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wee_ginga_yin
08-05-2014, 07:59 AM
This song was originally recorded by Big Joe Turner though it was made famous by Bill Haley and was later recorded by Elvis as well as many others.

Don't you mean Shake Marylyn Monroe that's the way I heard it
and the way I will always hear it :-)

Ahh the dreams of an adolescent.

thunderflea
08-05-2014, 09:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMd4xajduig
This is Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".

You, my friend, get the "most difficult song played without looking at chord or lyric sheets" award.
I have always been impressed by your willingness to not only attempt incredibly difficult prog (and other) songs with difficult chords and timing, but also to play them without cheat sheets (unless you have some unseen teleprompter :)).

Please keep rockin' the prog on the uke.
It's the last great adventure left to mankind!
Or so said the drooping lady....

thunderflea
08-05-2014, 09:08 AM
... I actually chose a couple of bands I didn't know, looked them up and came up with songs I had heard, though by other artists and I have learnt a couple of songs that I had heard a long time ago but never really knew well.
...
is has been a good week. I was listening to the entries last night while doing something else and there's some great stuff.
I say great theme with plenty of choice if you're prepared to do a little digging.

Thank you, Tootler, I am very happy to hear these things!

thunderflea
08-05-2014, 09:11 AM
According to Wiki the Mills Brothers made more than 2000 recordings.
Now until this season I knew very little about them. One of them played a mean baritone ukulele.
A lot of the songs are very popular uke songs too.
And their vocals are pure bliss.

And I am sure Matty Dee would be so impressed with the their mouth trumpets!

Everything you say is true, Brian, and is exactly why the uppity music snob really appreciates them.
Yes, I am still talking in the third person as snobs are want to do. ha ha

thunderflea
08-05-2014, 09:26 AM
I looked up Asleep at the Wheel who I was not familiar with and found they had recorded this song at some time. I first remember it from Bob Dylan's Freewheelin' album but on looking around I found it has been recorded in just about any genre of popular music you can think of. Among the versions I listened to was one by a Dixieland style jazz band fronted by Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton with Taj Mahal on vocals (listen to it here (http://youtu.be/y7eeb1MTkUY), it's great!) - so covered by two of the nominated artists.
I play it here on my Risa Uke'Ellie, Casio Digital Horn and a LogJam Stompbox to provide some rhythm.

http://youtu.be/-2juSlWEP9c
Forgot to mention, Big Joe Turner also covered it in Rockabilly style.

That is excellent, Tootler!
I like the mix, it sounded great, and even though it is different from other versions I have heard, I got into the groove you developed with the stompbox and uke. The casio horns and doubled vocals were nice touches as well. This is my favorite song of yours this week. Really nice multitrack.
Funny, I am familiar with every version of this song you mentioned.
If I had to pick one, I think I like Big Joe Turner's most.
Taj Mahal also did a different song called Corinna. Very nice tune, different song.

thunderflea
08-05-2014, 09:35 AM
Peter Gabriel's So is an album I have loved for many, many years. I had a pretty tough time deciding which tune to do from it (after I had ruled out all the Talking Heads' songs I had considered), and finally came up with this, made famous by a certain scene in a certain Cameron Crowe movie.

http://youtu.be/KkYZM6atELQ

69718

*holding up a boombox*
Wow! The vocals really stand out on this one. I wish I could sing that high and clear.
Great use of reverb, too....not too rich, just right.
Very smooth rendition, worthy of public performance.
Thank you for bringing us this song this week!

I never actually saw 'Say Anything', but I have heard this scene referenced many times.
Neat related story that brings it around again:
http://gawker.com/5949918/peter-gabriels-performance-of-in-your-eyes-interrupted-by-john-cusack-holding-a-boombox

uke4ia
08-05-2014, 10:40 AM
You, my friend, get the "most difficult song played without looking at chord or lyric sheets" award.
I have always been impressed by your willingness to not only attempt incredibly difficult prog (and other) songs with difficult chords and timing, but also to play them without cheat sheets (unless you have some unseen teleprompter :)).

Please keep rockin' the prog on the uke.
It's the last great adventure left to mankind!
Or so said the drooping lady....

Thanks. I've been trying to learn The Carpet Crawlers recently, and the intro to that is the same as the bridge on The Lamb. So I already had those chord changes memorized. By the way, I did Grand Parade last month, not as part of a Season: The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvx9_CsfXpQ)

bonesigh
08-05-2014, 11:08 AM
Thanks (: I've always wanted to do a cover of this song and you provided the bait. This is one of my all time favorite musicals and we watched it this week. First time for my 11year old. It was fun playing with the pitch change option to get my voice low and Jud's voice is actually different but not different enough. Lots of cut and paste with this edit!! When I watch this movie I always get chills when they harmonize at the end of the song. It's so beautifully done. It's fun to sing "Daid" too, LOL, that country accent!


OMG, how did you get your voice so low?! That was so great!
You captured the back and forth between Curly and Joe so well, where Curly suggests that because Jud does not feel appreciated, he could hang himself, and everyone would realize how much they cared about him.
I can't imagine it was easy to continue playing your uke and syncing all the back and forth.
Extra points for effort!

I am pretty sure this song is called "Pore Jud is Daid". Is that because Curly (or Jud) can't spell?

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEccBZ1vUs
Here's my third one.

I sense an eastern flavor in this one, almost a gypsy version.
Very well play and the singing is great.
The multitracking is really good and the solo was rippin'.

Unfortunately it is one of the songs that was specified as not eligible by the snob! Whoops! ha ha

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:28 AM
A time machine ride to Randy's Records, Kingston JA.
Creator- 1963

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4HNKdmdvPQ&feature=youtu.be

I am really happy you picked this song to play, TCK!
Not many people know Lord Creator, which is a shame.

Your voice is perfect for this song and your strumming solid.
Nice Roland Alphonso solo, too!
Excellent submission!

I am curious what your history is with reggae/ska.
I noticed you have have played many such songs before.
You don't look like a rude boy and you are not British...how'd you get turned on to the island sounds?

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:33 AM
Here's my take on Taj Mahal's version of Henry Thomas' "Fishing Blues".
The only Taj Mahal Song I can say I've known for over 35 years...

http://youtu.be/WCLDjBjS-d4

One of the few songs that more than one person submitted for the season.
Especially nice uke playing on this one! Nice singing, too.
One take, even. Well played, sir!
I need to learn this song.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:41 AM
Of all the stuff I've recorded I'm maybe most pleased with this one. Spent all day yesterday working up this lil' arrangement of the jazz standard "(I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You)", listening for melody, learning new chord inversions and stretching myself. This is the end result. Hope you like it gang. Thanks for the challenge thunderflea. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT9gZuBFAKA&feature=youtu.be

Thanks for taking up the challenge with both hands (so to speak)!
That is some super sweet playing there, Eugene.
You've got a real Lyle Ritz thing going on there.
I have always really liked that song and you really nailed it.
I would like to add some jazzy bass to that one!
This submission shows patience on your part to figure out the chord inversions and how they relate to the melody.
That was so good.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:46 AM
YES! 57 takes and a horrible ending but I found a song, got it recorded and posted. Several takes with the kids to burn up the cute meter but something always happened in the last couple lines of the song. Literally sang this song so much my 4 year old knows most of the lyrics.

http://youtu.be/YNgt6PloSKg

Excellent vocals on this one!
This is one my favorite Taj songs that I like to 'while my time away' playing.
You do it better than me, though.
Thank you for bringing us this song.
I would have liked to have seen some of the cute meter.
Next time...

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 07:56 AM
I know I received bonus points on the first one, and I am tempting fate, just like on the stock market, by averaging down with a second entry, but who cares. As Commander Cody said: this is "Too Much Fun"
http://youtu.be/HWYG09LVb1I

I am happy you chanced fate, because my oldest sister used to sing this song around the house when we little, so I have been hearing this song as long as I can remember.
I know the lyrics weren't written by Dan, but it sure sounds like they were.
Thank you for your submissions this week, they were both great.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 08:04 AM
took me a week to get this down! the rhythm really messed me up! joe jackson's 'is she really going out with him' 1978

http://youtu.be/POG-mr5q39U
cheers all!

The rhythm on that song is certainly a challenge because the bass and the guitar kind of do that counterpoint thing.
I think you did a really good job of covering it on the uke.
Good vocals and nice sound altogether.
Thank you for bringing us the Joe Jackson sound.
He was great in that movie Field of Dreams.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 08:05 AM
Just about to head off to Northern Ireland, then Scotland then Liverpool and the North West.

We'll almost certainly have no means of uploading videos on our route - so.... Happy Seasons 129 - 132!
Though we do hope to meet up with Mike F at one stage and maybe get a joint effort done for that week. :)

If anyone else on here lives in Northern Ireland (2-10th August), Lowland Scotland ( 12th - 15th) or the North West of England (15th - 26th) and fancies meeting up then PM me with a phone number and an address.

Cheers,

Berni

Safe travels, Bernie!

TCK
08-06-2014, 08:23 AM
Glad you liked the song mate- I figured there would not be a lot of Creator around this week, thanks for the props on what I did with it.
I PM'd the sordid details of how my world became immersed in Ska, Rock-steady and Reggae...reckon these fine folks would find it boring ;) Great season here mate- thanks for the opportunity to play the song.
I am really happy to picked this song to play, TCK!
Not many people know Lord Creator, which is a shame.

Your voice is perfect for this song and your strumming solid.
Nice Roland Alphonso solo, too!
Excellent submission!

I am curious what your history is with reggae/ska.
I noticed you have have played many such songs before.
You don't look like a rude boy and you are not British...how'd you get turned on to the island sounds?

UkeCan1
08-06-2014, 09:49 AM
Thank you for bringing us the Joe Jackson sound.
He was great in that movie Field of Dreams.

Haha! I see what you did there. :)

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 09:52 AM
An abridged version of some classic pretentious overblown RAWK.

http://youtu.be/KwDO3lLHGr0
:rock:

Well done!
This is a really hard song to play.
I never thought about trying this one before.
I must have listened to that Leftoverture album a gazillion times.
If anyone has not heard the song 'Magnus Opus' by Kansas, give it a listen, it's pretty epic.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 09:55 AM
http://youtu.be/93mIu9JHGNM

I tried several times this week to work out an arrangement that I could play and sing. This is the best I could come up with. It's a song from the first Blood Sweat and Tears album. No trumpets, saxophones, trombones, organ or bass guitar. Just uke and me.

John, I am sorry to say that "the video has been removed by the user."
I would love to hear what you recorded, I did not get my BS&T fix.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 09:57 AM
Here's an Ink Spots song without the talking part. I contemplated that, but if you listen to a lot their stuff, you'll find that gimmick it gets old fast. So we have sort of a Clint Eastwood impression of the Ink Spots, as I never found a key I liked. and I wanted to do another song if there's time. -- Dick

http://youtu.be/UHn1uaStwSA

That was lovely. You have a rich baritone voice and the song has such nice lyrics. Nice strumming, too.
The Ink Spots are really a special group, thank you for bringing this song to the party.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQirdzUInFU

Interesting history lesson at the beginning. I didn't know any of that.
You played this song with lots of feeling and gusto.
I can tell that you really feel this song and know it very well.
Thank you for all your submissions this week. That's four, right? :old:

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:07 AM
There is NO WAY the host can post a song by the wonderful Toots & the Maytals without me being forced into having a go. So here it is. ;-)
Reggae Got Soul.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLcs5GjjYMk

You got soul, brother!
Where are the smoke?
I love Toots. He should have been on my list.
Thanks for doing this song.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:22 AM
And here's a man who needs no introduction - Bobby . . . Bobby Blue . . . Bobby Blue Bland, ladies and gentlemen, Bobby Blue Bland . . .
(as his MC used to introduce him)
Bobby Bland is great, and I have wanted to do this song for ages. After a couple of run throughs, it fit pretty well. Hope you like it.

http://youtu.be/oj8LIzFgwTY

Oh yeah!
Not just anyone can sing Bobby, one of the greatest blues voices ever imo.
You did a great job channeling the man, though I didn't hear one of his trademark "Ackk!"
The solo was sweet, too.
An excellent all-around effort!

I once saw Bobby Blue Bland, BB King, and Ruth Brown all play together at the Circle Star Theater in Redwood City, CA.
It was such an awesome show.
I was sad when Bobby passed away last year.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:28 AM
http://youtu.be/qG-cOR_xU5o
Satin doll was written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in 1953 The words were added by Johnny Mercer some time after it had been an instrumental hit.


This is a great choice for a song to cover.
I used to play bass on this song in my college big band, we had Bill Berry (one of Duke's lead trumpet players) come play with us.
I like the combination of the harp and the uke, they sound good together.
It does sound like there is some serious compression or something going on, like some audio quality is lost in the recording.
That said, the playing is good and the video entertaining.
Thank you for both your submissions this week.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:32 AM
A favorite Desmond Dekker song from 1968.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apr_rEY4rZE&feature=youtu.be

I was excited to hear your version of this song and it did not disappoint. Ya mon!
I would not be able to sing this song because Desmond's voice is so high and I am a baritone.
Thank you for your submissions this week!

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 10:55 AM
My wife and I have been visiting family all week in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, so no clue if anyone's played this great Peter Gabriel song yet.

http://youtu.be/UzppqvmIur0
Thanks to Jessica for camera work on this one.

I am curious how you printed out your sheet music when out of town!

This is a fun song.
I remember the first time I heard this song was in concert in 1984.
I remember liking the Boom Boom Boom part.
Best concert I have ever seen.
You did a very nice job of covering this tune.

Thank you for taking part in this season.
Also thank you for taking control of the seasons sign ups and reminders, etc.

Nice camera work, Jessica!

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:03 AM
Don't know why the video posted to my original's channel. I'll have to reload it on the right channel. For now though for your enjoyment and education I present a tutorial of "Henehene Kou 'Aka" from IZ's Facing Future album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDsX4q3YQZ0&feature=youtube_gdata
Fast forward to 5:00 if you want to skip the tutorial part (:

Nice tutorial and great song.
Do you normally do tutorials to the songs you submit? It's a neat idea.

I think you did a great job of covering this song, including the pronunciations.
I play bass in a Hawaiian band every Friday here in Portland (I like to say that I am the 'token haole' since I play with two Hawaiians).
We play this song pretty much every week and none of the your pronunciations sounded too far off to me.

That looks like KoAloha Septor uke. (?)
How do you like playing it?

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:15 AM
Here's my entry for Season 128.

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

I was hoping someone would do this song! Thank you for being that person.
I have been wanting to try this song for a season myself but have not had an excuse to as of yet.

When Tex released this song, it had been five years since his last hit "I Gotcha!" and this song brought him back to the spotlight.
I am not sure a song like this would be received as well if released today, it too politically incorrect.
They certainly would not ask him to perform it at the Grammys like he did in 1978.

Thank you for bring this song to us!
That's some funky, soulful uke-ing.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:17 AM
Finally home again after another week of traveling. I've only been home two days in all of July.
Forgive me for reminiscing. I've always loved Dan Hicks and have every one of his albums. I've seen him live twice.
In case I don't get an actual entry together tomorrow here's a rerun - my entry for Week 2 of the Seasons.

http://youtu.be/S8W7ovg7tvc

I have that album! Thank you for sharing this one even though it is not eligible for this season.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:22 AM
originally i wanted to do an even deeper cut and was thinking of trying to pull off Intruder (from before he got all big and famous and stuff) but this song just moves me and i liked your advice about listening to my heart. Hope you enjoy:

http://youtu.be/TjBUs7WHhmk

I am happy you listened to your heart, this is so good!
Such a hard song to sing, imo. I couldn't do it.
You sang with lots of feeling! I really enjoyed it.

I would also really enjoyed listening to your version of Intruder!

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:26 AM
just saw that myrna did this too! oh well, great minds think alike!

http://youtu.be/QHoGsAqM1cc
chhers all!

Howdy!
That was a really fun rendition of this song.
Love the kazoo solo! Is that your roadie who put it in your mouth (and took it out)?
That gave me a chuckle.

Is that a KoAloha uke?
I have been looking at that make, how do you like it?

ddanner
08-06-2014, 11:27 AM
Traveling to visit family in Georgia and Indiana the past 7+ days and wasn't able to do anything for this week's Season. Bummer! To make matters even worse, I have not had a chance to view "any" of the entries you all have submitted! I did not realize how dependent I am on home studio and computer equipment. Guess I need to think about a laptop or get more adept at using my so-called "smart phone." Hate it that I missed out on contributing, but at least I will be able to view everyones' entries. Hopefully, now that we are back home I will be able to get my act together and submit something for #129's "Theme Song" Season. Sorry I missed ya'll, and it's good to be back.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:35 AM
This is an old favorite of mine. We once had a 78 RPM record of my mother doing this, acc. herself on the guitar. I don't know if that or any other of the records we made at home have survived. (I do know that my recordings from the late 40's were not art, just memories) Hop, Hop, Bunny Rabbit was that even a real song?
Anyway, Navajo Trail (Sons of the Pioneers) is "rite purty", even when done by people in unstarched clothing.

http://youtu.be/0nTF4UVW3zc

Rite purty is right! What a pretty song and you sang it so prettily.
The Sons are one of those bands that paints pictures with their songs.
I sensed in your voice a vibrato very similar to that of the Sons lead singer, Bob Nolan.
Very nice.

How neat that you have a recording of your ma singing this song!

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:42 AM
This song was originally recorded by Big Joe Turner though it was made famous by Bill Haley and was later recorded by Elvis as well as many others.

http://youtu.be/u32xo50buBs

That's some good old-fashioned bluesy rockabilly!
That's a neat contraption you use to hold your kazoo.
I assume that's a harmonica holder? Neat idea!
Yeah!!

Thank you for your submissions, Jeff!

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 11:50 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHrCFjUQNM4
Here's a second entry for this week. Steely Dan "Don't Take Me Alive". I blew out my voice on this before I remembered that I've never done a Steely Dan song because I mistakenly learn the song in the original key, but I can't sing as high as Donald Fagen. It was too high in the original key, but too low when I sang the chorus an octave lower. So I dropped the whole uke from C to A tuning and tried again.

Yet another excellent song choice, yet so hard to play!
You sure are not one to go for the low-hanging fruit. Bonus points for that.
Again I am really impressed by your willingness to try something most other people would simply skip over.

I like your uke.
I have the same one (Abstract model), except mine has a plastic fretboard and is over 10 years old and faded.

thunderflea
08-06-2014, 12:00 PM
http://youtu.be/RuK3mCrTpZ4
PS Thunderflea.......Asleep At The Wheel are my newest favourite Country Band

I am so happy to hear that! Have you listened to them before or did you find them through this season's challenge?
They are really an anomaly. They can play many genres so darn well.
One of their favorite tunes to cover is One O'Clock Jump by Count Basie.
They are so tight, you would think jazz is all they play.
They play western swing like Bob Wills, western like the Sons of the Pioneers, honkey tonk/jump like Joe Turner, pretty much anything they want.

If you are interested is getting what I think is their best album, I highly suggest "Keeping Me Up Nights".
It's my favorite of their albums and showcases all these genres. Every song on the album is awesome.

Interesting setup on the banjo, I think it fits that song well.
Thank you for playing this song for us!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-06-2014, 12:04 PM
I am curious how you printed out your sheet music when out of town!

I just wrote the lyrics out, with chords written on the first verse. Peter Gabriel is pretty verbose, so I used a page for each verse. Thanks again for a great Season---amazing job getting all these comments done.

CeeJay
08-06-2014, 12:10 PM
I am so happy to hear that! Have you listened to them before or did you find them through this season's challenge?
They are really an anomaly. They can play many genres so darn well.
One of their favorite tunes to cover is One O'Clock Jump by Count Basie.
They are so tight, you would think jazz is all they play.
They play western swing like Bob Wills, western like the Sons of the Pioneers, honkey tonk/jump like Joe Turner, pretty much anything they want.

If you are interested is getting what I think is their best album, I highly suggest "Keeping Me Up Nights".
It's my favorite of their albums and showcases all these genres. Every song on the album is awesome.

Interesting setup on the banjo, I think it fits that song well.
Thank you for playing this song for us!

Found them because of the season....am now listening to them on Spotify and looking to buy some of their albums ...I'll try "Keeping Me Up Nights" ...my current fave silly song of theirs is Hot Rod Lincoln....sort of Chuck Berry meets Arlo Guthrie ...." Ossifer ...I was driving while Asleep At The Wheel "...ha h..

Cheers

Chris

thunderflea
08-07-2014, 08:12 AM
Oooooooooooooooooh and to add inslut to inrujy ...here is a copy of me doing a Doors number.........but the prohibited one.........I don't care ...Decaturcomp Rule Card Played ......lol...maniacally..you know ? ..the real MwahhhhhhaHHaaaaHaaAAA stuff...strange....people are though..

http://youtu.be/Q8pcAQyuoIo?list=UU5mGTv9Rr1VuUM1EaFsCaVg

If Decaturcomp jumped off a bridge, would you jump too? ha ha

I like your take on this verboten song.
Totally different from the original, I might even venture to to say it is a bit strange!
Strange but cool!

thunderflea
08-07-2014, 08:19 AM
Finally found time to record something for this Season. Here's a Duke Ellington song.

http://youtu.be/uscrqYF5lMU

Myrna, this is so beautiful and sultry.
Very nice playing and singing, both with a lot of feeling.
I think I could fall into a peaceful sleep listening to you play this song (that is a compliment).
You also have a nice speaking voice besides all that.

Thank you for participating this week.
Sorry it took so long to comment on you song.
Something about saving the best for last, perhaps.

thunderflea
08-07-2014, 08:34 AM
Well, everyone, I think that's it, I believe I have commented on everyone's videos.
If I did not comment on yours, please let me know.

I did not realize what a big job being a season host is until I did it myself.
Thank you to all who participated in the Uppity Music Snob season.
Hopefully if you did not participate you got something else out of the season (a video you like, a band you are now familiar with, a song you worked on but did not record, etc.).

I will have winner(s) announced by Saturday night my time (PST).

Thanks everyone!!

Ciao

- The Uppity Music Snob (Russ)

ps. For anyone who lives in Portland, I play U-bass in a Hawaiian band this and every Friday at the Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, 6:00–8:30 pm. I play with two Hawaiian guys who play tenor ukes. I am the "token haole". We play a lot of songs off the "Facing Future" album, as well as all kinds of traditional, hapa hoale, and contemporary Hawaiian music. Come enjoy the grinds and grooves.

CeeJay
08-07-2014, 12:06 PM
If Decaturcomp jumped off a bridge, would you jump too? ha ha

I like your take on this verboten song.
Totally different from the original, I might even venture to to say it is a bit strange!
Strange but cool!

Well if he was playing his uke and needed accompanying yes ...course ...

TheUkeBloke
08-08-2014, 11:50 PM
I was hoping someone would do this song! Thank you for being that person.
I have been wanting to try this song for a season myself but have not had an excuse to as of yet.

When Tex released this song, it had been five years since his last hit "I Gotcha!" and this song brought him back to the spotlight.
I am not sure a song like this would be received as well if released today, it too politically incorrect.
They certainly would not ask him to perform it at the Grammys like he did in 1978.

Thank you for bring this song to us!
That's some funky, soulful uke-ing.

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. Yes, the trouble is now where can I sing it without getting into trouble - we have a lot of folks here that over-enjoy their food & desserts.......!!!!

thunderflea
08-15-2014, 11:50 PM
Sorry I was not able to announce a winner as soon as I had hoped.
I have been a bit distracted as my mother has had a heart attack and heart surgery since last time I posted.
She is recovering well now, fingers crossed.

I had an extremely difficult time deciding a winner for this season, there were so many great videos posted.

I narrowed it down to about eight contenders. With the remaining eight, I became a hard ass and eliminated contestants (some of which were my favorites) who did not follow the rules exactly, 'cause rules are rules. Of the remaining contenders, I picked a name out of a hat. Sorry there is no video, I am a better singer than I am a talker.

So, without further ado, the winner is:

euk4ia

He posted very adventurous entries, the kind in which music snobs delight.

euk4ia, I will get in touch with you about sending you the carved ukulele pineapple palm tree boat scene thingy that you won.
I think it will look good on your wall where you shoot your vids. :)

I also have a few runner ups in mind. Their prizes will be less tangible and will be awarded (or imposed, depending on your outlook) as time and muse permits.
Let's just say those prizes are bass-ic in nature.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the season! Thanks for humoring this uppity music snob.
I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me.

- Russ (thunderflea)

BTW, I am digging all the reggae entries!

UkeCan1
08-16-2014, 01:16 AM
Russ, I'm so glad your mom's doing better!

This was a fun, interesting, and varied Season ... and Jim (uke4ia) is a worthy winner ... he was surely in his element with your list! Eager to see your prize in his videos. :)

I love the idea of trickling out winners and runner-ups one at a time ... it keeps the Season going and keeps bringing back old fond memories. Nice. Take your time.

And thanks so much for this Season, and the opportunity to do "White Room"! We'd been attempting it in our weekly local jam group, and never quite getting it ... it was very hard for me and took me a long time to be able to get that chord progression and all those words at the same time! Your Season gave me a chance to finally sit down with the original, chart out the details and make sure I knew how to get them right, practice, and finally really learn the song.

Needing to do it on the leading Sunday, because I was about to go away, and coupling it with Fred's story song Season, made me really look at the lyrics, which gave me a whole new appreciation for the song. And ... bonus! ... understanding the story made it relatively easy to actually memorize all those seemingly disjointed lyrics.

I have since been playing that song everywhere ... late-night campfires at the folk festival we went to right after, at a karaoke pool party with my uke and live backup guitar player, music parties, etc. It's fun to say, "Here's a typical ukulele song" .. and then launch into the opening chords of "White Room"!

And, thanks in part to my video and new-found confidence in knowing the song well, our jam group is finally nailing it! It is so much fun to play there, and makes people happy.

It's become my go-to song for playing just about everywhere.

So thanks for your great Season!

uke4ia
08-16-2014, 04:27 AM
Wow! Thanks, Russ.

Best wishes to your mother for a speedy recovery. Heart attacks and bypass surgery are a bear, but once they're over they can be recovered from. There's a lot of people at my family reunions who have been there, including me. It's important to do the cardiac rehab exercises over the next few months to regain her strength.

lelouden
08-16-2014, 06:22 AM
Congrats Jim:) Russ, My best to your mom. Thats tough to go through....for her and her children. You were exactly where you needed to be:)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-16-2014, 07:25 AM
so sorry to hear about your mum, glad she is doing well now, thanks so much for a great season, congrats to a really super super winner

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-16-2014, 07:31 AM
My best to your mom, Russ, for a strong recovery.

Thanks, Russ and all the participants, for a great Season. Now, I just need to convince my wife to go out for grinds sometime soon.

RAB11
08-16-2014, 08:08 AM
Congrats Jim, deserved winner who was in his element for this theme.

Thanks for a great season Russ, and let me join in the well wishes for your mum as well.

uke4ia
09-02-2014, 01:53 PM
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The wall hanging arrived today. It has now taken the place of the "Melting Mesa" print as the artwork that you will see a corner of in the background of my videos.

librainian
09-02-2014, 06:26 PM
That's cool Jim. It's a great backdrop for sure.

thunderflea
09-02-2014, 09:24 PM
Thank you all for the well wishes for my mother! I am sorry it took me so long to respond.
She is recovering well, but it sure was a wake up call for me to get some extra mommy time in.
That is why I am in California now.

Jim, I am excited to see the wall hanging in your vids! I hope you like it.....