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decaturcomp
04-05-2014, 03:07 AM
I thought about calling this Berni's hideaway but lots of you folks are turning out good new stuff you've written for the Seasons. I'll bet you have other stuff, too.

Wave that flag.

decaturcomp
04-05-2014, 03:10 AM
Mind if I kick things off?

This is only my 3rd or 4th song that I'd care for anyone to hear. I thought maybe I'd throw it out here for suggestions. I wrote and recorded a version of it yesterday and tightened it up some today. Berni wrote me an encouraging note so I thought I'd keep working on it. I also thought we might try different versions of songs for comments before they go to the general public.

What have you gotten from the aether lately, friends?

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

Jazzbanjorex
04-05-2014, 06:21 AM
Mind if I kick things off?

This is only my 3rd or 4th song that I'd care for anyone to hear. I thought maybe I'd throw it out here for suggestions. I wrote and recorded a version of it yesterday and tightened it up some today. Berni wrote me an encouraging note so I thought I'd keep working on it. I also thought we might try different versions of songs for comments before they go to the general public.

What have you gotten from the aether lately, friends?

Well that was just AMAZING!! I love it. Great playing and singing. A good song paints a good picture and this one did for me. Very nicely written lyrics. Three kinds of sweet tea?

decaturcomp
04-05-2014, 06:36 AM
Well that was just AMAZING!! I love it. Great playing and singing. A good song paints a good picture and this one did for me. Very nicely written lyrics. Three kinds of sweet tea?

Yeah, I might wanna rethink that line...
How about "all kinds of sweet tea, this and that...."?
Thanks for the input. Much appreciated.

Jazzbanjorex
04-05-2014, 06:40 AM
about all the adventure my wife and I had been on but having a child would be the biggest and best.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dhwZxsii4E

Enjoy.

wee_ginga_yin
04-05-2014, 09:35 AM
Naked Blues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsfN6fuDMXs

Shady Wilbury
04-05-2014, 09:38 AM
Here's one I wrote for Doug's season 108.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJc5YXV3XKk

myrnaukelele
04-05-2014, 12:44 PM
Here's the Art song I wrote last week:

http://youtu.be/s8sEozZdz-U

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-05-2014, 12:49 PM
I wrote this one for Myrna's 19th Season of the Ukulele---songs about rivers. I grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, just a couple miles from the Snake River canyon. My hometown's best known as the site of Evel Kneivel's failed attempt to jump a canyon in a "rocket bike".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfkyna54Tss

pabrizzer
04-05-2014, 01:26 PM
New this morning so really just an idea at the moment,
Dig Another Hole.
Had to use two harmonicas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIBniqrgFv8

Dig another hole
Like a greedy mole
Bring up what is down
Inside out the planet’s gown

Inject and chemically frack
Make those gas rocks crack
Till the water burns and bubbles
Now shouldn’t worry about the future’s troubles

Scrape away the worthless layers
Shove aside the nay sayers
Chop down the last darn tree
Those freakin’ chemicals need to be freed

Wring out those oil filled sands
Modern life has big demands
Ignore the fossil bones you find
That’ll never happen to human kind

Stick a hole in the ocean floor
Suck it all out right to the core
Gotta find those mother lodes
Til the hollow husk implodes

FiL
04-07-2014, 07:55 AM
This is a love song.

It's called "Restraining Order"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INSfyDsiChs&feature=share&list=PL73VgknTi6zbivmjiLDaMOBfquGyzJXej&index=8

I wrote this one about 15 years ago. If you got into songwriting to get chicks, I do not recommend writing songs like this one.

- FiL

FiL
04-07-2014, 08:00 AM
This is one I did for Season 34. The theme was songs that use the I - V - vii - IV chord progression. I had this song sitting around for a long time, but was never quite satisfied with it. When I changed the verse chords to the aforementioned progression, the song finally felt finished. so thanks to the Seasons for helping birth this one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5NHWkUNB38&feature=share&list=PL73VgknTi6zbivmjiLDaMOBfquGyzJXej&index=5

- FiL

FiL
04-07-2014, 08:04 AM
OK, last one for now. This is another song that was lying dormant for a few years before the Seasons gave it a new life. I did this for Season 42, which was all about crime. It's based on a true story I read in the local paper one day, and I was moved to write about it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jOAnnQFObk&feature=share&list=PL73VgknTi6zbivmjiLDaMOBfquGyzJXej&index=4

- FiL

UkeCan1
04-07-2014, 12:25 PM
Mind if I kick things off?

This is only my 3rd or 4th song that I'd care for anyone to hear. I thought maybe I'd throw it out here for suggestions. I wrote and recorded a version of it yesterday and tightened it up some today. Berni wrote me an encouraging note so I thought I'd keep working on it. I also thought we might try different versions of songs for comments before they go to the general public.

What have you gotten from the aether lately, friends?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxWEgxOEpik

FiL and I were just lamenting how many months in a row (all of them http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/images/smilies/frown.png) we have intended to go to our local songwriter circle, and there's always some other great thing we go to instead ... and then we thought maybe we might need to start our own, at a more convenient time. Maybe this is our answer? A Seasonista songwriter circle right here whenever we have a moment for it!

Alan, I love your song! And "three kinds of sweet tea" is my very favorite line. (Even though I don't really understand it either. Sometimes sound and image matter more than meaning.) Please don't mess with it. :(

xommen
04-07-2014, 01:46 PM
I just made a playlist of all the original I did for the seasons, mainly to see how many I did write. And I have written 22 (there is one double song in the playlist) so far.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3GDF5piGeGZiyyiL9ZEEzst1KpUA-q89
And just to show something here, one of my early works, that shows my love for coffee. Because some of you might have missed it:
This was for season 35 I need coffee in the morning (still true ;-)).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMyPk6mMpGg&index=24&list=PL3GDF5piGeGZiyyiL9ZEEzst1KpUA-q89

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-07-2014, 07:06 PM
I wrote this one in the mid-oughties for a Christmas project I did with a friend. I get bummed every year as the holidays roll around that this song is still topical. Here I am singing it on a Maui beach in 2012 for eugene ukulele's holiday song contest.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-xH_W2GQcw

wee_ginga_yin
04-07-2014, 10:21 PM
Ernest Heminway was challenged to write a six word story.
It was For sale baby shoes never used and this was the inspiration
for tis song.


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

pabrizzer
04-08-2014, 12:20 AM
Done for Primate Season 112
The 3 Monkeys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYD6nyAMVG4

Barbablanca
04-08-2014, 01:54 AM
I am flattered that Alan considered naming this Berni's hideaway :o

My first contribution to this thread is the song I consider the most passionate I have written since joining the Seasons. It was written in response to that terrible attack by fanatics on a shopping mall in Kenya. The creators of wise old sayings got it wrong: Money is the root of all greed, it's organised religion that is the root of all evil.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQkJIq1gjS4

Dougf
04-09-2014, 09:48 AM
Here's one I just did for season 112. I know I'll never be as prolific as Bernie, but this one pretty much wrote itself in just a couple of days.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6QElQfvlA

UkeCan1
04-09-2014, 12:56 PM
I'm pretty proud of my new one ... I hope you like it


http://youtu.be/ahjvOstCHaA

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 10:08 PM
Wow! I never dreamed we would have this much participation, let alone such wonderful songwriting talent here. I"m going back to listen to all of these tomorrow.

Here's a collaboration between 2 Seasonistas, though (there's another done and one more in the works going in the opposite direction.) Freeda wrote these lyrics as a poem and I tried to make a song from them and added one line at the end.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5PXEFSbcrE

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 10:16 PM
Rex - Little Feet
Man this is really a great tune, no skimping on the melody (which I have a problem with and so I notice when someone transcends the problem this way) and I admire your facility for adding details. I think that last talent is crucial for making a story...ummm... sing. Not to mention, that it's a fine joyful story with a wonderful point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5PXEFSbcrE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5PXEFSbcrE)

about all the adventure my wife and I had been on but having a child would be the biggest and best.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dhwZxsii4E

Enjoy.

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 10:27 PM
Funnily...
I've signed up to do the very same thing and I can't make myself go and throw songs out to a bunch of (as for now) strangers. Since a bunch of you other Seasonistas are experienced songwriters (I draw encouragement from the wealth of terrific material that Berni writes, for example, hence my thought of calling this Berni's Place or something like that...). I guess I'm just more comfortable here among friends. Thanks to everyone for jumping in to participate.

In the actual Seasons, I tend to add comments to the YT/G+ area of the video itself rather than clutter the (ever busier) seasons themselves SO I thought this smaller group would be a better place to add comments in the body of the forum. That way we can kick things around as a group easier. Naturally, you kids should do what you like on that score but, I was thinking that this would foster more discussion.

Also, and finally for the moment, I find it useful to post more than one version of a song as I'm working on it so I may label my works in progress something like New Tune sketch, New tune - take2, New tune -take 3, New Tune - finished (for now) or something like that.


FiL and I were just lamenting how many months in a row (all of them :() we have intended to go to our local songwriter circle, and there's always some other great thing we go to instead ... and then we thought maybe we might need to start our own, at a more convenient time. Maybe this is our answer? A Seasonista songwriter circle right here whenever we have a moment for it!

Alan, I love your song! And "three kinds of sweet tea" is my very favorite line. (Even though I don't really understand it either. Sometimes sound and image matter more than meaning.) Please don't mess with it. :(

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 10:50 PM
Hey Brian,

This one really knocks me out. I like opening with the harp to set a mood and the break when it returns is even better.

I think it's hard to take on the protest song genre (if you don't mind me calling it that) without sounding either whiny or furious. The tone here is perfect for my money, though. It sounds like you know that they know that what you're saying is true and that they're just so ****ing greedy that they don't care about the consequences down the line. And, still, you stick to the facts rather than calling them names or sounding like a victim. This way, it seems to me, lots of people might pick this up and sing it the way they did, "The Times They are A' Changin'".

I was hoping you'd bring a refrain back and the way you did it at the end without fanfare or hitting it on the head too hard worked a treat.

I was reading an interview with Richard Thompson tonight that mentioned that he'd written lyrics on one record in weird geometric shapes and the like and he said that he hated the idea that folks might read them before they listened to them in the context of the song where they belonged but the record company wanted to print them so he made them difficult to read.

Likewise, I find that these words marry with the song so well that I can't believe the lyrics are the same when I read them after hearing the song. It seems much longer and more detailed when I hear it and I realize that it's the concentration of packed in ideas in each stanza that you've used that makes the song so powerful to me.

Great job and I really enjoyed hearing it, thanks.

This line tripped me up a little for some reason (number of syllables maybe)
Now shouldn’t worry about the future’s troubles

I was wondering about
Without a worry for the future's troubles (?)
Or, if you wanted to point a finger directly just once here
You never care about the future's troubles
or
don't give a shit about the future's troubles
although, I don't know if that says what you mean to say or not.

Also, you added a "the" in when you sang it that wasn't in the lyrics and I liked the addition, for what that's worth.


New this morning so really just an idea at the moment,
Dig Another Hole.
Had to use two harmonicas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIBniqrgFv8

Dig another hole
Like a greedy mole
Bring up what is down
Inside out the planet’s gown

Inject and chemically frack
Make those gas rocks crack
Till the water burns and bubbles
Now shouldn’t worry about the future’s troubles

Scrape away the worthless layers
Shove aside the nay sayers
Chop down the last darn tree
Those freakin’ chemicals need to be freed

Wring out those oil filled sands
Modern life has big demands
Ignore the fossil bones you find
That’ll never happen to human kind

Stick a hole in the ocean floor
Suck it all out right to the core
Gotta find those mother lodes
Til the hollow husk implodes

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 10:59 PM
Ah! The relationship of personkind to nature! Terrific stuff. We seem to be foolish, needy and yet awed by the grandeur and power of the Snake. I like the picked refrain, too. It almost sounded like a banjo line from a Foster song. I like that you didn't rush the performance, too. I think this would be diminished by rocketing thorough (see what...?) the story rather than musing from the banks.


I wrote this one for Myrna's 19th Season of the Ukulele---songs about rivers. I grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, just a couple miles from the Snake River canyon. My hometown's best known as the site of Evel Kneivel's failed attempt to jump a canyon in a "rocket bike".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfkyna54Tss

pabrizzer
04-09-2014, 11:34 PM
This line tripped me up a little for some reason (number of syllables maybe)
Now shouldn’t worry about the future’s troubles

I was wondering about
Without a worry for the future's troubles (?)
Or, if you wanted to point a finger directly just once here
You never care about the future's troubles
or
don't give a shit about the future's troubles
although, I don't know if that says what you mean to say or not.


Thanks for listening and commenting Alan.
Berni offered some suggestions in a PM too.
Mainly to do with the first verse
He suggested

Dig another hole
Like a greedy mole
Unearth what's underneath
What future will we bequeath?
and
Dig another hole
Like a greedy mole
Unearth what's underground,
Exploit what you have found.

I kinda liked using inside out as a verb

And I also liked the picture of the planet wearing an inside out gown like someone whose wits aren't what they once were might do (someone once loved but now uncared for)

As I said in my intro this really is very new and raw.
Of your suggestions I like the
Without a worry for the future's troubles

I'd probably go for
Why worry about the future's troubles
or
Today shouldn't bother with tomorrow's troubles
or even more syllables
The present shouldn't worry about the future's troubles
Which is what I was trying to say

I do appreciate that you and Berni have had a listen to the song.

I often write stuff and never revisit them again.

Barbablanca
04-09-2014, 11:51 PM
I don't know about Alan, but I just found the gown reference far too obscure. I only understand it now because I just read what you wrote above. Unless one is into writing "modern" poetry (i.e. poetry that you need a Coles notes companion book to be able to begin to understand) then I am in the "If it isn't understood easily, then it shouldn't be in the song" camp.

pabrizzer
04-10-2014, 12:38 AM
I don't think every thing in song needs to be easily understood.
A lot of songs I really like I don't understand at all.
Under The Milky Way and Unguarded Moment by The Church are two prime examples. I kinda get rifles for eyes but horses for hearts?

I guess the inside out gown also refers to the fact that they are never as careful putting things back how they were as they are getting the stuff out.
Someone very hastily dressed to hide their imperfections.

Like how they "reconstruct" an autopsy cadaver - yes I have been there.

I am starting to feel like my song is having an autopsy

Barbablanca
04-10-2014, 01:04 AM
Autopsies are for dead things Brian. I'm sure Alan and I are trying to help your song breathe more easily and take off for the sky, because it deserves to.

There are some brilliant songs in which the meaning is obscure, (I am the Walrus, anyone?) but the problem here is that the rest of the song is fairly straightforward and flows easily. It's that gown line that just stopped me dead in my tracks and while I was trying to figure it out half the song had gone by without me giving it my full attention. I never did figure it out and only understood it with the "Author's notes" above :).

However, if you had rather we didn't comment on your song(s), I'll shut up.

pabrizzer
04-10-2014, 01:37 AM
Autopsies are for dead things Brian. I'm sure Alan and I are trying to help your song breathe more easily and take off for the sky, because it deserves to.

There are some brilliant songs in which the meaning is obscure, (I am the Walrus, anyone?) but the problem here is that the rest of the song is fairly straightforward and flows easily. It's that gown line that just stopped me dead in my tracks and while I was trying to figure it out half the song had gone by without me giving it my full attention. I never did figure it out and only understood it with the "Author's notes" above :).

However, if you had rather we didn't comment on your song(s), I'll shut up.

Yes I agree the gist of the song needs to be understood but maybe not every line has to be spelt out.
I'm not sure a living patient always enjoys hearing about the need for some corrective surgery.
But if it means you are really listening I guess I'll take the comments.


As long as I can comment on your comments.

bonesigh
04-10-2014, 03:29 AM
There are so many lines in this song that are outstanding. You could have made several nice songs out of it!! I don't even know if I could pick out a favorite line. Perhaps "chick flicky queasy"? Such a catchy tune too (: I feel like I'm not gushing enough...I LOVE IT!


In lovey-dovey, soppy mode.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC2aib6d2sM

bonesigh
04-10-2014, 03:34 AM
Me like (: Really, a song that makes you think about living in the moment. You can't have too many of those kinds of songs. Great!

Wow! I never dreamed we would have this much participation, let alone such wonderful songwriting talent here. I"m going back to listen to all of these tomorrow.

Here's a collaboration between 2 Seasonistas, though (there's another done and one more in the works going in the opposite direction.) Freeda wrote these lyrics as a poem and I tried to make a song from them and added one line at the end.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5PXEFSbcrE

bonesigh
04-10-2014, 03:46 AM
So, I'm wondering. Are we posting songs here just to share or to get feedback/opinions or both. Perhaps we could indicate what we prefer when we post?? I personally would like the feedback. Even if I didn't agree with it :o After all everyone has different tastes right?

FiL
04-10-2014, 04:10 AM
So, I'm wondering. Are we posting songs here just to share or to get feedback/opinions or both. Perhaps we could indicate what we prefer when we post?? I personally would like the feedback. Even if I didn't agree with it :o After all everyone has different tastes right?

I think that's a good suggestion. I prefer feedback too--I've written very few songs that I'm 100% satisfied with--but that may not be the case for everyone. It does take some thick skin to accept constructive criticism on a public forum. One bit of criticism y'all would be well within your rights to lob my way: "Hey FiL, don't just post your songs--take the time to listen to everyone else's songs, too!" And I will, when I have the time, because I already know some of you are great writers.

- FiL

CeeJay
04-10-2014, 04:12 AM
Hey Alan ..."three kinds of sweet tea" ...actually is rather clever.....it could mean three kinds of "sweet" slightly , bitter , saccharine ,pleasantly and then tea.

As opposed to just sweet tea - three possible varieties: jasmine, lapsang or Earl (which is a title ...not a first name !)...which is also possible...

or sweetness varieties of the beverage lemon, sugar or honeyed or combos of .....etc etc etc (as the King of Siam famously uttered)

What have you started?......cool.

CJ

Hmmm ...need to put the kettle on now ...proper tea though ....orange coloured wi' a splash o' milk and strong enough ter stand spoon up in..

pabrizzer
04-10-2014, 11:54 AM
Autopsies are for dead things Brian. I'm sure Alan and I are trying to help your song breathe more easily and take off for the sky, because it deserves to.


Mate it has 25 views on YouTube.
It is certainly on life support and obviously needs all the help it can get.:)
Thanks Berni and Alan.
I have a song in the works inspired by the help that has been offered.

decaturcomp
04-10-2014, 03:02 PM
Sorry pal.
I can refrain from making comments, no problem.

I guess I'm just thinking about the kinds of comments I'd like to hear about stuff I've put some effort into, but I should have asked first. This is the kind of stuff I do with the band sometimes and we ignore advice as often as not. Having said that, Bill helped me to rewrite some lyrics from stem to stern lately and Berni and I have collaborated in the past throwing versions and re-writes back and forth and Freeda and I are beginning to do some of the same. BUT I dig that you didn't ask for comments and especially not for suggestions so, apologies.


I don't think every thing in song needs to be easily understood.
A lot of songs I really like I don't understand at all.
Under The Milky Way and Unguarded Moment by The Church are two prime examples. I kinda get rifles for eyes but horses for hearts?

I guess the inside out gown also refers to the fact that they are never as careful putting things back how they were as they are getting the stuff out.
Someone very hastily dressed to hide their imperfections.

Like how they "reconstruct" an autopsy cadaver - yes I have been there.

I am starting to feel like my song is having an autopsy

pabrizzer
04-10-2014, 03:23 PM
Sorry pal.
I can refrain from making comments, no problem.

I guess I'm just thinking about the kinds of comments I'd like to hear about stuff I've put some effort into, but I should have asked first. This is the kind of stuff I do with the band sometimes and we ignore advice as often as not. Having said that, Bill helped me to rewrite some lyrics from stem to stern lately and Berni and I have collaborated in the past throwing versions and re-writes back and forth and Freeda and I are beginning to do some of the same. BUT I dig that you didn't ask for comments and especially not for suggestions so, apologies.

Not at all Alan.
As I said it really was just an idea in the making with plenty of room for improvement.
Comments mean some thought has gone in to the listening which I really do appreciate.

Just keep in mind I usually don't post stuff i don't like and help me 'improve' in your usual kindly way.
Cheers, Brian.

pabrizzer
04-11-2014, 02:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfPamXH8jFs

UkeCan1
04-11-2014, 02:29 AM
I too am slowly working my way through listening to and commenting on all of your awesome songs. This week is filled with wonderful back-to-back musical things, starting with a uke jam Wednesday, big jam last night (Thursday), Bucky Pizzarelli and Grover Kemble show tonight, big music party and/or FiL's big gig tomorrow, and ending with another uke jam at my new home (which still needs unpacking!) on Sunday. So it may be a few days. :(

Re feedback, clearly it needs to be up to the individual. Some of us are eager for feedback, some just want positive acknowledgment of what we've done well, and, I think, many of us may have mixed feelings. I for sure want to get better at this, so I want feedback that helps me do that. And ... like many of us, I'm also sensitive, and have to learn to deal with my own emotions and reactions better in order to be able to take it in. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in that middle ground.

I wonder if maybe we could use some kind of notification system when we post here, something like:

1) Feedback ... Bring It On!
2) Please help me improve ... and be gentle about it
3) Positive feedback only, please

Or maybe letters, like US movie ratings. Or something. Just a thought to get the discussion rolling.

UkeCan1
04-11-2014, 03:00 AM
I have now played my new song live a bunch of times (plus had the great pleasure of listening to my mom watch the video last night over the phone). It has been working great! People generally react in the best way I could hope for in pretty much every spot where I'd hoped they would.

The one thing I could really use some help with is this: There's a talking break in the middle ... and live audiences always think the song is over at that point, and they start to applaud or turn away. I think I need to do some kind of vamping there ... keep playing some chords, or something ... at least at first. You'll see in the video, I think, that I partly "talk" through that part with my hands ... so it would be great if I could let go of the uke once people know it's not over, and just do my thing.

Anyway, I am open to all feedback on anything you think could use improving. On my scale above, I'm about a 1.4 ... bring it on ... don't hold back on substance ... but do say it nicely, okay?

AND ... I would especially like some help with how to flow into the talking break so people know it's not over ... do I keep playing chords just over the first sentence I say? And if so, what chords? Just stay on the G .... or use the chorus chords, or the intro / interlude chords .... or .... ? Or something else? I expect I will have many more opportunities to try it out with new audiences tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday ... so I'd love some help with this as soon as possible.

By the way, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ... please watch the whole video before you read other people's answers.
Based on what others have said, I think you will be happy if you do, and disappointed if you don't.

[People answering me might also want to put "SPOILER" in your post. :( Or if you can manage it, find a way to answer without spoilers.]


http://youtu.be/ahjvOstCHaA

PS, forgive the total mess-up of the ending in the video. I can play it cleanly now! Might make a new improved video soon.

Speaking of which, there's another thing that could probably work better. [POSSIBLE PARTIAL SPOILER - please go watch the video before you read on!] I sing the final line 5 times at the end. About the third time, live audiences almost always start singing along. Which is exactly when I change the words. The new words usually get a great reaction, so I want to keep those somewhere, but of course, people are wanting to sing the other words there. So the ending sequence may need to be rearranged a bit based on how people are interacting with it. And I'm not sure how just yet. Or not? Maybe half the fun is surprising them when they think they've "got it"?

So I'd love some help with that ending sequence. If you can tell what it's supposed to be from the screw-up on the video! Here's what happened on the video ... I sang the line once, then messed up the chords, and said something about it. Then I restarted the entire ending sequence (the five repetitions that should be there) from that point. I still kept messing up the chords, but the five repetitions start at that point ... after I talk about messing up. So there should be five repetitions, not six. Ignore that first one before the restart. (Okay, clearly I need to re-record this!)

pabrizzer
04-11-2014, 03:37 PM
I am flattered that Alan considered naming this Berni's hideaway :o

My first contribution to this thread is the song I consider the most passionate I have written since joining the Seasons. It was written in response to that terrible attack by fanatics on a shopping mall in Kenya. The creators of wise old sayings got it wrong: Money is the root of all greed, it's organised religion that is the root of all evil.



I understand the passion

yes the standard cliche of 'fanatics' applies
but not the claim that the perpetrators are mentally ill.
And then condemning them to the deepest hell - some real irony there. My religious concept vs your religious concept.

They think, they plan they BELIEVE. They are not crazy.
And I don't like them either.

I see no understanding here of the cause and effect that has resulted in what the world is experiencing.
But yes the rage is with me too at times as to what is happening.

But we really need to try and understand why it is happening.

I don't hear many songs here about drones destroying homes containing whole families.

decaturcomp
04-12-2014, 03:19 AM
SPOILER about WENDY's SONG







Thanks for letting us know what you're looking for here.
I'm probably not a good judge because I remember hearing the basis for this many, many times in the past and I'm usually only good for one chuckle per lifetime for any particular, joke/story...

If I have something that MIGHT be useful here in terms of getting a bang for the buck for folks who haven't heard the payoff line before it would be to sing the song with out editorial expression. I'd go slow and steady like an english folk ballad and let the big line sell itself without any 'nudge, nudge, wink wink..."

Consider the equally well known "I don't know where ye've been Laddie, but it seems ye've won first prize" payoff about the Scotsman/Kilt. With a nice steady (not too long) setup and a standard ballad structure, I find that easy to listen to over and over but I might not if it were sprinting to the finish line with a big smile on it's face as if to say, "Just wait, this is going to be HiLARious!!!!!"

I don't know how I'd go about this so you may just want to ignore me but I might suggest listening to the great tune Geoff wrote for this season when he didn't have a tune for the "Fisherman Hung the Monkey" as a good example of the type of setup I'd fall for.

I'd totally stick with this whatever you do. Especially live with more than a dozen listeners where you're sure to have a few folks who haven't heard the joke, I think you'd be a big hit (even as it is and ignoring my 'sage' advice otherwise). David Lee Roth used to say that, when a big crowd huddles together the temperature goes up and the IQ goes down about 10 points each. Note that I consider him to be a trusted source for information on low IQs.


I have now played my new song live a bunch of times (plus had the great pleasure of listening to my mom watch the video last night over the phone). It has been working great! People generally react in the best way I could hope for in pretty much every spot where I'd hoped they would.

The one thing I could really use some help with is this: There's a talking break in the middle ... and live audiences always think the song is over at that point, and they start to applaud or turn away. I think I need to do some kind of vamping there ... keep playing some chords, or something ... at least at first. You'll see in the video, I think, that I partly "talk" through that part with my hands ... so it would be great if I could let go of the uke once people know it's not over, and just do my thing.

PS I wouldn't say anything about, 'I really messed up in here' prior to having people listen to the video even if you did. A- They'll figure it out if it's a big goof an let it pass as they listen to the rest and 2- when you tell people there's a mistake coming that's all some of us can listen for.

Anyway, I am open to all feedback on anything you think could use improving. On my scale above, I'm about a 1.4 ... bring it on ... don't hold back on substance ... but do say it nicely, okay?

AND ... I would especially like some help with how to flow into the talking break so people know it's not over ... do I keep playing chords just over the first sentence I say? And if so, what chords? Just stay on the G .... or use the chorus chords, or the intro / interlude chords .... or .... ? Or something else? I expect I will have many more opportunities to try it out with new audiences tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday ... so I'd love some help with this as soon as possible.

By the way, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ... please watch the whole video before you read other people's answers.
Based on what others have said, I think you will be happy if you do, and disappointed if you don't.

[People answering me might also want to put "SPOILER" in your post. :( Or if you can manage it, find a way to answer without spoilers.]

PS, forgive the total mess-up of the ending in the video. I can play it cleanly now! Might make a new improved video soon.

Speaking of which, there's another thing that could probably work better. [POSSIBLE PARTIAL SPOILER - please go watch the video before you read on!] I sing the final line 5 times at the end. About the third time, live audiences almost always start singing along. Which is exactly when I change the words. The new words usually get a great reaction, so I want to keep those somewhere, but of course, people are wanting to sing the other words there. So the ending sequence may need to be rearranged a bit based on how people are interacting with it. And I'm not sure how just yet. Or not? Maybe half the fun is surprising them when they think they've "got it"?

So I'd love some help with that ending sequence. If you can tell what it's supposed to be from the screw-up on the video! Here's what happened on the video ... I sang the line once, then messed up the chords, and said something about it. Then I restarted the entire ending sequence (the five repetitions that should be there) from that point. I still kept messing up the chords, but the five repetitions start at that point ... after I talk about messing up. So there should be five repetitions, not six. Ignore that first one before the restart. (Okay, clearly I need to re-record this!)

decaturcomp
04-12-2014, 03:31 AM
Thanks CJ and Wendy.
I'm thinking of changing to "all kinds" rather than "3 kinds" because of the list of three items in the line. it just makes more sense (not that that is my ONLY goal) to say "all kinds of sweet tea, fried chicken and gravy" because in the Southeastern US there's only one kind of Sweet Tea, most often called "ice tea" or, for the more formal/literate "iced tea". It's actually a bitch to get unsweetened iced tea here for those of us that don't add sugar to their drinks. About 1 in 10 times either your original or your refill will be sugary enough to cause a spoon to stand up by itself.

P.S. mine's a cub o' PG Tips with actual sugar and half and half when I do drink the orange stuff hot.


Hey Alan ..."three kinds of sweet tea" ...actually is rather clever.....it could mean three kinds of "sweet" slightly , bitter , saccharine ,pleasantly and then tea.

As opposed to just sweet tea - three possible varieties: jasmine, lapsang or Earl (which is a title ...not a first name !)...which is also possible...

or sweetness varieties of the beverage lemon, sugar or honeyed or combos of .....etc etc etc (as the King of Siam famously uttered)

What have you started?......cool.

CJ

Hmmm ...need to put the kettle on now ...proper tea though ....orange coloured wi' a splash o' milk and strong enough ter stand spoon up in..

decaturcomp
04-12-2014, 03:33 AM
Thanks! Freeda gets the credit for that. I'm enjoying working with her on some songs albeit long distance. She's just set something of mine to music that I couldn't find a decent tune for myself, too. I hope to post it here next week when she's recorded a version that incorporates some changes she (wisely) suggested that I made.


Me like (: Really, a song that makes you think about living in the moment. You can't have too many of those kinds of songs. Great!

CeeJay
04-12-2014, 04:41 AM
Alan D wrote:

" P.S. mine's a cub o' PG Tips with actual sugar and half and half when I do drink the orange stuff hot. "

I thought ,Ha ha ....how appropriate for Season 112 Primates etc....

try this....


http://youtu.be/HgzEBLa3PPk


...and now back to the compositioning of really Worthy Originals........

Barbablanca
04-12-2014, 11:04 AM
I understand the passion
yes the standard cliche of 'fanatics' applies
but not the claim that the perpetrators are mentally ill.
And then condemning them to the deepest hell - some real irony there. My religious concept vs your religious concept.

They think, they plan they BELIEVE. They are not crazy.
And I don't like them either.

I see no understanding here of the cause and effect that has resulted in what the world is experiencing.
But yes the rage is with me too at times as to what is happening.

But we really need to try and understand why it is happening.

I don't hear many songs here about drones destroying homes containing whole families.

The song takes them at their own word. I personally don't believe there is a God waiting to judge us after we die, but they do. But from what I have read of their Holy Books (and comparative religion was something of a hobby of mine once) - their God would be furious with them. In the song it is not me condemning them to the deepest hell - it is their own God. They cannot justify their actions by referring to the Koran (or the Bible) because both books specifically forbids this kind of action.

BTW I do indeed believe that when people have the complete lack of empathy needed to launch this kind of terrorist attack (or a drone strike on a wedding party) then being able to carry out those acts are clinical signs of mental illness.

Tootler
04-12-2014, 01:57 PM
I reckon this qualifies here even though I didn't write the words (which are by Christina Rossetti). I did write the tune plus harmony and bass parts, though. I wanted to have a go adding extra parts to this song when I did it for season 109 but the terms of the season wouldn't allow it.

So, here it is with me singing, playing uke, tenor and bass recorders (The bass recorder carries the harmony line). The bass line is courtesy of midi as I am not yet good enough with the U-bass to play the bass line on that (I don't practice enough, if the truth be told :music:)

Oh, and I forgot. The video is lip synched.


http://youtu.be/is3U8RVsDGM

Wendy, I'll try and get round to listening to your song tomorrow.

pabrizzer
04-12-2014, 02:11 PM
They cannot justify their actions by referring to the Koran (or the Bible) because both books specifically forbids this kind of action.

Must not have read much old testament Berni. God was big on wiping out his enemies.

King Saul -
Early in his career he made a fatal mistake. He disobeyed God by failing to completely destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions, as God had commanded.
He lost his reign because he didn't kill every living creature - that's men, women, children and all their animals.

When God got angry with David he took it out on the whole of Israel.

Here is another charmer from God's chosen people

The Battle of Gibeah is an episode in the Book of Judges. The battle was triggered by an incident in which a concubine belonging to a man from the Tribe of Levi was raped to death by members of the Tribe of Benjamin. The Levite had offered his concubine to the mob in place of himself (whom the mob originally sought to "be intimate with"), saying "bring out the man that came into your house, so that we may be intimate with him"[1] and then locked the door for the night. In the morning the Levite found his dead concubine at the door, butchered her into twelve pieces, and sent the pieces throughout all the territory of Israel and Judah.

The outraged tribes of Israel sought justice, and asked for the miscreants to be delivered for judgement. The Benjamites refused, so the tribes then sought vengeance, and in the subsequent war, the members of Tribe of Benjamin were systematically killed, including women and children; when Benjamin was nearly 'extinguished', it was decided that the tribe should be allowed to survive, and all the men from another town, Jabesh Gilead, that had refused to take part in the punishment of the Tribe of Benjamin, were killed, so that their daughters could be wed to the surviving men of Benjamin.[2] The first king of Israel, Saul, descended from these men. Due to this war, the Tribe of Benjamin was subsequently referred to as "the smallest of all the tribes.

And the flood - now there is some astonishing treatment from a loving God.
Sodom and Gomorra ?
God furious for killing infidels and heathens - not the one from the Old Testament.

Barbablanca
04-13-2014, 12:23 AM
Must not have read much old testament Berni. God was big on wiping out his enemies.

Yes, but I am not so concerned with the Old Testament because the fanatics in the West are more likely to claim themselves to be Christians. But if they are they should remember that Jesus stresses in the New Testament that he had come to fulfill the prophecies of the old and to introduce some basic amendments to clear things up about how the creator really wants us to act. So, the "God of Love" idea comes onto the world stage.

I read the Koran from cover to cover last year, as part of my research for a character I was writing in one of my (unpublished) novels and the references to fighting for Islam are very specific. There is no way that the kind of terrorist attacks we have witnessed over the years could ever be justified within the pages of the Koran. The God of the Koran is a harsh father, rather than a loving one, but he is a father who is compassionate and merciful - as the beginning of every chapter constantly reminds us.

Anyway, the whole point of the song is that these madmen (see my definition above) might be in for a shock if their religion turned out to be correct, because they have broken more commandments than honoured them.

Barbablanca
04-13-2014, 02:29 AM
If people are asking for comments on their work, may I suggest that they add the lyrics to the songs either here or in the description section on youtube. I always find it easier to follow a new song with the lyrics in front of me.... and easier to comment on if I can copy and paste to quote.

wee_ginga_yin
04-17-2014, 01:42 AM
Bought a cheap as chips Korala (concert) plastic ukulele from Omega music in the UK (http://omegamusic.co.uk/buy/korala-explore-concert-ukulels).
I am happy with the build quality and it spanks the pants off the Outdoor ukulele in
my opinion. Great all weather Uke.


http://youtu.be/R_qUlRtEik4

Tootler
04-17-2014, 06:14 AM
Bought a cheap as chips Korala (concert) plastic ukulele from Omega music in the UK (http://omegamusic.co.uk/buy/korala-explore-concert-ukulels).
I am happy with the build quality and it spanks the pants off the Outdoor ukulele in
my opinion. Great all weather Uke.

http://youtu.be/R_qUlRtEik4

Nice review, Rob. They look good value for money. Pretty good tone too. I was never convinced about outdoor uke. The concept was good but they're way overpriced.

I have a Korala concert uke with a spruce top. It's a nice instrument, well made and nicely finished with good tone. It was good value for money. I got talking to a luthier in a session just after I had bought it and he reckoned it was a good buy. Cost me £100

wee_ginga_yin
04-17-2014, 07:37 PM
Nice review, Rob. They look good value for money. Pretty good tone too. I was never convinced about outdoor uke. The concept was good but they're way overpriced.

I have a Korala concert uke with a spruce top. It's a nice instrument, well made and nicely finished with good tone. It was good value for money. I got talking to a luthier in a session just after I had bought it and he reckoned it was a good buy. Cost me £100

I have been playing it for a few days now, and I am liking it more and more.
The Outdoor has that square neck and the Korala has a more traditional rounded
neck which makes for easier action. They say the Outdoor has intonation problems
when you press down really hard on the frets as all the notes are sharpened.

The Korala is a snip at 30 quid. I see Omega music also do the iUke that Dave has been playing.

Tootler
04-18-2014, 03:30 AM
The Korala is a snip at 30 quid. I see Omega music also do the iUke that Dave has been playing.

I saw the iUke at a uke festival last October. I nearly bought one but got a tenor instead.

£30 seems about right for an all plastic uke. Looks like the Makala Dolphin could have some serious competition.

FiL
04-18-2014, 03:53 AM
http://youtu.be/is3U8RVsDGM

Lovely recorder parts, Geoff!

- FiL

decaturcomp
04-18-2014, 08:50 AM
A song of Bill's with Woven Pines including Jas Ingram on Saw and vocals>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pny2jfDMVGM&list=UUzqp4jZd3TJ0-36ZBTxo1cA

decaturcomp
04-18-2014, 06:02 PM
one of mine from 2011, seems like years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81HM1i6vkwY

Tootler
04-18-2014, 09:36 PM
Lovely recorder parts, Geoff!

- FiL
Thanks, FiL.

I felt it needed something adding to it rather than just voice & uke.

wee_ginga_yin
04-19-2014, 09:26 AM
Negative Calories blues.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICOK-LlnDeA

Negative Calories Blues.


Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!
What a promise divine - what a sugary treat.
Pudding and pies - beans and peas
Buy anything - just eat what you please


Salt and ice-cream - belly fat pork
There is no difference - between butter or Stork.
Now there is a promise - you just can't beat.
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Triple quarter pounder -where does it stop
Eat what you like - if it's got lettuce on top
Blubber and skin - and fast frozen meat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


The more you eat - the more weight you loose
Buy what you want - no need to choose
Mix yoghut and garlic - they'll go down a treat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Make your body - a fat burning machine!
Drink olive oil - it's exceptionally clean
Dress your salad - with hard skin from your feet
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


You don't need to fast - you don't need to pray
Just double your intake of food everyday.
No charts to offend - no weightwatchers to cheat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Flatten your stomach - get rid of the flab
Eat oysters and whelks - and fine Cromer crab
Just keep on eating - never admit to defeat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Just be amazed - watch the pounds disappear
For breakfast drink - a six pack of beer
Just don't mix protein - along with your wheat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Speed eat your food - and make your pulse race.
Use lots of energy - getting food to your face.
Your heart must pound - with a rhythmical beat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!"

decaturcomp
04-22-2014, 12:27 AM
This is specatular, Rob.
I wept, I laughed, I regurgitated...
What a song!


Negative Calories blues.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICOK-LlnDeA

Negative Calories Blues.


Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!
What a promise divine - what a sugary treat.
Pudding and pies - beans and peas
Buy anything - just eat what you please


Salt and ice-cream - belly fat pork
There is no difference - between butter or Stork.
Now there is a promise - you just can't beat.
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Triple quarter pounder -where does it stop
Eat what you like - if it's got lettuce on top
Blubber and skin - and fast frozen meat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


The more you eat - the more weight you loose
Buy what you want - no need to choose
Mix yoghut and garlic - they'll go down a treat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Make your body - a fat burning machine!
Drink olive oil - it's exceptionally clean
Dress your salad - with hard skin from your feet
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


You don't need to fast - you don't need to pray
Just double your intake of food everyday.
No charts to offend - no weightwatchers to cheat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Flatten your stomach - get rid of the flab
Eat oysters and whelks - and fine Cromer crab
Just keep on eating - never admit to defeat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Just be amazed - watch the pounds disappear
For breakfast drink - a six pack of beer
Just don't mix protein - along with your wheat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!


Speed eat your food - and make your pulse race.
Use lots of energy - getting food to your face.
Your heart must pound - with a rhythmical beat
Negative calories - lose weight while you eat!"

mythinformed
04-22-2014, 12:53 AM
I've been writing stuff for quite a few years but never finish anything, probably because i'm highly critical of myself and am never happy with what I do ......that even extends to covers on the Seasons!!

Even if I could play like Jake Shimabukuro I wouldn't be happy because I'd want to play like James Hill and vice versa !! Lol

Bring back my childhood where I could mime and swivel my hips to an Elvis record in front of the mirror with a broomstick as a mic in the privacy of my bedroom when no one else was in the house, then turn off the record after and walk away happy and content !! Lol

wee_ginga_yin
04-22-2014, 06:11 AM
A song based on a true story of a prisoner who was at the Johnny cash concert in Folsom prison.
Cash thew him his harmonica which he later traded for a bag of M&M's and regretted it for the rest of his life.


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

wee_ginga_yin
04-22-2014, 06:18 AM
A song about the painter Jackson Pollack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRejZFenM0

wee_ginga_yin
04-23-2014, 03:50 AM
Looking around for more songs for the Money week I came across this old song
where I put new words to the old melody... It has got too much going on in it to
fit in as a bonus so I will put it in here. (Two chord song C & G sing-a-long)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy98x79Wof8

buc mcmaster
04-25-2014, 05:14 PM
A tale of apathy in an old West town. Wrote this for guitar several years ago after doing some reading about Tombstone, Arizona, once known as Helldorado. On the ukulele I decided for a minimalist approach, which I generally prefer anyway. This is pretty typical of my songwriting.....short and simple with as few wasted words as possible.......every one is important!

Have no idea why the camera flipped me into a righty!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSNZB97cMLw

pabrizzer
04-28-2014, 01:19 AM
Someday Soon

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

UkeCan1
04-29-2014, 03:20 PM
Walking around an ag fair on a beautiful day with a ukulele strapped to the front of you is just asking for trouble. Here's what happened when I did that last weekend:


http://youtu.be/S1-YlmsL31c

ThatNeilGuy
04-30-2014, 04:58 PM
Look, I'm still really new to the seasons, but a twitter exchange this evening reminded me of this song I wrote and recorded a year or two ago as well as the crude video I tried to slap on top of it. And as I try to get around to shooting my entry for this week's season, I thought maybe I would presumptuously share the song here...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_-13PqQlkM

UkeCan1
05-01-2014, 06:08 AM
Look, I'm still really new to the seasons, but a twitter exchange this evening reminded me of this song I wrote and recorded a year or two ago as well as the crude video I tried to slap on top of it. And as I try to get around to shooting my entry for this week's season, I thought maybe I would presumptuously share the song here...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_-13PqQlkM

That's AWEsome, Neil! Love the storm trooper and accompanying Star Wars paraphernalia. The song is brilliant, the whole video is hilarious. Is that you on the tuba?
[Of course, can I just say, just for balance ... now I totally get why the Empire lost. :)]

Quite by accident, the song I posted right before you in this thread also mentions donuts. It's about tea. Sort of. A kind of tea that is good for you, though not directly.
The donut line is my favorite part.

wee_ginga_yin
05-01-2014, 10:36 PM
The 1st of May is also Wicker man (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070917/) day. The movie The wicker man stared Brit Ekland and in the movie she used a bottom double.
This song is based on a poem by the Finnish poet Kalle Niinikangas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jia3gQNjPeI

wee_ginga_yin
05-03-2014, 08:54 PM
(A radio with guts) aka 97X Bam
More on the theme of bottoms.
I do believe that husbands are extremely jealous of their wife's sunbathed bottoms,
and if somebody throws a radio out the window just so he has an excuse to observe
a woman's anatomy then it is bound to generate conflict. We all need justification for
our indiscretions. For Bukowski he blamed most things on his radio. :-)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hKlxofFV8I

myrnaukelele
05-03-2014, 10:19 PM
I wrote a song to honor my musician friends who have passed away. I finished it just a couple hours before I sang it onstage at the 40th Alaska Folk Festival held in Juneau this past April.

http://youtu.be/fuVxTr-GOVg

wee_ginga_yin
05-04-2014, 11:04 PM
The world is a precious place and very mysterious when viewed from heaven.
Imagine Fluttering wings, Tibetian singing bowls, crunching footsteps in snow,
shimmering aurora borealis... and verses that are never sung from and old hymn,
with a melody using the Akuankkakierto (http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akuankkakierto)
You are not ready for this... honestly.

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

UkeCan1
05-21-2014, 04:24 PM
This week I joined another weekly music theme challenge, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gyaws. GYAWS. It stands for Get Your A-- Writing Songs. The idea is to write a new song every week ... or, at least twice a month to stay in the group.

This week, 3.08, the prompt was "bamboozle". Someone else suggested the prompter should have stopped at "boozle" ... and that got me thinking, "Booze'll bamboozle".

And that led to this:


http://youtu.be/yGsNwCHaoPY

It's not my usual happy positive kind of song. It's darker ... and led me to all sorts of fun wordplay, with words I would normally not use ... in a song, a conversation ... anywhere.

It also led to some fun jangly chords and chord progressions, and, since I just discovered the "effects" button on my webcam ... some bamboozly weirdness in the video too.

(Those funky things FiL did last week in his sci-fi song videos ... Max Headroom, giant head ... turns out I can do those same exact things. Who knew?!)

I think maybe it needs a bridge. I had some other rhyme-y ideas listed for that, but they seemed to belong to a different song. And the deadline was Saturday, and it's already 4 days late..... Your thoughts are welcome.


[Yeah, Janet ... I'm making puppets. My parody song is ready as soon as they are ready to play my ukulele. Patience, Season 118 ... we're coming....]

bonesigh
05-21-2014, 04:38 PM
[Yeah, Janet ... I'm making puppets. My parody song is ready as soon as they are ready to play my ukulele. Patience, Season 118 ... we're coming....][/QUOTE]

Actually that didn't even cross my mind Wendy (: I just wanted to see what you had written! NOW GET BACK TO THOSE PUPPETS!

wee_ginga_yin
05-21-2014, 10:15 PM
Sigur Rós released a CD ( ) where all of the lyrics on are sung in Vonlenska, a constructed language of nonsense syllables which resembles the phonology of the Icelandic language. (A bit like Glossolalia or speaking in tongues.) It has also been said that the listener is supposed to interpret their own meanings of the lyrics which can then be written in the blank pages in the album booklet.


If you have never heard Sigur Rós before then have a listen to Glósóli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQmDvuORY0


or the delightful Svefn-g-englar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5Grncdjlc


In 2006 they made a DVD called Heima (At Home) You can watch it on Youtube.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNofqsFTW08


And be sure to watch them in full screen

Here is my attempt at Vonlenska.


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

wee_ginga_yin
06-01-2014, 09:05 PM
The disco is the new church
Salvation comes through dancing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUuNKlWD5CI

pabrizzer
06-06-2014, 01:00 PM
Recorded while being written complete with bed hair.
You're Not Here to See.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLujN6cZZW8

wee_ginga_yin
06-17-2014, 07:40 PM
While shepherds watched their flocks by night tango.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Jp1PhLT4o

UkeCan1
06-27-2014, 03:07 AM
I saw this on Facebook (http://37.media.tumblr.com/83ab8e44b4522c69db1bd1d27ef99dd2/tumblr_n42xa1odx21rci6rno1_500.png) ... and was inspired to write a song ... about the Tiny Potato who believes in us all. (And our music!)

68253


http://youtu.be/JJHwITD1bMU

pabrizzer
07-04-2014, 12:30 AM
paoriginal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiBHRWtM4rc

pabrizzer
07-11-2014, 01:58 PM
another paoriginal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK5hk7OWUpY

wee_ginga_yin
07-13-2014, 06:40 AM
Not waving but drowning (Stevie Smith poem set to music)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaLHDodzB38


Gm Dm
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
Eb Bb F
But still he lay moaning:
Gm Dm
I was much further out than you thought
Eb Bb F
And not waving but drowning.
Cm Eb Bb F
Poor chap, he always loved larking
Eb Bb F
And now he's dead
Cm Eb Bb F
It must have been too cold for him
Eb Bb F
his heart gave way,They said.
Gm Dm
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
Eb Bb F
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
Gm Dm
I was much too far out all my life
Eb Bb F
And not waving but drowning.

wee_ginga_yin
07-20-2014, 08:35 PM
A language lesson for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy7AXkWkoRQ

wee_ginga_yin
08-16-2014, 04:43 AM
Hovis Presley and Bob the Welder

I wrote this for a departed youtube friend who shared a love of the poems of Hovis Presley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fdPZUrtdXc).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MqVzUd8rd4

BigDaddyUker
08-23-2014, 01:14 PM
This is incredible - I feel so unworthy to be here. I can barely tie shoes when I get out of bed. Pa is waking up and writing songs!!! Is this just something that comes naturally or something that is more practiced?

wee_ginga_yin
11-13-2014, 10:57 PM
On Youtube sometimes you get tagged to answer different questions about what
you like or dislike. I heard a video of an old gardener I follow and he just quickly
read through his answers to the questions It was the timbre to his voice and the
speed at which he spoke that enthralled me so this is a little found sound song I made up.

I had been listening to My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by BYRNE and Eno and that
gave me the idea to try something like this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfr0mOfyVrQ

we tigers
11-14-2014, 12:23 AM
We haven't participated in the seasons lately. Way too busy with work... But we did write a little song ourselves the last time we took part!
Might as well share it here:

http://youtu.be/opQrWPRBH68?list=UUB3-3J6EjfJg9hKPxCIPtTQ

KaraUkey
11-14-2014, 01:57 AM
I was happy to find this thread as a substitute for not getting an entry into season 143. Won't bore you with all the excuses. But here's a song I wrote a while ago called clichés. Such a lot of clichés in songs I thought I'd write one based on clichés. It was written to introduce my group to the C5 power chord.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCQsF3HJ8Ew

GaryC1968
11-14-2014, 02:31 PM
I don't think I've posted anything to this thread, so here I go. :)


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

Tootler
11-15-2014, 11:26 AM
I've been indulging in a bit of songwriting recently.


http://youtu.be/_DryoZKswUI

Words and chords are in the video but a word of warning if you decide to play along. I wrote the song originally in D but my tenor is tuned EAC#F# and I'm actually singing it in E on the video.

pabrizzer
11-21-2014, 03:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrgcN4f0GT8

FiL
11-25-2014, 04:05 PM
I've been pretty scarce around these parts for a while--hope I'm still considered a Seasonista! I woke up this morning, heard the news, and this song started coming to me while I got ready for work. I had Steve Earle's melody in my head from the start, so I decided to just go with it. "Christmas in Washington, Part 2":


http://youtu.be/4nlRCY5-TRM

- FiL

wee_ginga_yin
12-01-2014, 04:33 AM
Peace on earth and goodwill towards all men... we are still waiting.
Is it time for the Rolling Jubilee (http://rollingjubilee.org)?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DalY0tCD7iI

pabrizzer
12-03-2014, 10:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXZppcYy9O8

Markwo
12-04-2014, 09:18 AM
Here's one I wrote for Pa's Original Christmas Song contest.

http://youtu.be/UJgHRrJKOCQ

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2015, 10:23 PM
One Nil to the Arsenal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed6LQEIF8qo

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2015, 10:28 PM
The world is being turned into a dump.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWr39tWTlc

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2015, 10:46 PM
Original music to a mason Williams Poem #1


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpOhnhuT2cs

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2015, 10:49 PM
Original music to MAson Williams poem #2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL9SUssgnnI

wee_ginga_yin
03-04-2015, 10:52 PM
Original music to a mason Williams poem #3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzNSYYI8N7E

ukuloonie
03-05-2015, 05:19 PM
This is one of my Super old ones for the 25th season that I wrote.
The Montreal Express.
I guess I should write some more soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBOX1ottaaE

BigDaddyUker
04-11-2015, 08:18 AM
My wife and I have been foster parents for 20 years and have been very blessed to be able to adopt 4 kids with one more on the way...so to speak. However, we have seen a lot of kids leave and to see that car drive away with a face looking out the back window crying will rip your heart out. I found this poem and would like to put music to it. It's pretty long but here is what I was thinking. Combine two stanzas with a D-G-A chord progression and each third stanza would almost be like a chorus and should have a different chord progression to break it up but haven't found anything that spins my wheels. The other thing I am struggling with is how to end it and I think that is because it doesn't have a repeating chorus...THOUGHTS?

As I have it here, every 2 lines represents a 4 line stanza of the poem. Here is the original to my first verse and refrain...chorus...response...???

The phone call comes in,
"Do you have enough room?"
For one more young child....
He needs a home very soon.

He comes to your door,
tattered and bruised,
His clothes are all dirty,
he's wearing no shoes...

You welcome him in
with a smile on your face,
He'll have to adjust
at his very own pace.


[D]The phone call comes in, [G]"Do you have enough [A]room?"
[D]For one more young child, [G]he needs a home very [A]soon.
[D]He comes to your door, [G]tattered and [A]bruised,
[D]His clothes are all dirty, [G]he's wearing no [A]shoes...

You welcome him in, with a smile on your face,
He'll have to adjust, at his very own pace.

[D]His life has been, a [G]hard, rocky [A]road.
[D]Somehow you must help, [G]to lighten his [A]load.
[D]He is going to need you, to [G]care for him [A]now,
[D]So deep in your heart, [G]you silently [A]vow-

To make his life better, than what he has now,
to again make him smile, though you're wondering how.

Each new day brings, anger, sadness, and joy
You pray that your love, can help this young boy.
Sometimes it seems that, you're getting nowhere,
And you wonder why God said, "Send this child there".

After an especially trying day, When you're sure
There must be, An easier way

Into the room, his footsteps now come.
With a shy hug, he whispers, "I love you, Mom"
With tears in your eyes, you know just what to say,
You've waited and waited, For this very day.

"Remember this, honey, And no matter what,
You're special. I love you. You just hold on to that."
And then the day comes, when you answer the phone...
They're sending "your" little boy, back to his home.

You think of the work, that may be undone
When they do send him back, to the very same one.

He's much different today
then he was, way back when.
Your hard work has paid off,
You can see it in him.

You hope and you pray
he'll remember your love
But you can't help but wonder,
Will it be enough?

To carry him through
what may lie ahead
You try to be strong
To cover your dread

Your head says you must
get through the good-byes
But the weight in your heart
feels like part of it died.

Later, you learn
he's doing quite well.
He comes over to visit
and you really can tell.

His life isn't perfect but...
it's turning quite nice
So you have made a difference.
In one little boys life.

AlanDP
04-29-2015, 04:07 PM
I've been hearing too many sentimental waltzes during this week (167) and something finally triggered this song. I've been wanting to write something like this for about a year now. I'm thinking I should put a bridge before the final chorus. I'm sure there could be other improvements; for example I'm not entirely happy with all the lyrics.

Comments, suggestions welcome.


http://youtu.be/DGRQHHYmXyk

He knew me from the day I was born
I knew him almost that long
He was from a little town in North Caroline
His daddy ran a tobacco farm
He told me stories
All about his long life
He gave all his memories to me
About people and places
About wrongs and rights
And arcane philosophies

And we'd work his cattle
From dawn until dusk
And when we got down to the last cow
He'd say this is the one
We should've done first
If we had, we'd be finished by now

Every little thing we did through the day
Would remind him of stories to tell
Of cattle, or hunting, or mustang grape wine
Of living, and how to live well
And God help me, sometimes it's hard to accept
That he's gone from this vale of tears
Some people, they say, make a splash, and he did
His life still ripples down through the years

And we'd haul that hay
From daylight to dark
Toss that last bale, he'd still smile somehow
He'd say this is the one
We should've done first
If we had, we'd be finished by now

I'll never forget him
Or the things he gave me
When I face my final sundown
I'll say this is the day
I should have lived first
If I had I'd be finished by now

wee_ginga_yin
06-06-2015, 11:19 PM
A homage to YT gardeners that I follow.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA3ER_afL48

pabrizzer
06-07-2015, 01:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N0Bc0Ka7Rc

wee_ginga_yin
06-18-2015, 09:17 PM
Famous AD from way back when given a musical treatment.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r99vew2GS9Y

AlanDP
07-04-2015, 11:35 AM
http://youtu.be/C-aB4HXAo7I

Hochapeafarm
07-30-2015, 12:24 PM
Hey, Seasonista friends!

I just posted a new song that I wrote over on Links & Videos, but wanted to share this here, too. :-)

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?109209-music-as-healing-dealing-with-loss&p=1727962#post1727962

Happy strummings, everyone!
~ Chelle :-)

Tootler
07-30-2015, 02:09 PM
I've commented on the original thread. Nice one, Chelle.

Hochapeafarm
08-01-2015, 04:43 AM
Thank you so much, Geoff! (I wrote you another response under Links & Vids, too!)


I've commented on the original thread. Nice one, Chelle.

bonesigh
08-02-2015, 07:37 PM
Just thought I'd post my latest as I put it up on the Season 180 so late. I'm quite proud of this one (:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsPmbryH1NQ

pabrizzer
08-21-2015, 12:30 PM
Don't hate me ladies - it's just a song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-i1MwpWph0
paoriginal
Am harmonica.
Wrote this because it mentions Samson for hair week.

wee_ginga_yin
09-04-2015, 05:07 AM
Inspired by a crescent moon eyebrow that was upside down.


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

joo
09-04-2015, 09:07 AM
Speaking of rain falling into upside down noses, here is a video about raining....


http://youtu.be/KOG1rxcWBD0

Ok. I am NOT 100% sure if Janet ( bonesigh) wrote this.....but 99% is a very high percentage.
I took her lovely instrumental and put a very, VERY simple animation to go with it.
It's sort of dream-liked, the piece. I like it.

pabrizzer
09-05-2015, 12:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW5YGVCwB74

joo
09-30-2015, 07:39 AM
just some thoughts in the mind of a boy and a girl, on a Sunday afternoon....

this is another of my "dysfunctional" songs, for my YouTube friend, songblurred's songwriting spree. We are to use a picture as a source of inspiration for our song. There are 4 categories : a couple, the forest, underwater objects, or death. I like all 4. If you want to write something for this, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V75xPYrNe_E&feature=youtu.be for more info.

Don ( songblurred) writes great songs. Check him out!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxpNah9cI-S69xI6a9ZjHg/featured

This is for the category "A Couple"

A BOY AND A GIRL ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON
I have a crush on a girl
I know because I keep thinking about her
But to be honest, I'm not sure if I really want to have her
I think I'm OK just THINKING about her

I'm in love with a boy
who doesn't love me back
But oh god how I love him
I MUST HAVE HIM LOVE ME BACK
If not, I'll stop loving him.

A boy and a girl on a Sunday afternoon.


http://youtu.be/ps6OPgWE9Ak

pabrizzer
09-30-2015, 12:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYKj08030ek

joo
09-30-2015, 06:03 PM
another dysfunctional song! Or, song about dysfunctional human relationships.
this one has cute things in it.


http://youtu.be/RKzR0DfKWzY

pabrizzer
10-01-2015, 01:22 PM
no cute things here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSzhw62FfQ

pabrizzer
10-01-2015, 10:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4MCvQNP7Xg

ukulele extra cheese
10-02-2015, 02:43 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsYd1COuJag
Joo (joojooukes) told me about this songspree thing on you tube and I came up with this. Thanks joo!

Tootler
10-03-2015, 01:19 AM
I originally wrote this song for Up & Down week but I've played it a few times since and it seems to go well.

This is from an open mic in Middlesbrough about 2 weeks ago. The soundman records all the songs and puts them on his You Tube channel. My Risa uke sounds pretty good here. Shows what a good sound man can do.

http://youtu.be/LwoJ96gDoxo

Harry122
10-05-2015, 10:21 AM
I thought I'd share this with y'all. I have a dear friend who owns a recording studio. One Saturday morning we were finishing up some graphic work and we had some time to burn. We found a poem that an acquaintance of ours wrote, and I wrote music for it. We recorded it on the spot, with me hitting the piano and singing, and Michael opening up a switchblade near the mic for rhythm. Three inches from my nose.

We added some synths - guitar, bass, and drums, for which Michael performed his studio magic. Finally, he added his harmonica. I think he's an amazing harp player. Anyway, this is what we ended up with. We just did it as a goof, but I think it turned out well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExksXHDT9Mg

myrnaukelele
10-05-2015, 10:32 AM
I just had to share this with my Season peeps. I wrote a song about my Big Fat Greek Ukulele vacation that I took in September. And set it to pictures of our trip. Hope you like it!

http://youtu.be/Dejva9wSDVw

pabrizzer
10-08-2015, 11:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTncLw0O4FA

Surly-Mac
10-09-2015, 07:07 AM
There are many nights when I don't sleep well (welcome to old age!)... after a very short night of bad dreams, I scribbled down this piece. This isn't so much a song as it is a poem in search of a melody. The lyrics are in the YouTube description.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTqr69zZ54k&feature=youtu.be

joo
10-20-2015, 07:30 AM
Trying something different - combining my painting demo with some original improvised "music"....or noise.
Both painting and improvising were fun! I wish I have time to do this everyday!!!


http://youtu.be/2g-IKck9esQ

I realized that our friend Rick (Henderson) looks a bit like Hitchcock...

pabrizzer
10-20-2015, 08:34 PM
B
paoriginal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcoTvV7FCKI

pabrizzer
10-21-2015, 11:57 AM
Dig it Frack it Burn it
has swearing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9SGqGsfNEI

Harry122
10-21-2015, 05:56 PM
I introduced the song in the Ukulele Haiku thread, but I decided to flesh it out into a full song. It's a nonsense song, but it really is intended to celebrate the old westerns I watched on TV on Saturday mornings as a kid. Cowboys such as Ken Maynard, Tim Holt, Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix. Dale Evans, Buck Jones and more thrilled me when I was little. They could shoot a hundred bullets at a bad guy, and other than an occasional "flesh wound," no one would ever be the worse for wear. Good guys and bad guys. Those were the days!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf8Lss1__UM

joo
10-26-2015, 06:42 AM
http://youtu.be/8Xo9Ltm6KnQ

wee_ginga_yin
12-09-2015, 03:17 AM
Somebody left a comment on one of my videos.
Just four lines with four thoughts. I liked it
So I made a song out of it. It could also qualify
as a one minute song.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO22F7EMVFk

joo
12-11-2015, 05:39 PM
performed by TWO LITTLE WOODPECKERS, hope you enjoy!
Have a beautiful day, dear friends! Let the light in!


http://youtu.be/x-bDB7GWKGc

Tootler
12-11-2015, 11:55 PM
I introduced the song in the Ukulele Haiku thread, but I decided to flesh it out into a full song. It's a nonsense song, but it really is intended to celebrate the old westerns I watched on TV on Saturday mornings as a kid. Cowboys such as Ken Maynard, Tim Holt, Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix. Dale Evans, Buck Jones and more thrilled me when I was little. They could shoot a hundred bullets at a bad guy, and other than an occasional "flesh wound," no one would ever be the worse for wear. Good guys and bad guys. Those were the days!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf8Lss1__UM

Love it, Randy. For us it would be the cinema on Saturday mornings.

I noticed they were mostly not very good shots in a shoot out and their guns seemed to be able to shoot an infinite number of bullets without reloading. It was only the bad guys whose guns ran out of bullets. Everything was very much black and white in those days - in more ways than one! :cool:

wee_ginga_yin
12-14-2015, 08:39 AM
What would you do if you had one day left on earth?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcm10v6X8W4

pabrizzer
01-06-2016, 10:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOYO0oim-BY
paoriginal
No not a believer but it would be a comfort.
I just like the musical genre.
Bari in open D tuning.

pabrizzer
01-08-2016, 11:08 AM
A couple more paoriginals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDBxQOukRUc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8e85pG56Js

decaturcomp
01-08-2016, 12:12 PM
Listening to Rob's, cool What If? Below made me think of these lyrics by Freeda (Marion Koleski, Mdiddy Kshizzle) who allowed me to try a go at the tune.
Some of you have heard it before, if so...Nothin' to See Here Folks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5PXEFSbcrE
I like the big questions sometimes.

pabrizzer
01-18-2016, 12:47 PM
https://youtu.be/9BoywJuQWCc

AlanDP
01-23-2016, 01:05 PM
https://youtu.be/-vLZu8TU2Pg

FiL
01-29-2016, 03:55 AM
A song about the northern New Jersey town I grew up in, from a rehearsal session with one of my bands. We don't quite have it all worked out yet. :)


http://youtu.be/jeAVS-HlJOg

- FIL

Markwo
02-02-2016, 01:26 PM
A one-take lunch break original

http://youtu.be/KvAnJMDdz6Y

joo
02-05-2016, 04:36 AM
here is just an impromptu songlet that I wrote for my baby, and anyone who feels down.


http://youtu.be/JqlQVj_T41E

Markwo
02-06-2016, 05:16 PM
http://youtu.be/NMZuYfC4emA

turtledrum
02-16-2016, 01:21 PM
written yesterday........


https://youtu.be/KUM_Cmcb2DM

UkeCan1
02-19-2016, 07:39 AM
Wonderful stuff on this page!

Here's my newest original, from Janet's "Vertical Expression of a Horizontal Desire" Season 205, performed live by Uke On! duo (http://www.facebook.com/UkeOn) with Neil (Linear) for a recent Valentine show.


http://youtu.be/HLL1T4zjf1w

joo
02-21-2016, 02:57 PM
lyrics in the YT video description...

http://youtu.be/LKbvbONqN7w

bonesigh
02-21-2016, 05:13 PM
Hey all, I'm constantly writing songs but never seem to get around to posting. I'm going to try harder to word on my song and get them posted somewhere. Usually I just do them at open mic and then they almost never get played again. So without further adeu here is one I quite like. I love the sound of the Hawaiian language and use it in many hapa haole songs.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nF17ZuLC6g


F Am
'Auhea 'oe, (Listen)
A#73210 F C7
Kilikilihune (rain) 2 times

Bb F Am
As we pass through the mists of Wailua Falls 10
Am Dm
We will hold on to these moments, keep them close to our hearts 14
Am C7sus4(0011) C7
These memories will heal us when the times get rough 12

F Am
'Auhea 'oe, (Listen)
A#73210 F C7
Kilikilihune (rain) 2 times

Bb F Am
You and I on the sands of Kauai 11
Am Dm
The tears of joy dear, fall down into our loving arms 14
Am C7sus4(0011) C7
The sound of the restless falls a soothing refrain 12


Bridge
Am A#73210
Hae ana, e ka naulu (Oh showers, pour forth)8
Am Bb C7
Pi’o mai ke anuenue (The rainbow arches)9

F Am
'Auhea 'oe, (Listen)
A#73210 F C7
Kilikilihune (rain) 2 times

Bb F Am
Oh, my sweet, beautiful and lovely you are 11
Am Dm
In the sunlight, sprinkle of showers on your skin 14
Am C7sus4(0011) C7
Never have I seen anything with such splendor13

F Am
'Auhea 'oe, (Listen)
A#73210 F C7
Kilikilihune (rain) 2 times

F Am A#7 C7 F
'Auhea 'oe…………..

bonesigh
02-21-2016, 05:29 PM
This is just a little tune I made recently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy7osQikW4E

Dougf
02-23-2016, 04:17 AM
Here's one I wrote for my kids a while back.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg8cGfT9HH4

joo
02-23-2016, 04:23 PM
http://youtu.be/c9cL3RnyIdU

Markwo
02-25-2016, 12:39 PM
http://youtu.be/A6l_0Kjri4U

wee_ginga_yin
02-27-2016, 03:02 AM
A fishy tale with a moral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcHfR_W8k10

Tootler
02-28-2016, 12:04 PM
For a while, we used to get live Christmas trees with their roots still on. They would usually last us two or three years. The last one we got, I planted in our front garden and it's still there.

https://youtu.be/xqr_7493KLA

Markwo
06-07-2016, 09:56 AM
http://youtu.be/r06CxzZPxuY

librainian
06-07-2016, 10:14 AM
http://youtu.be/r06CxzZPxuY

Awesome stuff!

ddanner
07-14-2016, 06:04 AM
Whoa! Can't believe I am just now discovering a Seasonista Songwriters Thread! Super job Alan for starting it up!

I'd like to share some of my Seasonista inspired originals, but not real sure where to begin. I have been trying for the last few Seasons (SOTU's 224 - 228) to write originals to fulfill the themes, but I temporaily put that objective on hold getting ready to host SOTU 230 which is going on at the moment, and caused me to sit out 229 as well.

Until I have something new to share, I would welcome the viewing and constructive suggestions on any of the originals I've done so far for the Seasons. I created a YouTube Playlist for "ddanner originals" but as you might easily guess, they are ALL SOTU generated! I hope that anyone else that has created a similar playlist for just their originals will share it here too, so we can easily bookmark them or add them onto our YouTube channel's playlists.

Mine are at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVgDbDAVH5rA0sf90tyh4b1ScxqSX_UGP

Car Singer
07-14-2016, 07:16 AM
Whoa! Can't believe I am just now discovering a Seasonista Songwriters Thread! Super job Alan for starting it up!

I'd like to share some of my Seasonista inspired originals, but not real sure where to begin. I have been trying for the last few Seasons (SOTU's 224 - 228) to write originals to fulfill the themes, but I temporaily put that objective on hold getting ready to host SOTU 230 which is going on at the moment, and caused me to sit out 229 as well.

Until I have something new to share, I would welcome the viewing and constructive suggestions on any of the originals I've done so far for the Seasons. I created a YouTube Playlist for "ddanner originals" but as you might easily guess, they are ALL SOTU generated! I hope that anyone else that has created a similar playlist for just their originals will share it here too, so we can easily bookmark them or add them onto our YouTube channel's playlists.

Mine are at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVgDbDAVH5rA0sf90tyh4b1ScxqSX_UGP

I didn't realise this existed either - I want to write some more of my own stuff...so when I do, I know where to post 'em!

pabrizzer
07-15-2016, 03:57 AM
https://youtu.be/aV6VWj98LGQ

ddanner
07-15-2016, 05:25 AM
https://youtu.be/aV6VWj98LGQ

With your permission Brian, I would very much like to add this one to the SOTU 230 Originals Playlist. I'm guessing you haven't submitted it there because of the number of songs you've already contributed to it, but this one definitely belongs there, too - Especially on this day.

Markwo
07-17-2016, 08:32 PM
I quickly improvised this when the Pokemon Go servers went down.

https://youtu.be/qPTCP8x33VQ

wee_ginga_yin
07-19-2016, 05:22 AM
A nonsense song about gardening.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfG0U1iDKrM

Barbablanca
07-19-2016, 09:52 AM
The only really positive things I can see coming from the whole Brexit fiasco is the greater possibility of an independent Scotland and .... dare I say it... a united Ireland. The land of my ancestors has been virtually united for the last decade (even if administratively and politically still divided). I am not sure if the great majority of nominally protestant people will want to see borders go back up and that virtual unity be shattered. Many will have experienced the virtual reality of a single untied island and combine them with the nominally Catholic Republicans and we might just see enough political will to vote to remain in the EU bu agreeing the time for partition is past.
With all these thoughts goign around my head, I wrote a song about my hopes that common sense will prevail and Ireland will be untied within my lifetime.

So here it is played on a a rather oversize six stringed uke ;)

I hope you like it:


http://youtu.be/lRhRWsEPlgo

pabrizzer
08-16-2016, 08:20 PM
I wrote this song but Andrew just delivers it so darn well......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZlUFcUX9cM

librainian
08-16-2016, 08:34 PM
Thanks Pa! I hadn't thought to post it here but it's a great song and deserves some more attention. It sure stuck with me since you wrote it!

pabrizzer
08-16-2016, 09:08 PM
Thanks Pa! I hadn't thought to post it here but it's a great song and deserves some more attention. It sure stuck with me since you wrote it!

It is something very special to have a talented muso like you cover one of my songs Andrew.

wee_ginga_yin
08-18-2016, 03:12 AM
An entry for Pabrizzers "A song" contest.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWkVA5PKVV4

Won’t you vote for me brother,
When it comes election night.
Don’t listen to your conscience;
though you know it might be right.
Hillary she has been feathered and tarred.
and she’ll wind up in jail,
on a trumped up charge.

Don’t think of right or wrong
the means justify the ends
There’ll be jobs for everyone
but especially for my friends.
Mexicans will be feathered and tarred
well throw them all in jail
on a trumped up charge.

We got Pokemon data on you
where you come and where you go,
It’s all part of the patriot act
The CIA is in the know
Life imprisonment with no discharge
Rotting away in jail
On a trumped up charge

Disillusion and destruction
Folly and despair
Are the only things you will get
From the man with the golden hair
Who only want his fortunes enlarged
So you might wind up in jail
On a trumped up charge

decaturcomp
09-04-2016, 09:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HguHlfthagE

decaturcomp
09-04-2016, 09:55 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B21JvNfXa6I

decaturcomp
09-06-2016, 11:52 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G83GtpTkqM&index=36&list=PLeIzPEGGcS27xUY i_rTHZZawaR5vtf74G&shuffle=229

pabrizzer
09-14-2016, 01:04 AM
The Hunt - paoriginal

https://youtu.be/OHFYxOLK4t4

YorkSteve
09-14-2016, 10:49 PM
It turns out that we will get to go to GNUF next Summer to play with some of those same folks and some other songwriters I haven't met yet!

Great news! Look forward to bumping into you there.

decaturcomp
09-15-2016, 01:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTWQk09q2dM

Why did I decide to do this, this morning? Why?

decaturcomp
09-18-2016, 09:09 AM
This song is in the banjouke live set with Terri below but I needed a uke version for my co-writer so...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5JA3whbAG8
Kristi Worden wrote the lyrics and we worked on the tune together. She was in Tampa, FL for the VERY rainy beginning of hurricane season lately.

decaturcomp
09-19-2016, 07:09 AM
Matt Hicks from the Original Ukulele Songs group on You Tube took me up on an offer to collaborate on some lyrics I'd written. He improved them greatly and then wrote this tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYMPtLli_G0

ddanner
09-19-2016, 08:21 AM
Matt Hicks from the Original Ukulele Songs group on You Tube took me up on an offer to collaborate on some lyrics I'd written. He improved them greatly and then wrote this tune:

End Result = a really great song! One of those fine examples of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts! Congrats to both of you.

pabrizzer
10-04-2016, 06:24 PM
https://youtu.be/cDIRXIAXeG4

Started out as some chord work for Charlie on guitar. There's a tenor uke in here somewhere.

wee_ginga_yin
10-13-2016, 01:24 AM
Trump's TIC TAC blues ( All hail to the defender of the free world )


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN3vT14O0dw

Markwo
10-13-2016, 01:19 PM
https://youtu.be/xSm9q2C9IOk

pabrizzer
10-21-2016, 12:21 PM
https://youtu.be/1YTGBDwCcXk

Dan Gleibitz
10-25-2016, 03:50 AM
Mountain goat... I don't know what to say. You've got a gift man. Several even. I would love to hear more of your poetry set to your music.

barefootgypsy
11-03-2016, 01:40 PM
I wrote this song for Season 246, which is running this week and is all about the candy treats in Trick or Treat...


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

decaturcomp
11-23-2016, 10:41 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJFolo6II_k&sns=em
i've been co-writing a bit in the last year on the Original Ukulele Songs page of Facebook.
Its a lively community and you might want to look in over there. I wrote this with a great fella from the U.K. He wrote the melody and plays and sings it here.

Tootler
11-24-2016, 10:39 AM
I wrote this when Berni last hosted. I wasn't entirely happy with it so I've made some changes. Here is the revised version.

https://youtu.be/eOuGRqd8ibI

pabrizzer
11-29-2016, 12:47 PM
https://youtu.be/tazpFF32Jpg

pabrizzer
11-30-2016, 11:52 AM
https://youtu.be/XxUsYnPyLds

wee_ginga_yin
12-02-2016, 09:48 AM
Milking the system for all it is worth



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg7vaxFxV-U

pabrizzer
12-03-2016, 04:58 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU2Sd_LLf_8&lc=z13rsxt5xsbid1adl22kxvih4tuyufb2c

Auni
12-08-2016, 09:52 AM
Not playing the uke here, but here's one I wrote!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyS2E9QAahQ

pabrizzer
12-12-2016, 11:05 AM
paoriginal
It's like the part of the Christmas story that Stephen King would have penned......



https://youtu.be/mElmEmhx00c

pabrizzer
12-23-2016, 02:31 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwsl7towyqI

wee_ginga_yin
12-23-2016, 03:08 AM
If you are lucky you'll get a fish.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU9jp9FsFxU

pabrizzer
12-23-2016, 10:46 AM
Starts off in the same era Rob ....

https://youtu.be/WTE_-WdWgKo

barefootgypsy
12-29-2016, 01:22 PM
Time I tried to do a decent recording of this, I thought.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Fma-CHTt0

mountain goat
01-04-2017, 10:06 PM
first song for a new year. thanks joojoo for filming.
playing a Yamaha classical guitar.


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

TAKE SOME MENDING

Well the words they don't come easy
Red wine it left me queasy
And piled up on my tongue
The songs I never sung
And the love we made that came so free and easy

And these walls we keep defending
In this war that's never ending
Underneath the angry guilt
In the barricades we built
This broken heart is gonna take some mending

And oh, I can hear the river sighing
Oh, hear the priest and doctor trying

And our days are growing shorter
And we don't speak like we oughta
And all that we've got left
Is a gauzy yellow dress
In a photo faded by the light that caught ya

Now the horse is in the stable
And the notebook's on the table
And from the window in this room
A pasty, yellow moon
Is darkening the writing on the label

And oh, I can hear the river sighing
Oh, hear the priest and doctor trying

This broken heart is gonna take some mending

pabrizzer
01-05-2017, 08:59 PM
https://youtu.be/z0OB9ONEDGo

pabrizzer
01-10-2017, 12:24 AM
https://youtu.be/vrrQWauv5ig

mountain goat
01-19-2017, 06:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD9BKWYJ3PM

pabrizzer
01-23-2017, 10:08 PM
https://youtu.be/T0PT8kcEeJI

pabrizzer
01-25-2017, 06:13 PM
https://youtu.be/58S37mDpZ5c

Harry122
01-27-2017, 05:15 PM
Lori gave me a little Kala Waterman today!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2yhI_xgGko&feature=youtu.be

Harry122
02-01-2017, 03:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7luxchleaM&feature=youtu.be

decaturcomp
02-03-2017, 12:17 PM
Sorry to have been missing so much. Working a lot with Original Ukulele Songs Platform (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Originalukulelesongs/?ref=br_tf) on FB. I hope that those of you who write songs on the Uke or would like to will join that page, too and join in the fun. Terri and I will be playing on their Stage at GNUF this year as Throckmorton Ukulele Band and having some crossover with the excellent co-writer of these songs, Matt "Redshirt" Hicks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb0JQc24li8

decaturcomp
02-03-2017, 08:02 PM
A song for a spectacular musician/luthier named Arrie Bozeman.

https://youtu.be/QDUAze0b5oA

decaturcomp
02-04-2017, 03:12 AM
#resist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK8_jmL4R1Q

Just a sketch about what's on my mind here in the US.

Tomcat Wombat
02-05-2017, 06:38 PM
It was recently my birthday, this song just kinda came to me.


https://youtu.be/P8jk78FWr6E

pabrizzer
02-13-2017, 04:02 AM
https://youtu.be/P0ZnbV3lCW0

pabrizzer
02-17-2017, 11:27 AM
https://youtu.be/WRp3vF8h7Kc

Car Singer
02-20-2017, 12:13 AM
The Siren Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXO6HGi3-s&lc=z13xzb55rtyxsvtba04cdrkxixn5ijqwxy00k

mountain goat
02-26-2017, 09:20 PM
A poem I wrote this afternoon. No title yet.


Someone said it was meant to be beautiful.
Like rows of orange clouds in the morning.
She saw a snail and a smiling cat and all he saw were turds.
Many turds.
Maybe it's all about grace in the end,
not the words we use but the face we clothe them in.
Isn't that a mask?
I wear a cap and sunglasses and not even my mother
recognises me. But if I put on an accent
even the ones I don't know know
I'm lying.
When people cry I doubt them first
come to sympathy second if at all.
I lie in the sun expecting not to get burnt.
What are these things we learn
as our skin peels away?
A day is 24 hours and a thousand years.
The earth tilts on an axis of lust and fear.
Ah. There's that ****ing contradiction again.
Someone said it was meant to be beautiful
and for someone it is.

LucilleJustRocks
02-27-2017, 12:10 AM
This is a song I wrote after having read Morten Rhue's 'Asphalt tribe' last year in september. Having deleted my old yt channel I felt like recording a bariuke version

https://youtu.be/OQUwnzQxbtc
It is considered to be my favourite original...imo

wee_ginga_yin
02-28-2017, 08:34 AM
I don't want to blow my own TRUMP but I write the very best songs.
Believe me... It's true... Okay? The songs I write are so tremendous
that they become the number one song in the Universe... if not the galaxy
They are yuuge... everybody sings them... friends sing them. The words
are easy to remember... so easy... easy peasy... as the English would say.
I give my songs a TEN, and I am not even trying. If you sing along with we
we can make songwriting Great again, Believe me. Let's make Ukulele's First. Okay?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwND7GgQRPs

wee_ginga_yin
02-28-2017, 11:22 PM
Vlad hacked the Oscars. It's true... Believe me... Okay?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjC1APXEo_s

pabrizzer
03-03-2017, 01:20 PM
https://youtu.be/zKFAPTRFW1U
paoriginal

barefootgypsy
03-05-2017, 08:59 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvGN0rrgnUk
a barefootgypsy original....

Have I pinched someone else's tune? If so please tell me!

pabrizzer
03-06-2017, 12:37 AM
Good one Lesley.
I always found that Alice story very trippy.

Just an idea noodle here

https://youtu.be/XSgg5TJCqqM

barefootgypsy
03-07-2017, 03:59 AM
Good one Lesley.
I always found that Alice story very trippy.

Just an idea noodle here

https://youtu.be/XSgg5TJCqqM
Thanks pa! I loved the noodle.... are you suggesting this as an alternative accompaniment to the song?

pabrizzer
03-07-2017, 09:36 AM
Thanks pa! I loved the noodle.... are you suggesting this as an alternative accompaniment to the song?

Ha ha.. No definately not - I just enjoyed your song and wanted to comment before plonking my spur of the moment noodle on the thread.

pabrizzer
03-07-2017, 11:30 AM
https://youtu.be/l58m1clLBYA

paoriginal

we see your leader we think we see you .....

pabrizzer
03-09-2017, 12:14 AM
https://youtu.be/hYoAwhNcu5c

Auni
03-10-2017, 12:22 PM
LOVE your songs Pa!
I finally got a mic, so I recorded this little ditty I wrote a while back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StauPG4OS-Q

Barbablanca
03-11-2017, 06:42 AM
A new Berni Original that I wrote in response to some holier than thou anti-abortionists on a Forum. Their "Pro-Life" stance was paper thin, if you looked through other threads they had commented on you found the twisted anti-life stances that I associate with the whole alt-right trend that has led us to President Donald Trump.

I doubt any of them would ever listen to this, but I felt it needed stating.

Long live the separation between church and state!


http://youtu.be/r3mLaumnBBs

UkuleleLibrarian
03-14-2017, 03:47 AM
Hey Guys! I've really been inspired by Seasons the last few weeks. I love hearing your songs and engaging in the community. It a great place you have built here.

So, I was reading a book to a class of four year olds last week, and I thought to myself Someone should write a song about Elephant and Piggie, E & P is one of my favorite book series for kids, and the relationship between the two main characters is unique and dynamic. Immediately, the words started flowing into my head, and a song came out. It's the first song I've written for the Uke, and it sounds an awful like a certain Blink 182 song, but I hope you like it!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2SYioT-h5I

Auni
03-15-2017, 08:56 AM
Give a girl a new mic, a 12 string guitar, and an old song becomes new!! This is also a testament to the fact that I'm not always rainbows and gumdrops happy...

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

mountain goat
03-18-2017, 07:03 PM
a poem.
for my dad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuQ8S_aCq0c

wee_ginga_yin
03-23-2017, 08:13 AM
Whilst sorting out my seeds for spring planting I came across an old
shopping receipt and this is what was written on the back of it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx9Phq2LU88

decaturcomp
03-24-2017, 11:51 PM
A quick thought about being happy in life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B1TBIFsu7M&t=12s

pabrizzer
03-25-2017, 01:55 AM
https://youtu.be/vvqI4EdpEnU

stanat20
03-30-2017, 10:52 AM
I composed this whilst having trouble with internet.I hope it strikes a chord with some people
https://youtu.be/ZEyN9ZqT0Yw

Auni
04-11-2017, 11:06 AM
Many of you know my day job is a nurse, well, it can be discouraging how many people just want a pill to fix their problems, now. So here's my ode to instant gratification and big pharmaceuticals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJS_9T4bq38&t=56s

wee_ginga_yin
04-14-2017, 08:10 PM
There is a first time for everything and here on UU I had a Tom Russell song
I had covered locked and blocked. Apparently there had been some complaints about
it and somebody had objected and the moderator stepped in and locked the thread.
I was never told who had objected or what were the objections. But I noticed that
instead of getting my usual 20 views in links the thread was viewed 131 times
and I found this both funny and ironic so I wrote this short song as a response.
Just making an observation here... no hating... no stirring up controversy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YDWvY1-X00

pabrizzer
04-26-2017, 12:58 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9dIvD6HjcI

joo
04-29-2017, 08:03 PM
http://youtu.be/Oy90H50uekg

we tigers
05-02-2017, 01:41 PM
https://youtu.be/vfUzlzvLppg

barefootgypsy
05-14-2017, 11:17 AM
I've just finished writing this song about when my Dad used to take me fishing with him on the River Severn when I was a child. Very happy memories. I hope you like it because I think it's one of my best!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC3e8e-_v0k

barefootgypsy
05-16-2017, 02:55 AM
Here's another very personal song, this one in its second incarnation, slightly changed, including the title - but it's all true! As the young man seems truly not to remember me, it can go out there! I still have the book he gave me for my 17th birthday...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RefXbBT3Qc

Demimondaine
06-04-2017, 11:39 AM
https://youtu.be/Yavr3TJo1MI

As you may know, I'm writing a song a week between now and my birthday next year. This is my second. It's not appropriate for the current Season, but I wanted to share it just the same.

Demimondaine
06-18-2017, 06:48 AM
http://youtu.be/rwsS4ybDPZI

Another week, another song that's not right for the Seasons but that I wanted to share.

pabrizzer
07-14-2017, 09:09 PM
I think stuff is the right word for this paoriginal .....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD_0CRhdKv8

Demimondaine
07-16-2017, 04:57 AM
https://youtu.be/WVib9_uSmzE

I wrote a song about Chicken Boy for Theme Music!

decaturcomp
07-19-2017, 09:54 PM
This should be in the "play other instruments" tag I guess but I also wrote it.
Improv DADGAD tune for some new lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpmSmmB6T1E

manfrog
07-23-2017, 10:22 AM
No time for a Seasons video this week, but here is a song I wrote for pabrizzer's excellent eight keys challenge last fall, performed by The Racket Downstairs at our recent gig at Best Video in Hamden, Connecticut. We are playing a free gig this Friday at the beach in my neighborhood. This song was inspired by the story of Daniel Kish who, although blind since the age of one, has learned to "see" via echolocation. You can read about him here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kish


http://youtu.be/c8BAEFrXVl4

UkuleleLibrarian
10-18-2017, 04:29 AM
Here's one from one of our youngest Seasonistas. Em came up to me while I was washing dishes yesterday evening and asked to borrow my ukulele. I (very reluctantly) let her because she didn't seem to be in a destructive mood :eek:. Ashley came in a few minutes later and told me that she was writing a Halloween song. She doesn't know any chords (something we'll have to change very soon, I think), but she was just strumming and singing as the words came to her.

After a little while, she had a song and asked me to sing it with her. I slapped some chords on there that seemed ok with the tune she had made up, and this is what we came up with.


https://youtu.be/ylBwOD6ICrg

Her song is pretty catchy and I was looking for Halloween songs to sing with preschool classes in the next few weeks!

pabrizzer
10-24-2017, 08:01 PM
I can assure you i won't make any money if you watch this video.....

https://youtu.be/iGQ3MjoBFSo

wee_ginga_yin
10-26-2017, 07:18 AM
Not on a par with with the Macca/Lennon feud but if you get a song written about you
then it is only fair to make a video response... with adverts of course. Duelling Grandads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hm30RpuJvM

pabrizzer
10-26-2017, 02:19 PM
Not on a par with with the Macca/Lennon feud but if you get a song written about you
then it is only fair to make a video response... with adverts of course. Duelling Grandads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hm30RpuJvM

I'd love to watch your witty response video Rob but I've decided not to contribute to your youtube profits.
And that means I'll be missing out because you do great stuff imho.
I have included it here though so you might get a few more tenths of a cent.
How much do you actually make out of inflicting those ads on those who choose to watch?
Are we comrades or customers?

wee_ginga_yin
10-26-2017, 09:09 PM
I'd love to watch your witty response video Rob but I've decided not to contribute to your youtube profits.
And that means I'll be missing out because you do great stuff imho.
I have included it here though so you might get a few more tenths of a cent.
How much do you actually make out of inflicting those ads on those who choose to watch?
Are we comrades or customers?

If somebody does something you do not like then you can say so
But what you can't say is stop doing that because it bothers me
If you use a browser like BRAVE (https://brave.com) it will punch ads in the dick
and they will never bother you again. If you use Adblocker (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom) your ad
problems will be gone forever. That could be a solution for you if you
are irked by ads so much. However I would not be so presumptive as to tell you
to use them. But I think it goes deeper than that.

What I don't like is this 60's folky mentality typified by the audiences
that booed Dylan when he switched from acoustic to electric. I have felt
that some folks on UU view it as an anathema if the Ukulele is played
in any way that is different from the traditional acoustic island style,
and heaven forbid if you have been tempted by the god of mammon
and monetised your youtube channel. You are then classified as a heretic
and a sellout. Selling your soul for a cent. We set up a dichotomy of the
pure against the impure. Hello Aloha out there.

I do not subscribe to the concept that there is a style police who will
monitor and dictate whether or not you can be a member of the holy
acoustic ukulele church, and their modus operandi is to SHAME
How dare you make me look at ads. How dare you you monetize your videos
Then then they slip into social justice warrior mode and cry SHAME SHAME SHAME,
and the music gets forgotten.

Being the high priest of the seasons (you once had the beard for it) I suppose it is your
prerogative to make demands on the members of the holy ukulele church and if
we step out of line then we are admonished for it. So I guess I will have to
retire to my Essene cave in the desert and become a hermit, and consider myself
excommunicated.

End of story.