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Tootler
05-31-2014, 12:22 PM
There are many songs in popular music that have used themes from classical music for their tunes. That's what this week's challenge is about. There are four aspects to this weeks challenge but they are all about adapting classical music to the ukulele in some form or other.

The Challenge
1) Record a popular song based on classical themes*.
2) Adapt a classical piece to ukulele. (vocal or instrumental)
3) Write an original song and use a theme from classical music for the tune.
4) Take an existing set of words (poem or existing song) and set them to music using a theme from classical music.

* The song should have the classical theme as its main tune. Some of the lists include songs that are "based on" or which just have a riff or short section in an otherwise original tune. These do not qualify. For example "Whiter Shade of Pale" would not qualify as it only includes a few notes from Bach in the intro, though the intro is clearly influenced by "Air on a G String".

Please state in your entry, the composer and piece of music it's based on.

Rules
1) Ukulele must be prominent but your video does not have to show you playing it. Puppets, film clips video effects etc. are fine
1) All videos should be made specially for this season.
2) One entry per person. You can post as many bonuses as you like but they should be new recordings. Your first post will be taken as your entry unless you tell me otherwise.
3) You should state in your entry the classical work & composer on which your entry is based.
4) Multi tracking etc. OK but ukulele should be prominent in the mix.
5) No entries before 00:01 Hawaii time, Sunday 1st June. Season ends 24:00 Hawaii time, Sunday 8th. June

Prizes
Not fully sorted but they will be classical music CDs.
* One for the best cover (1 & 2 above)
* One for best original song/setting (3 & 4 above)
* One drawn out of a hat.

Some sites with lists of popular songs based on classical themes:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Melodia/List_of_popular_songs_based_on_classical_music

Pop Meets the Classics: http://www.allegro.philharmonic.me.uk

Playlists:

Covers of songs based on classical music themes (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUBDgKmiEwjdj8AKi6i4nL2l)

Original songs or new settings of existing words using classical music themes (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2RZHnrXbUCSz1YYU-9sZvRI1KQRkt2J)

MikeOnTheUke
05-31-2014, 12:49 PM
Already know my entry. X3

UkeCan1
05-31-2014, 12:53 PM
I am so proud of us. FiL and I guessed this theme from your "Stranger in Paradise" hint over on the Season 118 thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?96676-Season-118-Puppets-and-Parodies). (With a little help from Wikipedia ... because I did not know that was based on Borodin.)

It's a brilliant theme, Geoff! Going to be lots of fun. Dick Adcock will probably be kicking himself for doing that train restroom song last week. :)

I love all four challenges ... want to do them all!

LOVE IT!!!!!

CeeJay
05-31-2014, 01:14 PM
Don't know about Classical...but I certainly have gas ....whacka whacka whacka.......:nana:




will you stop whackaking me ..thank you !! Gee Mr Tootler can be a grumpy bunny .....lol

librainian
05-31-2014, 03:16 PM
Cool theme Geoff! I'm looking forward to trying something instrumental for a change.

Tootler
05-31-2014, 07:35 PM
will you stop whackaking me ..thank you !! Gee Mr Tootler can be a grumpy bunny .....lol

Of course I am. Just ask my wife :biglaugh:


Cool theme Geoff! I'm looking forward to trying something instrumental for a change.

That would be great. There's some fantastic classical uke on t'internet.

lelouden
05-31-2014, 08:34 PM
Got so side track looking through ideas I forgot to tell you this is a great theme Geoff. Im really looking forward to trying my hand at an instrumental. I don't do instrumentals you know. This will be a really great theme:)

pabrizzer
06-01-2014, 12:15 AM
The tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso section of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 in C minor (Symphony with organ)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rnjNtq9oI

Tootler
06-01-2014, 12:28 AM
The tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso section of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 in C minor (Symphony with organ)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rnjNtq9oI

Pabrizzer: Great opener for season 120. Instrumental and vocal were excellent. Playing it through on the uke, then the recorder before singing was a lovely idea. The recorder and your uke go really well together.

Dougf
06-01-2014, 12:51 AM
I did this Jobim/Chopin song back when Tina hosted a season, but I really love this song, and Geoff’s theme gives me a chance to try it on my latest homemade uke #13, this time with low-g. Thanks, Geoff.


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

xommen
06-01-2014, 01:47 AM
This is an original lyric I was already working on, its not finished yet, but I thought it would work with the chords for Pachebel's Canon in D.
It's a song about being born from the perspective of the baby. I recorded with the shaker and added some bassguitar later on.
Lyrics/Chords are here:
http://www.vanommen.net/Coming_into_the_light.pdf

http://youtu.be/w99I3t0iK30

RAB11
06-01-2014, 01:59 AM
A nice simple one for me first before I try and tackle an instrumental later in the week.

Green Day's Basket Case, like a great many pop songs, uses the chord progression from Pachelbel's Canon. Green Day play it in Eb, I've gone for D.



http://youtu.be/UjOa8LxrBTo

TCK
06-01-2014, 06:04 AM
Here we go- the only classical song I know.
Plaisir d'amour- Martini...by way of Elvis Presley
Tough one here Tootler ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6TLtvMXlI8&feature=youtu.be

mythinformed
06-01-2014, 07:38 AM
This seasons a no brainer for any Elvis fans out there ...........quick get ya entry in ......Its now or never !! Lol

MikeOnTheUke
06-01-2014, 08:02 AM
Here's my entry (or bonus, if this doesn't quite meet the requirements). This is "Hook," (one of my favorite songs of all time), by Blues Traveler. It is built upon the chord progression of "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel, (My favorite piece of classical music). I love this song to death, and it was literally the first thing that popped into my mind when i read the words "Classical Music." Something about this song always puts me in a good mood, and I love playing it on the gui... Giant Uke... Oddly, the key I had to switch to to make this easier on my chord-wise (Key of C, for you bandies out there) actually put it nicely into my vocal range. In the original key (key of A, for those of you taking notes) is either too high at times, or too low.

Also, Blues Traveler originates from New Jersey. So you KNOW they're awesome.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_quss89kUc

UkeCan1
06-01-2014, 09:05 AM
This seasons a no brainer for any Elvis fans out there ...........quick get ya entry in ......Its now or never !! Lol

Also Eric Carmen fans. He has several. Well, two.


Also, Blues Traveler originates from New Jersey. So you KNOW they're awesome.

Mike, I had not known that about Blues Traveler. Or you! Dude, what exit? Okay, no, we don't really talk like that do we? (Yeah, kind of.) Where in our big state are you? I'm in Edison ... M'sex County.

If anybody thinks this is a hard theme (Miss BEV), I googled "songs based on classical music" (http://www.google.com/search?q=songs+based+on+classical+music), and tons of great pages came up. Including the usual long list at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Melodia/List_of_popular_songs_based_on_classical_music).
There are tons of tunes based on the Pachelbel Canon progression - you can google that separately for a bunch more ideas.
Or just watch the Pachelbel Rant (http://youtu.be/JdxkVQy7QLM).

Tootler
06-01-2014, 09:12 AM
Here are my comments on the early entries.

Dougf: Excellent playing, Doug. I always admire your arrangements and the way you can get the most out of the ukulele.

Xommen: Nice song, Wim. I can hear the Pachelbel in it and I liked the idea behind your song. Was your bass playing the bass line from Pachelbel?

RAB11: Another one based on Pachelbel's Cannon and I suspect, not the last. D was the key the original was written. Nice strumming and I liked the mixture of picking and strumming in the ending.

TCK: Excellent choice and very nicely sung. This really suits your voice and style of playing. I'm sure there will be other versions of this.

MikeOnTheUke: Another song based on Pachelbel's canon. You could clearly hear the Pachelbel in the uke and the song also echoed those original very nicely. Well sung and nice choice.

It looks like Pachelbel's canon might be a season standard. If we get a couple more in the next day or so, I'll set up a separate playlist.

MikeOnTheUke
06-01-2014, 09:13 AM
Mike, I had not known that about Blues Traveler. Or you! Dude, what exit? Okay, no, we don't really talk like that do we? (Yeah, kind of.) Where in our big state are you? I'm in Edison ... M'sex County.

Eeyup. They're from Princeton, if i remember correctly. As for me, I'm about 5 minutes out of Trenton, just outside the Trenton suburbs. In the mythical land known as Central Jersey X3.

Tootler
06-01-2014, 09:14 AM
This seasons a no brainer for any Elvis fans out there ...........quick get ya entry in ......Its now or never !! Lol

Multiple versions of the same song are fine and we had another Elvis in the post just before yours. :shaka:

wee_ginga_yin
06-01-2014, 09:22 AM
Roasting that cannon in D one more time.

http://youtu.be/BUuNKlWD5CI

UkeCan1
06-01-2014, 09:47 AM
Eeyup. They're from Princeton, if i remember correctly. As for me, I'm about 5 minutes out of Trenton, just outside the Trenton suburbs. In the mythical land known as Central Jersey X3.

We call ours "Central Jersey" too ... but you probably call us North Jersey. I am not that far away from you, anyway ... maybe 45 minutes. Are you on the local uke-group meetups and Facebook groups and stuff? Hope to meet you sometime soon! Anyway, we better stop hijacking the thread with local stuff now. I'd say PM me, but my inbox is perpetually full. You can PM my "alter ego", "UkeCan1 2.0", or, way better ... connect on Facebook. I'm Wendy on the Seasonista Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/Seasonistas). Or YouTube.

Cheers, Jersey dude!

(PS, don't tell anyone we said "Jersey".)
(PPS, did you see this?: "New Jersey Love Song" (http://youtu.be/O0IjPYfJBvI))

Tootler
06-01-2014, 10:45 AM
For those who want to do something based on the Pachelbel canon, here is the basis of the original piece:

There is a repeated 8 note bass line of D A B F# G D, G A that forms the basis of the harmony. This is repeated over and over throughout the piece.
The bass line forms the root of the chords over the bass line: D A Bm F#m G D G A

Pachelbel starts by stating the bass line once, then he adds a 16 note descending melody line over the bass. f# e d c# B A B c# d c# B A G F# G E (It wanders up and down a bit to ensure the desired harmonies but the overall trend is down)

He then repeats this melody and adds a second which is a variant of the first, mainly by dividing the original into shorter note values, A third part is then added while the previous ones are repeated from then on three variants of the original melody are played simultaneously for a total of 32 variants with earlier ones "dropping out" as new ones are added. Basically very simple but very effective. Not easy to get right and the there are no extended harmonies, at the most a dominant 7th (ie an A7 possibly, I've not looked through the whole score I downloaded)

The repeated bass line is called a "Basso Continuo" (or "Through Bass" in English). In addition to the three violins and bass, a keyboard player would fill in the harmonies implied by the bass line much like a jazz pianist will play an accompaniment from a lead sheet of melody line and chords.

The bass (usually a cello) and keyboard are collectively known as the Continuo section.

If you're going to use Pachelbel's canon as the basis for an entry please stick to the harmonies of the original and try to use the basic melody line as the basis of your tune.

I suggest it's well worth your while finding a recording on You Tube of the piece on the instruments it was composed for - 3 violins and continuo and listen to it carefully. It's a magical piece but has suffered from being overplayed and overused.

Tootler
06-01-2014, 11:04 AM
Roasting that cannon in D one more time.
http://youtu.be/BUuNKlWD5CI

I liked that one. Interesting lyrics and yet another based on Mr J Pachelbel. All done in the inimitable WGY style.

CeeJay
06-01-2014, 11:59 AM
I tried that thar Peachy Bells Cannon....damn thing misfahred...dang !!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-01-2014, 02:15 PM
(Miss BEV)
thank you for thinking of me in my ouch-y brain-hurt-y being made to think but not having the right equipment predicament!


ceejay - peachy bells lol!


i'm loving all the peachy bells canon stuff - even the song about hating the peachy bells canon!

lelouden
06-01-2014, 02:50 PM
Heres Mine Geoff:)

Here's one you could handle Lynda but Ha!....I got to it first. This is about as primary as it gets so I can handle it. Two tracks. One of the melody and the other a picking pattern and its a shorty:) What could be better!

Ode To Joy~
The ode is best known for its musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824), a choral symphony for orchestra, four solo voices and choir. There are also many other musical settings, both before and after Beethoven's, of part or all of the poem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjkvwe__Rn8

UkeCan1
06-01-2014, 03:03 PM
Please forgive us for what we are about to do to you. Here's Cecilia ... still without a uke ... please help her with that ... and me, singing our "warmup song", "A Lover's Concerto" by The Toys, based on Bach's Minuet in G.


http://youtu.be/pC2jYSvJ1Zw

Harry122
06-01-2014, 03:51 PM
Here's my song, I call it "Night Music." I added lyrics to Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, my favorite classical piece.
I mainly played my Cordoba concert, but added a layer of my Lanikai baritone. Then, some synth strings and a little piano at the very end. Finally, my very own voice. Sorry about that.
Hope you like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVk6h1mNQg&feature=youtu.be

myrnaukelele
06-01-2014, 07:37 PM
I can't get enough of Tin Pan Alley! This is an Al Jolson song (I don't think he actually wrote it but since he popularized it he got to put his name on it).
According to Wikipedia, "The tune's opening melody resembles a part of Giacomo Puccini's aria E lucevan le stelle, from the opera Tosca, but in the major key. Puccini's publishers sued the song's composers in 1921 for use of the melody, and were awarded $25,000 and all subsequent royalties of the song by the court."

http://youtu.be/Em-pCLClDHc

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-01-2014, 08:11 PM
i have a super song suggested by a top secret music information source, aka mythinformed - thank you mark! - which i wanna go work on, but in the meantime, and before wim or indeed anyone else beats me to it, allow me to leap on the peachy bell canon wagon, with... lol, "with"!... "with or without you" by U2...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aymxVf1SsoM

TCK
06-01-2014, 08:54 PM
<TCK>This song is my favorite one to play, because Daveey taught it to me in my favorite video. Tonight was a break through though...I play probably 2 hours every day (I know...why the hell have I not improved) and this song is easy for me, but Melissa, she likes three chords. She just does not have the time to sit around and learn songs all the time.
Today she said "you never play with me anymore"...
That made me think about why I was doing all this, why I play every day...so I taught her a song. I pretty much love her more than anything else I have going on...and would rather play a tune with her than anyone else. We slowed it down, but I think it still works.
Y'all have seen this one. Pachelbel Cannon for sure. In any event-pretty sure I would rather play with this lady in slow mo than do anything else. Shit...no one watches these anyway- but this one is cool. </TCK>
Don't Look Back In Anger- Oasis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6_AXZgXvUY&feature=youtu.be

UkeyDave
06-01-2014, 11:46 PM
Not sure whether I'd get chance to contribute this week so here is a quick improvisation with a little whistling and humming of (yep you guessed it) Canon in D major. Apologies if it aint quite up to scratch but I reckon that "something is usually better than nothing". ;-)

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

bonesigh
06-02-2014, 02:42 AM
Here's mine. Hope I can catch up on the entries too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcfqMjVgm8Q

wee_ginga_yin
06-02-2014, 09:20 AM
The melody to Finlandia has been used for countless hymns.
It was written by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

For some background to the song please check out.
Jean Sibelius and Finlandia (http://finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=160075)

The words I sing are not the words written by Koskenniemi.
But something I heard Joan Baez (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nthgT0_cjw) sing, and which she erroneously
claimed was the Finnish National Anthem.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb7ydZIOutM

TCK
06-02-2014, 03:14 PM
We will do it in G this time. I learned this one from my folks...my dad really. He went in for the folk stuff, mom was more Motown.
Haven't had this much fun in a long time trying to figure songs out Tootler- just let me know when I get annoying.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnPchAIImw4&feature=youtu.be

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-02-2014, 06:27 PM
bonus vid from me, mythinformed suggested this song for me, realising that my tiny brain was exploding with all the finkin' that classical music makes you do, thank you mark!

"a groovy kind of love" - based on the Rondo movement of Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5 by Muzio Clementi

so i am told


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIBtoG1Np0k

i think greg would approve

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/die-brady-family-522944_zpsc51ffb0c.jpg

"look, kid, i'm only playing this 'til i get a groovy, hip and happening uke, ok?"

pabrizzer
06-03-2014, 01:35 AM
Spring - I hope it sounds familiar.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMdaI7NiGA

It is an original song stealing pretty heavily from one of the melody lines from Vivaldi's Spring from The Four Seasons.

It’s spring it’s bloomin spring
It’s spring it’s bloomin spring
Can’t you hear those birdies sing
Then the birds start pairing
And for their eggs are caring
And then their chicks they’re raring
It’s spring it’s bloomin spring

Snow is seldom seen
Things are turning green
Bears and reptiles seen
They’ve finished hibernating
They’re meeting up and mating
Their species populating
It’s spring it’s bloomin spring

It’s spring it’s warming spring
It’s spring it’s thawing spring
The rivers flow again
The winter snow is melting
The bubbling water’s flowing
The fish begin their spawning
It’s spring it’s bloomin spring

greenie44
06-03-2014, 02:22 AM
Another theme where there was one realistic choice for me. Thanks, Geoff, for picking a good one.

My version of A Lover's Concerto by The Toys. A little bit of fugue-ishness there at the end.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVOG8jjNZSM&feature=player_detailpage

TCK
06-03-2014, 04:08 AM
More no coffee early morning fun. I think this is in D...
Hard to say.
I will say it with authority and it will be so.
REGGAE TIME!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D34lawyCvRY&feature=youtu.be

Joko
06-03-2014, 04:55 AM
I was really stuck this week for an entry. I was thinking about covering one of the dozen or two well known songs based on Pachelbel's Canon, but decided against it...(Actually, I underestimated. I just came across this list (http://www.listology.com/lukeprog/list/songs-based-pachelbels-canon) of about 80 or so songs based on Canon) Hook by Blues Traveler had already bone done so well, and I just am not sadistic enough to make you guys listen to me trying to sing My Chemical Romance.

A goofy suggestion came from my drummer in last week's video. Thanks, Anthony.

It may not technically fit into the criteria of the rules, and so I'm disqualified from winning, but I hope to at least make the playlist. Doing the choral part was really a lot of fun.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShsvK3g5Zn8

UkeCan1
06-03-2014, 05:29 AM
I was really stuck this week for an entry. I was thinking about covering one of the dozen or two well known songs based on Pachelbel's Canon, but decided against it...(Actually, I underestimated. I just came across this list (http://www.listology.com/lukeprog/list/songs-based-pachelbels-canon) of about 80 or so songs based on Canon) Hook by Blues Traveler had already bone done so well, and I just am not sadistic enough to make you guys listen to me trying to sing My Chemical Romance.

A goofy suggestion came from my drummer in last week's video. Thanks, Anthony.

It may not technically fit into the criteria of the rules, and so I'm disqualified from winning, but I hope to at least make the playlist. Doing the choral part was really a lot of fun.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShsvK3g5Zn8

Oh! Songs about classical music should totally count! Geoff, rule expansion?
Where the heck is Geoff, by the way? We have not heard at all from him yesterday or today.
I sure hope he's okay!

RAB11
06-03-2014, 05:44 AM
He posted in the sign-up thread earlier on Wendy.

Tootler
06-03-2014, 06:05 AM
I've been going through the entries and have listened to most of them but have not yet added comments. I am a bit concerned about the entries allegedly based on Pachelbel's canon, so I am going to clarify the rules for this particular piece.

To qualify the song must be based on the exact chord sequence in the original. It does not have to be in the original key (D) but the chord sequence must follow the pattern:

I V vi iii IV I IV V (I) in that order.

Lower case letters refer to minor chords ie Bm & F#m in the original key of D.

To add to that, the majority of the song, not just a small part of it must be based on the sequence.

I was really looking for songs whose melodies were taken from classical music. Ideally, the whole melody, but certainly a substantial part of the melody of the song but I do accept that sometimes it's a chord sequence that's the basis. Pachelbel's canon is a case in point but you must follow the original sequence. I am also aware that a melody may imply a certain chord sequence but it is possible to vary the chords used to harmonise a melody quite legitamately and the harmonies will sound fine.

Tootler
06-03-2014, 06:12 AM
Oh! Songs about classical music should totally count! Geoff, rule expansion?
Where the heck is Geoff, by the way? We have not heard at all from him yesterday or today.
I sure hope he's okay!

You'll have probably seen my post above by now and to your query, the answer is no. Songs based on classical music is the theme. The song should ideally use a melody from classical music or at the very least a chord sequence from classical music. The latter only if it's the chord sequence that's the key to the original composition which is often the case with compositions from before the mid 18th century which were often based on a ground bass. That particular form implies a harmonic sequence. In fact, the bass often had figures written underneath it which told the performers the chords (and the exact inversions of the chords) to use.

UkeCan1
06-03-2014, 06:41 AM
Glad you're well, Geoff! No worries, it's a brilliant theme, we won't corrupt it.
There's been some really lovely stuff so far. (Except for mine. :))

But we could have some fun over on the island with that related "bonus" theme. :-)

Tootler
06-03-2014, 07:14 AM
He posted in the sign-up thread earlier on Wendy.

I'd forgotten about that. I was a bit busy yesterday morning (grass needed cutting), was out last night and had something on this morning.

I did listen to a few entries yesterday afternoon, but I gave in to temptation and played the uke for a while :music:

I'm planning on a major listening session this evening and will update the playlists.

CeeJay
06-03-2014, 07:52 AM
An arrangement for Ukulele of Plaisir D'Amour (Jean Paul Egide Martini Ca 1784)....well my arrangement ...by which I mean I worked out the chords and fingerpicked a Plaisir Like tune ....or something like that....


http://youtu.be/EbdEa2tXkzo

~dave~~wave~
06-03-2014, 08:35 AM
2001: A Space Odyssey was a heck of a film when it came out in 1968.
I'm quite miffed that I can't get a commercial flight to the moon in 2014, but happy that space-age technology let's me record in GarageBand and network globally.

Every sound but the drum loop was produced by electric ukulele, Kamoa piccolo bass uke, or Kala U-Bass, through a cheap Zoom pedal and GB signal processing.






http://youtu.be/nDZmsqaCXBk

MikeOnTheUke
06-03-2014, 08:40 AM
Trying to work out another song (I have one in mind) that will give me at least one entry that isn't Canon in D. XP

Just a bit dubious of whether or not the original tune would be considered classical or not... hymns are weird like that....

xommen
06-03-2014, 08:50 AM
I had to do this one as a bonus, as it seems to be the song I already recorded the most for seasons. I recorded all live, my Epiphone is going through JamUp Pro XT on my iPod and then into my Mac, together with the audio from two microphones. And I combined that with the video and the audio from my Camera. After some mixing and tweaking this is what came out. Here is another U2 - With or Without You.

http://youtu.be/IRgxIQdQKO0

RAB11
06-03-2014, 09:33 AM
So it seems my very loose interpretation of Canon isn't going to count. No worries, I'm planning on doing instrumentals for the rest of the week, starting with this.


http://youtu.be/XTl4x6FRKvU


O Fortuna, part of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Based on a tab on ukulelehunt.com and tinkered with in a couple bits, as well as a couple mistakes. Hopefully this is more what you're after Geoff.

Tootler
06-03-2014, 10:33 AM
I've been going throught the entries. I'll do a separate post for the Pachelbel Canon videos. Most of them seem to be bonuses anyway so there isn't too much of a problem there.

UkeCan1: Well Wendy, this was definitely fun. You have a funny idea of three, though. I forgot to count how many times you changed key :) Doesn't a capo make it easy!? I have memories of this song from my student days and of a certain party at a local nurses home :)

Harry122: This was really good. I liked the lyrics and the matching of them to your choice of music.

MyrnaUkulele: Classic Myrna. You clearly love this type of music and it shows in the way you play it. Interesting story about the music. Much good did it do Al Jolson getting his name on as writer credits.

Bonesigh: Lovely, Janet. I was hoping for a few instrumentals this season and this certainly does not disappoint. Beatifully played. Was it raining while you were playing or do you have a water feature in your garden?

Wee_ginga_yin: Beatifully sung. Much as I like your way out stuff, It's lovely to hear what you can do when you are playing straight. This was excellent.

Birds eye view of my ukulele: Very well done, Lynda. This was well up to your usual high standard.

pabrizzer: That was a great song and very well set to the Vivaldi melody. An excellent one for this. I was going to say seasonal but then I remembered it's actually Autumn for you folks.

greenie44: Great fun. Very nicely sung at the beginning and then a little fun at the end. Excellent.

Joko: Nice one. As you say, inspired by Mozart but, as far as I can tell, it doesn't make any significant use of material written by Mozart which is a pity. I'll put it on the bonus list. Hope you will be able to come up with something that does fit the theme.

CeeJay: Really well done Chris. Another instrumental. I know if I'd attempted something like that it would have taken all night, occasioned much swearing and needed a bizillion takes (my daughter's word for a hell of a lot). Behind that zany humour there's a serious musician sneaking out. Beware! Your image might suffer.

~dave~~wave~: Wow! You have gone where no ukulele has gone before. To infinity and beyond. This was fantastic.

xommen: Excellent, Wim. No season would be complete without a U2 song from xommen. That Epiphone sounds really good and gives the drive to capture that U2 feel.

RAB11: This was excellent, Ryan. Great choice. I believe Orff was trying to capture the feel of music from the time of the manuscripts that he was setting to music. Your version captures that spare sound of the music.

It's very pleasing to see the number of instrumentals.

Tootler
06-03-2014, 11:01 AM
Pachelbel Canon videos.

All the songs listed below as well as some of those earlier are really only loosely based on the Canon in D chord progression. I looked through them and most seem to be based on a I IV V vi progression of some form and don't necessarily follow the exact sequence.

I don't want to take away from the excellent videos that have been produced and I really enjoyed listening to them all but mostly they really qualify as bonuses.

birds eye view of my ukulele: With or without you. Great stuff, Lynda, great drive. If Edge played the uke this is how he might sound. I really enjoyed this.

TCK: Don't look back in Anger. This was very nicely sung as usual and I enjoyed your version.

Please continue to post entries based on the Canon in D progression but treat them as bonuses unless they follow the progression in full.

Puff the Magic Dragon. Nicely sung, very relaxed style.

No Woman No Cry. Once again well sung with a very good reggae rhythm there.

All your "Canon" items are really bonuses, Dave but I guess you figured that. Can't help falling in love is fine for an entry, though.

UkeyDave: Pachelbel Canon. This was great, Dave. This was more than up to scratch. Just a little difficult to vocalise all three parts and do the whole lot but great all the same. I echo what Lynda says below. This definitely qualifies as an entry if you need it to.

Please continue to post videos based on the Canon in D but treat them as bonuses unless they follow the progression in full. A lot in the lists I linked to in the OP say things like "loosley based on the chord progression" so please check.

UkeCan1
06-03-2014, 02:12 PM
Can somebody do the "Taco Bell Canon", please? Pretty please? It's the real Canon, so I'm pretty sure it counts.
And it's a parody, so if you do it with puppets, you'll get props with Janet as well as Geoff. :)
It has many simultaneous parts, so it'd make a great multi-way collab. Or a fun project for you multi-trackers.
I'd help, but UWC beckons. I shouldn't even be here ... I should be packing - we leave in the morning.

Also, someone needs to do the "Pachelbel Rant".
That one probably doesn't count, since it's a string of those "almost-Pachelbels" that Geoff has disqualified.
But fun.

I was hoping to do "Stranger in Paradise" for Geoff, since that was the hint that led to me guessing the theme. It's a lovely piece. I spent way too much time early in the week trying to find an accurate chart for it ... but the ones I found were all terrible. If I finish packing soon, and there's still time, I might do it tonight. But that's some big wishful thinking on my part, I suspect.

If anyone has a good chart of it and wants to send it my way, that might help!

There will be a big Season 20 UWC jam though! We have a fun song picked out for that.

MikeOnTheUke
06-03-2014, 02:49 PM
I WAS GONNA DO PACHELBEL RANT!!!

XP. ok. not really, but was gonna post the vid, at least.

TCK
06-03-2014, 03:04 PM
Pachelbel Canon videos.



TCK: Don't look back in Anger. This was very nicely sung as usual and I enjoyed your version.

Please continue to post entries based on the Canon in D progression but treat them as bonuses unless they follow the progression in full.

Puff the Magic Dragon. Nicely sung, very relaxed style.

No Woman No Cry. Once again well sung with a very good reggae rhythm there.

All your "Canon" items are really bonuses, Dave but I guess you figured that. Can't help falling in love is fine for an entry, though.


LOL- been at this long enough...yeah- every song I do is a bonus Geoff. No need for an entry- I just come here to play songs for you folks. Pretty hard to find one that follows the I V vi iii IV I IV V progression exactly, but I sure am having fun finding ones that figured they had changed it up completely and had not. Thanks for making me learn all the songs that fit right there.

UkeCan1
06-03-2014, 03:35 PM
I WAS GONNA DO PACHELBEL RANT!!!

XP. ok. not really, but was gonna post the vid, at least.

<UC1>Do it! It might not count any more than "Rock Me Amadeus", but it sure is Pachelbel-inspired, and a bit of an education about him.</UC1>

<UC1>My new "<UC1>" tags are TCK-approved. They mean, I am now taking you off on a total tangent. When I use more than one, it indicates a tangent on a tangent.
It may not keep me from doing it, but at least now you'll be warned.</UC1>

<UC1>Like now.</UC1>

<UC1>Thanks, Dave!</UC1>

<UC1>Mike, go do the Rant.</UC1>

bonesigh
06-03-2014, 05:22 PM
Make this one my submission Geoff. It's sweet and short but very pretty, I think anyway (:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9x1cTKySmk&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

TCK
06-03-2014, 05:44 PM
<UC1>Do it! It might not count any more than "Rock Me Amadeus", but it sure is Pachelbel-inspired, and a bit of an education about him.</UC1>

<UC1>My new "<UC1>" tags are TCK-approved. They mean, I am now taking you off on a total tangent. When I use more than one, it indicates a tangent on a tangent.
It may not keep me from doing it, but at least now you'll be warned.</UC1>

<UC1>Like now.</UC1>

<UC1>Thanks, Dave!</UC1>

<UC1>Mike, go do the Rant.</UC1>
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
That is all

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-03-2014, 05:44 PM
Pachelbel Canon videos.

All the songs listed below as well as some of those earlier are really only loosely based on the Canon in D chord progression. I looked through them and most seem to be based on a I IV V vi progression of some form and don't necessarily follow the exact sequence.

I don't want to take away from the excellent videos that have been produced and I really enjoyed listening to them all but mostly they really qualify as bonuses.
good point

i was thinking about with or without you, after i fell over myself in a big old rush to do it, that it's really 4 chords rotating and even i with my tiny brain know the canon is more complex that than that - so yeah, loosely based with the emphasis on loosely! with that as my bonus i'll take mark's suggestion song, a groovy kind of love, as my official entry, please

i'm glad i hopped on the canon wagon, though, even if there was a wheel or two missing!

wee_ginga_yin
06-03-2014, 07:21 PM
Wee_ginga_yin: Beatifully sung. Much as I like your way out stuff, It's lovely to hear what you can do when you are playing straight. This was excellent.



If anybody is interested here are the chords I used for Finlandia.
I am surprised nobody has done the Ken Middleton instrumental version (http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Documents/Finlandia.pdf).



C G C G7 C G C F G C
This is my song, O God of all the nations
G C G7 C G C F G C
A song of peace, for lands afar & mine
Am C G Dm
This is my home, the country where my heart is
A F C F E
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine
C Am C G Dm
But other hearts in other lands are beating
A F C G C
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine

Tootler
06-03-2014, 07:41 PM
I was hoping to do "Stranger in Paradise" for Geoff, since that was the hint that led to me guessing the theme. It's a lovely piece. I spent way too much time early in the week trying to find an accurate chart for it ... but the ones I found were all terrible. If I finish packing soon, and there's still time, I might do it tonight. But that's some big wishful thinking on my part, I suspect.

If anyone has a good chart of it and wants to send it my way, that might help

You can download free scores of a piano version of the polvtsian dances which is what it was taken from. You should be able to work out a suitable set of chords from that. A bit more work, I know but it should get something you are happy with. I know you love those jazzy chords, Wendy, but start simple and get the basic harmony sorted first. That will give you a firm basis on which to build your own arrangement.

UkeCan1
06-03-2014, 09:31 PM
You can download free scores of a piano version of the polvtsian dances which is what it was taken from. You should be able to work out a suitable set of chords from that. A bit more work, I know but it should get something you are happy with. I know you love those jazzy chords, Wendy, but start simple and get the basic harmony sorted first. That will give you a firm basis on which to build your own arrangement.

Eek! Figure out jazz chords from sheet music?! Eek. No worries, I've found one I like (http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/misc_unsigned_bands/the_four_aces_-_a_stranger_in_paradise_crd.htm). Because, you know, it's UWC T minus 4.5 hours, and, of course, I have nothing better to do than learn "Stranger in Paradise" and video that for you. :) But it's a great song, and I do so want to do it! Especially since you suggested it, and it helped me guess your theme about an hour before you announced it. :) We'll see how the final packing and loading goes.....

Tootler
06-04-2014, 01:39 AM
I've updated the playlists as far as Ryan's "O Fortuna". I've stayed with just two playlists for the time being; covers and originals. I have commitments this afternoon and evening so I'll maybe have a think about reorganising the playlists tomorrow when I have some more time. I've added every video posted to one of the two playlists so please check that yours are there and if not, let me know either on this thread or by PM.

I've not listened to Janet's "Study in Aminor" so I've left it off the playlists till I have.

Cheers and keep them coming.

RAB11
06-04-2014, 01:53 AM
Anyone man enough to tackle this?



http://youtu.be/xYHYnF1js0Y

thunderflea
06-04-2014, 05:04 AM
"Una furtiva lagrima" (A furtive tear) is the romanza from act 2, scene 8 of the Italian opera L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti. It is sung by Nemorino (tenor) when he finds that the love potion he bought to win the heart of his dream lady, Adina, works.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDe5Tfuj5_Y

Nemorino is in love with Adina, but she is not interested in a relationship with an innocent, rustic man. To win her heart, Nemorino buys a love potion with all the money he has in his pocket. That love potion is actually a cheap red wine sold by a traveling quack doctor. But when he sees Adina weeping, he knows that she has fallen in love with him and is sure that the "Elixir" works.

thunderflea
06-04-2014, 05:17 AM
We threw together this song as a bonus entry, a ska/reggae version of Mozart's classic Rondo Alla Turca a.k.a. the Turkish March.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Zs8xJEP4g

Markwo
06-04-2014, 05:35 AM
Don't let the bedbugs bite!

http://youtu.be/0Z11cw5GxAc

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-04-2014, 06:37 AM
anyone woman enough to tackle this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjL5hyYe2mE

RAB11
06-04-2014, 10:46 AM
Right, this is just a bit of fun, not an entry.

Was trying to come up with a version of Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Greig, but kept boring myself and started messing around with it. Liked what I heard so I decided to do it semi-improvised on video.


http://youtu.be/7n3q81WBgaI

I do this sort of messing around quite a bit actually. Good way to pass the time.

CeeJay
06-04-2014, 12:41 PM
bonus vid from me, mythinformed suggested this song for me, realising that my tiny brain was exploding with all the finkin' that classical music makes you do, thank you mark!

"a groovy kind of love" - based on the Rondo movement of Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5 by Muzio Clementi

so i am told


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIBtoG1Np0k

i think greg would approve

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/die-brady-family-522944_zpsc51ffb0c.jpg

"look, kid, i'm only playing this 'til i get a groovy, hip and happening uke, ok?"

And it's a groovy kind of playing and singing .......

Way to go Bird....

Jarvo

PS Of course Muzio Clementi .....he was the Don that took out the Satsuma gang...and made an unholy alliance with Don Tan Gerine..they appeared together in a brief cameo in The Godfather fillum as the oranges that Don Corleone was buying when he got shot ....ain't life funny ?

CeeJay
06-04-2014, 03:30 PM
A Modern Classical Opera " Porgy and Bess " introduced us to the standard "Summertime" by Mr George Gershwin. I have attempted an improvised version of said tune .
After delivering the Mrs to Hexham Hospital and then a ride in an ambulance to the Freeman in Newcastle and then coming home home alone at 5 .00 in the morning I'm not actually quite sure if this is kosher ....


http://youtu.be/SnkIQLqjFsI

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-04-2014, 03:43 PM
Of course Muzio Clementi .....he was the Don that took out the Satsuma gang...and made an unholy alliance with Don Tan Gerine..they appeared together in a brief cameo in The Godfather fillum as the oranges that Don Corleone was buying when he got shot ....ain't life funny ?
i love all your fascinating facts, especially because they are all true, or at the very least sound like they could be

or should be

i'm sorry to hear about mrs ceejay - i do hope all is well

lelouden
06-04-2014, 03:44 PM
A Modern Classical Opera " Porgy and Bess " introduced us to the standard "Summertime" by Mr George Gershwin. I have attempted an improvised version of said tune .
After delivering the Mrs to Hexham Hospital and then a ride in an ambulance to the Freeman in Newcastle and then coming home home alone at 5 .00 in the morning I'm not actually quite sure if this is kosher ....

Everything you do is great CJ. I sure hope everything is ok with the wife. That doesn't sound good. Well wishes from me:)

bonesigh
06-04-2014, 04:55 PM
[QUOTE=CeeJay;1533399]A Modern Classical Opera " Porgy and Bess " introduced us to the standard "Summertime" by Mr George Gershwin. I have attempted an improvised version of said tune .
After delivering the Mrs to Hexham Hospital and then a ride in an ambulance to the Freeman in Newcastle and then coming home home alone at 5 .00 in the morning I'm not actually quite sure if this is kosher ....

All the best to you and the wife. It's kosher...sometimes music is all that makes us feel better!

thesillydave
06-04-2014, 05:38 PM
this took me awhile to find something that would fit...then, i remembered my father's old oscar brand's album of bawdy songs and backroom ballads...vol. 2. and so, here it is..
"Red Wing" is a popular song written in 1907 with music by Kerry Mills and lyrics by Thurland Chattaway. Mills adapted the music of the verse from Robert Schumann's piano composition "The Happy Farmer, Returning From Work" from his 1848 Album for the Young, Opus 68. then, reinterpreted by oscar brand...the bawdy version. cheers all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJb4yiZATlU
next, i'll try to reinterpret o solo mio, from the original, to elvis, to el vez...the spanish elvis!

Tootler
06-04-2014, 08:08 PM
A Modern Classical Opera " Porgy and Bess " introduced us to the standard "Summertime" by Mr George Gershwin. I have attempted an improvised version of said tune .
After delivering the Mrs to Hexham Hospital and then a ride in an ambulance to the Freeman in Newcastle and then coming home home alone at 5 .00 in the morning I'm not actually quite sure if this is kosher ]

Yes it's kosher. I'll listen to it later. Meantime, I hope your wife is OK. She'll be in good hands at the Freeman. My wife had a kidney transplant there a few years ago.

thesillydave
06-04-2014, 08:27 PM
my last classical entry..."’O sole mio" is a globally known Neapolitan song written in 1898.
Its lyrics were written by Giovanni Capurro and the music was composed by Eduardo di Capua.
then came elvis.....then came El Vez!

http://youtu.be/eDFSR09tTdo

Markwo
06-05-2014, 06:09 AM
Here's another one I just thought of and (kinda) figured out.


http://youtu.be/AN_nyedDef0

UkeyDave
06-05-2014, 09:14 AM
Can this be my entry Geoff.
Oops it looks like SillyDave has beat me to this song but I had recorded this before I saw his version. I think our versions are quite different so hopefully they won't detract from the enjoyment (or otherwise) of each.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlOW6IdkfYs

Tootler
06-05-2014, 12:52 PM
Can this be my entry Geoff.
Oops it looks like SillyDave has beat me to this song but I had recorded this before I saw his version. I think our versions are quite different so hopefully they won't detract from the enjoyment (or otherwise) of each.


No problems Dave, multiple versions are fine. I'll take a listen in the morning. Just got home from a Folk Club night out and it's nearly midnight. I need my beauty sleep these days :)

mikef
06-05-2014, 10:34 PM
Ahoy hoy fellow uke-nuts. Just a quick hello really as I've been pottering around North America for a few weeks and come home to find I've missed puppets, sci-fi and all sorts of "darn, I could have done xxxx" (travel ukes have been "banned") ;)

Geoff... I LOVE this theme, will try and catch up this afternoon. It's a theme that's out to push and I love that. I shall try very very hard to get something together before the deadline.

Ahhhh it's great to be back...

Tootler
06-05-2014, 11:21 PM
Ahoy hoy fellow uke-nuts. Just a quick hello really as I've been pottering around North America for a few weeks and come home to find I've missed puppets, sci-fi and all sorts of "darn, I could have done xxxx" (travel ukes have been "banned") ;)

Geoff... I LOVE this theme, will try and catch up this afternoon. It's a theme that's out to push and I love that. I shall try very very hard to get something together before the deadline.

Ahhhh it's great to be back...

Travel Ukes "banned"!!!!????

Disgraceful. :rulez:

Looking forward to your entry, Mike. :music:

Tootler
06-05-2014, 11:26 PM
Enjoying all the entries so far. There's a great mix of straight classical, both instrumental and vocal and popular song based on classical.

Here's my comments on my latest listening session. Most of this should have been done yesterday but I got distracted into making some bookings for a Uke Fest in the autumn.

bonesigh: Study in Aminor. Very well played, Janet. The bari's tone sounds excellent on this.

Thunderflea: Una furtiva lagrima. When I started listening, I thought uke and melodica on classical music; interesting. Then Scot started singing. Wow! Even though I'm not really an opera fan (I much prefer choral music) this was excellent. I loved the delicat uke playing. Just right.

Rondo Alla Turca. Now we really do get ukulele and melodica and what a tour de force it is too. Excellent.

Markwo: Brahms Lullaby. Very nicely sung and nice picked accompaniment.

Für Elise. Very well done. Excellent pick strumming. You seem to have figured it out pretty well. Well done.

RAB11: Messing around with Greig. Very nice melody picking and some nice variants on the basic melody.

CeeJay: Summertime. I liked this blues take on Summertime. It's a great song and, of course was blues influenced in the first place. This brings that out really well. Really good bit of blues uking.

thesillydave: Red Wing. This had me smiling all the way through. This is "The Silly Dave" at his silly best. I just loved it :)

It's Now or Never. "O Sole Mio" with a message. Interesting. Loved the rhythmic playing. The shaker was a nice touch.

Ukey Dave: It's Now or Never. I was wondering when this one would appear, then along come two very different versions both from a Dave :) Very well done, Dave. Well sung and, of course the "Ukey Dave strum". I liked the whistled "instrumental break".

filipinouker
06-06-2014, 05:17 AM
Hello Geoff and all!
Here's my humble contribution to Season 120 - "No Other Love" - so hard to play, but thanks for giving us this challenge Geoff! I get into such a rut with singing/playing that it's good to do something different.

Hope this us ok:-
http://youtu.be/mUJYzo0beFI

ChrisDeston821
06-06-2014, 06:17 AM
Didn't have the time this week, was hoping to attempt Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 but couldn't figure the second half out :(

Then I worked on a original on Jess' baritone, but she ended up breaking her E string so I need to buy another whenever I can (won't be soon though).

So I thought Cannon 'd be good but a glance on the forum showed it done often already and I hate copying so I ran out of ideas and recorded Ode to Joy but then Linda's version blew me away and put my feeble attempt to shame.

SO I settled on this super quick, super short, mr messy version of Fernando Sor opus 60 No 1.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUpIMmd8Cd0

Just glad I didn't miss the week in truth! Had plenty of ideas and life's done what it do so yeah (:

Stephen Reed
06-06-2014, 07:17 AM
"Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet, 1953. Taken from 'Prince Igor' by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, first performed in St. Petersburg in 1890.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihk4slIlfVY

Tootler
06-06-2014, 09:26 AM
Catching up with some recent entries. I'm enjoying them all.

filipinouker: No Other Love. Lovely. delicate playing; excellent strum picking. Sound was fine as far as I was concerned.

ChrisDeston821: Fernando Sor Op. 60 No. 1. Fernando Sor did a lot of guitar pieces. Nice translation to the ukulele.

Stephen Reed: Stranger In Paradise. I was expecting this one and I'm surprised it's so late in the week before someone has posted it. Very nice. Good steady rhythmic strum well suited to the song and well sung. I'm glad you did it as I like the song.

Tootler
06-06-2014, 09:47 AM
I've updated the videos up to Stephen Reed. I've decided to just leave it at two playlists; one for covers and one for originals.

If you have posted a video and it's not in the playlist please let me know - by PM or on this thread and I will add your video.

Keep them coming, there's some great stuff here. I'm particularly impressed with some of the solo instrumentals. They show the ukulele up in a really excellent light. Keep it up!

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
06-06-2014, 11:59 AM
Here we go
The Can Can form Orpheus in the underworld.
Recorded and edited on my new Android Tablet using videopad which I think is great and better than my linux laptop.


http://youtu.be/tEXu3dyYe3g

I'll explain the continuity error later, but this was all filmed as one take, and then a couple of short sections removed. there is a good reason if you can spot it.

CeeJay
06-06-2014, 12:54 PM
Didn't have the time this week, was hoping to attempt Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 but couldn't figure the second half out :(

Then I worked on a original on Jess' baritone, but she ended up breaking her E string so I need to buy another whenever I can (won't be soon though).

So I thought Cannon 'd be good but a glance on the forum showed it done often already and I hate copying so I ran out of ideas and recorded Ode to Joy but then Linda's version blew me away and put my feeble attempt to shame.

SO I settled on this super quick, super short, mr messy version of Fernando Sor opus 60 No 1.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUpIMmd8Cd0

Just glad I didn't miss the week in truth! Had plenty of ideas and life's done what it do so yeah (:

Short and to the point, sweetly nailed .....nice one

CeeJ

lelouden
06-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Bonus. Aria by Mozart.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oces_hANfq0&feature=youtu.be

bonesigh
06-06-2014, 04:45 PM
Bonus. One of my own tunes. I would really like a flute for the melody but don't know how to play. I played this on a Bari with a low G for the melody which is a little different than I usually do do to the fact that the low notes didn't sound too good. Anyway, I hummed along which is what I usually do with the melody anyway (: No tune in particular inspired this but it seems right to post it here. I composed this some time ago when I was learning a flamenco picking pattern but couldn't find any music easy enough to practice with. I'm glad this Season came and inspired me to get it done and finally have a name for it! Thanks Geoff


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCTfVivfNA&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

dickadcock
06-07-2014, 03:42 AM
A little break ( 1 minute) for Tootler from judging all the great entries so far.


http://youtu.be/C9wy1sFKAL0

mikef
06-07-2014, 05:59 AM
Here's my entry from SOTU 120... Classical week.
I've created a version for ukulele of "The Elephant" from Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of Animals" and used some lyrics from a song by The Divine Comedy song (which just happen to be about seeing pink elephants) called "A Drinking Song" in the middle. So I called it "Pink Elephant" and this is what happened.

I've always had a soft spot for this double bass solo as I remember performing it on more than one occasion most notably as part of my audition for University! (yes I got in!).

I hope you enjoy it :)


http://youtu.be/xEogasSFaYo

p.s.
The actual video of this recording had some issues and just refused to load into the editor, I've still have no idea why. If you're interested to know, the live take was the uke backing track and vocals and I simply over-dubbed a second track with the ukulele melody.


Lyrics
--------
We'll drink beyond
The boundaries of sense
We'll drink 'til we start to see
Lovely pink elephants
Inside our heads, inside our beds
Inside the threads of our pyjama legs
So don't shoot til you see
The reds of our eyes
And an army of elephants
Marching behind
From the day I was born
Till the night I will die
All my lovers will be pink
And elephantine

CeeJay
06-07-2014, 06:12 AM
Brief Excerpt from a Spanish classical guitar Composer Francisco Tarrega - Gran Vals composed in 1902..


http://youtu.be/uSX2wXq3akU

Tootler
06-07-2014, 09:36 AM
Comments on recent videos. This season is really bringing out the hidden abilities of some of our members. Keep them coming, folks!

lumpywafflesquirt: Can Can - Offenbach. Well done. I think I would have multi tracked this and done the parts separately. You would have avoided the continuity problems that way. You can also video yourself on harp and uke and fade between them.

lelouden: Aria But which? from which Opera. much as I like Mozart, I'm not an opera fan so am not familiar with his operas. I would really like to know. Very nicely done, though. Sounds lovely.

bonesigh: Gypsy Moonlight. Ooh! I like it, Janet. That sounds really good. You're right a flute would sound great with the uke there. What about a recorder?

Mikef: Pink Elephants. Very good. I liked your choice of lyrics for this. Don't worry about the video, it's fine. I did say at the beginning you didn't have to appear in the video. But you did even if it was just a still.

CeeJay: Grans Vals. All I can say to this is Nokias to you too! :nana:

Jazzbanjorex
06-07-2014, 11:46 AM
I just picked one from the wikipedia list. I hope it's okay.

(1918) "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Carroll - based on the Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor by Frédéric Chopin. wikipedia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFX7Kka6l_0&feature=youtu.be

cua94
06-07-2014, 01:46 PM
Perhaps not my best effort but out of town guests, graduation, a pulled shoulder muscle, and chaos at work have conspired against me this week. This is Annie's Song by John Denver which is based on Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony second movement. I might try to redo it when I have more time - maybe Sunday afternoon. :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4fBGf7RdLQ

Jazzbanjorex
06-07-2014, 02:39 PM
I'm wondering if I should use this as my entry...
(1975) "Could It Be Magic" by Barry Manilow - inspired by Chopin's Prelude In C Minor (Prelude #20: Largo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=votuwffh3kA&feature=youtu.be

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-07-2014, 03:27 PM
Brief Excerpt from a Spanish classical guitar Composer Francisco Tarrega - Gran Vals composed in 1902..

http://youtu.be/uSX2wXq3akU
:bowdown:



I'm wondering if I should use this as my entry...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=votuwffh3kA&feature=youtu.be
for what it's worth, i know i know, it's not worth much! but this was my fave of your two vids

although you missed a trick, i was hoping you might dance?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsE2amSTTtk

such a shame the studio audience didn't like that

much

;)

bonesigh
06-07-2014, 05:25 PM
Bonus...I've said it before but I've got to reiterate! I love the Seasons :o Sometimes things come out of it that one never expects. I was messing around with playing "American Tune" by Paul Simon, based on some classic. I don't remember. It doesn't matter at the moment because while I was messing around I noticed that song has a lot of the "C" note in it so I thought, hmm, what would happen if I just tuned up the "A" string to a "C" so I have an open C chord. I know alternate tuning is nothing new but I'd never tried it except when I was learning some slack key uke.

Anyway, I was in the gazebo messing with Paul (hey, you know what I mean...what a filthy mind you have!) and liked the way it sounded. Here is the result. Hope you like my newest instrumental (:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Z-EeRFCcI&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player
Oh, and BTW I DON'T reccomend "Wondershare Video" for movie making. So many weird glitches and freezing and won't sync, and, and etc!!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-07-2014, 07:47 PM
from the seasonal anticipatory thingummy thread...



There's still time for entries in the current season.
there certainly is

good point

thank you for making me go do something more useful than just sitting and refreshing the seasons page over and over and over!

here is another bonus for this season...

"since yesterday" by strawberry switchblade

which borrows quite heavily from the third movement of sibelius' fifth symphony

groovy


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc_SDTHD3Vc

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
06-07-2014, 08:44 PM
Comments on recent videos. This season is really bringing out the hidden abilities of some of our members. Keep them coming, folks!

lumpywafflesquirt: Can Can - Offenbach. Well done. I think I would have multi tracked this and done the parts separately. You would have avoided the continuity problems that way. You can also video yourself on harp and uke and fade between them.

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Yes I could have done the multitracking thing and used the chromatic harp to avoid the different harps being visible, but I am still getting to grips with the new software I have on my new tablet to do things like that. I prefer to play 'as live' when ever I can as I am using the seasons to build up a repertoire which I can play live.

Barbablanca
06-07-2014, 11:24 PM
Just in case I don't manage to record the song I've written for this season, here is a bonus for me from Opera week in which I did what was requested for this week: put some new words to a classical tune. But I sincerely hope I'll be adding to the theme today!



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

mythinformed
06-07-2014, 11:53 PM
I've attempted this little twister and brain frazzler in waltz time.........at one point I almost stopped where my fingers were getting confused with lack of brain to hand co-ordination !! Lol


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ysX70zzWc

Yeti&Kira
06-08-2014, 02:00 AM
Hello, everyone! Classical music is something we truly love. Here's our version of a Polka by a great russian composer Mikhail Glinka.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2HKDGUQ4Ag

CeeJay
06-08-2014, 06:59 AM
This my lastest and bonus entry ....bugger ...Plaisir d'amour is my entry...forgot to say that didn't I ?

Watching Yeti and Kira made me want to do something Russian and as I have this one in the bag, so to speak, I recorded it and posted it and then had to google it to see if it was Classical ....it is a Classic Traditional Folk Song but does also appear on a lot of classical Repertoires on The Interweb...however I stand by in awe of mine host and his final say ...........but in the meantime ...down on your heels ...arms folded and kick one two three...... and apologies to the nice Russian couple in the box above if I have damaged your culture in anyway...but I do love this song.....


http://youtu.be/GnWv7cJVocM

Thank you all for your concerns about Lizzy ...she is back home.....however as she is now moping about because she was going to Santorini today and the doc says No..........(obviously not from Del Monte then.....) *sigh*

Tootler
06-08-2014, 07:18 AM
Entries still steadily coming in.

Jazzbanjorex: I'm Always Chasing Rainbows. Well sung, Rex. Good use of tempo variation and also nice simple accompaniment. The original Chopin was among the suggested videos and the pianist in her introduction mentioned the song. http://youtu.be/70DzguyumEE The actual tune begins at about 2.18 then again towards the end in the bass at about 5.14.

Could it be Magic? Once again a star performance. Nice variation in tempo and style. Great intro.

cua94: Annie's Song. Nicely sung and played. I've been singing and playing this for years and didn't realise the tune was based on a classical piece until this week. Love the song. Thanks for doing it.

bonesigh: Distant Illusion. Lovely, Janet. I really enjoyed this and the open tuning seems to be just right. I've been scratching my head trying to remember where the tune for Paul Simon's song came from. I knew it was Bach but I couldn't remember what from so in the end I had to look it up. It's actually from the chorale in the St. Matthew Passion. The basic tune is often found in books of exerpts as "Passion Chorale". Paul Simon used the basic tune for the verse but then expanded and varied it for the Bridge.

Bird's Eye View of my Ukulele: Since Yesterday. Good on yer Lynda. This is definitely more productive than endlessly refreshing the seasons threads. Nice one.

mythinformed: Estudio' ~ Ferdinando Carulli Very well done and an attractive little piece.

Yeti&Kira: Polka (Glinka). Excellent. Really enjoyed it with the alternation of ukulele and melodica on the melody and the steady increase in tempo. Very Russian.

Then while I am checking something on the thread, I find CeeJay has posted a new one. Really :rulez: Rulez? What rulez?

Oh Well, I suppose I'll just have to listen to it and make some rude remarks about it. TeeHee! :wtf:

Thouight I'd just add it to the bottom of this post.

CeeJay: Kalinka. Well done, CeeJay. I could see you were having to work at that but you did a really good job.

Barbablanca
06-08-2014, 07:31 AM
Last minute entry. Don't know how many will see this. But here is me and my daughter's take on this Bartok "Childhood Song" she has been learning in piano class.

https://vimeo.com/97656097

LYRICS on the Vimeo site in the description section.

Yeti&Kira
06-08-2014, 07:44 AM
Hey, CeeJay! Now that is what we call true devotion and dedicaton! :) Kira was dancing all the way and I drank a shot of vodka with my nuclear-powered bear :) Loved your version :)

Tootler
06-08-2014, 09:40 AM
Good to see you have produced an entry, Berni. Can't comment in Vimeo without joining and I can't add you to the playlist, unfortunately but still...Comment here.

Barbablanca: Beating Bartok. Well done to Berni and Jana - and welcome to Jana. Great to see your daughter joining in. She seems to be doing well on the piano. Let's hope we do hear more from her. Is she into the BEVOMU techique of just showing her hands and nothing else - or just a shy teenager? Liked the song, BTW.

Ukeval
06-08-2014, 09:53 AM
Mine is uploading (but it is so slow here) so I hope I will not be too late...

we tigers
06-08-2014, 09:55 AM
Didn't think I would be able to get a song in this week, but it's here. Just before the deadline. I was playing round with some Satie this evening and this is what came out. It's Gymnopedie no.1 which is a beautiful slow piano piece, but I couldn't resist speeding it up and turning it into a little swing.

http://youtu.be/BOVamxoctI8

Barbablanca
06-08-2014, 10:29 AM
Jana refused to show her face on the video. And insisted it went to Vimeo and not youtube to minimise the chances of her friends learning about it. Sheesh! She also reminded me that she played melodeon on my song for French week way back in the Seasons' 20s. I'd forgotten that. She actually wanted me to change the line!!! But I'd already done the multi-tracking, etc.

So, you can only do playlists with youtube videos. Hmmm. I didn't know about that!

As for comments, I hope anyone else who wants to comment will do so here then.

Ukeval
06-08-2014, 11:04 AM
http://youtu.be/QfWCBQEWYJM

Franz Schubert "Die Forelle" (the Trout) with lyrics by Francis blanche, french humorist from the late century. (words are funny, the story of a young lady playing the Trout on piano and singing it all the time even when in a "private situation", and then giving birth to a fish instead of a baby, and the father now ask his cook not to give him trout to eat in any case.)

Sammu
06-08-2014, 12:07 PM
This one's for Myrna who sent me such a sweet message saying that this week was my kinda thing in SOTU!!!! So, here it is…John King's arrangement of Tarantella Italiana. It's 11.02pm in the UK and I'm sorry if this entry is a bit late…. I rushed home from a guitar concert this afternoon in Bristol to try and get this video done. The video was taken on a friend's iPhone (after a couple of glasses of bubbly)…. Btw, If anyone's been bitten by a tarantula lately - this is your cure! Enjoy :)


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

Tootler
06-08-2014, 12:57 PM
Just a reminder. Closing time is midnight in Hawaii. For those of us on the east side of the pond, Hawaii is 10 hrs behind GMT so that means you have till 11 am tomorrow morning in the UK and 12 midday for those in Western Europe. Elsewhere, I'm sure you have it worked out for your own local time.

So ukeval & Sammu are both in time.

Tootler
06-08-2014, 01:12 PM
Jana refused to show her face on the video. And insisted it went to Vimeo and not youtube to minimise the chances of her friends learning about it. Sheesh! She also reminded me that she played melodeon on my song for French week way back in the Seasons' 20s. I'd forgotten that. She actually wanted me to change the line!!! But I'd already done the multi-tracking, etc.

So, you can only do playlists with youtube videos. Hmmm. I didn't know about that!

As for comments, I hope anyone else who wants to comment will do so here then.

Ah, teenagers! Image is everything. My daughter had technical Lego and kept it hidden under her bed so her friends wouldn't see it.

I just assumed you can't link to a Vimeo video from You Tube, but I might just try. To add comments to your video on Vimeo, I would need to join Vimeo.

You could have put it on You Tube and set it Unlisted. Her friends would then only be able to see it if someone gave them the URL.

Of course, in the unlikely event of one of her friends finding this thread, they will be able to see it regardless of where the video is located.

LBColosimo
06-08-2014, 01:44 PM
http://youtu.be/WF1DAxTS6to
Hoping this is the correct way to make an entry! If not, could I get a little assistance? UkeCan1...help! :)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-08-2014, 02:19 PM
Jana refused to show her face on the video.
ah yes

people do that sometimes!



And insisted it went to Vimeo
for sci fi season i had a vid that youtube wouldn't let show because of copyright on the clip, what i did was put the main vid on vimeo, they did let it show, plus i also did an audio only version, with no video clip, just a title (and still picture) which i put on youtube so it could go on the playlist.



It's 11.02pm in the UK and I'm sorry if this entry is a bit late….
like tootler says in the UK we usually have until 11 am monday morning to post, i think for the week or so autumn and winter when we are out of synch for a little while with the US because each country goes to daylight saving at slightly different times, it changes a bit, i think sometimes as a result of that we can post until 10 am. but whichever way you cook it we have til monday morning which is supercool! :cool:

librainian
06-08-2014, 03:40 PM
Ah some great last minute entries I can't wait to watch! I see one John King arrangement. Funny that's what's been kicking my butt all week. I really, really, really wanted to do an instrumental song but I picked JK's arrangement of Chopin Prelude from Cello Suite which I discovered is quite challenging for me. I hope to record it soon but it's definitely not ready for this week. C'Est La Vie.

I did manage to eke out a cover of American Tune by Paul Simon. I saw Janet mentioned, but did not record it. Surprisingly this classic tune is based on a progression from Bach’s Passion of St. Matthew BWV 244 No.54 (choral) which totally surprised me. Here's a link to a Spotify track if you have that.

Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: No. 54 Choral (http://open.spotify.com/track/3IWA7YJwpqmhX2l8SRkOuL)

and here's my cover. Apologies for the high notes ;)


http://youtu.be/yOrUqS063rw

bonesigh
06-08-2014, 03:51 PM
I really liked this Berni (: Especially the line about the look on the pianist's face. LOL. I do hope you do more music together!

[QUOTE=Barbablanca;1534905]Last minute entry. Don't know how many will see this. But here is me and my daughter's take on this Bartok "Childhood Song" she has been learning in piano class.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-08-2014, 06:00 PM
I went to Roger Ruthen's pdf-minstrel (http://pdfminstrel.wordpress.com) blog to find a song, and I chose this Siciliana by Carulli to please my Italian-American wife. She thoughtfully chose a lovely poem by New Jersey poet, Walt Whitman, for me to set to Carulli's waltz. Quite a challenge to adapt Whitman's verse to Carulli's music, but quite fun, too. Thanks, Geoff, for a terrific Season.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAC7KM8b3fM

wee_ginga_yin
06-08-2014, 06:47 PM
This my lastest and bonus entry ....bugger ...Plaisir d'amour is my entry...forgot to say that didn't I ?

Watching Yeti and Kira made me want to do something Russian and as I have this one in the bag, so to speak, I recorded it and posted it and then had to google it to see if it was Classical ....it is a Classic Traditional Folk Song but does also appear on a lot of classical Repertoires on The Interweb...however I stand by in awe of mine host and his final say ...........but in the meantime ...down on your heels ...arms folded and kick one two three...... and apologies to the nice Russian couple in the box above if I have damaged your culture in anyway...but I do love this song.....


To me that sounds like revisionism... here is the truth.
In the early 1950's there was a series on Russian television called Rawhide.
It dealt with herding of reindeer in the Arctic wastes of Siberia The main character
was a young prisoner called Rosvo Roope who had escaped from the Gulag and
now spent most of his time chasing reindeer in search of a huge bull stag with a big red nose.

One of the most loved character was the cantankerous cook, Yrjö Pukkipesu Toivoluu
and most of the memorable dialogues was between him a Roope and their discussions
about fish soup or the need for more beetroot in their diet.

The reindeer drive was from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Novosibirsk and the director
was the great Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein who was famous for the silent movie Battleship Potemkin.
The music was specially commisioned by The Five, also known as The Mighty Handful or The Mighty Coterie.

The took it in turn to compose music for each series. It has long been contested who was
responsible for the theme tune Rawhide. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov being a brash and bold character
claimed that it was him but most critics believe at the authorship really belongs to Modest Mussorgsky,
but as his name suggest he was too modest to lay claim to the composition.

The CBS network bought the rights from Eintstein and on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959
and American version of Rawhide was aired in America. It ran for a total of 8 seasons, but with
the advent of the cold war the russians refused to translate anymore episodes of "Rakkanähka"
and the American series ended.

The russian originals are into their twelfth rerun in Albania.
They are screened back to back with Norman Wisdom black and white films.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax2rXsMbMGc

Tootler
06-08-2014, 07:41 PM
I was sat in bed drinking coffee & reading WGY's shaggy doggy story above when I swore I saw a small group of pigs fly over :)

Tootler
06-09-2014, 05:09 AM
Season 120 is now ended. You have all done very well and I have enjoyed listening to all the videos you submitted. I still have the last few entries to listen to, then I will have to sort out some winners. Thanks to all who entered and have risen to the challenge.

Now over to season 121.

RAB11
06-09-2014, 05:21 AM
Great season Geoff. Really enjoyed playing instrumental stuff for a change

Tootler
06-09-2014, 12:48 PM
I enjoyed the instrumentals. It made a nice change and there were some really good ones.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
06-09-2014, 01:59 PM
I was sat in bed drinking coffee & reading WGY's shaggy doggy story above when I swore I saw a small group of pigs fly over :)
just a small group?

Tootler
06-09-2014, 10:03 PM
just a small group?

Well it could have been a large group. There was certainly plenty of "Oinking" :biglaugh:

Then I had to suffer the garbage he put on You Tube :troll:

Tootler
06-10-2014, 09:23 AM
Here are my comments on the last few videos.

metiger: Gymnopedestrian Swing. That was good. (Typical British understatement - it was well more than good) A very interesting take on Satie. Sometimes to make a piece work on another instrument, you have to do something radical. You did and it worked!

ukeval: La Truite - Franz Schubert, Lyrics Francis Blanche. I'm glad to see you back contributing to the Seasons again, Val. I admit, I expected an instrumental from you so this was a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed it.

Sammu: Tarantella Italiana. Great. Classical uke at its best. Much admiration from a simple 1st posn strummer. Great sounding ukulele, too.

libranian: American Tune (Paul Simon) Loved that. A great song from a great album. You really did it justice, fabulous singing and the bari sounded superb.

OnlyUkeThatMatters: Siciliana (F.Carulli) & Fast Anchor'd Love. Lovely, Ralf. Excellent playing and singing. Uke sounded great and the whole went together very well. Really enjoyed it.

Wee_ginga_yin: Rawhide/Kalinka (the original Russian version). You owd devil you. I have never seen such a lod of old dogsthingys in your intro and then to sing Rawhide to Kalinka! What is this world coming to, I ask? Did I say I saw some porcine aviators about the time I read the intro first time. Noisy lot they were with grunts and squeals up in the sky. I laughed all the way through, though.

The last few videos have been added to the playlist. Let me know if I have missed any.

Well, that about wraps Season 120 up. There were 51 videos with 7 of them being originals in some form or other. Everyone who posted a video posted something that qualified for an entry, except for Joko and I'm sure he realises that. It's just a pity he wasn't able to post another as his contributions are always valuable. So that means everyone else is considered for a prize.

Now to have a think about the winners and I am hoping to have that wrapped up by the end of the week.

Jazzbanjorex
06-10-2014, 03:02 PM
:bowdown:
for what it's worth, i know i know, it's not worth much! but this was my fave of your two vids

although you missed a trick, i was hoping you might dance?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsE2amSTTtk

such a shame the studio audience didn't like that

much

;)

It's worth a lot to me.

But I don't dance like that....