SEASON 504- Music as an empathetic friend

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I can't bring myself to learn any of the songs she used to listen to when we were kids. So she will have to have one of mine.

This is a favourite of mine. And where you end up if you aren't carefu, or are just unluckyl. This is a sad song, but it gives me a lot of pleasure to play. Music is a good friend to me.
 

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So this was super fun despite being such a marathon session...I started recording the rhythm around noon. Had the bass and drums down by 5pm. The lead melody? That took a little more learning / practice. The take you see here was recorded a little past midnight.

Anyway, I feel like it's a pretty self explanatory song for this week's theme. I hope you all like it. It's time for sleep.
 

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Stroking my beard, rubbing my temples, and doing my tortured Sigmund Freud impersonation, I tried my best to express regret, remorse, and shame. I feel like a bird with a balloon tied to its neck to help it to keep his head up and fly straight.
 

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Here I am making you get your wallet out again Dave.

I don't know if it was the original intention but this song has always struck me as describing an abusive relationship. Mainly from the lyrics, but the sweet-sounding on the surface chorus and then sudden change from A major to A minor into the verse kinda seals the deal.

Anyway I've struggled manfully with the fingerpicking to add more money to the cause

 

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Here's one with a positive message. You might not feel like it at the moment, but when you're ready, whenever that is, everything's waiting for you.

This is a song which has always given me a bit of a warm glow of nostalgia, as it's one of the first songs I can remember hearing on the radio, probably c.1964, me playing on the floor, mother doing housework. Funny how a song can take you right back.

 

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It took me a while to figure out that I wanted to do THIS song.
It took a much longer while to figure out HOW to do this song.
Mostly I was trying to figure out what key to play it in so my tonsils wouldn't fly out while singing it.
As I worked on playing it through, I began to think of the little melodic motif in the intro as a sort of a children's call to come out and play. In happier days, perhaps Heathcliff called out once and Cathy responded with the same motif one octave higher.
But in this take, it is all Heathcliff, calling out and listening in vain.
Tragedy and Co-dependence stretching beyond this mortal plane.

 

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Here's a Lindisfarne song, written by Rod Clements and Marty Craggs. It always sounds hopeful and optimistic to me. I've wanted to have a go at it for a while, and this season seems the perfect fit. It's from one of their lesser known albums, Amigos, released in 1989. Rod Clements introduced it at their anniversary concert in 1995 by saying Amigos is one of their favorutie albums because they know everyone who bought a copy. I don't own a copy, but then, I don't know Rod Clements... I did bump into him in a pub once though. Anyway...


There's a few choruses at the end where all The Steamers join in. Hopefully enough that you can sing along by the end if you're in the mood for it!
 

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Here I am making you get your wallet out again Dave.

I don't know if it was the original intention but this song has always struck me as describing an abusive relationship. Mainly from the lyrics, but the sweet-sounding on the surface chorus and then sudden change from A major to A minor into the verse kinda seals the deal.

Anyway I've struggled manfully with the fingerpicking to add more money to the cause

^ You didn't think to cover Rape Me? (It's an anti-rape song in case anyone didn't know)
 

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Hello again. I have a deadline in the morning and there's nothing like a deadline to concentrate the mind on literally anything else. Later I'll be washing the windows and maybe rearranging my furniture. In the meantime, I decided to do another song. This is a Traveling Wilburys cover - we can probably all relate to a few of the things in this song. I've never been overexposed or commercialised, but I've certainly been stuck in airports, sent to meetings, and so on.

Much as I love playing with tech and overdubbing lots of things, sometimes it's relaxing just to sit and strum a few simple chords. So, while it was tempting to let The Steaming Wilburys join in on backing vocals, it's just uke and voice here for once. And it's been a while since this tenor uke has had an outing, it's about time I showed it some love again.


Right. Off to put the bins out, make sure my socks are all paired, then rearrange my bookshelves into alphabetical order.
 

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WHEW! That was a lot of catch-up! Nobody's fault but my own for letting them pile up, thank you all for understanding yesterday (did not expect Melissa to be home- I thought she must have quit) and me being MIA. Also thank you all for today's drop of instant Ukulele hits!
As proclaimed on the Youtubes for all to see:

Wee- hahaha, I remember when you did this one! Thanks for the redirect!

Ryan- Taking the theme and running with it! Raging on FB is definitely a young man's past time- I had to get the heck out of there before I exploded. Great tune here that somes that experience perfectly- thank you for crafting it for us.

Marcsuke- Such a great song, and a spectacular version here. Really well done guys. I was just 18 when that show went down in the Hippie Park and even a young punk rocker knew 1something special was happening there. Thanks for playing this for us

Hendulele- Such a great little song! One I dearly love, and I definitely like approaching the theme from a positive place. This was just perfe1ct, I hope you don't mind me messing it up with a play along. This one was a tune UkeyDave used to trot out all the time and it always makes me think of him- great stuff!

Cua94...haha! I mess up the Season often, no worries. Excellent choice! It is definitely uplifting, and at the same time calming as you said. Your delivery here turns it into a lullaby, an excellent choice for the season well delivered. Thanks for bringing us this!

Berni- another uplifting tune! Seems to be a recurring theme for this round, not that I mind. Funny your post said “I hope you enjoy”, a drop from our favorite songster, how could we not? Powerful set of words here Berni, thank you so much for creating this for us.

Liz- Wow- you hang out with some Ukulele heavy hitters! This is beautifully done, a perfect choice for the week, and the harmonies are spectacular- wish I could figure out how to do that. Hoping that Jim and Liz give their permission to make this public, because it ought to be seen by more than just us on the Seasons. Thanks for playing for us!

Joko- Ah, this is what I wanted to hear. Love the gravelly delivery and the tempo you did this at, fits it to a T, and is that an electric bass in the second track? Thank you for giving us the mulligan, enjoyed this thoroughly and as I said earlier, this song had to be here.

Chris667- Oh how I love tin pan alley- This is absolutely lovely! The variation in your strumming patterns/styles are really sweet- what a great delivery here!!

Ukudancer- Keep that electric Ukulele coming!!!!! I have an old RISA Kidney bean I will have to get out again at some point, they are such a blast. Another fantastic and up-beat tune, a great multi-track arrangement (I have no idea how you guys do these so well), A big treat- thanks for bringing us another! Wait- you just learned this a year ago...and it was the first? Sheesh….

Wee- back with another from the vaults, and what a doozy. The Johnny Cash version of this song, and the video, are the kind of thing that never leave you once you see them. That said, you have (not surprisingly) created something here that is both visually stunning and of course when done in your style, haunting and unforgettable. Thank you for taking us back here.
Ryan- Happy to get the wallet out again. Great choice for the week and I know you said you had struggled with it, I believe it payed off. Excellent rendition! Thanks for adding another one to the week!

YorkSteve- I hoped this what we were getting (couldn’t think of another Downtown)...another positive tune (which I am all for) and this is such a fun one, so well delivered! Funny, this has to be one of the first songs I heard on the radio as well...a couple years later, but it is timeless. Excellent choice, thanks for bringing it for us!

Yukio- Wow- this just blew me away! Great choice for starters. The intro rift sounds so perfect on the plastic uke, and then BAM!!! You go and bring it in her register, or as close as anyone human can possibly get? This is outrageous...and absolutely exploded my head.

JtSteam- New song to me, but it certainly does seem to uplift doesn’t it? I love the sound of that Baritone (mine is the same- what pickup are you using?) and the harmonies in the chorus and I am a sucker for some harp. Wonderful choice for the season- Thank you for the introduction!

JtSteam- What? We get a twofer? Excellent! This was my fathers favorite song when the record came out, and this is an outstanding rendition of it (he played it quite a lot so I am a bit of an expert). Hope you don’t mind, I got my uke and joined in. Thanks for bringing this one for us.

All right, again thank you all for your efforts this season! I am going to watch a baseball game and the hope is that my post game celebration will be so filled with antics and so long and drawn out that my next chance to see you all will be tomorrow after work. Bless up- Dave
Please let me know if I missed anything- highly likely.
 

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This is an excellent share mate, and never too much. My sister was married to a narcissist and I have yet to forgive her for buying into his BS. In any event- play us a terrible song because it might be cathartic for you, and that is perfectly acceptable this week.
I haven't forgiven my sister either...married a guy who I'm fairly sure had mental problems, he'd do weird things like try and wrestle you when you walked into a room. Always going on about wanting to dominate women, too. I was 14 at the time. She blamed me for reacting badly to his behaviour - she'd report to my mom that I'd been 'bad' and 'rude', and neglect to mention the fact that the reason I called him a rude name was because he was gleefully going on and on and on about how he was stronger than me and could knock me out if he wanted. As if that wasn't enough, this guy used to regale us all with stories about how he ate his own poop because it had some sort of spiritual significance to him.

My song 'Tongues That Bear Razors' is about kicking her out my life lol.

Shall I play it? Not quite sure if it's relevant but since this thread went there...
 

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Joy Divisions "Love will tear us apart" done in the style of Susanna and The Magical Orchestra


When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads
Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?
Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry?
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives
Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Do you cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed?
Get a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Is it something so good just can't function no more?
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again
 

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PS I would be surprised (indeed shocked) if Michelle Shocked really did write that note. I suspect she probably paid someone to look after her copyright issues and it is them who are sending out the threatening letters. They probably get paid for every issue they spot, so will not distinguish between some Russian band playing copyright material or an amateur posting to a ukulele forum. If it is her, then, like Dave, my opinion of her would hit rock bottom.
Personally I think it was indeed Michelle Shocked who wrote Liz, Berni. I’ve been doing some research on her and she’s a class 1 jerk (I’m using a nice word). And you may notice there are ZERO covers of her music on YouTube - she clearly has a mission to eradicate such offenses to her greatness. Btw her real name is Karen Johnston, which seems about right. Her nasty note to Liz has got my hackles up - one of these days I’m going to troll her ass in a big way.
 

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"Can't Let Go", written by Randy Weeks, and originally performed by Lucinda Williams, I believe. Robert Plant & Alison Kraus also did a great version. Listening to this one, I see a broken relationship that could get ugly. When it's over, folks need to let go.

 

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Hello again, Dave! I am afraid I am still being relentlessly optimistic with this song, which apparently, was originally sung by Ethel Merman, although I only remember the film version of "Gypsy," when it was sung by the wonderful Rosalind Russell. (P.S. I am neither Ethel Merman nor Rosalind Russell, but the roses are nice!)

 

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I can’t remember the last time I did two originals for a Season, but it’s been a tough week and I guess I needed some distraction. I wrote this one this evening - it’s about someone special to me.
I’d also like to apologise to everyone for being a pretty rubbish Seasonista of late - I haven’t done much listening or commenting recently and I feel bad about that. This will probably be my last song submission for a while - I’ll be back when I feel I can participate properly. Have fun! :)

 

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I ended up doing a re-do of the Stevie Wonder track for several reasons. 1) I wanted to switch the pickups between the chorus and the verses 2) I felt I could do a little better on Verses 3 & 4. And lastly, I wanted to throw in some another layer of harmony.

Dave, feel free to just put this last one on the playlist. I'll just leave the old one on this thread if people are interested in hearing the differences. I've gotten some responses about showing the process and not deleting imperfect videos, so I'd like to keep that going if that's ok.


EDIT - to answer your question about how I actually do this. I have a drum pedal that I "teach" the drum parts by tapping out 1 measure of music at the tempo I want and it extrapolates a chorus section (I just have to time it when I tell it to switch and it does a drum fill in between). I play along with this and record it to my loop pedal.

I then play along to that recording with my bass and whatever instrument I want. I keep recording layers on top of each one until I'm done recording to my webcam. Note that while I play "live" to my recording, my looper allows me to delete the newest layer if I mess up.

I then take my webcam videos, load them onto Adobe Premiere and hit "synchronize" on my timeline. From there, I just cut between the videos, but the sound is one or two solid pieces of audio.
 
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And I'm back! Giving todays songs a spin right now and staring at my RISA with contempt because I did get it out, and it did hurt my fingers. Anyway- my musings as posted on the Youtubes-

Wee- Another great one from vaults. My father in the eighties bought a giant subwoofer for his stereo (back then they looked like tables) and would try to show it’s abilities with his old country records. When I bought this, he asked to borrow it...fun to see dad playing it at full volume with a smile.
Anyway- as always, this is a great song, maybe one of the best (of course depending on where you come to songs from), but the “you” part that you bring to it makes it special, and freshens it for a whole new look at it. Excellent.

Ukecaster- Really nice song here... is it me or do we have a LOT of headless ukers 'round here? Anyway- well delivered and as smooth as fine bourbon. Thanks for bringing this for us

Limousin Lil- We got a twofer from you?! Did you get better internet or are we just being blessed here? Most excellent choice, and as upbeat and positive as it gets- just what I needed after the baseball contest last night. Thanks for bringing this for us! Oh- what are the bells I am hearing?

DelGriff- This is so great! Got the synth’s going strong, multiple part harmonies...You are bringing this for REAL! Nice song here mate, great delivery. Thank you for playing it for us!

Ukudancer- Welcome back! You know how I am loving your gear, so you just re-do this until it is where you want it. I will smile with every iteration and throw a dollar in the jar. Sounds spectacular.

I keep saying thank you, but I mean it- Thank you all. You still have time and I am still heavy in the pocket, I will see you all after I hang out with a bird in a field for a while tomorrow. Bless up- Dave.
 

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I had videos going while I was posting my comments, and I left them going and was listening to a long add in the background and this came on. The only connection here is these folks have all seen an ukulele, but this video is so great I had to share it. The host can get away with this level of silliness.
 

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Cheers for hosting Dave. This ones still very much a work in progress but thought I'd throw it in anyways to earn a buck. (Perfection it ain't) It's dedicated to those men and women who believe that being abusive physically or mentally in a relationship Is done in the name of 'love' ????? The most Important relationship you can have Is the one with yourself and if you ain't good with yourself then you ain't good for anyone !!