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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    Well some of the old standards can be tedious at times, but I welcome the season as an opportunity to bring out all those holiday spoof songs. Among the ones I have brought to jams include:

    Rusty Chevrolet
    It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year
    The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen
    The Twelve Pains of Christmas
    We Wish You Weren't Living With Us
    I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas
    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

    I was going to post the chord sheets to all of these, but the files are all over 20 kb and the system won't let me.
    Is there a site where I can find these? I play "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," but the others are unknown to me. From the titles, I think they should be interesting and worth a look.
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    One way to combat the Christmas Songs blahs, I think, is to engage the audience and have them sing along. Even if you have to feed them the words.

    Interspersed with performing some new, unusual or comical songs. It almost always entertains the crowd, and new and funny songs actually causes people to stop and listen. And participate.
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    You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    . Now, for the question that's really on my mind: Mr. Link, why did you entitle this particular thread "Rough Night"? Not trying to be smart here, just kinda wondering if I'm missing something...
    Because last night I was one of several musicians and groups scattered about a winter festival and I struggled with the holiday songs all evening. Because no one wanted to listen to me whine here at home I was hoping I would get a little love from my like minded friends here. That's all.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Is there a site where I can find these? I play "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," but the others are unknown to me. From the titles, I think they should be interesting and worth a look.
    Let's see if posting a few of them this way works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Is there a site where I can find these? I play "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," but the others are unknown to me. From the titles, I think they should be interesting and worth a look.
    And the last two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas holidays but I just hate playing and singing holiday songs. Anyone else think that they are just all goofy and hard to play?
    Unsure why I keep getting duplicate posts. I refreshed the page and it reposted. Sigh.
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    Three great songs that I enjoy:
    Are You From a Dysfunctional Family (no place like home for the holidays)
    Lots and Lots and Lots of Latkas
    All I want for Christmas is Another Ukulele

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    I'm not Christian, but I had to sing Christmas songs in school choirs most of my life. So I'm not too enamored of them, either.

    However, I've learned several holiday songs, because my partner and I always have a gig during one of the local "Victorian Strolls", and it is expected. But I've also found that when children come in to listen to us, there are very few "holiday" songs I need to do.

    I always keep a copy of the US alphabet (Zee, not Zed) with me, and if a child is 5 or younger, I'll sing the alphabet song inside out and backward - that usually draws out even the shyest kid, and starts the giggle machine.

    We also do a version of the God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Good King Wenceslas (Bare Naked Ladies), Jingle Bells (which is NOT a Holiday song!), and my favorite, "Big Dead Bird", by Lou & Peter Berryman.

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    My group of 50 or so plays 2 or 3 holiday shows every year and I enjoy playing all the Christmas songs for the audiences, including Hippopotamus, and even Hanukah in Santa Monica. I have a long play list on my iPhone that I only listen to the day after Thanksgiving up to the end of Xmas day.


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    Nope! Our group will probably be playing for three groups over the holidays.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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