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    Default 60th Season Of The Ukulele: They're Playing Our Song

    It is April, Seasonistas, and here in the States, that means Prom. Millions of high schoolers across the nation are renting tuxedos and buying taffeta gowns, hiring limousines, and having the Time Of Their Lives at the dance.

    Some of those high schoolers take their future spouse to that dance. Sometimes it's the one who got away. Sometimes they are staring longingly at that special someone from across a crowded room. But the one thing that binds them all is The Song. The song where you squeeze a little tighter, look a little harder, and always always remember. Or at least that's what happens in John Hughes movies.

    And so, the Challenge: you gotta sing your song—that special song that means something to you and a significant other, past, present or future. Maybe you danced to it at your wedding, or heard it at the club where you met. Maybe someone put it on a mix tape for you. Maybe it was, in fact, the theme of your Junior Prom. Whatever it is, it is Your Song. If you're having trouble, it wants to be a song that you have an emotional attachment to, that makes you think of a special someone...

    Judging will be done by me, and will be based on several criteria, including: singing, playing, technical elements (lighting, sound, costume, set), passion, and je nais se quoi.

    Rules: Single continuous take, ukulele front and center. No multi-tracking, but filters and effects are okay. Please state somewhere in the video, written or spoken, that it's for the 60th Season. Repeats are fine. I'm curious to see if there are any.

    Bonus tracks: I'll take them. Submit as many bonuses as you like that fit the theme (i.e: Let's say your official entry is the song you danced to at your wedding, so your bonuses can be the theme from prom, your favorite tune from a mix tape, etc...) You can earn bonus points in the following manner. 1 Bonus point will be awarded if you do a bonus song from a John Hughes film. 3 bonus points if that song is in fact your own song, and it is your only entry. (If this is the case, I'll want some back story, not only to corroborate, but also, because holy cow, that's awesome.)

    Prize: A Blue Dolphin, set up by longtime Seasonista, Mr. OldePhart, himself. I won it way back in Season 11. It has brought me great joy, and now it's time for another Seasonista to enjoy it.

    Timing: Entries will be accepted starting at Midnight Hawaiian tonight, and will stop being accepted at 11:59pm Hawaiian on April 14.

    Playlists:
    Official Entries
    Bonus Entries

    That is all, Seasonistas. Nostalgia awaits.
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    Here's a track to get you in the mood:


    http://youtu.be/aoZhVTQFLqk

    one of the first vids I posted.

    I never had a prom, not sure what to do this week, thinking about some early mix tapes ...I do remember my first slow dance...hmmm

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    I've never had an "our song" with anyone. I'm probably out for this week.
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    Well, this counts me out
    Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato
    Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. ~Plato

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrauke View Post
    Well, this counts me out
    no way Andre...just pick a song you'd sing to a girl if you were trying to woo her

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    Quote Originally Posted by uke4ia View Post
    I've never had an "our song" with anyone. I'm probably out for this week.
    That shouldn't keep you from posting. It was so long ago I can't remember what songs were played at my proms (I actually went to three-miss popularity here lol!) and I've never really had an "our song" either. I'm just going to pick a popular song from 1971 (the year I graduated from high school).
    What say you mattydee - can we simply pick a song that "might" have been played at the prom the year we graduated high school?
    Last edited by myrnaukelele; 04-06-2013 at 06:52 PM.

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    Oh man...my prom song was by Styx...do I really want to learn that?

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    We have several candidates. Oh, what to choose. We only have one evening to record because I'm off to the UK this week. Visiting Cambridge with 100 pupils...
    http://www.youtube.com/user/wetigersukesongs
    http://www.facebook.com/wetigersukesongs


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    Brüko (soprano)
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    Kanile'a K1 deluxe (concert)
    Rob Collins / Tin Guitar walnut five string (tenor)
    Brüko no.16 (baritone)
    Pono Nui BN-10D (pro classic "big baritone")
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    Music has such a hold on how I feel and how I remember things that I must have a hundred "our songs." Heck, I fall in love with complete strangers all the time, if the song playing in the background at whatever place was just right. It seems like I have an "our song" for all of my closest friends, former significant others, and for all of the most significant moments in my life.
    When I first read the theme, I thought of my "high school sweetheart," and still one if my very best friends to this day. Our song was "Lady in Red" because it came on once and we made fun of it. Then it seemed like it was playing everywhere we went, including my high school room, when she and I went together. I haven't decided whether or not I want to torture you with my cover of that song yet. My daughter and I have a song too, "Uabkee Bayonety" by the Decemberists, because its the first song we played together when we both got our first ukes, almost two years ago. She won't do it with me though. I've already tried getting her to before. Just turned 9 and she's already too cool to be seen on video with her dad.
    I have a sobering confession to make, however. While typing this and trying to pick a song, I realized that my wife (of almost 10 years) and I don't have a song. I have a song for everyone and everything, but she and I don't have one.
    Anyway...... Happy thoughts!
    I'm gonna have fun with this. I was getting ready to go to bed when I read this week's theme. Now, I'm wide awake again and can't wait to pick which "our song(s)" and get started!
    Mattydee, I wanna apologize in advance in case I get carried away this week. Music is my everything. My heart rate is the bpm of whatever song I happen to be listening to at the time. "Music is my hot, hot sex."

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    Here is a tweet that the super-talented singer, songwriter, pianist, and (occasional) uker, Diane Birch posted today. I feel the same way and that's probably why I have so many "our songs."

    "@dianebirch: being able to make music is such a gift. It's like having a super hot lover waiting naked in your bed for you when you get home"

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