Season 2-0-2 ... Two by Two ... Duos and the Number 2

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It is Season TWO-oh-TWO ... brought to you by Uke On! duo and The Number 2!

So of course our theme is called "2 by 2", and is all about duos and the number 2!


There are TWO requirements for each video you submit.
1) It must be made by a duo (you and somebody who is not you).
2) It must embody the concept of "2-ness" in one of the specific ways outlined below.

REQUIREMENT #1 - VIDEO MUST FEATURE A DUO:

Each video must be made by a duo ... you and someone else.

If you're already a duo, like the Ukelites, or We Tigers, or say, Uke On! (who?!), this part will be easy for you.

If you usually play solo, you will have to find a collaborator. Your collaborator can play with you live (friend, family member, your mailman, innocent passerby, random stranger at a holiday party) ... really, it should not be too hard to find someone to make a video with you.

Or they can be a long-distance collaborator you edit in via whatever technological wizardry you wish - you know how fond we all are of this sort of collaborative magic in the Seasons.

You are welcome to do whatever multi-tracking or other fancy stuff you like ... or keep it simple ... anything goes, high-tech or low-tech ... so long as you bring us a duo.

The only thing you cannot do is use multi-tracking to do a duo with yourself ... your duo partner must be a person who is not you. We really love making music together as a duo ... you can see in our welcome video all the fun and the messiness of working, playing, creating with another human ... and that is the experience we want you to have this week.

There must be at least one ukulele played in your video, of course, and your duo partner must contribute something musically to the collaboration ... but it doesn't have to be anything fancy - could be shaking a bit of percussion, or rapping or hand-clapping ... or one of you could sing and one could play ... just have some musical fun with another person.

Of course duos with two ukes and harmony vocals and such are most welcome here too ... but it's not at all required ... we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find a partner and have some fun with them.

TWO EXCEPTIONS:

EXCEPTION #1 - NEWBIE CLAUSE


As always, I want to do everything possible to encourage new Seasonistas to jump in, so if it's your first Season, or close to it, and you don't feel up to doing a duo, jump in by yourself. But, you know ... if you could find someone to add a little backbeat or something ... go for it.

And ... Seasonistas are super friendly supportive people and love doing collabs ... so if you're newish ... or haven't yet made your first Seasons video ... feel free to just ask in the thread, and someone is bound to offer to work with you. I promise magic will happen for both of you if you ask.

EXCEPTION #2 - GROUPS LARGER THAN 2

It's New Year's week ... and many of you may be gathering with family, or (like us) going to parties. (Neil is hosting one on January 1st, and I'm doing one with two friends on Sunday the 3rd ... so you may see us in a large group video or two this week!)

So feel free to make videos with more than two people ... just try to feature maybe a lead duo out front. You can even feature multiple duos in your large group video ... just, you know, one at a time. :)

REQUIREMENT #2 - SONG CHOICE EMBODIES "2-NESS":

Your song must fit one of the following categories:

1) A song made popular by a duo

Songs featuring two distinct vocal parts in a conversation (or counterpoint) with each other (a la "You Don't Bring Me Flowers") are especially encouraged. Harmony songs are great too.

But any song popularized by a duo (in our video we mentioned Heart, Hall & Oates, etc) is great. Can be any kind of duo, same-sex or opposite, romantic or otherwise, etc.

2) A song featuring a NAMED duo

Romeo & Juliet, Batman & Robin, Jack & Jill, Bonnie & Clyde, Thelma & Louise, Snoopy & the Red Baron. (If you do that last one on Sunday, we're quite happy for you to post it to both 201 and 202, if BDU is cool with it.)

Must be a named duo. (Not just any pair or couple, because that could be almost any song.) The named duo doesn't have to be in the title, but if not, they should be the main focus of the song.

3) A song with a word or phrase meaning "2" in the title

"Two", "both", "second", "twins", "double", "twice" ... any word like this conveying "2-ness" in the title would qualify.

4) A song whose main focus is some form of "2" concept

A song whose main focus is some form of 2-ish-ness. I can't offhand think of a song that conveys 2-ness without a 2-ish word in the title, but if you find one ... go for it. A song about Noah's Ark, maybe? :)

So go forth and make music with someone ... make a new friendship or deepen an existing one.

And may 2016 bring you all the best of everything. Happy New Year! Uke On!

:rock:PLAYLIST IS HERE :music:

NEW:
There's also a second playlist for Season 202 "orphans" - solo videos you've made in hopes that someone will add something to them to complete the duo. This is a great approach if you're finding yourself challenged to put together a duo some other way. So feel free to just post solo videos that fit the song-choice criteria and ask, and I will add you to this playlist until your video finds a "mate".
 
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Any seasonistas who want to do a duet but don't have anyone local, post in this thread and I'd be happy to do a few long-distance collabs! PM me and we can talk techie stuff.
 

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I'm learning a lot of They Might Be Giants lately, and I might try shooting a video of one of their songs. I'm still a relative newbie, but I'll see if I can find someone else to play with...
 

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Any seasonistas who want to do a duet but don't have anyone local, post in this thread and I'd be happy to do a few long-distance collabs! PM me and we can talk techie stuff.

Most of you probably have no idea who that was. That was my Uke On! band mate and co-host, Neil. Neil is champing at the bit to make video this week, and he's awesome, so it'll be really fun to see some of you take him up on his offer to duet with you!
 

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I'm learning a lot of They Might Be Giants lately, and I might try shooting a video of one of their songs. I'm still a relative newbie, but I'll see if I can find someone else to play with...

Ooh, their early stuff is perfect duo material.
 

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Any seasonistas who want to do a duet but don't have anyone local, post in this thread and I'd be happy to do a few long-distance collabs! PM me and we can talk techie stuff.

Pick me. I have been wanting to do a collaboration and it is time I learn.
 

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Hi guys. It is an interesting challenge you have posed for this Season. Iam interested in doing a duet/collaboration with any of you. Susan and I just returned from our first road trip since I broke my leg. We had a fun Christmas in the Lehigh Valley. It is a shame the timing is wrong. Two days ago I could have made a video with several different family members. We did have several sessiuns together. complete with the family pets who are always anxious to get into the act. Alas this is not likely to happen since everone is now scattered in transit to several different states, including the state of exhaustion. Oh well.

To repeat Iam interested in working with any of you to make this an interesting Season. If you have an interest or an idea please PM me.
 

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Lucky timing. My song I'm trying for the Christmas season should fit quite well with the "2 distinct vocal parts in converstation" bit. X3.
 

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Any seasonistas who want to do a duet but don't have anyone local, post in this thread and I'd be happy to do a few long-distance collabs! PM me and we can talk techie stuff.

I had similar thoughts when I saw the new season last night. My idea was to record something put it where it can be downloaded then post here with a link so someone else can take it up and add to it.

I'm out all day today - trip on a steam train & fish and chips in Whitby, Birthday treat from my wife (UK members should appreciate that one :) ), but I've had some thoughts on possible songs. I'll try and get something done over the next day or so.

If anyone else wants to lay down a similar challenge, I'll be up for it.

Edit to add: If you've not got one, set up a Dropbox account. It's a good way of sharing material. Upload audio/video then post or send a link.
 
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and we're off! Cool Season, Wendy!
I think this fits the bill. Saskia and I are a duo, but that's too easy ;), so we teamed up with Saskia's sister Cynthia to record a song made famous by a duo (Simon and Garfunkel). Here's our take on Scarborough Fair. We hope you like it.

 

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And we are off to a lovely start with the Tiger Sisters (We Tigers) sweet sister harmonies on "Scarborough Fair". What a lovely deep voice Cynthia has! I love that you took on the challenge of creating a new duo for the Season ... setting a great example for everyone not already in a duo. Beautiful stuff, you Tigers!

Looking forward to everyone's great stuff to come! I'm excited to see folks posting in the thread asking for collaborators ... I hope to see more of you jump in with creative requests like this ... and it will be fun to see what kind of cool Seasons magic results!

I left something off the original, post, which I have just added to the bottom of it. It is also here:

:rock:PLAYLIST IS HERE :music:
 
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Ok I convinced my wife to join me in destroying a Simon and Garfunkel song, here is out take on Feeling Groovy.
 

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Wim (xommen) - "Feeling Groovy"
Ah, yeah ... this is the magic! Love seeing and hearing Mrs. Wim singing so joyfully along with you. What a lovely sweet holiday gift this is. Groovy!
 

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Here's a collab with my father in law. He's Brazilian and a big fan of American pop vocalists like Sinatra and Nat King Cole. His English is pretty good and he has a wonderful baritone voice imho. Hope you enjoy and thank you.

Wendy I guess this doesn't meet your 2nd criteria but I couldn't help but share this. Thanks for hosting and coming up with a very interesting theme.

 

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Dan (bonesoup) - "White Christmas"
Aw, that was so sweet it made me cry! Your father-in-law does indeed have a wonderful voice, and I could just feel the love in the room. Beautifully done, Dan and Dad!
 

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Want 2 watch your season 1 as well if you have. M new here
 
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Want 2 watch your season 1 as well if you have. M new here

Welcome, Kioskymint! If you are new here, I hope you will participate by entering a video of your own. For brand new people, it's okay to make a solo video if it's too hard to find another person to do one with you. But you may actually find it's easier to ask for help. There are lots of wonderful helpful people here!