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frisbee fred
01-25-2014, 04:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR2bGLDLA0k

The bluer the better! Just the blues. It doesn't matter what kind of blues. If you have a question as to whether or not a song you want to do fits this theme just go ahead and do it without asking. I'm not turning anyone down. I want to hear about relationships gone bad, things that drive you crazy, being desperate, etc. Everyone gets 5 entries. No bonuses. The real Vermont maple syrup was a hit last time so I'll give a way a few of those again. My family is ready to help me with judging. Plus, I'm going to do at least one and possibly more drawings at random so everyone has a chance.

Not mentioned in the video is that multi-tracking and duplicates are welcome. Don't post the first video until 12:01am Hawaiian time. The Season will run until next Sunday night at midnight Hawaiian time. Until the Season starts, though, keep posting for Myrna in Season 101!

It's Friday and I've just removed the 5 entry restriction. Can't have too many rules when you are doing the Blues!

PLAYLIST (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXRkvd1m9c-D5kz5_VOrhhtbRzG0n3UI6&action_edit=1)

uke4ia
01-25-2014, 04:08 PM
The video is presently listed as private, so we can't see it.

frisbee fred
01-25-2014, 04:09 PM
Youtube is being difficult. Let me know if you have trouble seeing the video. It does not appear at the moment to have a thumbnail even though I have picked one about 5 times.

frisbee fred
01-25-2014, 04:10 PM
Thanks Uke4ia. That was the problem.

lelouden
01-25-2014, 04:14 PM
Great theme Fred. Cant wait to see what everybody brings:)

librainian
01-25-2014, 05:06 PM
Oh yeah, how great is that! Looking forward to this week Fred!

pabrizzer
01-25-2014, 06:28 PM
Throw it to me... Throw it to me....It's surely not too cold for frisbee.
How long were you out in those clothes?

I hope to hear some slide bari from you Andrew.

mythinformed
01-25-2014, 11:03 PM
Nice one Fred , this Season kinda gives me a kick up the backside .......I've never attempted any blues stuff yet since getting the uke even though I love da blues.......can't explain why ???

Looking forward to giving it a bash though !! .........Btw Is it an omen that I've got the two Blues Brothers directly above my post eeeeeeeeeeek ???? Lol

Tootler
01-25-2014, 11:05 PM
Throw it to me... Throw it to me....It's surely not too cold for frisbee.
How long were you out in those clothes?

I hope to hear some slide bari from you Andrew.

You're a blues Wizz yourself, Pa. I'm looking forward to some great entries from you.

pabrizzer
01-25-2014, 11:14 PM
This sounds very familiar in sections but I am claiming it as an original.
Not trad blues but just 3 chords and I've added a harmonica track.
I call it "Contented Blues". A hammock lying or river bank fishing song (although I have done both at the same time).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6MVuJ5YSqg
I will now go looking for 4 more trad blues songs. Nothing came to my head this afternoon.

xommen
01-26-2014, 02:51 AM
This is a quickly written original for this bluesy season, because you know Fred, I've got the Maple Syrup Blues ;).

http://youtu.be/Vi3rwAvi3C8

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 04:28 AM
This sounds very familiar in sections but I am claiming it as an original.
Not trad blues but just 3 chords and I've added a harmonica track.
I call it "Contented Blues". A hammock lying or river bank fishing song (although I have done both at the same time).
I will now go looking for 4 more trad blues songs. Nothing came to my head this afternoon.

Oh man, what a great start to the Season. Makes me think of a bluesy summer day while I'm doing my best not to do all the things I have to do.......

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 04:33 AM
This is a quickly written original for this bluesy season, because you know Fred, I've got the Maple Syrup Blues ;).


I would have never guessed that you wrote that so quickly! Bonus points for writing a song about the prize. Extra bonus points for gratuitous pictures of the host. That was great, Wim :smileybounce:

CeeJay
01-26-2014, 05:00 AM
Right ,I'll just leave this with you and scoot off to listen to Wim's song....Pabrizzer kicked off to a grand start already as noted by mine host....

Sorry...this is a bit long ....must do shorter....
CeeJay


http://youtu.be/f90nTo-EDxA

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 05:07 AM
Right ,I'll just leave this with you and scoot off to listen to Wim's song....Pabrizzer kicked off to a grand start already as noted by mine host....

Sorry...this is a bit long ....must do shorter....
CeeJay


No such thing as a blues song that is too long. Especially when it is done this well, CeeJay. The harp is a great background and your uke playing is excellent. Thanks so much.

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 05:17 AM
Wow great theme Fred Loving it and I have already recorded my 5 songs :) will try my hardest to only upload one a day. Anyway great theme Sir, really looking forward to what everyone brings to the table this week.
well here is my first entry.


http://youtu.be/oLzN-2Jm8NY

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 05:20 AM
http://youtu.be/YFrlXKSK-uU

For the 102nd Season, I did "Cold Water" by Tom Waits on my favorite tenor electric uke. Flubbed the first solo because my tube screamer wasn't close enough to stomp. Considered a second take, but soon realized I can barely speak. Before hitting record, I are a box of rusty nails and washed it down with a glass. (A glass of what? No, just a broken glass.) Then, I chain-smoked a box of Lucky Strikes. However, I still couldn't get enough gravel in my throat to sound like Tom Waits.

Great theme for the 102nd Season, Frisby Fred!
Cheers, Seasonistas!

wee_ginga_yin
01-26-2014, 05:45 AM
This is not kosher. It uses mouth trumpet instead of forgotten words,
and has been dipped in Maple Syrup to slow it down, and bad diction
hides a multitude of sins... and a long beard hides a multitude of chins.


http://youtu.be/x9RLJTYAHh4

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 06:24 AM
Wow great theme Fred Loving it and I have already recorded my 5 songs :) will try my hardest to only upload one a day. Anyway great theme Sir, really looking forward to what everyone brings to the table this week.
well here is my first entry.


Lovin' me some Carl Perkins. Great job, Davey. If you've already recorded the other four then let's see 'em! No need to wait. It's Sunday and I love your blues, man.

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 06:30 AM
For the 102nd Season, I did "Cold Water" by Tom Waits on my favorite tenor electric uke. Flubbed the first solo because my tube screamer wasn't close enough to stomp. Considered a second take, but soon realized I can barely speak. Before hitting record, I are a box of rusty nails and washed it down with a glass. (A glass of what? No, just a broken glass.) Then, I chain-smoked a box of Lucky Strikes. However, I still couldn't get enough gravel in my throat to sound like Tom Waits.

Great theme for the 102nd Season, Frisby Fred!
Cheers, Seasonistas!
Few feel the blues like Waits. You covered this really well. The solos came out great. I'm blown away by that uke that you built. Wow.

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 06:37 AM
This is not kosher. It uses mouth trumpet instead of forgotten words,
and has been dipped in Maple Syrup to slow it down, and bad diction
hides a multitude of sins... and a long beard hides a multitude of chins.


She really gave you the blues, man. I actually remember John Denver doing this on TV years ago. Your version is MUCH better. You actually make this song sound like it's an old time blues standard. It must be the maple syrup.....

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 06:38 AM
Well here i go with song number 2, i am blown away with the other entries some fantastic tunes already :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcvz0wQiHzA

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 06:46 AM
Well here i go with song number 2, i am blown away with the other entries some fantastic tunes already :)


Love the picture at the start of the song of the mean woman. I was boppin' along with you the whole time. Another good one. Keep 'em comin!

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 07:14 AM
And here is song Number 3 :)


http://youtu.be/RsRcOw0w2rw

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 07:25 AM
And here is song Number 3 :)


You're really into serious blues here with Leadbelly. I've actually been though De Kalb, Texas. No wonder he had the blues there. Nice job keeping that blues rhythm and feel throughout.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-26-2014, 07:43 AM
wow - really loving this theme and all the great songs everyone is bringing

here is my vid - "got my mojo working"

it's been done by a gazillion fabulous people

it was the etta james version that really blew me away and made me wanna play it for this season


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLzmzoEKlT8

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 07:52 AM
wow - really loving this theme and all the great songs everyone is bringing

here is my vid - "got my mojo working"

it's been done by a gazillion fabulous people

it was the etta james version that really blew me away and made me wanna play it for this season



Not only is it working but it's working hard. Way to keep up the strumming through that song, Lynda. I think I've only heard Muddy Waters' version so thank you for introducing me to this. Great job.

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 07:54 AM
Thanks for the kind words Fred , very much appreciated :) and while im here, here is song 4 ( im listening to some Muddy Waters as I type this.


http://youtu.be/DaxX9k2U0j8

lelouden
01-26-2014, 07:56 AM
This sounds very familiar in sections but I am claiming it as an original.
Not trad blues but just 3 chords and I've added a harmonica track.
I call it "Contented Blues". A hammock lying or river bank fishing song (although I have done both at the same time).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6MVuJ5YSqg
I will now go looking for 4 more trad blues songs. Nothing came to my head this afternoon.

This is really beautiful. I hear familiarity too. Is it Elvis.... I hear the words "I don't care who's right or wrong blah blah blah blah tomorrow?? Whatever~ its yours now Pa and I loved it!

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 08:11 AM
Thanks for the kind words Fred , very much appreciated :) and while im here, here is song 4 ( im listening to some Muddy Waters as I type this.



You're feelin' it now, Davey. I assume we're not talking about shaking a piggy bank here? Well done, sir.

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 08:20 AM
Many many thanks Fred for what is going to be a magnificent week i am so looking forward to all the entries, here is my fifth and final entry. And thanks not just for hosting but also for the very lovely comments Fred :)


http://youtu.be/xl1zAcwO1kU

Hippie Dribble
01-26-2014, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the week Fred. Sincere apologies for the bad sound but this old camera thingy is all I have these days. A song from 1936 by Clarence Bill Wheldon.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=843UV5k0P7g

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 08:34 AM
Many many thanks Fred for what is going to be a magnificent week i am so looking forward to all the entries, here is my fifth and final entry. And thanks not just for hosting but also for the very lovely comments Fred :)



5 excellent songs, Davey! If you've only heard Elvis' version I recommend googling Arthur Crudup. He wrote and performed the song originally in the mid forties, I think. Thanks for posting all of these, mate.

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the week Fred. Sincere apologies for the bad sound but this old camera thingy is all I have these days. A song from 1936 by Clarence Bill Wheldon.


I know you're feelin' this one. Love the instrumental in the middle. I had not heard this one before. Thank you so much for posting this.

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 08:41 AM
5 excellent songs, Davey! If you've only heard Elvis' version I recommend googling Arthur Crudup. He wrote and performed the song originally in the mid forties, I think. Thanks for posting all of these, mate.

Many thanks Fred, Yeah I was aware Arthur Crudup wrote it , but have to be honest and not heard it i am going to google it right now :) Thanks for your very kind words, here's to a fab week, best regards Dave :)

Shady Wilbury
01-26-2014, 09:31 AM
Thanks, Fred.

I've just finished the lyric to an original for this week. :) Will probably record on Wednesday.

Jazzbanjorex
01-26-2014, 10:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoyltPlf8SA&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 10:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoyltPlf8SA&feature=youtu.be

Great thing about colds is that they even make you sound more bluesy. How can you not love Robert Johnson? Great job with the playing and vocals. You might want to consider not getting better until you've recorded the rest of the songs......

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 10:43 AM
Thanks, Fred.

I've just finished the lyric to an original for this week. :) Will probably record on Wednesday.

You better!

pabrizzer
01-26-2014, 10:51 AM
This is really beautiful. I hear familiarity too. Is it Elvis.... I hear the words "I don't care who's right or wrong blah blah blah blah tomorrow?? Whatever~ its yours now Pa and I loved it!
Thank you.
I hear - take the ribbon from your hair (I think from the same song as you mention) - but just in that one phrase. Any similarities weren't intended but I guess that's what George Harrison said too.

lelouden
01-26-2014, 11:06 AM
Thank you.
I hear - take the ribbon from your hair (I think from the same song as you mention) - but just in that one phrase. Any similarities weren't intended but I guess that's what George Harrison said too.

OK, I have to be the dumbest women alive! I just printed that out last week to do because Patti Page recorded it along with a million others. I went with something else. I can't believe I couldn't figure the song out but you are right. Its a small similarity and who cares. When listening to your song all I hear is ear candy:)

pabrizzer
01-26-2014, 11:08 AM
Fred. This is going to be such a terrific season!!!!

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Fred! But honestly, I've been letting this eat at me all day - which is the very reason I give myself a one-take limit. It's impossible to do a "take two" and stop. Take 2 = Take >50. But, this is a song that means a lot to me. Typically, I pick a song that I think would be funny or ridiculous for me to attempt a cover. I did an acoustic version of this song back in season 20-something, after spending countless hours transcribing the solo to work on a ukes narrower range. In fact, that night was when I first thought "man, a real electric uke would be so cool!" and a week later, I was carving up the prototype and having my bridge designs machined. I'm gonna have to give it another shot or I'll just regret it in through season 200. I feel like I owe it to the song to try it again, haha. Are mulligans allowed this season?
If you guys never hear from me again, it's because I got trapped in a retake loop- like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 12:19 PM
Well here i go with song number 2, i am blown away with the other entries some fantastic tunes already :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcvz0wQiHzA

Another great one, UkuleleDavey. Love that song and I love your version! I wouldn't have predicted it, but it translated to uke very well!

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 12:29 PM
Many many thanks Fred for what is going to be a magnificent week i am so looking forward to all the entries, here is my fifth and final entry. And thanks not just for hosting but also for the very lovely comments Fred :)


http://youtu.be/xl1zAcwO1kU

Whoah! You're on fire today Davey! Something tells me you could knock out another 20 right now just as nonchalantly. Most of us need hours or days just to learn lyrics and chord changes. Or in my case- takes me days and then I STILL have to use a lyric sheet! You, sir, are a one-man (j)uke box!

pabrizzer
01-26-2014, 01:15 PM
#2 from pa
Jesus Gonna Make It All Right.
Was checking out some songs and found this one which is new to me by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and decided to give it a went.
Added some harmonica and tambourine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLjf3NktYNo

Found this version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAjVGnn-mH0#t=51) which is well worth checking out.

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 01:30 PM
http://youtu.be/H7Ix51GR7O4

Against my better judgment, I did a retake. As you'd expect, I'm no less frustrated. However, this is "my final answer" - not because I'm satisfied and not because I don't want to spend all week doing retakes. I have to stop here because I'm physically unable to continue. My larynx quit the band, blaming "harsh working conditions" and '
"creative differences."

PS- sorry for the excessive use of "blues face." I forgot to dim the lights.

Jazzbanjorex
01-26-2014, 01:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BySCKM2zOy0

Raygf
01-26-2014, 03:34 PM
This one has been simmering on a back burner since Season 100. I put some time in on it today. Here's my first take. Fred said the magic words, Vermont Maple Syrup. That's all I needed to hear. I'm in it to win it. I do love maple syrup and the blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGXOVO_3Ibg

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Fred! But honestly, I've been letting this eat at me all day - which is the very reason I give myself a one-take limit. It's impossible to do a "take two" and stop. Take 2 = Take >50. But, this is a song that means a lot to me. Typically, I pick a song that I think would be funny or ridiculous for me to attempt a cover. I did an acoustic version of this song back in season 20-something, after spending countless hours transcribing the solo to work on a ukes narrower range. In fact, that night was when I first thought "man, a real electric uke would be so cool!" and a week later, I was carving up the prototype and having my bridge designs machined. I'm gonna have to give it another shot or I'll just regret it in through season 200. I feel like I owe it to the song to try it again, haha. Are mulligans allowed this season?
If you guys never hear from me again, it's because I got trapped in a retake loop- like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

Hahaha. No mulligans. Especially when the song was as good as yours was. But you do get four other songs to do....

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 03:40 PM
#2 from pa
Jesus Gonna Make It All Right.
Was checking out some songs and found this one which is new to me by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and decided to give it a went.
Added some harmonica and tambourine.

Didn't know this one. That's what I love about this - getting new excellent songs. Can't imagine the original was better than that, Pa. The harp is excellent and I love how you growl on those low notes.

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 03:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BySCKM2zOy0

Go Rex! I can see smoke comin from that uke. Very well played sir.

Jazzbanjorex
01-26-2014, 03:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnfPvzRGa_4

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 03:55 PM
This one has been simmering on a back burner since Season 100. I put some time in on it today. Here's my first take. Fred said the magic words, Vermont Maple Syrup. That's all I needed to hear. I'm in it to win it. I do love maple syrup and the blues.


This is first rate Ray. I grew up listening to the Dukes of Dixieland version of the St. James Infirmary Blues. Since then I've heard it played a few times in the Seasons and many times elsewhere. Yours is now one of my very favorite versions. I remember how hard you competed the last time maple syrup was on the table........

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-26-2014, 03:55 PM
the blues

i is doin' it wrong!

it sounds more rock and roll-y when i do it

oh well - i spose if you aim for the blues but land in rock and roll - well, there's worse things can happen

which brings me to the conundrum i'd like to open up for debate, if anyone has the time and energy to spare to mull it over and tell me what you think

where does the blues end and rock and roll start

i don't mean chronologically

i mean, you know, the mysterious-alchemy-of-music-wise

in the meantime, here is a homemade blues song, well it's trying to be a blues song but i keep getting in the way, called "how many ukes are you gonna buy"

inspired by my very recent puchase of my super cute concert


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9zStXXCGtk

how many ukes are you gonna buy
I said how many ukes are you gonna buy
you said you'd get just one to try
but now your uke count is really high
how many ukes
how many ukes
how many ukes are you gonna buy

first of all you got a little soprano
you grappled with it, mano a mano
then you got a solid body electric
you said your music tastes were really eclectic
you had to rock
around the clock
yeah

then you got a tenor and made it low g
you said it fulfilled you, musically
then you got a u bass too
you said the u bass was really u
ooh-ooh
yeah

then you got a baritone
then you got a baritone
you picked up the phone
and ordered a baritone
I made that up
you got it online

after that you didn't tarry
after that you didn't tarry
you leapt right in and bought an electric bari
i'd like to say you named it harry
but you didn't
you missed a trick there

and now you've got a concert too
now you've got a concert too
does that complete the set
or do you think you'll get
more ukes
more ukes
more ukes

you want more ukes
more ukes
more ukes

you want more ukes
more ukes
more ukes

frisbee fred
01-26-2014, 03:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnfPvzRGa_4

You and RayGF think alike as you both posted excellent versions of this within minutes of each other. Love the Satchmo voice.

watchyourtoes
01-26-2014, 04:13 PM
Hahaha. No mulligans. Especially when the song was as good as yours was. But you do get four other songs to do....


That's fine by me. I just needed to do it for the sake of my sanity.

PS - I was already drooling over how great real Vermont maple syrup tastes. Now, I'm thinking about how great it would feel coating my throat. I need to get my name in that hat!

TCK
01-26-2014, 04:31 PM
This is KILLER...this song was made the year my da' and ma were born, but it still fills the floor.Here is the Crudup
Many many thanks Fred for what is going to be a magnificent week i am so looking forward to all the entries, here is my fifth and final entry. And thanks not just for hosting but also for the very lovely comments Fred :)


http://youtu.be/xl1zAcwO1kU

Rustyy
01-26-2014, 05:00 PM
Here' my first, not a typical traditional blues song, but it has Blues in the title.
Fisherman's Blues, recorded by the Waterboys in 1988


http://youtu.be/BKmeTz4u_Bk

librainian
01-26-2014, 05:19 PM
This sounds very familiar in sections but I am claiming it as an original.
Not trad blues but just 3 chords and I've added a harmonica track.
I call it "Contented Blues". A hammock lying or river bank fishing song (although I have done both at the same time).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6MVuJ5YSqg
I will now go looking for 4 more trad blues songs. Nothing came to my head this afternoon.

Pa, I'll just say it, you have a gift my friend. I don't know where it comes from exactly but this is achingly beautiful and you make it look effortless. Hey everything sounds like something else. This one is totally Pa and it's brilliant.

Cohumulone
01-26-2014, 06:33 PM
Harry Connick Jr inspired "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans."


http://youtu.be/Y78p9yM0iho

pabrizzer
01-27-2014, 12:13 AM
#3 from pa
Walking the Dog

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

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 02:05 AM
Here' my first, not a typical traditional blues song, but it has Blues in the title.
Fisherman's Blues, recorded by the Waterboys in 1988



Nice one, Rusty. I couldn't remember where I heard this before and looked it up. Didn't realize it was from one of my favorite films Good Will Hunting. Love the high ooohs. Thanks for posting this.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 02:10 AM
Harry Connick Jr inspired "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans."



Alright Mike! I really enjoyed that. The banjo uke is perfect for that song. I know the Connick version you are talking about as I'm a big fan of it as well. Nice job, sir.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 02:19 AM
#3 from pa
Walking the Dog


First thing I did was go to my uke to learn it the way you played it. Couldn't figure out why my chords sounded different - until I realized I don't have a bari...... That's great stuff, Brian.

Cornfield
01-27-2014, 05:51 AM
http://youtu.be/LVw323kekm0


I've been from the seasons AWOL for awhile. I started writing this song a few months ago. The topic got me to look it up and finish writing. The performance isn't much but....

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 06:38 AM
I've been from the seasons AWOL for awhile. I started writing this song a few months ago. The topic got me to look it up and finish writing. The performance isn't much but....
!
Great intro. You play this well. Great original song. Love the lyrics!

decaturcomp
01-27-2014, 07:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFu3QoOxu0Q

Very nice Theme Fred. It's making me a little sad but then, I've been doin' some hard travellin' (I thought you know'd.)

ChrisDeston821
01-27-2014, 07:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BySCKM2zOy0

:worship: Brilliant. Fave entry so far.


the blues... it sounds more rock and roll-y when i do it
Tell me about it, I'm struggling to get the right feel for this one! That said, loved your song and sang alone with the lyrics but "You picked up the phone, and ordered a baritone... You made that up, you got it online" caught me offguard :') I was not ready for that and laughed a bit too loudly. :)

wee_ginga_yin
01-27-2014, 08:06 AM
A Howlin' Hobbit song. Get the Song sheet here and play along

Dr. Hokum and Mr. Jive (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1125378/songsheets/Dr.%20Hokum%20%26%20Mr.%20Jive%20-%20C-tuned%20ukulele.pdf)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga_GuRVcsz4

Shady Wilbury
01-27-2014, 08:09 AM
I promised this for Wednesday, but tonight's open mic got cancelled, so I thought I'd play for you guys instead.

Enjoy!


http://youtu.be/dVRjxkmiEKQ

Enjoying your true New York blues, John. :)

ukuleledaveey
01-27-2014, 08:26 AM
This is KILLER...this song was made the year my da' and ma were born, but it still fills the floor.Here is the Crudup

Many many thanks Dave, it is these wonderful words that really does make it feel so great to take part and be a part of the seasons :) you know Dave (TCK) I am a massive fan of All that you do mate

ukuleledaveey
01-27-2014, 08:36 AM
Another great one, UkuleleDavey. Love that song and I love your version! I wouldn't have predicted it, but it translated to uke very well!


Whoah! You're on fire today Davey! Something tells me you could knock out another 20 right now just as nonchalantly. Most of us need hours or days just to learn lyrics and chord changes. Or in my case- takes me days and then I STILL have to use a lyric sheet! You, sir, are a one-man (j)uke box!

Many many thanks my friend, your very kind words are very much appreciated and mean a lot to me :) I had to choose my songs carefully as I tend to make all blues songs sound the same :rofl: But i do like to try to attempt to play them, i could play them all day and night long, even better playing with a few other ukers as well.

Your song was great to and love that electric uke of yours, good to see you in the seasons mate, all the best from me.

UkeyDave
01-27-2014, 09:22 AM
I love this Blues song. In particular the Nina Simone 1960 version just blows me away.
It seems that myself and Rustyy had the same idea with the blue tint for our videos.
I love blues music but never feel that I can capture it as well as I'd like. I've just blagged this the best I could with this one. Oh and its not really played in an ideal key for my voice. Hope you enjoy it all the same. :cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKx3c_w1QtU

decaturcomp
01-27-2014, 09:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyMsV4MJB1s

strumsilly
01-27-2014, 09:27 AM
Had fun playing with myself ,using a Ditto looper, wait, that doesn't sound right. anyway...

http://youtu.be/Tmg4FRVzQKs

wee_ginga_yin
01-27-2014, 10:14 AM
One chord song in alternative tuning with some Dan Moi
I'll never have that recipe again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmMTqtND2Sk

xommen
01-27-2014, 10:34 AM
Somehow this season delivered a second original. This is a Blues a day keeps the doctor in play.
I put in a shaker and some bass with my new ukulele bass (still have to practice a little more I guess) via Garageband.

http://youtu.be/bkNkQFH2HGU

lelouden
01-27-2014, 10:49 AM
Here we have a very serious goof off. I wrote this original just for you Fred and I hope I can melt your heart ;-)

I added some fret marks to my bari just in case anyone wants to try and top this!!! Also I added that ultra important blues rasp to my voice for your listening pleasure:biglaugh:

Maple Syrup~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVMNO3dV32I&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:07 AM
Very nice Theme Fred. It's making me a little sad but then, I've been doin' some hard travellin' (I thought you know'd.)

Now that's the blues. Love the instrumental parts. Really nice, Alan.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:25 AM
A Howlin' Hobbit song. Get the Song sheet here and play along

Dr. Hokum and Mr. Jive (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1125378/songsheets/Dr.%20Hokum%20%26%20Mr.%20Jive%20-%20C-tuned%20ukulele.pdf)


Just a man and his uke. This is the essence of the blues. Well done, Rob.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:30 AM
I promised this for Wednesday, but tonight's open mic got cancelled, so I thought I'd play for you guys instead.

Enjoy!

Enjoying your true New York blues, John. :)
Outstanding song, Casey. Thank you for sharing this with us

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:35 AM
I love this Blues song. In particular the Nina Simone 1960 version just blows me away.
It seems that myself and Rustyy had the same idea with the blue tint for our videos.
I love blues music but never feel that I can capture it as well as I'd like. I've just blagged this the best I could with this one. Oh and its not really played in an ideal key for my voice. Hope you enjoy it all the same. :cool:

Great song, Dave, and you did it well. I like your half strum half pick pattern with this.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyMsV4MJB1s

You yodeling fool! This is one of my favorites of yours, Alan. You just nailed this song.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:43 AM
Had fun playing with myself ,using a Ditto looper, wait, that doesn't sound right. anyway...

You're feelin' it man, you're feelin' it. Love the lonesome wail of the harp. You clearly had fun playing this one. Nice job, Andy.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 11:55 AM
Somehow this season delivered a second original. This is a Blues a day keeps the doctor in play.
I put in a shaker and some bass with my new ukulele bass (still have to practice a little more I guess) via Garageband.


Wow, two originals for one season. Nice song, Wim. And good job with the multi-tracks.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 12:02 PM
Here we have a very serious goof off. I wrote this original just for you Fred and I hope I can melt your heart ;-)

I added some fret marks to my bari just in case anyone wants to try and top this!!! Also I added that ultra important blues rasp to my voice for your listening pleasure:biglaugh:

Maple Syrup~

Maple syrup clearly brings out the competitive nature in some of the Seasonistas. As with Wim, you get bonus points for writing a song about the prize and mentioning the host in the video. I'll have to give you some extra points though for that really hot slide work..........

bonesigh
01-27-2014, 12:21 PM
Here's an original of mine for ya today, just wrote it today too (: Only my 2nd attempt at a blues original. Thanks for watching!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNyBr4IhG-U&feature=youtube_gdata_player

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 12:27 PM
Here's an original of mine for ya today, just wrote it today too (: Only my 2nd attempt at a blues original. Thanks for watching!

"Cause this dead body is still walkin' around" - brilliant lyric and a great song and video. Excellent job with those bluesy vocals too. Well done!

wallyboy
01-27-2014, 12:38 PM
great theme fred some cracking entries,
heres my bash, not blues as such,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtM60YHeClI&feature=youtube_gdata

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 12:42 PM
great theme fred some cracking entries,
heres my bash, not blues as such,


Some of your best playing, Walter. Cool whistle!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-27-2014, 01:27 PM
"You picked up the phone, and ordered a baritone... You made that up, you got it online" caught me offguard :') I was not ready for that and laughed a bit too loudly. :)
lol! it was so much fun to do - i just looked at my collection of ukes, and then the whole song just pretty much wrote itself!

Jazzbanjorex
01-27-2014, 02:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngp0UqMJ1LY&feature=youtu.be

Jazzbanjorex
01-27-2014, 02:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTAwFnNRBwU&feature=youtu.be

~dave~~wave~
01-27-2014, 02:55 PM
Second week of watching Treme dvds, second week of finding a New Orleans song for the seasons.

I first heard Fat Domino when I was a three years old, my folks got an LP of the greatest hits of 1956 with Lucky Strike cigarette coupons that had Blueberry Hill on it.
This was the record that followed it and went to Number 5 on the charts, Blue Monday.




http://youtu.be/oHQAUpNR05k

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 02:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngp0UqMJ1LY&feature=youtu.be
Great job with this. Love the instrumental on the banjo uke. This just sounds great!

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 03:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTAwFnNRBwU&feature=youtu.be
Satchmo on Basin Street! 5 excellent songs Rex. Thanks so much for doing all of these.

frisbee fred
01-27-2014, 03:07 PM
Second week of watching Treme dvds, second week of finding a New Orleans song for the seasons.

I first heard Fat Domino when I was a three years old, my folks got an LP of the greatest hits of 1956 with Lucky Strike cigarette coupons that had Blueberry Hill on it.
This was the record that followed it and went to Number 5 on the charts, Blue Monday.

Wow, Dave, that was hot! You must have paid a lot for those other two in your band because they were excellent as well. I love your energy and feeling as well as the great playing. Well done, sir!

greenie44
01-27-2014, 04:34 PM
This was one of the first songs I learned on uke and it cried out to be done this week. I think this is one of Dylan's greatest songs, and certainly one of the highlights from the second half of his career.

Hope you all enjoy it.


http://youtu.be/YNzS8rVYOQI

TCK
01-27-2014, 05:28 PM
I'll just leave this here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB9gr75s0Qw

ukuleledaddy
01-27-2014, 06:43 PM
I'll just leave this here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB9gr75s0Qw

You know, I was all set to just sit out this week and take it all in, see if I could learn something. I've tried to play the blues on the uke before with horrible results. Last night I decided, screw it, I'm going to hunker down and learn a blues song. What song do you think I came up with? Separated at birth.
I love this song too, and I love the way you put yourself into it. This song has been done so many different ways by so many people, yours reminds me of Bob Wills' version. Just loving this.

TCK
01-27-2014, 07:26 PM
Tommy Duncan...the greatest singer of all time in my estimation. To have you say you heard a little of him there (and it had to be very little...sigh), well, that was worth doing.
I think the best part is I was reminded of "I'll just leave this here" by one of yours and decided to see if it would get a grin. Separated at birth.
I am holding my breath until you play the song mate. Thanks. This made my week.
You know, I was all set to just sit out this week and take it all in, see if I could learn something. I've tried to play the blues on the uke before with horrible results. Last night I decided, screw it, I'm going to hunker down and learn a blues song. What song do you think I came up with? Separated at birth.
I love this song too, and I love the way you put yourself into it. This song has been done so many different ways by so many people, yours reminds me of Bob Wills' version. Just loving this.

pabrizzer
01-27-2014, 07:30 PM
A redo of one of my own songs. I did it previously on banjo uke.
My Own Dark Stormy Cloud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLo1hGgSOs

librainian
01-27-2014, 07:39 PM
Here's my first for the week. You may already know I'm a Terry Robb fan. I can't touch most of his better stuff but this one is in the ball park. I threw in a little slide for Pa. I hope to something more extensive on another post.

Long live the Blues!


http://youtu.be/tPbDiP_mj0U

wee_ginga_yin
01-27-2014, 09:18 PM
I'll just leave this here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB9gr75s0Qw

That 2:19 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV8jVSrc86M) train has got a very bad rep.

wee_ginga_yin
01-27-2014, 09:32 PM
You know, I was all set to just sit out this week and take it all in, see if I could learn something. I've tried to play the blues on the uke before with horrible results. Last night I decided, screw it, I'm going to hunker down and learn a blues song. What song do you think I came up with? Separated at birth.
I love this song too, and I love the way you put yourself into it. This song has been done so many different ways by so many people, yours reminds me of Bob Wills' version. Just loving this.

Manatoba Hal has a very nice tab for this song, with lovely little bass runs.

Trouble in Mind tabs (http://app.box.com/s/gxcylo9t3vb3gz88qx7h)

He also has a tutorial on youtube. Which is a lovely slow version.
Looks like Trouble in mind for #102 will be the cold cold heart of #101


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

Cornfield
01-28-2014, 01:40 AM
!
Great intro. You play this well. Great original song. Love the lyrics!

Thanks Fred, the song is still being written so I may have another version of it before the week is over.

decaturcomp
01-28-2014, 03:23 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR36ikneCvs

So long, Pete.
It's been good to know you.

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 03:26 AM
This was one of the first songs I learned on uke and it cried out to be done this week. I think this is one of Dylan's greatest songs, and certainly one of the highlights from the second half of his career.

Hope you all enjoy it.

One of the things I love about the seasons is being introduced to so many songs that I have not heard before. This is excellent and very well done. These are some of your best vocals.

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 03:33 AM
I'll just leave this here


I'm with you, Dave. This is one of my all time fav blues songs. Love the whistle! I just picked up my uke and tried to play with you the second time through. Really good job, sir.

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 03:39 AM
A redo of one of my own songs. I did it previously on banjo uke.
My Own Dark Stormy Cloud.

Now THAT'S the blues. A dark stormy cloud following you with a bright day all around, a hat for the rain and sunnies for the light. Plus the bluest filter I've seen yet. This is one I'm going to learn. Thanks for sharing this one, Brian.

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 03:45 AM
Here's my first for the week. You may already know I'm a Terry Robb fan. I can't touch most of his better stuff but this one is in the ball park. I threw in a little slide for Pa. I hope to something more extensive on another post.

Long live the Blues!


Everything about this is just great. Love the slide in the middle. Very well done

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 03:48 AM
So long, Pete.
It's been good to know you.

I smell what you're cookin'. Did Pete do this song? I remember Ray Charles version. Your feeling in this really comes through.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-28-2014, 05:08 AM
oh my days this one takes me up to 4 vids for this season

and it's only tuesday

thank heavens i'm not addicted or anything

heartbreak hotel - 8 bar blues, apparently

(i am learning new musical stuff like a knowledge bandit this week!)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzGqNR1UBAo

actually no i counted that wrong i've done 3 so far

doh

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 05:17 AM
oh my days this one takes me up to 4 vids for this season

and it's only tuesday

thank heavens i'm not addicted or anything

heartbreak hotel - 8 bar blues, apparently

(i am learning new musical stuff like a knowledge bandit this week!)

actually no i counted that wrong i've done 3 so far

doh
You go girl! I was singing along with you. Only one more to go. Good thing you aren't addicted. That way if I lift the 5 song restriction later you won't be affected.....

bonesigh
01-28-2014, 05:35 AM
Can I post this one just for fun? Oh, wait, I just did.....hope that's okay!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUWV1Y4jA_g
This was my first ever attempt at writing the blues.

Barbablanca
01-28-2014, 05:45 AM
This is the first of my entries this week. It's another of my "slideshows" illustrating a song I wrote for our Blues band last year that we have never gotten around to incorporating in the repertory. This was another story that was "gifted" me by the muse. I started off with a little Am blues riff (Am, Dm, E7) and suddenly the words "Well, my name is Frank McCutcheon, from Belfast town I hail!" - came into my mind.

Within a short time the whole story unfolded of a young man who had gotten involved in vandalism, then terrorism and who had then spent years in jail and who is now middle-aged and regretting what he has done and the loss of his youth spent behind bars.

In the song (and in the slideshow) I have deliberately tried to avoid pinning Frank down to one side or the other of the conflict (despite the fact that his surname might hint that he was on the Loyalist, rather than the Republican side of the conflict). I am sure his story could apply to young men on both sides of that terrible period which tore Northern Ireland asunder for decades.

So, here is "Belfast Blues"


http://youtu.be/wOkUQf6dLEo

Lyrics in the description on YouTube as usual.

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 05:55 AM
This is the first of my entries this week. It's another of my "slideshows" illustrating a song I wrote for our Blues band last year that we have never gotten around to incorporating in the repertory. This was another story that was "gifted" me by the muse. I started off with a little Am blues riff (Am, Dm, E7) and suddenly the words "Well, my name is Frank McCutcheon, from Belfast town I hail!" - came into my mind.

Within a short time the whole story unfolded of a young man who had gotten involved in vandalism, then terrorism and who had then spent years in jail and who is now middle-aged and regretting what he has done and the loss of his youth spent behind bars.

In the song (and in the slideshow) I have deliberately tried to avoid pinning Frank down to one side or the other of the conflict (despite the fact that his surname might hint that he was on the Loyalist, rather than the Republican side of the conflict). I am sure his story could apply to young men on both sides of that terrible period which tore Northern Ireland asunder for decades.

So, here is "Belfast Blues"

Lyrics in the description on YouTube as usual.
I was looking forward to one of your originals and this did not disappoint. Except for the passing references to Belfast I think it could apply to people in any conflict. Great on all levels here, my friend.

ukuleledaddy
01-28-2014, 06:01 AM
Manatoba Hal has a very nice tab for this song, with lovely little bass runs.

Trouble in Mind tabs (http://app.box.com/s/gxcylo9t3vb3gz88qx7h)

He also has a tutorial on youtube. Which is a lovely slow version.
Looks like Trouble in mind for #102 will be the cold cold heart of #101


YES, thanks for pointing this out. This has been sitting in my "Learn This!" YT playlist for about a year. Guess there's no better time than the present. It's a bit tricky for me though, so I may not get to recording it. Even ordered a low G set for my tenor.

redpaul1
01-28-2014, 06:43 AM
I'm trying to stay away from the 12-bar format, but stay true to the Season. Here's my first:


http://youtu.be/rVCtS14C9Fg

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 06:53 AM
I'm trying to stay away from the 12-bar format, but stay true to the Season. Here's my first:


You are sounding very Dylan-esque on this one. Good choice and well played!

redpaul1
01-28-2014, 07:41 AM
Here's my second. The devil has all the best tunes.


http://youtu.be/2I2pIdXVIxI

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 07:46 AM
Here's my second. The devil has all the best tunes.



You're on fire. First Dylan and now the Stones. And this one about a 15 year old - vintage Jagger. Thanks for posting this.

redpaul1
01-28-2014, 07:52 AM
You're on fire. First Dylan and now the Stones. And this one about a 15 year old - vintage Jagger. Thanks for posting this.

Was she only 15? I didn't ask for ID. :uhoh:

Amazing to think though that you could get away with lyrics like that in the 60s. But it is a cracking tune.

xommen
01-28-2014, 07:56 AM
My third entry for this week. This is a song that was the result of a cooperation between Solomon Burk and de Dijk. Solomon died at the Airport in the Netherlands when he was traveling here for a gig together with de Dijk. De Dijk is a Dutch blues band that normally has Dutch lyrics. Solomon liked them so much that he together with de Dijk came up with English lyrics for their Dutch songs.
Here is Don't Despair by Solomon Burk and de Dijk.

http://youtu.be/S3qpFUC6lMk

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 09:09 AM
My third entry for this week. This is a song that was the result of a cooperation between Solomon Burk and de Dijk. Solomon died at the Airport in the Netherlands when he was traveling here for a gig together with de Dijk. De Dijk is a Dutch blues band that normally has Dutch lyrics. Solomon liked them so much that he together with de Dijk came up with English lyrics for their Dutch songs.
Here is Don't Despair by Solomon Burk and de Dijk.

Wow, thanks Wim. This is definitely not something I've heard before and I really like it.

Hochapeafarm
01-28-2014, 09:38 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR2bGLDLA0k

The bluer the better! Just the blues. It doesn't matter what kind of blues. If you have a question as to whether or not a song you want to do fits this theme just go ahead and do it without asking. I'm not turning anyone down. I want to hear about relationships gone bad, things that drive you crazy, being desperate, etc. Everyone gets 5 entries. No bonuses. The real Vermont maple syrup was a hit last time so I'll give a way a few of those again. My family is ready to help me with judging. Plus, I'm going to do at least one and possibly more drawings at random so everyone has a chance.

Not mentioned in the video is that multi-tracking and duplicates are welcome. Don't post the first video until 12:01am Hawaiian time. The Season will run until next Sunday night at midnight Hawaiian time. Until the Season starts, though, keep posting for Myrna in Season 101!

PLAYLIST (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXRkvd1m9c-D5kz5_VOrhhtbRzG0n3UI6&action_edit=1)

Love it, Fred!!! Your video was awesome! (love the "some of you may be in a bar" line, too!) Thank you so much for hosting!!![/B]

frisbee fred
01-28-2014, 09:41 AM
Love it, Fred!!! Your video was awesome! (love the "some of you may be in a bar" line, too!) Since you mentioned duplicates, I'll first just include a link to a JJ Cale tune, "Sensitive Kind," that I did a week or so ago. JJ's original is bluesy, for sure, but I went for a more...well, maybe eery and creepy flavor with my take (YIKES, kinda risky, I guess). Here's the link. :-) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHaZMBrrZPM&list=UUMmhrQsf36Du5CzuVL7hyqg&feature=c4-overview) BUT, I will do a new video, too, for your week! :-) Thank you so much for hosting!!!

Chelle! Glad you are going to post one or five. Just to be clear, by "duplicates" I meant that you can do new vids for the Season of songs other people have also done for the Season. Looking forward to hearing yours....

Hochapeafarm
01-28-2014, 09:56 AM
Chelle! Glad you are going to post one or five. Just to be clear, by "duplicates" I meant that you can do new vids for the Season of songs other people have also done for the Season. Looking forward to hearing yours....

Oh, wow, ooooooops!!! As we used to say when I was a kid...."ahhh, EMBARRASSED!" Yes, of course, I should have realized that! Again, MAJOR OOOPS on my part! Apologies!!! I edited my previous post and took out the link, etc. -- will definitely do a new video. :-)

we tigers
01-28-2014, 11:48 AM
Saskia and I actually never play blues music. We play bluesy music, but never the 12 bar things. Saskia went upstairs with a book and took a long soak in the bath tub and I set up a microphone and just started to play.
I name this one: Moerdijk
Moerdijk is the name of a bridge I have to cross everyday to work. I have spent many hours stuck in traffic trying to get across. I have a love-hate relationship with this bridge. It can be an annoying obstacle on my way to or from work, but it also provides me with lovely vistas across the wide river.

This one is completely improvised with every track being the only and unrehearsed take. It's basically a blues in F minor. Played on ukulele, Ubass and Fender Bass VI. The video shows a short part of my trip from work. We start on the bridge and head home. And I've superimposed shots of the instruments I used. Hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/7dLwrv2TUw8

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-28-2014, 11:56 AM
Here is my first for this season, hopefully there will be more if the computer doesn't conspire against me. It has taken a lot to get this from the camera to youtube :^(

A live recording at the open mic I go to in a local pub,

http://youtu.be/OnV-M1nBgXY

Written in 1923 by Jimmy Cox, Nobody Knows You when you are down and out was recorded in the 20s by Bessie Smith and Pinetop Smith amongst others but made a comeback in 1970 when Eric Clapton recorded it.

The camera was just standing on the bar and I recorded all my act, but this was the best of the four songs. It meant I had 10 minutes of video, a 2Gb file to deal with which was just one of the problems I had.

The cajon is being played by a friend of mine who just sat on my cajon and started playing, she is a great guitarist by a novice cajon player :^)

southside mike
01-28-2014, 12:33 PM
Great Season Fred, I love the blues! This song is about hearing the blues on the old AM radios
in the deep south late at night when you could sometimes pick up radio signals from far away
places. I'm sure that many people in the south first heard Chicago blues this way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh3XaS483kY

lelouden
01-28-2014, 12:44 PM
Here's a second entry for you! Some people might not think of this song as a typical blues song but I put a real blue spin on it...At least I tried too:)

What a Day For A Daydream of Syrup~


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

Apologies in advance for the photo thievery! Proof you can't find anything on the internet!
:smileybounce:

greenie44
01-28-2014, 01:17 PM
My third entry for this week. This is a song that was the result of a cooperation between Solomon Burk and de Dijk. Solomon died at the Airport in the Netherlands when he was traveling here for a gig together with de Dijk. De Dijk is a Dutch blues band that normally has Dutch lyrics. Solomon liked them so much that he together with de Dijk came up with English lyrics for their Dutch songs.
Here is Don't Despair by Solomon Burk and de Dijk.


I will listen to this later, but I really miss Solomon. One of the greatest performers I ever saw. I only have one autographed picture on my wall, and it is from King Solomon.

wrestlingmatt51
01-28-2014, 02:10 PM
This is a little bit of Ragtime Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h6nQCC763E

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-28-2014, 02:19 PM
gah. i have to post after wrestlingmatt's uber genius

*sigh*

ok. after doing a cover of "got my mojo working", which was 12 bar blues, i did a little 12 bar blues (sort of!) song of my own, "how many ukes are you gonna buy"

and after doing a cover of "heartbreak hotel", which was 8 bar blues, i've tried to make a little 8 bar blues song

not that i can make anything sound blues-y

but i've got the 8 bar chord thing going and i'm trying!

(everyone says that, you know. "lynda is VERY TRYING" they say. yep.)

so here is "the ukulele not-very-blue blues"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq1pq4bIuvU

oh, ukulele, you got the sweetest sound
you got the sweetest sound around
oh, you got the sweetest sound

i'm not biased, i know what i'm saying
you sound so great when you're playing
oh, you got the sweetest sound

oh, ukulele, it's true
no one sounds as good as you
oh, you got the sweetest sound

it doesn't matter what size
it doesn't matter in what guise
from soprano, to baritone...

you all sound great, it's a fact
you're all bringing sexy back
oh, you got the sweetest sound

oh, you got the sweetest sound
oh, you got the sweetest sound

:music:

Dougf
01-28-2014, 04:24 PM
Here’s a little 12-bar blues composed by Thelonious Monk, plus a little 12-bar noodling by me.


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

decaturcomp
01-28-2014, 04:52 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcgCYQSkcEs

pabrizzer
01-28-2014, 08:59 PM
A redo of the second video I did here on YouTube.
A Todd Baio song.
He is a ukulele inspiration so if you haven't visited his channel please do.
I'm a Uke Aholic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM21eN-_oII
And that's my 5. Thanks Fred.

Booli
01-28-2014, 09:28 PM
Hi All,

I am submitting this entry for Season 102, after having been away for a long while. Taking a quick break from recording, I made this video.

This is one take, the first take, improvised on the spot, after noodling around with the chords for a few minutes just before recording to figure out the chord progression. The Blues, the genre as a whole, just begs for improvisation.

There are probably hundreds of songs like this that are 8-bar or 12-bar blues, (I don't know what this one is - 12 or 8?) and oddly enough I can't name a single blues song right now - but I know that there's a blues song out there somewhere that starts with "Woke up this mornin'..."

I have not used a pick to play my ukulele at all, since everything I have done so far involves either finger-picking or strumming. Using a pick now feels like cheating to me.

However, without a pick to play The Blues, I could not get the feel, the drive, nor the volume I wanted from the instrument, so I had to use one here, however spastically I could play (or not)...so please be kind.

It's been a while since I made a video for public viewing, and of course when the camera is going, and you KNOW other people are going to see it, the performance is never as good as when you were playing a few minutes before hitting the red button. It's like stage-fright or something...


http://youtu.be/UA11DL9dmWA

http://youtu.be/UA11DL9dmWA

-Booli

Shady Wilbury
01-28-2014, 11:03 PM
This is my second entry. When I first started playing uke, this song was the focus of my attention for ages. Eight years later, I can finally play it, but can't hope to get those fills the way Hal does. Enjoy, anyway. :)


http://youtu.be/yWhlIuj6naE

krabbers
01-29-2014, 12:23 AM
hers an old one of mine, i might do a translation video later

http://youtu.be/XmyaJRPr1_M

CeeJay
01-29-2014, 01:47 AM
hers an old one of mine, i might do a translation video later

http://youtu.be/XmyaJRPr1_M

Daft Sod....Lycan this I am...Lycan it ?...geddit ? ....right I'll be just over





here




:o

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:31 AM
Saskia and I actually never play blues music. We play bluesy music, but never the 12 bar things. Saskia went upstairs with a book and took a long soak in the bath tub and I set up a microphone and just started to play.
I name this one: Moerdijk
Moerdijk is the name of a bridge I have to cross everyday to work. I have spent many hours stuck in traffic trying to get across. I have a love-hate relationship with this bridge. It can be an annoying obstacle on my way to or from work, but it also provides me with lovely vistas across the wide river.

This one is completely improvised with every track being the only and unrehearsed take. It's basically a blues in F minor. Played on ukulele, Ubass and Fender Bass VI. The video shows a short part of my trip from work. We start on the bridge and head home. And I've superimposed shots of the instruments I used. Hope you like it!

Who doesn't get the blues commuting to work? Improvised on all tracks? Wow, this is just great.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:34 AM
Here is my first for this season, hopefully there will be more if the computer doesn't conspire against me. It has taken a lot to get this from the camera to youtube :^(

A live recording at the open mic I go to in a local pub,
Written in 1923 by Jimmy Cox, Nobody Knows You when you are down and out was recorded in the 20s by Bessie Smith and Pinetop Smith amongst others but made a comeback in 1970 when Eric Clapton recorded it.

The camera was just standing on the bar and I recorded all my act, but this was the best of the four songs. It meant I had 10 minutes of video, a 2Gb file to deal with which was just one of the problems I had.

The cajon is being played by a friend of mine who just sat on my cajon and started playing, she is a great guitarist by a novice cajon player :^)

Way to go! Very brave to go to open mics. I've actually thought about that myself. This is a great old standard. Thanks for doing this - can't wait to here more vids from you.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:38 AM
Great Season Fred, I love the blues! This song is about hearing the blues on the old AM radios
in the deep south late at night when you could sometimes pick up radio signals from far away
places. I'm sure that many people in the south first heard Chicago blues this way.

This is great, Mike. Plugged in and playin the blues. The instrumentals are excellent as usual. Can't wait to here more from you sir!

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:42 AM
Here's a second entry for you! Some people might not think of this song as a typical blues song but I put a real blue spin on it...At least I tried too:)

What a Day For A Daydream of Syrup~


Another great bluesy song about the prize. After hearing your version I'm sure that the writer had maple syrup in mind. The whistling is really great by the way. Though, gratuitously unflattering photos of the host should make you concerned about payback.........

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:46 AM
This is a little bit of Ragtime Blues


Wow. That's hot, Matt. Please do some more!

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 02:52 AM
gah. i have to post after wrestlingmatt's uber genius

*sigh*

ok. after doing a cover of "got my mojo working", which was 12 bar blues, i did a little 12 bar blues (sort of!) song of my own, "how many ukes are you gonna buy"

and after doing a cover of "heartbreak hotel", which was 8 bar blues, i've tried to make a little 8 bar blues song

not that i can make anything sound blues-y

but i've got the 8 bar chord thing going and i'm trying!

(everyone says that, you know. "lynda is VERY TRYING" they say. yep.)

so here is "the ukulele not-very-blue blues"


Ukes definitley appreciate having songs written about them. This sounds more like a love song than a blues song, though. Maybe a song about how the uke is letting someone else play it would work. Sort of a uke-relationship-gone-bad kind of thing.....

Cohumulone
01-29-2014, 04:06 AM
There are some fantastic entries on here. Only wish I could view them on my work computer sometimes to catch them all. Love this community here.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-29-2014, 04:18 AM
Lycan it ?...geddit ?
lol!

and blah blah blah to up the word count

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-29-2014, 05:31 AM
Way to go! Very brave to go to open mics. I've actually thought about that myself. This is a great old standard. Thanks for doing this - can't wait to here more vids from you.

Yup, brave when you are only my standard, but the others there are quite forgiving and understanding.

the rest won't be from the open mic as they weren't good enough, but I am working on something which is being a challenge for me - which is no bad thing to stretch my limited abilities.

Yes you really should get out to open mics. I frequent as many as I can find, up until now it has been just solo harmonica.

Tootler
01-29-2014, 06:20 AM
This has been a frustrating week but I finally managed to record two songs today. Fortunately, two single take jobs as just when I had finished, my wife asked me to do a job which has to be done for tomorrow so I had to drop everything.

Here is the first one - some Fats Domino.

http://youtu.be/XiupAaJucV0

The second is in the can but it needs editing so won't be ready till tomorrow.

peewee
01-29-2014, 06:38 AM
Hi All,
Here's a little made up blues thing for you. It's short and instrumental and sloppy.
I'm calling it 802 blues after the area code for Vermont in hopes of tugging Fred's heartstrings into sending me some syrup!
Dark Amber please Fred. (formerly known as Grade B)
And I mis-spoke, it's not season 103, that would be next week.
http://youtu.be/cIUhwR04Zz8

http://youtu.be/cIUhwR04Zz8

decaturcomp
01-29-2014, 06:56 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Mc2F2J0Gw

lelouden
01-29-2014, 09:17 AM
My #3 desperate entry!

Trouble in Mind~ kind of:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUq7UcbqQmM&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 09:48 AM
Here’s a little 12-bar blues composed by Thelonious Monk, plus a little 12-bar noodling by me.

Just great Doug. I always look forward to your videos. This one is one of your best imho. You set a great mood and this is just so well played.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 09:52 AM
A redo of the second video I did here on YouTube.
A Todd Baio song.
He is a ukulele inspiration so if you haven't visited his channel please do.
I'm a Uke Aholic.
And that's my 5. Thanks Fred.
Love the hat action! Nice to know there is such a great song for people like us. Nicely done. And 5 great ones they are!

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 09:56 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcgCYQSkcEs

Rainbows can snuff out the blues fo sho. Another good one that I never heard of. Thanks for doing this, Alan.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 10:01 AM
Hi All,

I am submitting this entry for Season 102, after having been away for a long while. Taking a quick break from recording, I made this video.

This is one take, the first take, improvised on the spot, after noodling around with the chords for a few minutes just before recording to figure out the chord progression. The Blues, the genre as a whole, just begs for improvisation.

There are probably hundreds of songs like this that are 8-bar or 12-bar blues, (I don't know what this one is - 12 or 8?) and oddly enough I can't name a single blues song right now - but I know that there's a blues song out there somewhere that starts with "Woke up this mornin'..."

I have not used a pick to play my ukulele at all, since everything I have done so far involves either finger-picking or strumming. Using a pick now feels like cheating to me.

However, without a pick to play The Blues, I could not get the feel, the drive, nor the volume I wanted from the instrument, so I had to use one here, however spastically I could play (or not)...so please be kind.

It's been a while since I made a video for public viewing, and of course when the camera is going, and you KNOW other people are going to see it, the performance is never as good as when you were playing a few minutes before hitting the red button. It's like stage-fright or something...

http://youtu.be/UA11DL9dmWA

-Booli

Nice job on this, BD. I'm going to get out my tenor and noodle along with you later tonight. Thanks for posting this.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 10:04 AM
[QUOTE=Shady Wilbury;1470483]This is my second entry. When I first started playing uke, this song was the focus of my attention for ages. Eight years later, I can finally play it, but can't hope to get those fills the way Hal does. Enjoy, anyway. :)

/QUOTE]

I'm a Manitoba Hal fan too. It's an excellent song. Well done, Casey.

southside mike
01-29-2014, 10:08 AM
Season 102 #2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRo78X8f-VY

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 10:14 AM
This has been a frustrating week but I finally managed to record two songs today. Fortunately, two single take jobs as just when I had finished, my wife asked me to do a job which has to be done for tomorrow so I had to drop everything.

Here is the first one - some Fats Domino.
The second is in the can but it needs editing so won't be ready till tomorrow.
I agree with Lynda - this is a good choice. The uke sounds really good. Must have something to do with the one playing it :-)

southside mike
01-29-2014, 10:18 AM
Here's #3.

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

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 10:54 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Mc2F2J0Gw

Too fun! Hadn't heard that one. Definitely a lot of truth in it. Great playing too.

frisbee fred
01-29-2014, 10:59 AM
My #3 desperate entry!

Trouble in Mind~ kind of:)


I love a woman with a one track mind. That was very bluesy and well played. Not to mention the terrible heartache of the subject matter........

Tootler
01-29-2014, 11:57 AM
I agree with Lynda - this is a good choice. The uke sounds really good. Must have something to do with the one playing it :-)

Thanks, Fred. The uke is a Bruko tenor tuned done to EAC#F# The lower tuning seems to suit it.

Barbablanca
01-29-2014, 12:30 PM
My second offering this week might not qualify for the week at all - because although it had a ukulele on it at the recording stages, I finally decided that the Uke clashed with the other rhythm instrument (which is my new Bediaz brand Lap Steel) and cut it from the final mixdown.

So, if this doesn't make the cut, then I'll understand perfectly. But I hope you give it a listen anyway. I'm planning to do another song later in the week with only a single uke and voice!

This is another story that was gifted me by my Dobro - although unlike "Belfast Blues" this does have a slight basis in my past. When I was in the Royal Air Force, as a very young man, one of our lads experienced something similar to what happens in the story. A girl accused him of having tried to rape her the week previously and he got beaten up by thugs who took her word for it - although he swore he had never seen the girl before and had no idea why she had picked him out from the crowd. In my song, the woman has rather sinister motives connected with her nihilist philosophy and her perception that people are just chess pieces in her game.

I'm afraid that I never got the sync exactly right on this video. I recorded the vocals and the basic acoustic slide live. Then I fed that onto my multi-track recorder and laid down the Tenor Uke (tuned to open D) . Then finally added the electric slide lead using the same instrument you see in the video. Then I fed the mixed down track back into the video as an import using Magix Video Editing software (which I am still getting the hang of).

The images were added at key points, partly to hide the bad sync ;)



http://youtu.be/FPpiWPBO7G8
As usual the lyrics are in the description on youtube.

The Ukelites
01-29-2014, 12:50 PM
Hi Seasonistas, dear Fred.
We love this weeks theme and think there have been some outstanding entries so far! We've commented on YT.

Our entry is a multi track of Bobby "Blue" Bland's hit "Farther Up The Road" or ""Further On Up The Road". It was also covered by Eric Clapton. Hope you like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH4qRB5eP4I:D

CeeJay
01-29-2014, 01:44 PM
How the hell do you follow that ...? Further On Up the Road ..The Ukelites ...Outstanding...


oh well ...my next offering ...again overlong ....
http://youtu.be/6hxNS9M_sLc



Blues Rock ...Rory Gallagher........mangled by me....

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-29-2014, 03:21 PM
ooh quite a few new vids up since i last swung by - gonna quickly post MY new one, and then go back and check 'em out

yes i know i thought i'd already posted five vids

but then i learnt to count

and i realised i'd only done four!

oh, what a mighty genius i am. yeah baby

anyway YAY the point is i can do another

and here it is

another homemade thing, "i wanna play the blues so bad"

(i could just as easily have written one called "i just wanna count up to five properly so bad"...)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NnK-6V9J2I

I wanna play the blues so bad
I wanna play the blues so bad
but I can't and it's makin' me sad
I wanna play the blues so bad
ooh ooh
I wanna play the blues so bad

maybe I go at it too fast
before I know i've gone right past the blues and into rock and roll
oh baby
don't you know
I just wanna play
I just wanna play
the blues

I guess i'll just have to keep tryin'
wipe my tears, and stop cryin'
there's worse things, I know
than a little rock and roll
and maybe one day
maybe one day
i'll play the blues

maybe one day
maybe one day
i'll play the blues

maybe one day
maybe one day
i'll play the blues

TCK
01-29-2014, 04:05 PM
<TCK> Well, I went and tried to read all the very scholarly articles on what makes a "Blues" song...but I ain't much of a reader. Not that I cannot, but I have always had a real short attention span. In any event, I got bored and decided to just play a song instead.
This is an Eric Lindell song. He is and has been as long as I can remember the musical embodiment of what it means to be from Sonoma County, California. He is our bard, and when it is 110 degrees at 9 o'clock at night, there is nothing better than a really cold beer and his band to kick off a party.
Time for a trip in the way-back machine...way back to season 23. Daddy-o asked us to play songs about "home", and there was no way I could pull this off then. Musselwhite on harp, Delbert McClinton helping out...fratoir raging. Somewhere along the way I gathered the courage to try songs like that on a single Ukulele and make them my thing. Listen to the original (Sentimental Lover) and you will see what I mean. In any event- this is a nod of the hat to Sean, because we share the songs theme in our collective consciousness, and some day we will play our ukes on it's banks until the break of dawn.
A song about our river, for Ukuleledaddy </TCK>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzNnS9wL0aY

bonesigh
01-29-2014, 04:22 PM
#2 from me (: Just a quick one mistakes and all. This is a pastich that I wrote some years ago when I first started playing the uke. I did a lot of playing for my kids classroom so when I'd learn a new song for myself I'd also make a "kid friendly" version of the song. I have quite a few of these. This is based on Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" that I learned from Aldrine on one of his tutorials. I hope you enjoy it. I thought it was funny that it was hard to finding footage of kids not getting along in the sandbox cuz it happens so often.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRmM53PNIy4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

UkeCan1
01-29-2014, 04:26 PM
Can I just say what a miracle these Seasons are? Yesterday I was not a big fan of the blues. I was happy to sit this week out. Never felt particularly drawn to the form, and 99% of blues songs are, you know, about the blues ... complaining about how bad things are ... and that's just not a place I like to spend my time.

And then Pete Seeger died, and someone challenged me to post a Pete Seeger tribute song video. And I thought, well, if I'm gonna make a video, it ought to be a blues song so I'll get my chance at that syrup. So I spent way too much time googling for Pete Seeger blues songs. Found a handful (all with "Blues" in the title ... how else can you find them?), but they were all too depressing for me.

Meanwhile, the song I really wanted to do was the one that most directly impacted my life ... the theme song of the Clearwater organization that Pete founded that cleaned up the Hudson River. See, of all the amazing things Pete did for the world, this is the one I am most aware of on a regular basis.

Because when I was a kid, the Hudson River was notoriously, dangerously polluted. People were afraid to fall in it and get eaten alive by the toxins in that filthy water. And then Pete and friends started sailing the Sloop Clearwater up and down the river, singing about cleaning up the river, as if this impossible thing could actually happen.

And you know, today (okay, not literally today - it's like 0 degrees out there) I regularly swim in that river off my friend's sailboat. That, my friends, is a freakin' miracle. And this song had a lot to do with causing that miracle.

So imagine my amazement and delight, as this joyous, happy, uplifting, miraculous song was running through my head, and I started to notice that ... it is a classic 12-bar blues song. And I never ever noticed that before. And you know, as I started to play it, I really grew to appreciate the coolness of that sound. This song is really fun to play and sing. And it's a happy song about causing miracles .. what could possibly beat that?!

And so, in tribute to the amazing Pete Seeger, and all the differences he's made in all our lives, in wonder at the privilege of getting to swim in the Hudson, and, yeah, you bet, in the running for the wondrous syrup, I present to you, "Sailin' Up, Sailin' Down". Imagine I am a whole chorus of people call-and-responsing with Pete.

(Since I'm *not* Pete, and I can't yet come close to simulating that glorious banjo solo he does, I added, you know, some extra chords instead (cuz that's my thing), including a cool blues turnaround that I figured out from Wikipedia. Don't worry, it's still blues, just more complex blues than the original.)

So ... many, many thanks to Fred for getting me to learn about the blues, for this wonderful song, and to Pete for missing out on Alan's week so that he might land on Fred's instead, and for our clean river, and for the best example I've ever known of making a living making music, having fun, and changing lives. May a little bit of that rub off on all of us.


http://youtu.be/wiZQciYX31M

(PS, I can't help mentioning, my friend with the sailboat is Bob McNally, inventor of the Strumstick and the Martin Backpacker guitar and an avid ukester, but that's another story for another time.)

TCK
01-29-2014, 04:33 PM
I made a few tonight. This song really ain't a blues song...but I have a disdain for rules. Another Bob Wills song, at least as I know it. Blues for Dixie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqvKLAh-qY8

ukuleledaddy
01-29-2014, 06:19 PM
<TCK> Well, I went and tried to read all the very scholarly articles on what makes a "Blues" song...but I ain't much of a reader. Not that I cannot, but I have always had a real short attention span. In any event, I got bored and decided to just play a song instead.
This is an Eric Lindell song. He is and has been as long as I can remember the musical embodiment of what it means to be from Sonoma County, California. He is our bard, and when it is 110 degrees at 9 o'clock at night, there is nothing better than a really cold beer and his band to kick off a party.
Time for a trip in the way-back machine...way back to season 23. Daddy-o asked us to play songs about "home", and there was no way I could pull this off then. Musselwhite on harp, Delbert McClinton helping out...fratoir raging. Somewhere along the way I gathered the courage to try songs like that on a single Ukulele and make them my thing. Listen to the original (Sentimental Lover) and you will see what I mean. In any event- this is a nod of the hat to Sean, because we share the songs theme in our collective consciousness, and some day we will play our ukes on it's banks until the break of dawn.
A song about our river, for Ukuleledaddy </TCK>


I couldn't be sitting here with a bigger smile on my face if I tried. Thanks for the nod. Wish I could catch a plane right now and sit on the banks of that river and play some songs. I love this song and will go check out the original now.
I should probably be doing with this season what you did tonight, instead I'm banging my head against the wall with the blues. I've looked at numerous "how to play the blues on ukulele" videos. I've been working on one but will likely not be able to record.
Thanks for making my week here Dave.

myrnaukelele
01-29-2014, 06:25 PM
This blues song was written in 1956.

http://youtu.be/8gj2w9r_DBU
I'm playing my recently acquired Boatpaddle concert uke.

TCK
01-29-2014, 07:26 PM
Thanks for making mine as well...Only smile bigger in the US is coming from the guy who realizes his buddy "got it". The river awaits- and I have some owls to show the girls. Just play what you want to- Fred ain't going to mind mate...beside, he said Trouble In Mind was his favorite. Play that sucker so I can breathe again ;)
I couldn't be sitting here with a bigger smile on my face if I tried. Thanks for the nod. Wish I could catch a plane right now and sit on the banks of that river and play some songs. I love this song and will go check out the original now.
I should probably be doing with this season what you did tonight, instead I'm banging my head against the wall with the blues. I've looked at numerous "how to play the blues on ukulele" videos. I've been working on one but will likely not be able to record.
Thanks for making my week here Dave.

wee_ginga_yin
01-29-2014, 10:04 PM
Jack Pepper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W89JZVfUNTE) was an American vaudeville dancer, singer, comedian, musician,
and later in life a Dallas, Texas nightclub manager. Pepper began entertaining
on Vaudeville in his youth with his sisters Helen and Winnie Mae. He played the
ukulele in a similar style to Cliff Edwards.

#3 for #102


http://youtu.be/pkPYrNmMYgw

Booli
01-29-2014, 10:37 PM
This is my second entry for this season.

I am so incredibly inspired by all the awesome video submissions by my fellow Seasonistas, that I was compelled to write this song, just for the Seasons contest. :shaka:

Just so you know, this song is *not* about me. I wrote the words in like 5 minutes as just a stream of consciousness kind of thing.


http://youtu.be/fwG66gmqQwo
http://youtu.be/fwG66gmqQwo

Words, Music and Copyright 2014 by Booli Deano. All rights reserved.

CeeJay
01-30-2014, 02:42 AM
Can I just say what a miracle these Seasons are? Yesterday I was not a big fan of the blues. I was happy to sit this week out. Never felt particularly drawn to the form, and 99% of blues songs are, you know, about the blues ... complaining about how bad things are ... and that's just not a place I like to spend my time.

And then Pete Seeger died, and someone challenged me to post a Pete Seeger tribute song video. And I thought, well, if I'm gonna make a video, it ought to be a blues song so I'll get my chance at that syrup. So I spent way too much time googling for Pete Seeger blues songs. Found a handful (all with "Blues" in the title ... how else can you find them?), but they were all too depressing for me.

Meanwhile, the song I really wanted to do was the one that most directly impacted my life ... the theme song of the Clearwater organization that Pete founded that cleaned up the Hudson River. See, of all the amazing things Pete did for the world, this is the one I am most aware of on a regular basis.

Because when I was a kid, the Hudson River was notoriously, dangerously polluted. People were afraid to fall in it and get eaten alive by the toxins in that filthy water. And then Pete and friends started sailing the Sloop Clearwater up and down the river, singing about cleaning up the river, as if this impossible thing could actually happen.

And you know, today (okay, not literally today - it's like 0 degrees out there) I regularly swim in that river off my friend's sailboat. That, my friends, is a freakin' miracle. And this song had a lot to do with causing that miracle.

So imagine my amazement and delight, as this joyous, happy, uplifting, miraculous song was running through my head, and I started to notice that ... it is a classic 12-bar blues song. And I never ever noticed that before. And you know, as I started to play it, I really grew to appreciate the coolness of that sound. This song is really fun to play and sing. And it's a happy song about causing miracles .. what could possibly beat that?!

And so, in tribute to the amazing Pete Seeger, and all the differences he's made in all our lives, in wonder at the privilege of getting to swim in the Hudson, and, yeah, you bet, in the running for the wondrous syrup, I present to you, "Sailin' Up, Sailin' Down". Imagine I am a whole chorus of people call-and-responsing with Pete.

(Since I'm *not* Pete, and I can't yet come close to simulating that glorious banjo solo he does, I added, you know, some extra chords instead (cuz that's my thing), including a cool blues turnaround that I figured out from Wikipedia. Don't worry, it's still blues, just more complex blues than the original.)

So ... many, many thanks to Fred for getting me to learn about the blues, for this wonderful song, and to Pete for missing out on Alan's week so that he might land on Fred's instead, and for our clean river, and for the best example I've ever known of making a living making music, having fun, and changing lives. May a little bit of that rub off on all of us.


http://youtu.be/wiZQciYX31M

(PS, I can't help mentioning, my friend with the sailboat is Bob McNally, inventor of the Strumstick and the Martin Backpacker guitar and an avid ukester, but that's another story for another time.)

I'm going to take a playful exception to your definition of blues as "complaining about how bad things are"....some blues songs are absolutely full of humour , smut , innuendo and playful imagery.get a load of Hot Tamales as an example....!!...and as Blues developed from Gospel and Spirituals then some have a religious element ........ (some are, admittedly, songs to slash your wrists to !)

Oh yes , Great song here as well btw ,nicely played....

Cheers

CJ

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 02:56 AM
Season 102 #2.


Love the Allman Brothers. This is a great version, Mike.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 03:00 AM
Here's #3.


I'm glad that we are getting such good versions of old standards in this Season. The instrumental at the end is great. Thanks for doing this.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 03:14 AM
Hi Seasonistas, dear Fred.
We love this weeks theme and think there have been some outstanding entries so far! We've commented on YT.

Our entry is a multi track of Bobby "Blue" Bland's hit "Farther Up The Road" or ""Further On Up The Road". It was also covered by Eric Clapton. Hope you like it.:D

Oh man that was just great. You guys really captured this song. And three Steffans! The only thing better than three Steffans would have been three Miris. You obviously put so much time and effort into these videos. I know I usually say "this is one of my favorites of yours" every time I watch one. But this is really one of my favorites of yours. Really well done.

bonesigh
01-30-2014, 03:14 AM
Just to comment on UkeCan1's post without posting the entire thing again. Great story and nice rendition of the song. I also never appreciated/liked the blues until I learned to play the uke. Now playing the blues is a treat. I still however, don't love listening to the blues, but I do love to play it.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 03:19 AM
How the hell do you follow that ...? Further On Up the Road ..The Ukelites ...Outstanding...
oh well ...my next offering ...again overlong ....
Blues Rock ...Rory Gallagher........mangled by me....

This is another excellent video CeeJay. You are feelin it and playin it well. Love the multi-tracking here. The plugged in harp is awesome! Your performance is very bluesy and perfect for this season. Great job, sir.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 03:30 AM
<TCK> Well, I went and tried to read all the very scholarly articles on what makes a "Blues" song...but I ain't much of a reader. Not that I cannot, but I have always had a real short attention span. In any event, I got bored and decided to just play a song instead.
This is an Eric Lindell song. He is and has been as long as I can remember the musical embodiment of what it means to be from Sonoma County, California. He is our bard, and when it is 110 degrees at 9 o'clock at night, there is nothing better than a really cold beer and his band to kick off a party.
Time for a trip in the way-back machine...way back to season 23. Daddy-o asked us to play songs about "home", and there was no way I could pull this off then. Musselwhite on harp, Delbert McClinton helping out...fratoir raging. Somewhere along the way I gathered the courage to try songs like that on a single Ukulele and make them my thing. Listen to the original (Sentimental Lover) and you will see what I mean. In any event- this is a nod of the hat to Sean, because we share the songs theme in our collective consciousness, and some day we will play our ukes on it's banks until the break of dawn.
A song about our river, for Ukuleledaddy </TCK>

Of course this is the blues! Had not heard this one before myself. This is just great.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:01 AM
#2 from me (: Just a quick one mistakes and all. This is a pastich that I wrote some years ago when I first started playing the uke. I did a lot of playing for my kids classroom so when I'd learn a new song for myself I'd also make a "kid friendly" version of the song. I have quite a few of these. This is based on Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" that I learned from Aldrine on one of his tutorials. I hope you enjoy it. I thought it was funny that it was hard to finding footage of kids not getting along in the sandbox cuz it happens so often.

Lol!! This is great stuff, Janet. Having had 3 kids in 5 years I understand these blues very well. Did you do that claymation? That was so good.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:08 AM
Can I just say what a miracle these Seasons are? Yesterday I was not a big fan of the blues. I was happy to sit this week out. Never felt particularly drawn to the form, and 99% of blues songs are, you know, about the blues ... complaining about how bad things are ... and that's just not a place I like to spend my time.

(PS, I can't help mentioning, my friend with the sailboat is Bob McNally, inventor of the Strumstick and the Martin Backpacker guitar and an avid ukester, but that's another story for another time.)

Wendy, I'm so glad you did this. I haven't heard this in years. This is excellent - and I really like the story (TCK rule) that lead you up to doing this song. Well done.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:12 AM
I made a few tonight. This song really ain't a blues song...but I have a disdain for rules. Another Bob Wills song, at least as I know it. Blues for Dixie.

:rulez:You may have a disdain for rules (do your students know this?) but you are well within the bounds for this Season. I don't think the blues masters were much for rules either. In any event, if you feel blue it's the blues. Plus, any song with a lonesome whistle in it is the blues. Nice one, Dave.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:15 AM
This blues song was written in 1956.

I'm playing my recently acquired Boatpaddle concert uke.

Love the new uke! I can tell by the number of ukes up on the wall that you still need a few more. Great cover, Myrna. This is a great old standard. I hope you are not feeling as blue as you sound....

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:19 AM
Jack Pepper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W89JZVfUNTE) was an American vaudeville dancer, singer, comedian, musician,
and later in life a Dallas, Texas nightclub manager. Pepper began entertaining
on Vaudeville in his youth with his sisters Helen and Winnie Mae. He played the
ukulele in a similar style to Cliff Edwards.

#3 for #102



I'm not sure they are far enough apart.......I haven't heard this before but it feels like an old New Orleans Blues standard. Nice one.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:24 AM
This is my second entry for this season.

I am so incredibly inspired by all the awesome video submissions by my fellow Seasonistas, that I was compelled to write this song, just for the Seasons contest. :shaka:

Just so you know, this song is *not* about me. I wrote the words in like 5 minutes as just a stream of consciousness kind of thing.

http://youtu.be/fwG66gmqQwo

Words, Music and Copyright 2014 by Booli Deano. All rights reserved.

Now this is really good, BD. So glad this isn't about you! Some hard drivin' blues here.

krabbers
01-30-2014, 05:07 AM
just made this up


http://youtu.be/NJPsJNnvMB0

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 05:53 AM
just made this up



Love the blues against the black background. Nice little original.

Tootler
01-30-2014, 06:08 AM
I thought I was going to struggle to get some entries in this week as it has been a frustrating week but I now have four in the can - here is no. 2. I thought of it as I was driving home from town this morning. A song by Blind Lemon Jefferson though I remember it from covers by Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary back in the 60s. I had to get the Risa out for something this week as Fred always says nice things about the songs I do with it. So Fred, hope you like this one.

I think I might inflict it on the folk club tonight in an acoustic version.


http://youtu.be/cuTFLZhuvwE

I have another with the Risa as well but it needs editing yet.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 06:16 AM
I thought I was going to struggle to get some entries in this week as it has been a frustrating week but I now have four in the can - here is no. 2. I thought of it as I was driving home from town this morning. A song by Blind Lemon Jefferson though I remember it from covers by Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary back in the 60s. I had to get the Risa out for something this week as Fred always says nice things about the songs I do with it. So Fred, hope you like this one.

I think I might inflict it on the folk club tonight in an acoustic version.

I have another with the Risa as well but it needs editing yet.

About a hundred years ago I got a two record live lp set of Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert in the mid-60s. I wore that album out. This is one of my favorite songs from that concert. I really do like it when you play the Risa. Well done with this, Geoff.

bonesigh
01-30-2014, 08:35 AM
One sloppy take today. I'm supposed to be neatening up the guest room for company! Wish my playing were more up to par. I have been dealing with numbness in my left hand. Just found out it's carpel tunnel. Sure is annoying to be playing away and then not be able to feel your fingers!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VieBEHAHv94&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tootler
01-30-2014, 08:35 AM
About a hundred years ago I got a two record live lp set of Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert in the mid-60s. I wore that album out. This is one of my favorite songs from that concert. I really do like it when you play the Risa. Well done with this, Geoff.

I remember that LP. Someone in the Hall I stayed in at University had it. Great Album. I did see them once in concert when they were over here on tour. I really liked the Bob Dylan version - if anything I liked it better. His voice really suited the song and I loved his first album. There were some great covers of traditional songs on it.

Anyway here is no. 3. Blue Suede Shoes.

I did this once before with my Flea but it really needs the Risa treatment - with a Vox stompbox to get that dirty overdrive sound.


http://youtu.be/UGwEJM7rp4A

No. 4 on the way. The audio is edited but I'm off out now so I'll probably leave it till tomorrow.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 09:19 AM
One sloppy take today. I'm supposed to be neatening up the guest room for company! Wish my playing were more up to par. I have been dealing with numbness in my left hand. Just found out it's carpel tunnel. Sure is annoying to be playing away and then not be able to feel your fingers!!!

Ah, havin' the blues on an autumn day. Beautiful colors here. It goes along with your excellent playing. Nice job, Janet.

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 09:22 AM
I remember that LP. Someone in the Hall I stayed in at University had it. Great Album. I did see them once in concert when they were over here on tour. I really liked the Bob Dylan version - if anything I liked it better. His voice really suited the song and I loved his first album. There were some great covers of traditional songs on it.

Anyway here is no. 3. Blue Suede Shoes.

I did this once before with my Flea but it really needs the Risa treatment - with a Vox stompbox to get that dirty overdrive sound.

No. 4 on the way. The audio is edited but I'm off out now so I'll probably leave it till tomorrow.
This absolutely needed both the Risa and the Vox stompbox - not to mention the kazoo. Everything sounds great here, my friend.

xommen
01-30-2014, 11:08 AM
I think I would call this experimental blues (the vocal somehow make me think of the Talking Heads :confused:), the lyrics are by Pete Seeger I tried to blues it up a bit, and this weird thing came out ;).
There is some multi tracking with a shaker and my uke bass.
Here is Pete Seegers Maple Syrup Time.

http://youtu.be/xKhJ2_0hu6o

ukuleledaddy
01-30-2014, 11:53 AM
Well I didn't think I'd be getting anything in this week, now looks like maybe two. Anyway, here's one.
Yesterday TCK made my night. He did a great song about a river and reminded me about one of our bygone seasons; Season 23, which was the first week I ever hosted. The theme that week was "Home" and I remember hoping someone would do this song, Double Wide Blues. Nobody did, so here we are. Thanks Dave for a trip in the way-back machine. This one's for you. It's rough and has mistakes, but I didn't think you'd mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr20X4ftpr4

greyghost
01-30-2014, 12:16 PM
I've decided to take on the great Junior Brown. Superficially it's an old-school country song, but really it's a standard I-IV-V blues. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWqOquP3OdI

Barbablanca
01-30-2014, 12:46 PM
Here, as promised, is my third entry. This time I managed to get the sync right! (after some trouble). This is an original A minor blues about a guy who loses his temper and finds he has lost more than that as a result. It's another song I wrote for the Blues Band that we haven't gotten around to - due to the wealth of great material we have written in this last 12 months since we formed the band!

Simpler multi-tracking this time. Did the basic track with the Brazilian Cavaquinho (Baritone Uke) with a guide vocal. Then recorded the solo instrument using my Oscar Schmidt 8 string. Then two more vocal takes. A master vocal, doubling the original guide vocal, and a deeper registered baritone to add a touch of lower register. I hope you like it:


http://youtu.be/0JeoP8j5JP4

As usual, lyrics can be found in the description on YouTube.

Tootler
01-30-2014, 01:50 PM
Here is my fourth for this week. An original using a standard blues progression -I IV7 V7 with a modified progression in the bridge. The lyrics are adapted from a broadside I found some time ago on the Bodleian Library (Oxford) Broadside Collection (http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/ballads.htm) - at least the verses before the bridge are. The rest is just taking the theme a little further.

The lyrics and chords are on You Tube


http://youtu.be/P20nPMiUud8

One more to go. I am hopeful I'll get time. I was pretty frustrated at the beginning of the week, but I am pleased to have four done and hopeful of a fifth. I am having to join the lurkers for the next three weeks as I will be away from home.

Tootler
01-30-2014, 01:54 PM
This absolutely needed both the Risa and the Vox stompbox - not to mention the kazoo....

A sax would have been even better but I don't play sax, so the kazoo just had to do. :music:

Thanks, Fred.

CeeJay
01-30-2014, 03:51 PM
http://youtu.be/nMMOfy3D3AA

3rd entry and this is a raucous quickie ....my take on Blue Moon ...the one of Kentucky apparently....along with it's rather fine Bourbon , Colonels and Derby........and it is short........;)


....oh yes...I have succumbed to the Blues trilby........looks like a valve cap on an inflatable toy on me !!!

Milliron
01-30-2014, 04:16 PM
Another day learning from Linda. It was fun but sad:( I guess the Blues is as good a subject as any for me:) If you look real close you will see a witch float around in the background. That was my husband " video bombing" us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qBJqnPfg4E&feature=youtu.be

Rustyy
01-30-2014, 04:20 PM
Here's my second for the week, I'm not sure what made me think of it, and I'm not sure how Blue it is, perhaps R & Blues.
Anyway it is a Animals song from their early days: "Gonna Send You Back to Walker".
Apparently Walker is a suburb of Newcastle on Tyne from whence Eric Burdon hails.
Based on a song called Gonna send you back to Georgia which I don't think I've heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kNa6r-5DfE&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
01-30-2014, 04:42 PM
I think I would call this experimental blues (the vocal somehow make me think of the Talking Heads :confused:), the lyrics are by Pete Seeger I tried to blues it up a bit, and this weird thing came out ;).
There is some multi tracking with a shaker and my uke bass.
Here is Pete Seegers Maple Syrup Time.

A song about the prize by Pete Seeger that's the blues. That's a three-fer! Way to blues it up, Wim. Has kind of a sixties feel to me. Well done.

Rustyy
01-30-2014, 05:28 PM
Number 3. This time a more traditional blues song, already done for this Season by UkuleleDaveey.
Mean Woman Blues


http://youtu.be/alnaoLGNk9w

Cohumulone
01-30-2014, 06:32 PM
I've never written a blues song before. I wanted to write this one in what I call a very "traditional format." Is it 8 bar? 12 Bar? No idea. Where I'm from and how we grew up, we just played songs.

This song is about how I feel in AZ. Never really liked it here. Always homesick for the South.
Also, I incorporated some "lead" in it after the 3rd verse. I am NOT a lead player so bear with me. I just felt it and ran with it.

Approximate Lyrics:
Oh Rocky Top I left You
Over 20 years Ago
" "
I spent my time away now I'm ready to go back home

I was born in Mississippi
Moved on up to Tennessee
" "
Gonna get back to the south land, before this Desert is the death of me

Spent some years away
Running from my past
" "
As the memories start to fade, the good outweigh the bad

Solo break

Moved out to Arizona
Took a wife and settled down
" "
But the tears that fall for my home are buried in this sea of brown.

Gonna get back to the mountains
Knock this dust off my shoes
" "
This ain't no place for a Southern Boy with the Arizona Blues.



http://youtu.be/r2EukFeqhL0

watchyourtoes
01-30-2014, 07:12 PM
[QUOTE=Dougf;1470427]Here’s a little 12-bar blues composed by Thelonious Monk, plus a little 12-bar noodling by me.

you call that "noodling?" That's some great work Doug. I wish my best strumming and plucking was half as good as your noodling around!

peewee
01-30-2014, 07:45 PM
Here's another blues-ed up Pete Seeger song. I was reminded of this today as I got to spend some time flying over the endless suburbia of Southern California in a helicopter. I updated the lyrics just a little.
"Little Boxes"
thanks Pete!
http://youtu.be/6LEvTHMSQZA

http://youtu.be/6LEvTHMSQZA

wee_ginga_yin
01-30-2014, 08:16 PM
BEV meets WGY (uke and moothie collab)


http://youtu.be/zI_Altenyz8

xommen
01-30-2014, 09:10 PM
A sax would have been even better but I don't play sax, so the kazoo just had to do. :music:

Thanks, Fred.

Maybe you should get a Xaphoon or Saxinet (http://northwindinstruments.com/saxinet/) or however they are called then, as it looks to me like that would play like a recorder (which you do play right?) and it sound like a saxophone. If your wife asked why you bought something like this, don't blame me ;).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFmFa7c0V4s

we tigers
01-30-2014, 09:54 PM
Go for it Geoff! A friend of mine owns a Xaphoon and it sounds great. The playability of a recorder with a saxophone mouthpiece. You'll get used to the embouchure pretty quickly.
Great idea, Wim! Maybe I'll get one myself... ;)

pabrizzer
01-30-2014, 10:23 PM
Thanks Wim.
Just bought one on eBay.
The Mrs will be pleased.
I'll blame you of course.

xommen
01-30-2014, 11:06 PM
Thanks Wim.
Just bought one on eBay.
The Mrs will be pleased.
I'll blame you of course.

I think I'm now happy I live in the Netherlands and not in Australia ;)

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-31-2014, 12:45 AM
Here's my second.
Not sure just how 'blues' this one is, but it gave me a chance to try out a new recording technique.
I have got a cherub clip-on pick up plugged into a Roland street cube with the vocals in the second channel and the amp is plugged into the PC to record in audacity. I then brought the audio and video together in openshot. The technique seems to have worked, shame about the playing.

The song is 'Changes' which I found on a Hugh Laurie CD recently. Originally by Alan Price, it is based on 'What a friend we have in Jesus'


http://youtu.be/O44-APst36w

Raygf
01-31-2014, 12:46 AM
Thanks Wim.
Just bought one on eBay.
The Mrs will be pleased.
I'll blame you of course.

Thanks Wim. I just put one on my wish list. Looks like a lot of fun!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-31-2014, 02:34 AM
BEV meets WGY (uke and moothie collab)
genius!

thank you so much!

:bowdown:

BolD
01-31-2014, 02:36 AM
http://youtu.be/FsGD1JDdGzY

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-31-2014, 04:13 AM
And my third one. "The sick man blues".
recorded in the same session as the previous one, but I had a play in openshot.

It must be a blues as the first line is 'I woke up one morning' :^)

Do you remember 'The Goodies'? Did they make it outside of the UK?
this was the B side to The Funky Gibbon. I couldn't track down the chords, so it was a challenge for my to work them out. I started with a standard 12 bar progression and then modified it a little. The turnaround was difficult, but an email to a guitar playing friend helped.
A change to the lyrics made it less likely to be thought of as racist [it was OK 40 years ago] and I added a couple of verses to make it a bit longer :^)


http://youtu.be/iWVS_P_RP8g


I might manage a 4th one sometime.

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 04:44 AM
I can relate to Lumpy's "Sick Man Blues". Had to take a break from watching there for a day. My wife and I got a bug that was going around. Had to take her to the hospital but she's now back and feeling better. I'm pretty much over it now and just enjoyed the heck out of the following videos that had been posted while I was away.

Ukuleledaddy: Lovin' me those talkin' blues - especially after a hard day of chores. This is excellent, Sean.

Greyghost: "Your wanted by the police and my wife thinks your dead". Great lyric. Had not heard this song before. Nice vocals, GG.

Barbalanca: Super job on this, Berni. You're definitely down in the depths of the blues on this one. Hopefully this guy finds something to live for…..

Tootler: Classic blues lyrics and progression. Your songs have been excellent this Season. One more to go......

CeeJay: The banjo uke sounds great! Need to have some of that Kentucky Bourbon while listening/playing this. ....

Milliron: Great job, Laurie. I don't think you are nearly as evil as your Sister. I love when you guys harmonize - it really sounds great. However, there is a bit more jocularity here then you normally find in a blues song :-)

Rustyy: Good hard drivin' blues/rock song. I like the strumming interlude - it keeps the song moving well. Nice job, sir.

Rustyy: Another excellent one! Way to rock it!

Cohumulone: I love the originals this Season. You're feelin' it here man. Really like the sound of this banjo uke. Excellent solo too. Way to bend it! :shaka:

PeeWee: Good interpretation and adaptation of a great Seeger tune. Your playing is excellent as usual, PW.

BEV meets WGY: This is awesome. I love collabs! The harp in the background really adds to BEV's hard drivin' strummin'.

Lumpywafflesquirt: Love the new recording setup. It seems to have worked out very well. The strumming interlude is great, Lumps, very well done!

BolD: Played this one a second time through, pulled out my tenor, and started playing along. Super job, Danny.

Lumpywafflesquirt: Oh man, I had these blues this week. You are plugged in and rockin those blues. You're on fire this week, Lumps. Keep 'em comin!

mythinformed
01-31-2014, 04:45 AM
Thanks Wim. I just put one on my wish list. Looks like a lot of fun!

I couldn't resist it either, ordered one this morning. I love the sound of a sax so hopefully I'll get something out of this 'lil pocket wonder !!

I'm only just catchin up on the entries.....some impressive stuff going on !!

greyghost
01-31-2014, 05:10 AM
People seemed to enjoy the last one, so here's another Junior Brown country/undercover blues song with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, concerning the undeniably sad experience of getting a DUI. Party Lights!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw3DoG-vRJA&feature=youtu.be

mikef
01-31-2014, 05:42 AM
This is "Back In The Night" written by Wilko Johnson. It's one of Dr Feelgood's best known tracks and one Wilko still performs regularly in his own sensational style. I once saw Wilko introduced as "the guitarist's guitarist's guitarist"... I couldn't agree more. Wilko you're an absolute legend!


http://youtu.be/js9xXLfsjNI

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 05:55 AM
People seemed to enjoy the last one, so here's another Junior Brown country/undercover blues song with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, concerning the undeniably sad experience of getting a DUI. Party Lights!

Definitely don't like those party lights on top of the car. Another well played Junior Brown song. Nice one.

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 06:00 AM
This is "Back In The Night" written by Wilko Johnson. It's one of Dr Feelgood's best known tracks and one Wilko still performs regularly in his own sensational style. I once saw Wilko introduced as "the guitarist's guitarist's guitarist"... I couldn't agree more. Wilko you're an absolute legend!


Thanks for introducing me to this song. "You put me out this morning but you know that I'll be back...." Great blues lyric. Well performed as usual, Mike. I like the solo interlude. You really set a mood with this song.

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 06:05 AM
As this Season is drawing nearer to a close I just want to say how awesome it has been so far. In light of that, I have just removed the 5 song restriction. I realize this may be very difficult for BEV given her addiction and the amount of chores she has to do. But I can't help that. So, feel free to do more than 5 if you wish.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-31-2014, 06:20 AM
oh pook

i really wanted to get on with some cleaning

i have no interest whatsoever in doing any more uke vids

NOT!

:D

yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !

*runs off to yet another not-quite-blues blues song*

Cohumulone
01-31-2014, 06:21 AM
oh pook

i really wanted to get on with some cleaning

i have no interest whatsoever in doing any more uke vids

NOT!

:D

yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !

*runs off to yet another not-quite-blues blues song*

Love your enthusiasm! :)

peewee
01-31-2014, 07:18 AM
And my third one. "The sick man blues".
recorded in the same session as the previous one, but I had a play in openshot.

It must be a blues as the first line is 'I woke up one morning' :^)

Do you remember 'The Goodies'? Did they make it outside of the UK?
this was the B side to The Funky Gibbon. I couldn't track down the chords, so it was a challenge for my to work them out. I started with a standard 12 bar progression and then modified it a little. The turnaround was difficult, but an email to a guitar playing friend helped.
A change to the lyrics made it less likely to be thought of as racist [it was OK 40 years ago] and I added a couple of verses to make it a bit longer :^)


I might manage a 4th one sometime.

I was thinking about the Funky Gibbon and the Goodies on TOTP, it all feels like a weird hallucination from that brief period of my childhood when I was in the UK with a trinitron. I think watching Top of the Pops scarred me for life, in a good way.
Great tune, never heard the B side..
thanks

wee_ginga_yin
01-31-2014, 07:29 AM
OK this is an oldie, but I think no blues challenge would be complete without
something from Mississippi John Hurt, and besides I like the freedom
of the strumming, and the vocals has a good ol' coating of delta mud richness,
and for the first time I got the toe tapping just right. What can I say.
I just like this recording. Indulge me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpFoma7R8X4

redpaul1
01-31-2014, 07:30 AM
Kinda surprised no-one else has covered this one. The Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller classic, covered by many people, including Eric Clapton and Peter, Paul & Mary. I do like PP&M's intro to this song, where they explain that Lone Cat wrote all these sad lyrics, but hated upsetting his audience; so he always set those sad lyrics to happy tunes!


http://youtu.be/3PSH7qG3oTc

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 07:45 AM
Kinda surprised no-one else has covered this one. The Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller classic, covered by many people, including Eric Clapton and Peter, Paul & Mary. I do like PP&M's intro to this song, where they explain that Lone Cat wrote all these sad lyrics, but hated upsetting his audience; so he always set those sad lyrics to happy tunes!


Definitely a sad blues song with up tempo chords. The kazoo is a great addition and takes away even more from the sadness :-)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-31-2014, 07:47 AM
Love your enthusiasm! :)
i can't help myself!


a big thanks to fred for lifting the 5 song limit!

here's my sixth vid! :D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emqlUAz_F2o

hold the front page I got some news
i'm not sad enough to sing the blues
it's not my fault that i'm so happy
but it's the reason why my blues songs are so sappy
ooh, ooh, i'm not sad enough to sing the blues

oh my days, saints alive
I don't know how many beans make five
how can I know the true amount
when, oh baby, I can't even count
oh baby, oh baby, I can't even count

I thought i'd done five vids when i'd only done four
then I realised I could do one more
but the new one was just as bad
because, oh baby, I still didn't sound sad
ooh, ooh, I still sounded glad

I wonder how many more songs I need to sing
before I learn to do the blues thing
will it take years
will it take forever
will it take until the twelfth of never
ooh, ooh, tell me, baby, how long

ooh, ooh, tell me, baby, how long
ooh, ooh, before I learn to do a blues song
yeah

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-31-2014, 08:01 AM
I was thinking about the Funky Gibbon and the Goodies on TOTP, it all feels like a weird hallucination from that brief period of my childhood when I was in the UK with a trinitron. I think watching Top of the Pops scarred me for life, in a good way.
Great tune, never heard the B side..
thanks

shhs don't tell anyone but I bought the record. ;^)

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
01-31-2014, 08:02 AM
Kinda surprised no-one else has covered this one.

I have, but it's still in the camera will hopefully upload this evening.

decaturcomp
01-31-2014, 08:37 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ76DhY41Gk
I'm Tired - Savoy Brown Singalong

I'm tired of being a fool
And my mind going from hot to cool
And trying to conform to others ideas
And someone else's rules

The life I'm living ain't mine
I'm supposed to feel that's fine
I didn't make the world I'm living in
And I ain't gonna toe the line

I'm tired of trying to be something I know ain't me
I'm tired of living up to what people expect me to be
You know some people are different
Now ain't that a crying shame
Now wouldn't be a real drag if we were all the same

And I'm not going to try to please
Eyes that just don't see
If I get myself together
You'll have the blues not me

I'm tired of trying to be something I know ain't me
I'm tired of living up to what people expect me to be
You know some people are different
Now ain't that a crying shame
Now wouldn't be a real drag if we were all the same

And I'm not going to try to please
Eyes that just don't see
If I get myself together
You'll have the blues not me

You'll have the blues not me

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 08:47 AM
i can't help myself!


a big thanks to fred for lifting the 5 song limit!

here's my sixth vid! :D


I'm loving your songs about feeling bad because you don't feel bad enough. Excellent hard drivin' original, Lynda. Let's see. There are two and a half days left. I'm guessing at this rate you will do another 5 videos.........

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 08:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ76DhY41Gk

I appreciate the tutorial at the start. You make it seem almost easy. I'll pick up my monkeypod and try this later. Excellent blues song, Alan.

ChrisDeston821
01-31-2014, 08:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mtDxzWS3H4
Kind of a Bluesy Jam with myself after playing the same song on Wednesday. Not completely happy but I knew my improv needed work before all this. I enjoy not singing.

ChrisDeston821
01-31-2014, 08:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icAMLxvCQw4
Aimed for a bit more of a.. Dark/Psychotic/Angry style for I Put A Spell On You. Mistakes galore but it was a first run through and the first time I picked it up tonight, couldda redone but yeah :)

ChrisDeston821
01-31-2014, 08:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoVUls-oEnM
The mrs noticed my top while I was recording earlier and whistled the intro and I reckon if the first two weren't already that Jace Everett's Bad Things is bluesy enough right? No? [/I Regret Choosing To Whistle]

ChrisDeston821
01-31-2014, 09:00 AM
4th outta 5 (and the last for tonight) I made up some lyrics for a 12 bar blues, just incase:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttHfDuZsFws
It's Friday Evening and I'm writing a song,
I'm making it 12 bar cause my other blues seem wrong, they feel more, rock and roll a bit too, folk or soul: they weren't the blues.
But see the problem is, with this in my hands I'm never feeling blue.
If I'm having problems... If I'm feeling down,
I know the seasons will turn my frown around: you guys all kill my blues, I don't know what I do for this kinda sound...
So although this sucks I'm grateful for the challenges I found.
But I don't think my improv could last another round, so yeah..?
:)

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 09:04 AM
Kind of a Bluesy Jam with myself after playing the same song on Wednesday. Not completely happy but I knew my improv needed work before all this. I enjoy not singing.

I really like this, Chris. The Seasons are all about expanding your comfort zone and you are doing a great job with this improv on a classic tune. The uke sounds great. Well done.

frisbee fred
01-31-2014, 09:07 AM
Aimed for a bit more of a.. Dark/Psychotic/Angry style for I Put A Spell On You. Mistakes galore but it was a first run through and the first time I picked it up tonight, couldda redone but yeah :)
Wow. Hypnotically dark. Good one, Chris.