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electrauke
12-21-2013, 03:36 PM
Hello everyone, and welcome to the 97th Season of the Ukulele! I am really exited to be hosting another Season and hope you all enjoy it! As I write this, I am South of the border in Mexico, where I will be spending Christmas with my Mom's side of the family. So let's get to it:

THEME: Songs the mention Mexico!

RULES:

*The song you pick must mention either Mexico (New Mexico is unacceptable), Mexican geography, or things that are closely related to Mexico.
*Mention somewhere in the video that it is for the 97th Season
*All Entries must be a new video
*A ukulele must be the main instrument
*Multi-tracking is okay, but not my preference
*Please only two entries per person
*Extra points for Spanish lyrics
*Extra points for use of any Mariachi type instrument (This is when multi-tracking is okay)
*Extra points for the appearance of Mexican items

BONUS TRACKS:

*You may post as many Bonus Tracks as you so desire, but please make them fit the theme.
*Bonus Tracks may be old videos

JUDGING:

Judging will be done by my family and I. We will award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for entries, and a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Bonus Tracks

PRIZES:

Not sure exactly what the prizes will be, but since I am here in Mexico I will definitely get something from around here. 1st and 2nd place for entries will receive some sort of prize but 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Bonus Tracks will not.

Entry Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywtrmYspkxw&list=PL3uMSbjawED03I_pxGVCYpaUZ4F65Ph-d

Bonus Playlist:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBqRPj_yttY&list=PL3uMSbjawED2cN4wHp189HECRa8XOba6G

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Alright guys, I will check in whenever I can, a week on the beach, in the warm Sun, playing the uke can be stressful :)

Merry Christmas,
Andre

myrnaukelele
12-21-2013, 03:42 PM
¡buen viaje!
Feliz Navidad!
And a question- can the mention be one of the 31 federal states (Baja California, Oaxaca, Durango, Hidalgo etc.)? Or a specific city or place in Mexico (Tijuana, Acapulco, etc.)? Or does it need to specifically be "Mexico"? And do songs with mentions of "New Mexico" count?

KoaDependent
12-21-2013, 04:45 PM
Another point of clarification: does the word "Mexican" count?

myrnaukelele
12-21-2013, 05:39 PM
Another point of clarification: does the word "Mexican" count?

And if it does can we expect multiple versions of Margaritaville? :D

TCK
12-21-2013, 06:28 PM
And Melissa's kryptonite loads in 3...2...1....
And if it does can we expect multiple versions of Margaritaville? :D
Pretty sure you ought to give bonus points for accordion electra-, but you are getting it anyway ;)

uke4ia
12-21-2013, 07:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBqRPj_yttY

Here's a song by a Mexican singer I did back in Season 27.

I'm setting the over/under at 6 for Wall of Voodoo covers. One suggestion for anyone who wants it: "From Milan to Yucatan, every woman, every man, HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK!"

Joko
12-22-2013, 12:33 AM
As long as we're posting Spanish ukulele songs, here's a Latin American Christmas song I recorded a couple years back. The mouthy Mexican-sounding soprano in the introduction was my first ukulele, Wanguruwe. He's since been donated to a Seattle school via contacts I made here on UU.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPnSsKN1OU

pabrizzer
12-22-2013, 01:11 AM
Pulled my vid as I'm not sure what's going on.
I hadn't realised that the host had asked us to post stuff we'd done years ago or for season 27 ????

pabrizzer
12-22-2013, 01:49 AM
OK.
Here's what I did. I read the host's introductory post. He said he wants songs that mention Mexico.
Pretty straight forward - so I did a google search and found some real good ones.
As this Steve Miller Band song is a regular 3 chord blues pattern I chose to do it despite never having heard it before. So I spent some time getting familiar with it and then recorded it today especially for this season.


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

There are some other songs that I liked as well but I'll wait to see what the host says about bonus tracks before posting anything else.

Joko
12-22-2013, 03:07 AM
Repeating the Bird's Eye camera angle as my regular video camera remains in the shop (I originally tried recording it from a worm's eye view, but that didn't work)... This song was written in 1939 for a movie of the same name and has been recorded by half a dozen artists you've heard of. Gene Autry. Patsy Cline. Most famously by Frank. South of the Border.

If you really examine the lyrics in this song, they're kind of intriguing. American guy goes to Mexico, scores with a Latin chick, realizes that there's no way they can be together (why not?) and lies to her to get laid one last time. Sort of a tale of American men acting badly south of the border...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAWGFzwTWI0

Joko
12-22-2013, 03:12 AM
Then again, the lady in the story might have been a ladyboy mariposa , as the singer admits that they were so gay.

Joko
12-22-2013, 04:32 AM
Pulled my vid as I'm not sure what's going on.
I hadn't realised that the host had asked us to post stuff we'd done years ago or for season 27 ????

First page pass applies. It's an adjunct to the snarky, passive aggressive, quadruple question mark rule.

lelouden
12-22-2013, 04:51 AM
Great theme. I hope you have a nice warm Christmas vacation. Be safe. This week will be so crazy busy that I new I needed to bow out for the week or do a one take simple deal here for you. Don't know where it will end up as your rules haven't been clarified yet but I thought I would give you this festive little traditional to Mexico.
The Mexican Hat Dance~

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

myrnaukelele
12-22-2013, 05:43 AM
First page pass applies. It's an adjunct to the snarky, passive aggressive, quadruple question mark rule.
Hey you guys- play nice! It's the Seasons and we're all friends here- ukeing and sharing and having fun.

I was reflecting just the other day how our weekly Seasons have fallen into a rhythm all their own.
The new theme is announced and while we're all waiting for Sunday so we can begin posting our entries we start bantering, posting old vids that fit the Season (either our own or others that are perfect for the theme) and asking questions if we have them. Then Sunday comes and those folks in earlier time zones start posting and we're off. Each Season has its own flavor. Sometimes there's off topic things that get discussed. Sometimes someone's video sparks discussion or inspires us to learn a new song we hadn't thought about in years. There's lots of videos to watch and fun back and forth banter. Then the weekend comes with a flurry of last minute entries for the current Season and the announcement of the new theme for the next week (along with bantering, posting of old vids and questions). And it starts all over again.
Viva la Seasons!

wee_ginga_yin
12-22-2013, 07:09 AM
Patsy Cline or Willie Nelson take your pick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug2d1QJ-MNs

Jazzbanjorex
12-22-2013, 12:38 PM
I was going to do a Mexico song from some other guy but I decided to take for a path less taken.
Gulf Of Mexico, Clint Black, (country artist)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt4rq1zZbXg

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-22-2013, 02:41 PM
ok, i hope this counts! it doesn't say mexico, but it does say the rio grande...

i'm hoping to qualify on geography, if not on language!

if it doesn't count, then please let it be a "just for fun" thing

a "lynda just HAD to do a duran duran song" kinda thing

(you know what it's like...)


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

myrnaukelele
12-22-2013, 02:44 PM
A song about two Mexican horse thieves who come to a bad end. A Tom Russell cover.

http://youtu.be/6C5y_XwvzPY

uke4ia
12-22-2013, 05:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMXdPDCnwbU

This is a Concrete Blonde song.

TCK
12-22-2013, 06:11 PM
I LOVE it when a season pops up and you have had a song brewing for EVER that fits perfectly. When I was little, I saw Easy Rider and kind of fell in love. I wanted a motorcycle so bad...forever.
As luck would have it, I got a Vespa. My first car. I rode on it when I was 9 and told the guy that owned it I would be back to buy it. Did just that when I was 14, but something was missing. I put thousands and thousands of miles on it (no one had ever seen one with that many) and loved it so much I have two more now, but it is hard to be Captain America on a Vespa.
Got my first Harley Something like 14 years ago, my wife finally gave in and let me have one. The new one is now 9 years old and every time I get on it, my head is clear afterwords. I think that is why she let me have it...it is therapy. In any event- I have always loved this record and wanted to play a bit of it for you. My do I love the Byrds. Wish I could play like they do, but this plays in my head when I get on the bike. Like a sound track for winding roads and not having a care in the world.
My nights have been lonely, since I been in Tulsa county....
Yep- please, get your ukes and sing-a-long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8yu1Q-9Y90

xommen
12-23-2013, 02:01 AM
As New Mexico was not good enough (my other song ended up on the bonus list if anybody is interested), I looked in my music library and found this beauty: Mexico by Bear Cub, the original is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylwp7gAabbw. I used a shaker egg and my foot tambourine to liven it up a bit.

http://youtu.be/ZKymCqKP6VU

Dougf
12-23-2013, 05:51 AM
Here's an old bonus from Season 92. It's one of the best well known Huapango songs here in the states, covered by Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, and Caetano Veloso, among others. Not sure it would really qualify for the theme, since it doesn't mention Mexico explicitly, but it is a Mexican classic. And I did sing it in Spanish. :)


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

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 07:43 AM
Can we do songs about Mexican food? I'd love to see someone do the Taco Bell Canon. Or "Tequila".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG0VonKs7b8

Though clearly Taco Bell is not real Mexican.

myrnaukelele
12-23-2013, 08:04 AM
Bonus from the archives.
Here's a very old (1882?) and well-known Mexican song. It's commonly played by mariachi bands. Another one from Season 27.

http://youtu.be/YI18A0GN4pk

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 08:10 AM
Bonus from the archives.
Here's a very old (1882?) and well-known Mexican song. It's commonly played by mariachi bands. Another one from Season 27.

http://youtu.be/YI18A0GN4pk

Ay-yi-yi-yi ..... I am the Frito Bandito!

Sorry, I keep going to food.....

[Actually, the song I'm working on has quite a bit of food in it, come to think of it. Some Mexican, some otherwise. You'll just have to wait and see.]

mythinformed
12-23-2013, 08:19 AM
Can we do songs about Mexican food? I'd love to see someone do the Taco Bell Canon. Or "Tequila".


Though clearly Taco Bell is not real Mexican.
.'Things that are closely related to Mexico'.........so we can kick the doors open a bit wider on this one !!;)

electrauke
12-23-2013, 08:33 AM
Awesome entries so far! And yes, songs that mention Mexican food are great!

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 08:39 AM
.'Things that are closely related to Mexico'.........so we can kick the doors open a bit wider on this one !!;)

I think we have to kick the doors pretty far for Taco Bell to count as "closely related". :-)
Thankfully, there are plenty of actual Mexican foods in the song.
I hope someone (or someones) will do it.

electrauke
12-23-2013, 08:43 AM
I think we have to kick the doors pretty far for Taco Bell to count as "closely related". :-)
Thankfully, there are plenty of actual Mexican foods in the song.
I hope someone (or someones) will do it.

I will gladly welcome it!

wallyboy
12-23-2013, 01:03 PM
this song I have never heard of never heard of the singer, only pulled it off of chordie this afternoon, run through it a couple of times and came up with this
not good but hey ho bit of fun
merry xmas to you all and a happy new year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3JmQxZT0EU&feature=youtube_gdata

Hippie Dribble
12-23-2013, 02:52 PM
Thanks for a great season Andre. This is "Mexican Home", a sad and beautiful John Prine song from his 'Sweet Revenge' record.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyf5uCbEeIA

Rustyy
12-23-2013, 07:15 PM
Buenos Dias to all
Merry Christmas to all the Seasonistas.
Thanks for the chance to do this one Andre
Here's my first for the Lost in Mexico season.

http://youtu.be/xnuCRiO0QjI

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-23-2013, 11:31 PM
okie dokie

i'm hoping another reference or two to the rio grande will make this song count, too!

the cowboy song, from the film joe versus the volcano...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1N0Kr4KzHU

greenie44
12-24-2013, 06:46 AM
Bonus from the archives.
Here's a very old (1882?) and well-known Mexican song. It's commonly played by mariachi bands. Another one from Season 27.

http://youtu.be/YI18A0GN4pk

When I was in Mexico City last year, I went to Plaza Garbaldi and got a personal version of this song from a Mariachi band there. Loads of fun!

electrauke
12-24-2013, 06:55 AM
Buenos Dias to all
Merry Christmas to all the Seasonistas.
Thanks for the chance to do this one Andre
Here's my first for the Lost in Mexico season.

http://youtu.be/xnuCRiO0QjI

Love your entry Rustyy! Glad to see a new seasonista in the making!

electrauke
12-24-2013, 06:58 AM
Thanks everyone for all the great entries, you guys have found some cool songs featuring Mexico!

UkeCan1
12-24-2013, 07:26 AM
okie dokie

i'm hoping another reference or two to the rio grande will make this song count, too!

the cowboy song, from the film joe versus the volcano...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1N0Kr4KzHU

One of my favorite movies of all time! Though, from the sounds of your song, I'd guess the cowboy is on the US, not Mexican, side of the Rio Grande, so I'd ask for a ruling.

For anyone not from these parts and unclear on North American geography, the Rio Grande river marks the border between Texas and Mexico.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-24-2013, 07:36 AM
from the sounds of your song, I'd guess the cowboy is on the US, not Mexican, side of the Rio Grande, so I'd ask for a ruling.
SHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

my hope is our truly wondrous host will appreciate the person in the song COULD SEE MEXICO FROM WHERE HE WAS

on his horse

if the cowboy didn't get too much in the way

:uhoh:

or something

rio grande is, as rio grande does

as they (don't) say

UkeCan1
12-24-2013, 07:55 AM
my hope is our truly wondrous host will appreciate the person in the song COULD SEE MEXICO FROM WHERE HE WAS

True! Works for me.

electrauke
12-24-2013, 08:09 AM
okie dokie

i'm hoping another reference or two to the rio grande will make this song count, too!

the cowboy song, from the film joe versus the volcano...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1N0Kr4KzHU

Hmmmmmmm, I listened to this song and I think that this song does not fit the theme, sorry. Even though it does mention the Rio Grande the context is more American. It will be added to the Bonus List though, and I definitely want to see an entry from you, so don't give up!

DWitt
12-24-2013, 08:20 AM
Here's my entry:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNqnH81U6gs

myrnaukelele
12-24-2013, 09:42 AM
For anyone not from these parts and unclear on North American geography, the Rio Grande river marks the border between Texas and Mexico.

And Río Bravo, or Río Bravo del Norte, is the name given in Mexico to the river known in the United States as the Rio Grande. The river serves as a natural border between the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.

decaturcomp
12-24-2013, 11:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCKKqWjbsTA

Feliz Navidad!

UkeCan1
12-24-2013, 11:47 AM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCKKqWjbsTA
Feliz Navidad!

Yay, Alan! Nice song, and our exciting first video posted at our new Seasonista Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/Seasonistas)!

If you all haven't seen the new thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?91413-Seasonista-Facebook-group) yet, I started us a Facebook group, and it's already pretty active and really fun.

I don't want to hijack another Season thread, so if you want to talk about the Facebook group, go here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?91413-Seasonista-Facebook-group.

If you want to join the Facebook group, go here: www.facebook.com/groups/Seasonistas

~dave~~wave~
12-24-2013, 11:55 AM
Baby, Let's Go To Mexico!

For those with short attention spans, it's recommended skipping ahead 2:00 to forgo the tom-foolery, painful Spanish and music history.

Feliz Navidad to Los Seasonistas!








http://youtu.be/tVcI1ZCzhs0

Jazzbanjorex
12-24-2013, 01:40 PM
I thought someone else would have done this song by now but no, so I felt compelled.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIpu7BnVDO8

electrauke
12-24-2013, 07:21 PM
Feliz Navidad everyone, great videos!

decaturcomp
12-25-2013, 07:28 AM
Bonus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZZjZ_t6dsQ

Dougf
12-26-2013, 06:15 AM
After few google searches, I came across this beautiful song by Agustín Lara, one of Mexico's finest songwriters of the last century. Although he was born in Mexico City, he loved Veracruz so much that he claimed it as his birthplace.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIgk8sH3KA8

Here's a translation:

I was born with the moon of silver

And I was born with a pirate's soul

Born rumbero and from Veracruz

Troubadour of the edge

and I left far away from Veracruz...

Veracruz, 
little corner where the waves of the sea make their nest



Veracruz, 
a little piece of homeland

that knows how to suffer and sing

Veracruz, 
it's nights are full of stars

palm and woman.


Veracruz, 
resonates in my being...

Someday at your distant shores

I shall return

greenie44
12-26-2013, 06:35 AM
SHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

my hope is our truly wondrous host will appreciate the person in the song COULD SEE MEXICO FROM WHERE HE WAS

on his horse

if the cowboy didn't get too much in the way



Well, I had the same thought for the great song North Dakota by Lyle Lovett. The lyrics go like this
The cowboys down in Texas . . .
Look across the border
To learn the ways of love

But I self-censured that one. I came up with another, which does take place in Mexico. In fact, it seems like a re-write of the Marty Robbins classic El Paso, shifted a few hundred miles south. And it's a collaboration with a well known Seasonista - coming up soon.

electrauke
12-26-2013, 10:56 AM
Well, I had the same thought for the great song North Dakota by Lyle Lovett. The lyrics go like this
The cowboys down in Texas . . .
Look across the border
To learn the ways of love

But I self-censured that one. I came up with another, which does take place in Mexico. In fact, it seems like a re-write of the Marty Robbins classic El Paso, shifted a few hundred miles south. And it's a collaboration with a well known Seasonista - coming up soon.

Awesome, cannot wait to see it!

bonesigh
12-26-2013, 12:48 PM
I'm with Jazz. I couldn't believe this song wasn't one of the first posted. I've got a story too. Only time I've ever been to Mexico was to just spend the day right over the boarder from L.A. My uncle though used to make frequent trips to Mexico to see his little senorita, Maria. Every time he made a trip he would bring me back a marionette. For 10 years he went to see this woman. Finally he flew her out here in 1980 so they could get married. He never showed up!! We didn't find out what had happened to him until 2005. Turns out he just ran and hid! My grandmother had just passed away and left him some money I guess he decided he didn't want to share after all. Anyway, the marionettes in the video are most of the ones I got from him. I have an American Indian dude too but left him out.

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

pabrizzer
12-26-2013, 01:53 PM
They All Went To Mexico a Willie Nelson song done with Carlos Santana but you just get pa and his pocket ukulele.

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

Rustyy
12-26-2013, 04:36 PM
I noticed Rex performed a song "Gulf of Mexico" the other day, and I thought "I know that one". When I listened to it it was a Marty Stuart song, and a different song to the one I know which is a Steve Earle song.
So here's my cover of Steve's song "Gulf of Mexico"


http://youtu.be/oMqA1D7ws48

dirtiestkidever
12-26-2013, 07:43 PM
Every week I plan to submit and every week just slips by before I have time to record. But I made it this week. Only my second seasons entry and my first entry in 35 seasons (my goal is to increase that rate a bit next year).

Here is a cover of Frank Black and the Catholics' Southbound Bevy.


http://youtu.be/BZk3InTiUtQ

xommen
12-27-2013, 01:46 AM
If anybody wants to do something awful and can't find the right song for it. This was the first song that came into my mind, when I heard this theme, and I was sure I was nog going to do it ;). But I thought I'd share it here for you're "listening pleasure".
I only found out today that it was originally introduced in 1969, so before I was even born.
It was a big hit when it was reintroduced somewhere in the 80's I guess. Her artist name translates to female singer without a name, the song is of course called Mexico, translating the lyrics is absolutely not needed, as they make no sense in any language.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enk1_Zw-Qpw

greenie44
12-27-2013, 01:57 AM
Another collaboration, this time with decaterucomp. Alan and I share an appreciation of Mr. Bob Dylan and had been discussing another song when this theme came up.

As I worked on this song, I realized it's kind of a rewrite of the brilliant song El Paso by Marty Robbins, but moved a few hundred miles south, conveniently for this week's theme. Alan cut the original song and video, I added parts and did the video editing. My apologies for a bit of audio distortion - it was an artifact of importing the mixed version into my video editing tool. And it took a long time to resynch up the videos, a task which was not entirely successful.

I believe we qualify for extra credit for the Spanish in the song and the Mexican items, from my mask to the mariachi bands and the Day of the Dead sculpture in the background.

We hope you all like it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN96ez1tGbc&feature=youtu.be

Tootler
12-27-2013, 04:00 AM
I tried posting this last night but I clearly made a hash of it as it wasn't there when I checked in this morning. I had previewed and I musn't have clicked 'submit' before shutting the computer down. :confused:

Anyway here it is. A shanty with two common alternative titles; Santiana or Plains of Mexico. The Santiana refers to the 19th century Mexican general, Santa Anna. and there are verses that refer to a defeat of Santa Anna by US General Taylor, though the shanty for some reason has turned the result round and refers to a victory for Santa Anna. There are other verses which deal with the usual sailors themes in shanties; women, alcohol and job itself. I have taken a selection of the these verses to create a [reasonably] coherent story and added a final verse of my own to round the whole thing off.

I don't see this version as truly a shanty but a song in shanty form which has been assembled from a collection of existing verses, though I did write the last verse myself.

http://youtu.be/IlRzZChFxHQ

If Redpaul is viewing this, the melody is in the Dorian mode and there are just two chords; Gm and F. It might look like Am and G but my tenor is tuned down to Bb so the chords sound a tone lower than they appear.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-27-2013, 08:30 AM
Ukey Dave you very kindly posted a comment over on youtube for my vid of the cowboy song - but while all the other comments give me a "reply" option, yours doesn't! what the??? google+ ... don't you just love it? no - me either!

just wanna say thanks for your comment - it was a nice change to do a high note, but i don't plan on making a habit of it! lol!

and... giddyup indeed!

UkeyDave
12-27-2013, 09:07 AM
Ukey Dave you very kindly posted a comment over on youtube for my vid of the cowboy song - but while all the other comments give me a "reply" option, yours doesn't! what the??? google+ ... don't you just love it? no - me either!

just wanna say thanks for your comment - it was a nice change to do a high note, but i don't plan on making a habit of it! lol!

and... giddyup indeed!
I've not idea why you can't reply. I am at my wits end and just despair of google frickin plus.
Looking forward to hearing more of the high notes. We just need a birds eye view from the perspective of a bird flying TOWARDS you now. lol ;-)

Jazzbanjorex
12-27-2013, 05:23 PM
I've not idea why you can't reply. I am at my wits end and just despair of google frickin plus.
Looking forward to hearing more of the high notes. We just need a birds eye view from the perspective of a bird flying TOWARDS you now. lol ;-)

I've noticed that too. I can't replay to your comments on YT.

Dougf
12-27-2013, 06:55 PM
I've not idea why you can't reply. I am at my wits end and just despair of google frickin plus.
Looking forward to hearing more of the high notes. We just need a birds eye view from the perspective of a bird flying TOWARDS you now. lol ;-)

Yep, me too, I can't reply to your comment on my paloma song. Isn't technology wonderful? I wanted to reply that my first stab at that song was for your season 83, but it required a bit more time in the woodshed. Thanks, Dave.

thesillydave
12-27-2013, 07:01 PM
happy holidays! here's my mexico entry...

http://youtu.be/rmb86_vVW4I
cheers!

peewee
12-27-2013, 09:45 PM
Hola Hermanas y Hermanos!

Just back from a holiday family reunion trip, wherein I plunked out this melody on my niece's Malakai..it's the perfect antidote to xmas songs. Herb Alpert's Tijuana Taxi
This version is rather crude, but at least it's very short and it's instrumental:
http://youtu.be/p6VJKoFwZPU


http://youtu.be/p6VJKoFwZPU

This song has a flabbergasting Scopitone (an early video juke-box format) as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aTO_PWxmuY

Rustyy
12-27-2013, 09:47 PM
This one will have to be a bonus track, a song from Tom Russell. It's a little longer than I would like but tells a good story.
What a great theme for this week. I think I may have another one in me yet. See how we go.


http://youtu.be/UG6naPodxVE

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-27-2013, 09:49 PM
the continuing saga of the ridiculousness of youtube google+ comment...

chapter eight hundred and five

the google+ bell box THING whatever it is you know that thing at the top of the page, you click on it and get a view of the latest comments...

anyway that said redpaul had made a really nice comment on my rio vid

so i clicked onto the vid to go answer him

and his comment doesn't show on the main video page!

or on the seperate page you can go to, to JUST see the comments

i tell you something

if anyone IS relying on google+ for their social networking or whatever it is you call that sort of thing

they must be missing out on lots of action!

lol!

redpaul, let me say it here, 'cos i can't say it on youtube - thank you very much for saying my electric uke-ing is coming along!

Tootler
12-27-2013, 11:37 PM
the google+ bell box THING!

Ding, Ding, Ding! Hi-dee-hi campers!

If G+ are intending to compete with Facebook, they are going to have to get their act together.

mythinformed
12-28-2013, 12:23 AM
This is more of a me getting lost in experimenting with La Bamba (a traditional Mexican folk song) in my own little world than a tidied up version for t'internet..
I've mellowed it out and done my own version so hope I've done it some justice now I've made it public and you're peeping in !! (Its short and sweet anyway) Lol



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

bird's eye view of my ukelele
12-28-2013, 04:31 AM
ok here is HOPEFULLY my second official entry

unless ukecan1 asks our host for a ruling again - 'cos i'm afraid this is another song that only mentions the mexican border FROM THE AMERICAN SIDE

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/emoticons%20and%20mini%20anims%20etc/Tuvok.jpg

ride like the wind...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPY0TadRw9A

xommen
12-28-2013, 06:26 AM
My second entry Mexico by the Staves, I adjusted the chorus a bit ;).

http://youtu.be/O76Y89QS-1c

Jazzbanjorex
12-28-2013, 08:45 AM
This doesn't mention Mexico but it is really related to Mexico in theme so I hope it qualifies as a (bone head) bonus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIYZt6-RVP8&feature=youtu.be

wee_ginga_yin
12-28-2013, 09:27 AM
A three chord anti-colonialist sing along.

http://youtu.be/8Jr-iX1xRXY

wee_ginga_yin
12-28-2013, 10:05 AM
The Santiana refers to the 19th century Mexican general, Santa Anna.

So what you are saying that besides being a General he also impersonated a female father Christmas :-)

greenie44
12-28-2013, 10:29 AM
Well, I thought the collaboration with decateurcomp was going to be my only entry this week, but when I saw that no one had done this obvious (to me) selection, I did a quick version. (How quick? Let's say that wardrobe took longer than practicing and recording . . .)

Also gave me a chance to take my Xmas Risa stick out for a test drive. And, of course, when you go to get a luchador mask, you can't come home with just one, right? (LAS?)

Hope you are mildly amused.


http://youtu.be/fvG7Fbi4m44

mattydee
12-28-2013, 11:02 AM
Yet another week very short on time. I recorded this on my lunch break from rehearsal - grabbed an empty studio and recorded it on my phone. Here it is. A lovely little song from the 90s.


http://youtu.be/QdvXqiM9U6U

Tootler
12-28-2013, 01:25 PM
So what you are saying that besides being a General he also impersonated a female father Christmas :-)

Absolutely. I now know that FC's missus is St. Anne :nana:

FWI & FWIW His full name was Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

ukuloonie
12-28-2013, 01:34 PM
This is my entry for this week, Inspired by Doug F, I thought I would find a traditional song and hopefully sing it properly
there a quite a few versions out there. The Funny hat was because I have terrible hair today.
It's called Cancion Mexteca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3UgoU5g-2I&feature=youtu.be
From Wiki
Cancion Mixteca is a Mexican folk song written by Oaxacan composer José López Alavez. Lopez Alavez wrote the melody of the song in 1912. He later added the composed the lyrics in 1915. Lopez Alavez composed it originally about Lopez Alavez's feelings of homesickness for his home region of Oaxaca after moving to Mexico City. In modern times, the song has become an anthem both for the region of Oaxaca and Mexican citizens living abroad who miss their homeland.
The words and the translation as well.

¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido!
inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.
¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte
ahora que lejos yo vivo sin luz, sin amor;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.

How far I am from the land where I was born!
Immense nostalgia invades my thoughts;
And seeing myself so lonely and sad like a leaf in the wind,
I want to cry, I want to die from this feeling.
Oh Land of the Sun! I yearn to see you!
Now that I'm so far from you, I live without light and love;
And seeing myself so lonely and sad like a leaf in the wind,
I want to cry, I want to die from this feeling.

electrauke
12-28-2013, 02:39 PM
Well, I thought the collaboration with decateurcomp was going to be my only entry this week, but when I saw that no one had done this obvious (to me) selection, I did a quick version. (How quick? Let's say that wardrobe took longer than practicing and recording . . .)

Also gave me a chance to take my Xmas Risa stick out for a test drive. And, of course, when you go to get a luchador mask, you can't come home with just one, right? (LAS?)

Hope you are mildly amused


http://youtu.be/fvG7Fbi4m44

:) That Mexican wrestler's mask you are wearing is exactly what I was looking for when I said "Mexican Props!" So glad someone wore one, nice entry too!

pabrizzer
12-28-2013, 02:54 PM
This is my entry for this week, Inspired by Doug F, I thought I would find a traditional song and hopefully sing it properly
there a quite a few versions out there. The Funny hat was because I have terrible hair today.
It's called Cancion Mexteca

This is wonderful Drew.
Singing and playing just spot on for the song.
Well done.

Stephen Reed
12-28-2013, 03:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6KBa2OVXB8
For the 97th Season of the Ukulele-
Mexican Divorce byBurt Bacharach and Bob Hillard

~dave~~wave~
12-28-2013, 06:20 PM
Not exactly family fare, but a cautionary tale on the evils of mind-numbing employment, alcohol, fast food, idiot parents who enable their slacker adult kids and fail to secure their firearms...

This is a cover of a song by Beck I heard 20 years ago on a compilation CD sandwiched between Nick Cave and Los Lobos tracks.






http://youtu.be/02nLL83mfgQ

peewee
12-28-2013, 09:21 PM
I haven't given that much time to this thread, but there sure are some great songs about Mexico going on here.
I spent a while on the Meat Puppets' "New Gods" (http://youtu.be/L4RXPjGus2A), but while I got the main riff OK, I can't get the torrent of chords that comes after. Oh well. So that was the first song that came to mind, here's the second:

A true facts (Season 74) Woody Guthrie (Season 7) song that features a burning aircraft( Fire - season 41?) As well as fruit (season 30), outlaws (season 12) and even a river (season 19) a location (season 55) and a truck (season 65).

Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportee_(Plane_Wreck_at_Los_Gatos)
http://youtu.be/E95OGMd2UsY

http://youtu.be/E95OGMd2UsY

thesillydave
12-28-2013, 09:54 PM
bonus or entry...let the gods decide! anyhow, my 2nd video of this season..pick which you like best!

http://youtu.be/dEg7tlbMfLs

and, happy new year! omg....our little season thing is almost 2!!

electrauke
12-29-2013, 09:40 AM
Last day guys, so get your entries in!

glass
12-29-2013, 09:51 AM
Last day guys, so get your entries in!

wish I had some time this sounds like an awesome week to do too....bummed

Barbablanca
12-29-2013, 10:02 AM
Latest entry ever for me, I reckon. Another original; written especially for this Season.

For this song you have to imagine that I'm about 21! It tells the tale of a family forced into exile at the end of the Spanish Civil War and what happened to subsequent generations, until the current climate in Spain threatens to bring the story full circle. It's basically a full family saga type novel in four stanzas.

I am joined on this one by the latest addition to our blues band: multi-instrumentalist Alex Almirall.


http://youtu.be/8AXSFgXgd2U

Lyrics, as usual, in the description on YouTube.

ukuleledaddy
12-29-2013, 10:31 AM
I FINALLY found some time away from the in-laws who have been here for two weeks! Trying out my new Snowball Blue Mic that Santa brought.
This song isn't necessarily about Mexico but there is a mention. Steve Earle…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEuOl71cKwg

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
12-29-2013, 11:09 AM
I see someone else has done their version of this tune as well.
Mine is in the Sarahan Surf music style ;^)

The Battle of new Orleans.

http://youtu.be/2Md-qNIFf0A
I hope it mentions the right Mexico.

My big success this week was that although I am reading the words, the chords are not on the sheet, I have managed to remember them :^))



I have had great difficulties uploading this as every time I tried to render the video from my camera the PC crashed.

I am running linux [Ubuntu] and have PiTiVi Video editor which crashes regularly but if it works ends up with smaller files than the Openshot video editor I also have. Can anyone suggest a better, simple, free video editor? All I want to be able to do it take the video from my camera and chop the ends off to tidy it up and possibly delete the odd mistake in the middle. I am not really interested in making fancy videos.

Tootler
12-29-2013, 12:05 PM
I have had great difficulties uploading this as every time I tried to render the video from my camera the PC crashed.

I am running linux [Ubuntu] and have PiTiVi Video editor which crashes regularly but if it works ends up with smaller files than the Openshot video editor I also have. Can anyone suggest a better, simple, free video editor? All I want to be able to do it take the video from my camera and chop the ends off to tidy it up and possibly delete the odd mistake in the middle. I am not really interested in making fancy videos.

I'm a Linux user too (Linux Mint) and I use Open Shot. I tried PiTiVi but didn't like it and the fact that you get a lot of crashes suggests a good reason for not using it. It seems to be a project that never really went anywhere. It promised much and delivered little. I find Openshot reliable and reasonably flexible. I record my audio separately from the video and it is easy to mute the audio from the video camera and replace it with the audio I recorded separately. There is also a reasonable selection of transitions and of video effects. If you want to explore them and have some fun, they are fairly easy to use. I export to mpeg 4 using the High Quality setting and I don't find the files it creates excessively large - about 30 - 35 MB/minute of final video. A wav audio file is about 10 MB/minute so I don't think that's too bad for video. I use Audacity to edit my audio files and export them as Flac which is a lossless compressed format so I minimise the loss of audio quality in the final video. My video camera is not HD, so the original video files are not too large either.

I have a 1TB external USB hard drive and I periodically dump all my video work, originals, working files, final videos, the lot on to it and delete it all from the computer's internal hard drive so as to ensure I always have adequate working drive space on the computer itself, so I am not too worried about file size. The 1 TB drive also acts as a backup for the rest of the home folder. External hard drives are not too expensive so I actually keep two backup hard drives and when one gets full, I just buy another.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-29-2013, 02:56 PM
Traveling all week for Xmas; no time to find and learn a new song; had to choose an already-familiar song for this great challenge. The first one that came to mind was "Love Kills", Joe Strummer's meditation on the life (and death) of troubled punk icon, Sid Vicious.


http://youtu.be/sPV3_3kr7YY

Thanks, electrauke, for hosting during the holiday week---you're a ukulele/Seasons hero. Looking forward to checking out the playlist now that I'm home again. Happy new year to all.

Raygf
12-29-2013, 03:06 PM
Here is my entry, Across the Borderline. I played it on my Made in Mexico Martin SO.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c_C4q8EZFk

Penguinofsorts
12-29-2013, 04:11 PM
Ok...so I don't speak Spanish. But here it is... a song in Spanish. About a gunslinger killed by a scorpion in the Mexican desert...
http://youtu.be/2P1FCWoJG0M

RichM
12-29-2013, 04:21 PM
You had me at "a hat with ears."

electrauke
12-29-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks, electrauke, for hosting during the holiday week---you're a ukulele/Seasons hero.

:) I don't think I would say that but thank you.

electrauke
12-29-2013, 05:07 PM
42 entries guys, all of them good, going to have a tough time judging this one.

UkeCan1
12-29-2013, 05:29 PM
43, Electra - it's still hours to Hawaii midnight. I'm pretty sure no one else will do this one, or for that matter any other song featuring Jewish people during Mexico week. In fact, I defy you to name one other song about the meeting of these two particular cultures. So, of course I had to do it.

This is a fun song by the brilliant and talented Dave Kleiner (http://www.davidkleiner.com) of Bloomfield, New Jersey, and the Folk Project (http://www.folkproject.org), my local music community. At least four other Folk Projectiles, all far more talented than I (guitarists all), already cover this song at our gatherings and in performance. But it's pretty safe to say this is the first uke cover. I thought it would also be the first video of the song, but it's not! - I've been beaten to it by a young a-cappella quartet (http://youtu.be/0E_d2td6lWw).

For your own safety, please heed the warning of this song!


http://youtu.be/GLujhjUAdnY

- Wendy, fast finding my niche as the Jewish humor ukester who uses entirely too many chords for pretty much everything

Lyrics here: http://www.davidkleiner.com/lyrics_mexicanrabbi.htm

thunderflea
12-29-2013, 11:58 PM
Here's my entry for the week, a song that Willie Nelson sang with Carlos Santana.
It is being processed by Youtube as I write this, will be live in a bit.

http://youtu.be/R1rEKHFlxaQ

electrauke
12-30-2013, 09:06 AM
Great job one and all! Now comes the hard part :)

electrauke
01-05-2014, 07:16 AM
Just as an update, I have narrowed it down to a few people and am going to announce a winner sometime in the next week.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-05-2014, 02:47 PM
good luck with the judging! it ain't easy!

electrauke
01-15-2014, 03:55 PM
Hey guys, sorry about the delay, school has gotten in the way of judging. I will though declare a winner this weekend.

electrauke
01-21-2014, 09:35 AM
Finally, here are the winners:


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

frisbee fred
01-21-2014, 09:50 AM
Congrats to the winners - excellent choices Electrauke!

lelouden
01-21-2014, 09:52 AM
Congratulations to the winners and the bonus mentions. That was a fun season to watch. Good job seasonista's and great job electrauke on a great time!

decaturcomp
01-21-2014, 10:00 AM
Great job on this season, pal! I certainly appreciate being placed in such lofty company. Congratulations to the richly deserving first and second place winners and to my fellow bonusista!

Ole'!

librainian
01-21-2014, 10:01 AM
Way to go Ray. Nice win! DaveWave, you too.

ukuleledaddy
01-21-2014, 10:27 AM
Congrats winners! Great season electrauke!

ukuloonie
01-21-2014, 11:21 AM
Updated the Winners in the Library of Seasons (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?66328-Putting-together-all-the-seasons-of-the-Ukulele&p=1465758#post1465758)

~dave~~wave~
01-21-2014, 12:41 PM
Thanks, Andre. There were so many great entries this week.
Ray's was top-notch, and I feel like I came second behind muchos otres Seasonistas Extraordinarios.

I will gladly accept a prize, however. I can put it to good use, as I am fond of enjoying bottled adult cereal malt beverages with mis amigos when we get together to play los ukuleles.

Barbablanca
01-21-2014, 12:50 PM
Felicidades a los ganadores! Andale! Arriba!

Raygf
01-21-2014, 01:19 PM
Thank you for hosting an excellent season electrauke! It led me to this wonderful piece. I'm honored to be chosen as the 1st place winner. Thank you very much. I'll take the red one. Play on Seasonistas! Play on!

Dougf
01-21-2014, 03:04 PM
Congrats Ray and Dave, and thanks Andre for hosting. I feel very fortunate that I found and learned the song, "Veracruz". I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have happened without this season. Thanks.

electrauke
01-21-2014, 08:36 PM
And once again, I really enjoyed listening to everyone's entries!

~dave~~wave~
02-20-2014, 09:41 AM
Just retrieved my muy fresco Los Cabos bottle opener with shell inlay from the mailbox.
It will be displayed on the Seasonista altar and employed joyously when the gang come by to play ukes and have a brew.

Thanks, Andre, for bringing some much-appreciated youth and energy to the Seasons family, and hosting a fun week.





http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/12660998103_d619a41c0b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27496798@N05/12660998103/)

Raygf
02-20-2014, 02:26 PM
Just retrieved my muy fresco Los Cabos bottle opener with shell inlay from the mailbox.
It will be displayed on the Seasonista altar and employed joyously when the gang come by to play ukes and have a brew.
Thanks, Andre, for bringing some much-appreciated youth and energy to the Seasons family, and hosting a fun week.


Saw your post this afternoon Dave and guessed mine might show up soon and indeed it did. Very cool Andre. Thanks!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
02-20-2014, 02:38 PM
ooh guys those bottle openers are LOVELY! super prizes

bonesigh
02-20-2014, 04:31 PM
Those are pretty cool (: