View Full Version : Don't Take Me Alive (Steely Dan)

08-04-2014, 05:50 PM

I've never done a video of a Steely Dan song before. I have a couple books of their sheet music, but I always work out an arrangement for a song, and then remember that I can't sing anywhere near as high as Donald Fagen. And I can't bring myself to re-learn the entire arrangement in a lower key.

I had just a few hours to work on this Sunday for the ending Season of the Ukulele, so of course I completely forgot to lower the key before memorizing the arrangement. When I turned on the camera, I immediately messed up my voice trying to sing way too high. So I tuned the Fluke down from C tuning to A and tried again, using what was left of my voice. I'm still pretty happy with how it came out.

08-04-2014, 06:04 PM
Wow, that was so awesome. I've never heard Steely Dan on the uke. You rocked it brother.

08-05-2014, 03:53 PM
Thanks, Mike. I just remembered that I did previously do a Steely Dan song a while back, a quick version of The Fez. I'd completely forgotten.

08-05-2014, 07:17 PM
I heard FM by SD on XM today and thought of you for those string bends in that song, Jim.