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frisbee fred
07-19-2014, 03:58 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94dDQTITYjs

Stories! If you were to read the lyrics of the song it would tell a story from start to finish. So, each song you post would be a complete short story. Here are some examples to help you understand what I am talking about: Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi, Hurricane, Atlantic City, Puff the Magic Dragon, Coward of the County, Thunder Road, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, Ballad of Billy the Kid, Devil Went Down to Georgia, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. These are just examples to give you an understanding of what the Season is about.

As usual, don't post until 12:01 am Hawaii time on July 20. Standard rules for the Season apply with one minor exception. If you aren't sure if a song fits there is no need to ask. Just do it as I will not turn away anyone.

Three songs per person. No bonuses. Ukulele front and center. Multi-tracking or not is ok - whatever you would like to do. Should be a new video for this week and say Season 127 somewhere.

As for prizes I'm still thinking about it. However, I know that for this Season I'll be doing a drawing so everyone will have a chance to win.

PLAYLIST (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXRkvd1m9c-CfNDMGWaHu-vJAbaqFNske&action_edit=1)

Freeda
07-19-2014, 04:11 PM
Hurrah!

Narratives are fun.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-19-2014, 04:33 PM
AWESOME THEME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


for this Season I'll be doing a drawing

oh great, some art too?

;)

no but seriously when i first started on the seasons people talked about doing RANDOM DRAWING when judging and honest to goodness i thought what? they're gonna draw something with their eyes shut, how is that gonna find a winner

and yeah ok

so i'm a bit thick, so what? :mad:

ohmless
07-19-2014, 04:47 PM
Dug deep in my songbooks for this one. I never played it before so will likely be put up in a few days. Lots of things to learn. The song is simple but this will be the first time singing since grade school. Also the first vid where I will do editing and such(also my first seasons entry.)

frisbee fred
07-19-2014, 04:54 PM
Dug deep in my songbooks for this one. I never played it before so will likely be put up in a few days. Lots of things to learn. The song is simple but this will be the first time singing since grade school. Also the first vid where I will do editing and such(also my first seasons entry.)

So many firsts! You are among friends here - we are looking forward to it :music:

BigDaddyUker
07-19-2014, 05:14 PM
My 4 year old will be jacked - One of his favorite kids song tells a little story. Great theme!

Tootler
07-19-2014, 08:52 PM
Great! Most English folk songs tell a story.

Now, let's think... hmm...

Chevy Chase. Only 76 verses. That should do. Might need to leave a few out.

Maybe not but I shall definitely have to do a Child Ballad.

Freeda
07-19-2014, 09:12 PM
Question: cuss words? The songs that come to mind for this theme are a bit dirty. Anyone going to pop a vein if I sing them?

RAB11
07-19-2014, 09:17 PM
I'm gonna have to be smart here and not use up my three songs today..... Because I have loads I could do. Loads.

Great theme Fred.

RAB11
07-19-2014, 11:46 PM
I'm about 15 minutes early but it's not often I get a chance to get in first and do a song I already know how to play.

This is by the Raconteurs. The original builds up absolutely brilliantly, hopefully I've managed to capture some of that here.



http://youtu.be/RZXsLhIPy9M

UkeyDave
07-19-2014, 11:48 PM
Question: cuss words? The songs that come to mind for this theme are a bit dirty. Anyone going to pop a vein if I sing them?
Well I'm with Stephen Fry but I suppose its down to the host.

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

CeeJay
07-19-2014, 11:50 PM
AWESOME THEME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



oh great, some art too?



;)

no but seriously when i first started on the seasons people talked about doing RANDOM DRAWING when judging and honest to goodness i thought what? they're gonna draw something with their eyes shut, how is that gonna find a winner

and yeah ok

so i'm a bit thick, so what? :mad:


How do you think David Hockney got started........lol

pabrizzer
07-20-2014, 12:01 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvrZ6KBxFY

UkeKnowDamnRight
07-20-2014, 03:19 AM
I woke up so excited to see what the season was going to be and now I'm even more excited! What a great theme! So many great songs...this is going to be a good one. :music:

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 03:25 AM
I'm about 15 minutes early but it's not often I get a chance to get in first and do a song I already know how to play.

This is by the Raconteurs. The original builds up absolutely brilliantly, hopefully I've managed to capture some of that here.

Great start to the Season, Ryan! Perfect song choice for the Season. Pretty brutal story, eh?

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 03:32 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvrZ6KBxFY

I see you can do both kinds of music - Country AND Western!. That was really nice, Pa. Love how your outfit matches the song.

barefootgypsy
07-20-2014, 04:01 AM
I love the theme, lovely idea.... there are so many great story songs.... I've got a lot of ideas but the time factor is going to hit me hard this week - if I can't do the songs I want, I'll throw the ideas out for others. Let's have a great fun week with these stories!

UkeCan1
07-20-2014, 05:13 AM
Omigosh, am I really the third entry in a Season on a Sunday morning?! That never happens.

Well, it's only because I have been practicing this song since Thursday for the previous Season ... and the Pete Seeger contest, which I missed. But it's also a story song, recorded this morning, so I'm right on time for this one.

I was on the lookout all last week for a Pete Seeger peace or anti-war song that inspired me (and preferably had not yet been done), that I could use for both S126 and Eugene Ukulele's Pete Seeger contest.

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 in S126, and the contest closed. In any case, it's too great a song not to complete, so I have finished it. (Serendipitously, it's also a story song, so it fits here too!)

Here is my version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream", with my new made-up hopefully Pete-Seeger-esque-ish fingerpicking pattern.

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.

[I have another story song in mind for this week ... there are so many great choices! ... so this triple-duty just-happens-to-also-fit-here song will not be my only entry.]

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 05:41 AM
Omigosh, am I really the third entry in a Season on a Sunday morning?! That never happens.

Well, it's only because I have been practicing this song since Thursday for the previous Season ... and the Pete Seeger contest, which I missed. But it's also a story song, recorded this morning, so I'm right on time for this one.

I was on the lookout all last week for a Pete Seeger peace or anti-war song that inspired me (and preferably had not yet been done), that I could use for both S126 and Eugene Ukulele's Pete Seeger contest.

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 in S126, and the contest closed. In any case, it's too great a song not to complete, so I have finished it. (Serendipitously, it's also a story song, so it fits here too!)

Here is my version of "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream", with my new made-up hopefully Pete-Seeger-esque-ish fingerpicking pattern.

I hope one day soon this beautiful vision will come to pass.

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.

[I have another story song in mind for this week ... there are so many great choices! ... so this triple-duty just-happens-to-also-fit-here song will not be my only entry.]

I've always liked this Pete Seeger song. Nice job on the picking pattern - uke sounds really good.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-20-2014, 06:48 AM
janet sent me some chords, in the form of a beautiful and delicate little uke tune, and said, "bev it up, baby, do with it what you will" and i thought yeah BABY, i made this little homemade songlet about the very short story of how i got my first uke...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F6nFiq4Q08

i was minding my own business, learning guitar
i wasn't very good - i hadn't got far
i thought i'll get a clip-on tuner, i checked online
a guy showed one on youtube, it seemed to work fine
he showed it on a guitar
he showed it on a bass
then he showed it on this tiny thing
and i made a puzzled face
i though what's that? what's that? what's that? what's that?
he said, it's a uke
i said take a look at that!
gotta have one, gotta try one, gotta get one, gotta buy one
yeah
so i did
yes i did
and i fell in love, i fell in love, i fell in love, i fell in love
i fell in love with the ukulele
i fell in love with the ukulele
i fell in love with the ukulele
i fell in love with the ukulele
ukulele... what's not to fall in love with? yeah

:music::rock:

thank you janet!

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 06:57 AM
janet sent me some chords, in the form of a beautiful and delicate little uke tune, and said, "bev it up, baby, do with it what you will" and i thought yeah BABY, i made this little homemade songlet about the very short story of how i got my first uke...


thank you janet!

An instant BEVOMU classic! Great collab here with Janet. Way to rock the short story!

lelouden
07-20-2014, 07:40 AM
Well....because your excepting anything.....heres a short story!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r8JO8z-Wes&list=UUZLptu1kN-j1JcDvEoHdyLQ

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 07:53 AM
Well....because your excepting anything.....heres a short story!



A brilliant study in atonal character development. The ending is a bit anti-climactic but is counter juxtaposed with the absurdity of the plot line.

ddanner
07-20-2014, 07:54 AM
Well....because your excepting anything.....heres a short story!



What a great example of telling a complete story with so few "notes." Loved it!

UkeyDave
07-20-2014, 08:20 AM
A CHILLING story for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvuPx8cb0_I

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 08:25 AM
A CHILLING story for you.


I think Mama would definitely think he's psycho if she could get up. Love the simplicity of the strum in this song. Nice job in making this very eerie.

mythinformed
07-20-2014, 09:08 AM
This clips a classic from Dads Army ..........


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

Harry122
07-20-2014, 09:57 AM
Here's a comic book adventure for you, courtesy of Paul McCartney:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiBQJ5j1cRA&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 10:20 AM
Here's a comic book adventure for you, courtesy of Paul McCartney:



Never heard this one. Thanks for doing it. What a gem from McCartney. A little X-men for the Seasons. Nice job.

CeeJay
07-20-2014, 11:32 AM
This clips a classic from Dads Army ..........


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

I have not even looked at the clip....I just started laughing as soon as I saw the two faces and did my world famous(ly bad) Fraser impersonation......quoting the clip verbatim.......I'll not spoil it for anyone who has never seen it....

Marvliouse (sic) Stuff

BigDaddyUker
07-20-2014, 12:42 PM
Felt drawn to this song with all the killings and everything going on in Chicago. Another 10 year old girl died yesterday from a gunshot wound she received through her bedroom window.

Song was originally titled Vicious Circle and written by Mac Davis. Was later released in 1969 (I think) and made popular by Elvis Presley.


http://youtu.be/uweHu8I85tc

GaryC1968
07-20-2014, 01:12 PM
Here is a Bible story with a little different ending.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpY_pKO3b6g

uke4ia
07-20-2014, 02:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93VCvmimfk

This is an original song about a rainmaker called "The Waterman's Reggae". I have never played this live, because I can't remember all the lyrics.


Lyrics:

He puts down his satchel, he looks around
He says "This is an angry and a troubled ground
The land baked hard, the sun so harsh
The fields all withered and the earth is parched"

You shield your eyes against the blazing sky
Keep lowering the bucket till the well's gone dry
When the lakebed crack, you gonna make that call
Say "Send me the man who'll make the rain fall"

The pond gonna fill, the stream gonna flow
You hide your heart, but don't you think the waterman will know?
There's a current in the things that you don't let show
When the river rises, you'll be drowning in your sorrow

By the dried up remnants of the watering hole
She give him a haughty stare that's icy cold
He shake the stick at the sweltering sky
Turn his face from the dust that's blowing by

She look from a distance at his halting dance
Watching for some weather as he prays and chants
Her eyes gaze deep into a sky so proud
Who's got the will enough to break open a cloud?

The pond gonna fill, the stream gonna flow
You hide your heart, but don't you think the waterman will know?
There's a current in the things that you don't let show
When the river rises, you'll be drowning in your sorrow

It was a long time ago, her lover hurt her so bad
No more! She make decisions, they be ironclad
She never gonna feel that way again
She never gonna let herself be vulnerable to man
She gonna turn herself to stone, she gonna close it up tight
She gonna stare into the sun and pretend it's night
She gonna pretend that the sandstorm's really rain she hears
She gonna coat her face with dust and pretend it's tears

He looks up, feels a change in the wind
He staggers to his feet, something going to begin
The wind rises with an eerie sound
The sky getting darker as she turns around

She make the sound of a bleating lamb
The thunderclap so loud it's like a bursting dam
The heavens open up to release their pain
She lift up her head and drench her face in the rain

Oh, the pond gonna fill, the stream gonna flow
You hide your heart, but don't you think the waterman will know?
There's a current in the things that you don't let show
When the river rises, you'll be drowning in your sorrow

lelouden
07-20-2014, 02:37 PM
Ok here is another. The first wore me out and I had to take some time to recover! Here is my second entry.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqlD85WhJDs&list=UUZLptu1kN-j1JcDvEoHdyLQ

lelouden
07-20-2014, 03:03 PM
This clips a classic from Dads Army ..........


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

well, because this post followed mine.... Are you sending a message in this post Mark? ....Are you trying to say Im the biggest idiot!?:smileybounce:




Agreed:)

UkeKnowDamnRight
07-20-2014, 03:22 PM
Hi there. It'll be tomorrow before I get my new mic set up, but I got back from the pool this afternoon and couldn't wait to do one of my favorite songs: "Annabelle" by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Hope you enjoy. :)


http://youtu.be/7pIDaom0aBE

ANNABELLE

We lease twenty acres and one Ginny mule
From the Alabama Trust
For half of the cotton and a third of the corn
You get a handful of dust

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
'Til we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

I had a daughter called her Annabelle
She's the apple of my eye
Tried to give her something like I never had
Didn't want to ever hear her cry

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
'Til we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

When I'm dead and buried, I'll take a hard life of tears
From every day I've ever known
Anna's in the churchyard, she's got no life at all
She's only got these words on a stone

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
Until we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

Phluffy the Destroyer
07-20-2014, 03:26 PM
Entry #1.
Chords and lyrics by Pat Cooksey


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2KKs9mHZ54&list=UUSMhUNXAPzA2g3pxLvDYhPA

ddanner
07-20-2014, 03:57 PM
Ya know, this singing stuff is really hard! If you think my singing is bad on this one, you should have heard me in the other two keys I tried. But, that has to mean progress since I am now learning to transpose and try different keys. :) I love this week's theme, Stories. There were a lot of great folk songs and ballads that immediately came to mind, but once again my selections require a trip in the "Way Back" machine. I think the thing I loved most about this one by the The New Christy Minstrels was their use of kettle drums so effectively. Sorry - no kettle drums here, but I did experiment with reverb.


http://youtu.be/FtQkAEx9ngw

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:03 PM
Felt drawn to this song with all the killings and everything going on in Chicago. Another 10 year old girl died yesterday from a gunshot wound she received through her bedroom window.

Song was originally titled Vicious Circle and written by Mac Davis. Was later released in 1969 (I think) and made popular by Elvis Presley.


Always liked this song. I'm one of the few that liked Mac Davis' version better. Your feelings come through in both the vocals and the playing.

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:06 PM
Here is a Bible story with a little different ending.


"'fishin' with Jesus sure is lots of fun" - great lyric! Fun song and well strummed.

ukuleledaddy
07-20-2014, 04:10 PM
I wish I had time for it this week (NOT), but I hope somebody does Paradise By The Dashboard Lights.

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:10 PM
This is an original song about a rainmaker called "The Waterman's Reggae". I have never played this live, because I can't remember all the lyrics.


Wow. This is a great original, Jim. Perfect for this Season and a very interesting story. I really like "who's got the will enough to break open a cloud".

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:14 PM
Ok here is another. The first wore me out and I had to take some time to recover! Here is my second entry.


Sang along with you right from the start. I love this song! I remember JD doing this on his TV special. Great video and harmonies, Linda. Thanks for doing this.

ddanner
07-20-2014, 04:15 PM
In working on the computer to Transpose by first submission, Julieanne, another favorite ballad managed to jump on the screen. Consequently, I ended up doing two videos back to back. Seasons is definitely pushing me, and once again I have to say I'm really excited to now be joining in on all this fun and getting a boost up the learning curve at the same time. Hope you enjoy my cover of "Long Black Veil."


http://youtu.be/zD9olRrLJD0

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:17 PM
Hi there. It'll be tomorrow before I get my new mic set up, but I got back from the pool this afternoon and couldn't wait to do one of my favorite songs: "Annabelle" by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Hope you enjoy. :)


Never heard this before. Sounds like it's right out of the dust bowl - your vocals really give feeling to the song. Strong strumming too. Nicely done.

ohmless
07-20-2014, 04:19 PM
http://youtu.be/5kBc5vrOme4

My first seasons vid! I know I said it would be later in the week but I had a take with only a few mistakes, the marked one being singing along with the uke. I can only focus on improving the singing with time. If not maybe I need to catch up on my fingerpicking to compensate. Just imagine me being a real life miserable sailor singing with his uke in hand like the character in the song.

I chose this song out of all my songbooks because it is a great story of claustrophobia with drunken brawls, stealing, all all sorts of high society in the Caribbean. I tried hard to get an island feel but I just am not up to the task yet of having style. When researching the song, I found this one to be the best. http://youtu.be/hkCwY9kdgDg

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:21 PM
Entry #1.
Chords and lyrics by Pat Cooksey


"A barrel full of building bricks is heavier than me" - too funny. You had me riveted here wondering what was going to happen next. Well done!

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:26 PM
Ya know, this singing stuff is really hard! If you think my singing is bad on this one, you should have heard me in the other two keys I tried. But, that has to mean progress since I am now learning to transpose and try different keys. :) I love this week's theme, Stories. There were a lot of great folk songs and ballads that immediately came to mind, but once again my selections require a trip in the "Way Back" machine. I think the thing I loved most about this one by the The New Christy Minstrels was their use of kettle drums so effectively. Sorry - no kettle drums here, but I did experiment with reverb.

I agree with Bird's - great strumming. Really adds to the power of the song. Jealous of your recording studio there too :-)

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:31 PM
In working on the computer to Transpose by first submission, Julieanne, another favorite ballad managed to jump on the screen. Consequently, I ended up doing two videos back to back. Seasons is definitely pushing me, and once again I have to say I'm really excited to now be joining in on all this fun and getting a boost up the learning curve at the same time. Hope you enjoy my cover of "Long Black Veil."


You're two for two! A couple of great songs here Dennis.

frisbee fred
07-20-2014, 04:34 PM
My first seasons vid! I know I said it would be later in the week but I had a take with only a few mistakes, the marked one being singing along with the uke. I can only focus on improving the singing with time. If not maybe I need to catch up on my fingerpicking to compensate. Just imagine me being a real life miserable sailor singing with his uke in hand like the character in the song.

I chose this song out of all my songbooks because it is a great story of claustrophobia with drunken brawls, stealing, all all sorts of high society in the Caribbean. I tried hard to get an island feel but I just am not up to the task yet of having style. When researching the song, I found this one to be the best. http://youtu.be/hkCwY9kdgDg
Welcome to the Seasons! If I were doing entries for this Season this is one I would have chosen as well. Keep 'em comin!

BigDaddyUker
07-20-2014, 06:50 PM
Any reason I can't open playlist?

RAB11
07-20-2014, 10:01 PM
Worked fine for me this morning.

mikef
07-20-2014, 10:58 PM
GREAT thread Fred. This is going to produce some wonderful songs and lyrics.
A song popped into my head that I've always want to learn but never got around to due to all those funny new chords I'll have to learn... so thank you for just the excuse I needed to finally try and get this song under my belt... I'm quite excited... and I'd better get practicing!

CeeJay
07-21-2014, 02:25 AM
I am submitting this as my "Twofer One - er" because I slapped it on at the end of Tootler's War Season 126 as a sort of light to some of the shade...just as this Season was Blooming and blossoming and as it does also tell a story I am going to offer it here...

Just please ignore the 126 and pretend it is 127 writ large at the beginning ....everything else should work....and not Tootler's War.....

Have to have a few days in Ullswater now ....shame.


http://youtu.be/0Bix112gXQ0

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 02:39 AM
I am submitting this as my "Twofer One - er" because I slapped it on at the end of Tootler's War Season 126 as a sort of light to some of the shade...just as this Season was Blooming and blossoming and as it does also tell a story I am going to offer it here...

Just please ignore the 126 and pretend it is 127 writ large at the beginning ....everything else should work....and not Tootler's War.....

Have to have a few days in Ullswater now ....shame.

You know, I actually still have the Royal Guardsmen LP with this song on it. Great playing on this CeeJay.

UkeyDave
07-21-2014, 02:49 AM
What is KCMO?

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 02:52 AM
What is KCMO?

Kansas City, Missouri? What is the context?

mythinformed
07-21-2014, 02:57 AM
Inspired by Tootlers 'War' theme, I had mental images of misplaced people who have lost everything in the aftermath............heres my attempt at conveying that story of loss and desperation instrumentally, an (unfinished) original simply called 'Nothing Left' .

Btw I'm in the zone so face gurning applies ...... beware. Lol


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KgVHxKKXpQ

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 03:03 AM
Inspired by Tootlers 'War' theme, I had mental images of misplaced people who have lost everything in the aftermath............heres my attempt at conveying that story of loss and desperation instrumentally, an (unfinished) original simply called 'Nothing Left' .

Btw I'm in the zone so face gurning applies ...... beware. Lol


I wasn't thinking instrumentals for this Season but I do like this one as it is inspired by current events. You should definitely finish it. Haunting melody.

UkeyDave
07-21-2014, 03:06 AM
Thought I'd funk up a Tennessee Waltz ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qve8cMeowo8

mythinformed
07-21-2014, 03:14 AM
I wasn't thinking instrumentals for this Season but I do like this one as it is inspired by current events. You should definitely finish it. Haunting melody.
Cheers Fred, I've got a back up one for later in the week in case this one didn't fit............great theme btw mate.

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 03:15 AM
Thought I'd funk up a Tennessee Waltz ;-)


Hey, a reggae-ified Ukey Dave waltz! That was very cool and put a big smile on my face.

UkeyDave
07-21-2014, 04:34 AM
Kansas City, Missouri? What is the context?
Sorry, it was a question for Phluffy the Destroyer. He has it as his location but I guess you've answered it. Thanks.

xommen
07-21-2014, 06:38 AM
This is my entry this week recorded while camping. This is one I've done before but fits this season really well this is Englishman in New York by Sting.

http://youtu.be/r_Uxrn5UXnI

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 06:53 AM
This is my entry this week recorded while camping. This is one I've done before but fits this season really well this is Englishman in New York by Sting.


Oh man, I love the chords in this song. Especially the occasional strum in the middle. Thanks for taking the time out from camping to do this. Great take, Wim.

UkeCan1
07-21-2014, 07:38 AM
I wish I had time for it this week (NOT), but I hope somebody does Paradise By The Dashboard Lights.

Oh, I was thinking exactly the same thing! Have performed this with Cecilia, who y'all have seen here before, and Bob McNally, inventor of the Martin Backpacker guitar and Strumstick, but no way I'd have time this week for the collab or practice this would require ... I'm already working on a live collab for a performance Friday night that I only became part of just before the busy weekend, and packing for a week away next Tuesday.

But I sure hope someone (some two!) will do this one. It was the first story song I thought of.

lelouden
07-21-2014, 08:33 AM
Well Because I do have a little time....I think I will give you #3. Baritone Uke, Gold Tone tenor banjo uke and me:)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTbBxk4ZvDc&feature=youtu.be

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 09:57 AM
Well Because I do have a little time....I think I will give you #3. Baritone Uke, Gold Tone tenor banjo uke and me:)



How do you always get such great pictures for your videos? They definitely enhanced the song. Nice job with the strumming pattern too.

Barbablanca
07-21-2014, 12:51 PM
This is a true story. It happened to my Dad. If it hadn't been for an appendicitis, I would not be here to tell you the story.

I had planned to do this for last week's "War" theme, but I'd already done three songs when I saw the restriction in Geoff's video. So it was great to realise that it also fit Fred's narrative theme.


http://youtu.be/Fm1jIqZTRXg

Lyrics in Youtube description.

Markwo
07-21-2014, 02:04 PM
Here's my favorite story from Johnny Cash:


http://youtu.be/qRxCUVQQuMI

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 03:12 PM
This is a true story. It happened to my Dad. If it hadn't been for an appendicitis, I would not be here to tell you the story.

I had planned to do this for last week's "War" theme, but I'd already done three songs when I saw the restriction in Geoff's video. So it was great to realise that it also fit Fred's narrative theme.

Lyrics in Youtube description.
Wow. What a story. I'm so glad you wrote this song and performed it for this Season. Thank you so much for doing this.

frisbee fred
07-21-2014, 03:15 PM
Here's my favorite story from Johnny Cash:


Way to go Mark! I'm a big Cash fan and love this song. Well done, sir.

Jazzbanjorex
07-21-2014, 03:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAV7vK2JQDw&feature=youtu.be

bonesigh
07-21-2014, 04:07 PM
[QUOTE=BigDaddyUker;1554438]Felt drawn to this song with all the killings and everything going on in Chicago. Another 10 year old girl died yesterday from a gunshot wound she received through her bedroom window.

Song was originally titled Vicious Circle and written by Mac Davis. Was later released in 1969 (I think) and made popular by Elvis Presley.

Almost did this song for "Soul" week (: Just never had the time. Great job BTW!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-21-2014, 04:42 PM
hey freddy boy, got another vid for ya, "gloria" by patti smith

well........... it's TRYING to be "gloria" by patti smith!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMR5CerCQvg

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-21-2014, 05:42 PM
hey there alan your vid says it's unavailable???

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-21-2014, 06:56 PM
Here's a sad one by Townes Van Zandt.


http://youtu.be/B4aj23rff2g

wee_ginga_yin
07-21-2014, 08:54 PM
A Richard Thompson song about a love gone wrong.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9mCC2K-7ik

Joko
07-21-2014, 09:33 PM
My submission this week is a cover from that master story teller, Bob Dylan. It tells the sad story of Hollis Brown...

I think it's the only song I've ever recorded that's essentially just one chord over and over, and I've discovered it's a lot harder than one might think, particularly with maintaining consistent tempo. I'm guessing it's because we use chord changes as measures of beat... I dunno. Walking on two feet is easier than hopping on one.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1iqhUR7al8

cua94
07-22-2014, 02:09 AM
Here is my first entry.
http://youtu.be/hjT63naRZhAI am crazy busy this week because of work but I will try to do more.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 02:56 AM
That was just great, Rex. Some pretty tough chord changes in there too. Well done!

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:02 AM
hey freddy boy, got another vid for ya, "gloria" by patti smith

well........... it's TRYING to be "gloria" by patti smith!


Patti Smith suits you very well, Lynda. This is one of your best, IMHO. Great job!!!

Raygf
07-22-2014, 03:41 AM
Here's a blast from the past. The theme music from The Beverly Hillbillies, sung by Jerry Scoggins, backed by greats, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Flatt and Scruggs released a single and it spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Country singles charts, peaking at #1 for three weeks and #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2392FolvJE

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 04:42 AM
Here's a sad one by Townes Van Zandt.



Ohmygosh, Ralf, bum me out! I did not know that song and didn't realize where it was going. You tell a great story with this. The strumming pattern is excellent.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 04:47 AM
A Richard Thompson song about a love gone wrong.



Very well done, WGY. Seems kind of creepy - her being THAT obsessed....

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 04:50 AM
My submission this week is a cover from that master story teller, Bob Dylan. It tells the sad story of Hollis Brown...

I think it's the only song I've ever recorded that's essentially just one chord over and over, and I've discovered it's a lot harder than one might think, particularly with maintaining consistent tempo. I'm guessing it's because we use chord changes as measures of beat... I dunno. Walking on two feet is easier than hopping on one.


Classic Dylan lyrics. Your strumming adds to the power of this song. Very well done, Joko.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 04:56 AM
Here is my first entry. I am crazy busy this week because of work but I will try to do more.

Way to go, Liz! I'm a big Blake Shelton fan. Really nice job on this cover. I know that Bird's liked this one because of all the upstrums...... Hope you have time to do more.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 04:59 AM
Here's a blast from the past. The theme music from The Beverly Hillbillies, sung by Jerry Scoggins, backed by greats, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Flatt and Scruggs released a single and it spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Country singles charts, peaking at #1 for three weeks and #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.



Perfect! I can see them all piled into their truck for the intro to the show. Thanks for taking me back. Very fun.

greyghost
07-22-2014, 06:52 AM
Elsewhere in the thread, someone proposed doing Paradise by the Dashboard Light, and that got me thinking--if I'm going to do a song from that album (pretty much all story songs), why not go for the most overblown Jim Steinman production of all? So here, with all the pomp and operatic overproduction a simple soprano ukulele can muster, I give you Bat Out of Hell.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJfyLo2Sc9M

ddanner
07-22-2014, 07:24 AM
... "Walking on two feet is easier than hopping on one."

Love that line! Yours or a quote? If it isn't from a song, it sure ought to be! :)

BTW, loved your "Hollis Brown" and agree completely with your point about the difficulty of keeping tempo with only a single chord.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 07:58 AM
Elsewhere in the thread, someone proposed doing Paradise by the Dashboard Light, and that got me thinking--if I'm going to do a song from that album (pretty much all story songs), why not go for the most overblown Jim Steinman production of all? So here, with all the pomp and operatic overproduction a simple soprano ukulele can muster, I give you Bat Out of Hell.


I still have this LP. Great song choice. You did this very well. Vocals and uke both sound really good, Luis.

RAB11
07-22-2014, 08:52 AM
A bit of Open C slide uke for you all this evening.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CJCPxdBRBk

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 08:56 AM
A bit of Open C slide uke for you all this evening.



That was hot! Some hard rockin' for 127. Great job, Ryan.

Markwo
07-22-2014, 09:45 AM
I'm not a big fan of rap or hip hop in general, but I do love some of the old school stuff. This was the hardest song I've ever tried to do. Some of these lines are a real mouthful! BEATBOX WARNING!


http://youtu.be/8WcKViPgFZs
Biz Markie by Biz Markwo

Tootler
07-22-2014, 09:50 AM
I interrupt this season to let you know that the results for season 126 are now out.

Tootler
07-22-2014, 12:21 PM
Having put S126 to bed, I can concentrate on the current season. I had a few ideas about possible songs but I was looking through my song list and I came across this one. A traditional English song which comes in many variants often with different tunes. I like this Dorian mode tune for it, though.

Some people attach mystical significance to the song associating it with fertility rites, but I think it's just about beer. :drool: :iwant:


http://youtu.be/7grzXLS3iYg

UkeCan1
07-22-2014, 01:54 PM
Back in Season 102, when Fred educated me about the blues (also, coincidentally where I discovered the value of never missing a Season, *especially* if I do not at first glance think I "like" the theme), I noticed that this fun little song that we do in our local jam group is a blues song.

It's also an excellent (mostly) true story song about the music scene of the '60's, and the origins of The Mamas and The Papas.

And it's simply great fun to play and sing.

Played on my newly re-strung uke (trying Martin M600's this time), tuned up a half step temporarily to try to settle it by Friday, when I'm performing a song with a friend at a show.

(So glad that ice cream truck drove by *after* I finished the take!)


http://youtu.be/597C8eaepwc

southside mike
07-22-2014, 02:06 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miGgcB4bPDU&list=UUtgeI7LSlrW2CwAt5cLMmfw
Here's my first one Fred.

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:15 PM
I'm not a big fan of rap or hip hop in general, but I do love some of the old school stuff. This was the hardest song I've ever tried to do. Some of these lines are a real mouthful! BEATBOX WARNING!

Biz Markie by Biz Markwo

Love the beat box at the start! Love everything about this song. Well done.

Dougf
07-22-2014, 03:15 PM
The tragic story of Josefa Loaiza, a woman hanged for murder during the California gold rush. I shot this at Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qffLfmCz9I

decaturcomp
07-22-2014, 03:15 PM
Sorry for re-posting, the previous version of this video became corrupted (haven't we all?) and was un-viewable (and not for my normal reasons).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr2taTepPzc
The text of the song is a re-working of a song, "Betty and Dupree," with many incarnations in American folk tradition. It was based upon a true incident:
"The biography of the man and his crimes may be summarized as follows: Frank Dupree grew up in Abbeville, South Carolina. He came on the scene in December 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had a gal Betty. In trying to appropriate a diamond for her in a jewelry store he shot a policeman down. Fleeing to Memphis and later to Chicago, where he was cornered, he killed a policeman and wounded several more. He was caught while getting his mail and sent to Atlanta for trial. He was executed for murder on September 1, 1922." (Roberts: (http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/biblio.html#roberts) In the Pine.)

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:19 PM
Having put S126 to bed, I can concentrate on the current season. I had a few ideas about possible songs but I was looking through my song list and I came across this one. A traditional English song which comes in many variants often with different tunes. I like this Dorian mode tune for it, though.

Some people attach mystical significance to the song associating it with fertility rites, but I think it's just about beer. :drool: :iwant:

Haven't heard this one for a long time. Perfect song for the season, Geoff. Uke sounds great!

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:24 PM
Back in Season 102, when Fred educated me about the blues (also, coincidentally where I discovered the value of never missing a Season, *especially* if I do not at first glance think I "like" the theme), I noticed that this fun little song that we do in our local jam group is a blues song.

It's also an excellent (mostly) true story song about the music scene of the '60's, and the origins of The Mamas and The Papas.

And it's simply great fun to play and sing.

Played on my newly re-strung uke (trying Martin M600's this time), tuned up a half step temporarily to try to settle it by Friday, when I'm performing a song with a friend at a show.

(So glad that ice cream truck drove by *after* I finished the take!)

Love those new strings. I'm sure it's the player but they ring out very well. Thanks for doing this one - great old song. I agree with FiL about the picking too.

BigDaddyUker
07-22-2014, 03:26 PM
Not a very good recording but got my 4 year old to sit through it with me - this is his favorite song right now. There are a couple cameo appearances of my 2 year olds head.

This is a tragically happy story about a little bear...

PS - Not whacking the kid to keep from strumming my uke with me - whacking his hand so he doesn't shut the camera down!!!!


http://youtu.be/F1BUOIYkUdA

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:29 PM
Here's my first one Fred.

Oh man, I could listen to you all day. Way to rock it, my friend.

greyghost
07-22-2014, 03:29 PM
I did a version of this one for a previous season, but it fits the present theme really well, so here's a new rendition of my favorite Junior Brown song:

http://youtu.be/I2b-7EVS8Zs

gouacats
07-22-2014, 03:30 PM
I'm not a big fan of rap or hip hop in general, but I do love some of the old school stuff. This was the hardest song I've ever tried to do. Some of these lines are a real mouthful! BEATBOX WARNING!

Biz Markie by Biz Markwo

That was awesome! Well done and way to stick with it!

frisbee fred
07-22-2014, 03:39 PM
The tragic story of Josefa Loaiza, a woman hanged for murder during the California gold rush. I shot this at Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.



You definitely get the award for most impressive backdrop for a song. Your playing is outstanding as usual. Love how you Dougified this song.

bonesigh
07-22-2014, 04:29 PM
Here ya go Freddie boy (: Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWZ_u6N550c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

greenie44
07-22-2014, 05:19 PM
I have been an avid reader of The New Yorker magazine for decades, but every once in a while, one of their authors rubs me the wrong way and I start to skip them. Their music critic managed to turn me away forever with just a few sentences in his brief review of Springsteen’s Devils and Dust album. He wrote something along the lines of “Hey, that story-telling thing is getting old, Bruce”. Well, not only does that story-telling thing never get old, but Bruce is maybe the best at it in our time.

I always loved this song from the Nebraska album. It’s a story, all right, but there is just an ocean of feelings in the spaces left in the story. All about conflicts between morality and integrity and the complex bonds of family. I could write pages on this one, but hopefully you can find all this yourself.

I wanted to do a collaboration with my Southern brother Alan, but he was busy, so I did this one early one morning in Kapiolani Park. I dubbed in a couple of extra voices on the chorus, and there are some local sounds that made the recording, but I think it fits in.


http://youtu.be/3XECyQF6Xfs

thesillydave
07-22-2014, 07:35 PM
senor don gato

http://youtu.be/g7pwJbfz5-k
cheers all!

wee_ginga_yin
07-22-2014, 09:20 PM
A lesson in the West of Scotland accent and a sing-a-long about giving up wealth and position for love.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOOZS7Oskbo

pabrizzer
07-23-2014, 02:24 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzyEWmZA9s

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:04 AM
Sorry for re-posting, the previous version of this video became corrupted (haven't we all?) and was un-viewable (and not for my normal reasons).
The text of the song is a re-working of a song, "Betty and Dupree," with many incarnations in American folk tradition. It was based upon a true incident:
"The biography of the man and his crimes may be summarized as follows: Frank Dupree grew up in Abbeville, South Carolina. He came on the scene in December 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had a gal Betty. In trying to appropriate a diamond for her in a jewelry store he shot a policeman down. Fleeing to Memphis and later to Chicago, where he was cornered, he killed a policeman and wounded several more. He was caught while getting his mail and sent to Atlanta for trial. He was executed for murder on September 1, 1922." (Roberts: (http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/biblio.html#roberts) In the Pine.)
Starting off my day with some Grateful Dead - excellent! Great cover, Alan.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:06 AM
Not a very good recording but got my 4 year old to sit through it with me - this is his favorite song right now. There are a couple cameo appearances of my 2 year olds head.

This is a tragically happy story about a little bear...

PS - Not whacking the kid to keep from strumming my uke with me - whacking his hand so he doesn't shut the camera down!!!!


Ok, the cute meter is reading off the scale on this one. I love family collabs. You should put a uke in the hands of your back up singer soon.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:10 AM
I did a version of this one for a previous season, but it fits the present theme really well, so here's a new rendition of my favorite Junior Brown song:


Too funny! This guy has clearly has a serious problem. Nice vocals on this Luis.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:14 AM
Here ya go Freddie boy (: Enjoy!


:biglaugh:You definitely get the award for best special effects. Did you do them all yourself? Fun song - thanks for doing this.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:18 AM
I have been an avid reader of The New Yorker magazine for decades, but every once in a while, one of their authors rubs me the wrong way and I start to skip them. Their music critic managed to turn me away forever with just a few sentences in his brief review of Springsteen’s Devils and Dust album. He wrote something along the lines of “Hey, that story-telling thing is getting old, Bruce”. Well, not only does that story-telling thing never get old, but Bruce is maybe the best at it in our time.

I always loved this song from the Nebraska album. It’s a story, all right, but there is just an ocean of feelings in the spaces left in the story. All about conflicts between morality and integrity and the complex bonds of family. I could write pages on this one, but hopefully you can find all this yourself.

I wanted to do a collaboration with my Southern brother Alan, but he was busy, so I did this one early one morning in Kapiolani Park. I dubbed in a couple of extra voices on the chorus, and there are some local sounds that made the recording, but I think it fits in.

Nebraska is my all time favorite Springsteen album. You should listen to Matt Kearny's Rochester. I know he's a huge Springsteen fan and I swear that song was inspired by Highway Patrolman. Great take on this song - especially like the harmonies. Very well done.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:24 AM
senor don gato
cheers all!

The Sombrero, kazoo AND Ruth! What could be better than that? (I still haven't recovered from her dancing in shadow behind the curtain several seasons ago....). Another great song from TSD.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:32 AM
Thanks for the week Fred. This is a song I wrote inspired by Melville's 'Moby Dick'.


Jon, I know I have said this before but this really is one of my favorites of yours. You put such soul and feeling into this song. Plus, I think you really captured Ishmael here. Great job on several levels.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:38 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzyEWmZA9s

A few extra strings on that uke? Is that a guitalele? Sounds great, as usual, Pa. The armour definitely gets rustier as the years go by....

mythinformed
07-23-2014, 04:58 AM
A bit of a warble ............


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

ksiegel
07-23-2014, 05:08 AM
Here's a story by Shel Silverstein. it tells the tale of True Love, The Eternal Triangle, and Prosthetics.


http://youtu.be/YVTYrWfXaMU


-Kurt

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 05:47 AM
A bit of a warble ............



One of the songs I thought of for this Season. Glad you did it. Hardly a warble at all!

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 05:53 AM
Here's a story by Shel Silverstein. it tells the tale of True Love, The Eternal Triangle, and Prosthetics.


-Kurt

Some outstanding bluegrass humor for this Season. You play that banjolele really well. Sounds like you are in a holler in West Virginia. Great job, Kurt.

bonesigh
07-23-2014, 05:56 AM
Can you tell I'm lovin' this week (: Thanks Fred. Here's my second song, a real favorite with all of us here in my house!
Carrot Juice is Murder (by the Arrogant Worms)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K73vYt49tmk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

F Dm Bb F
Listen up brothers and sisters, come hear my desperate tale
F Dm Bb C F
I speak of our friends of nature, trapped in the dirt like a jail
F Dm Bb F
Vegetables live in oppression, served on our tables each night
F Dm Bb C F
This killing of veggies is madness, I say we take up the fight
C F C F
Salads are only for murderers, coleslaw's a fascist regime
C Dm Bb C
Don't think that they don't have feelings, just 'cause a radish can't scream

CHORUS
F Dm
I've heard the screams of the vegetables (scream scream scream)
Bb C
Watching their skins being peeled (Having their insides revealed)
F Dm
Grated and steamed with no mercy (burning off calories)
Bb C F
How do you think that feels (that it hurts really bad)
F Dm
Carrot Juice constitutes murder (and that's a real crime)
Bb F
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (let my vegetables grow)
F Dm
It's time to stop all this gardening (it's as dirty as hell)
Bb C F
Let's call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade...)

F Dm Bb F
I saw a man eating celery, so I beat him black and blue
F Dm Bb C F
If he ever touches a sprout again, I'll bite him clean in two
F Dm Bb F
I'm a political prisoner trapped in a windowless cage
F Dm Bb C F
'cause I stopped the slaughter of turnips by killing three men in a rage
C F C F
I told the judge when he sentenced me, this is my finest hour
C Dm Bb C
I'd kill those farmers again just to save one more cauliflower

CHORUS
Bb F
How low as people do we dare to stoop
Bb F
Making young broccoli's bleed in the soup
Bb C
Untie the beans, uncage your tomatoes, let potted plants free
C
Don't mash that potato (oh, no, spare the spud, eat a cow instead)

CHORUS 2
F Dm
I've heard the screams of the vegetables (scream scream scream)
Bb C
Watching their skins being peeled (fates in the stir fry are sealed)
F Dm
Grated and steamed with no mercy (you fat gourmet slob)
Bb C F
How do you think that feels (leave them out in the fields)
F Dm
Carrot Juice constitutes murder (V8's genocide)
Bb C
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (yes your compost's a grave)
F Dm
It's time to stop all this gardening (take up macramé)
Bb C F
Let's call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade...)

Power to the peas
Give peas a chance
All we are saying is give peas a chance

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 06:05 AM
Can you tell I'm lovin' this week (: Thanks Fred. Here's my second song, a real favorite with all of us here in my house!
Carrot Juice is Murder (by the Arrogant Worms)



Clearly an issue who's time has come. Love the backup veggies - though I fear they have gone to the great salad in the sky by now. Thanks, Janet.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-23-2014, 08:45 AM
My first entry, Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley", was super-depressing. This one from Steven Malkmus & the Jicks is only usually-depressing. Now if I can find a non-depressing story to sing, my trilogy will be complete.


http://youtu.be/Hxb2cRrr8LY

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 09:30 AM
My first entry, Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley", was super-depressing. This one from Steven Malkmus & the Jicks is only usually-depressing. Now if I can find a non-depressing story to sing, my trilogy will be complete.



Not only that but the song mentions a frisbee! Nice job again, Ralf. One to go.....

Barbablanca
07-23-2014, 09:49 AM
This week's theme is an ideal opportunity for me to dig really deep into my repertory from my old folk club days.

So, from those halcyon days, here is Benji and His Barge So Bright.

This was inspired by an evening spent in pub by the side of a local canal near Ormskirk. When we arrived I'd watched an elderly lady slowly toss two roses into the canal. It wasn't till I was on the way home that the muse was kind enough to tell me why.


http://youtu.be/e5PzFtB50EA

GinnyT11
07-23-2014, 10:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMhxJrFqNsM


Here’s a story song that I have, unfortunately, made go lickety-split.
(Would the earth stand still if I played a song slowly? My self-consciousness about pitch makes me sing fast so I can finish before people leave the room. But then, most everything I do, I do briskly.)


BTW, I got the nice shirt from Denise (caukulele), the artist who paints ukes and paints pictures of ukes.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 10:12 AM
This week's theme is an ideal opportunity for me to dig really deep into my repertory from my old folk club days.

So, from those halcyon days, here is Benji and His Barge So Bright.

This was inspired by an evening spent in pub by the side of a local canal near Ormskirk. When we arrived I'd watched an elderly lady slowly toss two roses into the canal. It wasn't till I was on the way home that the muse was kind enough to tell me why.


I'm glad the muse got to you and even gladder that you put this one out of the old repertoire. Love your originals, Berni.

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 10:15 AM
Here’s a story song that I have, unfortunately, made go lickety-split.
(Would the earth stand still if I played a song slowly? My self-consciousness about pitch makes me sing fast so I can finish before people leave the room. But then, most everything I do, I do briskly.)
BTW, I got the nice shirt from Denise (caukulele), the artist who paints ukes and paints pictures of ukes.
The earth would not stand still, but we certainly would - so that we can enjoy you and your song as long as possible. You are too hard on yourself. This is really good.

Barbablanca
07-23-2014, 10:41 AM
Here is another from my old folk repertory. This was also gifted to me by the muse. I woke one day with the chorus pounding through my mind and the rest of the story just came into my mind as I wrote it down; magical moments, when they happen.

I'll have to ask for this to be considered a bonus because there is not a Ukulele in sight (does that mean I'll have to maroon it on the island?). I did try to set it to a Uke accompaniment, but I couldn't work out the chords and besides, I decided it is really best done acapella. Like so many of my old songs, I used to know this one off by heart, but it's many years since I have sung it and I needed a crib sheet. "Age does not forgive!" as the Spanish say.


http://youtu.be/X7U7xWkXufQ

Lyrics in the Youtube description.

RAB11
07-23-2014, 10:57 AM
This is my 60th Seasons video. I wanted it to be special so I planned on covering a ten-minute epic from Green Day which set up the story of a concept album dealing with issues of identity, loneliness, the media and all sorts of other things.

Turns out it sounds rubbish on a uke so here's a two chord blues song about a family of bugs. Origins traced back as far as 1908, Leadbelly supposedly had the definitive version in 1934, I've ignored that and combined verses from the two versions I've heard, one by Eddie Cochran and one by (surprise surprise) The White Stripes. And I changed the last verse slightly.




http://youtu.be/GE9rSnwLeB0

The Ukelites
07-23-2014, 11:15 AM
Hi Fred! Here's a quickly recorded one from us! Saw half of the entries so far and left comments on youtube, what outstanding Season!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK-tXvWnw50

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-23-2014, 02:32 PM
most everything I do, I do briskly.
oooooooh i say! :eek: ;)

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:20 PM
This is my 60th Seasons video. I wanted it to be special so I planned on covering a ten-minute epic from Green Day which set up the story of a concept album dealing with issues of identity, loneliness, the media and all sorts of other things.

Turns out it sounds rubbish on a uke so here's a two chord blues song about a family of bugs. Origins traced back as far as 1908, Leadbelly supposedly had the definitive version in 1934, I've ignored that and combined verses from the two versions I've heard, one by Eddie Cochran and one by (surprise surprise) The White Stripes. And I changed the last verse slightly.


Allright Ryan! I love how much fun you had with this - I was boppin along with you through this song. Great last verse!

frisbee fred
07-23-2014, 03:26 PM
Hi Fred! Here's a quickly recorded one from us! Saw half of the entries so far and left comments on youtube, what outstanding Season!


This is one of my favorite old time blues songs. I thought of doing a one-song season and this was one I was considering. Love the minimalist background. You both have done another great job. Thanks for posting this.

ukuleledaddy
07-23-2014, 03:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMhxJrFqNsM


Here’s a story song that I have, unfortunately, made go lickety-split.
(Would the earth stand still if I played a song slowly? My self-consciousness about pitch makes me sing fast so I can finish before people leave the room. But then, most everything I do, I do briskly.)


BTW, I got the nice shirt from Denise (caukulele), the artist who paints ukes and paints pictures of ukes.

Ginny, I tried to comment on YT via my IPhone with no luck. I just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed watching this. Fantastic song and you imbued it with such a fun and warm attitude. I love the "come hither" vibe. Turns out the little hamster is a bit of a flirt! Well done Ginny.

UkeKnowDamnRight
07-23-2014, 03:44 PM
I love this song! Poor old Ess-Dog. :) Nice choice.


My first entry, Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley", was super-depressing. This one from Steven Malkmus & the Jicks is only usually-depressing. Now if I can find a non-depressing story to sing, my trilogy will be complete.


http://youtu.be/Hxb2cRrr8LY

GinnyT11
07-23-2014, 03:47 PM
Ginny, I tried to comment on YT via my IPhone with no luck. I just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed watching this. Fantastic song and you imbued it with such a fun and warm attitude. I love the "come hither" vibe. Turns out the little hamster is a bit of a flirt! Well done Ginny.

Muchas gracias, Sean-o! Yes, the little hamster was a bit of something in her early days. Here she is headed down to the cantina for the evening...

69293

Jazzbanjorex
07-23-2014, 04:55 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZUbi72yqA

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-23-2014, 09:25 PM
the story of a dream

and the story of a man

"joe hill"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzcw823M8Eg

mikef
07-23-2014, 11:16 PM
Just being doing some catching up of the Playlist... holy roly poly there's some terrific stuff up there this week!

DWitt
07-24-2014, 12:30 AM
Yay Mountain Goats! I thought of this one too, but wasn't sure I could do it well. I love your version!


The Mountain Goats have always been one of my favourite bands and their catalogue is full of weird, wonderful, funny, disturbing, sad, intense, visceral etc etc stories. This is another one of em.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCkeRM_S49c&feature=youtu.be

Barbablanca
07-24-2014, 01:37 AM
Here's a little film to tell the tale of "The Last Night on the Marie-Angelou".

I used to be known for my sea-related compositions; indeed I get a mention in a Dictionary of Sea Songs (Published in the 1980s) as an up and coming young writer of sea songs. I have even had the privilege of singing on the same bill as Stan Hugill and Cyril Tawney. But I hadn't written a sea song in a long while when me and a couple of friends were jamming in Barcelona and this great riff came out. I started singing over it and this story of a surprise shipwreck started to emerge. Someone switched on a recorder.....

With that rough tape in my hands, I went away and polished the lyrics and rounded the story out. The next time we three met again we recorded the version you get to hear in this video.


http://youtu.be/LwDx26U4cGM

Lyrics in the YouTube description as per usual.

wee_ginga_yin
07-24-2014, 02:06 AM
Entry #2 another richard thompson song.


http://youtu.be/bB-LluqPxI8

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 03:20 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZUbi72yqA

Perfect! Love the whistling. Song takes me back. I like your interpretation of the song.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 03:24 AM
The Mountain Goats have always been one of my favourite bands and their catalogue is full of weird, wonderful, funny, disturbing, sad, intense, visceral etc etc stories. This is another one of em.


Not only is this a good song but you get extra points for finding one where the main character has a bad knee. Well done!

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 03:27 AM
the story of a dream

and the story of a man

"joe hill"

Picking is great on this song, BEV. Beautifully done.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 03:31 AM
Entry #2 another richard thompson song.



Thank you for really bumming me out again this morning. Sheesh, don't you even get depressed singing Richard Thompson songs? Very mournfully done, WGY. Thanks for posting this.

ddanner
07-24-2014, 09:00 AM
I can't believe that not only am I submitting more than one video for the first time, but it will also be my third one for this week's theme, Story Songs. SOTU is definitely a super motivator to push oneself, and Story Songs is a great theme for anyone like myself that most enjoys folksongs and ballads. There are so many good ones to pick from. After my first two, I've been working on two more favorites: "The Weight," by Robbie Robertson and what ended up as my third video; "Pancho and Lefty" by Townes Van Zandt. I hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/ih9tZw5F3tY

mikef
07-24-2014, 10:23 AM
As soon as I read it was "Story" week I knew I had to figure out this wonderful song! So here's "Something For The Weekend"... an absolute classic from The Divine Comedy... I hope you like it :)


http://youtu.be/6Sc6M7L2N-Y

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 10:53 AM
I can't believe that not only am I submitting more than one video for the first time, but it will also be my third one for this week's theme, Story Songs. SOTU is definitely a super motivator to push oneself, and Story Songs is a great theme for anyone like myself that most enjoys folksongs and ballads. There are so many good ones to pick from. After my first two, I've been working on two more favorites: "The Weight," by Robbie Robertson and what ended up as my third video; "Pancho and Lefty" by Townes Van Zandt. I hope you like it!

I do like this one very much. Excellent cover of a great song. I agree with Linda - the uke really sounds good.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 10:57 AM
As soon as I read it was "Story" week I knew I had to figure out this wonderful song! So here's "Something For The Weekend"... an absolute classic from The Divine Comedy... I hope you like it :)

Your vocals are always outstanding. Had not heard this before. Really well done - thanks for posting this.

caukulele
07-24-2014, 11:28 AM
This is a wonderful week! I am really enjoying the songs and stories....I have been so busy, but I am really hoping to do at least one song this week! It's been awhile since I joined the fun!

Raygf
07-24-2014, 11:56 AM
Here's my second entry.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXjhogGjy58

BigDaddyUker
07-24-2014, 12:01 PM
Third and final. Great theme this week.


http://youtu.be/wDv2JEiJEsc

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 12:15 PM
Here's my second entry.


Great intro! I'm a big fan of yours Ray - because of performances like this. Really well done.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 12:23 PM
Third and final. Great theme this week.


Can't believe it took so long for someone to do this song. The emotion comes through on your vocals. Nice job.

barefootgypsy
07-24-2014, 12:27 PM
I was so looking forward to taking part this week, I love story songs, but it's been awfully busy as I knew it would be and now the clock has beaten me because it'll soon be midnight here and the rest of the weekend I'll be somewhere else.... the good thing is, I will be playing a uke! Anyway - I did try to play Hole in the Ground, anybody care to do it? (Bernard Cribbins, about 1960, UK) There are plenty of G7+ chords in there - which is just awkward if you're not used to playing it, so it beat me also. (0312) I also thought of Keep That Wheel a-Turnin, and The Ugly Duckling! And El Paso and Streets of Laredo - love Marty Robins..... it's a great theme Fred, fun for all there!

FiL
07-24-2014, 12:42 PM
Trying out a new combination of strings for this one. I combined a Southcoast Classical Metal set with three strings from an Aquila (old) Nylgut set and a high C string made from 30# Seaguar Blue Label fishing leader line. The Classical Metal strings give the 8-string even more chime, but I thought going all metal would be a bit too much. Plus, they feel like they are a little bit higher tension than normal uke strings.


http://youtu.be/bJKriUfuG08

The song is "No Reservations" by a band called Split Tongue Crow. I saw them at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival a couple of years ago, and really fell in love with this song.

- FiL

Cornfield
07-24-2014, 12:47 PM
http://youtu.be/PY6bUt6PBdc

Paradise Waltz. An original story song about a romance and the Paradise Ballroom, Chicago.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 01:23 PM
Trying out a new combination of strings for this one. I combined a Southcoast Classical Metal set with three strings from an Aquila (old) Nylgut set and a high C string made from 30# Seaguar Blue Label fishing leader line. The Classical Metal strings give the 8-string even more chime, but I thought going all metal would be a bit too much. Plus, they feel like they are a little bit higher tension than normal uke strings.

The song is "No Reservations" by a band called Split Tongue Crow. I saw them at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival a couple of years ago, and really fell in love with this song.

- FiL

Thanks for introducing me to this song. The uke really rings out clear with those strings. Of course, I love the harp!

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 01:26 PM
Paradise Waltz. An original story song about a romance and the Paradise Ballroom, Chicago.

Love your originals, John. Beautiful song.

Markwo
07-24-2014, 01:39 PM
3rd and final entry this week. My 1st was country, second was rap, so I figured I would finish with some punk. This is a NOFX song. It's not really much of a story, but honestly I just heard it and wanted to play it.


http://youtu.be/xYfbhj0wDjM

southside mike
07-24-2014, 02:01 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKRcnnIpytE&feature=youtu.be
My second song (By Steve Goodman)

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 02:07 PM
3rd and final entry this week. My 1st was country, second was rap, so I figured I would finish with some punk. This is a NOFX song. It's not really much of a story, but honestly I just heard it and wanted to play it.



Hahahaha! Funny song. Where I live we consider Massachusetts to be the warm south in the winter time. Great third entry.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 02:11 PM
My second song (By Steve Goodman)

Awesome! Strong ending, Mike. You do that song really well.

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 02:13 PM
Well, I'm having more fun than the law allows hosting Season 127. I also have plenty of time. So, for the rest of the Season I am using the awesome power that comes with hosting to say that there is no longer a 3 song restriction. Do as many as you like!

MikeOnTheUke
07-24-2014, 03:42 PM
Here's a historical song. About baseball. What could POSSIBLY be better? :3

Anyway, I promise this is 100% historically accurate, so prepare to learn some history.


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

frisbee fred
07-24-2014, 03:51 PM
Here's a historical song. About baseball. What could POSSIBLY be better? :3

Anyway, I promise this is 100% historically accurate, so prepare to learn some history.

Trying to figure out the video link
Ha! Practically none of the song is factual - but I don't care since you do it so well. Lots of energy and really great strumming and vocals. Well done!

FiL
07-24-2014, 04:22 PM
Here's entry #2, an original I wrote after reading a short story about Sam Patch, who was a bit of a celebrity in the early part of the 20th Century for his ability to jump. His catchphrase was "Some things can be done as well as others". I have no idea what it means, either.


http://youtu.be/4Qq-2qlIFQk

- FiL

thesillydave
07-24-2014, 06:35 PM
the story of a texas boy's first trip to london....by gary p. nunn

http://youtu.be/tIBNc6zKM3E
cheers!

TheUkeBloke
07-24-2014, 11:22 PM
This is a Donavan song called “The Song Of Wandering Angus”. A word of explanation about this song:

Donavan based it on a poem by William Butler Yeats (an irish poet 1865-1939). It is a mythical story of a man who goes out to a hazel forest at night (hazel is a european tree), he makes a fishing rod, uses a berry as bait, and ends up catching a silver trout on a fishing line.

He then finds that he has not caught a fish, but a magical girl. The beautiful girl runs away, but he is determined to continue looking forever until he finds her.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHth3ls4C_M

I went out, to the hazel wood
Because a fire was in my head
And-I cut and peeled a hazel wand
And hooked a berry on my thread

And when white moths, were on the wing
And moth-like stars were flickering out
I dropped the berry in the stream
And caught a little silver trout

When I had laid, it on the floor
I went to blow the fire aflame
But something rustled on the floor
And someone called me by my name

It had become, a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air

Though I am old, with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands
I-will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hands

And walk among, long dappled grass
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon
The golden apples of the sun
The golden apples of the sun

UkeCan1
07-25-2014, 01:50 AM
Here's a sweet story of an undying love ... maybe.


http://youtu.be/V9TLzAGytTI

I know I've done too many songs already by this particular composer, but as I was playing through my "oeuvre" (by request, believe it or not!) at a lovely lakeside party on Saturday, my fabulous flute-playing friend Tim burst out with this one.

It's one of my favorites, so of course I sang along. Later that night the theme came out ... and this was just too perfect for it.

I hope to redo it this weekend with Tim, if I can get him to come over. You'll love him.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 02:15 AM
Here's entry #2, an original I wrote after reading a short story about Sam Patch, who was a bit of a celebrity in the early part of the 20th Century for his ability to jump. His catchphrase was "Some things can be done as well as others". I have no idea what it means, either.

- FiL
Beautiful picking intro. Originals by Seasonistas are my favorites. Great song and quite a story.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 02:21 AM
the story of a texas boy's first trip to london....by gary p. nunn

cheers!

You know I love the blues. Great way to start my day with some blues by TSD. "Where in the world is that English girl I promised I would meet?" You're not talking about BEVOMU are you?? Love the song - I'm going to have to learn this one.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 02:29 AM
This is a Donavan song called “The Song Of Wandering Angus”. A word of explanation about this song:

Donavan based it on a poem by William Butler Yeats (an irish poet 1865-1939). It is a mythical story of a man who goes out to a hazel forest at night (hazel is a european tree), he makes a fishing rod, uses a berry as bait, and ends up catching a silver trout on a fishing line.

He then finds that he has not caught a fish, but a magical girl. The beautiful girl runs away, but he is determined to continue looking forever until he finds her.


Typical boy-meets-trout-meets-girl and girl leaves him story :-) Actually, Donovan is someone I never liked until the Seasons. Something about his voice turns me off. However, I like your interpretation of his songs much better than his. Thanks for posting this.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 02:31 AM
Here's a sweet story of an undying love ... maybe.

I know I've done too many songs already by this particular composer, but as I was playing through my "oeuvre" (by request, believe it or not!) at a lovely lakeside party on Saturday, my fabulous flute-playing friend Tim burst out with this one.

It's one of my favorites, so of course I sang along. Later that night the theme came out ... and this was just too perfect for it.

I hope to redo it this weekend with Tim, if I can get him to come over. You'll love him.

I love Lehrer! I'm waiting for you to do the periodic table......

pabrizzer
07-25-2014, 02:52 AM
The familiar story of the march of progress.
City of Dreams by Ellen Harper (who has a son named Ben)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpbZ10cag1w

I was holding out to do a different one for my 3rd but as that limit is lifted I hope to get another done.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 03:01 AM
The familiar story of the march of progress.
City of Dreams by Ellen Harper (who has a son named Ben)
I was holding out to do a different one for my 3rd but as that limit is lifted I hope to get another done.

Wow, I can relate to this song. I definitely feel this way when I go back to where I lived as a child. Nice one, Pa.

UkeCan1
07-25-2014, 03:14 AM
I love Lehrer! I'm waiting for you to do the periodic table......

Thanks, Fred! This is my fourth (or fifth? ... I've lost count) Tom Lehrer cover. Time for a playlist!
"The Elements" (http://youtu.be/xRTbh60gYqA) was the first one I did, back in Season 93 ... the Ukelites' Heavy Metal season.

lelouden
07-25-2014, 07:12 AM
Heres #4 for me. Tom Waits "Fish and Bird"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iicj0bf75yQ&feature=youtu.be

Tootler
07-25-2014, 08:38 AM
Another traditional song.

Lord Franklin or Lady Franklin's Lament tells the story of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The song dates originally from a Broadside published in 1852, seven years after the expedition set out. Several versions of the song have been collected mainly in the North of England, Scotland the North East of the USA and Eastern Canada.

The song has proved popular in the folk revival of the 1950s & 60s and most in more recent times have used the words from a version recorded by Martin Carthy in 1966, as I have done here.

Bob Dylan used the tune and the structure of the song in his own song "Bob Dylan's Dream".


http://youtu.be/gmgXwBGbNU0

Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Franklin) on Sir John Franklin's expedition

Good information on the song here (http://www.justanothertune.com/html/ladyfranklin.html)

Tootler
07-25-2014, 08:51 AM
My third entry is an original song based on a true story.

Joe Hedley of Warden, Northumberland made his living marking quilt tops for others to stitch and also making quilts for sale himself. He was murdered on 3rd January 1826, possibly for the money he was thought to have accumulated from his quilting. Some of his quilts survive and are of high quality. A favourite design of his is still used today and is known as Old Joe's Chain. His murderer was never caught.


http://youtu.be/u5lKs-m3Dm0

Lyrics & Chords
(Ukulele is tuned EAC#F# so sounding key is E)


[G]Joe Hedley was a [Am]quilter of re[D]nown
[D]And he was known the [C]country [G]round
[G]Although now he is [Am]dead and [D]gone
[G]Through his stitches, [Am]he [D]lives [G]on.

Joe lived in Warden with his wife
A quiet and a simple life
He marked quilt tops for people round
And stitched their quilts in figured ground.

Joe's wife was old and sick in bed
The quilts he made just kept them fed
But in the end, his wife passed on
And Joe was left there all alone

Now widowed and with failing sight
His friends would visit him each night
But then a rumour round was spread
Joe had great wealth by some 'twas said.

Then one day Joe was not seen
Where's he gone where could he be?
At length his friends broke down his door
And found him lying dead on the floor.

Joe's murdered and his killer's fled
He must be found the people said
But though they searched the country round
Joe's murderer was never found.

Reprise 1st verse

ChrisDeston821
07-25-2014, 09:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQp8dAtNr2Q

The story of a young woman who lives in the country where a rich man arrives with the intent to buy her love and gain a bride. Dad's up for it, Mary's not so she and her true love drown themselves leaving father to go insane, continuing to believe the wedding is on Sunday.

This is a simple strummed out version but I first heard this song by Run Out The Guns who do a pretty epic version, worth listening to the sample at least:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KLPW5IY/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

Edit: Having done a bit of research, it seems 'twas based on a childrens skipping-song and was adapted to song by Sean McCarthy :)

pabrizzer
07-25-2014, 10:19 AM
When are you going to introduce us to your U-bass Fred?
A family collab would be great.
Or maybe some multi-tracking in garage band?

decaturcomp
07-25-2014, 11:44 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFMRc4azTXE

ericchico
07-25-2014, 12:05 PM
Hi there. It'll be tomorrow before I get my new mic set up, but I got back from the pool this afternoon and couldn't wait to do one of my favorite songs: "Annabelle" by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Hope you enjoy. :)


http://youtu.be/7pIDaom0aBE

ANNABELLE

We lease twenty acres and one Ginny mule
From the Alabama Trust
For half of the cotton and a third of the corn
You get a handful of dust

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
'Til we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

I had a daughter called her Annabelle
She's the apple of my eye
Tried to give her something like I never had
Didn't want to ever hear her cry

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
'Til we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

When I'm dead and buried, I'll take a hard life of tears
From every day I've ever known
Anna's in the churchyard, she's got no life at all
She's only got these words on a stone

We cannot have all things please us
No matter how we try
Until we've all gone to Jesus
We can only wonder why

Thank You, love this song you nailed it

Rustyy
07-25-2014, 12:10 PM
Well, just back from holidays , and what a great theme. Many of my favourite songs are stories.
Some of them are bit long but they need to be to get the tale out.
I don't know how well known this song is but it's about the corporatization of the radio industry, and the loss of individual choice for DJs, who became radio announcers.
This is something, I reckon, that we all regret.

Hopefully I'll get another song out later today, maybe an even longer one. I don't expect anyone to listen to them right through, but I know I'll enjoy doing them.


http://youtu.be/0cImdDUUHGw

pabrizzer
07-25-2014, 12:12 PM
I've been listening to some Kelly Joe Phelps.
He does a song called I've Been Converted.
But I guess it's like subscribers here on YouTube you gain one you lose one.
A story of a loss of faith.

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

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:16 PM
Heres #4 for me. Tom Waits "Fish and Bird"



Beautiful, Linda. I like how you did the sounds of the sea in the background.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:27 PM
Another traditional song.

Lord Franklin or Lady Franklin's Lament tells the story of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The song dates originally from a Broadside published in 1852, seven years after the expedition set out. Several versions of the song have been collected mainly in the North of England, Scotland the North East of the USA and Eastern Canada.

The song has proved popular in the folk revival of the 1950s & 60s and most in more recent times have used the words from a version recorded by Martin Carthy in 1966, as I have done here.

Bob Dylan used the tune and the structure of the song in his own song "Bob Dylan's Dream".

Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Franklin) on Sir John Franklin's expedition

Good information on the song here (http://www.justanothertune.com/html/ladyfranklin.html)
I don't know, Geoff. I kind of expect the head on that doll to turn 360 and start smiling at me.........The song, however, is cool. I would never hear this music if you didn't play it. Well done.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:33 PM
My third entry is an original song based on a true story.

Joe Hedley of Warden, Northumberland made his living marking quilt tops for others to stitch and also making quilts for sale himself. He was murdered on 3rd January 1826, possibly for the money he was thought to have accumulated from his quilting. Some of his quilts survive and are of high quality. A favourite design of his is still used today and is known as Old Joe's Chain. His murderer was never caught.

Three excellent songs, Geoff. Thanks for posting them

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:39 PM
The story of a young woman who lives in the country where a rich man arrives with the intent to buy her love and gain a bride. Dad's up for it, Mary's not so she and her true love drown themselves leaving father to go insane, continuing to believe the wedding is on Sunday.

This is a simple strummed out version but I first heard this song by Run Out The Guns who do a pretty epic version, worth listening to the sample at least:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KLPW5IY/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

Edit: Having done a bit of research, it seems 'twas based on a childrens skipping-song and was adapted to song by Sean McCarthy :)
Strong performance. Lots of depressing songs this Season!

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:48 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFMRc4azTXE

Ain't that the truth. Who hasn't had the instant coffee blues. This couple sounds like they need some decaf......

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:50 PM
Well, just back from holidays , and what a great theme. Many of my favourite songs are stories.
Some of them are bit long but they need to be to get the tale out.
I don't know how well known this song is but it's about the corporatization of the radio industry, and the loss of individual choice for DJs, who became radio announcers.
This is something, I reckon, that we all regret.

Hopefully I'll get another song out later today, maybe an even longer one. I don't expect anyone to listen to them right through, but I know I'll enjoy doing them.


I can relate to Rex. Nice one, Rusty.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 12:58 PM
I've been listening to some Kelly Joe Phelps.
He does a song called I've Been Converted.
But I guess it's like subscribers here on YouTube you gain one you lose one.
A story of a loss of faith.

Some classic sounding blues. Nice one, Pa. You really feel the blues.

caukulele
07-25-2014, 01:43 PM
It's been quite awhile since I have been able to do an entry.....but this is such a great theme I just had to find the time. This will be my only entry, and it gave me the opportunity to learn a song that I've always loved, 'Hello in There' by John Prine.

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

myrnaukelele
07-25-2014, 01:54 PM
I'm back from my travels- it's good to be home. Here's another depressing one Fred. It's called Simon Crutchfield's Grave.

http://youtu.be/yd0CAKDTqwA

decaturcomp
07-25-2014, 02:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayNZfMjumXU

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-25-2014, 02:58 PM
fred, you devil, removing the limit for the number of songs we can do!

WHEN WILL I EVER GET ANY HOUSEWORK DONE??!!!!!!!!!!

oh... who cares!

"da doo ron ron" - for fred


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMJ9T1BZXhQ

bird's eye view of my ukelele
07-25-2014, 03:29 PM
"Where in the world is that English girl I promised I would meet?" You're not talking about BEVOMU are you??
lol! that would actually be "where in the world is that english old bag i promised to avoid?" but i agree it doesn't quite have the same ring to it.............

bonesigh
07-25-2014, 03:51 PM
(:Hawaii time!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLK8qZolWdI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 05:08 PM
It's been quite awhile since I have been able to do an entry.....but this is such a great theme I just had to find the time. This will be my only entry, and it gave me the opportunity to learn a song that I've always loved, 'Hello in There' by John Prine.


I'm so glad you could make this Season. That was soooo good are you sure you can't do another? Beautifully done, Denise.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 05:12 PM
I'm back from my travels- it's good to be home. Here's another depressing one Fred. It's called Simon Crutchfield's Grave.


Quite a story. Perfect choice for this Season. Keep them coming Myrna!

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 05:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayNZfMjumXU

Great story - I like how you narrated this song through the playing.

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 05:20 PM
fred, you devil, removing the limit for the number of songs we can do!

WHEN WILL I EVER GET ANY HOUSEWORK DONE??!!!!!!!!!!

oh... who cares!

"da doo ron ron" - for fred


Love the shout out, BEV. I hope everyone is paying attention - THAT's how you treat the Season's host!

frisbee fred
07-25-2014, 05:24 PM
(:Hawaii time

One of your best, Janet, imho. Great playing here and the vocals are right on.

dirtiestkidever
07-25-2014, 06:57 PM
Hey all. Here is a humble effort at a really beautiful song and poem that I think fits this week's theme. It is another tune I learned from watching Eugene's vids.


http://youtu.be/v5d3KueJob0

peewee
07-25-2014, 07:19 PM
Hi All,

I am trying to return to Season land, it's like trying to get on a very fast spinning merry-go-round. Anyway, here's my attempt to get back on without getting spun right back off - an entry for this week: Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks, tales of drunkenness and cruelty...
thanks Fred!

P

http://youtu.be/ybMx8-cJOVA


http://youtu.be/ybMx8-cJOVA

Phluffy the Destroyer
07-25-2014, 07:48 PM
Entry #2:

This is a Shel Silverstein medley... the middles kind of a hot mess, but I have an infected hangnail and wasn't in the mood to record it again.


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

greenie44
07-25-2014, 08:51 PM
OK, here goes nothing . . .

I've had an incredible week in Hawaii, what with the Ukulele Fest, meeting a bunch of UUers and others, hearing Willie K at the Zoo, and, to top it off, doing a live collaboration with my friend Pueo, who is a great guy. We had planned the logistics for this pretty well - meeting place, check, song selection, check, key, check, date and time, check. The one thing that Pueo was sharp enough to worry about but that neither of us really planned to address was the potential for gusting winds.

We met at Ala Moana Beach Park for the scenery as well as the convenience. And we did what seemed like a real nice version of one of the great story songs (IMHO) of all time - El Paso by Marty Robbins originally and done by many many others. We got the camera set up and rolled.

I did not realize until I got back to my place how loud the wind was at some points. I did the best I could with a high pass filter and a few tries at noise reduction, but there is still a fair amount of wind, especially in the first 30 seconds. By the 1 minute mark, the wind has decreased quite a bit, so we ask you indulgence in viewing this.

Thanks for watching it, and thanks for a great time, Pueo! Next time - no wind, but even more fun!


http://youtu.be/kSJuAqaMvQg

thesillydave
07-25-2014, 08:54 PM
the creepiest narrative song from the violent femmes..."country death song"..a departure from my silly songs!

http://youtu.be/kkksT2B_J8g
cheers all!

RAB11
07-25-2014, 10:35 PM
Another first thing in the morning, just rolled out of bed, my god look at that bedhead special for you now. Hoping to get another one or two in by tomorrow just to make Fred really regret lifting the three song limit.





http://youtu.be/gwn6Csqt9r8

ChrisDeston821
07-25-2014, 10:56 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=carcKeTRHl8
Aha, its early, I gave it a quick bash up in bed when I woke up, went down stairs to try and ended up with this and it made me chuckle so here you go :)
This is essentially the story of how the devil went down to Georgia ;)

(And if anyone has a good tab of that song that isn't just "Chords over fiddle solo" I'd be really interested! Cracking song)

Tootler
07-26-2014, 12:06 AM
Since Fred lifted the 3 song limit, here's another from me. I actually recorded it last night but didn't get it uploaded till this morning.

Dawning of the Day is mostly known as a three verse Irish Song originally in the Irish Language though English translations are readily available. I did a version some time ago but got a "matched content" notice. When I challenged it on the grounds of being out of copyright the challenge was rejected. Rather than pursue it I decided to delete it while I looked into it further so as to avoid risking a take down notice. When I did go into it deeper, I found that there were a considerable number of versions of the song published - in English - in the first half of the 19th century but it was a much darker song. Rather than man meets woman, man gets rebuffed and they go their separate ways, it's a case of... well listen to the song and you'll see, though I suspect you can guess what happens.


http://youtu.be/aBc-t2crQIw

bbbannister
07-26-2014, 02:28 AM
Here's a little story that left me wondering....

Passengers "Bullets"


http://youtu.be/JQWe-lSoA8Y

Have a good weekend all.

Bob

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 03:45 AM
Hey all. Here is a humble effort at a really beautiful song and poem that I think fits this week's theme. It is another tune I learned from watching Eugene's vids.


You can never go wrong learning from a video done by Jon. Beautifully done, Doug.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 03:48 AM
Hi All,

I am trying to return to Season land, it's like trying to get on a very fast spinning merry-go-round. Anyway, here's my attempt to get back on without getting spun right back off - an entry for this week: Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks, tales of drunkenness and cruelty...
thanks Fred!

P

http://youtu.be/ybMx8-cJOVA


Where have you been??! Great to have you back, sir. Don't stay away so long next time. Great song choice that is VERY well played. Thanks for posting this.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 03:55 AM
Entry #2:

This is a Shel Silverstein medley... the middles kind of a hot mess, but I have an infected hangnail and wasn't in the mood to record it again.



"....and the creme de menthe" hahahahaha! Never heard that second part before. That was fantastic!

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 03:59 AM
OK, here goes nothing . . .

I've had an incredible week in Hawaii, what with the Ukulele Fest, meeting a bunch of UUers and others, hearing Willie K at the Zoo, and, to top it off, doing a live collaboration with my friend Pueo, who is a great guy. We had planned the logistics for this pretty well - meeting place, check, song selection, check, key, check, date and time, check. The one thing that Pueo was sharp enough to worry about but that neither of us really planned to address was the potential for gusting winds.


Great collab! What a great place to record a song together. The wind just adds realism. Superb!

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:02 AM
Another first thing in the morning, just rolled out of bed, my god look at that bedhead special for you now. Hoping to get another one or two in by tomorrow just to make Fred really regret lifting the three song limit.

Nice job, Ryan. Song suits you well.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:07 AM
the creepiest narrative song from the violent femmes..."country death song"..a departure from my silly songs!

cheers all!
Strong performance, Dave. Wow. Powerful song that you have done really well.

UkeCan1
07-26-2014, 04:21 AM
Ah, Fred! You are going to be so sorry you lifted the three-song restriction. Because this is number 4:
(Which, by the way, is my new Seasons record, I think. And I'm still hoping Tim will come over this weekend and add some flute and his fun self to the #3 song I did.)

I'm testing out a theory about the hat.


http://youtu.be/CBk0sgHV8Os

A bit of silliness we used to do in our "Singalongs & Whatnot" group. You could dare us to sing these lyrics to any song you could name ... and we would do it. Go ahead. I dare you to dare me.

[We also liked to sing things in an Elmer Fudd voice. "Edelweiss" is the best one for this.]

Harry122
07-26-2014, 04:49 AM
The Reunion
I wrote this song last night, based on a story I heard many years ago.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBjmK8X9_AI&feature=youtu.be

greyghost
07-26-2014, 05:38 AM
Here's a very short story song, about a young radio astronomer who falls in love with an interstellar signal. I give you "Poor Boy," by Split Enz. (I wasn't trying to be artsy--I just had no good place to set the camera while I played.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYt7wmgsvnE

bonesigh
07-26-2014, 06:15 AM
Breaking yet another law.......posting an old post (:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlcmJK6_GCk&google_comment_id=z123jzorwujoxnco204cgz3zmqurhv0p db0&google_view_type#gpluscomments

decaturcomp
07-26-2014, 06:38 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOXj8cT1xr0

Thanks for letting me get to some songs that mean something to me, Fred.

myrnaukelele
07-26-2014, 06:54 AM
Breaking yet another law.......posting an old post (:

I'm breaking the law with you Bonesigh. I make it a point to never repeat songs so I can't do this one for this Season. But it's my favorite story song. True story. Some of you may even remember this event. D. B. Cooper is the name used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to $1,160,000 in 2014), and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.

http://youtu.be/BnsDzg4crao

decaturcomp
07-26-2014, 07:34 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AhGHXo0NRQ

Okay, I think most of these things are out of my system now. Thanks.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 08:10 AM
Aha, its early, I gave it a quick bash up in bed when I woke up, went down stairs to try and ended up with this and it made me chuckle so here you go :)
This is essentially the story of how the devil went down to Georgia ;)

(And if anyone has a good tab of that song that isn't just "Chords over fiddle solo" I'd be really interested! Cracking song)
Too funny!. Well played.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 08:13 AM
Since Fred lifted the 3 song limit, here's another from me. I actually recorded it last night but didn't get it uploaded till this morning.

Dawning of the Day is mostly known as a three verse Irish Song originally in the Irish Language though English translations are readily available. I did a version some time ago but got a "matched content" notice. When I challenged it on the grounds of being out of copyright the challenge was rejected. Rather than pursue it I decided to delete it while I looked into it further so as to avoid risking a take down notice. When I did go into it deeper, I found that there were a considerable number of versions of the song published - in English - in the first half of the 19th century but it was a much darker song. Rather than man meets woman, man gets rebuffed and they go their separate ways, it's a case of... well listen to the song and you'll see, though I suspect you can guess what happens.



I'm glad I lifted the limit. Thanks for another excellent (Irish?) song.

Rustyy
07-26-2014, 08:42 AM
So here is my second entry, Joey, a song originally by Bob Dylan about and written by Dylan and Jacques Levy.
It is about a mobster named Joe Gallo, and contains dubious moralizing, however it is a favourite of mine from the Desire album.

Apologies to all, for:

1) the length - as I said with my previous song, sometimes the songs need to be long to tell a good story, but I know almost 9 minutes is stretching the friendship. Almost 6 hours to load it onto Youtube.
I don't really expect anyone to listen to the complete song, but there was no way I was going to curtail my self-indulgence by shortening the song.

2) the shaky "Joey"'s - I had to put my heart into it, - too bad my voice quality doesn't match my passion

3) the mistakes - but with a song this long I was only ever gonna do one complete take


Thanks for watching.... the start, anyway.


http://youtu.be/lCk54F4eKnw

dickadcock
07-26-2014, 09:19 AM
The September 1900 hurricane devastated Galveston and changed the course of its future.
This song was probably the only record made by a Texas folk group, the Balladeers, one of whom, Gary Toler, wrote it.


http://youtu.be/U7Dwj2YJnY4

greenie44
07-26-2014, 09:42 AM
Hmmm, Rusty - I had self-censured my favorite Dylan story song (from the same LP, coincidentally) because of length, but I might reconsider now . . .

mattydee
07-26-2014, 11:38 AM
Fred, since you said you had the time, I decided to take you up. Here then is The Crane Wife 1 & 2 by The Decemberists, presented, as it is on the album, as one track, though they are really two songs. (Pabrizzer, you will likely want to stay away, or at least destroy your wristwatch before viewing...) Oh, also, this is the Seasons debut of my new-to-me 20s Martin Style 1!


http://youtu.be/7KoCW3Em2Q4

For those of you interested in how the story ends, here's my cover of The Crane Wife 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarXLJS4-Fc), from Season 82.

Terrilee
07-26-2014, 11:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QxhNm76RH4
One of my favorite stories of young love - as sung by an old lady ; )

DWitt
07-26-2014, 12:22 PM
Well, I've got another one planned, but I'm not sure if it will be done tonight—waiting on a couple last bits of audio to be sent to me, then iMovie editing . . .

In the meantime, call this entry a kind of teaser. It's related to the much more epic entry I hope to be posting soon—related in a couple ways. Of course, it's also a new recording made specifically for this season, and hopefully a nice enough entry on its own—


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyeyBXTYsv4

BigDaddyUker
07-26-2014, 01:35 PM
If you want to get an entry in you have to record when you have time - my two year just got up from a nap so my task was to hold him. He was calm enough so I picked up the Uke and started recording. Hopefully some of the feeling came through. He started to improvise towards the end.

I neglected to call out SOTU 127 anywhere in the video - please don't kick me off to the Island of the Misfits.


http://youtu.be/gyIxh54LfwA

Rustyy
07-26-2014, 01:37 PM
Hmmm, Rusty - I had self-censured my favorite Dylan story song (from the same LP, coincidentally) because of length, but I might reconsider now . . .

Please do it, do it, do it. I loved the album

peewee
07-26-2014, 02:52 PM
Hi all, I am coming out of hibernation. We moved, new house, on the opposite side of town, big changes. Here's another story song that came to mind. Very cinematic stuff from Aimee Mann: 31 Today. Would have worked nicely for easter week or alcohol week too. For the record, my 31st birthday was a long time ago..I haven't had time for more than a few viewing sessions, can't wait to catch up.
Thanks for having me back!

http://youtu.be/2A-LlKIQxIQ


http://youtu.be/2A-LlKIQxIQ

P

jamz
07-26-2014, 04:01 PM
Checked into UU again, came right here, and had to do this contest. Kind of a Weird Al thing to celebrate his latest album!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2Tv2lLjMRk&list=UUSkFBWJvLJwMKTes5-LcQ0A

Lots of amazing stuff here as usual!

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:34 PM
Here's a little story that left me wondering....

Passengers "Bullets"

Have a good weekend all.

Bob
Tenth time is a charm! Is that a Lanikai Monkeypod? That's what I've got and I love it. Great song, Bob.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:37 PM
Ah, Fred! You are going to be so sorry you lifted the three-song restriction. Because this is number 4:
(Which, by the way, is my new Seasons record, I think. And I'm still hoping Tim will come over this weekend and add some flute and his fun self to the #3 song I did.)

I'm testing out a theory about the hat.

A bit of silliness we used to do in our "Singalongs & Whatnot" group. You could dare us to sing these lyrics to any song you could name ... and we would do it. Go ahead. I dare you to dare me.

[We also liked to sing things in an Elmer Fudd voice. "Edelweiss" is the best one for this.]

What? Only 4? Surely you can do more than 4 for this Season. Yes, I dare you. Very fun take on the song, Wendy.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:38 PM
The Reunion
I wrote this song last night, based on a story I heard many years ago.


Very fun, Randy! Glad you shared this original with us.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:41 PM
Here's a very short story song, about a young radio astronomer who falls in love with an interstellar signal. I give you "Poor Boy," by Split Enz. (I wasn't trying to be artsy--I just had no good place to set the camera while I played.)



Well, Luis, we certainly see your left hand very well :-) Hadn't heard this one before. Nice one.

frisbee fred
07-26-2014, 04:46 PM
Thanks for letting me get to some songs that mean something to me, Fred.

When it means something to the performer it will definitely mean something to the hearer. Thanks so much for getting to this song, Alan. Had not heard it before - powerful song my friend.