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Hippie Dribble
07-10-2014, 12:48 PM
Hey fellow seasonistas, here is a little sideline competition that I'm running in tribute to the man who changed my life: Pete Seeger, and in honour of the beautiful people that frequent this board and put themselves out there every single week: you guys and gals.

Simply play me any song that Pete recorded or performed live during his amazing career that spanned nearly a century. No rules except that you record the video new for this contest and put your whole heart and soul into it.

The competition will run exactly one week, as would a regular season, from the time of this post. I will make a tribute playlist and comment on all videos entered. One video only per seasonista. The judging framework will be entirely arbitrary but the winner will be the performance that moves me more than any other.

The winning seasonista will receive a new tenor scale Barry Sholder gourd banjo-ukulele. Pete was primarily a banjo player so this prize is not only very beautiful but seems entirely appropriate.

Thanks all. I wanna keep this very simple, hence the no rules criterion. But if you do have any questions please post in the thread. I will announce the winning entry the day after the competition ends and the uke will be in the mail the following day.

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EDIT TO ADD:

As it's only one song per person I hope it doesn't get in the way of the regular seasons it overlaps. Just play me a song in between your regular weekly-themed duties as you find the time and/or inclination, K? x

UkeyDave
07-10-2014, 01:16 PM
Oooh what a great competition. I love everything about Pete Seeger. He was a true inspiration. Got my song all ready. Just got to figure out the best key now. ;-)

strumsilly
07-10-2014, 01:41 PM
you, sir, are extremely generous.

pabrizzer
07-10-2014, 02:14 PM
Well you knew I would be here didn't you Jon.
Thank you for giving me another opportunity to express my total admiration for this wonderful human being.
This is such a beautiful piece of writing.
To My Old Brown Earth. Had a bit of trouble getting this one to come out tidy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9vt20cSpfs

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-10-2014, 03:10 PM
what a great idea for a contest, well, a celebration really, and what a super prize!

lelouden
07-10-2014, 04:52 PM
This should be fun. Looooove Seeger and love this extended tribute contest:D

barefootgypsy
07-11-2014, 01:21 AM
What a great idea - super tribute, and very generous prize! Why should we be surprised, this is typical of your generosity of spirit.

UkeyDave
07-11-2014, 04:27 AM
Hi Jon. This is a marvellous competition and a chance to pay tribute to an amazing artist and human being. In my view Pete Seeger was an inspiration and role model to humanity. I really couldn't pay anyone a bigger compliment than that. Here is my take on Where Have All The Flowers Gone.
I decided to play this one on my Gretsch G9100 rather than my usual Martin Ukulele because I thought for once the tone that the Gretsch tuned up to D was better suited to this particular song. I'm looking forward to seeing some great entries.

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

Raygf
07-11-2014, 05:32 AM
It took me a few takes to get this done. You know how words this powerful hit you like a ton of bricks? One take verse 2 gets me. I get through verse 2 and on the next take, BAM, verse 3 gets me. A dear friend, the Best Man at our wedding, one of those folks you just cherish as a family member even though we are not blood (weíve been through so much together), is in Shock Trauma right now with an aortic tear that is being treated with medication. This is not good! Actually, most people donít even make it to the ER with this sort of injury, so hereís hoping. Iíve got to pull myself together and go visit him this morning and I wanted to do this before I go. It is to my friend and brother, Bruce Johnson, that I dedicate this song as I think of the many joyful years we have sailed the seas of life together and to hoping that this will not be the end to our sailing days.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt9kkFzXNcE

Markwo
07-11-2014, 09:20 AM
I love Pete Seeger so I am really happy to contribute. I think of him as a great man who happened to be a musician. This was a song I sang to Sam at bedtime from the day he was born (with modified lyrics). Thanks go out to Pete (and Jon for this contest!)


http://youtu.be/Xtfh02RH-aE

KoaDependent
07-11-2014, 10:04 AM
Bet that banjolele just lulled 'em right into slumber, Mark.

Markwo
07-11-2014, 10:09 AM
Bet that banjolele just lulled 'em right into slumber, Mark.
That was back in my guitar days - long before I discovered the joy of the uke.

decaturcomp
07-11-2014, 11:11 AM
Thanks Pal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rt5vE-mOgk

ChrisDeston821
07-11-2014, 11:35 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rt5vE-mOgk
Brilliant rendition of this song - prefer your version over Pete's. Great work.. Like, really. Wow.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-11-2014, 11:45 AM
When I was a young child, I thought war was a game of good guys versus bad guys---like in the movies and like playing with army toys.

When I first heard this song---I was still a child---I immediately understood that war is not a game, and that "good guys" and "bad guys" were all just guys. Important lessons that still need still need to be taught all over the world. Keep singing, everyone.


http://youtu.be/3a2-eVKXUuo

Thanks for the reminder to think about Seeger and his work this week, Jon.

lelouden
07-11-2014, 03:19 PM
One of the things I loved about Pete Seeger is that he always involved his audience. He was a very present guy that wasn't untouchable. He had a gift. We are so lucky to have had him around for so long. Lets keep his work alive forever:) Shenandoah was one he always had his audience sing along to.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jKchbMkijE&feature=youtu.be

wee_ginga_yin
07-11-2014, 11:18 PM
I have been looking at some Pete Seeger Documentries and what struck me
was that his wife Toshi was quite a remarkable woman. She was a keen
gardener and a film maker who made the Emmy award winning film
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Seeger:_The_Power_of_Song),

So this is a little song dedicated to her and to gardeners everywhere.


http://youtu.be/m710jz2r3vk

Shady Wilbury
07-12-2014, 03:09 AM
This is such a great contest, and such a generous prize.

I'm stepping up with one of my all-time favourite folk/gospel songs.


http://youtu.be/BAwAtiERD1c

Jazzbanjorex
07-12-2014, 07:55 AM
Pete Seeger Tribute, God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0ZGcqxkclQ&feature=youtu.be
I hope you all like it.

Harry122
07-12-2014, 02:15 PM
I met Pete Seeger at a folk festival in 1991. At the concert at the end of the festival, he led us in this song. My voice is a little froggy today, and I made a few flubs, but here's what I have for ya:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFV4GvDAiKI&feature=youtu.be

barefootgypsy
07-13-2014, 07:58 AM
I heard this song around the folk clubs in my teens, way before I became a teacher, but it made quite an impression on me and gave me an additional awareness of the responsibility teachers have to present "facts" carefully, and to teach children to think for themselves.


http://youtu.be/TmbBC4_j_6A

dweiglein
07-14-2014, 06:37 AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=-7x-AJtBGas&rdm=1696gh2u2&client=mv-google

ChrisDeston821
07-14-2014, 08:28 AM
Ashamed to say I don't know much about or by Pete Seeger, except Little Boxes, which is really Ms. Reynolds' song, and I only knew that thanks to Weeds..
That said, I've really enjoyed the entries in this competition, and Little Fat Baby is a cracking song I hope to try in the future but with limited time I figured I'd try and be a li'l cheeky and kill a couple birds with one song ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVBFJK9fIC0
Couldn't figure out the baseline he had going and I fluffed up nearer the end but gave it my best (:

dweiglein
07-14-2014, 11:02 AM
My video didn't post on the reply. Only the URL address. I don't know what I did wrong, but I hope you can still view.

Diane

lelouden
07-14-2014, 11:37 AM
Here you go Diane. You have to paste the link in the movie strip above for it to show up (second from the end above).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=-7x-AJtBGas&rdm=1696gh2u2&client=mv-google&app=desktop

Yes, we could view it through the link that you posted:)

strumsilly
07-14-2014, 11:45 AM
Here you go Diane. You have to paste the link in the movie strip above for it to show up (second from the end above).

:)
woo hoo, that intro was very clever . It turn turn, turned me on me on.

lelouden
07-14-2014, 11:47 AM
Andy There is an audio problem. I can't hear your vid on my computer. I can barely hear it through my earbuds:(

Cornfield
07-14-2014, 01:48 PM
http://youtu.be/kV2QHrwZi5Q

My entry. So many great songs to choose from.

strumsilly
07-14-2014, 02:26 PM
Andy There is an audio problem. I can't hear your vid on my computer. I can barely hear it through my earbuds:(
THANKS, i'LL TRY TO REDO IT

ukuloonie
07-14-2014, 06:17 PM
This is my entry for Pete Seeger's Tribute week.
It's called "Flowers of Peace"
If you recognized the tune it's an old one called 'Wild Mountain Tyme' Pete Just changed the words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPA4sBaSMFU&feature=youtu.be

FLOWERS OF PEACE 
by Pete Seeger Based on the song ‘Wild Mountain Tyme’
Capo first fret on baritone or tune the Ukelele up one step.which I find better personally
Intro pick from top looking down 2nd 3rd 2nd string Down Strum 2nd 3rd 2nd G Em C G G lift forth string


 G Em C G
Oh summertime is coming, and the leaves are sweet returning

C D Em Am C
But those flowers of peace, it's for them I'm really yearning.


G C G C G
Will they bloom, ever bloom?
 Will they bloom in the springtime?
C D Em Am C
Oh you flowers of peace
 When the world should be in ring time
G C G
Will they bloom, ever bloom?

dickadcock
07-15-2014, 02:14 PM
I couldn't separate these 2 songs in my mind, so I made it a medley, sort of. Same chords, tune. Is that still a medley?
I saw Pete & Arlo once in concert, but never saw him on or around the Clearwater, which sails up & down the nearby Hudson, which he seemed to love. Sometimes you are sure he is talking about a river, sometimes you are sure he talking about love itself.
Juanita (only 4 lines) , & Bountiful River.


http://youtu.be/eJdRSmV6M_Q

I had the low g uke by accident, so sort of flubbed the ending. Such is life.

dirtiestkidever
07-16-2014, 11:11 AM
Two things:

(1) Great vids everyone. Jazzbanjorex, in particular, that was incredible. One of my favorite seasons vids in awhile. I definitely will try to learn that.

(2) Here is my entry 'Living in the Country'. Aaron Keim posted tabs and video awhile and back and I just did my best to replicate it. Still a bit choppy but I gave it my best. Thanks for the extra contest this week Eugene.

Btw, at the end of this video I give a nasty stare towards the camera. I have no idea what that was about. No one should have that look on their face when holding a ukulele. I think I was still in my head thinking about the song and wasn't paying attention to what I looked like. My apologies. Pretend it was a smile. Cheers.


http://youtu.be/kXY8XlKOto8

dirtiestkidever
07-16-2014, 02:27 PM
Linda and ukuloonie, those were really special too. This is a nice little mini season.

lelouden
07-17-2014, 05:35 PM
Linda and ukuloonie, those were really special too. This is a nice little mini season.

Awfully Kind! Thank You so much:)

bonesigh
07-17-2014, 06:51 PM
Ah, well, thought I had until midnight tonight for some reason. (Practically midnight here in VA right now!) Hope you enjoy the show I put together for ya. Took me longer than I thought it would. Gave me a chance to use my puppets again and you know I love to do that!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gedJ7qZS24&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sigh, just watched the vid to see how it was and darn if the uke music didn't match up with the singing! IDK why. It was fine in the movie maker. I really, really, need a new program for making videos!

Tootler
07-18-2014, 06:32 AM
I managed to get an entry done but not uploaded what with hosting the present season and other things in my life.

I'll put it on the misfit island instead.

Raygf
07-20-2014, 01:41 AM
Congratulations Drew. What Jon said. Congratulations to the rest of the top 5. Thank you Jon for my inclusion and thanks to everyone who entered. Our children and their children and anyone who will listen and learn need to sing these songs for themselves and for and with others!

"I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears." Pete Seeger

UkeCan1
07-20-2014, 04:02 AM
I was on the lookout all week for a Pete Seeger peace or anti-war song that inspired me (and preferably had not yet been done).

And then, Thursday morning the WFUV Question of the Day was about songs that mention dreams, and someone suggested this one. I thought, "Of course!", and quickly learned the song.

I was going to make the video right away, strumming, but I kept hearing a certain fingerpicking pattern in my head, which I had not yet learned, so off I went to learn that.

In the meantime, Drew made his excellent video of the song, and the contest closed. In any case, it's too great a song not to complete, so I have finished it late. (But it's right on time for both Season 126 and 127, since it's also a story song.)

And I see that Eugene is still inviting songs inspired by the contest to be posted here, so here is my version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream".

Thanks, Eugene, for inspiring me to learn this moving song, which has always made me cry. I hope one day soon this beautiful vision will come to pass.


http://youtu.be/FSngq4uYGrk

I should mention that although I learned this song from Pete, it was written by Ed McCurdy. Pete added a repeat of the first verse in his version, but Ed McCurdy felt the song was perfect as he wrote it. I have left out the repeated verse.

(And added my new made-up fingerpicking pattern that is vaguely inspired by the way I heard Pete play it.)

UkeCan1
07-20-2014, 04:27 AM
Oh, I just saw Drew won for this glorious entry! I think it deserves a full reposting here ... hope that's okay. Congratulations, Drew! Well deserved ... very moving.


http://youtu.be/PPA4sBaSMFU

Cornfield
07-20-2014, 06:26 AM
I was on the lookout all week for a Pete Seeger peace or anti-war song that inspired me (and preferably had not yet been done).

And then, Thursday morning the WFUV Question of the Day was about songs that mention dreams, and someone suggested this one. I thought, "Of course!", and quickly learned the song.

I was going to make the video right away, strumming, but I kept hearing a certain fingerpicking pattern in my head, which I had not yet learned, so off I went to learn that.

In the meantime, Drew made his excellent video of the song, and the contest closed. In any case, it's too great a song not to complete, so I have finished it late. (But it's right on time for both Season 126 and 127, since it's also a story song.)

And I see that Eugene is still inviting songs inspired by the contest to be posted here, so here is my version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream".

Thanks, Eugene, for inspiring me to learn this moving song, which has always made me cry. I hope one day soon this beautiful vision will come to pass.


http://youtu.be/FSngq4uYGrk

I should mention that although I learned this song from Pete, it was written by Ed McCurdy. Pete added a repeat of the first verse in his version, but Ed McCurdy felt the song was perfect as he wrote it. I have left out the repeated verse.

(And added my new made-up fingerpicking pattern that is vaguely inspired by the way I heard Pete play it.)

Thanks for adding this. I had thought about trying it out but have been busy with a family visit. Great song for both this and week 126

Cornfield
07-20-2014, 06:29 AM
Thankyou for your entries all. So fantastic. This afternoon has been a real treat for me and I'm grateful to each of you. Of course trying to choose a winning performance has been extremely difficult. But here we go. 5. Decaturcomp 4. JazzBanjoRex 3. Bonesigh 2. RayGF and YOUR WINNER (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PPA4sBaSMFU&list=UUi9zw0uFvlBqQ7w6QtfG1qA). This song utterly undid me. The original song which clothes this melody has always been one of my favourites. This performance was flawless, perfectly paced and phrased and rendered with such emotion and lilting, plaintive vocal as to leave me in a kind of paralysed ecstacy, sad and happy. Incredibly emotional. And grateful. Could the winner please PM your address and I will get the uke in the mail to you this week. To everyone else, thankyou each and every one. Pete would have been happy to hear of this I'm sure. Keep on sharing the music. x

Great choices Jon. I think that "Pete Week" was a god counterpoint to "War Week"

dirtiestkidever
07-20-2014, 06:43 AM
Agreed great selections. Congrats Drew. Well deserved. This was a really fun contest. The number of entries was reasonably so i was even able to watch all of them.

Tootler
07-20-2014, 07:46 AM
Geoff, please put it here too so it can be added to the playlist.

OK Jon, will do.

lelouden
07-20-2014, 08:12 AM
Congratulations Drew. Its exactly the one I thought should win. Sooooo moving and beautiful. I have listened to it several times and every time it stops me in my tracks.

Jon, Thank you for this great theme. It's been fantastic to even become more aware of this wonderful man and his wonderful music.

ukuloonie
07-20-2014, 09:30 AM
Thanks Jon for choosing the theme for a celebration of Pete Seeger.
I gain better appreciation of his music every time I hear and play it.
What an amazing guy Pete was.
Wow thanks very much everybody, I was wondering about in a daze that I was chosen.
Congratulations to everybody else who also chosen because they were awesome too.
Thanks again.

bonesigh
07-20-2014, 04:56 PM
No doubt about it Drew has got some fine pipes and playing skills (: Congrats Drew!!

Tootler
07-22-2014, 12:39 AM
Congrats to Drew. A worthy winner.

Here is the one I was going to enter but was too late but as Jon has asked me to put it here, I am doing so.

Most people have gone for his campaigning songs but he was a fine singer of traditional song so I did one; "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens". Cecil Sharpe collected several versions of this during his two trips to the Appalachians in 1915/16.

As Pete Seeger was well known as a banjo player, I've used my banjo uke for this.


http://youtu.be/2H7IDr1OeHc

barefootgypsy
07-22-2014, 01:58 AM
I've only just caught up with this, this morning - congratulations to Drew, a truly worthy winner, I've just listened yet again and it brings a huge lump to my throat every time. So heartfelt and so apt at this time, and a lovely voice to carry the song! Yay!

Well done everyone else, too, this was was a fun contest!