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Tootler
12-14-2013, 12:48 AM
http://youtu.be/kM6bC2sn2Xw

This week's theme is holiday songs but sorry, you can't just do any holiday song, you get a choice from five.

a) Three classic Christmas Rock songs:

Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (http://youtu.be/MzczoqLBWAY)

I Wish it Could be Xmas Everyday - Wizzard (http://youtu.be/ZoxQ4Ul_DME)

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (http://youtu.be/bnIqLlBwzrc)

b) for those who like something a little more contemplative, a traditional carol:

The Boar's Head Carol - Sung here by Magpie Lane (http://youtu.be/0x9Zczwsvhw)

Although not strictly a Christmas carol, it is associated with a ceremony performed during the Christmas period at Queens College Oxford and several other academic institutions both in the UK and North America.

and for those who like to do their own thing;

c) Write and record an original Christmas/Yuletide/winter holiday song.

The (fairly) usual seasons rules apply:

1. You can post up to three entries.

2. Your video must be new and made for the season.

3. Your ukulele must feature for at least 30 secs of your video. Otherwise, feel free to have fun and help create a holiday spirit by making holiday type videos. A regular talking head video is equally fine.

4. No bonuses, it's hard enough keeping track of the entries these days. For bonuses, go to Misfit Island. (Mysterious maps supplied on application.)

5. Overdubbing, multitracking etc. is fine by me - whatever takes your fancy really

6. No entries to be posted before 00.00.01 Hawaii time, Sunday 15th December. All entries to be in by 23.59.59 Hawaii time, Sunday 22nd December or when I declare time just after 09.59.59 GMT on Monday 23 December. (Which is the same as the above Hawaii time)

Judging and prizes. Judging will be by me and the doll in the background of the video and based on the videos I liked best. Prizes; I'm not sure yet but I'll think of something. They will just be tokens, though.

Let the fun begin

Season 96 Playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDQvQSo3NKETqjGxLHVlbUE)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-14-2013, 02:40 AM
lovely intro vid, Tootler - i sat down with a cup of tea to watch it, and there you were with a coffee, so that was especially nice and cosy!

great adapting of the theme to make it fresh for this year, and to get us to don our (festive) thinking caps

way to go

rock on

and merry christmas

oh... and i liked the antlers!

bonesigh
12-14-2013, 03:02 PM
Okee, dokee, one original comin' up (:

Tootler
12-14-2013, 09:03 PM
Okee, dokee, one original comin' up (:

Great. Look forward to it.

pabrizzer
12-15-2013, 01:06 AM
An original song written for this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD1x65FJW14

redpaul1
12-15-2013, 01:21 AM
[snip]
This week's theme is holiday songs but sorry, you can't just do any holiday song, you get a choice from five.

a) Three classic Christmas Rock songs:

Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (http://youtu.be/MzczoqLBWAY) [snip]


Hahaha! As I have remarked elsewhere (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?90339-season-95-of-the-ukulele-%96-sounds-of-the-seventies-%96-disco-glam-rock-abba&p=1444708#post1444708), Merry Xmas Everybody is a surprisingly sophisticated little number.

The key signature is given as one sharp (#) but nearly every line in the melody begins and ends on either the note of D or with a D chord. You'll notice also the use of the A minor rather than the A major chord - all indications that the majority of of the time, the song's written in the mode of D Mixolydian, rather than the mode of G Ionian (G major) - as indeed is another Christmas classic: 'The Holly & The Ivy'.

The interlude, with its chord progression of Dm-Bb-Dm-Bb, clearly modulates into the key of D minor (D Aeolian mode); and those Bb chords that pop up in the chorus should also be thought of as having been 'borrowed' from the key of D minor, D Mixolydian's parallel Aeolian mode.

Oh, and one final point. Despite what Scorpex et al. imagine, Santa doesn't boringly 'turn up' on his sleigh. He does a 'ton-up' on it (i.e., he's zooming around at over 100 mph)!

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bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-15-2013, 01:41 AM
redpaul, you must have forgotten more music theory than i will ever ever know!

:bowdown:


ok

i'm sure i should be doing something useful for the last gasps of season 95

but you know - i'm not - i'm here

in contrast to pa's very beautiful christmas song with a message, here is my vid, a homemade song-type thing, the only message of which is that i'm just as much of an old grump at christmas as i am the rest of the year

"christmas is coming - yule know when it gets here"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VemK1MBuEM

xommen
12-15-2013, 02:59 AM
I guess there are going to be a lot of originals this week? Here is an original I wrote for this season called Colours, I multi tracked some bass, shaker and tambourine in with garageband. The tambourine is my foot tambourine which I just used with my hand ;). Lyrics/chords are here: http://www.vanommen.net/Colours.pdf. I have put baritone strings on my Tenor and tuned it that way so that is why you will see me do D and G as that is A and D on a Bari. I'm not 100% sure about the lyrical content of this song, I think it started out as and anti racisme song, but I'm not sure where it ended up.

http://youtu.be/zreY3K1a4YY

Tootler
12-15-2013, 07:19 AM
Two offers

I have asked if someone does the Boar's Head Carol as an entry for the Christmas on 34th Street contest, they can use it as an entry for this season too. That's fine by me but please can you indicate somewhere on the video or on the You Tube information that it is also a season 96 entry.

Tuesday 17th is my Birthday. Bonus points to anyone who posts a video on Tuesday suitable as a Birthday song. This can be any song as long as it's appropriate to a Birthday but will count as one of your entries and must be posted on Tuesday. I will treat Tuesday as being your local time but please indicate your local time of posting in your thread message as the timestamp on the thread message is always for the readers local time.

I see three original songs already. That's good. Not listened yet but will do so soon and post comments.

lelouden
12-15-2013, 11:03 AM
Hahaha! As I have remarked elsewhere (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?90339-season-95-of-the-ukulele-%96-sounds-of-the-seventies-%96-disco-glam-rock-abba&p=1444708#post1444708), Merry Xmas Everybody is a surprisingly sophisticated little number.

The key signature is given as one sharp (#) but nearly every line in the melody begins and ends on either the note of D or with a D chord. You'll notice also the use of the A minor rather than the A major chord - all indications that the majority of of the time, the song's written in the mode of D Mixolydian, rather than the mode of G Ionian (G major) - as indeed is another Christmas classic: 'The Holly & The Ivy'.

The interlude, with its chord progression of Dm-Bb-Dm-Bb, clearly modulates into the key of D minor (D Aeolian mode); and those Bb chords that pop up in the chorus should also be thought of as having been 'borrowed' from the key of D minor, D Mixolydian's parallel Aeolian mode.

Oh, and one final point. Despite what Scorpex et al. imagine, Santa doesn't boringly 'turn up' on his sleigh. He does a 'ton-up' on it (i.e., he's zooming around at over 100 mph)!

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Huh?

Is he speaking english?

How about we just use our ears as I always do...I just did that song a had no idea I was being sophisticated!:smileybounce:

Tootler
12-15-2013, 11:25 AM
Three original songs as an opener, what a good start.

Pabrizzer: Well that was a super opener. Lovely simple melody and straightforward lyrics.

BEVOMU: You had me laughing through that. My daughter didn't like it. She's not into bah-humbug, I'm always getting told off by her for my bah-humbug attitudes :rulez: - and yes I liked it. Nice sound on your baritone. This really would benefit from a rocking treatment. I was hearing a Risa on this with suitable effects plus screaming guitars and all the rest.

Xommen: I liked this, it suited your style. It's clearly a work in progress, but it has real potential. Good basic arrangement with the bass and tambourine to give some percussion. It has the makings of a really good song. I'm glad you posted it.

myrnaukelele
12-15-2013, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the Christmas challenge Tootler!
I actually practiced picking the melody for the middle of this song but it ended early as my fingers were so frozen I could barely chord. Merry Christmas!

http://youtu.be/-zFxNI35Gx8

pabrizzer
12-16-2013, 12:38 AM
Well, after Myrna's beautiful video I thought I better remind you that it is not winter everywhere.
There's also a pretty important cricket series going on between Australia and England. A game is currently being played in Perth with daily temperatures above 40 degrees C. Results have been pleasing!
December is Hot!
The first part should have just been Steffen or Michael or DaveWave with some funky ubass and the vocal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dYON805yc

Tootler
12-16-2013, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the Christmas challenge Tootler!
I actually practiced picking the melody for the middle of this song but it ended early as my fingers were so frozen I could barely chord. Merry Christmas!
http://youtu.be/-zFxNI35Gx8

What do you expect if you go an play outside in December in Alaska :nana: Seriously, that was great. Your enthusiasm was infectious and the backdrop was spot on. Great Entry


Well, after Myrna's beautiful video I thought I better remind you that it is not winter everywhere.
There's also a pretty important cricket series going on between Australia and England. A game is currently being played in Perth with daily temperatures above 40 degrees C. Results have been pleasing!
December is Hot!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dYON805yc

I loved that one, great response to Myrna. It had me chuckling all the way through. Liked the banjo uke too, especially when you were strumming.

The less said about the cricket, the better as far as I'm concerned. My opinion of England's performance this series is pretty much unprintable. What is worse is the obvious bad feeling between the players on both sides and, from what I have read, the England players must take the major share of the blame for that. Geoff Boycott has been pretty forthright in his condemnation of England's performances.

Shady Wilbury
12-16-2013, 08:36 AM
This is my entry...a collaboration with a San Diego singer-songwriter I love to work with online.


http://youtu.be/G9ARxekR-NY

pabrizzer
12-16-2013, 09:34 AM
This is my entry...a collaboration with a San Diego singer-songwriter I love to work with online.


Here's a bad poetic response in agreement with your beaut collab Casey.
Only thing I don't concur with is hiding the ammo.
An empty gun is no good at reducing the population.

Guns beneath the trees on Christmas day
Not quite a hundred shot each day
Gotta love the message from the NRA
Too many people in the USA

And you know more folks die by car each day
And no one wants to take them away
Good guys with guns make the bad guys pay
Give both cars and guns I say

Too many people in the USA

Shady Wilbury
12-16-2013, 10:01 AM
Thanks, Brian.

I'm debating whether it's too controversial to play on a borrowed uke at an open mic on Thursday.

Any thoughts?

pabrizzer
12-16-2013, 12:22 PM
Thanks, Brian.

I'm debating whether it's too controversial to play on a borrowed uke at an open mic on Thursday.

Any thoughts?

Casey. You're in England, right?
It'll go down well I reckon. And the listener can always decide whether to understand the sarcasm or take it literally.

Shady Wilbury
12-16-2013, 12:35 PM
I am in England. :) It's not my intention to offend anybody, so I'll see how things go on the night.

lelouden
12-16-2013, 01:52 PM
I have no presents wrapped! I'm not done shopping! What Am I doing with a Uke in my hands? I just have so much to do!!! So I spent today having fun with this song and laying in two other tracks of harmony and a third with jingle bell and then a forth with a kazoo because I know how much Tooter loves the kazoo :) Why??? Because I
"Wish It Could Be Christmas" everyday!!!:biglaugh: and tomorrow is your birthday!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOHf5mw2kU&feature=youtu.be

cua94
12-16-2013, 02:13 PM
Love that tune and you did great! cua94

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-16-2013, 02:23 PM
lelouden...

:bowdown:



ok

here in the UK it's 19 minutes into tuesday 17th - which means although it still feels like monday night, really it's tuesday morning, so...

i can say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOTLER!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hudGiIrT2RY

bonesigh
12-16-2013, 03:00 PM
Seems like no matter what we put out there "someone" will be offended by it. Just go for it!

I am in England. :) It's not my intention to offend anybody, so I'll see how things go on the night.

Tootler
12-16-2013, 03:06 PM
This is my entry...a collaboration with a San Diego singer-songwriter I love to work with online.
http://youtu.be/G9ARxekR-NY

That was a great song, Casey and well sung and played. Great to see a collaboration like that across the sea. I think you should go for it and play it a your open mike. I think most people will realise you are not really advocating getting a gun as a present, especially with the climate on guns here in the UK. I have come to the conclusion, if you believe in a song, you should sing it.

BTW, I suggest you check out Tom Paxton's song "Buy a Gun For Your Sun". It expresses the same sentiment in a similar way.


I have no presents wrapped! I'm not done shopping! What Am I doing with a Uke in my hands? I just have so much to do!!! So I spent today having fun with this song and laying in two other tracks of harmony and a third with jingle bell and then a forth with a kazoo because I know how much Tooter loves the kazoo :) Why??? Because I
"Wish It Could Be Christmas" everyday!!!:biglaugh: and tomorrow is your birthday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOHf5mw2kU&feature=youtu.be

And what am I doing at five to one in the morning commenting on songs posted on UU? Good question. Answer because I'm crackers.

That was seriously good. I liked the contribution from the Lasoftun choral society as well and the kazoo, of course. You're not the only one behind with crimbo preps. My daughter arrives with our granddaughter on Friday and we have yet to clear out the room she will be sleeping in.

Belcher


lelouden...

:bowdown:



ok

here in the UK it's 19 minutes into tuesday 17th - which means although it still feels like monday night, really it's tuesday morning, so...

i can say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOTLER!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hudGiIrT2RY

My goodness, another one who is up at some ridiculous early hour in the morning. Thanks for the greeting. Suitably OTT. The song was pretty good too. Played on a baritone uke, of course. Surprise, surprise.

Well for this old fart, I reckon it has to be bed time. :old:

pabrizzer
12-16-2013, 08:17 PM
Not much of a birthday present Tootler but Australia just regained The Ashes with a 3 blot series lead.

Tootler
12-16-2013, 09:25 PM
Not much of a birthday present Tootler but Australia just regained The Ashes with a 3 blot series lead.

Well, Well! What a surprise. The way they are playing just now I think it's heading for a 5-0 drubbing.

redpaul1
12-17-2013, 04:03 AM
Suppose Christ gets born in Essex in 2013?

I've been messing about with this idea ever since Marie pUKE, who lives in Southend-On-Sea, Essex (England's answer to Atlantic City - before the casinos - hat-tip Burt Lancaster/Louis Malle), gave birth to little Noah earlier this year.

My alleged role in that happy event is why Danielle pUKE is slapping me upside the head in our video: The pUKEs: Because You're Young (official video) (http://youtu.be/eqAUrW3EHGE?t=17s). That was a real slap too. We weren't professional enough to be able to fake it.

Anyway thanks (and happy birthday!) to Tootler for giving me that nudge to get it finished. Well, the lyric's finished. The arrangement still needs work, and I'm still looking for a title, but right now I have other things on my plate.


http://youtu.be/DWUCZTQXg3c


Needless to say, any resemblance to any events or to any person living, dead, or risen from the dead is completely coincidental.




{t: Christmas on the Social}
{st: redpaul1}
{key: Bb}

[Bb] Mary said to Joseph,
"Joe, I'm keeping this one"
Joe-[Bb7]seph looked at [Eb]Mary
He decided to [Bb]run,
Got as far as the [F]cross-roads,
Turned a[Bb]round and went home.

[Bb]They were out in the country,
Joe had to go in and 'sign on'.
Ma-[Bb7]ry was down at the [Eb]Poundland,
When she gave birth to her [Bb]son.
Clerks laid the babe on some [F]tow-els,
All the [Bb]shoppers looked on.

[Bb]The media picked up the story,
People were tweeting the news.
It at-[Bb7]tracted the auth-[Eb]orities,
Wheels started to [Bb]move.
Citizens' Rights came and [F]warned them,
There was [Bb]no time to lose.

[Bb]Word'd come down from the Social,
They were gon-na come,
To take [Bb7]away the [Eb]first-born.
Joe said "Moll our [Bb]time here is done."
They'd head out to those salt [F]marshes.
In-to [Bb]those creeks they'd run.

[Bb]They slung their gear in the pick-up,
They cleared out from the squat.
Head-[Bb7]ed into those misty [Eb]marshes.
Man, in-to God knows [Bb]what.
One step ahead of the [F]Social,
To live in [Bb]some sacred plot.

Dougf
12-17-2013, 06:30 AM
Here's an original, I probably wouldn't have written it were it not for this challenge, thanks Geoff.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jek0Ppae7i0

lelouden
12-17-2013, 06:30 AM
How You people even start a song is beyond me. Kudos the you Paul for finishing something :)



A bonus song.....Why???? Because you asked for it!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r-DZC8rec0&feature=youtu.be

strumsilly
12-17-2013, 10:17 AM
http://youtu.be/FBjNEMEbLXY

wee_ginga_yin
12-17-2013, 10:17 AM
A bit of Christmas tree tango Russian style

http://youtu.be/yIv6TLYTc2s

strumsilly
12-17-2013, 10:22 AM
http://youtu.be/HQ0g50MRokY

Tootler
12-17-2013, 11:28 AM
Another excellent collection of songs.

redpaul1: Christmas in Essex. This was superb. I just loved the imagery of giving birth in the pound shop and running from social services into the wilds of the Essex Marshes. Wonderful.

Dougf: It's Winter Again. A total contrast to the previous original. A lovely simple song that perfectly captures the style of the 40s crooners. Excellent.

Strumsilly: Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. An excellent rendering with some good harp work at the end. Nice baritone. Bet you're pleased with it.

W'Gingayinov: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Russian Style. Only you could pull this one off. Absolutely wonderful. This can definitely be described as making a song your own.

lelouden: A bonus song.....Why???? Because you asked for it!!! And boy, did you give it too me. :biglaugh: Great video with all the cartoons in it. Mind you didn't have to be quite so literal about my being an old fart :nana:

Strumsilly: Birthday wish. Nice one and many thanks, Andy.

xommen
12-17-2013, 11:46 AM
Because it's Geoffs birthday a Dutch birthdaysong, this is a reasonable English translation to the lyrics:

It's someone's birthday today hurrah-hurrah,
It's easy to see that it's him.
All of us think it's really nice,
And that's why we happily sing:
Let him live long hurrah-hurrah,
Let him live long hurrah.


http://youtu.be/XTsBe6YZKEk

Happy birthday Geoff.

redpaul1
12-17-2013, 11:58 AM
Another excellent collection of songs.

redpaul1: Christmas in Essex. This was superb. I just loved the imagery of giving birth in the pound shop and running from social services into the wilds of the Essex Marshes. Wonderful.


Thanks Geoff! Social Services play the part of King Herod, Citizens' Advice the part of the Magi, and the marshes, the flight into Egypt :)

Joe 'signing on' for the dole was the census, and Poundland the stables, with the store clerks playing the part of the shepherds

And just like the original, Joe's not sure if he's the father; that's why he runs at first.

About the only thing I couldn't work in was the Star in the East :)

p.s. thanks also to Berni (barbablanca) for giving me (ever so gently, via his Season 81) the kick up the kyster I so sorely needed

xommen
12-17-2013, 11:59 AM
I was inspired (while driving home and I still got the idea when I was home ;)) today for another original called Song of the Season(s).
Lyrics/Chords are here: http://www.vanommen.net/Song_of_the_seasons.pdf

http://youtu.be/hLKzVDWlBks

UkeyDave
12-17-2013, 01:45 PM
Here we go. A just in time HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tootler. It's 11:45pm here in the UK on Tuesday 17th December so I made it with 15 minutes to spare.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Short and brief in one take.

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

Dougf
12-17-2013, 01:57 PM
Another excellent collection of songs.

Dougf: It's Winter Again. A total contrast to the previous original. A lovely simple song that perfectly captures the style of the 40s crooners. Excellent.


Thanks, Geoff. In case anybody is interested, these are the chords I used, some use more than one voicing. The words are in the YT description.

A section:
FM7 Dm7 Db9 C9 C7 C13
FM7 Dm7 Db9 C9 C7#5
BbM7 Eb9 D9 D7 D7#5
BbM7 Gb9 C13

B section:
FM7 Dm7 Db9 C9 C7 C13
FM7 Dm7 Db9 C9 C7#5
BbM7 Eb9 D9 D7 D7#5
Gm7 Ddim7 Dm7 Ebdim7 D7#5
BbM7 Gb9 C13 FM7

redpaul1
12-17-2013, 02:25 PM
Here we go. A just in time HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tootler. It's 11:45pm here in the UK on Tuesday 17th December so I made it with 15 minutes to spare.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Short and brief in one take.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvhoWLkSnUg

Before I click on this, assure me I'm not actually going to see your briefs. I still bear the scars from last time.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-17-2013, 03:05 PM
Still Tuesday afternoon here in Portland---happy birthday, Geoff!

Here's a version of The Sugarcubes' great song, "Birthday". If you're not familiar with the amazing original version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFQPNApwJGU), be sure to check it out as well.


http://youtu.be/ps4D6q69QE4

CeeJay
12-17-2013, 03:33 PM
http://youtu.be/4hXA95bQaqk

Quick off the stave and a bit wobbly instrumental of The Boars Head Carol....must do anuvver better versh...M C

CeeJay

~dave~~wave~
12-17-2013, 06:29 PM
^^^^
Very cool.
I also went for an instrumental version of Boar's Head.
No way am I singing in Latin or with a fake Yorkshire accent.

I first heard it on the Cheiftans' Christmas CD.
I found a four-part harmony version on the internet and adapted it from there.
Key of C for those playing along at home.

The tracks in GarageBand are as follows:

Martin uke lead
Martin uke chords
Martin uke harmony line
Ohana sopranino lead
JC Clark soprano sopranino tuning chords
Kamoa piccolo bass uke
Kala U-Bass



http://youtu.be/dJ8_WF5OhTg

lelouden
12-17-2013, 06:45 PM
^^^^
Very cool.
I also went for an instrumental version of Boar's Head.
No way am I singing in Latin or with a fake Yorkshire accent.

I first heard it on the Cheiftans' Christmas CD.
I found a four-part harmony version on the internet and adapted it from there.
Key of C for those playing along at home.

The tracks in GarageBand are as follows:

Martin uke lead
Martin uke chords
Martin uke harmony line
Ohana sopranino lead
JC Clark soprano sopranino tuning chords
Kamoa piccolo bass uke
Kala U-Bass



http://youtu.be/dJ8_WF5OhTg

Wow, how do you top that!

pabrizzer
12-18-2013, 12:24 AM
Yes DaveWave your multi-track Boar's Head was awesome.
Here is a final entry original song from me.
My meager multi-track effort with cahon tambourine and 2 pretty ordinary vocal tracks.
It actually started out as uke only strumming noodly type thing. And then it became what it is.
What's His Name is Coming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLuvzDpONM

wee_ginga_yin
12-18-2013, 12:39 AM
W'Gingayinov: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Russian Style. Only you could pull this one off. Absolutely wonderful. This can definitely be described as making a song your own.



Tovarich the 96th congress of the Ukulele players federation has flourished to
the greater glory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Confusion to the the capitalist running dogs and their lackeys… may their camels
forever run in circles, and their ukeleles be forever out of tune,

redpaul1
12-18-2013, 01:23 AM
Yes DaveWave your multi-track Boar's Head was awesome.
Here is a final entry original song from me.
My meager multi-track effort with cahon tambourine and 2 pretty ordinary vocal tracks.
It actually started out as uke only strumming noodly type thing. And then it became what it is.
What's His Name is Coming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLuvzDpONM

St Nicholas, eh *sucks a reflective tooth* You'd get into trouble with lyrics like that in certain parts of Wiltshire:

Parents upset after Wiltshire vicar tells primary schoolchildren that Santa Claus is based on legend of Saint Nicholas (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/dec/12/pupils-father-christmas-ruined-by-vicar-santa-claus-origins)

"Not only has he spoiled Father Christmas for them, a lot of them are now questioning the existence of the tooth fairy as well."

pabrizzer
12-18-2013, 01:51 AM
Gee St Nick is a pretty common pseudonym for Chris Kringle.

Barbablanca
12-18-2013, 02:22 AM
For this one you have to imagine I'm seven or eight years old and thinking I'm getting above all this Christmas malarkey :rolleyes:


http://youtu.be/POgcbiJ5F3M


Lyrics in the description on YouTube as usual.

UkeyDave
12-18-2013, 03:10 AM
Before I click on this, assure me I'm not actually going to see your briefs. I still bear the scars from last time.
I hereby confirm that you will not see my under-crackers Paul. ;)

UkeyDave
12-18-2013, 05:30 AM
Not much of a birthday present Tootler but Australia just regained The Ashes with a 3 blot series lead.

Ah but did you? Not according to this link (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/sport-headlines/ashes-loss-happened-too-far-away-to-count-2013121882133) you didn't. ;-)

Barbablanca
12-18-2013, 06:19 AM
Forgot to mention that you can use the first verse of my Teddy Bear song as a Chorus between each verse if you feel so inclined. That's how I used it when I took it into a school on Monday!

Here is another song I wrote in simpler English for the kids in that school to sing along to.


http://youtu.be/EPcwWjJxsEI

They were shocked when I told them that English Cribs do not have a Caganer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJQkDOy9Mfs)

pabrizzer
12-18-2013, 06:35 AM
Ah but did you? Not according to this link (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/sport-headlines/ashes-loss-happened-too-far-away-to-count-2013121882133) you didn't. ;-)

Typical delusional Poms. And of course you never actually hand over the trophy anyway!:)
That article is NOT to be believed and it is NOT because it was written so far away!

Tootler
12-18-2013, 06:38 AM
Tovarich the 96th congress of the Ukulele players federation has flourished to
the greater glory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Confusion to the the capitalist running dogs and their lackeys… may their camels
forever run in circles, and their ukeleles be forever out of tune,


Indeed comrade W'Gingayinov. Christmas is a bourgeourois construct and such opiates are unnecessary here in Socialist Nirvana, so the central committee has decreed that the word "Christmas" and all associated vocabulary be struck out of the next edition of the Newspeak dictionary.

They also approved, unanimously, the award of Hero of the Socialist Nirvana to comrade Ebeneezer Scrooge for his masterly work on the development of the concept of "Bah Humbug".

redpaul1
12-18-2013, 06:43 AM
Typical delusional Poms. And of course you never actually hand over the trophy anyway!:)
That article is NOT to be believed and it is NOT because it was written so far away!

Ah now! Christmas spirit everyone!! Peace on Earth and all that! :)

I, for one, am not too upset about the Ashes. It was getting a bit boring rolling over the Aussies every time we ran across them ;)

Barbablanca
12-18-2013, 06:48 AM
Third and final new Christmas song. This is one for Santa's elves to sing as they stuff Santa's sack full to bursting.


http://youtu.be/IkW2JygyWlI

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-18-2013, 06:56 AM
Not only has he spoiled Father Christmas for them, a lot of them are now questioning the existence of the tooth fairy as well.
i saw that story and i just had to laugh at the tooth fairy bit! lol!

wallyboy
12-18-2013, 11:54 AM
another murder,
heres my bash,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wps1ADP-xQw&feature=youtube_gdata

redpaul1
12-18-2013, 12:03 PM
I know our Tootler's busy with birthdays and family visiting right now, so I'm just stepping in here with an unofficial Rockin' Xmas playlist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM6bC2sn2Xw&list=PLo6LNdV3F-sGuKsSubxVcSjKgP2S_bw2X&index=1).

Hope you don't mind Geoff. When you come to read this post, maybe you can just take this link and put it on your front page, and carry on with a playlist of your own from there.

Tootler
12-18-2013, 01:32 PM
I know our Tootler's busy with birthdays and family visiting right now, so I'm just stepping in here with an unofficial Rockin' Xmas playlist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM6bC2sn2Xw&list=PLo6LNdV3F-sGuKsSubxVcSjKgP2S_bw2X&index=1).

Hope you don't mind Geoff. When you come to read this post, maybe you can just take this link and put it on your front page, and carry on with a playlist of your own from there.

Thanks Paul. I must admit with other things going on, I had forgotten about the playlist. I'll get an official one sorted out tomorrow. Today's been one if those days. I had a doctors and a dentist appointment this morning. The doctor got caught up in a tailback and the dentist's father was taken into hospital so that was both cancelled but I only found out when I gat there. Fortunately I was fitted in at the dentist's but I've got to go back tomorrow for the doctor which has messed things up somewhat.

redpaul1
12-18-2013, 01:57 PM
Thanks Paul. I must admit with other things going on, I had forgotten about the playlist. I'll get an official one sorted out tomorrow. Today's been one if those days. I had a doctors and a dentist appointment this morning. The doctor got caught up in a tailback and the dentist's father was taken into hospital so that was both cancelled but I only found out when I gat there. Fortunately I was fitted in at the dentist's but I've got to go back tomorrow for the doctor which has messed things up somewhat.

Glad I was able to help.

Tootler
12-18-2013, 02:15 PM
Official Season 96 Playlist added with all videos up to Wallyboy's Happy Christmas Everybody.

Playlist Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM6bC2sn2Xw&list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDQvQSo3NKETqjGxLHVlbUE)

Link also added to first post.

Jazzbanjorex
12-18-2013, 03:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWSBHZ6OhAE
Well there it is...

lelouden
12-18-2013, 07:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWSBHZ6OhAE
Well there it is...

Tis' the Season to be in Harmony! That was great!

Rustyy
12-19-2013, 12:43 AM
Hmm.... Season 96, and I wasn't sure what to do.
Tried "Christmas every Day", but couldn't get it quite right.
I had never written, nor tried to write, anything at all myself so I wasn't sure I could, but as it was so hot today, and I couldn't go outside, I decided to give it a go.
This is the result, not so much a Christmas carol, but a whinge and moan from one of the working elves. Hope I haven't made too many mistakes, and hope that you enjoy it.


http://youtu.be/ue73D-ceRRc

Merry Christmas to all of my new friends, the Seasonistas

UkeyDave
12-19-2013, 03:39 AM
Merry Xmas Everybody. Drumbeat courtesy of Garageband.

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

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-19-2013, 12:35 PM
I am having to admit defeat this week.
These songs are all way to far advanced for me, I sure some of those chords are physically impossible to play. :^(
I can't find an easy version of any of them and I certainly have no clue about writing my own.
My plan was to mash all four tunes together to get a new song but it is not to be, Perhaps one of you clever people can do that. The bits of each that I can manage are not long enough to make sense :^(
Oh well I'll have to look forward to the next season and spend the rest of this week reveiwing my first 3 months of uke playing. Hopefully I'll get to another open mic on Saturday, I have that Christmas tune about "Olive, the other reindeer" for the Open Mic.

"Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names
they wouldn't let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games"



Not sure if I'll be able to join in during the Christmas week either as we are going to Mother In Laws and she has no internet access. :^((

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you all.

xommen
12-19-2013, 12:42 PM
I am having to admit defeat this week.
These songs are all way to far advanced for me, I sure some of those chords are physically impossible to play. :^(
I can't find an easy version of any of them and I certainly have no clue about writing my own.
My plan was to mash all four tunes together to get a new song but it is not to be, Perhaps one of you clever people can do that. The bits of each that I can manage are not long enough to make sense :^(
Oh well I'll have to look forward to the next season and spend the rest of this week reveiwing my first 3 months of uke playing. Hopefully I'll get to another open mic on Saturday, I have that Christmas tune about "Olive, the other reindeer" for the Open Mic.

"Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names
they wouldn't let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games"



Not sure if I'll be able to join in during the Christmas week either as we are going to Mother In Laws and she has no internet access. :^((

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you all.
You could of course just record The song you want to do for open mic and put it on the misfit island (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?85238-The-Island-of-Misfit-Seasonistas) ;).

Tootler
12-19-2013, 02:31 PM
I am having to admit defeat this week.
These songs are all way to far advanced for me, I sure some of those chords are physically impossible to play. :^(
I can't find an easy version of any of them and I certainly have no clue about writing my own.
My plan was to mash all four tunes together to get a new song but it is not to be, Perhaps one of you clever people can do that. The bits of each that I can manage are not long enough to make sense :^(
Oh well I'll have to look forward to the next season and spend the rest of this week reveiwing my first 3 months of uke playing. Hopefully I'll get to another open mic on Saturday, I have that Christmas tune about "Olive, the other reindeer" for the Open Mic.

"Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names
they wouldn't let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games"



Not sure if I'll be able to join in during the Christmas week either as we are going to Mother In Laws and she has no internet access. :^((

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you all.

the Boar's Head Carol can be done with just C, F & G. Here it is

The [C] boar's head in [G] hand bear I
Be[F]decked with bays and [G] rosemar[C]y
I [C] pray you, my masters, [G] be [C] merry
Quot[F] estis in con[G]vivi[C]o (so many as are in the feast)

Chorus
[C] Caput [G] apri [C] defer[G]o, [F] Reddens laudes [G] domin[C]o (Twice)
(the boar's head I bring, giving praises to God)

The [C] boar's head, as I [G] under[C]stand,
Is the [F] rarest dish in [G] all this [C] land,
Which [C] thus bedecked with a [G] gay [C] garland
Let us [F] servire [G] canti[C]co. (let us serve it with a song)

Our [C] steward hath pro[G]vided [C] this
In [F] honour of the [G] King of [C] bliss
Which, [C] on this day to [G] be served [C] is
In [F] Reginensi [G] atri[C]o: (in the Queen's hall)

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is a little more difficult but doable and it can be simplified. It's basically a C, F, G7, Am song but adds a D7 and Em

You can find the chords here (http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/rockingaroundthechristmastreelyricschords.html)

You can simplify it by playing the D7 2020 instead of 2223 (no need for barring that way) and if you are not very confident about Em, replace it with a G. It will work.

I think both of these are within your capabilities. Do please have a go. You've been doing fine so far.

Tootler
12-19-2013, 02:52 PM
I've made comments on You Tube for every song up to Ukey Dave. At least I'm pretty sure I have. If I've missed yours please let me know.

I'll try and add comments to the thread, but I've ended up a bit behind with preparations for the festive season at home. Having to rearrange yesterdays doctors appointment cost me this morning and my elder daughter and granddaughter arrive tomorrow, so tomorrow will be busy. I will endeavour to keep up with entries in some way, though. Going to update the playlist now.

Tootler
12-19-2013, 02:59 PM
Playlist updated. You can check it here (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUDQvQSo3NKETqjGxLHVlbUE)

If I've missed your video out, please let me know.

CeeJay
12-19-2013, 04:10 PM
Loads of great entries so far ....here's another load of old .....oh I can't really say toot....seeing as Mine Host is Tootler....bugger I just did....urm...

Right, start again .....here is another offering ....for Mr Venerable Tootler's 96th Season of The Ukulele....


http://youtu.be/SrtJxDco0N4



......some cock ups ...but it's Christmasssssssssssss......

redpaul1
12-19-2013, 05:03 PM
I am having to admit defeat this week.
These songs are all way to far advanced for me, I sure some of those chords are physically impossible to play. :^(


the Boar's Head Carol can be done with just C, F & G. Here it is


The [C] boar's head in [G] hand bear I
Be[F]decked with bays and [G] rosemar[C]y
I [C] pray you, my masters, [G] be [C] merry
Quot[F] estis in con[G]vivi[C]o (so many as are in the feast)

Chorus
[C] Caput [G] apri [C] defer[G]o, [F] Reddens laudes [G] domin[C]o (Twice)
(the boar's head I bring, giving praises to God)

The [C] boar's head, as I [G] under[C]stand,
Is the [F] rarest dish in [G] all this [C] land,
Which [C] thus bedecked with a [G] gay [C] garland
Let us [F] servire [G] canti[C]co. (let us serve it with a song)

Our [C] steward hath pro[G]vided [C] this
In [F] honour of the [G] King of [C] bliss
Which, [C] on this day to [G] be served [C] is
In [F] Reginensi [G] atri[C]o: (in the Queen's hall)

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is a little more difficult but doable and it can be simplified. It's basically a C, F, G7, Am song but adds a D7 and Em

You can find the chords here (http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/rockingaroundthechristmastreelyricschords.html)

You can simplify it by playing the D7 2020 instead of 2223 (no need for barring that way) and if you are not very confident about Em, replace it with a G. It will work.

I think both of these are within your capabilities. Do please have a go. You've been doing fine so far.

Seconded!! :agree:

And to back that up, here's Merry Xmas Everybody in the key of C.

(I know that from looking at the chords, it looks like it's in the key of G, but that's 'cos it's really in G Mixolydian mode, rather than C Ionian mode - i.e., in C major. And before Linda calls me out again, I put up a long post about a month ago on modes in music, here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?86702-help-with-modes&p=1429870#post1429870), so if you don't believe me/want to know what I'm talking about, go check it out (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?86702-help-with-modes&p=1429870#post1429870).)

The only chord that may look tricky at first sight here is Gsus4, but it's dead easy: if G is voiced 0232, Gsus4 is 0233. Eb, as I'm sure you know is simply 0331.

Besides the Gsus4 and the Eb, the chords are simply Am, C, Dm, Em, F, G and Gm (0231). And you can skip the Gsus4 if you want. It justs adds a little colour between the end of one line and the start of the next.

And as with the Boar's Head Carol, you can substitute G for Em in this song as well (if you look at the sheet music, you'll see that where Em is suggested, it's because the bass line is playing an E rather than a G). It's nicer, obvs, if you can manage the Em, but G will do.

I should also add that for the average male baritone voice, it's a lot easier to try to sing this in the key of C rather than in the key of G. Geoff (Tootler) might be able to get away with singing that high, but I certainly can't. And don't worry about the modal stuff either. Just be aware that nearly every line of the melody will begin and end on the note of G.



Merry Christmas Everybody

[G7]. Are you [C]hang-ing [Am]up a
[Em]stock-ing on your [G7]wall? [Gsus4]
[G]. It's the [C]time that [Am]ev-e-ry
[Em]San-ta has a [G7]ball [Gsus4]
[G]. Does he [F]ride a red-nosed [C]rein-deer?
[C]. Does a [F]'ton-up' on his [C]sleigh?
[C]. Do the [Dm]fair-ies keep him [F]so-ber for a [Gsus4]day?

[G]. So here it [C]is [Am]Merry Christ-[Em]mas
Every-[Eb]body's having [G]fun
[C]Look [Am]to the [Em]fut-ure now
It's [Eb]only just begun[G]

[G7]. Are you [C]wait-ing [Am]for the
[Em]fam'-ly to ar-[G7]rive? [Gsus4]
[G]. Are you [C]sure you [Am]got the
[Em]room to spare in-[G7]side? [Gsus4]
[G]. Does your [F]gran-ny al-ways [C]tell ya
[C]. That the [F]old songs are the [C]best?
[C]. Then she's [Dm]up and rock 'n' [F]roll-in' with the [Gsus4]rest

[G]. So here it [C]is [Am]Merry Christ-[Em]mas
Every-[Eb]body's having [G]fun
[C]Look to the fut-[Em]ure now
It's [Eb]only just begun[G]

[Gm]What will your daddy [Eb]do
When he sees your [Gm]Ma-ma
Kiss-in' San-[Eb]ta Claus? Ah [F]ha!__[G]_

[G7]. Are you [C]hang-ing [Am]up a
[Em]stock-ing on your [G7]wall? [Gsus4]
[G7]. Are you [C]hoping [Am]that the
[Em]snow will start to [G7]fall? [Gsus4]
[G]. Do you [F]ride on down the [C]hill-side
[C]. In a [F]bug-gy you have [C]made?
[C]. When you [Dm]land up-on your [F]head then you been [Gsus4]slayed!!

[G]. So here it [C]is [Am]Merry Christ-[Em]mas
Every-[Eb]body's having [G]fun
[C]Look [Am]to the [Em]fut-ure now
It's [Eb]only just begun[G]

[G]. So here it [C]is [Am]Merry Christ-[Em]mas
Every-[Eb]body's having [G]fun
[C]Look [Am]to the [Em]fut-ure now
It's [Eb]only just begun[G]

[G]. So here it [C]is [Am]Merry Christ-[Em]mas
Every-[Eb]body's having [G]fun IT'S CHRISTMASSSSSS!
[C]Look [Am]to the [Em]fut-ure now
It's [Eb]only just begun[G]

UkeCan1
12-19-2013, 06:24 PM
The only chord that may look tricky at first sight here is Gsus4, but it's dead easy: if G is voiced 0003, Gsus4 is 0013. Eb, as I'm sure you know is simply 0331.

Okay, so first of all, I love how everyone's helping us newbies, and I sure hope Lumpy finds one of the suggestions to his liking.

Paul, I think you mean C, not G is voiced 0003, right? Also, isn't 0013 Csus4? It's GCFC. Maybe you're thinking in baritone? Or guitar? Gsus4 is 0233 - GDGC, right?

Also, I know tons of chords (ask FiL - I just arranged "White Christmas" with 19 chords including an augmented, three 9ths, a couple m6's, a maj7, and a 7+5) ... but I'm pretty sure I have yet to encounter Eb (probably because I tend to transpose everything to the easiest key to play). It's easy and sounds nice - so thanks for teaching me that!

Happy Everything,
Wendy

thesillydave
12-19-2013, 07:32 PM
here's my little original christmas song for tootler!
"Mistletoe Dance"

http://youtu.be/brhwokKXDfc

Merry Christmas to all you Seasonistas!

lyrics:
Mistletoe Dance 12-16-13

The days are gettin’ shorter The nights alittle colder
I’ve hung up the mistletoe We’ve got Bing on the radio I’m seeing a hint of snow

The kids are behaving Lists they are making
letters to a jolly old soul Postmark the north pole Because they know….

It’s christmas time Gather the family near
Though we wish it would come more than just once a year.
Packages to be wrapped stockings to be hung
Though it’s late our elf work isn’t done

If we don’t have the time right now or we just can’t take a chance
We can stay up late for our mid-night mistletoe dance

The days are gettin’ shorter The nights alittle colder
The sun has sunk way down low burl ives on the radio honey, it’s starting to snow….
Kids are asleep let’s take a chance and have our mistletoe dance
Merry christmas

lelouden
12-19-2013, 08:53 PM
Before Linda calls me out again,

Linda has no knowledge of music! Thats why she called
Huh! on you!

Is it so hard to believe some of us just copy what we hear? I DO know where middle C is on the piano. Thats the extent of my formal training. Does that count? Music explained really does sound like a foreign language to me. Besides I felt sophisticated after reading your post...Now I just feel dumb...:confused: Thanks for calling ME out ;)

Paul It is clear you have years of training beyond most. Big applause from me. I am jealous!

Tootler
12-19-2013, 09:11 PM
Seconded!!

And as with the Boar's Head Carol, you can substitute G for Em in this song as well (if you look at the sheet music, you'll see that where Em is suggested, it's because the bass line is playing an E rather than a G). It's nicer, obvs, if you can manage the Em, but G will do.


There's also a useful dodge for fingering Em:

Finger a G chord then add your little finger to the C string at the 4th fret. Em is the relative minor of the key of G so the Em chord often follows a G chord and it makes for an easy transition.

Pedant alert. It's actually Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree that has the Em chord. Boars Head Carol is a straight 3 chord song.

Wendy, while I'm sure all those extended chords sound very nice, White Christmas can be done perfectly satisfactorily as a I, IV, V7 3 chord song. I'm all for keeping things simple.

mythinformed
12-19-2013, 10:36 PM
I am having to admit defeat this week.
These songs are all way to far advanced for me, I sure some of those chords are physically impossible to play. :^(
I find most toons can be as complicated or as simple as you want them to be, try knocking around a few chords that you are more comfortable with to the lyrics of these songs and ya never know you may have created an awesome arrangement Lumpy.

There is good reason why season hosts offer up these 'Challenges' ........no-one seeks perfection, its about self progression and exploring stuff you wouldn't normally attempt.

Enjoy learning mate and don't be afraid to venture away from what everyone else is doing after all originality didn't come from rigidly sticking by the rules or adhering to any chords as if they were set in stone (ask any Jazz musician) !!

More Importantly .........HAVE FUN WITH YOUR UKE!!

CeeJay
12-20-2013, 01:59 AM
[QUOTE=Tootler;1447853]Pedant alert. It's actually Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree that has the Em chord. Boars Head Carol is a straight 3 chord song.

[QUOTE]

:rolleyes::)


...Ooh wow ....my copy came with an extra side order of Am, Dm and Em s .......wow all for 99pence ....better value than a McDonalds tatburger...........:drool:

redpaul1
12-20-2013, 09:58 AM
Okay, so first of all, I love how everyone's helping us newbies, and I sure hope Lumpy finds one of the suggestions to his liking.

Paul, I think you mean C, not G is voiced 0003, right? Also, isn't 0013 Csus4? It's GCFC. Maybe you're thinking in baritone? Or guitar? Gsus4 is 0233 - GDGC, right?

[snip]

Happy Everything,
Wendy

So SORRY!!! Yes you're absolutely right! I was looking at my bari when I typed that. I've gone back and changed my OP (and credited you for the spot :) )For the record, on a regular uke, if G is 0232, then Gsus4 is 0233. Still dead easy though


Linda has no knowledge of music! Thats why she called on you!

Is it so hard to believe some of us just copy what we hear? I DO know where middle C is on the piano. Thats the extent of my formal training. Does that count? Music explained really does sound like a foreign language to me. Besides I felt sophisticated after reading your post...Now I just feel dumb...:confused: Thanks for calling ME out ;)

Paul It is clear you have years of training beyond most. Big applause from me. I am jealous!

I really don't. This is just stuff I've picked up as I've gone along. I admit I do find it useful, especially if I'm trying to play something by ear. Generally, I can only get so far, then I have to fall back on "well, where do you think it's likely go after this?" - that's where this helps. If I could simply pick up a uke, or any musical instrument, and simply play back what I just heard, I wouldn't bother with any of this stuff either.

As I said at the time:

don't worry about the modal stuff either. Just be aware that [in this key] nearly every line of the melody will begin and end on the note of G.

Merry Christmas everybody :)

redpaul1
12-20-2013, 10:14 AM
I find most toons can be as complicated or as simple as you want them to be, try knocking around a few chords that you are more comfortable with to the lyrics of these songs and ya never know you may have created an awesome arrangement Lumpy.

There is good reason why season hosts offer up these 'Challenges' ........no-one seeks perfection, its about self progression and exploring stuff you wouldn't normally attempt.

Enjoy learning mate and don't be afraid to venture away from what everyone else is doing after all originality didn't come from rigidly sticking by the rules or adhering to any chords as if they were set in stone (ask any Jazz musician) !!

More Importantly .........HAVE FUN WITH YOUR UKE!!

Word :agree:

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-20-2013, 10:47 AM
looks like I have no excuse now, just got to find the time.

Tootler
12-20-2013, 11:33 AM
looks like I have no excuse now, just got to find the time.

Looking forward to it. You'll be fine. Now we need Paul to do Merry Christmas Everybody as well.

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-20-2013, 12:17 PM
Looking forward to it. You'll be fine. Now we need Paul to do Merry Christmas Everybody as well.

don't get too excited - after all you must have heard my normal standard :^)

lelouden
12-20-2013, 12:29 PM
Linda has no knowledge of music! Thats why she called Huh on you!

Is it so hard to believe some of us just copy what we hear?



I really don't. This is just stuff I've picked up as I've gone along. I admit I do find it useful, especially if I'm trying to play something by ear. Generally, I can only get so far, then I have to fall back on "well, where do you think it's likely go after this?" - that's where this helps. If I could simply pick up a uke, or any musical instrument, and simply play back what I just heard, I wouldn't bother with any of this stuff either.



Now don't get me wrong. I really have no skill at reading music. This stuff is very valuable and I know it allows us to move much farther and faster. I do pick up things by ear as far as singing. Ukeing is all together different. I can hear when a chord needs to change but I have to find the chording via internet or another source. But when your talking about [ I, IV, V7 or 0231, 0233, 0331] etc I have no idea what any of that means. I do need to try and learn this stuff and Im sure everyone appreciates your knowledge. Its just really foreign to me. I had to find the Boars Head online and could only find one small linehttp://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0079510&ref=googleIt gave me an C G AM F and Dm so thats what I used. I am aware all of this would be so much easier if I understood it :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-20-2013, 06:55 PM
I tried to write one that would make me feel a little less Scrooge-like. Not sure if I succeeded, but I had fun putting it together. Thanks for a great challenge, Geoff.


http://youtu.be/VOGcBVPhCC0

Don't buy me single thing for Christmas;
all I want is you.
So don't you spend a dime on me;
I don't want you to
use up any of your energy writing cards and hanging lights---
I just want you to come home to me
and keep me warm this winter night.

It's so cold outside this Christmas;
all I need is you.
Don't you go out in the snow;
I don't want you to
catch a chill while you're out throwing snowballs at your pals---
just want you to stay warm with me;
I don't want any other gal.

Don't you go to the mall to shop;
don't you go a-wassailing;
don't you rock around the Christmas tree---
you just stay right here with me.

Don't you go and catch a chill makin' angels in the snow.
Just get yourself home to me---
we'll make a fire; we'll watch it glow.

Just give me your love this Christmas,
and I'll give mine to you.
Share sweet nothings back and forth,
and stay warm the whole night through.

ukuloonie
12-20-2013, 07:54 PM
I wanted to create a new song,
I have lots of different songs but the words don't match
So I have turned it into a poem
I wanted to create the story of a new perspective and that of the stable boy and his contribution.
so this was my idea it still needs tweaking.


The journey was long
and it was hard
Traveling over over the desert plain
To the city faraway

No room to be found no place to rest
From the long and dusty road
With ache in his heart
Joseph called to a boy
Where son can we rest.

I know a place not far from here he said
Its small and you can rest up there
I will bring you food and the help that you need
To bring the child safely into the world

The Shepards came to witness the birth
And soon the wise men came too
They bore great and marvelous gifts
For the Child who would one day be
The Heavenly King

For Joseph the greatest gift of all
Was the memory of the stable boy
Who in time of Josephs desperate need
freely gave and Didn’t turn away

The Gift of Christmas was not found in a box
Or in some fancy wrapping,
but in a small act of kindness
the answer to someones need.

So this Christmastime
And throughout all the year
Share your gift of self
To be kind to be thoughtful and to be generous
And be the answer to someones prayer.

pabrizzer
12-20-2013, 08:00 PM
I wanted to create a new song,
I have lots of different songs but the words don't match
So I have turned it into a poem
I wanted to create the story of a new perspective and that of the stable boy and his contribution.
so this was my idea it still needs tweaking.


Lovely sentiment expressed in your poem Drew.
Would love to hear you put it to some chords I think the words are worth it!

ukuloonie
12-20-2013, 08:41 PM
I will keep banging away at it I still have few days before Christmas, I will find a song that works and change the words.

redpaul1
12-20-2013, 11:56 PM
Now don't get me wrong. I really have no skill at reading music. This stuff is very valuable and I know it allows us to move much farther and faster. I do pick up things by ear as far as singing. Ukeing is all together different. I can hear when a chord needs to change but I have to find the chording via internet or another source. But when you're talking about [ I, IV, V7 or 0231, 0233, 0331] etc I have no idea what any of that means. I do need to try and learn this stuff and Im sure everyone appreciates your knowledge. It's just really foreign to me. I had to find the Boar's Head online and could only find one small line http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0079510&ref=google It gave me an C G Am F and Dm so that's what I used. I am aware all of this would be so much easier if I understood it :)

Not at all. We're all learning from each other as the Seasons unwind; either by listening (I wish I had your proficiency in multi-tracking), by watching or by asking (I'm often to be found asking other Seasonistas how they created such and such an effect on their videos).

With regard to the two examples you mention. First, 0231, 0233 etc.

I guess it comes from tab, where you'd tab out your Boar's Head progression like so:



C G Am F Dm
A -|-3-------|-2------|-0------|-0------|-0------|
E -|-0-------|-3------|-0------|-1------|-1------|
C -|-0-------|-2------|-0------|-0------|-2------|
G -|-0-------|-0------|-2------|-2------|-2------|


0231, 0233 etc., is just a means of describing a chord when you don't have a chord box available to produce a graphic. It's an indication of what fret to hold down on what string. As you know, you play a C chord with one finger on the A string, 3rd fret and the G C & E strings are left open. So if you were trying to describe to someone how to play a C, and you didn't have a chord diagram available, you'd say it's played 0003 (pronounced "O, O, O, 3") i.e., G (open) C (open) E (open) A (hold down on 3rd fret). Similarly when you play Am, you just have one finger on the G string, 2nd fret. So you'd describe that as 2000 ("2, O, O, O"), G (hold down on 2nd fret) C (open) E (open) A (open). G is 0232 (and Gsus4 0233), F is 2010 ("2, O, 1, O") and Dm 2210 ("2, 2, 1, O").

With regard to I, IV, V7, etc, that's simply a way of describing a chord progression without regard to a particular key. The key of C runs C D EF G A BC. The C is the first note in the scale, the F is the 4th, the G is the 5th, the A the 6th and the D the 2nd. So your C G Am F Dm chord progression in The Boar's Head Carol would be described using this notation as I (for C), V (for G), vi (for Am), IV (for F), ii (for Dm). By convention, you use lower case Roman numerals to indicate minor chords.

Why would you want to describe the progression as I, V, vi, IV, ii? Well, suppose you were sitting in with a band, and the leader called out: "Next up, Boar's Head Carol, in G!" you could then say to yourself "OK..., I, V, vi, IV, ii, in G? Got it: G, D, Em, C, Am." The idea behind it is that it's quicker and easier to do it this way than trying to transpose each chord individually.

This convention used to be, probably still is, very common among jazz musicians, where they would all know the progressions, but would have to alter the key they're playing it in on a nightly basis to suit the vocalist they were accompanying.

Think of it like algebra, e.g., like Pythagoras' equation, a2 = b2 + c2: you use a, b & c, rather than any specific number, to indicate that the principle is generally applicable, not simply when the sides of the triangle equal 5, 4 & 3. Algebra? Hah! Hope I haven't made things worse! :)

decaturcomp
12-21-2013, 01:20 AM
here's a sketch of a song that needs some help and a melody

all i want for christmas is the first weekend in june
when we all go a place we know and make some music play
to meet the kid from cloverdale and hear Tasmanian tunes
to drive up on that music field in my old chevrolet

as it is today i’ll have to play the big consumer
run from store to store and store up things i think you’ll like
i’ve heard that summer’s coming, i just hope that’s not a rumor
cause i want to play some songs with folks i like

all i want for kwanzaa is to be a better man
all i want for chanukah is latkes from a pan
all i want for festivus are grievances we’ll share
but all i want for christmas is when music fills the air

and i just want to see you there and hear you play and sing
and i just want to grow some hair but that won’t be a thing
and i just want to sing all night and sing the next day too
and i just want to play a song along with all of you

alan thornton
-based on an original idea by denise martin (and about a thousand more ukulele players)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-21-2013, 01:54 AM
omg omg OMG

santa arrived a tiny bit early


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vhr21vdwmw

yeah baby

:D

mythinformed
12-21-2013, 02:48 AM
I pulled the plug on my upload, needed more time spent on it that I don't have this week.

peewee
12-21-2013, 05:46 AM
Just popping in to apologize to you all for non-participation - as if you'd notice- but between an ensemble performance, a big job that's finally over and xmas, no time.. keep up the good work! Have a great holiday break, if you get one, slack off as much as possible if you don't.

Tootler
12-21-2013, 06:05 AM
Just popping in to apologize to you all for non-participation - as if you'd notice- but between an ensemble performance, a big job that's finally over and xmas, no time.. keep up the good work! Have a great holiday break, if you get one, slack off as much as possible if you don't.

I guess you're not alone. It's been pretty quiet this week compared with recent times and I have assumed most folks are tied up with family duties which is taking up most of their spare time.

I know I've been struggling at times to keep up even with the reduced level of activity because of family duties. My elder daughter arrived last night with her daughter. We had to take our granddaughter out this morning while her mum went shopping so I have just been grabbing a few minutes here and there to comment.

Just been told by my younger daughter that it's my turn to do granddad duties.

bonesigh
12-21-2013, 06:23 AM
Posted bonus on Misfit Island (:

Tootler
12-21-2013, 06:40 AM
Posted bonus on Misfit Island (:

That was really good. Gave me a laugh. Bring it over here, it's a bit quiet this week. It fits the rules and if it doesn't, I'll exercise host's prerogative and change them so it does

bonesigh
12-21-2013, 12:25 PM
Why thank you Mr. Tootler! Here she is a collaboration with Linda lelouden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-YWui4ITFQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUtvw_jkcOb--odK8_2JYyvw

UkeCan1
12-21-2013, 01:16 PM
Says Tootler: Pedant alert. It's actually Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree that has the Em chord. Boars Head Carol is a straight 3 chord song.

...Ooh wow ....my copy came with an extra side order of Am, Dm and Em s .......wow all for 99pence ....better value than a McDonalds tatburger...........

Wait a minute ... you are paying for song charts?! Truly? I just google 'em and pick the one I like best. And then mess with it ... because I simply can't help myself.


There's also a useful dodge for fingering Em:
Finger a G chord then add your little finger to the C string at the 4th fret. Em is the relative minor of the key of G so the Em chord often follows a G chord and it makes for an easy transition.

Paul taught me this, in a comment on my "The Rose" video. Very helpful! It took me quite a lot of practice to get it ... it was harder, not easier for me at first. But now I use it all the time, when transitioning between G and Em. When there's no adjacent G, I still usually play Em with the first three fingers. I like the B7 - Em transition too (with first three fingers). I just put that in my new song.


Wendy, while I'm sure all those extended chords sound very nice, White Christmas can be done perfectly satisfactorily as a I, IV, V7 3 chord song. I'm all for keeping things simple.

Yeah, like I said, I just can't be stopped. My "White Christmas" arrangement actually started out as a 3-chord song. I found myself playing it along with the radio one night, and thought, "This is easy!" When the song ended, I turned off the radio and went to write down my discoveries ... and somehow ended up with a 19-chord arrangement instead. I honestly have no idea how that even happened.

I played it at a holiday party last night and people liked it. I plan to video it as soon as I can play it well enough. As usual, my arranging preferences far outrun my playing skills.


don't get too excited - after all you must have heard my normal standard :^)

Go, Lumpy, go! So glad you've decided to jump in. It's all about the participation, I'm finding, aren't you? Someone else I know started the same day as me at the same UkeFest NJ (August 31). She comes to parties without her uke, only plays alone at home, and has been saying for four months that she's not good enough to play in public yet "like you" (me). I tell her the only difference between her and me is that I jump in at every opportunity and do stuff that's not yet good enough and way beyond me, and just don't worry how I mess up or what anybody thinks.

You, Lumpy, are phenomenal for the amount of time you've been playing, and you grow by leaps and bounds every week. That's what participation and embracing beginner-hood will do for you. If there are others out there (at any level) still waiting until you're "good enough" to jump in, I hope this will inspire you to come on in and play with us. Yes You Can. Now's your chance.

I'm loving all this music theory talk, both sides of the issue. Understanding the underlying mechanics more and more helps me play better, find and tweak better arrangements, and write better (or at all!). AND, I aspire to learn to feel it and hear it more and more, and as Charlie Parker said, "You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail."

As usual, I decided to sit this week out. As usual, I found myself asking, "Well, if I did participate, what might I do?" And, this morning when I woke up, an original holiday song spilled out of me. With, of course, far too many chords, and taking way too long to chart and learn. I hope to video it before Season's end. (In both senses of the 'S' word.)

Time to practice. Oh, dance first. Then practice. :)

- Wendy

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-21-2013, 01:37 PM
I pulled the plug on my upload, needed more time spent on it that I don't have this week.
NOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

:(

i saw that you posted but didn't have time to check out your vid

and now i'm back to watch it

it isn't there anymore

:(:(:(

pabrizzer
12-21-2013, 02:06 PM
Just popping in to apologize to you all for non-participation - as if you'd notice- but between an ensemble performance, a big job that's finally over and xmas, no time.. keep up the good work! Have a great holiday break, if you get one, slack off as much as possible if you don't.

Non-participation from a season regular not noticed - you are kidding right.
Sure hope you can squeeze something in peewee.

I always hope Seasonistas are well and happy but I suppose that this is the time that we state these things.

I wish all Seasonistas a Merry Christmas and a satisfying and happy new year!

Tootler
12-21-2013, 02:13 PM
NOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

:(

i saw that you posted but didn't have time to check out your vid

and now i'm back to watch it

it isn't there anymore

:(:(:(

I did manage to view the vid before he pulled it but I didn't manage to add it to the playlist. Maybe I should update the playlist as I watch the vids, that way it would have still been available.

Anyway, Playlist updated to the bonesigh/lelouden collaboration on the Boar's Head Carol.

redpaul1
12-21-2013, 02:21 PM
I did manage to view the vid before he pulled it but I didn't manage to add it to the playlist. Maybe I should update the playlist as I watch the vids, that way it would have still been available..

Actually no it wouldn't. Well, it would be listed on your playlist as 'video deleted.


Now we need Paul to do Merry Christmas Everybody as well.

Well, since you asked. Laydeez'n'gennermen - for the 2nd week in a row .... *crowd goes mild*


http://youtu.be/dj-YjaggB0c

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-21-2013, 02:22 PM
Go, Lumpy, go! So glad you've decided to jump in. It's all about the participation, I'm finding, aren't you? Someone else I know started the same day as me at the same UkeFest NJ (August 31). She comes to parties without her uke, only plays alone at home, and has been saying for four months that she's not good enough to play in public yet "like you" (me). I tell her the only difference between her and me is that I jump in at every opportunity and do stuff that's not yet good enough and way beyond me, and just don't worry how I mess up or what anybody thinks.

You, Lumpy, are phenomenal for the amount of time you've been playing, and you grow by leaps and bounds every week. That's what participation and embracing beginner-hood will do for you. If there are others out there (at any level) still waiting until you're "good enough" to jump in, I hope this will inspire you to come on in and play with us. Yes You Can. Now's your chance.

- Wendy

It's three months today since I picked up the Uke. I played/sang 3 numbers at an open mic this evening on Uke [as well as a few on harmonica]. I just hope I can find time tomorrow [today, it's gone midnight!] to rock around the Christmas tree and upload it.

myrnaukelele
12-21-2013, 02:38 PM
Just popping in to apologize to you all for non-participation - as if you'd notice- but between an ensemble performance, a big job that's finally over and xmas, no time.. keep up the good work! Have a great holiday break, if you get one, slack off as much as possible if you don't.

Peace and Joy and Light and Love to you and yours peewee!

Tootler
12-21-2013, 03:01 PM
A somewhat long and convoluted post but I think I've managed to open and close all the "QUOTE" tags in the right places so it all makes some sort of sense.


There's also a useful dodge for fingering Em:

Finger a G chord then add your little finger to the C string at the 4th fret. Em is the relative minor of the key of G so the Em chord often follows a G chord and it makes for an easy transition.


Paul taught me this, in a comment on my "The Rose" video. Very helpful! It took me quite a lot of practice to get it ... it was harder, not easier for me at first. But now I use it all the time, when transitioning between G and Em. When there's no adjacent G, I still usually play Em with the first three fingers. I like the B7 - Em transition too (with first three fingers). I just put that in my new song.

It's how I managed to get a handle on Em. As a result, my preferred way of playing Em is to use my middle, ring and little fingers rather than first three. I need to practice the other way as by adding a fourth finger and playing it 4432 rather than 0432, you can make a movable chord and play minor chords up the neck.



Pedant alert. It's actually Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree that has the Em chord. Boars Head Carol is a straight 3 chord song.



:rolleyes::)


...Ooh wow ....my copy came with an extra side order of Am, Dm and Em s .......wow all for 99pence ....better value than a McDonalds tatburger...........:drool:


Wait a minute ... you are paying for song charts?! Truly? I just google 'em and pick the one I like best. And then mess with it ... because I simply can't help myself.


Wendy, while I'm sure all those extended chords sound very nice, White Christmas can be done perfectly satisfactorily as a I, IV, V7 3 chord song. I'm all for keeping things simple.


Yeah, like I said, I just can't be stopped. My "White Christmas" arrangement actually started out as a 3-chord song. I found myself playing it along with the radio one night, and thought, "This is easy!" When the song ended, I turned off the radio and went to write down my discoveries ... and somehow ended up with a 19-chord arrangement instead. I honestly have no idea how that even happened.

I played it at a holiday party last night and people liked it. I plan to video it as soon as I can play it well enough. As usual, my arranging preferences far outrun my playing skills.

I do the same, Google for chords then check them. I don't always agree with the chords anyway so I change them. I tend to go the other way. If I find a lot of extended chords, I will see what can be done to simplify. I realise that Jazz likes 9ths, 11ths & 13ths plus augmented and diminished chords but I'm not a Jazz musician and I like my arrangements simple. I admire people who can do these things and I love what Doug Frink does, but it's not my style. Folk music tends to go for simple arrangements.

The Boars Head Carol, though I worked out my own chords from the music. I had sheet music from a workshop I went on and I used that to work out chords. Though I did my arrangement on three chords, I can see where the Am and Dm can fit and it does provide variety. Sometimes I work out chords by singing through and playing the uke changing where it feels right. That's very satisfying when you get a workable arrangement that way. I quite often work out chords from sheet music or song books as folk songs often aren't available with chords on t'internet and anyway, the melodies are more often than not modal which needs a different treatment from the common I, IV, V7 type song and people often try to force the chords into an inappropriate pattern.


Go, Lumpy, go! So glad you've decided to jump in. It's all about the participation, I'm finding, aren't you? Someone else I know started the same day as me at the same UkeFest NJ (August 31). She comes to parties without her uke, only plays alone at home, and has been saying for four months that she's not good enough to play in public yet "like you" (me). I tell her the only difference between her and me is that I jump in at every opportunity and do stuff that's not yet good enough and way beyond me, and just don't worry how I mess up or what anybody thinks.

You, Lumpy, are phenomenal for the amount of time you've been playing, and you grow by leaps and bounds every week. That's what participation and embracing beginner-hood will do for you. If there are others out there (at any level) still waiting until you're "good enough" to jump in, I hope this will inspire you to come on in and play with us. Yes You Can. Now's your chance.

Agreed 100%


Actually no it wouldn't. Well, it would be listed on your playlist as 'video deleted.

Of, course. I was thinking he might have simply removed the reference to it from the thread and left the video on You Tube, but he would have most likely deleted it from You Tube as well.

lelouden
12-21-2013, 07:11 PM
I had so many seasonista's give me ideas for just how to go about writing a song and I felt I needed to use everything everyone shared with me and just go ahead and do it. Its a first for me. TKC gave me the idea for the story in a small convo we had about the meaning of christmas, wants and needs. Here are the lyrics and I even gave it a title:)

Oh under the tree, well I'm hoping
To find what Santa brings to me
I've made a list, hope I get my wish
And most of all, we get it all

A crust of bread, a blanket on my bed
Socks on my feet would be a treat
Mittens for ma, and some shoes for pa
And a treat for the kitten in the street.

A nickle in my hand, would be real grand
Maybe could you share, a nice ripe pear
Some hours in the sand, for my uncle Dan
A nice sturdy crate for a chair

Well under the tree, Oh I'm hoping
To find what Santa brings to me
We've made a list, hope I get my wish
And most of all ,we get it all!

Daddy needs a coat, thats all he wrote
We all need some coal for the stove
Could you share, some love and blessings from above
And a candle to shed a little light

A babe in a box, and a cow and a sheep
A shepherd boy, and three kings
A shining star, to follow from a far
Will give us peace, and hope and joy

Well under the tree, oh I'm hoping
To find what this wonder means to me
I hope and I pray that it comes my way
A happy faithful christmas day



"Hope"~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSFEbP9ZZEY&feature=youtu.be

bonesigh
12-21-2013, 09:01 PM
Wow, this one took forever because my video editor went crazy!! I think the song was worth the work thought, whew! Oh, btw, better get the tissues ready. I was not intending to write a sad song but this just came out the other day. My friend lost her hubby and father of her children to brain cancer this year. She has no idea I wrote a song about them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEmyZu7hT_I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

thesillydave
12-21-2013, 09:40 PM
a silly, sentimental, late night original bonus entry for tootler...

http://youtu.be/Uu7W8nsdTD4
merry christmas, happy holidays, happy hanukkah...happy festivas...happy late night saturday/sunday morning!

They Woke me up this morning…I couldn’t see the light outside
I tried to fend them off and get some coffee in my cup….that didn’t fly…
Breakfast will have to wait…………no time to even get some juice
The lit up tree, the sprawling loot…and evidence santa was there to boot!

Christmas with little children It only lasts a precious few years
Pretty soon they’ll know, as they grow, their santas’ getting’ on in years

To stay…… up late…and dream those sugar plum dreams
To Live in world where anythings possible…..it surely seems
To have the best of both worlds……where one might get some juice
To have family around, who listen for the sound ..and little ones …..who still sleep in suits

Now, they know christmas is more …. Than a old man with a sack
But as old as they are, and now traveled so far,…they can always travel back

When they wake me up this morning…to bring me to their living room
I can still see them as my children ….but now with ….kids of their own
Coffee’s there for me….or even some fresh squeezed juice
The smiling faces, the family together…and evidence santa was there…again..with some loot!

Christmas with my little children It only lasts a precious few years
Who knows when they knew, about you know who, but today’s all about christmas cheer
Now, they’re my little children, no matter how old they might be
Though they might be grown, their still ………..little kids to me
Though they might be grown, their still ………..little kids to me

thesillydave
12-21-2013, 09:59 PM
and just for fun...here's my xmas song from last year...christmas songs are the best!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DGLD4xy_Ts
cheers!

redpaul1
12-22-2013, 01:57 AM
and just for fun...here's my xmas song from last year...christmas songs are the best!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DGLD4xy_Ts
cheers!

Merry Christmas, Dave!!

CeeJay
12-22-2013, 04:22 AM
omg omg OMG

santa arrived a tiny bit early


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vhr21vdwmw

yeah baby

:D


That's a sweet looking and sounding uke there ....I went looking for a solid /electric last week in Gateshead and came home empty handed *sigh*

had some fun in the music shop though.........and I did not get kicked out either ... Bonus ...

mythinformed
12-22-2013, 06:26 AM
I did manage to view the vid before he pulled it but I didn't manage to add it to the playlist. Maybe I should update the playlist as I watch the vids, that way it would have still been available.

Anyway, Playlist updated to the bonesigh/lelouden collaboration on the Boar's Head Carol.
Sorry about that Geoff, you didn't miss much believe me.

I was working on a parody Christmas song too..........'Let It Snow' but have yet to finish it so may be heading for the Misfits.
The lyrics so far........

'The mother in law is stoppin', her jaws will be a choppin',
'Cos shes got no place to go, she will show, she will show, she will show.
She never shows signs of leavin', thats why at Christmas time I'm grievin',
My festive spirit is low, when will she go,will she go,will she go'.

Tootler
12-22-2013, 07:12 AM
That's a sweet looking and sounding uke there ....I went looking for a solid /electric last week in Gateshead and came home empty handed *sigh*

had some fun in the music shop though.........and I did not get kicked out either ... Bonus ...

Musical Endeavour in the Boro have Risa ukes. That's where I got mine.


Sorry about that Geoff, you didn't miss much believe me.

I was working on a parody Christmas song too..........'Let It Snow' but have yet to finish it so may be heading for the Misfits.
The lyrics so far........

'The mother in law is stoppin', her jaws will be a choppin',
'Cos shes got no place to go, she will show, she will show, she will show.
She never shows signs of leavin', thats why at Christmas time I'm grievin',
My festive spirit is low, when will she go,will she go,will she go'.

I did see your noodle. I quite enjoyed it, though I didn't comment as I assumed it was really putting some ideas out for Alan's words.

Tootler
12-22-2013, 09:59 AM
Comments added on You Tube to videos from lelouden, bonesigh & Silly Dave (2) and playlist updated.

There's still 14 hours to get your entry in.

mattydee
12-22-2013, 11:18 AM
I was hopeful to get this done today, even in the midst of an incredibly busy week, but waking up with no voice today cemented my defeat. I worked up a nice arrangement of Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, too. Maybe I'll find a little time next week to get it done, provided my voice comes back. I have to be careful with all things vocal, though, as my living depends on it.

But, so, sorry, Geoff.

Happy Holidaze, all...

Tootler
12-22-2013, 12:36 PM
I was hopeful to get this done today, even in the midst of an incredibly busy week, but waking up with no voice today cemented my defeat. I worked up a nice arrangement of Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, too. Maybe I'll find a little time next week to get it done, provided my voice comes back. I have to be careful with all things vocal, though, as my living depends on it.

But, so, sorry, Geoff.

Happy Holidaze, all...

No problems, Matty. These things happen. If you do get it done, put it on the Misfit Island. Meantime, have a Happy Christmas.

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-22-2013, 12:45 PM
I've managed it, thanks to all the helpful comments and pointers to easy chords for Rockin' around the Christmas tree. One of those sites had a very useful utility for transposing songs when you have the words with the chords written above them which I must bookmark. http://www.logue.net/xp/


http://youtu.be/mNRdeWllxdI

Happy Christmas to you all. I'll not be about till next Friday now as we are relly visiting, but I'm taking the uke to get some practice in hopefully.

Tootler
12-22-2013, 02:51 PM
Having included writing an original song as part of the this season's challenge, I felt it would not be fair if I was not willing to have a go myself, so here's my attempt at an original holiday song.

I must admit I have been very pleasantly surprised at the number of entrants who have written original songs. In several cases more than one.


http://youtu.be/A5uWDvHPVq0

Words and Chords

Chorus
[Dm]Christmas time and I'm [C]knackered
I [F]Don't know how I'll make it [Dm]through
[Dm]I don't want to get Christmas [Am]crackered
I've just got [F]so much to [C]do …[G]


[G]I woke up this morning feeling [C]tired
I [Am]did not want to get out of [G]bed
My [F]granddaughter called up from down[C]stairs
Breakfast [G]time you sleepy [C]head.
Chorus

[G]It's the same every Decem[C]ber
I [Am] say it'll be different this [G]year
But [F]I am so easily distract[C]ed
I somehow [G] don't get into [C]gear
Chorus

[G]First it's a cancelled appoint[C]ment
Which [Am]then has to be rearrang[G]ed
Then [F]half of the light bulbs aren't work[C]ing
And all of the [G] fittings have [C]changed.
Chorus

[G]So I go to my rearranged appoint[C]ment
Then [Am]go for some replacement [G]lights
Oh! and [F]while you're out can you just fetch [C]me....
But when I get home [G]none of it's [C]right
Chorus

[G]Well, Somehow we make it to Christ[C]mas
[Am]Eventually the great day [G]comes
Somehow [F]everything works [C]out
And we all say [G]Happy Christmas a[C]gain

Final Chorus
[Dm]Christmas time and I'm [C]knackered
I [F]Don't know how I'll make it [Dm]through
[Dm]I don't want to get Christmas [Am]crackered
But [Am]I'm doing [G]it all for [C]you

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-22-2013, 03:07 PM
That's a sweet looking and sounding uke there ....I went looking for a solid /electric last week in Gateshead and came home empty handed *sigh*

had some fun in the music shop though.........and I did not get kicked out either ... Bonus ...
thank you! if you're after a soprano/concert/tenor solid body electric uke you have a bit more choice - i have a soprano clearwater solid body electric (nylon strings) - i think it sounds great - i have a sex pistols cover using it, on youtube - clearwater do concert and tenor sizes too i think - i got mine from the really useful music company, via ebay. they are listed on amazon too. but electric baritone ukes are a bit - a LOT - harder to lay hands on. i'm thrilled to have got my hands on one!

UkeCan1
12-22-2013, 03:13 PM
And here, with a few hours to spare, is my original holiday song - my all-purpose wish to you for all the winter holidays you choose to celebrate. There are six mentioned in the song ... can you identify them all?


http://youtu.be/E5zrRea5tnk

So sorry that once again I appear to be having some webcam audio challenges. Not to mention song-learning challenges, having written this only yesterday morning ... as usual, my playing abilities lag behind my love for challenging chord progressions.

As happens more Seasons than not, I had decided not to participate this week. Then, I made my usual predictable and fatal mistake ... I asked myself, "well, if I were to participate, what might I do?" Fatal because, once asked, it must be answered. And once answered, how can I not then do the cool thing I thought of?!

For several years now, my all-purpose holiday greeting has been "Happy Everything". So when challenged to write an original holiday song, I knew what I had to do. And now I have. Next year I'll make a better video of it. :-)

Happy Everything to you!
- Wendy

~dave~~wave~
12-22-2013, 05:22 PM
Have you ever noticed how much Geoff looks like Santa Claus?
I love his Christmas themes, last year doing different melodies to traditional carols was one of the wackiest things I ever attempted.

This year is a lot of fun as well, here's another all ukulele instrumental multi-track on RATCT.





http://youtu.be/aA50-g8s-JE

Tootler
12-22-2013, 10:24 PM
Have you ever noticed how much Geoff looks like Santa Claus?


I have a bright red fleece and last year, I was approached by a woman who asked me if I'd say Ho, Ho, Ho! For her son as he thought I was Santa! :old:

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-22-2013, 10:55 PM
I have a bright red fleece and last year, I was approached by a woman who asked me if I'd say Ho, Ho, Ho! For her son as he thought I was Santa! :old:
aw!

this site will never let me JUST say "AW"

Tootler
12-23-2013, 03:25 AM
Season 96 is now over. There were fewer entries than there have been recently but there have been some very good ones. Make your way over to season 97, now and sing some songs about Mexico.

Meanwhile I'll get some judging done once I get a round tuit. I also need to look for some prizes but that'll have to be after Christmas now.

I'm really pleased at the number of original songs so I think I'll award a separate prize for that category.

Tootler
12-23-2013, 03:29 AM
aw!

this site will never let me JUST say "AW"

Ah! The ten character rule. I either pad it out with full stops or exclamation marks or add a smiley with a long name. :rolleyes: is quite good.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-23-2013, 04:01 AM
:smileybounce:

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-23-2013, 04:03 AM
^
just testing!


Ah! The ten character rule. I either pad it out with full stops or exclamation marks or add a smiley with a long name. :rolleyes: is quite good.
oh what a great tip!

smileybounce has more than ten characters ALL ON ITS OWN!

YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TYPE ANY TEXT!

i will try and use this force for good ;)

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 04:42 AM
:biglaugh:

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 04:44 AM
Honor Finnegan doesn't play round here so far as I know, but she should:

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

KoaDependent
12-23-2013, 04:51 AM
Have you ever noticed how much Geoff looks like Santa Claus?
I love his Christmas themes, last year doing different melodies to traditional carols was one of the wackiest things I ever attempted.

This year is a lot of fun as well, here's another all ukulele instrumental multi-track on RATCT.


This was tremendously good, and even on a Monday morning made me want to slip a little "Christmas cheer" into my coffee.

Tootler
12-23-2013, 07:08 AM
:rolleyes:

Tootler
12-23-2013, 07:09 AM
^ Rolleyes does work on its own. There's a few others that will work as well. :confused: :deadhorse: and :wallbash: will all work. As long as there's 8 letters, the two colons make up the ten.

mythinformed
12-23-2013, 07:26 AM
Season 96 is now over. There were fewer entries than there have been recently but there have been some very good ones. Make your way over to season 97, now and sing some songs about Mexico.

Meanwhile I'll get some judging done once I get a round tuit. I also need to look for some prizes but that'll have to be after Christmas now.

I'm really pleased at the number of original songs so I think I'll award a separate prize for that category.
Ladies and gentlemen SANTA has left the building !! Lol

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 07:45 AM
Ladies and gentlemen SANTA has left the building !! Lol

Up the chimney?

But wait, he's bringing the presents after Christmas?!

ukuloonie
12-23-2013, 01:07 PM
Here is my Song
I wrote the lyrics and the Chords are
F Bb F C
F Bb F C F
It's called The Stable Boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YULQq-R58aA&feature=youtu.be

lelouden
12-23-2013, 01:36 PM
Thank you Tooter for a fabulous week. You requests have pushed my to play my hardest song yet and put pen to paper and chords to words. I had a great time. I hope you have a very happy holiday filled with love and good cheer and most of all safety. Merry Christmas, Linda:D

xommen
12-23-2013, 01:49 PM
ukuloonie your video is set to private.

ukuloonie
12-23-2013, 01:50 PM
wahh...............
Never happened before oh well I have fixed it
Thanks Xommen

bonesigh
12-23-2013, 02:11 PM
This was great!!

Honor Finnegan doesn't play round here so far as I know, but she should:

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

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 02:24 PM
This was great!!

She's got other great stuff, and is really fun in person. Powerful voice too, when she sings more serious stuff.
My favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMVqw70kIo0

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-23-2013, 07:47 PM
^ Rolleyes does work on its own. There's a few others that will work as well. :confused: :deadhorse: and :wallbash: will all work. As long as there's 8 letters, the two colons make up the ten.
ah. i wasn't counting the colons! i think confused, banging your head against a brick wall, and rolleyes, pretty much encapsulates my daily emotional experience in the world, so thank you, tootler!

Tootler
12-26-2013, 07:30 AM
ah. i wasn't counting the colons! i think confused, banging your head against a brick wall, and rolleyes, pretty much encapsulates my daily emotional experience in the world, so thank you, tootler!

As for flogging a dead horse.



Well.........

Tootler
12-26-2013, 07:31 AM
On a more serious note, I have finally caught up with the last few videos. Sorry for the delay, but Christmas got in the way.

:rolleyes:

Tootler
12-31-2013, 10:53 AM
OOps!!

I forgot, I hadn't updated the playlist. It's done now. I included Drew (ukuloony's) though it will have to be treated as a bonus.

Still, I'm glad you posted it, Drew.

I did manage to comment on all the videos, though at least one comment seemed to have disappeared.

Happy New Year to all of you.