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ukuLily Mars
07-20-2013, 01:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_mQH83nlNA

The last few weeks have been very educational, thought-provoking, even profound. I’m here to put an end to that.

This is the opening weekend of the 150th meet at Saratoga Racecourse, the oldest racetrack in the US, so this week’s theme is HORSE RACING! Thoroughbred racing, flats and jumps (steeplechase), quarterhorse, or standardbred and harness racing.

• Songs about the world of horse racing or racetracks.
• Horse names—song titles, but for a musical, movie or album that shares its name with a horse, you may choose any song from that collection.
• Songs written or performed by people connected with horse racing, songs linked to people connected with racing (such as a recording produced by Jerry Moss or from a movie produced by Cubby Broccoli), or songs about these people. Please, just because someone showed up for a photo op at the Kentucky Derby does not make them involved in horse racing.
• There are many horses who have been named after people, so songs written or recorded by or songs about those people.
• Any song from anything based on material by Damon Runyon.

I hope this gives everyone some ideas! Now, here are the rules.

1. The time at which the first race goes off is called “post time.” At Saratoga, this is 1:05pm. No entries may be posted before 1:05pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). I will announce when the gate is open so nobody has to calculate anything.
2. The finish line is at midnight Hawaiian time on Sunday, July 28.
3. Multi-tracking is fine.
4. Please let me see your face and your ‘ukulele, at least for a moment. ‘Ukulele should be the main instrument.
5. Extra-special consideration if you include something that horses love: a cat, a goat, a bowl of peppermints. Unlike the clubhouse at Saratoga there is no dress code, but if you would like to dress for the box seats please do! It would be fun to see a few hats. Yes, Ralf, you may wear your cat on your head.
6. Please share, in your video or in your post, the name of your song and why you selected it. It’s always fun to know what drew a Seasonista to a particular song. We’ll call this the TCK Rule. Also please state that this is for the 75th Season of the Ukulele (title card or caption is fine).
7. Duplicates are welcome. Songs in languages other than English are welcome. Original songs are welcome. Newcomers are especially welcome! In fact, weight allowance for newcomers.
8. Enter up to ten videos. If you have ten cats or ten goats you will stand a good chance of winning something, if only my heart. Anything over ten will be a bonus. New videos only, because seriously, you will be amazed at how many horses are named after songs.

This prize is AWESOME!!! Stride for Stride is a novel set in the world of horse racing in Ireland and the US in the late 1950s. Oh, and it’s by my husband! It will be signed for the winner. I love this book, and if you like animals you will, too, even if you don’t know anything about horse racing. I’m going to make one of the prizes during the week while I watch videos, so I can’t show it to you yet, but I hope you will like it. There will be a third prize but I haven’t decided what it will be, so stay tuned.

Check below for links, and if you have any questions please ask! This is my first time hosting so I’m sure I’ve left something out, although it’s hard to believe given how long-winded that video is.

Thanks, Seasonistas, for letting me host this week. I hope you all enjoy this Season!

Playlist is HERE! (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeeg21oFp5m2Lq3knPf1nCIJtqVWm1m4F)
This one goes from eleven: BONUS PLAYLIST (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ETb7bevLI&list=PLeeg21oFp5m1CUalB5afRjX5ezC9o0dxS&index=1)
STEWBALL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXtgYJubGyw&list=PLeeg21oFp5m1U6mTOLiaqVAs0Jz99d1P-)

lakesideglenn
07-20-2013, 02:21 PM
A bonus for 10 videos or more??? Pabrizzer gonna win hands down!

Cheers...let the games begin!

lakesideglenn
07-20-2013, 02:23 PM
Decaturcomp probably a close 2nd!

ukuLily Mars
07-20-2013, 02:28 PM
A bonus for 10 videos or more??? Pabrizzer gonna win hands down!

Cheers...let the games begin!

Hee! I should clarify that any videos after the tenth are bonus entries. You don't actually get extra points for eleven entries or more. You can get extra points for extra goats, though.

ukuLily Mars
07-20-2013, 04:46 PM
A couple items to get you started:

Here is a link to the US Jockey Club Online Names Book:
https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&rand=813&init=&CFID=161045321&CFTOKEN=12081531

And this is a list of American racehorse owners and breeders:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_racehorse_owners_and_breeders

For some reason David Cassidy is not on the list and he should be. I'm not sure if Jule Styne owned horses or not but by all accounts he was at the track every spare moment, so let's include him. Cab Calloway and Jimmy Durante have races named after them, so they count.

TCK
07-20-2013, 05:34 PM
So- in reading the guidelines, I see that Horse names is one possible criteria...but it does not specify race horses. I am assuming it should, but my head is full of old cowboy songs right now and wanted to clarify- this is going to fun!
I LOVE that I got my own rule ;)

pabrizzer
07-20-2013, 06:09 PM
Hey.
I don't believe I've ever done anywhere near 10.
I don't even think I hold the record for the most videos posted in a single season - I reckon that would be decaturcomp.
Not into the pony's so I may have trouble getting one done this season.
Hope there's a song about Phar Lap.

pabrizzer
07-20-2013, 09:13 PM
OK.
Black Caviar is in the box and ready to go.
25 starts. 25 wins. Including a race in England. Now retired.
Just waiting for "post time".

Don't want to put pressure on the judge but if I don't win the season it will be Black Caviar's first defeat.:)

erivel
07-20-2013, 09:26 PM
Would a song that mentions "horses" in the title count? I'm kinda at a loss here this week...

Shady Wilbury
07-20-2013, 10:28 PM
Oh, yes! I had a song I was going to do for a bonus for the last season...turns out it'd fit right in here.

Great season, Lily. Stay tuned...

Shady

austin1
07-20-2013, 11:00 PM
As a lover of off the track Thoroughbreds, including the peanut M&M loving, complete basket case, but very sexy Austin himself, I would just like to say that I love this week.

56179

we tigers
07-20-2013, 11:02 PM
Would a song that mentions "horses" in the title count? I'm kinda at a loss here this week...

+1

Have some ideas, but not many...

wallyboy
07-20-2013, 11:25 PM
good theme, in your owners and breeders list, is it just the association that counts or does it have to be a horse name or track in song,
ie bing crosby any song by him,

barefootgypsy
07-21-2013, 01:14 AM
What a great theme, Lily! I hope that perhaps I might have time to enter something this week. I'll try......:)

strumsilly
07-21-2013, 03:07 AM
I'm drawing a blank on this one. I guess I'll have to do some research.

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:31 AM
So- in reading the guidelines, I see that Horse names is one possible criteria...but it does not specify race horses. I am assuming it should, but my head is full of old cowboy songs right now and wanted to clarify- this is going to fun!
I LOVE that I got my own rule ;)

Yes, racehorses only. I was extremely long-winded, both in the video and in the written introductions, and I must have deleted that. Sorry! And you deserve your own rule, my friend.

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:33 AM
OK.
Black Caviar is in the box and ready to go.
25 starts. 25 wins. Including a race in England. Now retired.
Just waiting for "post time".

Don't want to put pressure on the judge but if I don't win the season it will be Black Caviar's first defeat.:)

Yay! I don't know Black Caviar so this will be fun. You could always write a song about Phar Lap, too! (I was hoping someone would think of him but I don't know of any songs about him or with his name in the title.)

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:38 AM
Would a song that mentions "horses" in the title count? I'm kinda at a loss here this week...

Nope. But check out the links above. You'll be surprised how much fits. I have at least five on my YT channel that fit the criteria of horses' names in the title, and that doesn't even include songs that were recorded by racing people.

I will put some more suggestions up when I get back to my real computer, but you could start with recordings produced by Jerry Moss, recorded by Bing Crosby or the Beach Boys, or from "Guys and Dolls."

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:38 AM
Oh, yes! I had a song I was going to do for a bonus for the last season...turns out it'd fit right in here.

Great season, Lily. Stay tuned...

Shady

Looking forward to it, Shady!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:39 AM
As a lover of off the track Thoroughbreds, including the peanut M&M loving, complete basket case, but very sexy Austin himself, I would just like to say that I love this week.

56179

I'm glad to hear that! I do, too. I hope you have time to record something this week!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 03:51 AM
Good news, everybody: I just remembered I can reply to multiple quotes!


+1

Have some ideas, but not many...

Horse racing only. Stay tuned; I'll put up some suggestions in a little bit. In the meantime check out the links I posted earlier. We really have to have you two here this week! After all, there was a racehorse named Glockenspiel. (But just having the glockenspiel in the video isn't enough. I'll give you extra consideration, for that, though!)


good theme, in your owners and breeders list, is it just the association that counts or does it have to be a horse name or track in song,
ie bing crosby any song by him,

You have the idea. Anything by Bing Crosby is fine. Ditto Fred Astaire, Roy Rogers, Partridge Family. I'm dying for some Merv Griffin!


What a great theme, Lily! I hope that perhaps I might have time to enter something this week. I'll try......:)

I hope so, too! Did you know there was a racehorse named Gracie Allen?


I'm drawing a blank on this one. I guess I'll have to do some research.

Start by seeing if there is anyone on the list of owners and breeders who appeals to you. Then try the Online Names Book and try out a few names of songs and see if anything comes up. But I will be putting some suggestions up in a little while.

strumsilly
07-21-2013, 04:02 AM
I got one already, yea, there are plenty.

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 04:08 AM
I got one already, yea, there are plenty.

Very glad to hear it! It wouldn't be a Season without you!

TCK
07-21-2013, 05:51 AM
There is only one person (OK- maybe two) on here that would possibly do this song, and both of them would do it even if I post the video early (and maybe sans pants).
When I was 14 I went into a used record store having seen this in the window. I had heard the Specials and Bob Marley, liked what they sounded like, and saw a Jamaican flag on the label...figured it would be hard for it not to be worth $1.99. It turned out that an obsession with early Reggae was about to be born, and The Pioneers were the ones that started it. 26 years later, these songs still get play time on my radio show, and are still among my favorites.
And as luck would have it, are about horse racing.
I figured while we were waiting at the gates, we could use some inspiration this morning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ssA2no1WAY4

REGGAE TIME!

TCK
07-21-2013, 05:51 AM
No two videos in the thread- here is another.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5lGix5Dw1Y

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 06:03 AM
TCK, I knew I could count on you for some solid research! I suppose "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" was too obvious?

Only sixty-two minutes to post! Woo-hoo!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 06:34 AM
Try folk songs, especially Irish. Lovely Leitrim is a personal friend of mine.

Thirty minutes to post!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 07:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRLp9wdg-BI

And we're off!

TCK
07-21-2013, 07:07 AM
Oh, there are scads of songs that one could do this week. I have about 30 lined up and waiting. The most solid one exploits the loophole you gave us with the owners. The best one, regretfully, is in a high enough register that I can't sing it...Ralf? I got a song you would KILL my friend ;)
Oh yeah- and there's a little song the Possum did. It needs thirty people playing it, so, I will be hosting a Uke-a-long on Saturday (don't tell Melisa) on my front line to treat my neighbors to it.
The Race Is On! Challenging theme, but wonderfully so Lily.
TCK, I knew I could count on you for some solid research! I suppose "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" was too obvious?

Only sixty-two minutes to post! Woo-hoo!

xommen
07-21-2013, 07:09 AM
As this is a season with as far as I know no fitting U2 song, I started googling songs about horse racing, this came up and I decided to go for it. As I could not decide to strum or pick I made two recordings. This one has some effects on the direct (plugged in) uke sound, as the sound is mixed with the camera sound and the sound from my MacBook, it gives a nice blend. It's a traditional Irish song called: The Galway Races.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT0jy9DMizc

xommen
07-21-2013, 07:10 AM
And here is the alternative version, also a traditional Irish song called: The Galway Races:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3glmkUgr6S8

wee_ginga_yin
07-21-2013, 07:15 AM
The greatest horse song ever by Show of Hands, with the lead singer Steve Knightly playing the ukulele, along with the group Dervish


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKWqOr9GNPY

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 07:45 AM
Oh, there are scads of songs that one could do this week. I have about 30 lined up and waiting. The most solid one exploits the loophole you gave us with the owners. The best one, regretfully, is in a high enough register that I can't sing it...Ralf? I got a song you would KILL my friend ;)
Oh yeah- and there's a little song the Possum did. It needs thirty people playing it, so, I will be hosting a Uke-a-long on Saturday (don't tell Melisa) on my front line to treat my neighbors to it.
The Race Is On! Challenging theme, but wonderfully so Lily.

You, my friend, are the cat's!!! If you get thirty people together, or even half that, I will send you chocolate. Ditto if you post thirty videos.


As this is a season with as far as I know no fitting U2 song, I started googling songs about horse racing, this came up and I decided to go for it. As I could not decide to strum or pick I made two recordings. This one has some effects on the direct (plugged in) uke sound, as the sound is mixed with the camera sound and the sound from my MacBook, it gives a nice blend. It's a traditional Irish song called: The Galway Races.

That's the stuff! I don't know of any U2, but if the Police will do, check out 2010 American Horse of the Year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenyatta). Her name is only half the album title, but she was owned by Jerry Moss who named her after the album.

Tootler
07-21-2013, 08:03 AM
Off to an early start.

Stewball or Skewball is a traditional song which is based on a real horse called Skewball which was owned by the Earl of Godolphin in the mid eighteenth century. It won a number of races both in England and Ireland in the 1740s and 1750s. The song exists in many variants which are found in both Britain and America. They all share the same basic story of Stewball/Skewball beating the favourite, usually a Grey Mare. The British (mainly English, though the location is often in Kildare in Ireland - the real Skewball won a number of races there) versions tend to be called Skewball and have the horse and rider in conversation during the race and the American versions more commonly called Stewball have the horse behaving normally and often winning because the Grey Mare stumbled.

I first heard it as sung by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s but the version I sing here is slightly different (according to the internet site I found the words on it's based on a version sung by Joan Baez) though I have used the same tune as PP&M


http://youtu.be/yXtgYJubGyw

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 08:51 AM
Playlist is here (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeeg21oFp5m2Lq3knPf1nCIJtqVWm1m4F)! At least I hope it is. Please let me know if you have any trouble with it as I'm new at this! (It's in the first post, too, in case you want it later.)

Off to have some dinner and I will be back with the Post Parade (that is, lots of comments on your wonderful videos) shortly! Thanks everybody!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 09:40 AM
The greatest horse song ever by Show of Hands, with the lead singer Steve Knightly playing the ukulele, along with the group Dervish

Great song! Will we get to hear your take on it?

pabrizzer
07-21-2013, 09:43 AM
Black Caviar.
25 starts - 25 wins - never beaten.
Retired now.
Scared everyone with her 22nd win at Royal Ascot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMnHFQByzo
And her last race at Randwick in Sydney
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ills6b5a8F8
In the spirit of racing I sped up as I went through the song - oh hang on I always do that.:o



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI23m4uOMcs

Not a big fan of Ted Egan but he does write a lot of stuff on the history of Australia. Here he is playing the beer carton.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy_nY5DDkc8

bonesigh
07-21-2013, 09:44 AM
Here's a bonus version of "Stewball" from a previous contest. It's one of my favorite songs from when I was a kid (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ETb7bevLI&list=TLQhlaktYJ__M

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 09:47 AM
xommen -- Galway Races (1&2) -- Very nice job on both versions! I think if I had to choose I would say I like the picking better, but only because you did a really beautiful job with that. I'm counting both as entries because even though they are the same song the versions are very different.

Tootler -- Stewball -- I knew you would find at least one folk song that fit this theme! There are so many (including this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_(horse))), I hope you'll be back with more, but please don't feel restricted to folk songs on my account! (And I hope you enjoyed your holiday in Austria! Maybe Switzerland next year?)

Thank you, gentlemen, for getting us out of the gate strong! (Yeah, that's a thing, racetrack-wise.)

GinnyT11
07-21-2013, 09:47 AM
You will want to watch this horse race:
http://videos.mediaite.com/video/I-Got-The-Horse-Right-Here-My-W


The two horses leading at the end are My Wife Knows Everything and The Wife Doesn't Know.

Tootler
07-21-2013, 11:23 AM
Tootler -- I knew you would find at least one folk song that fit this theme! There are so many (including this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_(horse))), I hope you'll be back with more, but please don't feel restricted to folk songs on my account! (And I hope you enjoyed your holiday in Austria! Maybe Switzerland next year?)


Thanks Lily. I have a couple of possibilities for later in the week but I have to do something for Bill & Ginny's seasonistas anthem first.

Switzerland is definitely on the agenda for a future holiday. We had a railway based holiday in Switzerland about 3 years ago and we definitely want to go back.

max2173
07-21-2013, 12:41 PM
Talk about a busman's holiday, I work in a betting shop! That should mean I have plenty of brilliant ideas for this one, and I can think of at least 10 horses of the top of my head named after songs, now just to find the time to record along with rehearsal time for this weekend's gig and, surprisingly, work!

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 01:59 PM
Here's a bonus version of "Stewball" from a previous contest. It's one of my favorite songs from when I was a kid (:

Love this! I can't put it in the playlist because it's not a new video, but thanks for sharing it! Any chance you can do a puppet video this week? (Oh, by the way, another thing horses love: little girls! Very cute!) Tell the puppets they can multitrack.


You will want to watch this horse race:
http://videos.mediaite.com/video/I-Got-The-Horse-Right-Here-My-W

The two horses leading at the end are My Wife Knows Everything and The Wife Doesn't Know.
Funny! Thanks!


Talk about a busman's holiday, I work in a betting shop! That should mean I have plenty of brilliant ideas for this one, and I can think of at least 10 horses of the top of my head named after songs, now just to find the time to record along with rehearsal time for this weekend's gig and, surprisingly, work!
I hope you find the time! I always enjoy your videos. Sorry it has to be so close to your area of work, though. (Okay, I'm not really sorry. ;))

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 02:02 PM
pabrizzer -- Black Caviar -- Thanks for introducing me to this lovely mare! She had an impressive career. My husband and I enjoyed watching the races you linked, and we watched a couple other videos, too (including her retirement party). Really enjoyed your video as well! You did a great job with this song.

ukuLily Mars
07-21-2013, 02:25 PM
Here are some jazz standards, show tunes, and just plain old pop songs I found, all of which have had horses named after them:

Heart and Soul, Orange Colored Sky, Satin Doll, Popsicle Toes, Nature Boy, Lush Life, Lulusbackintown, Don’t Fence Me In, Tiger Rag (also Hold That Tiger, so take your pick), Thou Swell, Youaremyluckystar, Youaremysunshine, Unforgettable, Sophisticated Lady, Goody Goody, Blue Skies, Muskrat Ramble, La Vie En Rose, Tiny Bubbles, Honolulu Baby, My Funny Valentine, Mygalsal, All Of Me, Frenesi, Moon River, Cry Me A River, Paper Doll, Seeyouinmydreams, Sweet Leilani, Ukulele Lady, Beachblanket Bingo, All That Jazz

Mim
07-21-2013, 04:03 PM
Post edited because I did not read the date right and thought I was a week off... nevermind!

Mim
07-21-2013, 04:06 PM
Oooo... I think I have one for this week.

TCK
07-21-2013, 05:08 PM
I am not certain why I picked this song, but when I was reading the criteria, it popped into my head and I started playing it. Not real hard to figure out...and probably the most obvious entry I could do, it was one of the first songs I knew all the words to (parenting win!).
Straight out to the possum for this one- George Jones spent a great deal of his career not only being famous for being one of the most emotive singers in country music, but also infamous for being an alcoholic and coke-head. A complete horses ass (see what I did there?) if you will-
I still love him, may he rest in peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uScYLl07PJg&feature=youtu.be

ukuleledaddy
07-21-2013, 05:25 PM
There is only one person (OK- maybe two) on here that would possibly do this song, and both of them would do it even if I post the video early (and maybe sans pants).
When I was 14 I went into a used record store having seen this in the window. I had heard the Specials and Bob Marley, liked what they sounded like, and saw a Jamaican flag on the label...figured it would be hard for it not to be worth $1.99. It turned out that an obsession with early Reggae was about to be born, and The Pioneers were the ones that started it. 26 years later, these songs still get play time on my radio show, and are still among my favorites.
And as luck would have it, are about horse racing.
I figured while we were waiting at the gates, we could use some inspiration this morning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ssA2no1WAY4

REGGAE TIME!

Dave, I wish I had a video to post! This is one of about twenty songs I did with The Fruitloops last Friday night. I love this song! One of the founding members of our group used to be in a reggae/ska band called The Long Shots. I hope somebody does this one this week.

librainian
07-21-2013, 05:28 PM
OK I can't believe I'm doing this one but here it is.

Lily, It's "Fugue for Tinhorns" from the the musical Guys and Dolls which just happens to be based on stories by one Damon Runyan. It's a multitrack effort obviously since this is a rondele with three parts. For anyone who hasn't seen this musical, this number is three guys talking about their horse picks for an upcoming race. It's a tough one to make out all the words unless the levels are just right. I was only partially successful there.

Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4x01ctpYbg

uke4ia
07-21-2013, 05:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNvvGHBwPfQ

This is the Richard Thompson song "Both Ends Burning". He also wrote a song called "The Angels Took My Racehorse Away", if anyone needs a song.

TCK
07-21-2013, 05:46 PM
I think you need to do it Daddy-o...Get up, get up in the first race...
Dave, I wish I had a video to post! This is one of about twenty songs I did with The Fruitloops last Friday night. I love this song! One of the founding members of our group used to be in a reggae/ska band called The Long Shots. I hope somebody does this one this week.

librainian
07-21-2013, 06:02 PM
My wife suggested one I'd like to see attempted - by someone braver than me that is.. Some classical ukist out there want to cover this one?

Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady

Every duke and earl and peer is here
Everyone who should be here is here
What a smashing, positively dashing spectacle
The ascot opening day

At the gate are all the horses
Waiting for the cue to fly away
What a gripping, absolutely ripping
Moment at the ascot opening day

Pulses rushing, faces flushing
Heartbeats speed up, I have never been so keyed up
And second now they'll begin to run,
Hark a bell is ringing, they are springing forward look, it has begun

What a frenzied moment that was
Didn't they maintain an exhausting pace?
'Twas a thrilling, absolutely chilling
Running of the ascot opening race

29moons
07-21-2013, 06:59 PM
Here's my entry for this week. It's a short week so I had to get it in quickly. This is "The Poster" by The Monkees. Davy Jones always wanted to be a professional Horse Jockey and actually got his chance later in his life after the Monkees. So, as most of you know I am huge Monkees fan and saw this as my opportunity for this weeks theme. I don't think that it's a stretch at all. I did a multi-track so instead of badly lip synching I did a montage of the Monkees from "Monkees At The Circus". Enjoy.


http://youtu.be/OTCNnVgVjIQ

TCK
07-21-2013, 07:44 PM
OK- now the fun begins.
SO, In an amazing irony, this song will probably get yanked from the tube because it is affiliated with a musical giant, but we need to start when he was small, really small.
In 1962, A record company was started in California out of a garage. Not any garage mind you, but the garage of Herb Alpert (Yup- TJ Brass...but that ain't what I am bringing today- very hard to cover on solo Ukulele). It was called Carnival Records, and the label put out two singles before the head fellows found out that someone else was already having the musical carnival and they were out of luck. Being creative masterminds, they changed the label to A&M.
We know what the A is- that is Herb Alpert. The M was for 27 year old Jerome S. "Jerry" Moss...who began his career in music promoting the Crests "16 Candles". You have not lived until you have heard my dad belt that one out in the morning...but that is for another day.
In any event, I will spare you how successful this label was, you all know. EVERYONE has something they cherish on the A&M imprint I think...or at least has a record they can sing along with. The label was HUGE.
Seems Jerry and his bride Ann have another passion, thoroughbred horse racing (funny that should come up). They are noted for receiving the LARGEST winning purse ever at the Kentucky derby. This is where it gets confusing, because I know nothing about horse racing, except that it involves my favorite Kentucky export (bourbon) and big hats (also awesome)...so I decided to dig into the history of Giacomo (the horse that won them a ton of cash) only to find that he is named after Sting's son!
I kid you not- this opens mountains of music right up, because not only does this cat have a horse named after Stings son, but the Giacomo's dam (that means his mamma for folks who know nothing about horse racing) is named "Set Them Free" (Sting song- keeping up?). It gets better. The Mosses' also have another horse of note named for The Police. Zenyatta (such a great record).
I do so love the Police...but there was never a snowballs chance in hell that I could sing in that high of a register, so I posted ALL THAT in hopes that someone who can will do a Police song for us (I am staring directly at Eric and Ralf). On with the story.
I tried, nothing happening with the Police, so I went and looked at A&M's catalog (and for those of you that are stuck this week, I am really dropping hints here)...figuring Lily said any horse owners work was OK for us to do. Sure, Jerry is not the artist, but he is the producer- way more important when an album drops anyway right? Rock and roll hall of famer right? Gotta be all right within our guidelines here.
SO- like I said, there was NO WAY I was going to destroy "Don't Stand So Close To Me" because I love it, but I found one! HUZZAH!
One of my all-time favorite songs (I know- I have a lot of those), and I had no idea that it was the third single released on the imprint. Happy days are here again! January, 1963, a whole month before Jerry and Herb opened their "real" office on Sunset Blvd (Hollywood baby!), they signed George McCurn, and he made them one heck of a single. You know it by Don Williams maybe, or Allison Krauss. Maybe you know it by Sam Cooke (man I hope so), Richard Manuel of the Band (released posthumously...sniff), Harry Belafonte, Jimmie Rodgers for goodness sake...Bobby V, Cornell Campbell if you are reggae inclined. This has been covered by EVERYONE, but the first one, George McCurn. A&M. Horses.
Done. Hopefully mine is memorable...if not comedic. This song is a biggie, and I have no place even trying, but I am just a country boy, and I ain't got much sense ;) Furthermore, I am of the firm belief that a great song is just that, and it ought to be shared with everyone, even if I am the one doing the sharing. This is a great song, a "gives me chills" kinda song I first heard stuck to the lipstick red interior of my moms LTD...one I have never forgotten. Hope it is suitable. I know as much about horse racing as I know about playing the Ukulele well, so understandably I am stretching here ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pH5xMiYg9Y&feature=youtu.be
TCK rule employed.

29moons
07-21-2013, 08:35 PM
Dave, I wish I had a video to post! This is one of about twenty songs I did with The Fruitloops last Friday night. I love this song! One of the founding members of our group used to be in a reggae/ska band called The Long Shots. I hope somebody does this one this week.

I just read Bob Marley's biography so I'm totally in a reggae state right now. Perfect timing. Jammin'!

Hochapeafarm
07-21-2013, 09:01 PM
Ohhhhhh boyyyyyy, Lily!!!!!!!! I am REEEAALLLYYYYY excited about the theme this week! Just as a little FYI: My very first horse was an ex-racehorse -- a Thoroughbred who raced back in the '60's. My retired riding horse, another Thoroughbred, who is now 27 and lives here on my farm, was also a racehorse back the late '80's. Oh man, I LOVE this theme and have the PERFECT song for this week! I just hope that I can pull it off!!! Wooo hoooo!!! This week's gonna be awesome!!! Thanks, Lily, for hosting this super theme!!!

myrnaukelele
07-21-2013, 09:41 PM
Had some friends over tonight and we played some tunes. This one is Molly and Tenbrooks. It's about a match race that took place on July 4, 1878 between the Kentucky horse Ten Broeck and the California mare Mollie McCarty at the Louisville Jockey Club (now Churchill Downs). Ten Broeck won the race before a record crowd of 30,000.

http://youtu.be/Rp2MsHPwVfg

erivel
07-21-2013, 11:02 PM
Ok this might be a stretch...I know nothing about horses, so I hope this works...

I found a race horse, or two (?), that share the name of a favorite 80's tune of mine.

Here's the info on the horses:

http://www.harnessdata.ca/horse?name=Voices%20Carry&type=h

http://www.pedigreequery.com/voices+carry


http://youtu.be/5bHXKjGvacE

pabrizzer
07-21-2013, 11:23 PM
Ok this might be a stretch...I know nothing about horses, so I hope this works...

I found a race horse, or two (?), that share the name of a favorite 80's tune of mine.

Here's the info on the horses:

http://www.harnessdata.ca/horse?name=Voices%20Carry&type=h

http://www.pedigreequery.com/voices+carry


Gee. This is just so darn good!
Love the uke playing and the vocal.
Just a bloody top job!

wee_ginga_yin
07-21-2013, 11:34 PM
It is said that the inspiration for this song comes from a series of short poems and illustrations called Ten Bulls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Bulls). It is supposed to be about the stages on the path to enlightenment.

I prefer to think that Leonard is having women trouble once again.


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

barefootgypsy
07-22-2013, 03:20 AM
Just had time to watch a couple -

@librainian - I love that song, love that show - my husband played Harry the Horse a couple of years ago in a production of Guys & Dolls by our local society - I hope someone would do it! I loved your multi-tracking - nice chords up the neck, too! I'm trying to learn some of those! Well done, loved it!

@ TCK - beautiful song..... beautifully pulled off, as ever! Thanks for all the extra info, too.... fantastic!

FiL
07-22-2013, 03:41 AM
This is the Richard Thompson song "Both Ends Burning". He also wrote a song called "The Angels Took My Racehorse Away", if anyone needs a song.


I can't think of anybody other than you who could do a faithful version of "The Angels Took My Racehorse Away". I think Richard's vocals back then are right up your alley. I hope you consider it for a bonus.

- FiL

strumsilly
07-22-2013, 04:05 AM
Off to an early start.

Stewball or Skewball is a traditional song which is based on a real horse called Skewball which was owned by the Earl of Godolphin in the mid eighteenth century. It won a number of races both in England and Ireland in the 1740s and 1750s. The song exists in many variants which are found in both Britain and America. They all share the same basic story of Stewball/Skewball beating the favourite, usually a Grey Mare. The British (mainly English, though the location is often in Kildare in Ireland - the real Skewball won a number of races there) versions tend to be called Skewball and have the horse and rider in conversation during the race and the American versions more commonly called Stewball have the horse behaving normally and often winning because the Grey Mare stumbled.

I first heard it as sung by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s but the version I sing here is slightly different (according to the internet site I found the words on it's based on a version sung by Joan Baez) though I have used the same tune as PP&M


darn. you beat me me to it. I would have beat you, but I couldn't print the words as I was out of town. I may do it anyway, if thats ok as I've practiced an interesting intro. getting home today.

ukuLily Mars
07-22-2013, 04:18 AM
Oooo... I think I have one for this week.
Yay! That would be wonderful, Mim! Don't forget the "extra consideration" for goats. You're the only one I know here who has one.


My wife suggested one I'd like to see attempted - by someone braver than me that is.. Some classical ukist out there want to cover this one?

Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady
This is probably the song TCK is trying to get a bunch of people together on Saturday to sing. :rofl: Seriously, though, it sure fits the theme! Would love to see somebody pull it off.


Ohhhhhh boyyyyyy, Lily!!!!!!!! I am REEEAALLLYYYYY excited about the theme this week! Just as a little FYI: My very first horse was an ex-racehorse -- a Thoroughbred who raced back in the '60's. My retired riding horse, another Thoroughbred, who is now 27 and lives here on my farm, was also a racehorse back the late '80's. Oh man, I LOVE this theme and have the PERFECT song for this week! I just hope that I can pull it off!!! Wooo hoooo!!! This week's gonna be awesome!!! Thanks, Lily, for hosting this super theme!!!
Wow, you seem as excited as I am! It would be great if you could get your horse in the video, but I know you've been having technical difficulties. As much as horses love cats and goats, I have it on good authority that they hate webcams.


Just had time to watch a couple -

@librainian - I love that song, love that show - my husband played Harry the Horse a couple of years ago in a production of Guys & Dolls by our local society - I hope someone would do it! I loved your multi-tracking - nice chords up the neck, too! I'm trying to learn some of those! Well done, loved it!
I wish I had seen Mr Gypsy as Harry the Horse! You would be a very cute Miss Adelaide.


darn. you beat me me to it. I would have beat you, but I couldn't print the words as I was out of town. I may do it anyway, if thats ok as I've practiced an interesting intro. getting home today.
Definitely okay!

ukuLily Mars
07-22-2013, 05:25 AM
I've got the playlist updated through page six! Have to go out but I will catch up when I get back. Thank you all for these great videos! Keep 'em coming!

TCK
07-22-2013, 05:26 AM
@ TCK - beautiful song..... beautifully pulled off, as ever! Thanks for all the extra info, too.... fantastic! Glad to see you back and chuffed you liked the song :) Thanks for watching! Did you note that I finally did King of Rome last week?

decaturcomp
07-22-2013, 06:01 AM
"Sho' nuff, we had won!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSSZ1EErKaU

One of my favorite Band songs from the second record.
It happens to revolve around a hoss race.

redpaul1
07-22-2013, 06:26 AM
There is only one person (OK- maybe two) on here that would possibly do this song, and both of them would do it even if I post the video early (and maybe sans pants).
When I was 14 I went into a used record store having seen this in the window. I had heard the Specials and Bob Marley, liked what they sounded like, and saw a Jamaican flag on the label...figured it would be hard for it not to be worth $1.99. It turned out that an obsession with early Reggae was about to be born, and The Pioneers were the ones that started it. 26 years later, these songs still get play time on my radio show, and are still among my favorites.
And as luck would have it, are about horse racing.
I figured while we were waiting at the gates, we could use some inspiration this morning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ssA2no1WAY4

REGGAE TIME!

I used to have a season ticket for Caymanas Park :)

ukuLily Mars
07-22-2013, 08:06 AM
TCK -- Possum -- What a great song choice! You did a wonderful job with it. I'm going to watch it again and sing along.

librainian -- Fugue for Tinhorns -- Guess why I said multitracking was okay! Usually this song and "A Simple Little System" from "Bells Are Ringing" are neck and neck as the perfect racetrack songs, but this is the one I was really hoping to hear this week. You did this so well, and a really good production, too. Thank you for doing this song! (My husband walked into the room and announced, "That song has nothing to do with horse racing." He obviously liked it.)

uke4ia -- Both Ends Burning -- I have never heard this song before and I really enjoyed it! Nice performance. I always love your strumming style.

29moons -- The Poster -- I can't believe I forgot about Davy Jones! He had been visiting and riding his horses in Florida when he died suddenly, which if he had to go was probably the way he would have wanted it. Thanks for thinking of him, and for this lovely tribute! The video montage was really nice (and so is your face) and you did a great job with the song. (And yes, anything by Davy counts, including the entire Monkees oeuvre.)

TCK -- Gold in the Sun -- Yay! This is why I kept saying things about "songs with recordings produced by" (seriously, who says things like that?), so it's not only acceptable, it was subliminally suggested (I'm not good at subliminal, though, as I think I even put a link to Zenyatta somewhere). This is great, and you did a terrific job with it. Two down, twenty-eight to go.

myrnaukulele -- Molly and Tenbrooks -- This was really nice, Myrna! A beautiful duet, and the song suits your lovely voice so well. And you even dressed for the races, hat and everything! Thanks!

erivel -- Voices Carry -- This is exactly what I meant by title = name of racehorse! You had exactly the right idea. And your performance was wonderful, as always. You keep doing these covers that I like better than the originals, even if I liked the originals! This was one of those. Great job!

wee_ginga_yin -- Very nice performance! A good song for your voice and you played it beautifully.

decaturcomp -- Up on Cripple Creek -- Nothing warms my heart like a racetrack love story. This was a great song choice and I loved your performance. Oh, by the way, did you hear you're allowed ten videos this week? Everything over that is a bonus. TCK is going to do thirty.

A couple notes: It looks like you're all getting the idea of where to look for songs, and seeing the possibilities, so it's just a matter of time before I see a James Bond song! Just a reminder, though, that the theme is horse racing, not horses in general, so if we can stick with that I'd appreciate it.

Thanks, all of you, for these awesome videos! I'm having so much fun! Miraculously, the playlist has been updated, or at least it was when I started these comments. Please let me know if you're not on it.

TCK
07-22-2013, 12:51 PM
So apparently there is an Australian horse named Kingston Town, and apparently he won a few races in his day.
As luck would have it, there is a song as well! Written by Clancy Eccles and recorded by a Calypsonian named Lord Creator in 1970. I have often wondered if the songs was written for the same reason so many SKA sides were- to express the hopes of the nation and perhaps re-ignite the sense of pride Jamaicans felt during their independence, or if it's hopefulness was tongue-in-cheek.
We all know that the hopes of dreams of Jamaicans that were felt at the time of Independence were never realized, and Lord Creator (as the folklore goes) was homeless and pretty down and out by the time UB40 recorded the tune in 1989. It rocketed to number one, and UB40 sought out Creator (again- folklore) and paid his owed royalties. This re-ignited his career which was enjoyed as a "revival" type thing. Creator is still alive and well as I am led to believe, and this song is one of many favorite scratchy 45's I share my home with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5bC_l5tME8&feature=youtu.be

TCK
07-22-2013, 02:05 PM
I addition to that up there^. We have already discussed why this one works for this week.
For some reason my video editing software is screwing up the first part of my videos.
Perhaps I will leave you all alone and fix- or perhaps not ;)
So Lonely- The Police

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDKnfCaPEQ4&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
07-22-2013, 02:07 PM
This is a song by Krabbers which was written in 2011 (thanks for letting us record this).

Berni Armstrong is over from Catalonia for this recording session! This is a song about a man who spent too much money on race horses......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in0P2P6TSAo&feature=youtu.be

ukuLily Mars
07-22-2013, 02:28 PM
TCK -- Kingston Town -- This is one of my favorite videos you've ever done. I have no idea why, other than its general wonderfulness, but I really had fun with this. If you were at Belmont Park with your 'uke you would have a very enthusiastic audience in seconds.

TCK -- So Lonely -- Great job... I'm running out of things to say about your videos. How did this thing start? Don't kill yourself making videos, but as long as you make them I'll keep watching them.

Frisbee Fred and Berni -- Too Many Horses, by Krabbers -- Loved it! This was a really wonderful international collaboration, with The Ukelites represented (in t-shirts), and Krabbers wrote the song! It's a terrific performance, and it's great to see Seasonistas getting together across the seas. Thanks for recording and posting! Berni, I hope you and your family are enjoying your travels in the US. Fred, I hope you can get one or more of the kids and give us some Partridge Family! Krabbers, great song!

Thanks again, Seasonistas! Good night!

TCK
07-22-2013, 02:45 PM
TCK -- Kingston Town -- This is one of my favorite videos you've ever done. I have no idea why, other than its general wonderfulness, but I really had fun with this. If you were at Belmont Park with your 'uke you would have a very enthusiastic audience in seconds.

TCK -- So Lonely -- Great job... I'm running out of things to say about your videos. How did this thing start? Don't kill yourself making videos, but as long as you make them I'll keep watching them.


Hahahaha- I said I had scads of song ideas...you said chocolate for thirty- madness ensued :) I am not sure I can keep it up through the work week, but I sure am having fun running around trying to find songs I don't think will get done. I wake up every day and learn a new song- have for a long time, this is just in hyper-drive. What a great theme- I figure this is the broadest one we have ever had, and at first we all went WHAA?
Really glad you liked Kingston Town- such a great old song...I had to at least try and do the original some justice.

pabrizzer
07-22-2013, 02:57 PM
This is a song by Krabbers which was written in 2011 (thanks for letting us record this).

Berni Armstrong is over from Catalonia for this recording session! This is a song about a man who spent too much money on race horses......



Great job on a great song gentlemen.
Really enjoyed this.

TCK
07-22-2013, 03:18 PM
So Lily, this was loading when you commented that you were glad I was not lowering the bar. Whoops.
Who knew Benny Andersson was a horse owner?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t81Q9NrJQU&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
07-22-2013, 03:31 PM
Great job on a great song gentlemen.
Really enjoyed this.

I was corresponding with Berni a few months ago when I said "If you are ever in Vermont you have a place to stay". It was only two or three days later when he said he had a trip planned to the states and he was going to spend a few days. We have had a blast together. So, I'll also say to you, If you are ever in Vermont.......

decaturcomp
07-22-2013, 03:38 PM
TCK Rule compliance:
I can't stand Dan Fogelberg. Maybe I just can't forgive him for the line "His blood runs through my instrument" in the song he wrote about his Daddy called "Leader of the band". So, I apologize up front for being snotty about his singing in the video intro. Having said that, I think he was comissioned by someone to write this song for the Kentucky Derby (maybe for one of those SlowMoMontages (TM)).

I couldn't listen to the song all the way through so I haven't heard it in decades but I don't think it's a bad song. Certainly not for old Dan. So, I'm afraid I might have gotten the tune mixed up with "My Cup Runneth Over With LOVE" which was popularized, if I'm not mistaken, by Ukranian/AmericanCasino Lounge singer Ed Ames. I truly hope not, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj2QlNuVVy8

Jazzbanjorex
07-22-2013, 03:59 PM
Wild Horses, Rolling Stones, The Sundays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld7uGRkebl4&feature=youtu.be
I guess there isn't anything about racing in this song. Sorry.

decaturcomp
07-22-2013, 05:03 PM
Hot Tip from the Racing Form:
Among the Horse owners along with Jerry Moss (which as TCK pointed out should make almost ANYTHING on A&M records fair game) one of the owners is Burt Bacharach. Now I know some of you can find a bell to answer in that catalogue!

And in the Name Registry (https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&search=&#Client.URLtoken#) Lily provided, just plug in some names to see what might be there, There was no Grateful Dead but there was a Grateful Red (Panama Red, maybe?) and in looking for Rolling Stone I found "Rolling Deep" Adele persons?

strumsilly
07-22-2013, 05:19 PM
ANOTHER STEWBALL . PLAYED ON A PONO BARITONE

http://youtu.be/eYyH41dnySA

pabrizzer
07-22-2013, 06:05 PM
A roughie done at work in my lunch break.
Done in the server room so that's what the humming noise is.
Burt Bacharach tune and he was in the list of horse owners.
Close to You.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fysEDCeSNo8

TCK
07-22-2013, 06:12 PM
Wild Horses, Rolling Stones, The Sundays

I guess there isn't anything about racing in this song. Sorry.
AH- But Ronnie Wood is a breeder in Ireland, and there is a race horse named Rolling Stones.
I would make a bet on Kentucky Derby day that any of the Stones catalog is fair game

pabrizzer
07-22-2013, 09:48 PM
Because it HAD to be done - Stephen Foster


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9MPDsxIlyo

Bit of a nod to Mel Brooks as well!:)

wee_ginga_yin
07-22-2013, 10:06 PM
wee_ginga_yin -- Very nice performance! A good song for your voice and you played it beautifully.

A couple notes: It looks like you're all getting the idea of where to look for songs, and seeing the possibilities, so it's just a matter of time before I see a James Bond song! Just a reminder, though, that the theme is horse racing, not horses in general, so if we can stick with that I'd appreciate it.

Ah I see now that my entry was not about horse racing and more about horses and their relationship with their rider
But consider this tenuous connection which has 6 degrees of separation.

1. Ballad of an absent mare was written by Leonard Cohen who has a passion for mysticism in his songs
2. It is said to be based on the Zen verses of the Ten Bulls
3. I illustrated the song with the original 12th Century paintings of the bulls
4. The fourth drawing is called Catch the bull
56245

5. Catch bull at four is a album by Cat Stevens
56244
6. Cats are friends of horses and favorite stablemates :-)

Thanks to Mr Thornton for pointing this out to me. :-)

pabrizzer
07-22-2013, 11:13 PM
Apparently The Police are fair game so here is
Walking on the Moon.
I have decided to do 5 videos this week so that gives me time to consider my last post.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0imJ78XfnRo

ukuLily Mars
07-22-2013, 11:34 PM
Hot Tip from the Racing Form:
Among the Horse owners along with Jerry Moss (which as TCK pointed out should make almost ANYTHING on A&M records fair game) one of the owners is Burt Bacharach. Now I know some of you can find a bell to answer in that catalogue!

And in the Name Registry (https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&search=&#Client.URLtoken#) Lily provided, just plug in some names to see what might be there, There was no Grateful Dead but there was a Grateful Red (Panama Red, maybe?) and in looking for Rolling Stone I found "Rolling Deep" Adele persons?
Grateful Red? You can do better than that. Rolling Deep, pretty close, but there are exact matches (or practically exact). Try removing spaces (e.g., Seeyouinmydreams). Jockey Club rules allow only eighteen characters, including spaces.

Pabrizzer's got a Bacharach tune up now! Good call. Still waiting for some Merv, though!


AH- But Ronnie Wood is a breeder in Ireland, and there is a race horse named Rolling Stones.
I would make a bet on Kentucky Derby day that any of the Stones catalog is fair game
You saved me some work! I was going to see if I could dig up a connection and you did it. As you said, this is a more abundant theme than it appears on the surface.


Ah I see now that my entry was not about horse racing and more about horses and their relationship with their rider
But consider this tenuous connection which has 6 degrees of separation.

1. Ballad of an absent mare was written by Leonard Cohen who has a passion for mysticism in his songs
2. It is said to be based on the Zen verses of the Ten Bulls
3. I illustrated the song with the original 12th Century paintings of the bulls
4. The fourth drawing is called Catch the bull
56245

5. Catch bull at four is a album by Cat Stevens
56244
6. Cats are friends of horses and favorite stablemates :-)

Thanks to Mr Thornton for pointing this out to me. :-)
This Thornton character is obviously a bad influence. This is definitely a stretch -- a huuuuuge stretch -- but I can't help but admire your resourcefulness. Plus it was a nice video. And this is a creative application of the TCK rule as well.

krabbers
07-23-2013, 12:59 AM
This is a song by Krabbers which was written in 2011 (thanks for letting us record this).

Berni Armstrong is over from Catalonia for this recording session! This is a song about a man who spent too much money on race horses......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in0P2P6TSAo&feature=youtu.be

Brilliant. Thanks chaps. I notice you left out the F after the d7. But it was still an excellent collab. I am hoping to get to use some of my free flights this year and get over and do a few jams like this

frisbee fred
07-23-2013, 03:24 AM
Brilliant. Thanks chaps. I notice you left out the F after the d7. But it was still an excellent collab. I am hoping to get to use some of my free flights this year and get over and do a few jams like this

You are right, Krabbers! The F does come after the D7. My fault, not Berni's. I didn't have the chords to the song and was figuring it out. I felt lucky to figure out the F sharp minor after the A........

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 04:35 AM
The playlist has been updated as far as pabrizzer's Walkin' on the Moon, so if I missed anything please let me know. Comments!

TCK #5 -- Take a Chance on Me -- Wow. This was incredible (in a good way). Words fail me which, as you know, hardly ever happens. I will think of something. In the meantime, maybe you should work on some Bing to go with that snazzy hat! Mele Kalikimaka? Swingin' on a Star? If tomorrow you find you have 500 views on this video, you'll know what I was doing instead of working on my book.

decaturcomp -- Run for the Roses -- Oh, I share your feelings about Dan Fogelberg. It might be easier if his songs didn't all sound like each other, don't you think? You did an honorable job with this, and I definitely prefer your voice. Didn't sound like My Cup Runneth Over to me. I really did like your version.

jazzbanjorex -- Wild Horses -- See? Practically everything works for this theme. This was a really nice performance, Rex! Thanks also for the picture of your dad and Calico. (My husband wrote a short story about a paint horse at the racetrack. He was an outrider pony, one of the horses that escorts the racehorses onto the track before the race. The picture of Calico made me smile.)

strumsilly -- Stewball -- Very nice! Loved the picking. We've had three versions of this song posted and they have all been really wonderful. If anyone is thinking of doing something that someone has already done, please do it anyway! Everyone brings something special and tells the story in his or her own way.

pabrizzer -- Close to You -- Great job with this song! I have mixed feelings about Burt Bacharach and a while back I decided it had a lot to do with the performance as much as the song (I learned this when I heard Aretha Franklin singing I Say a Little Prayer and loved it). This was a really nice performance.

pabrizzer -- Camptown Races -- Excellent! This was a whole new take on this song. It's nice to hear it treated as a real song and seeing you find your own way into it was really special. This was the song my mom started singing when I told her the theme for this Season, but that was before she knew there was a racehorse named Goody Goody. A side note: there is a very cool picture of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft attending the races, probably in the 70s, on the second floor of the Belmont Park Clubhouse. My husband and I were looking at it just last month when we were at Belmont.

(Stephen Foster is fair game, too. There is a race named after him at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Also he wrote My Old Kentucky Home, the official song of the Kentucky Derby.)

pabrizzer -- Walkin' on the Moon -- It impresses me that you have three videos in a row on this playlist and they are all completely different. I liked this one a lot. Yes, the Police are fair game, and there is a racehorse named Walkin On T Moon, which is pretty close.

Great job, everybody! I hope you're all having as much fun as I am! Right now, though, I am going to go take a nap because it is TOO DARN HOT (https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&search=&#Client.URLtoken#)here. (See what I did there?) Keep up the good work, Seasonistas!

DWitt
07-23-2013, 04:35 AM
So, Lily, you said this week would be lighter and less profound? Well, I hope that was a prediction rather than a preference, because here's something heavy and emotionally difficult . . .

This is "Pale Green Things," by the Mountain Goats. I put in an intro, as requested, talking about the song, and my arrangement of it. I forgot to mention: in my arrangement, I put most of the action in the left hand, using a only a very simple strum, but with lots and lots of pull-offs, some hammer-ons, and a couple small slides. I thought this would allow for complexity, interest, and tension, while keeping the feel of the song quiet, stark, and spare.

Oh, and here's the link to the comments on the song's meaning that I read from in the intro: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858539485/

And if anyone wants to skip the (long) intro, go to 6:48.


http://youtu.be/_-bCa99KUV8

UkeyDave
07-23-2013, 06:01 AM
Struggling with this theme so I've gone for an easy option already posted by pabrizzer. I haven't posted for a while due to proud father of the bride duties.
Sorry for poor quality video and sound but it was a rush job as I didn't want to be missing for another week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m66bbHCcw0

Barbablanca
07-23-2013, 06:57 AM
We're staying with Frisbee Fred and family in their wonderful home in Vermont and I was inspired to write this song there.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqBP3gNyv6o&feature=youtu.be

The Empty Stable

They took her to a horse show when she was just a kid,
She dreamed one day that she would win her spurs.
She showed her folks her passion was not just a passing phase,
And one day she got a horse that was all hers.

But the stable door’s now bolted and the horse is long gone,
The stall is piled with firewood today.
The little girl whose eyes shone bright when she won her first rosette,
Has grown so fast and upped and gone away.
Girl and beast together became the ideal team;
She thought she’d never have a better friend.
Maiden, novice, limit, they won everything in sight,
The cups and prizes never seemed to end.

CHORUS

But the day came round when she began to put away childish things;
The thrill of competition lost its shine.
She grew to a young woman and her horse was soon forgot,
Alone in his dark stable he would pine.

CHORUS

She had learned that life is for the ones who learn to stay the course,
Who rise up to the challenge of the track,
Who keep their eyes on the winning post whatever that might be,
Who don’t spend their whole life simply looking back.

CHORUS

GinnyT11
07-23-2013, 07:09 AM
THE match race of the century: Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpIFxpNTG4o

Note how they begin from a standing start, not from a starting gate.

pabrizzer
07-23-2013, 07:18 AM
We're staying with Frisbee Fred and family in their wonderful home in Vermont and I was inspired to write this song there.


Great job again guys.
Looks like you are having a fun time Berni.
I'm struggling with some feelings of envy.

TCK
07-23-2013, 07:26 AM
Who says Christmas can't happen in July?
Even more spectacular, my software, which I thought I had fixed, cut the video right in half....
Ugh. Lemme see if I can fix that...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdqJoV3muA8&feature=youtu.be
FIXED!!!!

GinnyT11
07-23-2013, 08:12 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sePzfSkqsA


Let's go to the racetrack!

TCK
07-23-2013, 08:42 AM
Another liberal application of the TCK rule.
What do the Beastie Boys have to do with horse racing? Absolutely nothing...except that some forward thinking horse owner had the great idea to name one of their horses Make Some Noise.
B-Boy stance employed, banjo uke in hand. So glad I found an excuse to this one.
Still patiently awaiting someones version of You Can't Touch This. Yep- the Hammer owns a stable, and awesome pants.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgI9yrxp6iw
RIP MCA

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 08:46 AM
More videos! Yay! More comments:

DWitt -- Pale Green Things -- "Lighter" was indeed a prediction, not a preference. This was a moving song, and very real, and you performed it beautifully. I'm sure TCK will lighten things up shortly, perhaps wearing a sweater. Stay tuned.

Ukey Dave -- Camptown Races -- First, before I forget, please give our best wishes to your daughter! When is the wedding? I'm glad you decided to do this one, too. It's very different from pabrizzer's version, of course, but it was a delight. You even looked like you were having fun, in spite of the heat! It's been really nice to hear this song done, twice now, in a way that shows off Stephen Foster's craftmanship.

Barbablanca -- The Empty Stable -- Thanks, Berni, for a lovely original song for this Season! A beautiful song, and you and Fred did a great job singing and playing. I was a little distracted by that enormous 'ukulele you were playing, but other than that I loved it.

TCK #6 -- I don't know which I like more: the performance, or the fact that, even though your software cut the video in half, it left the sweater. Seriously, that sweater is hilarious, but don't let UkeyDave see it because he's too hot. You'll be happy to know I have learned my lesson and I will be careful what I wish for. (Not really.)

Thanks, Seasonistas! Great job with these videos!

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 09:24 AM
Who is the sloppiest singer you know? If you said Shane McGowan prepare to be amazed as I sing one of his tunes worse than does he. Yes, he may sing through a drunken fog with a mouthful of stout and more biscuits than teeth but I have sung this worse. The sad thing is, I'll never be as cool as he is even though I have 5 times the teeth that he does. The happy thing is that I love the fact that I never realized until yesterday that this song I've heard a thousand times at least is about horse racing and uses the filthiest language of any non-hasher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers) (on-on!) song I know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R44yN91UeSI

TCK
07-23-2013, 09:46 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Have ever mentioned how much I love you Alan? I had this all worked up and just could not do it- it is brilliant! I am dodging F-bombs, as happy as the horses shite right now. Hat is off.
Who is the sloppiest singer you know? If you said Shane McGowan prepare to be amazed as I sing one of his tunes worse than does he. Yes, he may sing through a drunken fog with a mouthful of stout and more biscuits than teeth but I have sung this worse. The sad thing is, I'll never be as cool as he is even though I have 5 times the teeth that he does. The happy thing is that I love the fact that I never realized until yesterday that this song I've heard a thousand times at least is about horse racing and uses the filthiest language of any non-hasher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers) (on-on!) song I know:

UkeyDave
07-23-2013, 09:49 AM
More videos! Yay! More comments:


Ukey Dave -- please give our best wishes to your daughter! When is the wedding?

The Wedding was last Saturday and a wonderful day was had by all. It was an immensely proud day giving my daughter away and she looked absolutely stunning. Pictures will be available when I host the Seasons in September. I am already preparing my opening video for my hosting week. Oh and don't worry, I haven't given ANYTHING away with that information. No one will guess my theme from that little snippet (I guarantee it). :) Thanks for the encouraging comments and yes it actually makes me feel ill to look at anyone wearing a sweater right now.:cheers:

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 09:53 AM
Here's a song I've loved for a long time and even recorded before. I know it's not about racing at the track but that's not the only kind of horse race that's ever been done, correct? Gentlemen and fellahs who are less than gentlemanly and women who like a good test of speed along with a small wager have raced their mounts for quite a long time which, I imagine is pointed out in "Stride for Stride".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_2a9RRXRlY
(See what I did there?)

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 10:01 AM
Love you, too Son>
But, fer God's sake man, post yer own version of this fookin lovely tune>
Have I taught ye naught about shame being the lunch, supper and midnight snack of the Uker?


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Have ever mentioned how much I love you Alan? I had this all worked up and just could not do it- it is brilliant! I am dodging F-bombs, as happy as the horses shite right now. Hat is off.

pabrizzer
07-23-2013, 10:33 AM
Trivia question - please resist the urge to do a search.
OK.
I have decided on my last song.
Original by Sting but also covered by Toby Keith.
Still working on it but does anyone know what the song would be?

TCK
07-23-2013, 10:46 AM
MUST RESIST THE GOOGLE...
Urgh- I am fairly certain I have never heard a Toby Keith song, but I do know he does those ridiculously patriotic Ford commercials..."Set Them Free" is Stings biggest hit (I think) So there is my guess.
Trivia question - please resist the urge to do a search.
OK.
I have decided on my last song.
Original by Sting but also covered by Toby Keith.
Still working on it but does anyone know what the song would be?
And I could not be further off. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Serious Trifecta right there- Keith is a horse breeder I think.

xommen
07-23-2013, 10:48 AM
Lily pointed me to the Police by telling me about Zenyatta, I started looking at racehorse names. I found a horse called Leviathan and Neal Morse made a song with that name (It's about a monster from the bible, which I'm guessing also gave the horse it's name), this is an attempt to translate that song to something you can play on a uke.

http://youtu.be/2Z3RwLx1ftU

pabrizzer
07-23-2013, 10:55 AM
MUST RESIST THE GOOGLE...
Urgh- I am fairly certain I have never heard a Toby Keith song, but I do know he does those ridiculously patriotic Ford commercials..."Set Them Free" is Stings biggest hit (I think) So there is my guess.
And I could not be further off. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Not that one TCK.
Have just been looking at some Toby Keith songs for the first time as he is big into race horses. VERY patriotic. Very involved song videos too. Guns were a feature in quite a few.

On a different note - just watching the news concerning another big race horse family.
The private eye news paper headline was - WOMAN HAS BABY - no pictures just huge text on the front page.

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 11:03 AM
Hmmmm, probably NOT
"The Russians Love Their Children, Too".


Trivia question - please resist the urge to do a search.
OK.
I have decided on my last song.
Original by Sting but also covered by Toby Keith.
Still working on it but does anyone know what the song would be?

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 11:05 AM
Saratoga Racecourse you say?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7OnSXIRgb8

TCK
07-23-2013, 11:14 AM
Alan- you are seriously bringing it today! Nice...Poor Lily, she is gonna have a LOT of videos to watch.

TCK
07-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Some songbird should do "You're So Vain" since we're talking Saratoga.
Ginny- watch Decaturcomps last video ;)
As an aside...if your video processing time shows 1384426 minutes, does it mean that you exploded Youtube, or simply just infringed on someones copywrite? Oops.

GinnyT11
07-23-2013, 11:39 AM
Got it, Dave. This week is running away with us! I'm not fast enough.

TCK
07-23-2013, 11:54 AM
What a great video. Old Seabiscuit is buried about 35 miles north of here, and yet I have never been to the site. Might have to go see it at some point- he sure turned it on at the end there!
THE match race of the century: Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpIFxpNTG4o

Note how they begin from a standing start, not from a starting gate.

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 12:07 PM
Who is the sloppiest singer you know? If you said Shane McGowan prepare to be amazed as I sing one of his tunes worse than does he. Yes, he may sing through a drunken fog with a mouthful of stout and more biscuits than teeth but I have sung this worse. The sad thing is, I'll never be as cool as he is even though I have 5 times the teeth that he does. The happy thing is that I love the fact that I never realized until yesterday that this song I've heard a thousand times at least is about horse racing and uses the filthiest language of any non-hasher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers) (on-on!) song I know:
You do have a lot of teeth. I think you're cool, though.


The Wedding was last Saturday and a wonderful day was had by all. It was an immensely proud day giving my daughter away and she looked absolutely stunning. Pictures will be available when I host the Seasons in September. I am already preparing my opening video for my hosting week. Oh and don't worry, I haven't given ANYTHING away with that information. No one will guess my theme from that little snippet (I guarantee it). :) Thanks for the encouraging comments and yes it actually makes me feel ill to look at anyone wearing a sweater right now.:cheers:
Sounds lovely! I'm glad the wedding went well. Congratulations to the proud dad! Looking forward to your Season.


Here's a song I've loved for a long time and even recorded before. I know it's not about racing at the track but that's not the only kind of horse race that's ever been done, correct? Gentlemen and fellahs who are less than gentlemanly and women who like a good test of speed along with a small wager have raced their mounts for quite a long time which, I imagine is pointed out in "Stride for Stride".
(See what I did there?)
Funny you should mention that! Not in "Stride for Stride," but he has written a follow-up novel that's actually a prequel (set in New York in the 1930's; we're both writing books set in New York in the 1930's, and our home sounds like a Thin Man movie), and there is a point-to-point race in one chapter. I actually meant to say in the instructions that those races count, but I was trying to be brief (I failed). Officially: any race involving horses with humans navigating them counts. The theme from Ben Hur would count. It probably wouldn't sound very good on the 'uke, but it would count.


Love you, too Son>
But, fer God's sake man, post yer own version of this fookin lovely tune>
Have I taught ye naught about shame being the lunch, supper and midnight snack of the Uker?
Sorry, Alan, but I think TCK is going to be very busy working on his Desi Arnaz cover.


Trivia question - please resist the urge to do a search.
OK.
I have decided on my last song.
Original by Sting but also covered by Toby Keith.
Still working on it but does anyone know what the song would be?
No idea! Wait... your LAST song? Does that mean nothing with Cha? Horses love little girls!


MUST RESIST THE GOOGLE...
Urgh- I am fairly certain I have never heard a Toby Keith song, but I do know he does those ridiculously patriotic Ford commercials..."Set Them Free" is Stings biggest hit (I think) So there is my guess.
And I could not be further off. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Serious Trifecta right there- Keith is a horse breeder I think.
You've been doing a lot of research, my friend! Some day you are going to wonder if it's possible to get back all the brain cells you've filled with horse racing statistics. Don't ask how I know that.


Saratoga Racecourse you say?
Yes. I say that a lot.


Alan- you are seriously bringing it today! Nice...Poor Lily, she is gonna have a LOT of videos to watch.
Hee! That's okay. If I watch librainian's "Fugue for Tinhorns" video again I can call it research.


Ginny- watch Decaturcomps last video ;)
As an aside...if your video processing time shows 1384426 minutes, does it mean that you exploded Youtube, or simply just infringed on someones copywrite? Oops.
Okay, Seasonistas, new goal: let's see if we can explode YouTube!


Got it, Dave. This week is running away with us! I'm not fast enough.
We need a race caller! I will look into it. You all have videos to shoot and post.

TCK
07-23-2013, 12:10 PM
I am pretty stoked to find this among the horse names. I can remember the day I bought this record so clearly (10/5/1987). I was 14 yrs old and had acquired some early birthday money. Talked dad into taking me to Tower Records (RIP-sigh) and saw this in the front display.
I had planned to buy something else, but it dawned on me this girl I was entirely infatuated with really liked this band. Always scheming, I figured if I had the brand new record on the day it was released...I might have a shot at some extended hand holding.
Totally did not pan out for me...I was extraordinarily repellent to girls back then anyway, but what a great bunch of songs I got for 9 bucks that day.
Thankfully, someone named a race horse after the Cure's first American hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e17Sylp0Bag&feature=youtu.be

TCK
07-23-2013, 12:28 PM
Sorry, Alan, but I think TCK is going to be very busy working on his Desi Arnaz cover.
Cover is done...it is the shirt and the Club Babaloo props that are killing me!




You've been doing a lot of research, my friend! Some day you are going to wonder if it's possible to get back all the brain cells you've filled with horse racing statistics. Don't ask how I know that. I vowed during the strike that I would never watch baseball again. Then the hometown boys did it twice in three years, and I was back in. It has been like a crushing wave of obsession, and a string of disappointment this year, but it has re-awakened the kid in me. I am using the horse stats to FORGET the Giants stats for this season :) [/QUOTE]




Okay, Seasonistas, new goal: let's see if we can explode YouTube!


Last one was close, but it went through in less than the time stated. Smoke is coming out of their servers I am sure.

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 12:44 PM
If you want Mel to stop laughing at you, do not let her think about you wearing a mambo shirt. Don't ask me how I know.

TCK
07-23-2013, 12:56 PM
Hahaha- I do really like that she laughs at me, figure it keeps her around :)
Pretty sure she is going to laugh when she sees that I decided to do a reprise of PeeWee"s performance from season 73.
If you want Mel to stop laughing at you, do not let her think about you wearing a mambo shirt. Don't ask me how I know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of-lUkuGVtA
No shirt, no shoes, no problem ;)
All for now- the silliness needs to take a hiatus... promised my special lady friend a trip to the lake this afternoon.

Jazzbanjorex
07-23-2013, 12:59 PM
Jumpin Jack Flash, Stones

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

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 01:00 PM
GinnyT11 -- Del Mar -- This was wonderful! I had never heard it before. You did a lovely job, even without Der Bingle's trumpets. This was a delight. Thank you!

TCK #7 -- Make Some Noise -- Another fun one! Any song that mentions "sippin' on prosecco" is going to get my attention. I enjoyed this one a lot.

decaturcomp -- Bottle o' Smoke -- What a fun song! I can't imagine it sanitized. I thought your performance was excellent, even with all those teeth.

decaturcomp -- Tennessee Stud -- Another fun song, beautifully played and sung as always.

xommen -- Leviathan -- Yes, defininitely counts! Great job!

decaturcomp -- Glad you did this one! Well done. I had actually thought of it yesterday and wondered if anyone would do it, and I had reservations about it fitting the theme since it really only mentions Saratoga, and it's not really about horse racing, but... there's a horse named You're So Vain! (I would have allowed it anyway, since it mentions Saratoga pretty prominently.) Oh, and some years ago, before we were married, my husband lived around the corner from Carly Simon, and one day when I was leaving his apartment I saw her walking home with her guitar. She does have a lovely mandible.

TCK #8 -- Just Like Heaven -- Excellent performance. I'm glad you got to do this song!

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 01:20 PM
TCK #9 -- Mama Tried -- I think your mama did okay. Any Seasonistas want to back me up? This was wonderful, by the way.

Yes, there are some great names, and musical names are always fun. I always got excited when Muskrat Ramble ran; that's a particularly fun song to sing, nice and loud, all by yourself in a crowd of racing fans. (Nobody notices.) I was sure there was a racehorse named Runnin' Wild, but I looked it up before this Season started and there wasn't. Why then, I asked myself, do I have very clear recollections of playing air ukulele at Belmont Park? Turns out there was a Going Wild. What a relief! (I had to play air ukulele because I didn't have a real one yet.)

jazzbanjorex -- Jumpin' Jack Flash -- There's also a Rolling Stones. Meaning a racehorse with that name; my grammar hasn't gone all to pieces. Anyway, I loved your version of this song! Beautifully played, and well sung. Thanks!

Trout
07-23-2013, 01:23 PM
Erivel - that was amazing. I'll never hear that song in the same way again.

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 01:32 PM
Update: Okay, everyone, TCK has completed nine -- NINE! -- videos, and he is shooting for thirty, if he doesn't collapse under the pressure and if YouTube doesn't explode and if, you know, he feels like it.

Just to clarify, after his tenth video, the remainder will go into a Bonus playlist. So far we haven't had any bonuses, because everyone is allowed an absurd number of videos, and lots of songs fit the theme. If anyone else has more than ten videos, eleven and up will go into the Bonus playlist. A reminder: please post new videos only, because most of us probably have a lot of songs in our YT channels that fit the theme. (Although bonesigh's "vintage" Stewball video with puppets was awesome and will go into the Bonus playlist, because... PUPPETS.)

I mention this in case their are any newcomers to the Seasons, or anyone who is considering posting a video, or anyone who may be a little shy. Please join in! We would all love to hear from you.

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 01:45 PM
The TCK qualifying factor for this song would, I feel sure, work for TCK, too:
George Jones
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP0vUoU8ALw

bonesigh
07-23-2013, 01:50 PM
This is the song I've been working on this week. Always a favorite of mine. Great rendition decaturcomp! Hope you like mine (: I'll post later on in the week.

TCK Rule compliance:
I can't stand Dan Fogelberg. Maybe I just can't forgive him for the line "His blood runs through my instrument" in the song he wrote about his Daddy called "Leader of the band". So, I apologize up front for being snotty about his singing in the video intro. Having said that, I think he was comissioned by someone to write this song for the Kentucky Derby (maybe for one of those SlowMoMontages (TM)).

I couldn't listen to the song all the way through so I haven't heard it in decades but I don't think it's a bad song. Certainly not for old Dan. So, I'm afraid I might have gotten the tune mixed up with "My Cup Runneth Over With LOVE" which was popularized, if I'm not mistaken, by Ukranian/AmericanCasino Lounge singer Ed Ames. I truly hope not, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj2QlNuVVy8

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 01:55 PM
Bill Callahan wrote this (and lots of other amazing songs) and sang them with Smog and as a solo.
This one is sorta free form and open ended feeling.
and...it seems to fit to me...
and...I love it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6TSw1ZzM8s

bonesigh
07-23-2013, 02:04 PM
Awe, gee thanks ukuLily....I do happen to have a horse puppet or 2 (:


Update: Okay, everyone, TCK has completed nine -- NINE! -- videos, and he is shooting for thirty, if he doesn't collapse under the pressure and if YouTube doesn't explode and if, you know, he feels like it.

Just to clarify, after his tenth video, the remainder will go into a Bonus playlist. So far we haven't had any bonuses, because everyone is allowed an absurd number of videos, and lots of songs fit the theme. If anyone else has more than ten videos, eleven and up will go into the Bonus playlist. A reminder: please post new videos only, because most of us probably have a lot of songs in our YT channels that fit the theme. (Although bonesigh's "vintage" Stewball video with puppets was awesome and will go into the Bonus playlist, because... PUPPETS.)

I mention this in case their are any newcomers to the Seasons, or anyone who is considering posting a video, or anyone who may be a little shy. Please join in! We would all love to hear from you.

ukuLily Mars
07-23-2013, 02:07 PM
This is the song I've been working on this week. Always a favorite of mine. Great rendition decaturcomp! Hope you like mine (: I'll post later on in the week.
That would be great! I would like to hear your version. And more horse puppets! Please! (Not necessarily with that song. That's your call.)

I've updated the Playlist with Alan's last two entries but I'm going to call it a night and catch up with comments tomorrow. Thanks, Seasonistas! Good night!

decaturcomp
07-23-2013, 03:05 PM
I'm sure I will. For, verily, I always dig your works!
(maybe I'll just put the rest of mine on YT and wait until Sunday to post them here, I don't want to cause our dear Lily any undue exertion. &&& i want her to have time to make her art!)

This is the song I've been working on this week. Always a favorite of mine. Great rendition decaturcomp! Hope you like mine (: I'll post later on in the week.

ksiegel
07-23-2013, 04:00 PM
The sound isn't great on this one, but the location....

Saratoga Springs, NY, outside of the National Racing Hall of Fame, just down the street from the Saratoga Raceway...

And shortly after we turned off the camera (AND put the ukulele away...) , it started to pour.

Here's yet another version of "Stewball".


http://youtu.be/WZmEfsaVQQ0


-Kurt

bonesigh
07-23-2013, 05:57 PM
Thanks! I dig your stuff too (:


I'm sure I will. For, verily, I always dig your works!
(maybe I'll just put the rest of mine on YT and wait until Sunday to post them here, I don't want to cause our dear Lily any undue exertion. &&& i want her to have time to make her art!)

bonesigh
07-23-2013, 05:58 PM
Okay here's my first entry (: With puppet as requested! A little bit about Michael Martin Murphy the singer, songwriter of this song.....Murphey, his current wife Karen, and their six children are all involved in the family businesses of music, ranching, and recreational and competitive horseback riding. The Murphey family have residences in Colorado and Wisconsin, as well as a private fishing lake in Linden, Texas, not far from where Michael Martin Murphey's pioneer ancestors came to Texas in 1858.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_tAs0r1vq8&feature=youtu.be

dirtiestkidever
07-23-2013, 06:25 PM
So, Lily, you said this week would be lighter and less profound? Well, I hope that was a prediction rather than a preference, because here's something heavy and emotionally difficult . . .

This is "Pale Green Things," by the Mountain Goats. I put in an intro, as requested, talking about the song, and my arrangement of it. I forgot to mention: in my arrangement, I put most of the action in the left hand, using a only a very simple strum, but with lots and lots of pull-offs, some hammer-ons, and a couple small slides. I thought this would allow for complexity, interest, and tension, while keeping the feel of the song quiet, stark, and spare.

Oh, and here's the link to the comments on the song's meaning that I read from in the intro: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858539485/

And if anyone wants to skip the (long) intro, go to 6:48.


http://youtu.be/_-bCa99KUV8

That was outstanding. It was also the first songs that came to my mind when I heard the theme. I was hoping someone would do this song. I was expecting it from Eugene.

TCK
07-23-2013, 08:38 PM
OK- so here we are. Number ten. I have resigned myself, after learning five songs today, to the fact that I do not have the stuff to make thirty...not to say that this is my last song. What a lot of fun I have had the last few days annoying you all, but alas, I gotta go to work. I took a summer job to be able to afford donating my earnings toward making the yard where my beloved birds are kept at Bird Rescue Center (http://www.birdrescuecenter.org/) a little more shaded...and there is only one thing that trumps my Ukulele- my birds. Thank you Lily for what unexpectedly turned in to my favorite season yet (I groaned when I saw the theme as well...and then hit the internet for advice).
This song has long been a favorite of Melissa and I, and I begged her to do it tonight because it was number ten, and I can do 100 videos in a day, but the people have spoken. They want Melissa...as do I, she is my muse. We have just returned from the lake (and she is worried about her hair and outfit), where we saw Dave the Eagle (Eagles are really rare here, and thus, we have decided ours Dave-this is non-negotiable)...a great night, might as well play one of our favorite songs. Originally done by Mick Jagger in his limited solo career, it did not fit the criteria. However, the world of horse racing is full of great owners who choose great names for their horses, and "Evening Gown" happens to be one of those names.
This is less a final cut than it is an ukulele lesson- we do this every night just about- sit down, work out a song. Melissa learns them slower (or perhaps spends more time making them good), so she does not always make the video when it is time to go...Tonight I gave her no choice.
I know this is a Mick tune, but please check out the version that made us love it by Mr. Alejandro Escovido. Absolutely incredible.
All right- now for the damn song. thanks for putting up with me this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAiNunways0&feature=youtu.be

krabbers
07-23-2013, 09:06 PM
You are right, Krabbers! The F does come after the D7. My fault, not Berni's. I didn't have the chords to the song and was figuring it out. I felt lucky to figure out the F sharp minor after the A........

Well ya both did a grand job F or not

DWitt
07-24-2013, 12:35 AM
That was outstanding. It was also the first songs that came to my mind when I heard the theme. I was hoping someone would do this song. I was expecting it from Eugene.

Thanks! Yeah, I remember Eugene did "Song for Dennis Brown," from the same Mountain Goats album, a few seasons back. I'd love to hear his version of "Pale Green Things"!

~dave~~wave~
07-24-2013, 02:45 AM
On a long drive Monday I trolled through my iPod for horse songs. I found this one by Richard Thompson, and immediately figured uke4ia, the consummate RT aficianado, would likely do it.
Lucky for me, when I got home I saw I had the green light, or the open gate, or however you start a horse race...




This is the Richard Thompson song "Both Ends Burning". He also wrote a song called "The Angels Took My Racehorse Away", if anyone needs a song.






http://youtu.be/LwTKh86ufco

Cornfield
07-24-2013, 03:22 AM
Maybe you want to know if a song you like has a corresponding racehorse?
If no one has mentioned this yet, this is a guide https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&rand=813&init=&CFID=161468925&CFTOKEN=35626643 that lets you know all 42,000 registered race horse names.

redpaul1
07-24-2013, 03:40 AM
OK here's my entry, in which I speak Dutch† atcha. If you are easily offended, look away now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK6nArIvZQs

†Real Dutch, as opposed to the double-dutch I usually spout!

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 03:42 AM
I'm sure I will. For, verily, I always dig your works!
(maybe I'll just put the rest of mine on YT and wait until Sunday to post them here, I don't want to cause our dear Lily any undue exertion. &&& i want her to have time to make her art!)
Art? Oh, right. I'm doing okay, but I wish YouTube would stop verifying it's me every few comments. I have a hard time reading those silly things, but I'm pretty sure I'm an actual human.


Maybe you want to know if a song you like has a corresponding racehorse?
If no one has mentioned this yet, this is a guide https://www.registry.jockeyclub.com/registry.cfm?page=namesrch&rand=813&init=&CFID=161468925&CFTOKEN=35626643 that lets you know all 42,000 registered race horse names.
I've linked this a bunch of times and I think someone else has, too, but it certainly bears repeating, so thank you! And in case anyone missed it, here again is the list of owners and breeders (it says American, but lots of international owners have been registered in the US as well, because racehorses often travel).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_racehorse_owners_and_breeders

A few significant people (from our perspective) are missing, including David Cassidy, Jimmy Durante, Cab Calloway and Jule Styne (actually, I'm not sure if they were all racehorse owners -- Cassidy is definitely -- but they have all had significant ties to the sport). Also Davy Jones. who was a jockey as well as a racehorse owner (thanks, 29moons, for remembering Davy). Thank you, John, for this reminder!

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 03:45 AM
Redpaul -- video is unavailable.

(Oops... just saw where you said it would be available in an hour's time. I will try again.)

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 04:24 AM
Comments!

decaturcomp #7 -- These Days I Barely Get By -- Beautifully played and sung, as always.

decaturcomp #8 -- Let Me See the Colts -- Again excellent. I like where you went with the improvisational feel. I can see what you meant by "open-ended" but it didn't feel incomplete at all. Also it's nice that you change not only your clothes but also your 'ukulele for each video.

ksiegel -- Stewball -- Do I have to tell you how much I loved this? Could I even put it into words? This is my favorite museum, and I live in Europe. Also I know that Saratoga is not your favorite place this time of year, so thank you for braving the throngs. I'm assuming you shot the video yesterday (there is no racing on Tuesdays). You did a great job with the song, despite the challenges of outdoor shooting on a busy street. Thanks again! I hope next year we will have a chance to jam.

bonesigh -- Well, you're right, it's not a horse racing song, not even slightly. However, there is a racehorse named Wild Fire (I'm guessing it's two words because his pedigree includes Wild Again, but that's just a guess). That gives me the loophole I was looking for, because I could not bring myself to disqualify such an awesome video! That cat puppet is magnificent (tell her I'm sorry about the hairball, and I hope she is fully recovered). She almost distracted me from your beautiful playing and singing. Almost, but not quite.

TCK #10 -- Evening Gown, with guest artist Melissa -- Loved it, and it's always a joy to see Mel. I was wondering if Evening Gown was related to Evening Attire, one of the best racehorses I ever met (remind me to tell you my Evening Attire story), but she's not. I don't want you to quit your job, and I want the birds to be safe and happy, so do your thing. Drop by whenever the spirit moves you! Bring Melissa, if she'll have us.

~dave~~wave~-- Angels Took My Racehorse -- This was wonderful! I always enjoy your videos. You have such a good time, and I do, too. Terrific performance. Thank!

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 04:35 AM
I've decided that at least one of the three winners for this Season will be drawn at random from my snazzy new Belmont Park cap. Everyone who posts a video will be entered once and only once, so people who do one video will have the same chances as people who post, hypothetically, ten videos.

If you haven't noticed, the awarding of prizes was the thing to which I gave the least thought in the planning of this Season. I still reserve the right to select all of the winners from my snazzy new Belmont Park cap.

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 04:52 AM
Just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who has posted a video or comment (or both)! You are all the cat's.

Playlist is complete up through ~dave~~wave~ (redpaul1, I will add yours when I get back), so have some fun!

A little challenge for those who are interested: we haven't had much jazz this week! Surprising, with the tradition of jazz at the racetrack. I'm very glad we haven't had all jazz, but if sillydave and dougf are out there, sing out! I am, however, delighted at the songs I didn't know that have been posted this week. This playlist is shaping up to be a very vibrant and eclectic one!

If you still haven't found anything to suit you, there are racehorses named Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Mussorgsky.

Back soon! Talk amongst yourselves.

greyghost
07-24-2013, 05:40 AM
Ah, what a good feeling! The song I had just learned turned out, with a bit of investigating, to fit the theme quite well! It turns out that both "Queen" and "Good Company" appear in that database of horse names, so here's my cover of the only Queen song on which Brian May let his George Formby flag fly and put the ukulele front and center (though I'd play it on a banjo-uke for real authenticity, if only I had one).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4unUhm1Ipek&feature=youtu.be

decaturcomp
07-24-2013, 06:09 AM
In March 2011, Walsh rode Hurricane Fly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Fly) to victory in the Champion Hurdle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champion_Hurdle) at Cheltenham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Racecourse), finishing ahead of Peddlers Cross and Oscar Whisky. It was Walsh's first victory in the feature race of the opening day at the Cheltenham Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Festival).[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Walsh#cite_note-4)
A fall at the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham in November 2008 resulted in Walsh having his spleen removed in an emergency operation.[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Walsh#cite_note-5) He returned to the saddle merely 27 days later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Zt7MtgdxU

frisbee fred
07-24-2013, 06:59 AM
This is a song I used to sing to my kids at bedtime when they were little. Apparently, Bing Crosby is fair game and he recorded a few versions of this song. Heavy on the schmaltz. Something happened to the sound in the last two seconds but I'm not doing another take today......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSUUZred3DA&feature=youtu.be

wee_ginga_yin
07-24-2013, 07:52 AM
Tonto and Khemosabi and mentioned in this song and both are in the Jockey Interactive register. The preamble is about apophenia and gambling.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A7QCD6mp1g

xommen
07-24-2013, 08:20 AM
I found after searching for U2 and racehorse that there is a horse called Joshua Tree (and one called Bono ;-)), which makes this whole album available for this season I guess, this is Trip through your wire:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6XQYOdlcls

Here's a link to the horse info:
http://www.atu2blog.com/horse-named-joshua-tree/3590/

xommen
07-24-2013, 08:20 AM
This is One tree hill from that same album:

http://youtu.be/vZx6PU1237w

xommen
07-24-2013, 08:23 AM
I'm not going to do as many as Alan or TCK but I thought 6 might be a nice number so this is Bullet the Blue Sky for the Joshua Tree Album. There are only have two more song from that album that I have not done in the Season yet ;-).

http://youtu.be/1JQl8FOBWok

wee_ginga_yin
07-24-2013, 08:23 AM
In March 2011, Walsh rode Hurricane Fly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Fly) to victory in the Champion Hurdle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champion_Hurdle) at Cheltenham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Racecourse), finishing ahead of Peddlers Cross and Oscar Whisky. It was Walsh's first victory in the feature race of the opening day at the Cheltenham Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Festival).[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Walsh#cite_note-4)
A fall at the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham in November 2008 resulted in Walsh having his spleen removed in an emergency operation.[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Walsh#cite_note-5) He returned to the saddle merely 27 days later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Zt7MtgdxU

Ah!!! Christy Moore he is a favourite of mine. I used to follow the races in the UK and there
was always a great rivalry between Rupert (Ruby) Walsh and Tony McCoy. Both are still going strong.

DWitt
07-24-2013, 08:46 AM
Another idea for someone, and one on the jazz end of things: Indigo Swing has a nice, jumpin' tune called "Baron Plays the Horses." Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwfQtCEpqPY

pabrizzer
07-24-2013, 09:14 AM
Sting song also done by Toby Kieth - I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Cryin'



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZsyQOOv72Y

Just to clarify that I'm not happy that Sting's lyrics belittle the importance of fathers in a child's life.
I wonder how involved in his children's lives he was before his divorce?
I know that losing contact with children can be a cause of devastation in men's lives after a divorce.
I can't imagine my life without regular contact with my children or grandchildren.
And no, I've not been through a divorce.
My eldest turned 40 this year.

we tigers
07-24-2013, 11:18 AM
We were actually planning to do another song, but our son Oscar, always messing with our cd's, pulled Chocolate & Cheese by Ween out of the cabinet and demanded it to be played. Approving his excellent choice we did and this song came by.
Thank you, Oscar!

http://youtu.be/SY1JgMvqjQE

GinnyT11
07-24-2013, 11:25 AM
We were actually planning to do another song, but our son Oscar, always messing with our cd's, pulled Chocolate & Cheese by Ween out of the cabinet and demanded it to be played. Approving his excellent choice we did and this song came by.
Thank you, Oscar!

That was hilarious! I hope the pony is much better now.

DWitt
07-24-2013, 11:28 AM
We were actually planning to do another song, but our son Oscar, always messing with our cd's, pulled Chocolate & Cheese by Ween out of the cabinet and demanded it to be played. Approving his excellent choice we did and this song came by.
Thank you, Oscar!

Thank you so much for this. I don't know what else to say. Thank you thank you.

wee_ginga_yin
07-24-2013, 11:51 AM
We were actually planning to do another song, but our son Oscar, always messing with our cd's, pulled Chocolate & Cheese by Ween out of the cabinet and demanded it to be played. Approving his excellent choice we did and this song came by.
Thank you, Oscar! http://youtu.be/SY1JgMvqjQE

I have often wondered if a zebra is white with black stripes, or black with white stripes.
But after seeing that zebra dance what now amazes me about zebras is that they can do
the running man dance step.

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 12:07 PM
Another idea for someone, and one on the jazz end of things: Indigo Swing has a nice, jumpin' tune called "Baron Plays the Horses." Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwfQtCEpqPY
How about you??? (Looks like there was a racehorse named How About You.)

Hey, Seasonistas, I forgot about this resource, which is a little more comprehensive with racehorse names. The Jockey Club names book is really names that are not available, but since names are released after a certain amount of time (unless a horse is exceptional), there may be names which are not on the list but have been used. So you can try this:
http://www.pedigreequery.com/

I'm updating the playlist and will get back with some comments shortly, although nobody appears to be sitting around waiting for me, thank goodness!

wallyboy
07-24-2013, 12:12 PM
heres my entry,
went through my song book, and punched in some names in the horse name link, and came up with this,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws5rRFYAoAg

lakesideglenn
07-24-2013, 12:40 PM
[QUOTE=we tigers;1335729]We were actually planning to do another song, but our son Oscar, always messing with our cd's, pulled Chocolate & Cheese by Ween out of the cabinet and demanded it to be played. Approving his excellent choice we did and this song came by.
Thank you, Oscar!

Laugh riot!

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 01:00 PM
Playlist is updated through wallyboy's "Yesterday" video! I hope you're all enjoying the entries as much as I am. We're up to 55. You, Seasonistas, are spectacular! Now comments:

redpaul1 -- Bottle of Smoke -- I'm so sad I didn't think of that last criterion (written by someone who kept a horseshoe by the typewriter). Damon Runyon may have done that, though. Terrific performance, brilliantly enthusiastic. I liked your interpretation.

greyghost -- Good Company -- This was great! I wish Queen had featured the 'uke in more of its songs. That was a really nice arrangement, by the way. (On Saturday my husband and I went to Montreux, where there is an enormous -- make that Enormous -- statue of Freddie Mercury right on the lake. It's very cool.)

decaturcomp #9 -- The Ballad of Ruby Walsh -- What a nice song! You sang and played it beautifully. We were at Cheltenham last fall so I felt like I could picture the images in the song. I enjoyed this video a lot.

frisbee fred -- Irish Lullaby -- Not only is Bing fair game, but there was a racehorse named Irish Lullaby! It would not surprise me if there were several. Anyway, if you sang to your kids when they were little, it's no wonder they grew up to be such great young adults. (Truly, your kids are great. We love seeing them. If I may speak for everyone here.) You did a lovely job with this song! Thanks!

wee_ginga_yin -- If I Had a Pony -- You had me laughing all through your introduction, in an "it's-funny-because-it's-true" way. I used to bet horses from the Dixieland Band line, and although Dixieland Band was a very good sire, whenever I bet on any of his progeny they lost. And yet for several years I couldn't stop betting on his progeny, because his name was Dixieland Band (especially at Saratoga, where Reggie's Red Hot Foot-Stompers would always be roaming around -- yes, Reggie et al. are a Dixieland band). Eventually I got over this, but it was silly. (I'm actually a pretty decent handicapper, but I don't bet much money, so occasionally I can't resist a "hunch bet.") Anyway, I think hanging out in a betting shop with you would be a blast! Or better yet, the track. Oh, I really liked the video, by the way. Lots of fun. Thanks!

xommen -- Trip Through Your Wire, One Tree Hill, Bullet the Blue Sky (from U2's Joshua Tree album) -- Wim, I apologize for grouping these three together, but since they are from the same album my comments are a bit redundant! That being said I enjoyed all three, and I'm very happy you were able to find a way to get some U2 in this Season! I knew you could do it! (They are separate entries, of course; I know you don't plan to do as many entries as TCK but you're holding your own.)

pabrizzer -- I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Cryin' -- Very nice job. I like your interpretation of it and, while I'm not familiar with the original, I really can't imagine it as a line-dancey kind of thing now that I've heard this version!

wetigers -- Mister Would You Please Help My Pony -- First off, in case anyone is wondering, no, there really is no horse racing here, but there was a racehorse named Glockenspiel! (Actually, there have been several. I saw the one who was born in 1996.) For such an outstanding video there was no way I was going to not find a loophole. Absolutely wonderful. I never expected a dancing zebra this week! Musically it was gorgeous, too. You two keep getting better and better, and you were great to begin with!

wallyboy -- Yesterday -- This was a great song choice! That's the stuff -- pick out a song and then see if there has been a horse. You did a very nice job with the song, too.

Note to people without glockenspiels: let's try to stay with horse racing, not just horses in general. We have 55 entries so there is certainly no shortage of songs that fit the theme!

peewee
07-24-2013, 01:20 PM
Wow, I just got back from several days off the grid. I snuck a look Saturday on my phone to see what the theme was, and ALL of the songs I came up with (using only my brain and not google-fu) have been done! Except one that I don't think I can do as I have misplaced my set of tuned hubcaps, but is one of the first that came to mind:

http://youtu.be/BavRrRNvz8g
Feitel Baum!
Anyway, some interesting stuff so far, I'll try to get a song up soon. Carry on Seasoning!

ukuLily Mars
07-24-2013, 01:34 PM
Wow, I just got back from several days off the grid. I snuck a look Saturday on my phone to see what the theme was, and ALL of the songs I came up with (using only my brain and not google-fu) have been done! Except one that I don't think I can do as I have misplaced my set of tuned hubcaps, but is one of the first that came to mind:

Feitel Baum!
Anyway, some interesting stuff so far, I'll try to get a song up soon. Carry on Seasoning!

Aww, peewee, I'm so sorry to hear about your hubcaps. Thanks for this, though! When I was a little girl we had an antique victrola and every now and then my grandmother's 78s would come out, and I looooved Spike Jones. (Come to think of it, this explains a lot.) Hadn't heard this, though, and it's pure racetrack magic.

Hope to see you soon, hubcaps or not! Don't worry about duplicates. I posted a list of songs somewhere, and a few people have mentioned songs and people who might have had songs, so if you go through the posts you might find something. Also check this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_racehorse_owners_and_breeders

Okay, Seasonistas, time for me to call it a day! Playlist appears to be complete, so let me know if you should be on it and aren't.

bonesigh
07-24-2013, 02:01 PM
Everyone I've been able to watch so far is doing a great job as usual. I've been unable to participate during the last 2 Seasons due to illness (less said the better!) UkuLily you have been an awesome host. Thanks again for putting my puppet Stewball rendition up on a bonus track and for "qualifying" me to run in the race with Wild Fire (: Also thanks for your kind comments. I gave Chubby Cat some hair ball remedy and he's feelin fine! Here's a jazz number for you..........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bRla-x3zzQ&feature=youtu.be

bonesigh
07-24-2013, 02:04 PM
Somebody stop me! I don't have time for this...but it's so much fun! Here's another version of "Stewball" that will qualify....cuz it's new!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-8fE0K8Njs&feature=youtu.be

Jazzbanjorex
07-24-2013, 02:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkErGwVT30Y&feature=youtu.be

Jazzbanjorex
07-24-2013, 04:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1_7IdZvMJg&feature=youtu.be

Jazzbanjorex
07-24-2013, 04:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH7eLbZ2lhM&feature=youtu.be

thesillydave
07-24-2013, 07:41 PM
a song from The Big Sleep

http://youtu.be/3UKRu9l6SYg

erivel
07-24-2013, 10:58 PM
I had fun plugging in random song titles into the Jockey Club Registry site. Found a lot of horses named after cool tunes. Decided to do this one. Unfortunately I only had a half an hour to learn and record it, so it's really, really sloppy...


http://youtu.be/cdPpG0lpMPE

redpaul1
07-25-2013, 12:34 AM
(I knew I'd find it if I looked long enough) Ladies And Gentlemen, indulge me as I present to you the late, great, Mr Tommy Cooper:

http://youtu.be/S9d8jDlyg_o

UkeyDave
07-25-2013, 01:01 AM
Here is number two from me along with a full and somewhat intriguing explanation of how this qualifies for this weeks theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSmFNTXu9T0
Oh and here is the link to The Corrs video featuring Ronnie Wood. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGnn1IcxuRo)

UkeyDave
07-25-2013, 03:23 AM
Number 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2buMB5Fmzak

ukuLily Mars
07-25-2013, 03:47 AM
(I knew I'd find it if I looked long enough) Ladies And Gentlemen, indulge me as I present to you the late, great, Mr Tommy Cooper:
The one about "I backed a horse at twenty to one" is possibly the oldest joke in the book and it still makes me laugh every time! Thanks for posting this, redpaul.

ukuLily Mars
07-25-2013, 04:21 AM
Hello, Seasonistas! I've updated the playlist and here are some comments:

bonesigh -- Jeepers Creepers -- Adorable! I love this on the Peanut. Too bad Chubby Cat doesn't have opposable thumbs; I think that Peanut would be a good 'uke for her.

bonesigh -- Stewball -- This was lovely. Isn't it great that we can have multiple versions of the same song, but everyone put their own style and personality into it and they all sound different? This is completely different from your own, earlier version, and I enjoyed it a lot.

jazzbanjorex #3 -- Ain't Misbehavin' -- I loved this. Great hat, and the radio is gorgeous. But it was your singing and playing that made it, as always.

jazzbanjorex #4 -- Mr. Sandman -- When I saw the video posted I couldn't wait to see what you would do with this, and I was not disappointed. Really nice, and the instrumental had some unexpected elements, I thought.

jazzbanjorex #5 -- A Shanty in Old Shanty Town -- This was great! Made me giggle. When you go for variety you don't kid around.

sillydave -- And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine -- I knew you would have something fun up your sleeve for this week's theme! This was great, and it makes much more sense than the movie.

erivel -- So this is what you sound like when you have half an hour to learn and record a song? With multitracking? Unbelievable. This is gorgeous. I'm so glad you found a couple songs that work for you this week! Your videos are always a treat.

UkeyDave -- Ruby Tuesday -- This was really nice. You pulled me in right away with lovely playing. By the way, there was a racehorse named Rolling Stones, and I checked a pedigree database because I couldn't believe there was never a racehorse named Ruby Tuesday, and there have been several.

Note to Seasonistas: The Jockey Club registry is a good starting point but its purpose is to help owners to select names for their horses, so the list is basically names that are not available. It's not every racehorse ever registered. It's a good start, though, and it's easy to use. If you don't find a name and want to check further, try HERE (http://www.pedigreequery.com/).

UkeyDave -- Wandering Star -- Lovely! I'm so glad you have a bit of time this week after your daughter's wedding to do a few videos.

Thank you to everyone who's posted a video! We have a formidable playlist but there is still room for YOU!!! I will start a bonus playlist a little bit later. TCK hasn't posted in nearly sixteen hours and I want to be ready.

ukuLily Mars
07-25-2013, 04:28 AM
If you are new to the Seasons and thinking about posting, please do! We all have to start with that first video, and this is a nice group of people who all remember what it's like to post that first video. (Just let me know if it's your first, because I may not know. Some other Seasonistas may not know, either, and we like to make a fuss over the newcomers.)

You'll notice that we're all very different, in personality, playing style, musical style, skill level, etc. What we have in common is that we love the 'ukulele and we love to have a good time, so please join us!

(Seasoned Seasonistas, feel free to chime in if you have anything to add.)

TCK
07-25-2013, 04:45 AM
Not sure if I would call myself seasoned,more like badly scorched, but yeah, if there are any lurkers out there waiting to post (see what I did there?) that first video...
Yeah- if I can do it, anyone can.
This one is for Red Paul- he made a comment last week about 54-46. Regretfully, that is not a horse name, so this will have to do :)
Oh yes- and good morning Lily!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ZGAAdkzjU&feature=youtu.be

ukuLily Mars
07-25-2013, 09:18 AM
Not sure if I would call myself seasoned,more like badly scorched, but yeah, if there are any lurkers out there waiting to post (see what I did there?) that first video...
Yeah- if I can do it, anyone can.
This one is for Red Paul- he made a comment last week about 54-46. Regretfully, that is not a horse name, so this will have to do :)
Oh yes- and good morning Lily!
Wow, you get right out of the gate, don't you? (See what I did there?) This was great! Good to see you off to an early start.

UkeyDave
07-25-2013, 11:27 AM
Number 4. Thought I'd add to the Stewball trail. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKpiTQd4jlk

ukuLily Mars
07-25-2013, 11:44 AM
Number 4. Thought I'd add to the Stewball trail. :)
:smileybounce: Nice job! Thanks, Dave!

I wonder if we need a Stewball playlist. Any thoughts?

UkeyDave
07-25-2013, 11:45 AM
:smileybounce: Nice job! Thanks, Dave!

I wonder if we need a Stewball playlist. Any thoughts?
What an excellent idea Lily.

UncleMoon
07-25-2013, 01:59 PM
Here we go. Another song called Shanty. Jonathan Edwards version.


http://youtu.be/UHf-BeJw5iY

ukuleledaddy
07-25-2013, 06:31 PM
Not sure if I would call myself seasoned,more like badly scorched, but yeah, if there are any lurkers out there waiting to post (see what I did there?) that first video...
Yeah- if I can do it, anyone can.
This one is for Red Paul- he made a comment last week about 54-46. Regretfully, that is not a horse name, so this will have to do :)
Oh yes- and good morning Lily!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ZGAAdkzjU&feature=youtu.be

I never would have thought. "And Pressure Drop takes the lead...." Nice Dave. And yes, I was singing right along.

thesillydave
07-25-2013, 07:41 PM
a song from the movie "Going Places" sung by louis armstrong, the horse would only get up and go when he sang to it..well, i tried to do my best louis as well!

http://youtu.be/YwImq3Kvm4M
thanks lily!

TheUkeBloke
07-25-2013, 09:13 PM
My entry for Season 75. "Horse Called Rising Sun" - my variation of a popular song most of you will know....!!

Reason - well I like a bit of humour and changing the words of this well-known song was not only a challenge but hopefully gives a fun result.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EACM-AD-YBo

There is a horse in the two-thirty race
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

My mother was a bookie
She worked at Warwick Farm
My father was a gamblin' man
With five-hundred bucks in his palm

The only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and good odds
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when the money’s in wads

Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what he has done
Spend your cash, cause its gone in a flash
On the favourite called Rising Sun

I just arrived at Flemington
In time for the Melbourne Cup
Rising Sun’s odds are ten to one
Two ‘undred-bucks should fix me up

The race started out in the usual way
But Sun pulled up sharp for a pee
I haven’t made my fortune yet
‘Cos I only-win occasionally

There is a horse in two-thirty race
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

UkeyDave
07-26-2013, 01:12 AM
Oh go on then. One more. I think this may be my last one. Keith Whitley's lovely song Don't Close Your Eyes. There is a Race Horse called Dontcloseureyes and that is definitely a close enough link for me. I hope you agree Lily.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNqV4NlIHlo

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 01:54 AM
Well, if wetigers are still looking for a horse-racing song that could use a glockenspiel, how about this:


http://youtu.be/ci7bpYPd6Tg

The entire population of Ireland descends on this genteel West Country spa town for four days of racing over the jumps every third weekend in March. I'm sure lily will back me up on this: you can forget about New York City; you can forget about Dublin - you'll never know what it really means to be Irish until you've experienced St Paddy's Day at the Cheltenham Festival :)

frisbee fred
07-26-2013, 03:00 AM
Here we go. Another song called Shanty. Jonathan Edwards version.



I'm gettin' hungry just listenin' to this song.......

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 04:12 AM
Hi Seasonistas! I'm running around a bit today so I'm not caught up on the playlist. That means it's a good time for you to make your video if you haven't already, or to make another one if you have! (Or the anthem video. We're all doing that, right?) I'm looking forward to watching the new videos when I can put them on my big screen. My iPad does not do any of you justice.

Not to put any pressure on anyone, but we're all still waiting for a Desi Arnaz cover, and also Merv Griffin. And also a video with a goat. Or maybe that's just me. Hey, we have over sixty videos, not counting bonuses (we didn't expect a lot of bonuses with everyone allowed ten entries, did we?) but counting Stewball. How many videos can we get by midnight Hawaiian time on Sunday??? Will this be a track record?

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 04:37 AM
My entry for Season 75. "Horse Called Rising Sun" - my variation of a popular song most of you will know....!!

Reason - well I like a bit of humour and changing the words of this well-known song was not only a challenge but hopefully gives a fun result.
I always enjoy your original songs and/or lyrics! I know it will be a fun result. I'm trying not to look at the words until I can watch the whole video. I'm looking forward to it! Thank you for taking the time to write this.


Well, if wetigers are still looking for a horse-racing song that could use a glockenspiel, how about this:

The entire population of Ireland descends on this genteel West Country spa town for four days of racing over the jumps every third weekend in March. I'm sure lily will back me up on this: you can forget about New York City; you can forget about Dublin - you'll never know what it really means to be Irish until you've experienced St Paddy's Day at the Cheltenham Festival :)
Hee! I watched that video last fall before we went to Cheltenham. Thanks for posting it! It would count; this versions is about horse racing even if the original wasn't.

We actually went to Cheltenham for a friend's graduation, but we spent a day at the races and I went to the uke group as well. Funny thing is, our friend's graduation was held at the racecourse! My husband was jealous because when he got his doctorate his graduation was not at the racetrack, and his dissertation was actually about horse racing (well, it was about marketing, but in a horse racing context). It was Paddy Power weekend, which was fun because Tom is Irish, and the horses paid for dinner.

When Tom was growing up in New York all of the Irish men, including his father, and a lot of the women spent St. Patrick's Day at the racetrack anyway. For the older generation, it was not as big a deal as it is today, because in Ireland it was treated just as a holy day. My mother-in-law never really did understand all the fuss. We tried to go to the track if we could (Aqueduct, which takes nerve), but the year after my mother-in-law passed away we marched in the parade with her county in her honor. I'm sure it had nothing to do with there being a blizzard that day and racing being cancelled. And when I was young and living in Boston my friend and I had great times at the Black Rose (the house band, Eugene Byrne & Company, were great friends).

But as for there being no place like Cheltenham on St. Patrick's Day, well, there's only one way to find out! ;) Given that my husband believes, as did his father, that the only place to spend St. Patrick's Day is at the races, I'm sure he would agree with your theory! (And by golly, Aqueduct is no Cheltenham.) I will have to see this for myself.

I'm all for anything that gets wetigers in front of the camera again! You two are awesome.

TCK
07-26-2013, 04:46 AM
They call me Cuba Pete, I'm the king of the rhumba beat. When I play my maracas they go-
(EVERYBODY!)Chick Chika Boom Chick Chika Boom...
Now I just need forty of you to show up here tonight at seven. I will by the beer. ;)

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 05:09 AM
They call me Cuba Pete, I'm the king of the rhumba beat. When I play my maracas they go-
(EVERYBODY!)Chick Chika Boom Chick Chika Boom...
Now I just need forty of you to show up here tonight at seven. I will by the beer. ;)
On my way. Thank goodness for the time difference. Oh, wait, if I'm there it can only be a bonus. Anybody else?

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 05:12 AM
This one is for Red Paul- he made a comment last week about 54-46. Regretfully, that is not a horse name, so this will have to do :)

Backatcha TCK!


http://youtu.be/yzc6vI-n_Qs

pedigreequery.com: jonnybgood (http://www.pedigreequery.com/jonnybgood)

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 05:20 AM
Fast Women, Slow Horses, Unreliable Sources...


http://youtu.be/89yhYqggePY

elmann
07-26-2013, 06:56 AM
Oh thanks, DWitt gave me a straight line.
Who plays the horses? Here we know:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aJbBZP0Av4

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 07:09 AM
Another trip to the races...

http://youtu.be/FgIIna6jsKE

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 08:46 AM
We have 73 entries! You people are the best! Here are some comments:

UncleMoon -- Shanty -- I'm glad you got to do one of your favorite songs! You did a great job with it. It's Friday evening here and I can see why it's a good Friday song!

thesillydave -- Terrific performance, terrific video. Thanks for bringin' the Louis!

TheUkeBloke -- Horse Called Rising Sun -- I always enjoy your originals, whether music and lyrics or just lyrics, and it will come as no surprise that this is my favorite! My father-in-law would have loved this. Just wonderful. (An aside: In the US, races are referred to by number, whereas elsewhere -- certainly in the UK and Ireland, I would guess Australia, and possibly everywhere else -- they are referred to by time. Which I always like, because you never have to deal with questions like, "What time does the third race go off?") By the way, the mare in Stride for Stride (my husband's book), who is the mother of the two MANE characters (see what I did there?), is named Bright Dawn! Coincidence... or racetrack magic?

UkeyDave -- Don't Close Your Eyes -- Yes, that song is fine. As long as the horse's name is pronounced like the title it's fine. Names are restricted to eighteen characters so a lot of times owners omit the spaces. As for your video, this is a lovely song (I'd never heard d it before). I thought your arrangement was beautiful, and your playing and singing were tops. I was going to say this might be my favorite of yours, but you have several I've loved so I won't commit!

redpaul1 -- Johnny B. Goode -- I like this version of the song, and you did a great job with it. Can we all do the walking-out-of-frame thing now, or is that just you and TCK? :cool:

redpaul1 -- Jitterbug Boy -- Very nicely done.

elmann -- Who Plays the Horses? -- What can I say? This is the best song ever written. No, seriously, I was looking forward to your video because I always enjoy them, but I did not see this coming. At first I didn't get it because I was mesmerized by your wonderful performance, then the giggling started and wouldn't stop. Thank you so much! (By the way, is this completely original, or did you change the words? Just wondering.)

redpaul1 -- Galway Races -- Glad to have more Galway Races! You did a terrific version with this. The only thing better than your hat was your hat with your impish grin underneath it! You have some leprechaun blood in you, I think.

Thanks, everybody! We've had some brilliant entries but the week is... okay, not young. Let's say it's in late middle age. Keep 'em coming! (Especially if you have already done your anthem video. If you haven't... umm... do both.)

xommen
07-26-2013, 09:42 AM
Had to do one more, TCK is still winning on the most entries part ;). This is basically my take on Stewball, I listened to the first one that came in, when Lily mentioned starting a Stewball playlist, I thought I should also do one, without listening to the original. Just me the chords and lyrics, this is the result of that.

http://youtu.be/MTDfsDV9iNU

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 10:22 AM
Lily put out a request for more jazz tunes. Anyone fancy taking this one on? From "Meet me after the show" (1951). I've drawn a blank on tracking down the any more than that, but the music's by Jules Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin.

http://youtu.be/LI7VwjFql70

GinnyT11
07-26-2013, 10:32 AM
Oh thanks, DWitt gave me a straight line.
Who plays the horses? Here we know:


That was hilarious, elmann! So elegant, so appropriate!

Tootler
07-26-2013, 11:05 AM
Since Lily gave us permission in the intro video to blether on a bit, here goes.

I've listened to all the various versions of Stewball and very good they are too but I decided I needed a version with the original title of Skewball. A quick You Tube search brought up versions by Andy Irvine and Steeleye Span. I listened those and also searched Mudcat which produced some lyrics and chords. Eventually I decided I should try and get a little closer to the time of the original Skewball so I then did a search on the Bodleian Library Broadside collection (http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/ballads.htm) website and that produced about a dozen versions published between about 1815 and the 1860s. I eventually chose one published in Gateshead (not far from here) about 1820. I edited it somewhat - mainly updated some of the language and terminology and removed four repetitive verses which did not really advance the action. There was no tune - it's rare to find a tune on a broadside - so I wrote one based on a modified version of a chord progression I found in one of the Mudcat threads on the subject.

Here is the result.

http://youtu.be/ed_aXZ8YZd0

UncleMoon
07-26-2013, 11:15 AM
They call me Cuba Pete, I'm the king of the rhumba beat. When I play my maracas they go-
(EVERYBODY!)Chick Chika Boom Chick Chika Boom...
Now I just need forty of you to show up here tonight at seven. I will by the beer. ;)

On my way. :cool:

peewee
07-26-2013, 01:22 PM
Here's a song that mentions horse racing: Rat Race by Bob Marley. It's tough to do his songs because he's so iconic and it kind of makes me feel like a lame busker in Prague, but here you go anyway:

http://youtu.be/RL7uCw6MTj4


http://youtu.be/RL7uCw6MTj4

peewee
07-26-2013, 01:28 PM
And here's another: Oh What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma.
There's a horse called Beautiful Morning, and Oklahoma is a reseved name.

This is a Colin Tribe Arrangement (http://www.the-musical-ukulele.com/) I think, but I learned it a long time ago so it may not be very faithful to his sheet.

http://youtu.be/Rydldt3hS6g


http://youtu.be/Rydldt3hS6g

southside mike
07-26-2013, 01:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY5y73gyyTk
I spent the week searching and trying many things out but time got away from me. This is all I have so far. I found this in the A&M files when I was looking under Jerry Moss and on some obscure album I noticed that someone recorded this one so with the help of my friend I decided to post this one. No reference to horse racing unless you stretch a little bit, so here goes: Racehorse named Rambling "Willie", Racehorse named Magic "Millie", Racehorse named "Susie Q" and theres always the famous jockey "Willie" Shoemaker. As I said it was a bit of a stretch but it's all I've got. Sorry about the video quality but this is my first clone, I hope to get better.

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 03:13 PM
Lily put out a request for more jazz tunes. Anyone fancy taking this one on? From "Meet me after the show" (1951). I've drawn a blank on tracking down the any more than that, but the music's by Jules Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin.
Jule Styne was a huuuuge racing fan, and is fair game for our purposes. There's a well-known story (I come from the musical theatre world, which is barely indistinguishable from the thoroughbred racing world) that Styne did not a press conference for one of his shows. A reporter asked why not, and one of his co-writers said, "Oh, he's at the track." Supposedly Styne was furious. The story may be apocryphal, but I have heard it from many sources, at least one of which is reliable, so I suspect it is merely exaggerated. Thanks for posting this, redpaul! I'd love for someone to do it.


Since Lily gave us permission in the intro video to blether on a bit, here goes.
Not permission. Encouragement. Thanks for blethering! Comments forthcoming.


I spent the week searching and trying many things out but time got away from me. This is all I have so far. I found this in the A&M files when I was looking under Jerry Moss and on some obscure album I noticed that someone recorded this one so with the help of my friend I decided to post this one. No reference to horse racing unless you stretch a little bit, so here goes: Racehorse named Rambling "Willie", Racehorse named Magic "Millie", Racehorse named "Susie Q" and theres always the famous jockey "Willie" Shoemaker. As I said it was a bit of a stretch but it's all I've got. Sorry about the video quality but this is my first clone, I hope to get better.
The name thing doesn't work, but the Jerry Moss connection is enough! Thanks for posting. I'm updating the playlist now and will comment shortly.

decaturcomp
07-26-2013, 03:22 PM
Lily Mars says there was a horse named Lily Mumster, so...
http://youtu.be/322XZqaYsCk

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 03:45 PM
More awesome videos! Therefore comments!

xommen -- Stewball -- This was really fun, and will give a little texture to our Stewball playlist. Tootler can correct me if I'm mistaken but I believe folk music evolves in just this way, and also in the way he advances the legend in the next video. Thanks for putting your spin on it.

Tootler -- Skewball (not to be confused with Stewball) -- I really enjoyed your melody, and this was a very nice performance. Thank you for putting so much time into researching and writing this song (and tweaking the lyrics). I hope you get a good bit of use out of this song because it is really lovely. (It's okay if I put it in the Stewball playlist, too, right?)

peewee -- Rat Race -- Nice job with this! I know what you mean about performing reggae but you did this very well. Really a ginormous stretch as far as horse racing goes, though. However, I will let it slide because of this:

peewee -- Oh! What a Beautiful Morning -- What a lovely performance, peewee! I was not expecting an instrumental and it was a delight. You got a few racing links there, but the best one is that the training track at Saratoga is called the Oklahoma track.

Southside Mike -- Willie and the Hand Jive -- This was terrific! A lot of fun, and very well performed. You put a lot of time into researching songs and I appreciate your doing that and getting your video in. I really enjoyed it.

Okay, hats and cats, that does it for me for tonight! Just to update you as to Friday's activity:
1. No Merv. No Desi. Awesome song about ME.
2. Stewball playlist is on the way. Do not feel obliged to record a Stewball interpretation, but if you do it will go here (along with the main playlist, unless you already have ten videos or it's not a new recording). I have not put anything in it yet but I will do that tomorrow.
3.TCK is having a party at his house, to take care of the Desi Arnaz situation.
4. decaturcomp has been uncharacteristically quiet. Somebody should go by his house and check on him. (I'm kidding. No one should stalk decaturcomp, or any other Seasonista.)
5. SEASONISTAS ARE THE CAT'S. Just like every other day.

Update to update: decaturcomp is okay. Disregard previous hysteria.

GinnyT11
07-26-2013, 03:49 PM
Here's a song that mentions horse racing: Rat Race by Bob Marley. It's tough to do his songs because he's so iconic and it kind of makes me feel like a lame busker in Prague, but here you go anyway:


Peewee, here's a busker in (I think) Prague, but it's not a lame act because his baby daughter is a star here.
http://youtu.be/M_n6l7g9Nvo

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 03:52 PM
decaturcomp -- Theme from The Munsters (and something about Jazzercise) -- Yes, there is a racehorse named Lily Munster! Before the Season started I was thinking it would be Fabulous if someone did the Munsters theme. I was right. I loved this video! Really fun.

Hippie Dribble
07-26-2013, 05:02 PM
Lily put out a request for more jazz tunes. Anyone fancy taking this one on? From "Meet me after the show" (1951). I've drawn a blank on tracking down the any more than that, but the music's by Jules Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin.

HUZZAH!!!! Thanks for the tip Paul. I had no ideas at all this week...til now. What a great song....I'm on the case.
:cheers:

TCK
07-26-2013, 05:52 PM
Where is everybody? I am steadily drinking all this beer I bought and yelling to my neighbors
"WE'RE GONNA RIIIIIIIDE- FORGET THE MANANA AND COME TO HAVANA WITH ME!"
I have told them you folks are to blame.

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2013, 06:10 PM
HUZZAH!!!! Thanks for the tip Paul. I had no ideas at all this week...til now. What a great song....I'm on the case.
:cheers:
Also check out post #45. And I still have no takers for "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts." Which might be for the best. (I don't mean instead of Paul's suggestion. I mean in addition. We're going a little crazy this week. Well, that's what I'm shooting for, anyway.)


Where is everybody? I am steadily drinking all this beer I bought and yelling to my neighbors
"WE'RE GONNA RIIIIIIIDE- FORGET THE MANANA AND COME TO HAVANA WITH ME!"
I have told them you folks are to blame.
Oh, rats. Got the address wrong; I'm in some place called Clover Hill. These people seem annoyed. I gotta go -- I think I hear a siren.

TCK
07-26-2013, 06:27 PM
Oh, rats. Got the address wrong; I'm in some place called Clover Hill. These people seem annoyed. I gotta go -- I think I hear a siren.
Oh Lily, You make me smile ear to ear!
So we played you a song...
It is, however, the worst video we have ever made.
We are really tired from work, and from drinking all the beer for the Desi Arnaz party that never happened.
In any event- did you know there is a horse named "Hard To Handle" ????
Love us some Otis Redding here. He would kick me in the gut for doing this to his song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScFR1gjjOM&feature=youtu.be

Tootler
07-26-2013, 09:12 PM
More awesome videos! Therefore comments!

Tootler -- Skewball...
Thank you for putting so much time into researching and writing this song (and tweaking the lyrics). I hope you get a good bit of use out of this song because it is really lovely. (It's okay if I put it in the Stewball playlist, too, right?)


More as case of copying them out then tweaking. To use them again I will need to learn them properly first which may take a bit of time.

If anyone is interested, there is a good article on Wikipedia here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skewball)

23skidoo
07-26-2013, 09:12 PM
Well, I've been trying to find the time to do something for the Seasons for quite awhile and I've actually made it happen this week. This is a bonus - official entry coming tomorrow. It's from the Pavement record 'Wowee Zowee'. Back in the day, they were one of my favorite rock groups. While Googling around looking for inspiration this week, I discovered one of the members of the band, Bob Nastanovich, is heavily involved in the world of horse racing. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Nastanovich), he is "currently employed as a chart caller for Equibase, America's official Horse Racing database, and works at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa in a number of capacities. In addition, he reports on various racetracks for Daily Racing Form as a writer and correspondent."

Many thanks to The Mystery Drummer, who appears anonymously.

Also - there are a few syncing problems with some of the guitar clips - not sure what happened and I'm too lazy to figure it out. Also managed to delete several video clips, including all the ukulele harmonics at the end. There are also tons of overdubs, so very little of what you see actually lines up with what you hear.

Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VH_kuKdfBs

redpaul1
07-26-2013, 09:51 PM
Lily Mars says there was a horse named Lily Mumster, so... soooo..., something in your childhood you want to share, Al? ;)

Hippie Dribble
07-26-2013, 10:28 PM
My dad was a Bookie's Clerk. So yeah, I grew up with the GG's. He loved the races bigtime....and the pub. The two kinda go together. One Saturday morning we drove out to Randwick racecourse - I was maybe 10 - and our old valiant blew up as we pulled into the carpark. No panic from the old man. He just got out, tucked the formguide under his arm and left it there in a steaming heap, heading straight for the betting ring, leaving me, mum and their guests staring at each other. We got a cab home that night and that was that.

I have followed the horses most of my life, spending many an afternoon throughout my twenty's with a slab of beer, a transistor radio and a bunch of tickets that mostly amounted to confetti. Not so much these days, though dad - 80 now - still watches the trots, dogs and thoroughbreds daily on pay TV. He stopped drinking a few years back but has the occasional flutter even now.

No real reason why I picked this song. Actually I was set to sit out another week, that is, until Paul inspired me by posting a Betty Grable clip this morning. Needless to say, I love jazz and showtunes so did my best with it though I daresay my chords aren't even close. I did manage to play it on my very own GG though - a Gerard Guasch soprano uke.

Thanks Lily for another super week and kudos to all you seasonistas for thinking outside the box and coming up with so many wonderful performances. Cheers all.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdF3yWJCHFo

pabrizzer
07-27-2013, 01:43 AM
Stewball.

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

bonesigh
07-27-2013, 05:07 AM
Really enjoyed this one 23skidoo. What program do you use for your videos? Ever since we updated our computer and got the new "Live Movie Maker" (which SUCKS!) I have not been able to layer the audio to make nice videos like I used to ): I did a layer for my rendition of "Run for the Roses" this week and can't figure out how to put them together! I even recorded it on Audacity hoping I could add it as just an audio to the movie maker but it just won't work.


Well, I've been trying to find the time to do something for the Seasons for quite awhile and I've actually made it happen this week. This is a bonus - official entry coming tomorrow. It's from the Pavement record 'Wowee Zowee'. Back in the day, they were one of my favorite rock groups. While Googling around looking for inspiration this week, I discovered one of the members of the band, Bob Nastanovich, is heavily involved in the world of horse racing. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Nastanovich), he is "currently employed as a chart caller for Equibase, America's official Horse Racing database, and works at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa in a number of capacities. In addition, he reports on various racetracks for Daily Racing Form as a writer and correspondent."

Many thanks to The Mystery Drummer, who appears anonymously.

Also - there are a few syncing problems with some of the guitar clips - not sure what happened and I'm too lazy to figure it out. Also managed to delete several video clips, including all the ukulele harmonics at the end. There are also tons of overdubs, so very little of what you see actually lines up with what you hear.

Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VH_kuKdfBs

23skidoo
07-27-2013, 06:02 AM
Really enjoyed this one 23skidoo. What program do you use for your videos? Ever since we updated our computer and got the new "Live Movie Maker" (which SUCKS!) I have not been able to layer the audio to make nice videos like I used to ): I did a layer for my rendition of "Run for the Roses" this week and can't figure out how to put them together! I even recorded it on Audacity hoping I could add it as just an audio to the movie maker but it just won't work.

Thanks! I use FinalCut Pro on a Mac.... there were several good freeware and shareware video editors for PC last time I checked - maybe you'll have better luck with one of them. Look around at cnet.com - lots of free downloads and reliable reviews.... you could also just reinstall the old version of Movie Maker you're used to.....

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 08:12 AM
Hello, Seasonistas! I've updated the playlist, and we have 82 entries! Here are a few comments:

TCK -- Hard to Handle -- Sorry about the party, but I'm glad you and Mel had a good time! I loved this video. Glad you're still keeping at it.

23skidoo -- Grounded -- I don't see any reason this can't be an entry since you're allowed ten, so I've put this in the main playlist but if you want me to move it of course I will. It's a beautiful video! The music is fantastic, and your production skills are unbelievable. Thanks for taking the time to do this; I know you've been very busy with the anthem video but it's great to see you here.

eugene ukulele -- Better Off Betting on a Horse -- A great song choice for you! You did a wonderful job with it, of course. I was very eager to see what you would do this week, if you were able to participate, and I'm very glad you were able to post! I know you've been very busy with your new job and so forth so I'm delighted to see you here in Season 75.

pabrizzer -- Stewball -- Yet another completely different Stewball! Very nice. I am including this in the main playlist but I will put it on the Stewball playlist as well.

I love this level of variety in a playlist. We get something like 23skidoo's Grounded video followed by eugene ukulele's Better Off Betting on a Horse video. There's something for everyone here.

Thanks, everybody! If you haven't posted a video yet I hope you will!

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 08:17 AM
So, I keep suggesting that someone do "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" because it was recorded by Merv Griffin, an American actor/singer/television host/television magnate/gazillionaire/thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. In case any of you thought I might be serious (honestly, if you want to do this song I would love to see it, but if you don't, that's fine with me) I thought I would take the pressure off by posting this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-1AE9mwEwM4

chrimess
07-27-2013, 09:05 AM
retender (1866–1878) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. After showing promise as a two-year-old in 1868 he improved to become a top class performer in the early part of the following year. He won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Epsom Derby. Pretender was the last horse trained in the North of England to win the Derby. He failed to complete the Triple Crown when he was beaten in the St Leger at Doncaster. Pretender’s form subsequently deteriorated and he failed to record any significant wins despite staying in training for two more seasons. He made no impression as a stallion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6FhXmzMbFM

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 10:26 AM
It has come to this: I have been forced to create a spreadsheet. In the process, I discovered I accidentally added two of decaturcomp's entries into the playlist twice. I have fixed that, and although that brought us down to 80 entries, chrimess has since posted his video so we are at 81 entries. Thanks, chrimess, for coming to the rescue!

Update: decaturcomp is at nine videos! Admittedly one of them was an accident. Alan, will you get into bonus territory? Maybe get the lovely wife to break out the Barbie dolls? xommen, who couldn't think of any songs, is at seven, none of which appear to have been by accident.

Keep 'em coming, Seasonistas! I'm here 'til Monday! (By which I mean midnight Hawaiian time on Sunday, which is Monday here in Suisse. Actually, I shall be here well past Monday, most likely, watching videos with a glass of wine. Possibly two. Depends how many more videos we get.)

Okay, I'm off to load up the Stewball playlist.

pabrizzer
07-27-2013, 10:54 AM
Fragile by Sting.
Sting has a connection etc ....
Fragile also came up on the horse names list.
Sting has done some fabulous work over the years imho.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0W3QckvZpw

ended up doing a couple more than I had planned but that's me done for this season.

mattydee
07-27-2013, 11:15 AM
This one's for Daniel, as it's a song written in the last two years. I've been working on this tune for a little while and it happened to fit the theme, so here it is. I've got two others in mind, also released in the last year, and hope to get them worked up in time to record. Busy week.


http://youtu.be/2JXnIG-nWRU

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 11:39 AM
Here it is! The Stewball Playlist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXtgYJubGyw&list=PLeeg21oFp5m1U6mTOLiaqVAs0Jz99d1P-)!

Please let me know if it is not working properly, or if you recorded a version of Stewball (or Skewball) and it is not included.

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 11:53 AM
:cool:I've updated the main playlist (and also my spreadsheet, if anyone is concerned about that), through mattydee's Carry On video. If you should be on it and are not, please let me know! I'll be back with comments later.

In the meantime, if you're not busy working on your own video, or the Seasons anthem video, you might enjoy this, recorded by TCK and Melissa at their house last night. Or maybe it was recorded by Desi Arnaz, thoroughbred owner (and reportedly person with gambling problem), along with his then-wife, Lucille Ball, for their popular 1950s sitcom "I Love Lucy." I get those two things mixed up sometimes. Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nMrIjBBov8

TCK
07-27-2013, 11:55 AM
Not going to be left off any of the playlists this week- nope, not gonna let that happen ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbNMR2zMleA&feature=youtu.be

UncleMoon
07-27-2013, 12:20 PM
Not going to be left off any of the playlists this week- nope, not gonna let that happen ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbNMR2zMleA&feature=youtu.be

Dude, you freakin' crack me up. That was awesome.

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 01:48 PM
Hello, Seasonistas! A few comments from the most recent videos:

chrimess -- Pretender -- Great job, Christian! I'm always amazed at how complex your playing is and yet it always looks so easy... when YOU do it. I enjoyed this one a lot!

pabrizzer -- Fragile -- This is such a nice song choice for you. It was just lovely. Are you sure you're done? I suppose you need to get ready for the next Season. Well, you've done your part for Season 75, that's for sure!

mattydee -- For what it's worth, I don't care when any of the songs were written! This is a very cool song, and you performed it beautifully. You and I are both traditionally "late posters," and I'm relieved that, for once, I don't have to follow you on the playlist! I always feel bad for the hosts who have to watch my video right after yours. Did you say you have a couple more in the on-deck circle? That would thrill me to pieces!

TCK -- Stewball -- Whew! You made the third playlist. We are all relieved to have dodged that bullet. What next? Hmm? Chick chicka boom...

Way to go, Seasonistas! Keep 'em coming!

UncleMoon
07-27-2013, 01:56 PM
I've actually been thinking about a couple other songs, but this one just came up. I found the songsheet, played it thru a handful of times. Recorded it in one take. Here you go kids, warts & all.

The Breeze by JJ Cale.


http://youtu.be/lKWBmHryS68

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 01:59 PM
In case anyone has not had the chance to view all of the Stewball (and/or Skewball) entries, you may like to know that the videos in the Stewball playlist are not all the same version of the song. I cannot guarantee that you will not get one of them stuck in your head, but there are several different versions and many different interpretations.

Everything in the Stewball playlist is also on either the main playlist or the bonus playlist. The Stewball playlist is just for fun. Also, I am only putting recordings by Seasonistas in the Stewball playlist. There are a couple versions by well-known artists which I'm glad to have here in the thread, but... well, I'm putting a lot of videos into playlists these days. Plus Peter, Paul & Mary somehow make the concept of a Stewball playlist a little less ridiculous, and I can't allow that. ;) I'm going for Maximum Ridiculous (which would be a great name for a racehorse, and it's exactly eighteen characters).

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 02:17 PM
Here's another for the Stewball list. My favourite take by Pete Seeger. More verses than you can crack a whip at...

Yet another version of Stewball! Stewball is red in this one. Thanks for posting this!

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 02:22 PM
UncleMoon -- The Breeze -- Very nice! I'm glad you got to pay tribute to a songwriter you love, and you did a great job with it. Thanks! (Also I like your 'uke.)

ukuLily Mars
07-27-2013, 02:31 PM
I think it's time for me to call it a night, but don't let that stop you from posting more of those awesome videos! We're in the homestretch now!

bonesigh
07-27-2013, 04:08 PM
Thanks I'll look into it. I have wanted to get the old version of Movie Maker but it's not compatible with the current software ):


Thanks! I use FinalCut Pro on a Mac.... there were several good freeware and shareware video editors for PC last time I checked - maybe you'll have better luck with one of them. Look around at cnet.com - lots of free downloads and reliable reviews.... you could also just reinstall the old version of Movie Maker you're used to.....

mattydee
07-27-2013, 04:15 PM
mattydee -- For what it's worth, I don't care when any of the songs were written! This is a very cool song, and you performed it beautifully. You and I are both traditionally "late posters," and I'm relieved that, for once, I don't have to follow you on the playlist! I always feel bad for the hosts who have to watch my video right after yours. Did you say you have a couple more in the on-deck circle? That would thrill me to pieces!

Thanks, Lily. I don't care about how old a song is either -- I'm perfectly happy in Tin Pan Alley -- but that was a little wink to Daniel (nongdam) who is always trying to get us Seasonistas to do songs written at least in the current century.

I do have a couple more that I was playing with today. Not sure if I'll have time to record them tomorrow, but they are both songs that I've been wanting to work up anyway, so if not this week, they may make it into another season along the way.

What a great season you put together here -- lovely how the jumping off point led in so many different directions.

23skidoo
07-27-2013, 04:48 PM
Here's another entry - another Pavement song..... featuring the Skidoolettes!


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

TCK
07-27-2013, 09:42 PM
Reckless abandon.
This came up a few weeks ago...and it sticks with me. I like this idea, as I am reaching a point in my life (again) where it no longer matters what I look like, sound like, act like- and it is the most liberating feeling I have ever had. I have all my priorities, I have what I need when I need it, a great partner...and every whim I could ever imagine.
That is probably why I have loved this week so much. First, and can I get an amen on this...what a cracking host Ms. Lily has been. Attentive, encouraging, and full of wit. Then there is the subject matter. Something I have had zero connection too, and the chance to learn given the broad outline.
Then there is the idea. I mean really...Lily has her horses, and I imagine they are a lot like my birds. I watched some of these horse racing vids- you know, my dad loves the stuff...and I got it. These awesome animals whose task in life is to run like hell. Ever run like that, for no reason? I had a professor in college who was very dear to me. He had to have a hip replacement in my junior year, and when he was all healed up, he called and asked if I wanted to go to the beach. Well, I was going to the beach anyway (marine biology major- turned going to the beach into a degree) so I told him yeah. Real quiet car ride out, and when we got to the beach, he produced two cans of what he always called "Vitamin O"- that is Olympia beer for the lay people. We drank 'em as the surf pounded, he set his can down, and off he went, running like hell down the beach. He returned and told me that he did that because someone had to see it. I was happy to be that someone...and I get how someone could fall in love with a sport that has doing just this as it's goal.
Anyway- back to reckless abandon. that is kind of how I approached this season, and it was pretty darn liberating. Best part (although this is the intellectual snag here), I was, we were, given permission. Heck- I think I was egged on a little, but I liked it. Folks- do what you do and I will watch. That is the single best statement a host could ever make as far as I am concerned. I ain't never going to be a great Ukulele player, but I sure do like doing it. If one song I butcher makes someone smile- I figure I have done something right.
Takes me back to this guy I used to watch on the TV when I was a kid. Never quite understood his vibe, but it was there for sure. Guy would wear these really great hats, and he had this orchestra that would wear these great frilly shirts. OH-and the gigantic drums (UkeyDave?)...those were epic. On his arm, there was this really funny gal who sang along with him, and to me, the two of them knew exactly what reckless abandon was. Exactly. Turns out that fella owned a horse or two as well.
Alan- that was for you.
Ms. Lily- this is for you. Thanks for a great season, and for putting up with me. TCK rule employed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSU3P94yu4Y&feature=youtu.be

Joko
07-27-2013, 11:55 PM
I haven't had a chance to make a horse video this week...

But I will share this framegrab from my most recent video, taken last weekend while traveling in SE Thailand.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t178/jokolondo/horse_zpsb039afce.jpg

GinnyT11
07-28-2013, 03:50 AM
Here's another entry - another Pavement song..... featuring the Skidoolettes!


Thank you, Bill, for that little glimpse of what heaven will be like for a family man who likes to play music. You're living it right now, and you're wise enough to know it.
Loved the song, loved the feeling in the video, loved the Skidoolettes.

ukuLily Mars
07-28-2013, 04:13 AM
Thanks, Lily. I don't care about how old a song is either -- I'm perfectly happy in Tin Pan Alley -- but that was a little wink to Daniel (nongdam) who is always trying to get us Seasonistas to do songs written at least in the current century.

I do have a couple more that I was playing with today. Not sure if I'll have time to record them tomorrow, but they are both songs that I've been wanting to work up anyway, so if not this week, they may make it into another season along the way.

What a great season you put together here -- lovely how the jumping off point led in so many different directions.
Thank you! Everyone has really come up with a wonderful variety of songs this week. Even Stewball, no two are alike! I always love a mattydee video, of any genre, so I hope you manage to do another one, but I can't help but notice nongdam hasn't posted a video of his own this week! ;) There's still time, Daniel!


Here's another entry - another Pavement song..... featuring the Skidoolettes!
The Skidoolettes! Yay! I'm on my iPad, out running around, so I will have to watch this when I get home and can enjoy it (up on the big screen, even). In the meantime, you and the Skidoolettes still have time to work up a Partridge Family number! (Oh, and good news! My iPad now knows that Skidoolettes is a word.)


I haven't had a chance to make a horse video this week...

But I will share this framegrab from my most recent video, taken last weekend while traveling in SE Thailand
Hee! Or should that be hee-haw??? (I'm really sorry about that.) Thanks for checking in! There's still a bit of time if you can do it, but thanks for this anyway.

TCK, I'm all choked up! Thank you so much for your kind words. I think I may know where you're going with this video and if I'm right it definitely needs to wait until I get home!

Seasonistas, we have over eighty videos this week! If we include bonuses I think we have close to ninety. What do you think -- can we make it to one hundred? This is an unusual week in that we are allowed, for all practical purposes, unlimited entries, but that would be cool. But there are a few of you I know have been working on some songs, and I hope you can get them done! Go ahead and post your first take. As long as you're having fun, we will all have fun watching it.

Thanks again, everybody, for putting so much thought and care into this Season! You are all spectacular.

strumsilly
07-28-2013, 04:32 AM
maybe you should just run it another week as there is no season 76 yet.:confused:

Joko
07-28-2013, 04:50 AM
Just gonna throw out this bonus here at the tail end of the contest, even though it wasn't made this week. I was thinking about re-doing this Leonard Cohen song, the Ballad of the Runaway Horse, specifically for this week, but I couldn't do it better than I'd already done, so here's that version:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbcY69-gtj0

ukuLily Mars
07-28-2013, 05:18 AM
maybe you should just run it another week as there is no season 76 yet.:confused:
I would do that! I'd have to allow everyone ten more entries, though.