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we tigers
08-24-2013, 08:13 PM
Greetings, Seasonistas!


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

This week your challenge is to play us a song that is about books, literature and/or reading. Short mentions in the lyrics don’t count, it really has to be about or be inspired by books. Think Kate Bush' Wuthering Heights etc. There are a lot of websites out there that have compiled lists of songs and artists that are heavily inspired by literature.
This one, for instance: http://flavorwire.com/335531/10-of-musics-most-literature-obsessed-songwriters/2
Or give this one a look: http://www.songfacts.com/category-songs_inspired_by_books.php

There are two prizes for two winners, one to be chosen by yours truly and one to be chosen by you. You can only vote if you enter. Your vote can be submitted by PM.
There will be just one playlist, and you can enter up to three songs.
There will be bonus points for anyone who plays a song by The Books.

Rules:
- State in your vid that it is for the 80th Season.
- No multitracking
- Ukulele is the main instrument
- Please mention the book or writer your song is about / inspired by
- Please do not post your video before Sunday August 25th 12:01 AM Hawaii time. Due to circumstances I had to post this challenge earlier than I normally would have done. Let’s enjoy DougF’s wonderful season while we can.

We’re looking forward to your entries!
Cheers, Michael & Saskia

PRIZES
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/47E5C5BB-631F-4FFE-B63C-220AB49110DF-10510-000008DA15C54CFD_zpsc404f28d.jpg (http://s65.photobucket.com/user/sasenmike/media/47E5C5BB-631F-4FFE-B63C-220AB49110DF-10510-000008DA15C54CFD_zpsc404f28d.jpg.html)

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/sasenmike/3B954067-540F-4BA3-9515-4CD055F009B7-10510-000008DA1B73D4C1_zpse581ad30.jpg (http://s65.photobucket.com/user/sasenmike/media/3B954067-540F-4BA3-9515-4CD055F009B7-10510-000008DA1B73D4C1_zpse581ad30.jpg.html)

PLAYLIST:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIchCNhLMbw&list=PLTeFH93a6qtGHlqn-B4s3y2xR1Hsmb-Gy

update on voting:
Once the season has ended everyone that entered gets to choose his or her top3. You can send us your vote via pm. We'll score the top3's (your number 1 gets 3 points, number 2 gets 2 and number 3 gets 1)and eventually there will be a winner (the one with with the highest score obviously). Voting deadline is Friday. Go through the videos, enjoy yourself and let us know!

pabrizzer
08-25-2013, 12:38 AM
OK Here we go.
You may know this song from the George and Ira Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.
I know it from Normie Rowe's 1965 hit here in Australia.
This is my version - I didn't look up any chords so basically my own arrangement.
It Ain't Necessarily So.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2G4jjeudQE

xommen
08-25-2013, 02:06 AM
There are a few U2 songs on the list mentioned (I think there could be even more, I suppose 40 should be on there and it isn't). This was on the list it's from the October Album: Shadows and Tall Trees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8YmNgMg6W8

pabrizzer
08-25-2013, 02:53 AM
There are a few U2 songs on the list mentioned (I think there could be even more, I suppose 40 should be on there and it isn't). This was on the list it's from the October Album: Shadows and Tall Trees

Good one Wim.
40 was in this wiki list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_that_retell_a_work_of_literature

xommen
08-25-2013, 02:58 AM
Thanks Brian,
That is a totally different list (it does miss all the other U2 song that are on the list Michael mentioned), so that might also help somebody else.


Good one Wim.
40 was in this wiki list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_that_retell_a_work_of_literature

wee_ginga_yin
08-25-2013, 03:13 AM
Yeah maaaan!!! it was like the Floyd down the Marquee in the 60's. Monster groovy magic lantern slide show.
But hey maaaan!!! all that hot coloured oil in a bottle near the projector was not cool. Like you could get yourself
seriously scalded if you happened to knock it over while doing the Watusi, and if it didn't go on your skin you might
get it on your flares and they would be seriously ruined. Now the lava lamp is a different matter.
Just saying like... stay cool... get style... and theology and geometry will get you there.

Neon Bible was a book by John Kennedy Toole who was more famous for Confederacy of Dunces.
This is visually different from the version I did as weegingayin. This is on my oldgardenerguy (http://www.youtube.com/user/OldGardenerGuy) channel
and it uses true green screen and not video overlay.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtpt0gZDzeE

barefootgypsy
08-25-2013, 03:37 AM
Great theme! Will contribute if I can........ but anyway, good luck for your week! :)

strumsilly
08-25-2013, 03:43 AM
Pete Seeger wrote this song as a call for peace. He was inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov's novel And Quiet Flows the Don, which is about Czarist Russia.
This seems as timely today as when it was written. "When will we ever learn?" Amen
For those interested, this was played on my new "used" Mele 6 string, tuned, GcCeaa. I tried tuning it gcCeaA, which sounded awesome strummed, but not as good for picking.

http://youtu.be/gRO04QbyeTk

myrnaukelele
08-25-2013, 05:42 AM
Well this is a fun theme! Saskia- as a fellow librarian I think i'll film this week in my library:o

UncleMoon
08-25-2013, 06:11 AM
Alice in Wonderland - Jefferson Airplane style.


http://youtu.be/3EPn7PA4ViM

uke4ia
08-25-2013, 08:02 AM
Literature is the metric system term. In America, we still call it quartiture.

wee_ginga_yin
08-25-2013, 08:48 AM
Ernest Hemingway was once prodded to compose a complete story in six words. His answer, personally felt to be his best prose ever, was "For sale: baby shoes, never used." Some people say it was to settle a bar bet. Others say it was a personal challenge directed at other famous authors.


I heard that story somewhere and thought it was rather tragic. I wondered if there every had been a secret loss of a child, and from there it was only a small step to imagine that it was a contributing factor for Hemingway taking his own life,


Booze and guns are never a great combination,

Original Song Baby Shoes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtB_c04ATzE

we tigers
08-25-2013, 09:18 AM
Literature is the metric system term. In America, we still call it quartiture.
:biglaugh:

we tigers
08-25-2013, 10:26 AM
And we're off! But don't forget to visit Season 79! Doug's Season still has quite some time to go and in that last day there are always a lot of brilliant entries.

Early bird comments:

Pabrizzer – It Ain’t Necessarily So
Smokey soul from Down Under. Great delivery of some rather controversial lyrics. Thanks for kicking off the Season. I've said it before: I think your voice and a bari go great together.

Xommen – Shadows and Tall Trees
Over the course of almost a year that you’re participating in the Seasons your voice has developed immensely. Solid performance.

WeeGingaYin – Neon Bible
Since it’s not a new video I don’t consider it an entry, but I really liked it. I actually like it a lot better than Arcade Fire’s original version!

Strumsilly – Where have all the flowers gone?
Great picking. Congrats with the Mele. Interesting tuning possibilities. Beautiful song with a pretty poignant message.

Uncle Moon – White Rabbit
We were expecting White Rabbit quite early on in the Season, but you’re really quick on the draw! Good job on a difficult song UncleMoon! This was actually the first time in all those years that I listened to the lyrics…

WeeGingaYin – Baby Shoes
You set yourself some task, writing a song about these six little words. We love how the tragedy of the short story is linked to the tragedy of Hemingway’s life. Well done!

xommen
08-25-2013, 10:49 AM
Here is my number two, I even recorded a number three but it is going to get trashed right after I write this ;).
This is Regina Spektor - the Call, it's part of the soundtrack of the movie Prince Caspian, which is based on the book by C.S. Lewis.

http://youtu.be/Ws_XITdBOLQ

peewee
08-25-2013, 11:57 AM
Howdy All,
We Tigers, great idea for a theme, I made a list of songs last night, but then this one popped into my head this morning and I knew it had to be.
Talking Heads "The Book I Read" from their first LP, '77
It's messy as usual, but I had a fun time playing it. I still am mystified as to what exactly it's about..meeting an author??
http://youtu.be/AX9G3UETefQ

http://youtu.be/AX9G3UETefQ

uke4ia
08-25-2013, 12:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ykefmBVPG0

One fine day in 2006, I wrote a song about Hamlet while I was putting wood stain on my front steps. Go figure. So this is "Hamlet (I Need a Little More Proof)". There's about eight different original ukulele songs about Hamlet on YouTube.

~dave~~wave~
08-25-2013, 02:06 PM
Husker Du (should have umlats over the u's) was an 80s hardcore band from Minneapolis who got their name from a kid's card game [pronounced hoosker doo] of the same name. It means "Do You Remember?" in Norwegian.

This was from their album New Day Rising, "Books About UFOs" by Grant Hart.






http://youtu.be/Dzf3N0ru53Q

uke4ia
08-25-2013, 02:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPe6XdIrMns

The original song I always get the best response for is a Harry Potter-inspired song called "No One Cool Ever Came from Hufflepuff". There are bands out there like Harry and the Potters, and Draco and the Malfoys, who play "wizard rock", songs inspired by the Potter novels. A co-worker's daughter was into these bands, and he played me some of their music. I liked the idea, but I didn't think much of the songwriting, so I decided to try writing one myself.

Along these same lines, there's been a lot of songs written based on "Lord of the Rings". I recommend "The Middle Earth Album" by the band Glass Hammer -- half the album is a live recording of the house band at the Prancing Pony tavern in Bree.

frisbee fred
08-25-2013, 02:57 PM
First one. I'm in a hotel room in Haskell, TX for work. Can't practice much 'cause I don't want to disturb the neighbors....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otfbYyLw7MY&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
08-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Any takers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU

alemarco
08-25-2013, 04:22 PM
Such a wonderful theme!

Here's "Sigh No More" by Mumford and Sons.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfurh1lr-8&feature=youtu.be

Hippie Dribble
08-25-2013, 04:58 PM
thanks Michael and Saskia


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJkjY3thNs

Strumdaddy
08-25-2013, 05:56 PM
Wow!!! - really digging into the Old- Timey bag here!
You give this real feeling mate - and feelings are timeless.....

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-25-2013, 06:37 PM
first of all - great introductory video, we tigers!

second of all - that leonard nimoy video :uhoh: i guess everyone WAS on drugs back in the sixties! or maybe it just helped if you were

third of all - here is my entry. well i hope it can be an entry - it's not about one book in particular, it's about the home of books, the library, and finding love there. if it doesn't quite cut it as an entry, then please consider it a bonus or a non entry, or just a random thing with some really lame rhymes

it's homemade

I FOUND LOVE AT THE LIBRARY...


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

myrnaukelele
08-25-2013, 06:46 PM
first of all - great introductory video, we tigers!

second of all - that leonard nimoy video :uhoh: i guess everyone WAS on drugs back in the sixties! or maybe it just helped if you were

third of all - here is my entry. well i hope it can be an entry - it's not about one book in particular, it's about the home of books, the library, and finding love there. if it doesn't quite cut it as an entry, then please consider it a bonus or a non entry, or just a random thing with some really lame rhymes
it's homemade
I FOUND LOVE AT THE LIBRARY...

I love this! But then I'm a librarian...
bird's eye view - you have inspired me. I am going to dig out some old songs I have somewhere about libraries and work one up for this week.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-25-2013, 07:20 PM
I love this!
thank you!


But then I'm a librarian...
lol!

do you often see people finding love?

(is it filed under "L"?)

Dan Uke
08-25-2013, 07:26 PM
I decided to a song from the #1 all time selling book in the world!!

Psalms 42


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

Dan Uke
08-25-2013, 07:34 PM
thanks Michael and Saskia


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJkjY3thNs

Very good bruddah! How many songs are there from just Psalms?

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-25-2013, 08:06 PM
Great theme---such a great variety so far. Looking around today, I found lots of space rock about fantasy novels and plenty of techno about sci fi. Looks like I'll need more practice than usual this week. Whee.

pabrizzer
08-25-2013, 09:24 PM
#2
The Book of Love - Stephin Merritt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l390hmoJId8

wee_ginga_yin
08-25-2013, 09:42 PM
WeeGingaYin – Baby Shoes
You set yourself some task, writing a song about these six little words. We love how the tragedy of the short story is linked to the tragedy of Hemingway’s life. Well done!

I first came across the six word story on Flickr where it was used as the title of photos,
but it has now proliferated and there are many web sites, and even Twitter devoted to
people writing their own six word story.

pabrizzer
08-25-2013, 10:12 PM
Six word stories?
Psalms without words?
Instrumentals about literature?
??????????

wee_ginga_yin
08-25-2013, 10:14 PM
Howdy All,
We Tigers, great idea for a theme, I made a list of songs last night, but then this one popped into my head this morning and I knew it had to be.
Talking Heads "The Book I Read" from their first LP, '77
It's messy as usual, but I had a fun time playing it. I still am mystified as to what exactly it's about..meeting an author??
http://youtu.be/AX9G3UETefQ

http://youtu.be/AX9G3UETefQ

And there I was expecting you to come up with Oedipus Rex by Tom Lehrer... just saying.

uke4ia
08-26-2013, 12:23 AM
Instrumentals about literature?


The British band Camel did a whole album of instrumentals inspired by Paul Gallico's novella "The Snow Goose". I did the title track during Bird Week.

decaturcomp
08-26-2013, 03:00 AM
I give Bill all the credit for this one we recorded for the Tea and other Stimulants season, and it's just a passing post since it wasn't done for this season, but please note the Paul Bowles book facing out on the bookshelves between us. That's also Bill's idea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGEOj6rfDhw

TCK
08-26-2013, 03:32 AM
I am an oddity in the world of teachers...I simply do not read (one book a year, often the one a read the previous year), so I had great fun pouring over the lists lasts night with Melissa. She was pleased to find that just about every Iron Maiden song is inspired by a book ("those guys read?"). Hopefully someone will take them all on, and build a paper mache' Eddie in their living room.
Great theme- hardest one yet for me

Stephen Reed
08-26-2013, 04:22 AM
80th. Season of the Ukulele:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LldvemI7SHw&feature=youtube_gdata_playerThe Family Bible

peewee
08-26-2013, 05:18 AM
And there I was expecting you to come up with Oedipus Rex by Tom Lehrer... just saying.

Hmm, I was considering the Masochism Tango (Masochism is named for writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch) but that seemed like kind of a stretch (ouch) But it might be just the thing for a Tango Man such as yourself...I have the songbook ...(hint hint)

hadn't considered Old Eddy R....hmmm

pabrizzer
08-26-2013, 06:22 AM
The British band Camel did a whole album of instrumentals inspired by Paul Gallico's novella "The Snow Goose". I did the title track during Bird Week.

Yes "inspired by" makes sense to me.

What about the six word story?

Shady Wilbury
08-26-2013, 08:16 AM
My rationale for entering this is explained in the video - a song written by Warren Zevon, with lyrics by Paul Muldoon. 'My Ride's Here' - though not strictly about books, it has a literary flavour.


http://youtu.be/cmze26_J1sU

wee_ginga_yin
08-26-2013, 08:28 AM
What about the six word story?

Here is a link to the origins of the six word story.

For Sale: Baby shoes never worn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale:_baby_shoes,_never_worn)

I first heard on Flickr in the group

Six Word Story (http://www.flickr.com/groups/sixwordstory/rules/)

Where people are encouraged to take photos and give them a title that has six words.

Check out the links... this time I am not making it up. It is not a case of Soviet revisionism :-)

Cornfield
08-26-2013, 10:36 AM
This is not an entry, it's not a bonus either.
Hell, it's
1) Not even a video.
2) There are no ukulele's (it's acapella),
3) It's multi-tracked


It is, however, an original song based on a book. So listen at your own risk.
The song is called "The Ring Must Be Destroyed"

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10968075

xommen
08-26-2013, 10:49 AM
This is not an entry, it's not a bonus either.
Hell, it's
1) Not even a video.
2) There are no ukulele's (it's acapella),
3) It's multi-tracked


It is, however, an original song based on a book. So listen at your own risk.
The song is called "The Ring Must Be Destroyed"

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10968075

Now we are all wondering on what book you based your song ;).
Why not rerecord it with your uke and make in an entry.

pabrizzer
08-26-2013, 11:02 AM
This is not an entry, it's not a bonus either.
Hell, it's
1) Not even a video.
2) There are no ukulele's (it's acapella),
3) It's multi-tracked


It is, however, an original song based on a book. So listen at your own risk.
The song is called "The Ring Must Be Destroyed"

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10968075

It is very good!

One of the first books I read and really enjoyed was The Hobbit.
Which of course lead me to the tome of the Lord of the Rings.
Mitchener's The Source I also remember fondly of the 1000 page books I have read. (Those would be the 2)
How long is Lonesome Dove? Another fav.
There was not one book "studied" in high school that I even remotely enjoyed. Nearly turned me off literature forever.

we tigers
08-26-2013, 11:03 AM
Why not rerecord it with your uke and make in an entry.
+1. Sounded like an outtake by The Pogues.

we tigers
08-26-2013, 11:06 AM
You guys are already keeping us busy this early in the week! We've updated the playlist and posted pics of the prizes in the opening post. Please check if your song is added, if not let us know. Here are the comments for today:

Xommen – The Call
One of the really cool things about the Seasons is hearing songs by artists you’ve never heard of. We weren’t familiar with Regina Spektor, so we also listened to her original. Yours is a nice interpretation!

Peewee – The Book I Read
That. Was. Byrne-tastic!!! As an art school alumni, Michael also felt those nah-nah-nahs.

Uke4ia – Hamlet (I Need a little more proof)
“I wrote a song about Hamlet while I was putting wood stain on my front steps”. This raised expectations immensely, and you sure delivered. Cool song with a catchy chorus and very creative lyrics. Impressive. We were cheering at the end.

Davewaveukeflyer – Books about UFO’s
Massive bonus points for Hüsker Dü! Never got to see them (we’re too young then), but we have fond memories of Bob Mould’s Sugar. Saw Sugar in 1993. Great song, love the classic DaveWaveUkeFlyer enthusiasm!

Uke4ia - No-one Cool Ever Came from HufflePuff
Man… This should be an easter egg on the dvd’s! Could you add the lyrics please?
(Harry & the Potters actually did a European tour once and stopped by the bookstore Saskia worked at at the time. It was hilarious, in an extremely geeky way.)
Michael’s going to let the prog-loving keyboard player from his band have a listen to this song. There’s a talent night at school coming up in winter and this would be so cool to perform with a full on band!
Dragonsize? Seriously hilarious!

Frisbee Fred – Sympathy for the Devil
That’s Seasonista dedication! Recording while on business trip. Respect. This song is particularly hard to translate to a single instrument because the original leans on the build up by the entire band. You did a great job by adding dynamics with this excellent performance.

Alemarco – Sigh No More
Great atmospheric rendition. You didn’t need the big build up that they use on the original. Good stuff.

Eugene Ukulele – Psalm 133
Of course, we didn’t expect anything less from you than you turning this into a gorgeous song that is as uplifting as the words it accompanies. Beautiful.

Birds eye view of my ukulele – I found love at the library
With Saskia a librarian, how could we possibly NOT accept this as an entry? What a fun song, I can totally hear it performed by some punk band. Providing they read, of course…

Nongdam – Psalm 42
Beautiful. In every way. Lovely melody, really good picking and that LFDM sounds amazing.

Pabrizzer – The Book of Love
We love 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields. This song suits your voice perfectly. You made it your own.

Stephen Reed – Family Bible
Good job on this Willie Nelson song. Classy!

Shady Wilbury – My Ride’s Here
We didn’t know this song. Thanks for introducing Warren Zevon to us. You brought it well. Good job.

xommen
08-26-2013, 11:12 AM
This is gonna be my number three: Mumford and Sons - Dustbowl Dance.
The uke is my Bach (that's the brand) soprano, which has been strung with cheap Spanish guitar strings and tuned up to A D F# G.
Somehow I think that makes this uke sound so much better.

http://youtu.be/6KVuFu923qw

southside mike
08-26-2013, 02:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJKAOrzMeKk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUtgeI7LSlrW2CwAt5cLMmfw
Morning Has Broken A poem by Eleanor Farjeon, Entry one

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-26-2013, 02:17 PM
What a fun song, I can totally hear it performed by some punk band. Providing they read, of course…
i love punk. punk is everything. punks are very deep, deeper than anyone thinks, they often take time out from pogo-ing and piercing things to read (usually something political or profoundly philosophical. or a comic.) if anyone can bear to listen, i can often be found blah-ing on and on and ON about how i think the uke is the ultimate punk instrument. :music: = :rock:

LOVING THIS SEASON AND ALL THE SONGS - thank you, we tigers, for hosting

P.S. i don't think i'm on the playlist

(strictly speaking, from a punk anarchist perspective, i shouldn't mind not being on the playlist. in fact i should delight in it. but... you know... please put me on :uhoh: )

ukuLily Mars
08-26-2013, 06:11 PM
(strictly speaking, from a punk anarchist perspective, i shouldn't mind not being on the playlist. in fact i should delight in it. but... you know... please put me on :uhoh: )
Hee! :biglaugh:

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-26-2013, 07:36 PM
Great theme, wetigers. Can't wait to hear what's in each Seasonista's library.

This song is based on J. G. Ballard's Crash (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_%28J._G._Ballard_novel%29).

The stark, late 70s original by The Normal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QErPDNcj4) is great, but it's the funky 1980 Grace Jones version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEfNaOrnB7U) that convinced me to try this one.


http://youtu.be/O-P89vOh8kM

The novel falls somewhere in the grey area (grey matter?) between literature and sci fi, and it's still more unsettling than the song. Now, to turn my attention to the fantasy aisle of my bookstore...

librainian
08-26-2013, 08:24 PM
This is freaky cool Ralf. I'm familiar with the novel and subsequent movie with Spader but i'd never heard this song before. Mesmerizing. You have such a great strum and changing the drone notes is brilliant.


Great theme, wetigers. Can't wait to hear what's in each Seasonista's library.

This song is based on J. G. Ballard's Crash (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_%28J._G._Ballard_novel%29).

The stark, late 70s original by The Normal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QErPDNcj4) is great, but it's the funky 1980 Grace Jones version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEfNaOrnB7U) that convinced me to try this one.

The novel falls somewhere in the grey area (grey matter?) between literature and sci fi, and it's still more unsettling than the song. Now, to turn my attention to the fantasy aisle of my bookstore...

myrnaukelele
08-26-2013, 08:45 PM
This one's for you bird's eye view :cool:
Your original song about love in the library inspired me to learn Library Girl by Reina del Cid.
I love her version:http://youtu.be/wPSV8CsshnM
I rerecorded this because I didn't like the headless look. Here's the final version:

http://youtu.be/Aurd834m5Co

pabrizzer
08-26-2013, 09:04 PM
This one's for you bird's eye view :cool:
Your original song about love in the library inspired me to learn Library Girl by Reina del Cid.
I love her version:http://youtu.be/wPSV8CsshnM
I suppose I should have practiced this a bit more but it's getting late so I went with take 25.


I like that AC/DC got a good mention in that song Myrna. Good job!

pabrizzer
08-26-2013, 09:17 PM
My original song written for saeson 80.
I am pretty sure you will get the literary connection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjKFDtP6F6Q
It hasn't been my intention to remove the ukulele from the shot - I just haven't gotten used to the inbuilt camera on the computer yet.
I'm just not that close but it keeps making it appear that I am. I have a zoom (H2H) recording thingy I hope to learn how to use so soon hope to separate video and audio but who knows if I'll manage it....

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-27-2013, 03:19 AM
This is freaky cool Ralf. I'm familiar with the novel and subsequent movie with Spader but i'd never heard this song before. Mesmerizing. You have such a great strum and changing the drone notes is brilliant.
Thanks. Discovered this song Sunday prompted by wetigers terrific challenge---glad to find a song about Ballard's work, and even more glad to discover that just one chord works for the whole tune.

UkeyDave
08-27-2013, 03:48 AM
I'm finding this weeks theme a tough one. Here's my entry then. This one shouldn't need an introduction. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQZxiYDc4F0

bonesigh
08-27-2013, 03:49 AM
This morning my 10 year old read me one of her stories she made for class (it was to be a sad story). She did a great job. Anyway I told her about the 6 word story. I'd never heard of it before, (not that I can remember): Shades of last week. At first she looked at me strange, like, yeah right, but when I told her "For Sale: Baby shoes never worn" here eyes lit up. She loves the idea of 6 word stories. I've said it before but I'll say it again....I love participating in the Seasons! I always learn something or find a song that I never would have thought to play. I found an artist this week that I never knew of and I'm going to cover her song. The Seasons are a great inspiration!


Here is a link to the origins of the six word story.

For Sale: Baby shoes never worn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale:_baby_shoes,_never_worn)

I first heard on Flickr in the group

Six Word Story (http://www.flickr.com/groups/sixwordstory/rules/)

Where people are encouraged to take photos and give them a title that has six words.

Check out the links... this time I am not making it up. It is not a case of Soviet revisionism :-)

myrnaukelele
08-27-2013, 06:19 AM
I like that AC/DC got a good mention in that song Myrna. Good job!

Thanks pabrizzer. I was in a bit of a rush to learn and record this song yesterday- I have a busy week ahead and I won't have another minute to record till the weekend. So it's not as polished as I'd like. And if I'd thought of it sooner I would have substituted "ukulele" for "pucchini" - it would have worked in this song.

pabrizzer
08-27-2013, 06:43 AM
I'm finding this weeks theme a tough one. Here's my entry then. This one shouldn't need an introduction. ;-)


Intimidating stuff! Good job. Horse's head?

pabrizzer
08-27-2013, 07:01 AM
Natalie Merchant did a seven year project where she put poems to music for her daughter.
The double CD is called Leave Your Sleep. I first heard my favourite track Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience (Charles Causley) on folkalley, an internet radio station.
All the songs would fit the season so well. All songs were poems (some quite well known such as the one by Ogden Nash).
But what makes it even more suitable is that it has been turned into a proper book again (There was a small book that came with the double CD).
Book here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_r1YOYalNo
Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience (don't take 3 long summers to give a kid a present) here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depk09Jqsaw

I was going to do it but I've done my three. Would love to see it done though.

myrnaukelele
08-27-2013, 07:45 AM
Here is a link to the origins of the six word story.

For Sale: Baby shoes never worn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale:_baby_shoes,_never_worn)

I first heard on Flickr in the group

Six Word Story (http://www.flickr.com/groups/sixwordstory/rules/)

Where people are encouraged to take photos and give them a title that has six words.

Check out the links... this time I am not making it up. It is not a case of Soviet revisionism :-)
Six Word Memoirs are really quite popular. They've been around now for awhile.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Word_Memoirs
I have I Can't Keep My Own Secrets, by Teens Famous and Obscure (c2009) in my middle school library. There's so many good ones it's hard to pick favorites- here's a few random ones:
Can I be fourteen forever, please?
My life story: to be continued.
I would have. You never asked.
Fourteen years old. Eight months pregnant.
Sorry, but I'm with the band.
Wow. I lived to see eighteen.
I drank sweet tea and cried.
there's lots more - check it out! :)

wee_ginga_yin
08-27-2013, 08:02 AM
Intimidating stuff! Good job. Horse's head?

Women are more dangerous than shotguns (six word Godfather quote)

vancemo
08-27-2013, 09:18 AM
Here's a song based on the children's book Geckos Surf written and illustrated by Jon J. Murakami and played to the tune of the song Surf by the Ka'au Crater Boys.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEKJwZMy9No

If any of you are interested I have another YouTube channel dedicated to creating songs based on children's books http://www.youtube.com/vancemo (http://www.youtube.com/user/vancemo) I've been working for the past few months to build up a nice library of videos to help showcase the concept of singing books with the hope that I'll be able to start a non-profit organization dedicated to early childhood education.

I've already tested the concept at the preschool my kids went to and everyone seemed to have a good time (including me). We'll see...

Thanks,
Vance

we tigers
08-27-2013, 10:03 AM
Xommen – Dustbowl Dance
That little Bach sounds good with those strings and the different tuning. The song fits your voice perfectly. Well done, Wim!

Southside Mike – Morning has broken
I really like the combination of picking and strumming. The picking of this chord progression makes it a challenge to sing as well. Beautiful song. Great job, Mike.

Onlyukethatmatters – Warm Leatherette
You’re early, mate. It’s not Sunday yet. Hypnotic stuff. I’ll probably be singing this the entire night…. I reckon it’s tough to keep this going at the right pace for the entire four minutes and singing it at the same time. Inspired choice. Although it’s a bit monotonous, it never loses my attention. Like it a lot!

Myrnaukulele – Library Girl
Never heard the song, but it’s fun. Oh headless Myrna, how we miss your smile! Please make it up to us in the next one.

Pabrizzer – The Old Man and the Sea
What a beautiful song, and we loved the structure of the lyrics. Really cleverly constructed. Every week is Shark Week? Heck no: Every week is Pa Week!!

UkeyDave – The Godfather
The whistling takes it out of Nino Rota’s hands and delivers it into the realm of Morricone’s spaghetti westerns. Cool stuff. And that ending is simply fantastic!

decaturcomp
08-27-2013, 10:09 AM
Fact check. Morrison didn't work with Allan Ginsberg on any Blake poem to music projects. I was wr... wro... um... misinformed.
Okay, actually, I just lied.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-Rqtoz5tko

ukuleledaveey
08-27-2013, 10:11 AM
Hi all, well here is my rushed entry as i am playing at a local music festival this Saturday and another next Saturday so busy rehearsing with my uke club. I had to work out the chords myself for this and having no musical teaching or knowledge it is probably not perfect, sorry for that, hope it is not to bad, it is the lyrical content of this song that makes it one of my faves and the book and song are by he front man of one of my all time Favorite bands Eels. Check out the original it is obviously ligh years better than my rough take :) the song and book are both called " Things your grandchildren should know"


http://youtu.be/oboO3gFoqUk

UncleMoon
08-27-2013, 11:22 AM
I'm finding this weeks theme a tough one.

Maybe this can help some of y'all. I found another site that looks like a good resource. The song titles with asterisks in front of them are confirmed to be "inspired by the artist's reading of the classic work."

http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_db.html

Mim
08-27-2013, 11:41 AM
Due to a healthy (ok... I admit, maybe unhealthy) obsession with Pride and Prejudice and all things Jane Austen, I am going to do my darndest to enter 3 times this week! Haha! I NEED that quote! Maybe I will record one tomorrow morning!!!

Barbablanca
08-27-2013, 11:53 AM
Hey, Tio Luna, Interesting list, but I'm not entirely convinced by some of the connections.

Mim, at the risk of damaging a beautiful friendship... Dare I confess, here, that I must be one of the few Literature Grads who has never been able to finish a Jane Austen! I just want to scream at her heroines "Get a life!" half the time and the other half I want to subvert them by getting them to read the early feminists :)

UkeyDave
08-27-2013, 12:21 PM
Maybe this can help some of y'all. I found another site that looks like a good resource. The song titles with asterisks in front of them are confirmed to be "inspired by the artist's reading of the classic work."

http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_db.html
Thanks Unclemoon. I'll have a look.

pabrizzer
08-27-2013, 12:45 PM
Pride and Pejudice was one of my high school novels - didn't read it though.
Must of got through by looking at the study guides available at the time.
Too long ago to remember much apart from the fact that I didn't get into it at all.

Saskia - how are you going with the Ned Kelly book with no punctuation?

decaturcomp
08-27-2013, 01:12 PM
“Oh Lord Most High, Creator of the Cosmos, Spinner of Galaxies, Soul of Electromagnetic Waves, Inhaler and Exhaler of Inconceivable Volumes of Vacuum, Spitter of Fire and Rock, Trifler with Millennia — what could we do for Thee that Thou couldst not do for Thyself one octillion times better? Nothing. What could we do or say that could possibly interest Thee? Nothing. Oh, Mankind, rejoice in the apathy of our Creator, for it makes us free and truthful and dignified at last. No longer can a fool point to a ridiculous accident of good luck and say, 'Somebody up there likes me.' And no longer can a tyrant say, 'God wants this or that to happen, and anyone who doesn't help this or that to happen is against God.' O Lord Most High, what a glorious weapon is Thy Apathy, for we have unsheathed it, have thrust and slashed mightily with it, and the claptrap that has so often enslaved us or driven us into the madhouse lies slain!" -The prayer of the Reverend C. Horner Redwine”
― Kurt Vonnegut (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2778055.Kurt_Vonnegut), The Sirens of Titan (http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/905970)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dolhGqQqlRY
“Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end.

It flung them like stones.”

redpaul1
08-27-2013, 01:21 PM
Hey, Tio Luna, Interesting list, but I'm not entirely convinced by some of the connections.

What that list (http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_db.html) actually is, is a set of suggestions for matching a work of literature to a particular song, not v.versa; & v.versa is what we want, at least for the purposes of this Saeson [sic ;)]. Only the songs prefixed with asterisks (*) are confirmed as being linked to a particular work of literature.

UncleMoon
08-27-2013, 01:28 PM
What that list (http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_db.html) actually is, is a set of suggestions for matching a work of literature to a particular song, not v.versa; & v.versa is what we want, at least for the purposes of this Saeson [sic ;)]. Only the songs prefixed with asterisks (*) are confirmed as being linked to a particular work of literature.

Yep, that's what I said.


Maybe this can help some of y'all. I found another site that looks like a good resource. The song titles with asterisks in front of them are confirmed to be "inspired by the artist's reading of the classic work."

http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_db.html

In all fairness, it was kinda lost - thanks for the clarification

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-27-2013, 03:04 PM
This one's for you bird's eye view :cool:
Your original song about love in the library inspired me to learn Library Girl by Reina del Cid.

a. http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/emoticons%20and%20mini%20anims%20etc/dancingmonkey.gif

b. totally new song and singer to me - which probably is true about... what?... at LEAST 70 per cent of the time here, i love how i'm discovering all this new music

peewee
08-27-2013, 07:59 PM
Hi All,
Here's a low-fi entry, a song named for a book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_in_Furs), by a band named for a book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Velvet_Underground_%28book%29)...
Venus in Furs (http://youtu.be/AwzaifhSw2c) by the Velvet Underground, 1967.

I couldn't muster any violin drone or tambourine players, and didn't feel right getting my 7 yo to play along to this particular tune..
http://youtu.be/VE2MxOK-Z7Q

http://youtu.be/VE2MxOK-Z7Q

Ralf put me up to this, though it was already on my list. I hope he takes a shot at the one I suggested for him!

wee_ginga_yin
08-27-2013, 09:07 PM
My original song written for saeson 80.
I am pretty sure you will get the literary connection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjKFDtP6F6Q
It hasn't been my intention to remove the ukulele from the shot - I just haven't gotten used to the inbuilt camera on the computer yet.
I'm just not that close but it keeps making it appear that I am. I have a zoom (H2H) recording thingy I hope to learn how to use so soon hope to separate video and audio but who knows if I'll manage it....

Beware out there, sharks are everywhere.

pabrizzer
08-27-2013, 09:30 PM
Beware out there, sharks are everywhere.

The herd needs predators and scavengers.

Barbablanca
08-28-2013, 02:43 AM
I had the perfect song for this season that I wrote some years ago. It was the plot of Moby Dick set to a famous sea song. BUT.... despite turning my studio upside down, I could not find the lyrics anywhere and I couldn't remember enough details to attempt a reconstruction. Grrrr....

So, inspired by this memory loss (and the theme of this week) I wrote an original song especially for the season. Here it is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12wIBN_V5L0&feature=youtu.be

As usual, the lyrics are in the description on youtube. Hope you enjoy it.

we tigers
08-28-2013, 05:40 AM
Saskia - how are you going with the Ned Kelly book with no punctuation?

Saskia here: It's going a bit slow at the moment, am nearing the end and I must admit I'm getting a bit bored *ducks*... I do love the feel of the book, how it portrays the hardship of the settlers in that unforgiving landscape. I will finish it somewhere next week, I guess.

wee_ginga_yin
08-28-2013, 07:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hu64SoODfc

Lara's Theme featured in the movie Doctor Zhivago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Zhivago_(novel)_(redirect)) which was based on the book
of the same name written by the Russian novelist Boris Pasternak. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pasternak)

bbbannister
08-28-2013, 07:16 AM
Great to be back team. Had a busy summer, but am pleased to be able to contribute to 80.

Ray Bradbury wrote a little book called"The Rocket Man" which inspired a coupe of songs, one by the folk group Pearls Before Swine, the other by Bernie Taupin and made famous by Sir Elton.

Enjoy...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBRsqFQy3V0&feature=youtu.be

BB

myrnaukelele
08-28-2013, 07:18 AM
Due to a healthy (ok... I admit, maybe unhealthy) obsession with Pride and Prejudice and all things Jane Austen, I am going to do my darndest to enter 3 times this week! Haha! I NEED that quote! Maybe I will record one tomorrow morning!!!
I agree Mim - Jane Austen rocks!
It is a truth universally acknowledged.
Six word Memoirs on the subject:
Mr. Darcy I'm still right here!
My cat is named Elizabeth Bennet.
Mother wants five sisters married well.

Barbablanca
08-28-2013, 07:22 AM
Jane Austen - it's a girl's thing :rolleyes:

laura809
08-28-2013, 07:28 AM
Thanks for a very interesting theme this week. I had a couple family members and friends helping me with ideas for this one, and spent a ridiculous amount of time on google trying to come up with something. I almost gave up, but finally decided to give this one a shot, even though it seemed like an odd song to cover. According to wikipedia: "The lyrics were adapted from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqjxSu_s9YU

pabrizzer
08-28-2013, 08:19 AM
Lara's Theme featured in the movie Doctor Zhivago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Zhivago_(novel)_(redirect)) which was based on the book
of the same name written by the Russian novelist Boris Pasternak. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pasternak)

Two stars I see. Nice work!

pabrizzer
08-28-2013, 08:21 AM
I agree Mim - Jane Austen rocks!
It is a truth universally acknowledged.
Six word Memoirs on the subject:
Mr. Darcy I'm still right here!
My cat is named Elizabeth Bennet.
Mother wants five sisters married well.

Pride. Prejudice. Former, No! Latter, Yes!

pabrizzer
08-28-2013, 08:49 AM
Saskia here: It's going a bit slow at the moment, am nearing the end and I must admit I'm getting a bit bored *ducks*... I do love the feel of the book, how it portrays the hardship of the settlers in that unforgiving landscape. I will finish it somewhere next week, I guess.

Despite the title it is a work of fiction based loosely around the factual events. So no daughter.

decaturcomp
08-28-2013, 09:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfNZ492I6Lk

Thanks, Ye Wonderfulled Tigres!!

Gillian
08-28-2013, 10:11 AM
My entry is "House at Pooh Corner", written by Kenny Loggins in 1971. I transposed it into the key of D. It's a cute song to play for your kids or grandkids.


http://youtu.be/31NkF09xTmU

decaturcomp
08-28-2013, 11:08 AM
Now, here's a lovely tune. I like it very much. I've decided to give it a boost here so that I don't forget it later.


I had the perfect song for this season that I wrote some years ago. It was the plot of Moby Dick set to a famous sea song. BUT.... despite turning my studio upside down, I could not find the lyrics anywhere and I couldn't remember enough details to attempt a reconstruction. Grrrr....

So, inspired by this memory loss (and the theme of this week) I wrote an original song especially for the season. Here it is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12wIBN_V5L0&feature=youtu.be

As usual, the lyrics are in the description on youtube. Hope you enjoy it.

wee_ginga_yin
08-28-2013, 11:14 AM
I had the perfect song for this season that I wrote some years ago. It was the plot of Moby Dick set to a famous sea song. BUT.... despite turning my studio upside down, I could not find the lyrics anywhere and I couldn't remember enough details to attempt a reconstruction. Grrrr....

So, inspired by this memory loss (and the theme of this week) I wrote an original song especially for the season. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12wIBN_V5L0&feature=youtu.be

As usual, the lyrics are in the description on youtube. Hope you enjoy it.

Press it down. Stir it up.

Now there is a quote for you.

wee_ginga_yin
08-28-2013, 11:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfNZ492I6Lk

Thanks, Ye Wonderfulled Tigres!!

Life not death in a coffin.

Tootler
08-28-2013, 01:01 PM
I suppose I should have practiced this a bit more but it's getting late so I went with take 25.
http://youtu.be/yaMu9mulmRk

Take 25! There's persistence for you. I gave up at take 18 yesterday. Mind in all those 18 takes, not once did I get through the whole song. It was quite a long one so I thought I'd try another, shorter song. After 17 takes, I finally got a reasonable take. Yesterday was one of those days :wallbash:

Tootler
08-28-2013, 01:10 PM
Ref: post above, here's take 17.

Puck of Pooks Hill by Rudyard Kipling has a poem at the beginning of each chapter. This is the very first, so from Chapter One. Puck of Pooks Hill is set in Sussex and the song gives a kind of potted history of that part of England.

It has six verses, but by combining them in pairs it fitted the traditional Scots tune "Tramps and Hawkers".


http://youtu.be/B1c1QoOmt_w

Tootler
08-28-2013, 01:24 PM
And the one I abandoned. I had another go today and managed an acceptable version in five takes. Even so there is a falter but I decided I'd better quit while I was ahead and make the best of it.

Dives and Lazarus is a traditional ballad based on the story of the Rich Man and Poor Man in Chapter 16 of St. Luke's Gospel. It was traditionally sung as a Carol.


http://youtu.be/81c2VSQpx88

redpaul1
08-28-2013, 02:31 PM
Yep, that's what I said.



In all fairness, it was kinda lost - thanks for the clarification

Looking back at it, I can see how my OP might look like a put-down, but it really was intended as a clarification. Thanks in return for being so understanding.

thesillydave
08-28-2013, 08:58 PM
hey everybody! this has been a particularly hard challenge for me...
i really couldn't find a song to do that i knew...so, here's this entry...this was on the song facts list, so, i hope it is okay...
we'll see if i can get any other ones entered...time to check out all of y'all's entries! thanks weetigers!

http://youtu.be/0aV6ad8-NUs
cheers! and thanks for watching!

wallyboy
08-28-2013, 09:05 PM
Having trouble with computer, task engine not working, will try and put vid on later with wifes computer

UncleMoon
08-29-2013, 12:46 AM
Looking back at it, I can see how my OP might look like a put-down, but it really was intended as a clarification. Thanks in return for being so understanding.

Its all good - I understood perfectly. No worries.

we tigers
08-29-2013, 12:58 AM
We weren't able to watch the videos last night so I decided to do some catch-up this morning. I'm loving the season thus far. A wide variety of songs and quite a few gems. Choosing a winner is going to be hard. Luckily there's also a winner chosen by you guys. Here are the comments for yesterday and this morning. And again, please check if I haven't forgot to put you in the playlist.

Vancemo – Gecko’s Surf
This is fun! I’m going to let my kids listen to this and see if they like it. I think they’ll be yelling “Gecko’s Surf! Ahhoohh!” all day long. Short and sweet!

Decaturcomp – End of the Night
Ginsberg and Blake connection or not, it’s a pretty song and well brought. I like that old Favilla as well! You can do a pretty good Jim Morrison, Alan.

UkuleleDaveey – Things your grandchildren should know
Really good, Dave. Really good. Good to have an Eels song this season and you just made a lovely version of this song. I have to check out Everett’s book someday.

Decaturcomp – Sirens of Titan
Never heard this song. I love Vonnegut! Big fan. This is great, Alan!

Peewee – Venus in Furs
We’re being treated to some fine songs this Season. I have all Velvet Underground albums and love them to bits. Great to hear this song stripped bare to the core. I was surprised to hear Neil Young’s Heart of Gold in my head while listening to the chorus. Great job, Peter.

Barbablanca – Losing the Plot
Beautiful song, Berni. It’s touching and makes me think of a lot of different things. My grandfather, who loved reading, getting Alzheimer’s, the Dutch book Hersenschimmen by Bernlef (Out of Mind in English) and a BBC documentary about Terry Pratchett in which he tells about the problems he has with trying to write while having Alzheimer’s. Thank you for this song. I do hope you’ll find the Moby Dick song and enter that as well.

WeeGingaYin – Lara’s Theme
This is lovely, Rob. Beautiful melody, nice plunky sound from the uke and a gorgeous setting.

Bbanister – Rocket Man
Those early Elton John songs are gems of pure pop music. Good choice. Full on enthusiasm. Good to have you back, Bob! Nice music room by the way.

Laura 809 – Tomorrow Never Knows
Another sixties classic completely stripped to it’s core. Very nice. I kept waiting for the seagulls to enter, but eventually they were not necessary and I finally could take a good listen to the lyrics. Thanks. Cool song!

Decaturcomp – Moby Book
You sure can sing the blues. Great playing and I laughed out loud with the little joke in the introduction. Brilliant stuff, mate!

Gillian – House at Pooh Corner
Ah sweet! Love the alternating picking and strumming. Such a sweet song. And ending with a beautiful smile! Your ukulele sounds excellent by the way. Is that the Compass Rose?

Tootler – Pucks Song
First of all a standing ovation for your perseverance. It takes a lot to get through so many takes to get it done in the end. Heaps of respect. I always love the stories behind your songs and the stories the songs tell themselves. Authentic and original. Great job again, Geoff.

Tootler – Dives and Lazarus
A new try in the morning. Well done! I can imagine this being sung as a carol. Great entry.

TheSillyDave – Afternoon and Coffee Spoons
Crash Test Dummies had a massive hit over here with their Mmmm song, but other than that they didn’t have much success so, I’ve never heard other songs by them. In Myrna’s Canada week there surfaced a few and now your entry. I must say it’s a pity I didn’t out their albums back in the day. Cool song. Well done, mister Silly!

southside mike
08-29-2013, 02:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5fNvYu_tPY
I decided to try an old original written years ago. It is written around a Bible verse, Psalm 57:1 Yea, in the shadow of Thy wings I will make my refuge until these calamities pass by.

decaturcomp
08-29-2013, 05:37 AM
back to front and non-adherence to rules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5opEgjdLZNs
so, yes, I am ashamed

Jinxi
08-29-2013, 08:11 AM
Hooray for books!! Here's my entry. My uke club peeps think I'm not bad at singing this song so you can blame them if your ears hurt. :) Oh, and I'm sorry but it does get a little loud at the end so be warned. Here is Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.


http://youtu.be/iYn0YeM_fUU

Cornfield
08-29-2013, 08:50 AM
http://youtu.be/puyywzh4isY

I was not going to do a song this season but the topic inspired me to learn yet another Michael P Smith song. This one "Spoon River" is based on Edgar Lee Masters book "Spoon River Anthology"

decaturcomp
08-29-2013, 09:45 AM
Well, John... Great job with this wonderful song. It's interesting to me because Steve Goodman covered it on the same record (Jessie's Jigs and other Favorites) as "Moby Book" a song I did this season. Mike Smith also wrote another song that Steve and LOTS of other folks are associated with, "The Dutchman". I love that one too. But the coolest thing for our purposes is that Mike is doing a library program called. "...and the Poet Sang-Poems as Lyrics" these days. How's that for a connection to our season? Here's the link (http://www.jamieoreilly.com/and-the-poet-sang-poems-as-lyrics/).




I was not going to do a song this season but the topic inspired me to learn yet another Michael P Smith song. This one "Spoon River" is based on Edgar Lee Masters book "Spoon River Anthology"

Cornfield
08-29-2013, 10:10 AM
Well, John... Great job with this wonderful song. It's interesting to me because Steve Goodman covered it on the same record (Jessie's Jigs and other Favorites) as "Moby Book" a song I did this season. Mike Smith also wrote another song that Steve and LOTS of other folks are associated with, "The Dutchman". I love that one too. But the coolest thing for our purposes is that Mike is doing a library program called. "...and the Poet Sang-Poems as Lyrics" these days. How's that for a connection to our season? Here's the link (http://www.jamieoreilly.com/and-the-poet-sang-poems-as-lyrics/).

Michael Smith is one of the featured performers at the Labor Day Weekend Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva, IL. http://foxvalleyfolk.com/

I'll be stalking him as he performs on the main stage and the workshop stages. If we ever do a week on The Netherlands, I've got dibs on The Dutchman.

gyosh
08-29-2013, 11:18 AM
Hey, Tio Luna, Interesting list, but I'm not entirely convinced by some of the connections.

Mim, at the risk of damaging a beautiful friendship... Dare I confess, here, that I must be one of the few Literature Grads who has never been able to finish a Jane Austen! I just want to scream at her heroines "Get a life!" half the time and the other half I want to subvert them by getting them to read the early feminists :)

There's two of us!

I fall asleep when she takes 15 pages to say she "went in the garden to pick a rose."

Barbablanca
08-29-2013, 01:35 PM
{Tomorrow Never Knows}... According to wikipedia: "The lyrics were adapted from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner."

Here is a great version of it by Wilco & Bob Weir. The first half is a typical Grateful Dead sounding track... that evolves into a superb TNN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf5ipCgesg#t=697 - Enjoy!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-29-2013, 03:56 PM
"everyday i write the book" by elvis costello

no i'm not gonna do it... i baulked at the the idea of singing the "strange hands in your sweater" line... but i cannot deny the chorus was going through my head today. ("everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday I write the book"). the reason i'm posting is just to share a small laugh, well it made me laugh, but then i'm kinda easy when it comes to laughing... anyway i was typing "everyday i write the book" into the youtube search bar, so i could remind myself properly of the song while i was still thinking about doing it, and the search bar came up with some suggestions while i was typing (as it does) and one of them was...

"everyday i write the book cover"

:biglaugh:

write the BOOK COVER

:biglaugh:

is it just me?

:uhoh:

decaturcomp
08-29-2013, 05:11 PM
here you go birds.
i shouldn't do these things but i can't stop myself. sad really.

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

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-29-2013, 05:19 PM
here you go birds.

a million kinds of awesome! :worship:

thanks for imprinting the chorus even deeper into my brain... it's been going round my head all day as it is, i shall be singing it in my sleep now! :music:

decaturcomp
08-29-2013, 05:52 PM
Heh!
Well, there are worse earworms.
You could be a Belieber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uRW3u-NhY4).


a million kinds of awesome! :worship:

thanks for imprinting the chorus even deeper into my brain... it's been going round my head all day as it is, i shall be singing it in my sleep now! :music:

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-29-2013, 05:58 PM
You could be a Belieber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uRW3u-NhY4).
:biglaugh:

no no no

no belieber

i have standards, you know!

(they're low... but i got 'em!)

Strumdaddy
08-30-2013, 01:57 AM
Hey Guys - great minds etc...
This was the first song I thought of doing when I read the theme. I videoed it, then went to post it and saw yours. Anyway, here's another take on it. Apparently Mr Costello considered it to be a throw-away song !! I'd be happy to put my name on his "rubbish'....

http://youtu.be/gR1sQd0TLgE

decaturcomp
08-30-2013, 03:24 AM
[QUOTE=greenman;1369723]Hey Guys - great minds etc...
This was the first song I thought of doing when I read the theme. I videoed it, then went to post it and saw yours. Anyway, here's another take on it. Apparently Mr Costello considered it to be a throw-away song !! I'd be happy to put my name on his "rubbish'....


http://youtu.be/gR1sQd0TLgE/QUOTE]

Great Soulful version Greens!

greenie44
08-30-2013, 06:33 AM
Initially, I could only think of an obscure book plagarism reference for this weeks theme, but this number came to me a day later. I almost hit the high note at the end - and that's as close as I can get. Hope you all enjoy it - after all, it's William Shakespeare.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwQwBQPtF4E&feature=youtu.be

Ukejenny
08-30-2013, 08:46 AM
I have done White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, but I can't get the video on my phone to upload to Youtube. It won't accept my password/username and I'm at a loss. Someone please help me so I can join in the Reindeer Games!!!

White Rabbit, written by Grace Slick, refers to Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Several references from the books make it into the song. Also, a book called, Go Ask Alice, was titled after this song. So, kind of a double literary whammy. I read Go Ask Alice in high school and did a term paper on it as part of a class.

elmann
08-30-2013, 09:05 AM
Found a German song out of 1988 from Die Toten Hosen (The Dead Trousers), one of the most popular punk rock bands in .de. The song seems to be more topically than ever. It's about Alex from Clockwork Orange (book 1962, movie 1971).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCBXw4ih6Aw
playable translation in vid

origin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-yqPhItr8

jamz
08-30-2013, 09:31 AM
My stuff may not be well done, but at least it can be amusing or maybe pithy.


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

decaturcomp
08-30-2013, 10:00 AM
Jenny,
just a thought.
why don't you either go through the password recovery process or simply start a new you tube account?
text if you need help
alan
4049324348

wallyboy
08-30-2013, 10:12 AM
heres my bash not pretty but still fun,
hallelujah, from the big book

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYGmf8WXJgc

uke4ia
08-30-2013, 10:20 AM
here you go birds.
i shouldn't do these things but i can't stop myself. sad really.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auTf17_arZQ

All right! Now you can get started on Let's Active's "Writing the Book of Last Pages"! This one'll give you an earworm, too.

southside mike
08-30-2013, 10:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebypjukzt7I
This is my third one. I've tried this in every possible key trying to make my mouth and hands work together but I'm not having much luck getting either one to cooperate. Here is my last attempt at a song from a movie based loosely on The Odyssey.

redpaul1
08-30-2013, 12:21 PM
I have done White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, but I can't get the video on my phone to upload to Youtube. It won't accept my password/username and I'm at a loss. Someone please help me so I can join in the Reindeer Games!!

I'm guessing your YT app on your phone is where the username/password problem is occurring. Don't try and fix it right now. Work round it. It seems to me you have two alternatives.

One is to open a web browser on your smartphone, log into YT there and upload your file via the browser. To find where the file actually sits on your phone, you'll probably need some kind of file management app. You'd then upload it exactly as you would if your video was sitting on your home computer.

The alternative is transfer your vid to your home computer, either by emailing it to yourself or storing it in the cloud somewhere (google drive, dropbox, box.com, icloud, MS skydrive, etc), and upload it from there in the usual manner via a web browser.

ps, I've just seen Alan's post. I'm guessing, Alan, that the problem lies in the API (application programming interface), not in the username/password combination itself. But your suggestion is certainly worth a try too.


Jenny,
just a thought.
why don't you either go through the password recovery process or simply start a new you tube account?


pps.

I've just discovered what 'decaturcomp' stands for. Don't listen to me! Listen to Al!

Ukejenny
08-30-2013, 12:58 PM
Y'all need to know that I repel technology. As in, cash registers die when I'm in the check out line, and other electronic devices go wonkers when I am near. I'm about ready to throw my laptop, iphone, and home phone (a zillion calls today) in the pool and take my ukulele out in the woods. Having said that, thanks, guys for the great advice. I'm going to get to work to figure this thing out and quit eating up Season of the Uke space with my growling.

Barbablanca
08-30-2013, 01:10 PM
I don't usually do a second video, but this afternoon when I heard that Seamus Heaney had died, I wrote this poem, which I later set to music. Then I thought I should offer it up to the Wetigers Literary Season. So, here is "Death of a Poet".

It comprises images from my day, on the day Healey's death was announced.

The central idea behind the work is that while a poet has died, poetry will live as long as there are people to express themselves in language. Not, I hasten to add that I consider myself a true poet ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmyZhdY9SiI&feature=youtube_gdata

redpaul1
08-30-2013, 01:18 PM
I did about 30-odd takes of this before I gave up trying to sing part 1 of this medley in the same register as Bruce Springsteen (who like, Rod Stewart, has a deceptively high voice). I wasn't too taken with this take originally, but I'm pleased to say it's received a 'Matched Third-Party Content' notification, so I guess I can't have been too far off-key!


http://youtu.be/fRQfCAtrJok

uke4ia
08-30-2013, 01:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGUIm-9vx0g

So many songs I like that fit this season. But the chords to most of them are not available on-line. Let's Active's "Writing the Book of Last Pages". I've been playing the Fairport Convention song "Decameron" for about 20 years, and I did a video last year. Decameron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0OiF2OIFo)

But I wanted to play a prog rock song for my 3rd song. So this is "The White Rider" by Camel, a song about our old buddy Gandalf, the favorite wizard of everyone who doesn't associate with Hufflepuffs. This was easier to get into playing shape than Caravan's "C'thlu", Steve Hackett's "Carry on Up the Vicarage" (Agatha Christie) or "Narnia", or Yes' "The Revealing Science of God".

I never understood why Tolkien (or fans like Camel) made such a big deal that Gandalf changes his robes from gray to white. It's not like he only became a good guy after that point. "Yes, he changed his clothes. Well done. Perhaps during the Fourth Age of Middle-Earth, he'll take a bath."

chrimess
08-30-2013, 02:15 PM
These seasons are getting better and better- from my favourite bookworms, Metallica to your truly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH0N3DdSNxA&sns=em

Ukejenny
08-30-2013, 02:19 PM
Vimeo to the rescue!!! Nervous as a cat, my very first time doing a video with the ukulele and singing. I am not a singer.

White Rabbit, written by Grace Slick, refers to Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Several references from the books make it into the song. Also, a book called, Go Ask Alice, was titled after this song. So, kind of a double literary whammy. I read Go Ask Alice in high school and did a term paper on it as part of a class.


https://vimeo.com/73500141

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-30-2013, 03:36 PM
... Let's Active's "Writing the Book of Last Pages"! This one'll give you an earworm, too.
earworm received with thanks!

loving all the jefferson airplane too

mattydee
08-30-2013, 04:03 PM
I didn't think I'd have time to record this week, but I was able to steal a half hour this afternoon to put this together. It would have worked for Fred's season, too, as it's from the Broadway show Kiss Me Kate, by Cole Porter.


http://youtu.be/yd1F46pvCVU

You may by now have guessed what prize I'm gunning for... and synchronicity abounds: The show I'm working on right now is a production of the very play from which "A uke! A uke! My kingdom for a uke!" was cribbed. (I'm playing the ill-fated Duke of Clarence).

decaturcomp
08-30-2013, 04:35 PM
Clever solution Jenny!

Nice video, too. Thanks for joining us in song.

myrnaukelele
08-30-2013, 06:13 PM
Tom Joad Part 1. Woodie Guthrie. A re-telling of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

http://youtu.be/1UVFzy0B-Q0
Twin Favilla baritones. My friend Whit is playing one tuned DGBE and mine is tuned GCEA.

TCK
08-30-2013, 08:53 PM
Right- here we go.
Books. Most sit and collect dust around here because my brain does not like how long they take to read. That does not mean I do not love them though.
I will spare you the story of how I got to sit in Roncinante, or how my copy of Cannery Row determined my career, and is a first ed given to me by a gal who also showed me her photos with Doc.
I will spare you the story about how I have read one book a year my whole life, and often it is a Steinbeck over again...
I will tell you I went as far as to play a song by "The Boss", so part of me is dying a little right now...but here is the grapes of wrath Roseasharn.
Rough as rough can be.
Way to make me work Tigers, great theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2c0tmdJuGc&feature=youtu.be

redpaul1
08-30-2013, 09:49 PM
Tom Joad Part 1. Woodie Guthrie. A re-telling of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
http://youtu.be/1UVFzy0B-Q0

Nicely done, guys!

I did this one for the Alan's 65th SOTU. Sort of a video response avant la fait


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV69Vf1ndEU

Close observers of my oeuvre may have noticed a Springsteen theme cropping up from time to time. I think it's fair to say Springsteen is to me what U2 is to xommen :D

p.s. Oh I don't believe it!!! (I must have pressed 'submit' one nanosecond after TCK!).

Tootler
08-31-2013, 12:12 AM
I managed to get a third entry done, but have not had much time to watch any of the videos. I am at a mini Folk Festival this weekend, though near enough to commute from home.

Another Kipling poem set to music.

This barrack-room ballad by Rudyard Kipling describes the grizzly ritual of the military hanging of a soldier condemned to death for murder through the medium of a question and answer by two of the members of the regiment who have been ordered out to witness the execution. It is a bleak but powerful poem which was aptly set to the traditional tune "Derwentwater's Farewell" by UK Folksinger, Peter Bellamy.

I've added the words below as I did it in a bit of a hurry and my singing wasn't as clear as I would have liked.


http://youtu.be/_a6CpBAvFpU

Words

"WHAT are the bugles blowin' for? " said Files-on-Parade.
"To turn you out, to turn you out," the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What makes you look so white, so white? " said Files-on-Parade.
"I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch," the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play
The regiment's in 'ollow square - they're hangin' him to-day;
They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.

"What makes the rear-rank breathe so 'ard? " said Files-on-Parade.
"It's bitter cold, it's bitter cold," the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What makes that front-rank man fall down? " said Files-on-Parade.
"A touch o' sun, a touch o' sun," the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, they are marchin' of 'im round,
They 'ave 'alted Danny Deever by 'is coffin on the ground;
An' e'll swing in 'arf a minute for a sneakin' shootin' hound
0 they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'!

" 'Is cot was right-'and cot to mine," said Files-on-Parade.
" 'E's sleepin' out an' far to-night," the Colour-Sergeant said.
"I've drunk 'is beer a score o' times," said Files-on-Parade.
" 'E's drinkin' bitter beer alone," the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, you must mark 'im to 'is place,
For 'e shot a comrade sleepin' - you must look 'im in the face;
Nine 'undred of 'is county an' the Regiment's disgrace,
While they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.

"What's that so black agin the sun? " said Files-on-Parade.
"It's Danny fightin' 'ard for life," the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What's that that whimpers over'ead? " said Files-on-Parade.
"It's Danny's soul that's passin' now," the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're done with Danny Deever, you can 'ear the quickstep play
The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin' us away;
Ho! the young recruits are shakin', an' they'll want their beer to-day,
After hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.

Shady Wilbury
08-31-2013, 12:19 AM
I am not a singer.

This is a brilliant first video and first entry into the Seasons! I'd like to hear more of your vocal, with the same energy you give the second verse onwards. You can sing, you just need to believe in it. :)

Take care,

Casey

wee_ginga_yin
08-31-2013, 02:19 AM
Y'all need to know that I repel technology. As in, cash registers die when I'm in the check out line, and other electronic devices go wonkers when I am near. I'm about ready to throw my laptop, iphone, and home phone (a zillion calls today) in the pool and take my ukulele out in the woods. Having said that, thanks, guys for the great advice. I'm going to get to work to figure this thing out and quit eating up Season of the Uke space with my growling.

In the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy there is a truck driver who is in actual fact a rain god
Everywhere he goes it is raining. thunderstorms, drizzle, downpours. He brings on every type
of rain imaginable. You would think this would be a great disability but tour operators and package
holiday cotton on to the idea that if they pay him to stay away from holiday resorts then they
can ensure good weather. He makes a fortune... most like he drove around the mountains of Scotland
where it now rains continually.

What I am really trying to say is that you may well be the goddess of electronic destruction.
and with the right marketing you could easily make good money, since some governments
seem to be very interested in making electronic things break or just become inoperable.

You have to play to your strengths.

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 05:31 AM
In the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy there is a truck driver who is in actual fact a rain god
Everywhere he goes it is raining. thunderstorms, drizzle, downpours. He brings on every type
of rain imaginable. You would think this would be a great disability but tour operators and package
holiday cotton on to the idea that if they pay him to stay away from holiday resorts then they
can ensure good weather. He makes a fortune... most like he drove around the mountains of Scotland
where it now rains continually.

What I am really trying to say is that you may well be the goddess of electronic destruction.
and with the right marketing you could easily make good money, since some governments
seem to be very interested in making electronic things break or just become inoperable.

You have to play to your strengths.

Heading to Wall Street right now.
Prepare yourselves.

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 05:34 AM
This is a brilliant first video and first entry into the Seasons! I'd like to hear more of your vocal, with the same energy you give the second verse onwards. You can sing, you just need to believe in it. :)

Take care,

Casey

I have sung for children for years but have always disliked my voice. My college sight singing professor told me that I was one of the few people he had ever encountered that could go flat and sharp in a single phrase. Didn't help that the guy had perfect pitch. Thanks for the encouragement, Casey!

wee_ginga_yin
08-31-2013, 05:44 AM
Heading to Wall Street right now.
Prepare yourselves.

Good choice!!!

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 05:58 AM
Due to a healthy (ok... I admit, maybe unhealthy) obsession with Pride and Prejudice and all things Jane Austen, I am going to do my darndest to enter 3 times this week! Haha! I NEED that quote! Maybe I will record one tomorrow morning!!!

I'm an Austen fan as well!!!

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 06:08 AM
Good choice!!!

Muahahahahahaha....

mythinformed
08-31-2013, 06:15 AM
Its always good (and fun) to show how we struggle sometimes vocally and musically.............heres three toons that just wouldn't pan out for this season .................in fact the more I practised the worse they got !!! Lol

I'm not a fan of dead poets and was last forced to read a book at school (I have the attention span of a gnat) so maybe I lacked Inspiration ??

Enjoy and just remember theres always someone out there much worse than you are !! Lol



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgb45CutudY&feature=youtu.be

uke4ia
08-31-2013, 06:18 AM
Due to a healthy (ok... I admit, maybe unhealthy) obsession with Pride and Prejudice

I haven't read the book again since we had to read it for high school. But I will admit to having seen the Jennifer Ehle version, the Keira Knightly version, the Bollywood version (Bride and Prejudice), and the Japanese version (The Makioka Sisters).

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 06:21 AM
My entry is "House at Pooh Corner", written by Kenny Loggins in 1971. I transposed it into the key of D. It's a cute song to play for your kids or grandkids.


http://youtu.be/31NkF09xTmU

Gillian, I wanted to say that the San Jose Ukulele Club site has been a great help to me as I've gotten started on my ukulele journey. Great tune. I love children's songs and used to be a band director/elementary music teacher.

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 06:27 AM
Ahah - great choice!!!



My stuff may not be well done, but at least it can be amusing or maybe pithy.


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

Ukejenny
08-31-2013, 06:38 AM
For anyone still trying to think of something that fits in with the theme (though it is very late), remember that the James Bond series started out as books and that there are many great Bond themes floating around out there.

Gillian
08-31-2013, 07:28 AM
Gillian, I wanted to say that the San Jose Ukulele Club site has been a great help to me as I've gotten started on my ukulele journey. Great tune. I love children's songs and used to be a band director/elementary music teacher.

Thanks, Jenny, for your gracious comment. Much appreciated!

decaturcomp
08-31-2013, 07:38 AM
Since we don't know the melodies to the songs in Shakespeare's lots of folks have tried setting them to music. I did this one for a theatrical production in the 80's.

http://youtu.be/CqtyGqAA6Ac

we tigers
08-31-2013, 09:46 AM
We had to attend a wedding yesterday so we’re a bit behind with commenting on all the entries. So here’s an attempt to get up to speed with all your great videos.

Southside Mike – In the shadow of your wings
This doesn’t sound like a psalm at all. You’ve got a nice rhythm going and somehow the song even reminds us of Elvis Presley. Nice surprise.

Decaturcomp – Sincerely LC
That is such a great little poem. And I must say you read it with style. Your voice suits poetry.

Jinxi – White Rabbit
We maybe can start a White Rabbit playlist. This is the third one, I think and there will probably be more. But all are different! The song is insane so I applaud you for tackling it. And your voice sure could carry it. That last look in the lens: priceless!

John Sargent – Spoon River
Oh John, this is something else. Beautiful melody, great lyrics. The banjo fits and you sang it really well. Impressed and moved. Thanks.

Decaturcomp – Everday I write the Book
That smile is contagious! So much fun. Another third entry!

Green Man – Everyday I write the Book
The start of video is very funny, but the ending is ever better! I like the arrangement with the different strums. Dynamic and enthusiastic performance. Stellar video! Top job!

Greenie44 – Romeo and Juliet
That was fun! The book, the shirt, the shades, the high note, all great, but the song is best. Quite an earworm!

Elman – Here comes Alex
Die Toten Hosen! I wasn’t expecting that. Your voice, the picking and the lyrics make me think of Blixa Bargeld. Some sort of acoustic Neubauten track. Like it a lot!

Jamz – Angel in the Centerfold
Dude! Great choice! This had me laughing for three minutes. Great stuff! Nanananananana ad infinutum!

Wallyboy – Hallelujah
Somewhere on UU there’s a huge thread about this song. It sure has divided the audience in lovers and haters. I’ve been in both camps, I must admit, therefore brave choice.

Southside Mike – A man of constant sorrow
The book connection is bit of a stretch, but hey, I love the movie. Some great picking in there. You brought the song very well. Good job, Mike!

Barbablanca – Death of a poet
I like that you always post the lyrics as well. I like to read along as I listen. You sure have a way with words, my friend. Powerful lyrics that conjure up a lot of images.

RedPaul – Kovic Medley
I like the telecaster cameo. Nice little wink to Springsteen. One of the guys in my ukulele band is actually the singer and guitar player is a semi-professional Bruce Springsteen tribute band and told me before about the deceptively high voice. You give it a little Bob Dylan twist. I like that you don’t sing the chorus in the first song. A true tour-de-force. Well done.

Uke4ia – The White Rider
Classic prog-rock. Impressive instrumental parts. What kind of tenor are you playing by the way? I’m impressed by how quick you master these difficult songs. Fantastic entry!

Chrimess
Heaps of respect for taking on this song. I was singing along. Took me back some years. You always bring tons of energy in your videos. Time for a metal season!

UkeJenny – White Rabbit
No reason to be nervous. You did it! Good job! And from now on you’ll be hooked and keep entering week after week. And very brave to choose this song as a first ukulele and singing video!


We'll be back tomorrow with more!

myrnaukelele
08-31-2013, 01:54 PM
I hated being headless. So I rerecorded Library Girl. While I was at it I changed one word in the verse ("Pucchini" became "ukulele"). Surprising how a one word change can make a difference.

http://youtu.be/Aurd834m5Co

Jazzbanjorex
08-31-2013, 03:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXUITB9JUCE&feature=youtu.be

bonesigh
08-31-2013, 03:31 PM
Whew, hard to get a recording done this week. Hope to get another in tomorrow. I'm proud of my eldest daughter for learning this song on the piano just today so we could sing it together. She does not play regularly and just pretty much picked it up by ear finding the notes to match the uke. She did an awesome job!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF205CmUk_I&feature=youtu.be

pabrizzer
08-31-2013, 08:12 PM
Natalie Merchant did a seven year project where she put poems to music for her daughter.
The double CD is called Leave Your Sleep. I first heard my favourite track Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience (Charles Causley) on folkalley, an internet radio station.
All the songs would fit the season so well. All songs were poems (some quite well known such as the one by Ogden Nash).
But what makes it even more suitable is that it has been turned into a proper book again (There was a small book that came with the double CD).
Book here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_r1YOYalNo
Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience (don't take 3 long summers to give a kid a present) here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depk09Jqsaw

Had hoped someone would do one of Merchant's songs. I couldn't resist doing Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience as another third entry. From a poem by Charles Causley (presumably from a book) and of course turned into a song and then back into a book by Merchant.
On Yamaha guitalele.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHK5fPt-Nw

bunnyflower
09-01-2013, 08:31 AM
Whew! The forum was down for us for a little bit, and we were worried we couldn't post this. :D When I heard about this theme, I think I screamed.... I'm a Children's Librarian, and this is the BEST THEME EVER. <3 We did one of my favorite songs by Moxy Früvous, "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors." Authors mentioned are:
Gabriel García Márquez
William S. Burroughs
bell hooks
Pierre Burton
Mario Puzo
W.P. Kinsella
Margaret Atwood
Robertson Davies
Ondaatje
Doris Lessing
Extra-special thanks to DeepWater! You're the coolest for helping me learn this song in a couple of days. :music:


http://youtu.be/FSOiO8QJRCc
http://youtu.be/FSOiO8QJRCc

GinnyT11
09-01-2013, 08:41 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEHn_4gL7Lg


I was very busy this week, but I wanted to contribute to we tigers' week!

Please look only at the great and powerful Pohaku—pay no attention to the woman singing. :p

Dougf
09-01-2013, 10:10 AM
My great-great-great grandmother was one of six sisters in the family that lived next door to the Grimm brothers in Kassel, Germany (Hessen, at the time). Many of the stories that appeared in the Grimm's collections were first told to them by these sisters. Wilhelm later married one of them, Dortchen. Some of the stories that came from this family include Hansel and Gretel, The Singing Bone, and Rumpelstiltskin.

So I decided to do a song about a fairytale. The story of Little Red Riding Hood was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. The Grimm brothers' version is most likely a folk retelling of Perrault's.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrBV4OEA5vI

Dougf
09-01-2013, 10:29 AM
I came across this song by Sara Bareilles while looking for fairy tale songs, and it seemed pretty daunting, but I worked on it all week, and here's the result. I think it's a great song.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMuT_mxZrJ0

we tigers
09-01-2013, 10:56 AM
Another day, another great bunch of videos!

MattyDee – Brush up your Shakespeare
So much excellence here: Excellent performance, excellent playing, excellent singing. Oh yeah, excellent eyebrow action. Big whoop!

Myrna – Tom Joad
8,5 minutes with a face! Two of them! We like the setting a lot. Big overflowing book case and a few stacks. Saskia’s friend wrote her thesis on Steinbeck, but Sas never got around to reading him. This has really spiked her curiosity so it looks like she’ll be checking it out of her school library this week! (Still have to finish Carey’s book on the Kelly gang, though..)

TCK – Tom Joad
Fantastic vocal delivery, Dave. I think Saskia and I both need to read up on our Steinbeck. Bowtie and head are the finishing touches. Love it.

Tootler – Danny Deever
Quite the story, Geoff. The song had some tricky chord changes with a challenging rhythm. Great Job.

Mythinformed – medley of cock-ups
You might call them cock-ups, but you have a pleasing voice and I really liked your Both Sides Now.

Decaturcomp – the Rain it Raineth every day
Another third entry. Good thing this isn’t Math Week or you would’ve been a naughty boy. This was a little higher for your voice than usual and worked very well.

MyrnaUkulele – Library Girl
Thanks for doing the song with a visable smile. And even more books in the shot than in the Guthry video! The word change to ukulele is just what the song needed.

JazzBanjoRex – Bare Necessities
Since Disney movies are usually broadcasted with Dutch voices on our TV-channels, we hardly know these songs in their original wording. Some of these translations are really awful, however the Dutch version of Bare Necessities is quite good. Yours is better, though. You had us swinging on the couch.

Bonesigh – Winter Light
Singing a Linda Ronstadt is not an easy task and you ladies did an excellent job. Wonderful harmonies and a great finale!

Pabrizzer – Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
This song also works so great for your voice. Such great intimacy, which of course you need with lullabies , but you totally delivered.

Bunnyflower – My Baby loves a bunch of authors
W00t! Such fun! Our cheeks are aching from grinning the entire 2:54. We never heard of Moxy Früvous before, but their Wiki looks amazing, we’re sure going to check them out.
Oh, and as a former children’s bookseller and now Secondary school librarian, can Saskia say that she loves your t-shirt?

GinnyT11 – Jericho
We were not only looking at that beautiful Pohaku, but at your t-shirt as well. Nice touch! And, okay, we were looking at you… Fun song! Glad you managed to join our Season.

Dougf – Li’l Red Riding Hood
This song has never sounded this jazzy. Even the ahoohhh’s are smoky and suave. We did this one for Ginny’s Season 36, but you blew us out of the water with yours.

Dougf – Fairytale
That was a difficult song. Crazy chord changes and a lot of words, but Mister Cool Jazz persevered and conquered. Very good job!

we tigers
09-01-2013, 11:01 AM
We already received votes for this Season. Please wait!
First of all the season isn't over yet and second, you get to choose three. Once the season has ended everyone that entered gets to choose his or her top3. You can send us your vote via pm. We'll score the top3's (your number 1 gets 3 points, number 2 gets 2 and number 3 gets 1)and eventually there will be a winner (the one with with the highest score obviously). Voting deadline is Friday. Go through the videos, enjoy yourself and let us know!

bonesigh
09-01-2013, 03:44 PM
Official entry....with my daughter's help. (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLzUgj7OPuo&feature=youtu.be

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-01-2013, 04:51 PM
peewee gets the credit and/or blame for me doing this one (I'd never heard of it before his suggestion.) "Bug Powder Dust" is by Bomb the Bass, largely inspired by the work of William S. Burroughs---a few other authors get shout-outs as well.

If you make it through all of my rapping, you'll get to hear another melody inspired by Burroughs' wild boys.


http://youtu.be/y5SoU2kv1ns

I've got one more to record, but it may end up as a too-late-to-be-an-entry bonus.

myrnaukelele
09-01-2013, 06:27 PM
Myrna – Tom Joad
8,5 minutes with a face! Two of them! We like the setting a lot. Big overflowing book case and a few stacks. Saskia’s friend wrote her thesis on Steinbeck, but Sas never got around to reading him. This has really spiked her curiosity so it looks like she’ll be checking it out of her school library this week! (Still have to finish Carey’s book on the Kelly gang, though..)

No need to read the book - these are the audio Cliff Notes! ;)

myrnaukelele
09-01-2013, 06:33 PM
peewee gets the credit and/or blame for me doing this one (I'd never heard of it before his suggestion.) "Bug Powder Dust" is by Bomb the Bass, largely inspired by the work of William S. Burroughs---a few other authors get shout-outs as well.

If you make it through all of my rapping, you'll get to hear another melody inspired by Burroughs' wild boys.

I've got one more to record, but it may end up as a too-late-to-be-an-entry bonus.
Love the rap Ralf :cool:

elmann
09-01-2013, 07:43 PM
Kassel, Germany (Hessen, at the time).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrBV4OEA5vI
Great song, I like very much, nice chords and "storytelling".
BTW Hessen still exist (federal country in .de). My niece studied and lives in Kassel. Didn't know that Grimm brothers had connections to Kassel.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-01-2013, 09:41 PM
Not sure if I broke the rules with this one---I asked a pal from another city to do the evil sword's speech at the end of Blue Oyster Cult's "Black Blade" (based on British fantasist Michael Moorcock's Elric books). At the end of this tune, I hit play on an mp3 player then jam along live with my pal's pre-recorded speech---if that qualifies as multi-tracking, disqualify this one and enjoy it for whatever it's worth.

The song's about a demon that's taken the form of a sword in order to posess a wizard king and destroy the world. So yes, it rocks. (I cut a few minutes of BOC's space jam from my version, but hopefully you'll get the spacey idea.)


http://youtu.be/MOjLyG_s_ZE

Thanks, wetigers, for a terrific challenge this week. I had a ton of fun learning strange new songs; I'm looking forward to finding my top three and voting!

we tigers
09-02-2013, 10:09 AM
And then Ralf closed the Season with a BANG!
the last few comments:

Bonesigh – Book Song
Very pretty song. The piano adds a nice depth. Isn’t your daughter wearing a t-shirt with our own Alan/Decaturcomp on it? Sure looks like him!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters – Bug Powder Dust
Dropping some Bomb the Bass on the Seasonistas! 15 years ago we listened a lot to Kruder & Dorfmeister who did a loungy remix of this song. Did you base your version on the original or the K&D version?
Anyway it’s fantastic! The rapping, the dancing, the playing, the cheeky smiles, the SWAG! And to top it all a little Duran Duran… Man!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters – Black Blade
Speechless… \m/ {-|-} \m/
You rock!


That's it folks. Thanks for a huge amount of great songs. Please check one more time if I've put your song into the playlist.
Have a look, have a listen and give us your votes! In the mean time Saskia and I are going to see if we're able to pick our winner. That's going to be a tough nut to crack.

we tigers
09-11-2013, 09:03 AM
Yay! After shaking off sickness (Michael) and incredibly unruly Wee Tigers (who are asleep now... I hope) it is time to announce the winners of season 80!

We had a great show of book lovers this week, and I love the enthusiasm with which you all entered. I must say it doesn't get more contagious than Bunnyflower's song!
But we just couldn't ignore the hard work put in by Uke4ia, who entered songs that all three were very complex to play, were brought with such fun and had us cheering all the time. Two were even originals! With one song called Hamlet it seems only appropriate that out of the two tiles you get the Shakespeare quote.

Our second winner was decided by your votes. Someone got theirs in reeeeealy last minute, which effectively tipped the balance in favour of....
TheOnlyUkeThatMatters! And we're very glad it did, because... Well. You know. He rocked our socks off.

Thanks to everyone for treating us to a great Season. We've seen some great performances, heard of a lot of new bands. Plenty of titles have been added to our To Read list, and I hope you lot have also been inspired to pick up a book you never would have thought of.

Love,
We Tigers,
Michael & Saskia

(PS:Uke4ia and TheOnlyUkeThatMatters, send us a PM with your address and we can set up negotiations with the postal services over here...)

pabrizzer
09-11-2013, 10:16 AM
Great season weTigers and congrats to Uke4ia and TheOnlyUkeThatMatters.

uke4ia
09-11-2013, 10:23 AM
Wow! Thank you so much!

peewee
09-11-2013, 10:52 AM
Hooray to Uke4ia and Ralf!
Great season.
Thanks, You Tigers

And much respect to Bunnyflower's army of cuteness, My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors track too!
http://youtu.be/FSOiO8QJRCc

chrimess
09-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Congrats, u can never go wrong with ralf and Uke4ia!

myrnaukelele
09-11-2013, 03:28 PM
Excellent week! Thanks for hosting we tigers. And the winners so deserved to win - kudos to Ralf and uke4ia!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
09-11-2013, 03:52 PM
great contest, thanks for hosting - and congrats to the winners!

Ukejenny
09-11-2013, 05:40 PM
Tons of fun, gang, thanks for hosting!!! And congrats to the winners!!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-14-2013, 09:33 AM
Wow. I had so much fun learning and playing this week; thanks, voters, for putting icing on the cake.

Congrats to uke4ia, thanks to wetigers, and congrats/thanks to everyone for ruling the library with your jams.

we tigers
09-14-2013, 09:39 AM
A well deserved winner Ralf! If you send me your address via a pm I'll send you the custom made tile. Especially made for this season. A true one of kind!

Dougf
09-14-2013, 01:59 PM
Congrats Ralf and Jim, and thanks We Tigers for a fun season.

redpaul1
09-15-2013, 12:04 AM
Well done to all. I can say that with some authority: I listened to all 66 entries, so I could cast my vote for the Seasonistas' award in good conscience. There were some cracking performances all the way through. I had to listen to most of them two or three times before I could even begin to narrow it down to a long list of 20.

Veel dank ook naar Michael & Saskia, die waren zulke royaal en attente gastheren!

UkeyDave
09-15-2013, 12:09 AM
Veel dank ook naar Michael & Saskia, die waren zulke royaal en attente gastheren!

Your such a show off. ;-)

we tigers
09-15-2013, 12:33 AM
Ghegheghe!
Show off or not, a little google translate goes a long way! Thanks guys!

redpaul1
09-15-2013, 12:59 AM
Ghegheghe!
Show off or not, a little google translate goes a long way! Thanks guys!

Nee, ik kan echt nederlands praten. Een zaak van het hart. Ik heb een Nederlandse vriendje gehad. Een tijd lang geleden :)

we tigers
09-15-2013, 01:33 AM
Ik ben zeer onder de indruk!
In dat geval neem ik mijn woorden over Translate terug. Dankjewel!

redpaul1
09-15-2013, 03:31 AM
Ik ben zeer onder de indruk!
In dat geval neem ik mijn woorden over Translate terug. Dankjewel!

Alsjeblieft :)

bunnyflower
09-16-2013, 03:46 AM
Thank you for the opportunity! Everyone rocked! It really was my favorite season theme ever; I can't think of a better one to have. :D

uke4ia
09-27-2013, 05:27 PM
59218

The tile came today. Thanks again, Michael and Saskia!