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TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-23-2014, 04:34 PM
http://youtu.be/Ig5d2Dccmms

Welcome to the 132nd Season of the Ukulele: 21st century music.

PLAYLIST (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPF0gE2pOvE&list=PL2xGE5eN6diHSO0r7FCg_nNYmA4zYI2V1)

I often hear people complain that today's music is not as good as the music of the past. I agree that it's easier to find great music from the past---largely because much not-so-great music of the past never made it to the present---but I'm also sure that there is plenty of great music being made today: hip hop, rock/indie/punk/metal/etc., dance music, jazz, country, folk, reggae and music from different cultures all over the world are all alive and well.

Challenge
Play a song written in the 21st century---that's any time after the year 2000---on your ukulele.

Rules

Your entry must be a video produced this week for this contest. In your video, indicate that your performance is for the 132nd Season of the Ukulele.
You must play ukulele in your video. Your friends and/or family are encouraged to join you (on whatever instruments they like).
No video or audio editing this week---each entry must be a single, continuous take without any overdubbed audio. Minor video and audio effects are okay, but your performance should be the main attraction.
Post your video entry in this thread no sooner than Sunday, August 24, at 12:00am (Hawaii time) and no later than the following Sunday, August 31, at 12:00am (Hawaii time).
You may submit as many entries as you like.


Scoring
Your score will be the average of equally-weighted scores given for:

Playing ukulele
Singing (or melody for instrumental performances)
Song choice
"Je ne sais quois"

Judging
My wife, Jessica, and I will judge each entry as follows:

We'll judge both playing and singing by how much we enjoy your performance, not by your display of technical skill. If you play your uke with joy and if you sing from your heart, you'll get the best possible scores.

We'll judge song choice partly on how we like the song---that's pretty much random---and we'll be sure to give better scores to songs with lots of 21st-century appeal. So a 21st-century song performed by an established 20th-century songwriter won't earn as many points as a song by an artist that got her start in the 21st century. For example, Amy Winehouse beats the Rolling Stones this week.

Your 'je ne sais quoi' score will reflect the overall appeal of your performance and your video.

If you submit multiple entries, your score will be the average of all your entries' scores.

Prizes
To celebrate my new job teaching statistics at Portland Communicty College, the Seasonistas with the top three scores will each win a copy of Darryl Huff's classic (and funny) treatise, How to Lie with Statistics.

If you have any questions, ask away either here in the thread or via private message. Looking forward to learning about lots of great, new music this week will all y'all. Muchas gracias.

greenie44
08-23-2014, 04:42 PM
Hey Ra;f -

One quick one. So, you say the song has to be "written in the 21st century". Since we may not exactly know when a song was actually written, can we take that to mean "released as a new song in the 21st century"?

- greenie44

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-23-2014, 04:45 PM
Hey Ra;f -

One quick one. So, you say the song has to be "written in the 21st century". Since we may not exactly know when a song was actually written, can we take that to mean "released as a new song in the 21st century"?

- greenie44
You bet you can.

glass
08-23-2014, 05:16 PM
Sounds good may have to get in on that!

BigDaddyUker
08-23-2014, 05:33 PM
I just wanted to say YAY but YAY is too short so I will say....

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-23-2014, 06:03 PM
great theme ralf! great intro vid too

lelouden
08-23-2014, 06:38 PM
Nice idea Ralf. This will Be fun:)

bonesigh
08-23-2014, 07:52 PM
I know just what song I'm going to do (:

RAB11
08-23-2014, 08:47 PM
In. My. Element.

pabrizzer
08-24-2014, 01:02 AM
Lots of good music around this century
This music is used as an ad for the Northern Territory.
By an NZ band called Avalanche City.
Ends in the Ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPF0gE2pOvE

pabrizzer
08-24-2014, 01:11 AM
Seasick Steve is not a young guy but all his albums came out this century.
I love his stuff. I recorded one of his today before the season was posted and put it over on the island so I just did another that I have been wanting to do.
It's a Long Long Way.
A lot can be said with 3 chords.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VliPn4utgEc

Rustyy
08-24-2014, 01:22 AM
Pa's added a couple so it must be time.
A song from 2013 which had great success in Australia, some success in the UK, and a little in the USA.
Each year Triple J radio station, an Australian nationally networked radio station to appeal primarily to 18-30 year olds, conduct a poll of the most popular songs of the last 12 months, and play thru this top 100 on Australia Day (Jan26th). Many of the yoof (youth) of the country get together at friends places and drink their way thru the top100.
On Jan26th this year Riptide was voted in at Number 1. It is an interesting pop song because Vance Joy actually plays a ukulele right thru the song. If you want to check it out it is here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ_1HMAGb4k)

I have now realised that I would have been able to do this one in Homecoming week, too, because Vance Joy has stated that the title, Riptide, actually refers to the name of a motel where his parents used to take the family for holidays when they were kids. The Riptide motel referred to is only a mile away from where I live.


http://youtu.be/k-CJCeq5yaA


I would love to have commented on more videos recently but have only been able to scratch the surface with my watching due to a shortage of data available this month. Loving them all anyway, as usual.

RAB11
08-24-2014, 01:52 AM
Be warned Ralf. Once I wrap my season up tomorrow you're getting bombarded with vids. My head's swimming with ideas.

Here's a quick one to get started though. A few months ago a chap called George Ezra released a song called Budapest and my girlfriend Louise and I instantly fell in love with it. So much so I just had to learn it, which I did a while ago. Been looking for an excuse to play it since. Here goes:


http://youtu.be/kZVa52J-sI0

xommen
08-24-2014, 03:12 AM
I have done this one for several seasons already, but I really like this song. And we play this in the band, so here is another version of U2's, Ordinary Love.

http://youtu.be/8KVLasQJHW0
A live version with my band can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p__2WHFkc6k

wee_ginga_yin
08-24-2014, 03:53 AM
How will you deal with the conundrum of Adele singing a Bob Dylan song
Make you feel my love :-)

lelouden
08-24-2014, 07:25 AM
How will you deal with the conundrum of Adele singing a Bob Dylan song
Make you feel my love :-)

Challenge
:rulez: Play a song written in the 21st century---that's any time after the year 2000! :D

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-24-2014, 08:18 AM
How will you deal with the conundrum of Adele singing a Bob Dylan song
Make you feel my love :-)
A new version of a 20th-century song by a 21st-century artist is still a 20th-century song---so it's not for this Season. (But it's welcome on the Island of Misfit Seasonistas, naturally.)

buc mcmaster
08-24-2014, 08:40 AM
An original tune from 2013, written on guitar, translated to the ukulele.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7l9f8xTfrk

Harry122
08-24-2014, 09:36 AM
Bad Things. Written and recorded by Jace Everett in 2005. Became the theme song to the HBO series True Blood.


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

Dougf
08-24-2014, 09:48 AM
Here's a song by Victoria Vox from 2010.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Ovt5NPkC4

BigDaddyUker
08-24-2014, 01:05 PM
This song is an original of Charles de Lint written in 2013. Charles is a fellow uker who is part of the Bytown Ukulele Group in Canada. I fell in love with song and it reminded of a friend who just bought an old Ford truck like his Dad had.

Whether its an old truck or something else - figure out the memories that make you smile and get lost in them! Enjoy!


http://youtu.be/jMRuWaDjiRs

austin1
08-24-2014, 02:07 PM
Oh my goodness, a week for the millennials! I AM SO EXCITED.

Assuming nothing goes wrong, I should be in my new apartment my Wednesday. And thanks to the amazingness of the ukulele community, I've got a uke! So hopefully I'll get something in this week or else I will be very mad at myself.

MikeOnTheUke
08-24-2014, 02:41 PM
I did a song from 2011. And I'm pretty sure it was on the radio quite a bit at the time.

Either way, this is one of my favorite songs to play/sing, and It just so happened to be from the 21st Century.

So here's "Little Talks."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltN9MiMjuD4

Jazzbanjorex
08-24-2014, 03:55 PM
My son has been listening to this song as of late so I thought I'd give it a try.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVUc6o87MV0&feature=youtu.be

ksiegel
08-24-2014, 05:11 PM
You're in MONGOLIA now, Tina?????

Holy Crap!

Does this mean I can just call you Hun?


-Kurt

(And - as always - I am looking forward to ANY video you do!)


Oh my goodness, a week for the millennials! I AM SO EXCITED.

Assuming nothing goes wrong, I should be in my new apartment my Wednesday (Tuesday to all of you on the other side of the international date line). And thanks to the amazingness of the ukulele community, I've got a uke! So hopefully I'll get something in this week or else I will be very mad at myself.

elmann
08-24-2014, 05:28 PM
You're in MONGOLIA now, Tina?????Does this mean I can just call you Hun?

At least "Her Hunnes" ! Holy crap ... what's about blogspot tinainmongolia?

uke4ia
08-24-2014, 05:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlGL3F9Ocz4

This is the Kaiser Chiefs' song "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)". This is off their second album, released in 2007.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-24-2014, 05:35 PM
wow this season has really taken off!

here's one from me

"what about my dreams"

originally sung by kati wolf

from hungary

at...

i'm gonna use the E word now...............

at the eurovision song contest

in 2011


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQdi1twYVcI

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-24-2014, 07:35 PM
Wow. Thanks for getting the Season off to an amazing start today. A. May. Zing.

pabrizzer "Ends in the Ocean" (Avalanche City)
Nice choice to start the Season---definitely new to me. I've got to admit I prefer your version to Avalanche City's---your voice gives the lyric more guts. Very cool.

pabrizzer "It's a Long Long Way" (Seasick Steve)
Simple and sweet. Great sentiment here. Nice one, Brian.

Rustyy "Riptide" (Vance Joy)
The lush original song sounds great stripped down to your strumming and singing. Good one. Awesome "ah ooooooo"s.

RAB11 "Budapest" (George Ezra)
Your insistent strumming serves this one well. Cool, current song as well. Gracias.

xommen "Ordinary Love" (U2)
Groovy strumming and percussion. Your singing gets the feeling across well. Nice.

buc mcmaster "Forgiveness" (B. McMaster)
Great songwriting, Buck. Thoughtful lyrics here, and I love that lilting 6/8 rhythm. Your uke playing is plenty dynamic here, subtly so. Muchas gracias.

Harry122 "Bad Things" (Jace Everett)
No neck-biting this Season, but fun strumming and singing like this is fine. Fun one.

Dougf "Tugboat" (Victoria Vox)
Great uke breakdown in this sweet take on Vox's torchy tune. Gracias.

BigDaddyUker "My Old Blue Truck" (Charles de Lint)
Sweet sentiment here, delivered with heart. Thanks, daddy.

MikeOnTheUke "Little Talks" (Of Monsters and Men)
Sweet whistling. Dynamic performance, and you're clearly having fun with this one. Thanks.

Jazzbanjorex "Counting Stars" (OneRepublic)
Love it when you show off that vocal range a little. Great steady, upbeat uke playing. And whistling as a bonus? Nice.

uke4ia "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)" (Kaiser Chiefs)
I like when the uke version sounds more rockin' to me than the original. Your percussive approach gives this tune more guts. Cool.

bird's eye view of my ukelele "What About My Dreams" (Kati Wolf)
You've nailed this one, Lynda. Insistent rhythm and heartfelt singing combine here for a genuinely touching performance. Muchas gracias.

lelouden
08-24-2014, 07:38 PM
A perfect example of a 21 century song! :drool:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIhdJTefPaw&list=UUfDJc0FD-NjvWiEkDGCRJkg

:bowdown:

austin1
08-24-2014, 07:57 PM
Does this mean I can just call you Hun?


Only if I can use that and pretend like I came up with it myself.

consitter
08-24-2014, 08:32 PM
Oh my goodness, a week for the millennials! I AM SO EXCITED.

Assuming nothing goes wrong, I should be in my new apartment my Wednesday. And thanks to the amazingness of the ukulele community, I've got a uke! So hopefully I'll get something in this week or else I will be very mad at myself.

Apartment?? I thought you were moving into a yurt??

BTW...Hi Tina! Nice to see that you're living out your dreams.

ukuloonie
08-24-2014, 08:43 PM
Oh my goodness, a week for the millennials! I AM SO EXCITED.

Assuming nothing goes wrong, I should be in my new apartment my Wednesday. And thanks to the amazingness of the ukulele community, I've got a uke! So hopefully I'll get something in this week or else I will be very mad at myself.
Woohoo Tinas Back, That's Awesome.
I Would love to see pictures of Mongolia and your Travels.
I will make it this week, I will I will. I have a couple in mind. Nothing is going to stop me.

Dan Uke
08-24-2014, 10:02 PM
This is a great week!! I'm not sure if I'll have anything but I'll check out the playlist.

Joko
08-24-2014, 11:14 PM
Oh wholly cow ohmigoodness hallelujah ha! High speed internet has finally come to average people here in my country of residence, Myanmar (Burma). Since I've moved here, although I've had some internet access at home, it was so painfully slow that when I wanted to upload a video for the Seasons, I had to walk a few blocks to the nearest internet cafe. For 3G mobile internet service, there had been only one provider: the gov't owned Post and Telephone Company. As part of the ongoing opening up of this previously completely closed country, we now have another choice. A private company now sells a SIM card for $1.50 (the gov't company charged $125) that as of today (it just got good) gives me DL speeds of 1.4 MBps... That may not be superfast on the world standards, but previously, DL speeds were about .05 MBps... Point being--> I CAN FINALLY WATCH VIDEOS!!

Look for my comments on your vids this week. I'm looking forward to watching them.

And here's my entry, the 2004 hit from Franz Ferdinand...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC75iuTfEjQ

pabrizzer
08-25-2014, 01:35 AM
Weeds a Joshua James song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0V3WOadNF8

RAB11
08-25-2014, 06:47 AM
Here's my second one, another quickie.

I have said once or twice on these threads that Jack White is my favourite musician. The White Stripes' first album came out in the late 90s but they didn't really hit the mainstream until about 2003. This is from their second album, De Stijl, released in 2001. Only song I can play on guitar with 'proper' chords, and then translated to uke. It's also a song I play for Louise quite a bit, and De Stijl is the only Jack White album she'll willingly listen to. So it's quite a special song for me.


http://youtu.be/trqpDDAbg9U

Markwo
08-25-2014, 07:57 AM
Here's a great 21st century song. Amy Winehouse had a retro thing going on but definitely put a modern twist on it. She is definitely missed.


http://youtu.be/D5-2j_Kjt6Q

Jazzbanjorex
08-25-2014, 08:00 AM
I've been living in a cave, under a rock, since the Grunge Era. I've got to come out into the sunlight and find some songs.

70231

UHG!

mythinformed
08-25-2014, 08:24 AM
I've been living in a cave, under a rock, since the Grunge Era. I've got to come out into the sunlight and find some songs.

70231

UHG!
Ditto that one Rex. Lol
I'm a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to music but after checking out the current UK Top 40 for the first time since 1986 I've been pleasantly surprised and indeed some of these yoof of today really can sing and play a toon !! Lol

Some fantastic acoustic stuff (which is my passion) is around ........OMG the Perry Como records are definately being put away for this season .........I feel a revelation of trendiness coming on ..........wheres my toupee, I'm going out clubbing tonite wiv me mates!! Lol

ukuleledaddy
08-25-2014, 09:18 AM
I've been living in a cave, under a rock, since the Grunge Era. I've got to come out into the sunlight and find some songs.

70231

UHG!


Ditto that one Rex. Lol
I'm a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to music but after checking out the current UK Top 40 for the first time since 1986 I've been pleasantly surprised and indeed some of these yoof of today really can sing and play a toon !! Lol

Some fantastic acoustic stuff (which is my passion) is around ........OMG the Perry Como records are definately being put away for this season .........I feel a revelation of trendiness coming on ..........wheres my toupee, I'm going out clubbing tonite wiv me mates!! Lol

Aside from some great acts that have come out since 2000 (Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, David Gray, Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter, John Mayer.... to name a few), there has been a lot of older bands and artists that have released some excellent music (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Robert Plant, U2, America, AC/DC, Levon Helm, Johnny Cash.... to name a few). I'm not super up on new music these days but those are all worth checking out, in my opinion. Have fun!

ohmless
08-25-2014, 09:42 AM
Thankfully I had some practice with playing REM's Stand chorus the other week to prepare me for such fast chord changes. This take is one I found passable, despite clearly still needing lots of work. I just didn't see anything improving this besides time and I wanted to get started this week since there are other songs I want to try to get done. I blame the bad take(actually the best of several haha) on the bad formatting of the songsheet. I should have enlarged the type and made it bold print.

This song was quite memorable to me as it came out the year I graduated medical school, 2003. I regretfully never got to see them play live. So without further ado, the best twenty first century musical act(they were just mostly ahead of their time.)


http://youtu.be/U8t2u-uM-PQ

mythinformed
08-25-2014, 10:08 AM
Aside from some great acts that have come out since 2000 (Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, David Gray, Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter, John Mayer.... to name a few), there has been a lot of older bands and artists that have released some excellent music (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Robert Plant, U2, America, AC/DC, Levon Helm, Johnny Cash.... to name a few). I'm not super up on new music these days but those are all worth checking out, in my opinion. Have fun!
You read my mind with Amos Lee there Sean. lol

Bookworm
08-25-2014, 10:41 AM
Awesome theme! Here's my first entry:
http://youtu.be/l2OYSpFogjA

redpaul1
08-25-2014, 11:22 AM
Awesome theme! Here's my first entry:

http://youtu.be/l2OYSpFogjA



:smileybounce:

redpaul1
08-25-2014, 11:23 AM
From 2011, Nerina Pallot


http://youtu.be/hob8OtjIsWU

The official video for this is a tour de force - 4 minutes & 4 seconds in one continuous take. Do take a look:
Nerina Pallot - Put Your Hands Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2D7GGkrJPM)

Bookworm
08-25-2014, 11:28 AM
:smileybounce:

Haha, thanks!

bonesigh
08-25-2014, 11:36 AM
Okay, busy, busy, busy here. An early entry from me. Sometimes I think the same thing that there aren't any good songs coming out these days but a look through my ipod proves otherwise. I had such a great time last night and stayed up pretty late. Got to hear some of my originals backed up with a Ubass. It was awesome!

Now to a song for this week. Here is the original https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbvE5j9LwS4

Here's mine. Of course everyone likes different kinds of music, even at different times in their lives. Right now I'm loving this girls music. Rosie Thomas. Here is her song "You & Me".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUo4BSR1e74&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Now to go catch up with the other songs (:

uke4ia
08-25-2014, 12:54 PM
From 2011, Nerian Pallot.


http://youtu.be/6OluNDdUmtY

This is showing up for me as a black screen with the wording "This video is private."

MikeOnTheUke
08-25-2014, 04:01 PM
Of all the weeks to be in a 90s music mood...

X3. Still , I should have some more entries on the way

lelouden
08-25-2014, 04:30 PM
I've been living in a cave, under a rock, since the Grunge Era. I've got to come out into the sunlight and find some songs.

70231

UHG!
Has that been you I've been sitting next to?

I was just thinking the other day that I never listen to the radio anymore. UU is my radio and all the music I listen to anymore. I really need to broaden my horizon!

CeeJay
08-25-2014, 04:58 PM
Has that been you I've been sitting next to?

I was just thinking the other day that I never listen to the radio anymore. UU is my radio and all the music I listen to anymore. I really need to broaden my horizon!


Or widen your bandwidth.......

lelouden
08-25-2014, 05:59 PM
Or widen your bandwidth.......

Did I just hear a budum bum, tish!

TCK
08-25-2014, 06:24 PM
I tried to learn this one for PeeWee's last week, but it fit here and I reckon I have figured out the timing at least to pass my lax standards.
I slowed it down and made it sadder for those of you who are not into suspense.
Johnny Appleseed- Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. 2001
Thanks Ralf for the chance to play it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2o9L25y_tQ&feature=youtu.be

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-25-2014, 07:53 PM
another one from me...

"drumming song" by florence + the machine, from 2009


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsxByDXm418

erivel
08-25-2014, 09:44 PM
Phew, I didn't think I'd make it this week! Here's another hushed late night recording. "In California," written by Lisa Marr and released in 2000. Then covered by Neko Case in 2001, which is the version I know. Neko is one of my favorite singers of all time, wish I could have done this one justice!


http://youtu.be/cedJTVke8zw

barefootgypsy
08-26-2014, 12:35 AM
I am not into 21st century music at all.... shame on me..... so here is my challenge to find some that I like and do a vid... I'm on to it! I WILL be back with something....... :)

ChrisDeston821
08-26-2014, 01:21 AM
I wont do my usual ramble here either, but there'll be quite a story over in this thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?100013-Two-weeks-off-Holiday-Engaged-and-First-Gig-Coming-Up!-(Long-rambly-thread)) for those interested. For those that it's tl;wr - I've had two weeks off (Sorry I missed your week Ry, and I'd have had something for reggae week too! Dang) I'm now engaged (Gulp!) and I've got my first planned performance next weekend, with a setlist of songs that for the most part I don't know :) BRILL STUFF. Fuller explanation over hereee (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?100013-Two-weeks-off-Holiday-Engaged-and-First-Gig-Coming-Up!-(Long-rambly-thread))

But for Ralf, Jessica his wife, and for my beautiful bride to be Jessica.
(Maybe I should've said "For Jessica" at the start, might've earned some biased points from your Jess!)

This is Coldplay's Yellow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_(Coldplay_song)) recorded near the start of the 21st Century.

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

UkeCan1
08-26-2014, 03:28 AM
Congratulations, Chris and Jessica! That's the second engagement I've heard about in about 12 hours. Chris wins the Season.

LBColosimo
08-26-2014, 05:06 AM
Hey, this was nice! I can certainly relate to the lyrics too. :)

elmann
08-26-2014, 05:11 AM
Still in MN (unfortunately no time to participate in any meeting here, lots of family reuniions) I covered a cover: Jay-Z and Rihanna's Umbrella from 2004, already performed by The Baseballs. Not my best tune and wording, but I love this song:


http://youtu.be/TUWE8IihUII

LBColosimo
08-26-2014, 05:11 AM
Ohhh...you did this justice. I LOVED it. Thanks for sharing this!

barefootgypsy
08-26-2014, 06:40 AM
@ Bird's Eye - can't message you, your inbox is full! :)

bonesigh
08-26-2014, 06:46 AM
You've really got to hear the original to appreciate the song. The harmonies are wonderful. Seems rather dull done without multitracking but it's a song worth sharing in my opinion (:
Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-IabfCL_T8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RVEDAyfd4o&feature=youtube_gdata_player

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-26-2014, 08:41 AM
@ Bird's Eye - can't message you, your inbox is full! :)
ooooooooooooooooooops!!!!!!! fixed it! sorry about that!

redpaul1
08-26-2014, 09:24 AM
This is showing up for me as a black screen with the wording "This video is private."

It never finished processing :/

I've re-uploaded and fixed the link, but you can catch it here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?99935-Season-132-21st-Century-Music&p=1568794#post1568794) :)

bonesigh
08-26-2014, 10:46 AM
On a roll (:
Maroon 5 "One More Night" 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpypkvZjJiI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbeBHxqazcQ&list=UUtvw_jkcOb--odK8_2JYyvw

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-26-2014, 10:46 AM
The 21st-century hits just keep coming---such a terrific variety of music out there to enjoy. Here are today's comments:

Joko "Come On Home" (Franz Ferdinand)
Like how you sing some of the instrumental parts. Groovy uke leads. Nice.

pabrizzer "Weeds" (Joshua James)
I'm starting to think you've got your finger on the pulse of the music scene, Brian. Great performance here.

RAB11 "Apple Blossom" (White Stripes)
White's swing makes this one a great choice for uke. Cool lead. Groovy strumming and singing. Gracias.

Markwo "You Know I'm No Good" (Amy Winehouse)
Great song. Groovy, mellow approach and singing here. Cool, rhythmic strumming as well. Gracias.

ohmless "Imitation of Life" (REM)
REM were a great band in four (!) decades. Too bad we aren't getting more music from them in the 2010s. Your chorus chords sound especially nice on the uke.

Bookworm "We Fall Apart" (We As Human)
I know the feeling of losing track of takes a little too well. Glad you made to this one. I like how you change up your strumming from verse to chorus.

bonesigh "Me and You" (Rosie Thomas)
Great intro. Sweet, heartfelt singing and mellow strumming. Lovely ending, too. Gracias.

TCK "Johnny Appleseed" (Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros)
I love this song---one of Strummer's best. Your meditative take rules. I'm harmonizing here in Portland. Muchas gracias.

birds eye view of my ukelele "Drumming Song" (Florence + The Machine)
Sparse rhythm choices work great here. Your version reveals the great song-writing under F+TM's big production. Gracias.

erivel "In California" (Neko Case)
The late-night-quiet approach serves this one well. Sounds wonderful. Nice descending (at least as far as possible) ukulele part. Muchas gracias.

ChrisDeston821 "Yellow" (Coldplay)
Sweet, hearlfelt performance here. Congratulations, Chris and Jessica. Wishing you both a wonderful life together.

elmann "Umbrella" (Rihanna, Jay-Z, the Baseballs)
Fun one. Love that foot-tapping sound. Cool that you found a 21st-century song that's done a little time traveling.

bonesigh "Hazy" (Rosi Golan)
Nice sentiment here. Uke is sounding great. Might be time for you to find a dance hit after these two lovely slow songs ;)

greyghost
08-26-2014, 11:08 AM
There are several 21st - century acts whose work I really enjoy, and I've decided to take on two very different songs, with very different vocal ranges represented, to see if I could pull it off. Here's the first one, a tune by Opeth. They started off as a fairly standard Swedish death-metal outfit, but in the last decade have slowly evolved into a full-on seventies-style prog-rock band, with lots of acoustic guitars and lush keyboard textures. This song comes from a transitional period--most of the album is very heavy, with scary growled/screamed vocals. For obvious reasons, I've gone with the one song that isn't like that at all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyFCBIH7xJo&feature=youtu.be

greyghost
08-26-2014, 11:11 AM
Here's song #2, from a band that represents a very different portion of the rock spectrum. Since the Opeth clip was in glorious black and white, like many of their album covers, I've gone with crazy color shading for this song, by Muse.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P830YSxdFZw&feature=youtu.be

UkeCan1
08-26-2014, 02:44 PM
Well, I don't think it gets much more 21st-century than this ... here's a song about a 21st-century problem.

I counted no less than 15 things in my version of the lyrics (which are posted with the video) that did not exist in the 20th century. How many of them can you find?

This is "Internet Junkie" (http://youtu.be/cMVqw70kIo0) by the charming and talented Honor Finnegan (http://www.reverbnation.com/honorfinnegan), a small person who plays the same small instrument we do (though not on this song ... well, a little ... watch till the end of her video (http://youtu.be/cMVqw70kIo0)).

Check her out for more great 21st-century songs ... some even written for uke.


http://youtu.be/-Dz0F0D6NOc

PhillyV
08-26-2014, 04:05 PM
Got a little cheeky on this one. Thought I'd tackle a electro-pop dance song. So here's Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger.


http://youtu.be/sPpXYcbLJxg

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-26-2014, 04:26 PM
a third vid from me. i THINK that's probably it from me for this week............. but i say that all the time, it never sticks!

"cherokee" by cat power

from 2009


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAKbbxAv9Nk

Jazzbanjorex
08-26-2014, 05:42 PM
Another song my son listens to.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3kbOZDVAR4&feature=youtu.be

TCK
08-26-2014, 06:28 PM
You are my hero mate...this is so rad I am speechless.
Still in MN (unfortunately no time to participate in any meeting here, lots of family reuniions) I covered a cover: Jay-Z and Rihanna's Umbrella from 2004, already performed by The Baseballs. Not my best tune and wording, but I love this song:


http://youtu.be/TUWE8IihUII

Cohumulone
08-26-2014, 07:21 PM
Aside from some great acts that have come out since 2000 (Ryan Adams...

Fun fact: I dated his sister Courtney in the 90's when he played with a band called Whiskeytown. I was stationed in Jacksonville, NC, where he's from. They had a song on the Hope Floats soundtrack at the time. '98 I believe. I had to sit through that movie so many times with her to see if we could hear the song. Never did. On the soundtrack, sure. But not in the movie.

Rustyy
08-26-2014, 07:27 PM
I am familiar with the earlier comments about not listening to the radio in recent years.
I have seen many articles in the press about a young female singer from New Zealand selling lots of records (do you still say records?), and winning awards all around the world.
This weeks challenge has encouraged me to follow up on her biggest song, and I must say that I have enjoyed doing it.
I confess I hadn't heard it before this week, which probably shows how out of touch I have been, but like Ralf, I think I may be missing out on something. In my defence though, I think I am running out of RAM so the space may not be available for too much more, I would have to probably delete some files from the 50s and 60s, and I'm not sure I want to do that yet. I might need them.

I was going to change the words from Queen Bee to King Bee, but didn't want to confuse the blues audience ( my granddaughter used to say I was the audient when there was only me watching her perform)


http://youtu.be/x5bUx2om3x0

pabrizzer
08-26-2014, 11:43 PM
Wake Me Up

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

UkeyDave
08-27-2014, 02:00 AM
I've been absent for a bit as I've been in hospital and was only discharged yesterday. So I'm back home and already suffering Seasons withdrawal so here is my first entry. I'm gonna have a bit of time on my side so although I'm a little weak, I've no excuse not to do a few entries.
Oh and please excuse the jimmy jams (pyjamas). :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkH2bnt9ukQ

mythinformed
08-27-2014, 02:22 AM
This entry is more of a tinkering around with a short and sweet alternative version of Sweet Pea...............hope ya likes


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

ukuleledaddy
08-27-2014, 06:22 AM
Fun fact: I dated his sister Courtney in the 90's when he played with a band called Whiskeytown. I was stationed in Jacksonville, NC, where he's from. They had a song on the Hope Floats soundtrack at the time. '98 I believe. I had to sit through that movie so many times with her to see if we could hear the song. Never did. On the soundtrack, sure. But not in the movie.

No way! Lucky dog. I've been a fan of Ryan Adams since his Whiskeytown days. I've got a bunch of bootleg concerts of his and have seen him live a couple times. I love how he just babbles on sometimes about whatever's on his mind. Cracks me up.

~dave~~wave~
08-27-2014, 07:39 AM
Fantastic theme this week.
Thanks, Ralf, for another reminder of what an ancient, petrified old fossil I am.

Excuse me a second...

Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!

...Sorry, where was I?

Our uke band played a pair of events over the weekend.
As we put together a list, we had no song newer than the 70s. :o
We added one from the 80s, then Iz's version of SOTR from the 90s.

From this century, Sue found one that she learned and taught us, we hope to get a video made before the week is out.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

This is from 2004, by a band that started in the 80s, Camper Van Beethoven.





http://youtu.be/tZwWwW4YFv4

Markwo
08-27-2014, 08:41 AM
Here is another great song by Death Cab For Cutie. This is from the album 'Plans' which was an amazing album. I would listen to it from beginning to end in that old school way without skipping tracks. Definitely one of my favorite albums. Ben Gibbard has a very high voice and this is outta my range, but I love the song, so I did it anyway! My version is a bit different, but this is the way I've always played it.

http://youtu.be/cpNZzWyIO48

BigDaddyUker
08-27-2014, 09:00 AM
I can't even tell you how I ended up with this song but its definitely 21st Century...it was released in June 2014. I wanted to pick something that I would not generally listen to and this is definitely it. I think Ralf's rendition of Sexy and I Know It pushed me here. I did take out Snoops part in the middle of the song to keep is close to G-rated!.


http://youtu.be/86NGHPx5a3k

ukuleledaveey
08-27-2014, 09:02 AM
Howdy Gang and wow what a challenge and realization im old :( and outta touch, i always had my finer on the pulse of music, but since taking up the uke i have looked back at all the great music from the past and thus it is what i enjoy more now a days except for a few fave bands. Anyway thanks so much for hosting Ralf, greatly appreciated as ever as it is always to each host.
And a massive thanks for all the help from the posse on the facebook page i dedicate my song to you all.
This is a 21st century song by a 21st century group and then covered by another 21st century artist and it is her version that many people know and sometimes don't realise she covered the song and it is not one of her own.
So ladies and gentlefolk i present a song by The Zutons and covered by Amy Winehouse and now with a sprionkle of daveey on top.


http://youtu.be/O18sPfiGE3s

Srax
08-27-2014, 09:24 AM
This is my entry. I Know that I'm not very original but I think Amy Winehouse is one of the best voices of this century, and this song one of greatest.

A hug.

Sara


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMNaV9Ouo4A&feature=youtu.be

MikeOnTheUke
08-27-2014, 10:03 AM
Well, I guess i took this chance to do a song from my favorite genre. Ska. X3

Well, more like... ska/punk, but still, it had to be done. XP This is "The Science of Selling Yourself Short" by Less Than Jake, and was released in 2003.

I think every decade has its disillusioned youth songs, and songs about being so "messed-up" in your own view of yourself. I've always felt they do a good job of showing the demographic that listens to them that they aren't alone in feeling that way, and showing that there are others they can commiserate with. On that note, this is one of my favorites.


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

RAB11
08-27-2014, 11:50 AM
Here's another quick one, once it processes. From the best album of the last ten years.


http://youtu.be/Ucc2-rLShdg

ohmless
08-27-2014, 12:27 PM
like most lasting music, it gets adapted to a new generation while still borrowing form the past. The original traditional tune can't be named here but this version is named "Too Drunk to Pluck" and written by our own BEV! This is half of a tribute to BEV for the encouragement she has given me and also for the inspiring vids she puts up! Please pardon the poor improvisation at the end. Was just me messing around with the uke while drunk!


http://youtu.be/lYWt3orCOX0

ukuleledaddy
08-27-2014, 01:05 PM
Last week of summer vacation and it's been crazy busy. Trying to go thru the last of the summer bucket list. At Cannon Beach with the kids today. I took a short break from building sand castles and jumping waves to do a quick one take of this song my oldest daughter really like, and so do I. This is The Girl by City And Colour. I forgot to mention in the vid but it's for 132. Nice theme Ralf!

http://youtu.be/UnqWyMmXHLA

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-27-2014, 01:23 PM
"Too Drunk to Pluck"
that was soooooooooooooo good!

thank you so much!

allow me to start catching up with you on the... was it beer? i'll have a beer! :cheers:

Harry122
08-27-2014, 03:50 PM
Here's a very cute song written and performed by Ingrid Michaelson in 2009. She had her first hit in 2008 with "Be OK," and continues to write and perform amazing songs. Hope you like it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dP4y4jWnxk&feature=youtu.be
Everybody

ddanner
08-27-2014, 04:07 PM
The Lumineers won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2013 with their self-titled debut album. They describe the elements of their music as simplistic in style and claim that they are not "reinventing the wheel." Nevertheless, IMO, this Folk-Rock group brought out something new in this 21st century both in sound and style. "Ho-hey" is probably their best known hit, and although I really like that tune, I gave their "Stubborn Love" my best effort, and "kept my head up." Hope you enjoy it.


http://youtu.be/6Cf9Lh06vI8

FiL
08-27-2014, 04:25 PM
I love this Willie Nile song, "One Guitar", but is didn't seem appropriate for a ukulele forum, so I've renamed it "One Ukulele".

It's a singalong.

And a playalong. Most of the song is just G and C, with a very short D before the choruses.

Playing with your uke out of tune is not required. :) (I really should have retuned between takes!)


http://youtu.be/t_lkCuzm5cs

- FiL

lelouden
08-27-2014, 05:39 PM
Don't know what to say. I did this about a million times and it just didn't feel right in the Bruno Mars style so I just finally did my own thing:)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIoEF1zNHWw&feature=youtu.be

greenie44
08-27-2014, 06:32 PM
I admit I don't know that many musicians who first arrived in the 21st century, but many of my favorites continued to make great music in this century. I had wanted to learn this song since I first started playing ukulele, and the season moved me to it. I cut out a couple of verses in the service of brevity, but it's still a wonderful tune by Mr. Bob Dylan from his Modern Times album.


http://youtu.be/_SfxGid0Vrw

decaturcomp
08-27-2014, 07:28 PM
http://youtu.be/ZMmvJbZSgBE
A jason Isbell tune

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-27-2014, 08:01 PM
The great Leonard Cohen will release his new album, Popular Problems, on September 23rd. That's two days after his eightieth birthday. What an amazing role model for everyone that hopes to stay creative throughout life. Earlier today, he released "Almost Like the Blues" on youtube, and I had to record a version while it's still hot off the server.


http://youtu.be/god0zSkGJlc

Recording this one used up my Seasons time for tonight. Season 132's been more fun than I thought possible, and we're only on Wednesday. Keep the 21st-century awesomeness coming, y'all. Updated playlist and comments tomorrow. <3

UkeyDave
08-28-2014, 12:31 AM
Entry No.2. The original has had 265 yes frickin 265 MILLION hits so I suppose I better post a link here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6dMFF_yts) for it as I'm sure it could do with a few more as a booster.
So move along, nothing here worth seeing:-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNG2SVF3Tsw

pabrizzer
08-28-2014, 12:57 AM
Well yes Ralf great idea. I got my brother IvantheT to help on bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJLGdMIj-Eo

mythinformed
08-28-2014, 03:38 AM
Chasing Cars ~ Snow Patrol..............complete with a few blips and slips.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBvQ8AhBfzc&feature=youtu.be

cua94
08-28-2014, 03:52 AM
Mama's Broken Heart. This song was sung by Miranda Lambert in 2013 but written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves.
http://youtu.be/g9njWRX9UJY

redpaul1
08-28-2014, 06:44 AM
Someone else covered this song but the original's best, I generally find


http://youtu.be/PDIKCGy2BXA

(see how it should be done here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECcxsCRthWM))

strumsilly
08-28-2014, 08:21 AM
wonderwall [Oasis] I'm not really satisfied with this, but I only have time for one take. the original by Oasis is really a great song.
Oh well, just found out it was released in 1995. duh. just flushed some points down the toilet. BUT it was covered by Ryan Adams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Adams) in 2003 and jazz musician Brad Mehldau (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Mehldau) in 2008. does that count?

wondering what a wonderwall is?, I found this on urban dictionary, hmm. some other definitions are not so cool.
"A barrier which separates the mundane from the Transcendent Reality. A true Wonderwall will always have a crack, or a slit or an opening which allows anyone a glimpse of what lies beyond the Wonderwall."
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http://youtu.be/yS25QbNGM8E

wee_ginga_yin
08-28-2014, 11:22 AM
I did this song in a hurry... some might say at warp speed... ain't that right Scotty?
A Leftover Cuties song Game called life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxZL0LIxK-Y)


http://youtu.be/T4vcsbxUGRA

TheUkeBloke
08-28-2014, 11:45 AM
I was lucky enough to persuade my wife Delycia to join me in this great song by James Blunt.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA6fruhfKik

wee_ginga_yin
08-28-2014, 11:50 AM
wondering what a wonderwall is?, I found this on urban dictionary, hmm. some other definitions are not so cool.
"A barrier which separates the mundane from the Transcendent Reality. A true Wonderwall will always have a crack, or a slit or an opening which allows anyone a glimpse of what lies beyond the Wonderwall."


Banksy did a few stencils on a wall in Israel near Bethlehem

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Markwo
08-28-2014, 12:27 PM
Here is a song from The Bravery. This is from the album, The Sun and The Moon. I loved that stinkin' album. Another one where I would listen to the whole thing repeatedly. Their next album I couldn't get into, but I thought this one was great.

http://youtu.be/8v1EBK-tMXc

ohmless
08-28-2014, 01:52 PM
Here is a cover of a recent qualifying song from a relatively unknown artist's second album called "Ukulele Songs".

Several firsts for me. First attempt at using the fan stroke in a song, first time mixing fingerpicking with strumming, first time with a changing strumming pattern(including a couple areas of BEV inspired all upstrums as it sounded better with the fan stroke.) Enough excuses, here is the vid!


http://youtu.be/05GEDAfS-aA

Concertina
08-28-2014, 01:53 PM
OK...hopefully my truancy can be a bit forgiven.

Love the theme...and while I agree that a LOT of new music is basically crap...there are so so so many good songs.
This one wasn't particularly demanding technically...but it's one of my favorites and I've been dying to cover it. I know she's crazy...that's cool...the song is still good LOL!

Please don't mind the timing issues...I get so nervous when I record. I made it through in one take though so I kept it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUbvSaE4zAM&feature=youtu.be

uke4ia
08-28-2014, 02:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L2maIOZWws

I don't care for much of today's pop hits, but there's still plenty of good music being made out there. It's just more work to find the good stuff now, since radio isn't much help anymore.

I'm as addicted to songs as I am to the ukulele. I spend a good part of my free time looking for new great songs. I always tell my wife to get me iTunes cards for gifts, because they will always get used. One place I find lots of good music is by listening to the weekly "Music That Matters" podcast on KEXP.org. I've found dozens of bands through the podcasts, and even some who later get famous like the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, I heard several months earlier on KEXP.
http://www.kexp.org/podcasts

Anyway, this is a song I first heard on a KEXP podcast in 2010. This is "Solitude Is Bliss" by the Australian band Tame Impala. I could have used another week or two just to practice singing and playing the chorus at the same time.

lelouden
08-28-2014, 02:38 PM
I received a PM from Ukuleledaddy directing me to Priscilla Ahn who is fantastic. She is new to me so I really appreciated him picking this song out for me.

Thank you Sean. I could listen to her all day:)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVjxsPBwW6A&feature=youtu.be

sam-wo
08-28-2014, 02:58 PM
I love the White Stripes and Jack White. I was happy to find a song I could do for this season!

http://youtu.be/eyp5hrwVdQc

pabrizzer
08-28-2014, 04:00 PM
I love the White Stripes and Jack White. I was happy to find a song I could do for this season!


This is terrific SAndM.
Great strumming and song choice for dad to sing. Hope to hear you do some singing too though sometime.

decaturcomp
08-28-2014, 05:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaLwXId8cAs

Adapted from an Edgar Lee Masters poem (1916). The song was written in 2013 by Darrell Scott.

ukuleledaddy
08-28-2014, 05:43 PM
I received a PM from Ukuleledaddy directing me to Priscilla Ahn who is fantastic. She is new to me so I really appreciated him picking this song out for me.

Thank you Sean. I could listen to her all day:)


Beautifully done! I'm so glad you did this Linda. I figured you would enjoy her stuff. She also does a nice tune called The Boobs Song. Just sayin'. Actually, I'd love to see wee ginga yin tackle that one!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-28-2014, 06:09 PM
Wow. Modern pop, modern metal, modern grunge, modern folk, etc. This modern music rocks.

I'm slowly getting caught up on comments. The playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2xGE5eN6diHSO0r7FCg_nNYmA4zYI2V1) is nearly up-to-date and ready for your ukulele-listening pleasure.

Don't forget that no video-editing or audio-overdubbing is allowed this Season. (Of course, cool edited or overdubbed videos that get submitted will still be enjoyed and added to the playlist, but they won't be in competition.)

bonesigh "One More Night" (Maroon 5)
I like that effect-laden sound---sort a wee_ginga_yin thing going on here. Cool.

redpaul1 "Put Your Hands Up" (Nerina Pallot)
You've truly released your inner pop princess here. Awesome.

greyghost "Harvest" (Opeth)
I love metal ballads---great to hear that today's metalheads are still as sensitive as their metallic forebears. Your uke version is heavy. We don't get to hear much heavy uke music, quite a treat.

greyghost "Our Time Is Running Out" (Muse)
From metal ballad to grunge rock. Fun. Rock on.

UkeCan1 "Internet Junkie" (Honor Finnegan)
Groovy, rockin' strumming here, and nice pickin' break. Silly but true lyrically. Fun.

PhillyV "Moves Like Jagger" (Maroon 5)
Nice uke playing here---your propulsive, steady rhythm works great. Gracias.

birds eye view of my ukelele "Cherokee" (Cat Power)
Killer version of a great song. I love the way that barre chord way up the neck works here. Muchas gracias.

Jazzbanjorex "Hey Brother" (Avicii)
The harmony singing and the percussion work great, but remember that no overdubs are allowed for entries this Season. So though this one won't affect the battle for a copy of How to Lie with Statistics, I sure everyone will enjoy your groovy production as much as I am enjoying it. Really cool one.

lelouden
08-28-2014, 06:33 PM
Beautifully done! I'm so glad you did this Linda. I figured you would enjoy her stuff. She also does a nice tune called The Boobs Song. Just sayin'. Actually, I'd love to see wee ginga yin tackle that one!

I listened to that a few hours ago:) and I say wee ginga yin would do a great job of it:D

ddanner
08-28-2014, 09:47 PM
Although Bob Dylan may be starting to look like he has been around since the first century, I think the content of his album, "Modern Times" makes quite a statement about the main subject of this week's Season. Dylan pulled heavily from many 20th century sources and influences - both his own and many others. He even created some conflict amongst reviewers with respect to whether proper credit had been given or acknowledged. Maybe if a question mark had been added to the album title, it could have served as a title for SOTU 132? "Thunder On The Mountain" is a simple blues-rock chord progression and demonstrates well that some basic, music structures can be successful regardless of century and he combines material from both 20 and 21.

I dropped a few of the verses for the sake of brevity and to also pull out some language that some of my local YT viewing friends would find offensive, although I really hated to throw out some classic Dylan lyrics like rhyming "tough sons of bitches" with "from the orphanages."

Also, wrt video editing: I used 2 cameras to capture my performance, but they were used simultaneously to capture one, continuous take. I did this to start gaining experience with multi-track video editing and to compare the qualities of the audio captured by each camera. (Sony HDR-CX260 camcorder; Canon SX1 IS Powershot camera)


http://youtu.be/nA2l83SM5a8

The edited lyrics I used were:

Thunder On The Mountain – Bob Dylan (2006)

Intro: G C G D7 G

[G] Thunder on the mountain and there's fire on the moon
There's a ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon.
[C] Today's the day; gonna grab my trombone and [G] blow.
Well, [D7] there's hot stuff here and it's everywhere I [G] go.

Feel like my soul is beginning to expand
Look into my heart and you will sort of understand
You brought me here, now you're trying to run me away
The writing's on the wall, come read it, come see what I say

Thunder on the mountain, rolling like a drum
Gonna sleep over there, . where the music's coming from
I don't need any guide, I already know the way
Remember this, I'm your servant both night and day

The pistols are poppin' and the power is down
I'd like to try somethin' but I'm too far from town
The sun keeps shinin' and the north wind's pickin' up speed.
Gonna forget about myself, go out and see what others need

I've been sitting down studying The Art of Love
I think that it will fit me Fit me like a glove
I want a good woman to do just what I say
Everybody got to wonder what's the matter with the world today

Thunder on the mountain rollin' to the ground
Gonna get up in the morning walk the hard road down
Some sweet day I'll stand beside my king
I wouldn't betray your love or any other thing

I got the pork chops, she got the pie
She ain't no angel and neither am I
Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes
I'll say this, I don't give a damn about your dreams

Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be
Mean old twister bearing down on me
All the ladies in Washington are scrambling to get out of town
Look like sumpin' bad gonna happen, better roll your airplane down

Everybody going and I want to go, too
Don't wanna take a chance with somebody new
I did all I could, I did it right there and then
I've already confessed - no need to confess again

Outro: G C G D7 G

pabrizzer
08-29-2014, 01:09 AM
A Matt Andersen song. He's a big lad from New Brunswick Canada. And he can sure sing and play.
I Don't Wanna Give In

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2sp75195c0

Tootler
08-29-2014, 01:13 AM
Like some others, I am not familiar with much modern pop music. I did consider Adele as a possibility but in the end I decided to write a song myself, so this is definitely 21st century, in fact it was written this week.


http://youtu.be/eTIOFueqVFo

I've put the lyrics on You Tube but I've added them here as well

I've Been Sent To War
Geoff Walker

The [D]soldier came home at the [G]end of the day
He [D]thought of the news he had [A]heard that day
He [D]picked up his uke and [G]started to play
I must [D]go now, my love. I'll be a [A7]long time a[D]way

[D]I'm being sent away to [G]fight in a war
To [D]fight in a cause that I [A]know not what for
The [D]order has come I can't [G]stay any more
Then he [D]picked up his bags and walked [A7]out of the [D]door

His [Em]love came home, heard a [B7]ping on her phone
She [Am]listened to his song, [G]saw he was gone
Knew [Em]she'd be alone, knew [B7]she must be strong
As she [C]felt the first flutter of their [G]unborn [D]son.

Instrumental

A [D]woman sat on the beach at the [G]end of the day
She [D]watched her young son in the [A]sand at play
With [D]tears in her eyes she looked [G]out o'er the sea
And [D]remembered the father he [A7]never would[D]see. x2

This is all I'll get done this week as I will be at a mini-folk festival over the weekend. It's a great weekend of singing in the old cowshed of a farm on the North York Moors and we have a great weekend and it raises thousands of pounds for two local hospices.

LBColosimo
08-29-2014, 01:48 AM
Sophie Madeleine is one of my favorite ukulele performers. She got her start on Youtube and has ridden the crest of the ukulele wave. This song is called Stars. :)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoYfWUMkx9U&list=UUk4bt3bVfkWbWQNjETzYW4g

UkeCan1
08-29-2014, 03:11 AM
After I did all this work on this piece of ridiculousness, I remembered that the point of this Season was to find *good* 21st-century music. Sorry about that. I should learn to read the directions.

Instead I did a mashup of three of the silliest earworms by viral video stars who were barely even alive in the 20th century.

If you listen, I disclaim responsibility for any ill effects you may experience. Use at your own risk. Be sure to have an ABBA recording handy as an antidote to get it out of your head afterward.

You can thank me later for this: I did not include "Gangnam Style" or any Lady Gaga songs. (Though I considered it.)
[Or Miley Cyrus. (Good call, Maria!)]

All three songs are based on the same incessant 1-6-4-5 chord progression, the most common one in popular music apparently (http://youtu.be/5pidokakU4I). The Bieber is half as fast as the other two.

You'd think this would make it really easy to mash them up, but the three stories are all so different from each other, it was harder than I expected.

"Baby" is Bieber's attempt to woo back a first love who doesn't want him any more. "Call Me Maybe" is Jepsen's attempt to get the attention of a hot guy she just met ... who also doesn't seem interested. "Friday" doesn't mention any love interest at all, and is about ... well, a bunch of nonsense really ... but it seems to be about the excitement of an impending weekend of teenage partying. And a lesson in the days of the week. Well, some of them.

To make "Friday" fit at all, I dropped most of the relationship loss of the other two songs, and attempted to create some sort of vaguely coherent narrative of attempting to get a new guy to take me out for the weekend.

The whole thing makes about as much sense as any of its original component songs, I reckon. Which is to say, not a great deal. But I do find it kind of fun to sing (and hard!), and catchy. YMMV.

Oh, and TGIF!


http://youtu.be/Do6WbpQyNLE

If you want to try to follow along (I think mashups are always more fun when you know what's going on), here's a color-coded chart (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6d7775aohbi75x3/Call%20Me%20Friday%20Maybe%2C%20Baby%20%20-%20%20Wendy%20Keilin%20%28Justin%20Bieber%2C%20Car ly%20Rae%20Jepsen%2C%20Rebecca%20Black%29.pdf?dl=0 ). Pink is "Baby", blue is "Call Me Maybe", yellow is "Friday", and green is the Ludacris guest rap on "Baby".

(The rap was the hardest part, and might seem like the obvious thing to leave out of a three-song mashup, but I really kind of love it ... the words and meter are fun and clever, I love how he delivers it ... and it lyrically ties together some other parts of the story ... he actually mentions wanting to see her on the weekend!)

Well, that was fun. Happy Friday, have a great weekend.

mikef
08-29-2014, 06:08 AM
My first entry for SOTU 132 from John Grant's stunning album "Queen Of Denmark" (released 2010).... indeed my second entry is from the same album (see below). You see John Grant is such an incredible 21st talent I couldn't even pick which song to do! It was a one take job as the camera battery was on the way out and my puppy makes a few audible "enhancements" and proceeds to keep knocking the mic stand near the end. He'll do anything to get on camera you know ;) I hope you like it!


http://youtu.be/DZE8YcSfuik

mikef
08-29-2014, 06:09 AM
My second entry for SOTU 132 from John Grant's stunning album "Queen Of Denmark" (released 2010). I think this is the first time I've managed to find time to do two videos... I hope that tells you how awesome he is :)


http://youtu.be/YxRluR04xKE

southside mike
08-29-2014, 08:20 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQOmNodH9c&index=1&list=UUtgeI7LSlrW2CwAt5cLMmfw
I've been a Ray Lamontagne fan since he showed up with this song around ten years ago.

peewee
08-29-2014, 08:52 AM
I can't let Ralf's season go by without entering, but...
I was on set out in the boondocks for the first part of the week, and despite grilling all the PAs for music recommendations, and perusing lists of bands from festival lineups, I was kind of at a loss.
I almost did a Grpuplove song, but it was mostly difficult to establish any immediate emotional rapport with a new song.
I considered Sufjean (too religious), the Shins (too 90s) white Stripes (too obvious a fit) Wolfmother (too rockin)...the Hold Steady (to hard to do the semi spoken vocals with the rockin guitar riffs)

So here's a bittersweet song by a couple of willowy Swedish sisters that came up in uke class a while back. First Aid Kit : Emmylou.
This song has grown on me since hearing it a few months back, plus it's full of musical nostalgia in the chorus.
I switched the gender around a little
http://youtu.be/_yxEGrnqj1A

http://youtu.be/_yxEGrnqj1A

Jazzbanjorex
08-29-2014, 08:57 AM
I can't follow directions very well and uploaded a mutlitrack version of my second entry, Oops, Sorry about that. Here is the non-remix version of that video. So if you saw the other one this one is the same only less.

I don't normally do multitrack stuff so why did I get crazy and forget the rules this week and do a multitrack song. I blame Linda L. Her multitrack videos are so cool. I find it a lot of work and time consuming though and only my audio was mutlitrack, no the video. Maybe I need to buy Mac stuff. I don't even use my laptop's video camera, it's awful.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s9n3zsILfo&feature=youtu.be

decaturcomp
08-29-2014, 08:57 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkYFuIbPouU

Jack White's Third Man Records was started in 2001.
This was his first solo effort. 4 songs were released on the same SKU presumably on two 45 rpm rekkids.

ukuleledaveey
08-29-2014, 09:07 AM
Howdy again gang and here is my first bonus for this week, this song is from a album released earlier in the year titled " The cautionary tales of Mark Oliver Everett " by Eels (my all time fave band). I dont in general like covering their songs as i do not feel confidant in covering them with justice let alone talent lol, but i absolutely love this song called "Parallels" , i dedicate this song to my dear and much loved and missed Mum & Dad.


http://youtu.be/JYo1SRXJtlY

Cohumulone
08-29-2014, 10:26 AM
No way! Lucky dog. I've been a fan of Ryan Adams since his Whiskeytown days. I've got a bunch of bootleg concerts of his and have seen him live a couple times. I love how he just babbles on sometimes about whatever's on his mind. Cracks me up.

That's some loyalty there! :) Some artists and bands just kind of grab us for life, don't they. Cake has always been that band for me.

I think he's definitely talented, but I have a hard time liking him, due to everything lol. His mom and step-dad hated me for the simple fact that I was a Marine. They never even gave me a chance. All Marines were a-holes according to them. Ryan said something to me once when I met him that I really didn't take kindly to. I was a BIG fan of the Beatles back then and he rolled his eyes and said that the Beatles were overrated and that they never did anything for the progression of music. Hurt me right in the feels man.

ukuleledaveey
08-29-2014, 10:57 AM
Howdy again folks well here is my second and last song for this season, many thanks Ralf for hosting a super season and well done everyone for super songs, i am hoping to go through the playlist real soon.
This song is another personal fvae of mine by another of my fave bands and with trepidation i have uploaded this lol. This song was released as a single in June 2006. the Song is " I will follow you into the dark " by Death cab for cutie. I dedicate this song to my Beautiful angel in my life, my gorgeous wife :)


http://youtu.be/m5H0znJFV-U

DWitt
08-29-2014, 11:00 AM
Well, if any of you have had an eye on what I tend to play, you'll know about half of what I've done here has been 21st Century music. So I was pretty excited about the week! Unfortunately for me, this was also our first week of classes, and was chock-full of teaching and meetings and paperwork and other fun stuff. But I finished was I needed to get done early today, and recorded a few songs this afternoon.

First up:

"Resurrection Fern," by Iron & Wine. Iron & Wine's first album came out in 2002. This is from 2007's "The Shepherd's Dog."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECZ5ZWSejHs&list=UUP2mXjr9ExkdX0UJk0SZIAg

DWitt
08-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Second:

"Lily," by Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie fame. This is from his 2012 "Former Lives."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cPKcFzsyvI&list=UUP2mXjr9ExkdX0UJk0SZIAg

DWitt
08-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Third:

"Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)," by Sufjan Stevens. Stevens' first album came out in 2000. This one, as one might guess, is from his 2003 "Michigan."

By the way, I really liked a comment from here (http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858497951/):

"Usually pretending to try and cry are only done for the benefit of others. You pretend to cry to gain sympathy. You pretend to try so others think you are doing your best. But here he says he'll pretend even if he's alone. This suggests to me that he is trying to prove to himself that what has happened (losing his job and room) is not his fault, because he's pretending to try.

"He is also trying to prove to himself that he really wants a job by pretending to cry. If he didn't cry that might mean that he really is a lazy bum who enjoys not having a job.

"I think the line "use my hands to use my heart" means that working was this man's way of life. It is not simply something he does with his hands, it was central to his life. However, he says he has "forgot the part" suggesting that he no longer feels this way. His work is no longer as important to him as it used to be. Perhaps he notices this and it bothers him, and that is why he feels the need to pretend to cry and try: because he wants to convince himself that work is still as important to him as it used to be."

I'm not sure I agree with that interpretation, but I found it really interesting and thought-provoking.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U805E8QWXHc&list=UUP2mXjr9ExkdX0UJk0SZIAg

DWitt
08-29-2014, 11:02 AM
Fourth:

"The Garden That You Planted," by Sea Wolf. From Sea Wolf's 2007 debut EP, "Get to the River Before it Runs Too Low"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtrjB5dfBPg&list=UUP2mXjr9ExkdX0UJk0SZIAg

DWitt
08-29-2014, 11:02 AM
Fifth and last,

"Crooked Teeth," by Death Cab for Cutie. From Plans (2005).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_qwS9Eaacc&list=UUP2mXjr9ExkdX0UJk0SZIAg

xommen
08-29-2014, 11:16 AM
This is from a record that came out last year that I really liked, this is Damaged by the Winery Dogs.

http://youtu.be/kRzfEUgeOzo

barefootgypsy
08-29-2014, 11:29 AM
Good evening friends, I'm struggling on all levels this week - time being one, as I don't have much this week, but I have listened to quite a few 21st century artists, and remained unmoved on the whole, sadly - I did find a song I quite liked, but being unfamiliar I need more time to get to grips with it. Maybe it will happen, maybe not.... I will try. Have fun, Seasonistas.... it's a really good theme but I'm stumbling here..... (sigh...)

we tigers
08-29-2014, 11:46 AM
hi gang,
it has been a while since we've entered a Season. A couple of weeks of holidays, a few themes that just didn't work out for us, and tons of other stuff got in the way. It has also been ages since I've commented on other videos. Sorry about that. The Seasons just keep on going and going and it can be quite hard keeping up.

But at least we're back with a video! We wouldn't want to miss out on Ralfs Season and it's a nice theme this week!
For me, one of the best albums of 2013 was "Dear Me, Look Up" by the Belgian band Marble Sounds. It is an album worth checking out. There are a bunch of beautiful songs on there and they've made a couple of beautiful videos to support the songs. One song made them rise from the underground and got them on a lot of radio stations over here in the lowlands. That song is Leave a Light On. We love that song and the original video is amazing; seriously, check it out: http://youtu.be/XnQE8Z3vJ_4

Here's our attempt:

http://youtu.be/4WRH3iWNrbQ

Dougf
08-29-2014, 11:57 AM
From the 2013 movie, "Her", The Moon Song. The movie soundtrack version featured ukulele, and it seems uke covers of this song are rampant on YouTube. Anyway, here's my take on it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoFlQKXRo7g

bonesigh
08-29-2014, 12:23 PM
So sorry about the video being off. Problems with the program. Again I encourage you to listen to the original https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-aXShpySE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bw8uJYaHf8&feature=em-upload_owner

bonesigh
08-29-2014, 12:46 PM
I, for one, would like to know what song you liked. Even if you don't end up doing it I'd like to check it out (:


Good evening friends, I'm struggling on all levels this week - time being one, as I don't have much this week, but I have listened to quite a few 21st century artists, and remained unmoved on the whole, sadly - I did find a song I quite liked, but being unfamiliar I need more time to get to grips with it. Maybe it will happen, maybe not.... I will try. Have fun, Seasonistas.... it's a really good theme but I'm stumbling here..... (sigh...)

mattydee
08-29-2014, 12:49 PM
I had so much trouble choosing a song this week, for the opposite reason that it seems most of you had -- I find there to be so much good music of the 21st Century, and the theme to be so broad therefore, that I went back and forth before finally landing on a song today, the last day I had to record before a little getaway for the holiday weekend.

I thought about Of Monsters and Men, and Mumford and Sons, and The Decemberists, and Sufjan Stevens, and Edward Sharpe, and The Lumineers, and Arcade Fire, and also Hey Ya by Outkast, which might be the best song of the 21st Century so far, but finally decided on Regina Spektor, who fit the uke pretty well, and hit the scene in 2001, but didn't have a hit till this one in 2006. So, here it is.


http://youtu.be/L0dk4esAGa4

pabrizzer
08-29-2014, 12:59 PM
One song made them rise from the underground and got them on a lot of radio stations over here in the lowlands. That song is Leave a Light On. We love that song and the original video is amazing; seriously, check it out: http://youtu.be/XnQE8Z3vJ_4

Just beautiful stuff weTigers.
And Marble Sounds are a real find for me - thank you.
Some of their stuff is (delightfully) disturbing - like this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCRM_w9Z5mc
Seems to be some real insight into that world by the composer.

pabrizzer
08-29-2014, 02:53 PM
Flowers in Your Hair - Lumineers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dWWNVlXIbA

BigDaddyUker
08-29-2014, 03:52 PM
I will try. Have fun, Seasonistas.... it's a really good theme but I'm stumbling here..... (sigh...)

Hang in there!! You will get it done!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-29-2014, 05:50 PM
The entries are coming in more quickly than I can watch/listen to them. (I usually check out the original versions, too.) Amazing work, everyone. Keep 'em coming.

Here are a few more comments...

Rustyy "Royals" (Lorde)
Great choice. The breaks on the uke work well, and you've done some dynamic playing and singing. Gracias.

pabrizzer "Wake Me Up" (Avicii)
Love that mellow picking, and you hit some lovely high notes here. Sweet one.

UkeyDave "For Reasons Unknown" (The Killers)
I hope you're well. I'm sure your groovy uke playing here will aid the healing process. Muchas gracias.

mythinformed "Sweet Pea" (Amos Lee)
Great, gentle pace and rhythm here. Sweet, heartfelt singing as well. Gracias.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-29-2014, 05:51 PM
You can thank me later for this: I did not include any Lady Gaga songs
:wtf:

i'll have her if you don't want her


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

UkeFoote
08-29-2014, 06:57 PM
UkeFoote here -

First time posting for Seasons...

This is Tame Impala's song "Elephant"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpss6As4Y_s

UkeFoote
08-29-2014, 07:01 PM
#2 for UkeFoote.

I'm a junior member - hot damn

For Season of the Ukulele 132, 21st Century Schizoid music; this is Sparklehorse "Waiting for Nothing"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IHbIfbZZVY

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-29-2014, 07:10 PM
The entries are coming in more quickly than I can watch/listen to them.



You may submit as many entries as you like.


:rolleyes:

:cheers:

Dan Uke
08-29-2014, 09:28 PM
This is the other "All of Me"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGkjY9P2wd4&feature=youtu.be

RAB11
08-29-2014, 10:53 PM
Right. Another early morning special. There's some epic bedhead going on here. But I couldn't let this season go by without paying homage to my man crush Dave Grohl. What a man.


http://youtu.be/sOwWnYsAi34

Got a gig to prepare for this afternoon, then the flat to myself this evening so I'll finally be able to wrap up my season then.

pabrizzer
08-30-2014, 12:04 AM
Yeah I know I've done a few songs this week - but there really is a heap of really good music out there.
I like Ben Harper and what he does. I've done this one before but have redone it for this season.
Better Way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqJV5-M4LQA

UkeFoote
08-30-2014, 06:57 AM
nice

that mic is as big as your torso

(supposed to be a reply to bud mcmaster on page 2 - I can't figure this inter web shit out)

frisbee fred
08-30-2014, 08:21 AM
A little tardier than usual this season but I finally got it. For Season 132 of the Ukulele - Recent songs from the 21st century. This song was written by my son, Evan, a couple of months ago. If you want to hear how the song is supposed to be performed just go to his Soundcloud site at https://soundcloud.com/grubby802


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPqWgb2q5DI&feature=youtu.be

Pass Around Our Time by Evan Grubb

If its 2am and dark again I'm happy outside
Try to find a place where we can crash for the night
If I don't have plans and neither do you
Then let's find somethin to do

Let's stumble through the city 'cause that's all that we know
Don't need a cab to pick us up when we got nowhere to go
The snow seems to get deeper every step that we take
Let's just sit down and take a break
Sit down and take a break

(chorus)
We'll pass around our time
We'll pass around our crazy night
Let's pass around our time
And if we're still lost in the end then we'll wait
Wait for daylight

The night's not getting younger and our drinks aren't getting cheaper
I find another beauty and I swear that she's a keeper
Well, what was her name? Well I don't think I remember
But I'd like to get to know her somehow
I'll never like her more than right now

Chorus

BigDaddyUker
08-30-2014, 09:27 AM
UkeFoote here -

First time posting for Seasons...

This is Tame Impala's song "Elephant"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpss6As4Y_s

Welcome to the club and your new addiction! BDU

Harry122
08-30-2014, 10:17 AM
I have to do a Nellie McKay song for this Season. Nellie McKay is one of the most important new artists of this century. This song is from her 2010 album, "Home Sweet Mobile Home." She's also a big ukulele enthusiast!


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

barefootgypsy
08-30-2014, 11:09 AM
Well I've finally got to make an entry, it's a number Adele released in 2008, but it's a Dylan number, not one of her own. I think Adele is simply stupendous. I messed up a little towards the end, but I want to spend some time now watching other people's videos, so it will just have to do.....


http://youtu.be/ooPjlAO3SnM

barefootgypsy
08-30-2014, 11:15 AM
I, for one, would like to know what song you liked. Even if you don't end up doing it I'd like to check it out (:Oh, it was Kate Rusby, The Lark..... and no, I didn't do it because I haven't had time to familiarise myself with the tune. Shame. But at least I have got a song in now! Thanks for the interest! :D

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
08-30-2014, 04:04 PM
Hi all. The playlist is up to date (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2xGE5eN6diHSO0r7FCg_nNYmA4zYI2V1), so please enjoy your fellow Seasonistas' amazing work this week. (One hundred three entries so far---awesome!)

We've got a lot of socializing going on here in Portland this weekend, so I haven't had a chance to catch up on comments today. More as soon as possible.

ukuleledaddy
08-30-2014, 05:28 PM
I tried to get this song done earlier in the week but wasn't quite happy with the results. Such is the case with most songs that mean a great deal to me. My wife and I started dating in 2001 and this song is from our favorite date movie in our early courtship, Serendipity. I've come to love just about everything this artist has put out. He's had musicians like Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler appear on his albums. This is Moonlight Kiss by Bap Kennedy. I couldn't find any quiet time in which to record so you'll have to endure more video bombs from my daughters.
(WHOOPS! I put in the wrong vid. Fixed now. Phew, what a week!)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubvG1TjYoJ8&list=UUwOfmPtmH0q5v_XIFVIWYsA

ksiegel
08-30-2014, 07:38 PM
Here's mine.

A Keb Mo' song, from BluesAmericana


http://youtu.be/OlzYPoZWYXk

librainian
08-31-2014, 10:38 AM
My first entry is from Seasick Steve. This week was my 7th anniversary so I was feeling a bit romantic. Here's "Walking Man" played in open D tuning. Thanks to Pabrizzer for turning my on to this unique blues artist.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DkVdCzdC8

librainian
08-31-2014, 10:48 AM
My second entry is a great song I first ran into on Victoria Vox's 2010 album "Exact Change" but originally written and performed by Herb Ohta and Jim Beloff on the 2003 album "Rainforest" and the 2004 album "Finer Things." It's a fabulous song that's so fun to play.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv5niGiTawY

Barbablanca
08-31-2014, 11:17 AM
A late entry from me after spending most of the week finishing a translation.

This is a song I wrote in July with verses more suited to young adults. But I have since revised the song for a more mature audience.

The very open theme this week has meant this was a great opportunity to do this song and show off the Korala Baritone I picked up from Omega Music in August on our travels up North. (Been after a Baritone with a Pick Up for ages).

Great to be back on the Seasons! Look forward to getting round to hearing what I've missed while we were away.


http://youtu.be/2EFCBb96d4Y

As usual, the lyrics are in the Youtube Description section.

mythinformed
08-31-2014, 11:30 AM
My first entry is from Seasick Steve. This week was my 7th anniversary so I was feeling a bit romantic. Here's "Walking Man" played in open D tuning. Thanks to Pabrizzer for turning my on to this unique blues artist.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DkVdCzdC8

Pure class mate !!

ddanner
08-31-2014, 01:23 PM
A late entry from me after spending most of the week finishing a translation. //cut//

Great to be back on the Seasons! Look forward to getting round to hearing what I've missed while we were away.

As usual, the lyrics are in the Youtube Description section.

So glad you're back and what a great song! Thanks for posting the lyrics in the YT description and commenting there with the chord progressions.

~dave~~wave~
08-31-2014, 03:27 PM
Sing Together by Train from 2012

Sue learned this one and taught it to the rest of us so we had one song from this century on our list for a pair of events last week.

Half the group found time to record a video before the deadline, since it fits the theme perfectly this week.




http://youtu.be/l4K8C8a1qd0

UkeCan1
08-31-2014, 03:41 PM
Well, this is a 21st-century song ... I wrote it only minutes before I made the video.

Which was Friday afternoon ... some of you have seen it already on Facebook and/or YouTube, but I was interrupted before I got a chance to post it here ... by the arrival of my ride to UkeFest New Jersey, from which I have only just now returned. (FUN!)

At UkeFest, Uncle Zac opened the day yesterday with a baritone ukulele workshop, and I got to play this for them.

This song came about while noodling around in the key of C on my new friend Barry, my borrowed bari uke. I can only play chords for just so long (about 30 seconds, apparently), before words want to come out ... so this happened.

It's an ode to my baritone ukulele ... and, as you will see, can only be played on a baritone ukulele.

If you've been curious about playing a bari, and currently play a C-tuned uke ... it's also a bit of a tutorial on how to get there from here.


http://youtu.be/yTCzuSG9kdg

UkeCan1
08-31-2014, 04:02 PM
:wtf:

i'll have her if you don't want her


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

Lynda, that was fantastic! One of your best ever, I think. I don't think that's a very easy song, and well, this was just brilliant.

I do hope there's room to share her. Truth be told, I have been looking for some time for an opportunity to do "Born This Way", which I think is quite an empowering anthem for young women ... and everyone.

But I did four (actually five ... um, six) other videos this week, so ... not this time.

(Oh, and two more today with the Morristown Uke Jam!)

But this was great. Thanks for bringing the Gaga!

myrnaukelele
08-31-2014, 05:27 PM
I've been fascinated by 10 year-old Emi Sunshine ever since I discovered her YT channel a couple weeks ago. That girl plays a mean ukulele and has a big country voice. Here's her version of Sweet Lillie which she wrote with her mother. http://youtu.be/_ov_6gziosE.
I'm not certain when this song was written but most of Emi's material is quite recent. She's only been playing uke for a couple years. The oldest version of this song I can find on her channel was posted in April of this year. Anyway - here's my version (very little time to practice and record this week so I learned and filmed this song in just an afternoon).

http://youtu.be/dDNz7Qi51FQ

wolfchs
08-31-2014, 06:00 PM
Alright alright alright, it has been ten seasons since I last joined and I have to get back on this SOTU train! Summer busy-ness is about to get done so I have more time, yay! So before this week ends, here's a video I made tonight of a song that I like this century.

I've always admired Sarah McLachlan and she's one of the reasons I started playing music. This particular song was released this year I believe and first time I've seen her use the uke which made me even love her more. Here's 'The Sound That Love Makes' using the new (to me) Pono soprano I snagged at the Uke NJ festival yesterday :o

http://youtu.be/k0hvGn2_Fa0

wolfchs
08-31-2014, 06:12 PM
Lynda, that was fantastic! One of your best ever, I think. I don't think that's a very easy song, and well, this was just brilliant.

I do hope there's room to share her. Truth be told, I have been looking for some time for an opportunity to do "Born This Way", which I think is quite an empowering anthem for young women ... and everyone.

But I did four (actually five ... um, six) other videos this week, so ... not this time.

(Oh, and two more today with the Morristown Uke Jam!)

But this was great. Thanks for bringing the Gaga!

This one is for you Wendy and because of Lynda who did such an awesome job on that Lady Gaga song!


http://youtu.be/vRQshIWEpFE

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-31-2014, 06:16 PM
Thanks for bringing the Gaga!
thank YOU for making me wanna bring the gaga!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
08-31-2014, 06:22 PM
This one is for you Wendy and because of Lynda who did such an awesome job on that Lady Gaga song!

oh wow that was BRILLIANT!

way to go wendy for filling the thread with gaga!

yeah BABY

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/emoticons%20and%20mini%20anims%20etc/dancingmonkey.gif

thesillydave
08-31-2014, 08:09 PM
howdy gang! here's my last minute entry for this week's season.
i've had a nasty head cold for most of the week and i was hoping it would go away before i tried to record, but....not!

http://youtu.be/FdiPQOJ8IGM
cheers!
here's the burning glass video: they are really fun! check them out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0st2F6Lg-o

KoaDependent
08-31-2014, 08:37 PM
A word of warning for those easily shocked or with weak constitutions, the video Sillydave linked to after his entry contains multiple scenes of gratuitous and graphic ukulele violence. Please remove your ukes (particularly the impressionable little sopranos) from the room prior to viewing.

BigDaddyUker
08-31-2014, 09:19 PM
Sneaking one more in. I picked up a new Baritone on Friday super cheap (ended up $49.95 because it was marked as a second for two of the tuner knobs were all scratched). This is my first video with it. Still hard to look at a D chord and play a G or a G chord and play a C. There's still some buzzing going on till I get used to the extra spacing.


http://youtu.be/tGHJNjGtJCI

librainian
08-31-2014, 09:22 PM
Sneaking one more in. I picked up a new Baritone on Friday super cheap (ended up $49.95 because it was marked as a second for two of the tuner knobs were all scratched). This is my first video with it. Still hard to look at a D chord and play a G or a G chord and play a C. There's still some buzzing going on till I get used to the extra spacing.

I just discovered the Avett Brothers myself this week. Where have I been? AMAZING stuff there. Great job.

Morristown Uke Jam
08-31-2014, 11:59 PM
You and I by Ingrid Michaelson, 2008.

Performed out on the Morristown Green by the Morristown Uke Jam.

Most of us had just attended Uke New Jersey Too!, put on by the Folk Project, so we were all in a VERY good mood.
http://youtu.be/7gbpBWMw-qM

FiL
09-01-2014, 04:43 AM
I just discovered the Avett Brothers myself this week. Where have I been? AMAZING stuff there. Great job.

Oh man, you have a lot to explore!

bonesigh
09-01-2014, 07:36 AM
LOL I loaded this up last night then went to read while it loaded and completely forgot to post. So here it is anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p5ryO3qDj8&list=UUtvw_jkcOb--odK8_2JYyvw

bonesigh
09-01-2014, 07:38 AM
Not following the rules but since the season is over I thought you might enjoy this vid I made a while back. Parody of Ingrid's "You and I" called "Boo and I".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oMx-FDY8eY

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-01-2014, 05:12 PM
I might have said it before, but I'll say it again. Wow. One hundred sixteen songs on the playlist. (If I missed your entry, please private message me.) That shows me that, as a group, we Seasonistas are pretty dialed in to the current music scene. Congratulations, Seasonistas, y'all are hip.

Here are some more comments. I'll be out of town for a couple days, then back to commenting (and judging) when I return. Should be more comments by Friday at the latest. Have a blast over at myrnaukelele's sweet Season.

~dave~~wave~ "That Gum You Like Is Back In Style" (Camper Van Beethoven)
Is that a million bugs playing percussion? Nice. Great mellow version of this wistful tune. Gracias.

Markwo "Crooked Teeth" (Death Cab for Cutie)
Cool varying rhythmic approach to this one. Plucked chords sound especially cool.

BigDaddyUker "Wiggle" (Jason Derulo)
Great selection in the pround tradition of "Baby Got Back", "Thong Song", and great booty hits to come. Great whistling/percussion breaks. Funky. Muchas gracias.

ukuleledaveey "Valerie" (The Zutons)
Terrific choice. Way to sing those funky horn parts. Great breakdown. Cool version. Muchas gracias.

Srax "Rehab" (Amy Winehouse)
Groovy uke playing? Fun singing? I say yes, yes, yes. Cool and fun. Gracias.

MikeOnTheUke "The Science of Selling Yourself Short" (Less Than Jake)
You've got some groovy Jawaiian stumming going here. Fun one.

RAB11 "The Suburbs" (Arcade Fire)
Uke sounds great on this recording. Sweet, heartfelt performance here. Gracias.

ohmless "Too Drunk to Pluck" (birds eye view of my ukelele)
Excellent choice---modern ukulele punk rules. Great beer-fueled strumming here. Awesome.

ukuleledaddy "The Girl" (City and Colour)
That beach strumming's just what we need for summer jams. Sweet song. Lovely playing. Gracias.

Harry122 "Everybody" (Ingrid Michaelson)
Sweet song choice. Fun "Oh oh oh"s here. Nice one.

ddanner "Stubborn Love" (The Lumineers)
Cool dynamic playing and singing here. Your approach to the rhythm of this one works well.

FiL "One Guitar" (Willie Nile)
Killer rock strumming on the eight-string. Jangly and fun.

lelouden "Count On Me" (Bruno Mars)
As a mathematician, I like counting. And as a ukulele enthusiast, I like gentle picking and great singing. Nice one. Gracias.

greenie44 "Spirit on the Water (Bob Dylan)
Way to deliver Dylan's lovely melody here. And your uke accompaniment is just right---sweet and simple. Fun. Gracias.

decaturcomp "Traveling Alone" (Jason Isbell)
Mellow, heartfelt take here. Sounds great. Muchas gracias.

UkeCan1
09-02-2014, 01:40 AM
This one is for you Wendy and because of Lynda who did such an awesome job on that Lady Gaga song!


http://youtu.be/vRQshIWEpFE

Mina, that was great! Thanks for bringing "Born This Way". That really is a terrific song. Love "I don't know what she says here..."

Thanks to Lynda too for kicking off the Gaga.

Mina, so happy to have you back with us. Fun singing with you at UkeFest NJ. Hope to see you in person again soon!

austin1
09-03-2014, 08:11 AM
So Russia shut off our power because Russia, which meant no seasons entry for me this week. :( STUPID RUSSIA.

redpaul1
09-03-2014, 04:15 PM
Barack Obama's In Newport / No, we didn't know either / Thank you infopedia (http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2014-08-05/call-for-barack-obama-to-have-freedom-of-newport/) :)

70517

mikef
09-03-2014, 09:57 PM
Barack Obama's In Newport / No we didn't know either, / Thank you infopedia (http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2014-08-05/call-for-barack-obama-to-have-freedom-of-newport/) :)

First ever US President in office to visit Wales :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-05-2014, 03:22 PM
Didn't find as much time today as I'd hoped to enjoy your great performances. You'll know the Season is nearly judged once I've commented on all the entries.

Here are a few more comments. Thanks for your patience, everyone.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters "Almost Like the Blues (Leonard Cohen)
Sounds okay, self. Keep practicing.

UkeyDave "We Are Young" (Fun)
I'm a sucker for any song that's perfect for a high school graduation, and this is a great one. Love your uke playing here---mellow picking and strumming are perfect. Great singing as well, gives the song some bittersweetness that many of those high school students might miss, but that us grown-ups understand (maybe too) well.

pabrizzer "Almost Like the Blues (Leonard Cohen)
Wow. Great version, 'brizz. Uke and bass work great---groovy tempo and dynamics. Great, snearing take on the lyric as well. Muchas gracias.

mythinformed "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol)
Love that minimal uke picking under the verses. Nice contrast to the more uke-rockin' choruses. Cool.

cua94 "Mama's Broken Heart" (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves)
Ah, always room for another rockin' break-up song, too. Fun, sassy performance. Your sparse uke-playng during the verses works well.

redpaul1 "Newport" (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)
Welsh hip hop? Welsh hip hop! Amazing choice---love it. Great flow here, and your hip-hop-backing-vox style is a blast. Muchas gracias.

strumsilly "Wonderwall" (Oasis)
That 90s classic sure doesn't qualify as a 21st-century song, but it sure sounds great on that baritone uke. Groovy strumming to back up a solid vocal version. Gracias.

wee_ginga_yin "Game Called Life" (Leftover Cuties)
Wow. Great uke playing here--lightning-quick, but still steady, dynamic and mellow---love it. Way to re-imagine this one.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-08-2014, 08:55 PM
My time's been slipping away from me as the fall academic quarter gets closer and closer (and judging this Season takes twice as long as usual, since I like to check out each original song along with each entry.)

Just a few comments today, but I'll be sure to make time for more each day going forward. Thanks again for all the great entries, and for your continuing patience. Viva las Seasonistas.

TheUkeBloke "Postcards" (James Blunt)
Great to hear y'all sing this one together. So fun. So sweet. Muchas gracias.

Markwo "The Ocean" (The Bravery)
Cool way to play that quick waltz on the uke. Cool song choice, too. Nice.

ohmless "Longing to Belong" (Eddie Vedder)
Perfect song choice for this Season---a modern ukulele classic. Your uke playing is super cool here. Both the strumming approaches you use work great. Gracias.

Concertina "Wrecking Ball" (Mylie Cyrus)
Your mellow version of this international super-hit works great, and you certainly haven't wrecked your ukulele with this one. Muchas gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-11-2014, 09:54 AM
Mentally exhausted after work early this week, and I didn't want to do any judging in a tired (maybe even grouchy) state. Today I was able to enjoy a few of your amazing videos with my tea. More comments to come as soon as possible, and winners will be announced once I've commented on everyone's work. Thanks for your continuing patience, Seasonsistas.

uke4ia "Solitude Is Bliss" (Tame Impala)
Way to phase out your uke to echo the original's psych vibe. Stripped down like this, this one's got a little Donovan vibe. Groovy.

lelouden "Leave the Light On" (Priscilla Ahn)
Lovely song choice. Great, mellow version. Terrific singing. Gracias.

sam-wo "We're Going To Be Friends" (White Stripes)
This sweet song works even better with the muppets along for the ride. Great job, guys. Gracias.

decaturcomp "Fiddler Jones" (Darrell Scott)
Dreamy uke playing here. Heartfelt singing, too. Muchas gracias.

ddanner "Thunder on the Mountain" (Bob Dylan)
Your uke playing here has just the right amount of swing to keep this one chugging along. Nice to get some modern social commentary this week as well. Gracias.

pabrizzer "I Don't Wanna Give In" (Matt Andersen)
Perfect follow-up to ddanner's Dylan tune. You didn't plan that did you? Groovy blues here. Gracias.

Tootler "I"ve Been Sent to War" (Geoff Walker)
Great, thoughtful lyrics, Geoff---sad that this story is as current in the 21st century as ever before. Sad, sweet harmonica solo works well. Muchas gracias.

LBColosimo "Stars" (Sophie Madeleine)
Great choice---love the 21st-century ukulele music. Terrific vocal performance here, and solid uke playing as well. Lovely. Gracias.

UkeCan1 "Call Me Friday Maybe, Baby" (mash-up)
I think the mash-up is 21st-century update of the medley. And I think this mash-up rocks. Muchas gracias.

mikef "TC & Honeybear" (John Grant)
Excellent uke playing and singing here. Cool changes in dynamics and mood as well. Muchas gracias.

mikef "Where Dreams Go To Die" (John Grant)
Another gerat one, gracias. I wasn't familiar with Grant's work, thanks for a terrific introduction.

uke4ia
09-11-2014, 11:06 AM
mikef "Where Dreams Go To Die" (John Grant)[/B]
Another gerat one, gracias. I wasn't familiar with Grant's work, thanks for a terrific introduction.
You should check out Grant's song "Gmf". But not when there's kids within earshot.

mikef
09-11-2014, 11:08 PM
You should check out Grant's song "Gmf". But not when there's kids within earshot.

Now that is excellent advice Sir, WONDERFUL song.
I did consider giving it a go... but... as you suggest... the chorus :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-14-2014, 08:56 PM
I'm starting to vanish under a tidal wave of syllabi, lesson plans, inservice and chores, but I'll get back to judging this Season as soon as possible. Thanks for you continuing (at least for another week or so) patience, 132nd Season rockers.

bonesigh
09-15-2014, 04:48 AM
"Don't Worry, Be Happy"......wait, wrong century but, do it anyway (:

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-20-2014, 09:00 PM
Bummer update. I've been crushed by work. I had to stay up past bedtime tonight to participate in Season 135. Your awesome work hasn't been forgotten or take for granted. I'll get back to commenting/judging as soon as humanly possible.

Thanks again for being great ukulele heroes, y'all.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
09-21-2014, 04:27 AM
dear ralf, we had a super week, it was such a fab theme, take your time, we know you haven't forgotten us!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-27-2014, 02:28 PM
Another reminder that I haven't forgotten y'all. I used up all my leisure time this weekend (the whole half hour) getting a video together for Linda's 50s Season. As soon as I'm not completely crushed by the boulder that is work, I'll crawl out from under that rock to the land of 21st century uke jams, the place I long to be.

Thanks again for patience and understanding. Have fun in the 137th.

BigDaddyUker
09-27-2014, 02:39 PM
Another reminder that I haven't forgotten y'all. I used up all my leisure time this weekend (the whole half hour) getting a video together for Linda's 50s Season. As soon as I'm not completely crushed by the boulder that is work, I'll crawl out from under that rock to the land of 21st century uke jams, the place I long to be.

Thanks again for patience and understanding. Have fun in the 137th.

You are forgiven!!!!!

Tootler
09-27-2014, 10:05 PM
Another reminder that I haven't forgotten y'all. I used up all my leisure time this weekend (the whole half hour) getting a video together for Linda's 50s Season. As soon as I'm not completely crushed by the boulder that is work, I'll crawl out from under that rock to the land of 21st century uke jams, the place I long to be.

Thanks again for patience and understanding. Have fun in the 137th.

And some people try to tell us that teaching's a cushy number and teachers are a bunch of idle layabouts.

Don't worry, Ralf. Just whenever you can.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-11-2014, 03:47 PM
Just another update on my lack of time to get through this Season. I will make it back. Some day. (At the end of this quarter at the latest.)

Your continuing patience and support are wildly appreciated.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-01-2014, 12:08 PM
Latest update: No chance I'll be able to give this Season proper attention until this academic quarter ends. (Wish me lots of focus and energy so that it goes as well as possible for my students.) Results for the 132nd Season should be posted during the week leading up to Christmas. Thanks again for all your patience, everyone. Viva las Seasonistas.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
11-01-2014, 02:49 PM
Results for the 132nd Season should be posted during the week leading up to Christmas.
isn't it the week leading up to christmas now???

oh no soz that's just me peaking early for the festive season!

ksiegel
11-02-2014, 07:41 AM
isn't it the week leading up to christmas now???

oh no soz that's just me peaking early for the festive season!

Not the week leading up to Christmas yet - just the week that the stores start playing the Christmas music, putting out all of the displays and decorations, and basically getting many of use ready to start screaming "Bah! Humbug! And you kids Stay Off of My Lawn!!!!" by Thanksgiving.

I think I'd feel that way even if I celebrated Christmas...




-Kurt

bird's eye view of my ukelele
11-02-2014, 08:32 AM
Bah! Humbug!
yeah i'll be my usual grumpy self by december but i like to make the most of any enthusiasm i get, generally in november, or the end of january!

BigDaddyUker
11-02-2014, 08:57 AM
isn't it the week leading up to christmas now???

oh no soz that's just me peaking early for the festive season!

I can't wait for the festive season...love me some Christmas songs.

UkeCan1 2.0
11-02-2014, 09:45 AM
isn't it the week leading up to christmas now???

oh no soz that's just me peaking early for the festive season!

The heat is on, DST is off, and I'm wearing socks and long pants and closed shoes and <shudder> layers. That means its winter, and therefore Christmas is any day now, right? And spring is, um, right after that? Please?

I say bring on the Christmas!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-23-2014, 01:21 PM
I've made it back to my hosting duties. The past few months have been challenging for me---it's such a pleasure to get back to enjoying your terrific music. Here are some long-overdue comments:

southside mike "Trouble" (Ray Lamontagne)
Lovely sliding chords. Simple, dynamic strumming works just right. Sounds great, Mike. Gracias.

peewee "Emmylou" (First Aid Kit)
Nice one. Way to find some 21st-century close-harmony country to pick up points for a great choice. Your stripped down version reveals more of the song's heart. Muchas gracias.

Jazzbanjorex "Hey Brother" (Avicii)
Great sentiment here. Rockin' strumming here. Cool that you found a techno blue-grass tune from the 21st century. Gracias, Rex.

decaturcomp "Love Interruption" (Jack White)
Groovy rhythm. Great feeling in your playing and singing, Alan. Love it. Muchas gracias.

ukuleledaveey "Parallels" (The Eels)
Ha. Love the vintage film look for your 21st century tune. Lovely song choice, played and sung from the heart. Muchas gracias, Dave.

ukuleledaveey "I Will Follow You into the Dark" (Death Cab for Cutie)
Glad to hear some Pacific Northwest music here. Good evidence here that a soprano uke works well for mournful music. Gracias.

DWitt "Resurrection Fern" (Iron & Wine)
Sweet picking here, heartfelt singing. Nice one. That six-string uke sounds cool. I wish your beard was as huge as Iron & Wine's beard, though ;)

DWitt "Lily" (Ben Gibbard)
Cool-sounding uke here. Great overtones---some effect on there? Groovy. Literary lyrics work great in this sparse setting. Gracias.

DWitt "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" (Sufjan Stevens)
Cool. Three great- and different-sounding ukes. (It pays to listen to Seasons videos with headphones.) The ukulele-cümbüs's (?!) percussive sound works perfectly for a doleful piano tune. Nice one.

DWitt "The Garden That You Planted" (Sea Wolf)
Ah, this DWitt concert keeps getting better. Your singing's just right here. Another great uke arrangement as well. Muchas gracias.

DWitt "Crooked Teeth" (Death Cab for Cutie)
Bold falsetto. Fun. Gracias. Everybody, please give this gentleman a round of applause for a great five-song concert.

xommen "Damaged" (Winery Dogs)
Emotive performance, urgent strumming here. Cool. Gracias.

wetigers "Leave a Light On" (Marble Sounds)
Wonderful to hear both your voices! Terrific uke arrangement. Glockenspiel's as lovely as ever. Beautiful work here, you two. Big smile in Portland. Muchas gracias.

Dougf "The Moon Song" (Karen O.)
Lovely playing and strumming. Such a sweet, gentle ballad, great choice. Gracias.

bonesigh "All I Can See" (Brendan James)
Lovely ukulele breakdown---strumming and playing melody. Well-chosen video imagery here, too. There were thousands of waterfalls near my hometown. I love cats and puppies. I am a little scared of dolphins, though.

Thanks for your continuing patience, gang. More to come, soon.

P.S. If you're interested in hosting a Season during the next few months, check out what's available on the Sign-up thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?82618-Sign-up-for-future-Seasons-II).

P.P.S. Don't forget to have plenty of fun this week at the 149th Season (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?102946-Season-149-Gift-Us-With-a-Song) as well.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-28-2014, 09:11 AM
Hi gang. I had more fun this morning enjoying both your versions and the originals. So much great music out there nowadays. Thanks again, all, for patience. Looks like I've got about two more listening sessions before the long-awaited results of the 132nd Season are ready.

mattydee "Fidelity" (Regina Spektor)
Fun performance. Sweet song. Simple uke playing keeps the attention on the lovely lyrics and your great vocal performance. Big smile here in Portland. Gracias.

eugene ukulele "Somebody Loved" (Weepies)
Lovely one, Jon. Great uke playing. Heartfelt singing. Lovely. Muchas gracias.

pabrizzer "Flowers in Your Hair" (The Lumineers)
Love that driving strum---a dynamic engine for your performance. Singing's great, too. Cool one, 'brizz.

bird's eye view of my ukelele "Telephone" (Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé)
Killer. Great uke arrangement. Plenty of attitude in your singing. Laday Gaga and Beyoncé got nothin' on BEVOMU.

UkeFoote "Elephant" (Tame Impala)
Love those melodies on the uke. Groovy whistling solo. Cool version, Brian. (And an extremely belated welcome to the Seasons to you.)

UkeFoote "Waiting for Nothing" (Sparklehorse)
Great mix of picking and strumming here. Really good singing, too. Great take on this one.

nongdam "All of Me" (John Legend)
Great-sounding uke, sweetly strummed. Nice falsetto singing. Sweet one. Gracias.

RAB11 "Time Like These" (Foo Fighters)
This song works so well on uke---mellower pace and stripped down accompaniment put more focus on the lyrics. Cool. Gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-30-2014, 10:27 AM
Ah, more good stuff. Thanks again, y'all.

pabrizzer "Better Way" (Ben Harper)
Great song to sing any century. Great choice, sung with heart. Muchas gracias.

frisbee fred "Pass Around Our Time" (Evan Grubb)
Thanks for sharing a song from your family---great sentiment here. Singing about deep snow on such a lovely day, you might get the blues. Careful, Fred ;) Muchas gracias.

Harry122 "Adios" (Nellie McKay)
Way to find a great, 21st century uke song. Beautiful melody to back up some bitter lyrics. (Well-justified bitterness, though.) Rockin' strumming here. Nice take on this one, Randy. Gracias.

barefootgypsy "Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan/Adele)
Your lovely picking is just right to accompany this sweet tune. Great, soft singing, too. Muchas gracias.

UkeCan1
12-30-2014, 10:42 AM
Ralf, I want you to know that you are setting a really excellent example of healthy hosting, and I would do well to follow it.

You are hosting at a pace that works for you, not for some impossible perfectionist standard of trying to get everything done during the week.

Some folks are great at that, and they have set us a different sort of healthy example - usually by simplifying, being super organized, or just having lots of time on their hands.

I'm not particularly good at any of those things ... so you are my best model personally ... and I want you to know I really appreciate you popping up in your thread at the particular moment that you did.

Season 150 (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103165-Season-150-New-Year-New-Jersey!) is not yet at Day 2.5 - less than 1/3 of the way to Day 8 - and already we have 47 videos! I've commented on 43 of them.

I've done it by skipping a whole lot of work and sleep ... and I will not be able to keep that up all week.

So I am hereby giving myself permission to do it at a healthy pace ... which will probably mean falling behind for at least the next couple days, and catching up as I am able. And simplifying!

Thanks so much for modeling that for me! These are some very excellent lessons that I very much need to learn.

Especially if I am to survive to host again in Season 159. :)

Which I intend to, because it's also a huge amount of fun!

Thanks, Ralf. Thanks, everybody.
Happy New Year!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-31-2014, 11:34 AM
Ralf, I want you to know that you are setting a really excellent example of healthy hosting, and I would do well to follow it.

You are hosting at a pace that works for you, not for some impossible perfectionist standard of trying to get everything done during the week.

Some folks are great at that, and they have set us a different sort of healthy example - usually by simplifying, being super organized, or just having lots of time on their hands.

I'm not particularly good at any of those things ... so you are my best model personally ... and I want you to know I really appreciate you popping up in your thread at the particular moment that you did.

Season 150 (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?103165-Season-150-New-Year-New-Jersey!) is not yet at Day 2.5 - less than 1/3 of the way to Day 8 - and already we have 47 videos! I've commented on 43 of them.

I've done it by skipping a whole lot of work and sleep ... and I will not be able to keep that up all week.

So I am hereby giving myself permission to do it at a healthy pace ... which will probably mean falling behind for at least the next couple days, and catching up as I am able. And simplifying!

Thanks so much for modeling that for me! These are some very excellent lessons that I very much need to learn.

Especially if I am to survive to host again in Season 159. :)

Which I intend to, because it's also a huge amount of fun!

Thanks, Ralf. Thanks, everybody.
Happy New Year!
Happy to help. Luckily, I did achieve my secret goal of catching up on all the videos this week.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-31-2014, 11:39 AM
Here are my comments on the last few of the 116 entries for the 132nd Season of the Ukulele. Amazing work, everyone!

ukuleledaddy "Moonlight Kiss" (Bap Kenneday)
Great video bombers here. Great sunlight. Sweet version of a sweet song. The necklace works, too. Muchas gracias.

ksiegel "Old Me Better" (Keb Mo)
Ha. Great sentiment for those of us that spent more time in the 20th than in the 21st century. But Keb Mo shows that classic styles still work great for fun, new music. Nice plucking, Kurt. Groovy.

librainian "Walking Man" (Seasick Steve)
Sweet slide playing here. Singing sounds great, too, Andrew. Muchas gracias. I love that classic blues are still being written and played---good stuff never goes out of style.

librainian "French Cafe" (Ohta-San)
I love Ohta-San. Fun to hear one of his tunes sung. Sweet one. Gracias.

Barbablanca "Working on My Wings" (Berni Armstrong)
Ah, a familiar 21st artist! Great sentiment here, sung with heart. Muchas gracias, Berni.

~dave~~wave~ "Sing Together" (Train)
Thanks for bringing a party to the party, Dave. Sounds like a fun jam from the LUAU. Gracias.

UkeCan1 "Bari My Love (Bari, My Dear)" (UkeCan1)
I couldn't agree more with that first line. And I'm giggling along with the rest. Fun. Gracias.

myrnaukelele "Sweet Lillie" (Emi Sunshine)
Way to find an artist that's only been alive during the 21st century. Sweet song. Lovely performance. Love seeing the garden in bloom now that winter's here as well, too. Gracias.

wolfchs "The Sound That Love Makes" (Sarah McLachlan)
Cool that you found a lovely ukulele song from a great current songwriter. Your stripped down version sounds great. Muchas gracias.

wolfschs "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga)
Terrific singing here. Simple ukulele accompaniment reveals more of the emotion in Gaga's awesome anthem. Woohoo!

thesillydave "Air of Grandeur" (The Burning Glass)
Love seeing all the ukulele destruction in The Burning Glass's video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0st2F6Lg-o). Thanks for sharing this one, Dave. Nice solo in there, along with some bold singing up at the top of your range. Bravo. (I'm glad that you didn't smash any of your ukes in your video, though.)

BigDaddyUker "I and Love and You" (Avett Brothers)
Great, heartfelt singing here. Nice, steady strumming on that baritone uke as well. Brooklyn has taken in many of my pals that've moved to NYC over the years, so this one hits home in a nice way. Muchas gracias.

Morristown Uke Jam "You and I" (Ingrid Michaelson)
Woohoo! Huge NJ uke jam. Awesome. Everyone sounds great! Muchas gracias.

What a terrific way to wrap up a Season. Thanks again, everyone, for your music and for your patience with this busy community college math teacher. Just a little more work to do for Jessica and I to select prize winners, but every one of you that participated or commented during or after the 132nd Season is a ukulele winner/hero in my book. Muchas gracias.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-01-2015, 10:18 PM
What is this?! A wrap-up video for the 132nd Season of the Ukulele?!?!


http://youtu.be/YiYRN209_Lk

Thanks again everyone for your amazing music and your even-more-amazing patience. Woohoo, you!

(Winners, expect private messages soon.)

redpaul1
02-02-2015, 12:43 AM
What is this?! A wrap-up video for the 132nd Season of the Ukulele?!?!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbO7czzIu_o

redpaul1
02-02-2015, 12:47 AM
"TCK the winner"? Now that I can believe :)

Congratulations also to BEV, Concertina, Erivel, Srax & wetigers!

And of course to Ralf also - who must win a prize for the most scrupulous Seasons' host of all time :)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
02-02-2015, 02:07 AM
woooooooooooooooooo!

yeah baby! :rock:

absolutely thrilled to bits to be one of the runners up for this season, i absolutely LOVED it!

so many great songs, i think we all learned a thing or two, not least of which was - yeah actually they DO still write 'em like that anymore!!!!!!!!!!

thanks ralf for giving us such a fab theme, and being such a super charming host

librainian
02-03-2015, 06:16 AM
Ding ding song we have a winner Dave! Outstanding job to you and all the runners up!

lelouden
02-03-2015, 07:58 AM
Wow I almost missed having a look at this. What a great fun wrap up vid Ralf and an awesome week of music.

Congratulations ALL!

we tigers
02-03-2015, 08:26 AM
Woohoo!
It was kind of fun to have the results way later than usual.
A nice reminder to fun season worth revisiting! Thanks, Ralf!

Barbablanca
02-03-2015, 08:47 AM
Better late than never, eh Ralf? Congrats to the winners.... but a maths book? This might be one Season I am glad I didn't win ;)

UkeCan1
02-03-2015, 08:56 AM
Those are awesome books. Fascinating and entertaining. They were both on our family bookshelves growing up.
(My dad's degrees were in statistics.)
Good that the math teacher won them.
And Berni won Van Morrison.

wee_ginga_yin
02-03-2015, 09:08 AM
Those are awesome books. Fascinating and entertaining. They were both on our family bookshelves growing up.
(My dad's degrees were in statistics.)
Good that the math teacher won them.
And Berni won Van Morrison.

Berni won van Morrison... was he a cousin to Ludwig van Beethoven ????

UkeCan1
02-03-2015, 09:15 AM
Berni won van Morrison... was he a cousin to Ludwig van Beethoven ????

Ludwig van Morrison
I smell a mashup coming on.
You gonna do it, or shall I? :)

TCK
02-04-2015, 05:04 PM
To win a season hosted by one of the players I most respect (damn that guy is good)...I am beside myself. This is a piece of Gold in a world of Pyrite.
I am so glad you liked what I did with a song I really had no business touching. All the best to you and Jess, and keep on listening to that great Joe Strummer...taken way too early.
Classic math writings...oh how I struggled in maths-and then got a degree in biology :)
Thank you Ralf- you made my year!

ukuleledaddy
02-04-2015, 06:32 PM
Great season Ralf! Congrats winners. TCK with the win! Congratulations.

I hope Dave won't mind me saying this, but when I had the great pleasure of visiting he and Melissa last year in Cloverdale, Dave put this song (Johnny Appleseed) on his tv and it blew me away. It was the first time I had heard it and I instantly loved it. It was clear that Dave was smitten with this tune and I wondered why he had never given it a go on the uke. He confided in me that he wanted to wait until he could someday make his way to Portland and play it with you, Ralf, and Andrew and the rest of us Portland ukers. Luckily for us he couldn't wait. I do hope that day comes Dave when we can all play that song together here in PDX. Congrats again brother.

erivel
02-04-2015, 08:00 PM
Congrats Dave and all the runners up! Thanks for the mention Ralf and for hosting a such a fine season!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-04-2015, 09:15 PM
Better late than never, eh Ralf? Congrats to the winners.... but a maths book? This might be one Season I am glad I didn't win ;)
Don't knock it til you try it :) Flatland is both great satire and an amazing trip through life in only two dimensions. Smart and funny, like a great dinner guest.

we tigers
02-05-2015, 09:56 AM
I looked it up on the internet and it actually sounds like a pretty cool book!

Barbablanca
02-05-2015, 01:31 PM
Don't knock it til you try it :) Flatland is both great satire and an amazing trip through life in only two dimensions. Smart and funny, like a great dinner guest.

I am totally innumerate, Ralf. Indeed, it's a long story, but I am in Catalonia because I lack math skills. I'll tell you all about it over a glass of local red wine when you call in and see us ;)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-05-2015, 04:01 PM
I am totally innumerate, Ralf. Indeed, it's a long story, but I am in Catalonia because I lack math skills. I'll tell you all about it over a glass of local red wine when you call in and see us ;)
Ah. That sounds great.

Srax
02-15-2015, 12:16 AM
Yeeeeeessss!!!

Thank you Ralf! I dont' understand any thing about maths and my English level is to cry...I think is the best prize for me! ;-)

I'm really very happy! (And no kidding!)

A Hug.

Sara

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-02-2015, 01:57 PM
hey ralf my book arrived, thank you so much! it has some really cute cartoons in it!

actually the envelope had a cute season 132 uke drawing on too!

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/132%20ps_stamp_zpsjhektnsm.png

:worship:

and

:rock:

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-03-2015, 07:13 AM
hey ralf my book arrived, thank you so much! it has some really cute cartoons in it!

actually the envelope had a cute season 132 uke drawing on too!

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/lyndabeth/132%20ps_stamp_zpsjhektnsm.png

:worship:

and

:rock:
You're welcome. Thanks again for uking the 21st century. :rock:

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-03-2015, 08:32 AM
thanks again for asking us to, it was such an awesome week!

erivel
04-03-2015, 09:44 AM
Got my book the other day. Thanks again Ralf!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-03-2015, 01:03 PM
Got my book the other day. Thanks again Ralf!
You're welcome, and thank you, rocker.