11:11 AM
"The Grammy Song"...weird when dreams come true. He ended up winning one. :p
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7JW8tM3Kuc

Never heard that one before but it was great. However the facial expressions were more Jack Nickelson
that Loudon :cool:

bonesigh
06-01-2013, 11:12 AM
One of the very few LWIII songs I like. Thanks. LOL at the ending (:

So many great songs to choose from, but this one really hit home for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Qh75lUq-I

chrimess
06-01-2013, 03:05 PM
Official entry: Ghost Blues-Thanks for hosting, Jon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vQxSkgFjhM&sns=em

ukuloonie
06-01-2013, 05:07 PM
here is my rendition of "Rowena" from his album 'High wide and Handsome'
this is my entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7IfkeGqHyk&feature=youtu.be

If you want to see his explanation of what the song is about
you can view it here on this link. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz6J8CF5GXc)

GinnyT11
06-01-2013, 05:15 PM
here is my rendition of "Rowena" from his album 'High wide and Handsome'
this is my entry.

That's a dreamy tune, Drew, and you sing it well. I liked the picking at the beginning.

Rowena was a femme fatale in British legend.

uke552
06-01-2013, 06:22 PM
here is my rendition of "Rowena" from his album 'High wide and Handsome'
this is my entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7IfkeGqHyk&feature=youtu.be

If you want to see his explanation of what the song is about
you can view it here on this link. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz6J8CF5GXc)

Great! Very nice work, I really enjoyed this.

ukuloonie
06-01-2013, 06:41 PM
Thankyou thankyou.:D

redpaul1
06-02-2013, 12:41 AM
That's a dreamy tune, Drew, and you sing it well. I liked the picking at the beginning.

This is getting to be a habit :agree:

My sister-in-law is called Rowena - wonder if she knows this tune. I'll let my brother sing it to her tho'!


Rowena was a femme fatale in British legend.

What is the legend btw?

Raygf
06-02-2013, 09:16 AM
Here's a bonus track, the title track of the season actually. This is a first attempt at syncing audio and video, hence the silent snaps at the beginning. Every time I tried to cut the video things went crazy. I'll figure that out later. Viva la Seasonistas!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9z1utkippA

pabrizzer
06-02-2013, 10:52 AM
Here's a bonus track, the title track of the season actually. This is a first attempt at syncing audio and video, hence the silent snaps at the beginning. Every time I tried to cut the video things went crazy. I'll figure that out later. Viva la Seasonistas!


A stunningly classy performance Ray. So good.

lakesideglenn
06-02-2013, 11:08 AM
My entry this week is "Moving Day" from the High Wide & Handsome/Charlie Poole Project. I was hoping to get a better take but I've been sick as a dog this week and this is as good as it's gonna get...time to go back to bed!
See y'all next season!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5zXMfksjnQ

mattydee
06-02-2013, 11:18 AM
Fresh back from UWC, with some time for an entry! Here's Bicentennial, LW3's birthday song to America, written in 1975 for the upcoming, well, Bicentennial. He performed it on Saturday Night Live when he was a musical guest, in their first season.


http://youtu.be/qMqkjA35jEg

Looking forward to catching up on the entries...

myrnaukelele
06-02-2013, 11:43 AM
UWC was a blast! And we recorded a song for the 67th Season (said 68th Season by mistake).
So here is a dual entry by Myrna and Michelle (penguinofsorts). Sound quality on my camera sucks- sorry about that.

http://youtu.be/fMdNf2FCJwo

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:36 PM
Well, I love LWIII, but I don't usually do much in the way of covers. However, it so happens that I had already written a Catalan version of "I'm alright!", a few weeks back, to include in the repertory of our blues band. So, here, for your delectation..... and without further ado.... is... "Estic Bť!"


wonderful job in presenting this Berni. As someone who can't even speak one language correctly, it's hard to comprehend the difficulty of the task you set yourself, but yet again, you made the song shine. Fabulous.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:37 PM
Well, here's my entry. I'm in a pub, at a Strummerville event, uploading from my cellphone. Talk more about this tomorrow :)


Brilliant! You are like Joko mate, no-one else plays and sings like you. I love all your stuff cause it's so left field. Dylan himself would have been proud of this cover.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:41 PM
Here's my entry. I'm grateful to have looked further into Loudon's music. I was going to take a pass this week because I knew only two of his songs (Daughter and Cardboard Boxes) and this is a crazy week (getting ready for my youngest daughter's fifth birthday party). Then I found this.


Thanks for entering such a gorgeous song Sean. It's a wonderful performance mate. Those spoken word parts I find incredibly difficult but you carried it off with an authenticity that reflects your deep love for your daughter, and the accompanying images were beautiful. Lovely stuff brother. You created a precious, precious memory for your daughter right there which she'll treasure her whole life.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:44 PM
Here is my entry. Bear with me. I have never played a song with out looking up the chords or tab first. I just guessed at the chords because I couldn't find them. I also changed the lyrics a tiny bit.

Here is what I did with it.


Very nice April. You have a lovely,sweet voice and that was excellent work on the translation of the music into 'F'. Loudon would love the irony of that I've no doubt. :)

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:46 PM
someone remind me to turn the phone off when recording. between the phone, my wife, texts beeping etc I'm posting this flawed TAKE ANYWAY because I don't want to do it again, playing the uke should be fun, "you gotta believe me'

well Andy, Eugenie walked in as I was listening to this and she lapped it up. Just loved it, and so did I. She has described you as an 'eccentric genius'. :) Thanks for entering mate, you took a fine shot at this one.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:48 PM
i had a hard time with this weeks challenge...didn't really know LWIII music that much...so it took me awhile to find a song that would work..
and, as we are in a tourist town and summer is finally here, school's out and we are cooking! (i'm the head boss cook in our little restaurant)
but any who...here's my little entry.. 'you can't fail me now'
hope everyone has a great week and i'll try and watch some vids sunday! cheers!
This is one of my most loved Loudon songs mate and I loved your slant on it, like I do with all your music. Thanks for entering brother and doing it so beautifully.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:50 PM
Many thanks for a great week Jon and opening my ears to Loudon, here is my OFFICIAL ENTRY :) i struggled with this wonderful song, but i wanted to get a entry in, tommorrow i am going to kick back and listen to the entries, i didnt realise that loudon was a regular on the jasper Carrot show many years ago, so i guess in away i have already known his stuff although i dont claim to,but i am definately going to listen to alot of loudons stuff now :)

AAAarrrrrgghghghghgh!!! Another take on 'Primrose Hill'!!! I file this one proudly next to TCK's shot at it Dave. Everything you did with this worked a treat. The slowing down of the tempo and the hopeful tinge to your voice was lovely, you really brought out the melody and took it in a whole new direction. Well done brother.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:52 PM
Official entry: Ghost Blues-Thanks for hosting, Jon!

Christian, THE most entertaining video of the week. Period. Loved every second of this.
:cheers:

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:54 PM
here is my rendition of "Rowena" from his album 'High wide and Handsome'
this is my entry.


If you want to see his explanation of what the song is about
you can view it here on this link. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz6J8CF5GXc)
Absolutely stunning, Drew. Just wrapped in feeling and sung and played in like fashion. A gorgeous performance mate, of which you should be very proud.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 03:58 PM
My entry this week is "Moving Day" from the High Wide & Handsome/Charlie Poole Project. I was hoping to get a better take but I've been sick as a dog this week and this is as good as it's gonna get...time to go back to bed!
See y'all next season!

Glenn, everything about this was wonderful bro. Fantastic playing of the rhythm and melody, a vocal to match and the hat and sunglasses were perfect. :p One of my favourites of anything you've recorded.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 04:01 PM
Fresh back from UWC, with some time for an entry! Here's Bicentennial, LW3's birthday song to America, written in 1975 for the upcoming, well, Bicentennial. He performed it on Saturday Night Live when he was a musical guest, in their first season.
Looking forward to catching up on the entries...

Such a classy shot at this one Matt. Man, your voice is so great on this and that, coupled with your wonderful presence in front of the camera, you just breathed new life into it. 'T-Shirt' is a great record but sadly under-rated and largely ignored by most. Super job man

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 04:04 PM
UWC was a blast! And we recorded a song for the 67th Season (said 68th Season by mistake).
So here is a dual entry by Myrna and Michelle (penguinofsorts). Sound quality on my camera sucks- sorry about that.

OK, someone try and stop me from smiling. :) You guys are awesome!!! Thanks for taking the trouble to learn a song and perform it at UWC you two, what a treat. I could feel the energy and vibe through the screen and it just made me wish I was there even more...but, as a consolation? This will do just fine. THANKYOU ladies! I loved it!

redpaul1
06-02-2013, 04:07 PM
Brilliant! You are like Joko mate, no-one else plays and sings like you. I love all your stuff cause it's so left field. Dylan himself would have been proud of this cover.

My dear old thing. You're very, very (far too) kind.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 04:08 PM
Thankyou everyone for your wonderful performances and interpretations of Loudon Wainwright songs. I feel very blessed and am grateful to each of you for all the effort you put in. The playlist will be sent to Loudon, I'll let you know down the track if he makes any response in acknowledgement.

Given that I have commented on all songs on youtube, and commented publicly on your entries here in the thread also, I think a video critique is overkill and would unnecessarily prolong things.

Last minute entries notwithstanding, I'll post the results tonight.

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 04:22 PM
My dear old thing. You're very, very (far too) kind.

not at all mate, as a massive Tom waits, Dylan, Chuck E. Weiss et all fan, I love your music. Don't sell yourself short Paul, celebrate your eccentric slant on performance. It's an attribute. Also, been checking out the Pukes too and you guys have really got something cool going on. I'll give you an honest appraisal of the EP once I get a hold of it...
:cheers:

ukuloonie
06-02-2013, 06:21 PM
Absolutely stunning, Drew. Just wrapped in feeling and sung and played in like fashion. A gorgeous performance mate, of which you should be very proud.


Thanks Jon

Hippie Dribble
06-02-2013, 10:07 PM
I've watched everyone's entry twice and loved them all. Thankyou again to all of you, especially all those who stepped way out of their comfort zones to indulge this week's theme. Without further prevarication, here are the results:

1st Place - ukuloonie 'Rowena'

2nd Place - lakesideglenn 'Moving Day'

Bonus Award - Raygf 'So Damn Happy'

Sticker Award - chrimess 'Ghost Blues' / librainian 'Cardboard Boxes' (tie)

krabbers
06-02-2013, 10:50 PM
Great Choices Jon, congrats to the winners, excellent week and well done everybody else. there were so many great entries here

redpaul1
06-03-2013, 12:06 AM
Great Choices Jon, congrats to the winners, excellent week and well done everybody else. there were so many great entries here
Ditto that, Jon!
"Now, what did I do with that dang comfort zone?"

lakesideglenn
06-03-2013, 02:04 AM
Wow! I am truly flattered and shocked to be one of the winners...thanks so much for the honor and for running another great season, Jon!
Ironically, today is a "Moving Day" of sorts for me as I'm starting a new job.
Congrats to all the others who posted great entries this week, we're all winners as far as I'm concerned!
Cheers!

TheUkeBloke
06-03-2013, 02:48 AM
Congratulations Jon on a very enjoyable season. I had never really taken much notice of Loudon before but now I've heard so many of his songs I have now become a firm fan of Mr Loudon, and will be learning many of his songs for my own enjoyment.

Again, thanks for such a great theme.

strumsilly
06-03-2013, 03:08 AM
Congratulations Jon on a very enjoyable season. I had never really taken much notice of Loudon before but now I've heard so many of his songs I have now become a firm fan of Mr Loudon, and will be learning many of his songs for my own enjoyment.

Again, thanks for such a great theme.
what he said. thanks, love adding new songs to my repertoire. great week

chrimess
06-03-2013, 03:54 AM
thanks so much again, Jon, and congrats to the real winners, the seasonistas, I am, indeed, so damn happy and flattered.

TCK
06-03-2013, 04:02 AM
Another great week Jon- hats off, pants to follow ;) Thanks for hosting mate

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-03-2013, 04:15 AM
Thanks, Jon and everyone, for a great Season---so much heart and plenty of laughs this week! Big congratulations to a deserving group of winners!!

Dougf
06-03-2013, 04:37 AM
Congratulations winners, all well deserved, and thanks, Jon, for a fun season.

ukuloonie
06-03-2013, 04:41 AM
I've watched everyone's entry twice and loved them all. Thankyou again to all of you, especially all those who stepped way out of their comfort zones to indulge this week's theme. Without further prevarication, here are the results:

1st Place - ukuloonie 'Rowena'

2nd Place - lakesideglenn 'Moving Day'

Bonus Award - Raygf 'So Damn Happy'

Sticker Award - chrimess 'Ghost Blues' / librainian 'Cardboard Boxes' (tie)

Umm I'm a little shocked :uhoh:
Thankyou Jon:o

mikef
06-03-2013, 04:48 AM
I've just been through the Playlist, there are some spectacular entries this week, very well done guys.
A mighty shout of "Bravo!!!!!" to the extremely worthy winners.
Excellent season Jon.

wee_ginga_yin
06-03-2013, 05:28 AM
I've watched everyone's entry twice and loved them all. Thankyou again to all of you, especially all those who stepped way out of their comfort zones to indulge this week's theme. Without further prevarication, here are the results:

1st Place - ukuloonie 'Rowena'

Spot on Jon. Rowena was a worthy winner. I am beside myself with jealousy
at the crystal clear audio on that video. It was quite amazing and what made
the song more poignant was the back story of how the song was based on
some letters his grandfather had written.

mattydee
06-03-2013, 06:28 AM
Congrats, winners! And thanks, Jon, for a great season!

thesillydave
06-03-2013, 06:35 AM
Congrats, winners! And thanks, Jon, for a great season!
i second that! woohoo seasonistas!

librainian
06-03-2013, 08:36 AM
1st Place - ukuloonie 'Rowena' <<< This certainly was a standout performance for me. Congrats bud!


2nd Place - lakesideglenn 'Moving Day' <<< thoroughly enjoyed this one and is on my list to learn straight away. This is the beauty of the seasons for me. Being exposed to new songs, ideas and playing techniques. Congrats Glenn!


Bonus Award - Raygf 'So Damn Happy' <<< beautifully song as well.


Sticker Award - chrimess 'Ghost Blues' / librainian 'Cardboard Boxes' (tie)

Well I'm honored to be on the board on only my second season! Thanks!

myrnaukelele
06-03-2013, 08:47 AM
I am So Damn Happy we got an entry in this week just under the wire! What fun! Ukuloonie, lakesideglenn, Raygf, librainian, and chrimess - great songs guys- you all deserve the win. And many thanks to our inimitable host eugene ukulele for another fabulous Season.

ukuleledaddy
06-03-2013, 07:57 PM
Congrats winners! Thanks so much Jon for a great week. I truly enjoyed discovering more of Loudon's music. I made a Loudon Wainwright station on Pandora and found that some favorite musicians like John Prine, Todd Snider and Colin hay were some of the artists grouped with his music. Fantastic stuff!

redpaul1
06-04-2013, 02:46 AM
Haha- I loved reading this in its entirety over coffee today mate. First, thanks for the kind words for me and my little friend. Second...go with the tattoo - not like they are permanent or anything, and third - have you seen what you guys did with "Because You're Young?" Cocksparrer on the Ukulele? There is nothing better than that on all of the internet-you absolutely do not need more practice, and are clearly investing emotion into a folk music of a different sort. All is well.
Tenor sounds great tuned down, and that little bluesy bit is top shelf!
Best of luck with the gig- wish I was there.

Sorry you couldn't be there, TCK - hopefully, this is the next best thing :)


http://youtu.be/RoqzU1FOdkE

*Still uninked btw!

ukuloonie
06-04-2013, 04:05 AM
1st Place - ukuloonie 'Rowena'
<<< This certainly was a standout performance for me. Congrats bud!

Thanks librainian.

GinnyT11
06-04-2013, 04:32 AM
Though I only had UN Observer status this week, it was a fine choice of theme, and I heard a lot of interesting new songs. The judges did well, with extra props for a quick result.

TCK
06-04-2013, 04:37 AM
Sorry you couldn't be there, TCK - hopefully, this is the next best thing :)

Now I am there!- morning cup of coffee, made me smile ear to ear mate- ear to ear.

Raygf
06-04-2013, 12:28 PM
Thank you Jon for a most excellent season and for awarding me the Bonus Award. Congratulations to the other winners and to everyone who entered. Now, I think I'm getting hungry. Time to come up with some bonus material for Week 68.

Barbablanca
06-04-2013, 12:49 PM
FeliÁitats to all the winners and everyone else who contributed. It made my heart feel good to see Loudon get a push from Jon and make some new fans. Plus it sent me off in search of his latest stuff and I am a happy puppy for that. Visca els seasons! ;)

decaturcomp
06-04-2013, 02:05 PM
just great folks.
thanks brother you brought out the best in us.

GinnyT11
08-21-2013, 02:59 PM
Hey, you Louden fans in the mid-Atlantic region, he's going to be here in my home town on Sept. 8, doing two performances of the premiere of his one-man show about his father.

http://events.unc.edu/event/playmakers-surviving-twin-with-loudon-wainwright-iii-2/