Season 627 - It's 3/4 Time!

Do you know that feeling when you are playing arpeggios on a low G ukulele, and dont understand why the beats dont add up?
And then you realise: The song is in 4/4, but the simplest arpeggios on low G automatically puts you in 3/4 😆.
 
I'm still catching up on posting videos from the last three Sundays. Here's the one from this week, from the regular biweekly open mic. I was joined for all three songs by fabulous newcomer Liz adding some sweet fiddle, Doug keeping us on track on drums ... and a featured guest I invited up for song 2.

1) I hadn't figured out any 3/4 songs past the first one by the time I got there. I've done Oscar the Grouch's Sesame Street theme song "I Love Trash" for years ... and it's a waltz, so why not? The all-adult audience was surprisingly receptive.

2) During setup, a Billy Joel song in 3/4 time played on the PA, which reminded me of this other Billy Joel song that was perfect, because rocking David the Piano Man (who performs as Ambition Road) was there and agreed to join us. David can't see, so you'll also see Rhiannon escorting him on and off stage.

(I might do the other BJ song later, since no one else has yet.)

3) My third song is not 3/4, but I threw in a lyric change ("halfway there" to "3/4 there") to make it fit. I've been asking fiddle players for years to do this song with me, and Liz was the first to say yes, so I had to do it!

I used to do this in my Uke On! duo with Neil (Seasonista "Linear"), who worked out how to do all the fiddle solos on uke. At the time, I changed the lyrics from fiddle to ukulele, and since we were not at all southern, I figured I might as well change Georgia to New Jersey while I was at it. I wanted to sing the original Charlie Daniels fiddle lyrics with Liz, but our parody version is the one I know! It's a hard enough song when we used to perform it, I haven't played it in years, and my brain didn't need any additional level of difficultly to deal with, so I stuck with the lyrics I know. I might need to learn the straight version now!

So song 3 is "The Devil Went to New Jersey" aka "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".

In case you're wondering, the song our NJ hero Vinnie sings (because Johnny's song is way too southern for him) is made up of NJ songs:

"Countin' the cars on the Turnpike for fun
'Cause tramps like us we were born to run
We're halfway there, livin' on a prayer
And through it all, I did it my way"

 
When I saw this song done by @UkulAle a few weeks ago, I started watching and rewatching his video to learn it immediately. I ended up playing it in Subway Guitars in Berkeley on this here taropatch uke, which caused the dude working in the store to perk up and mention that it's a favorite song from one of his favorite shows, Dead Like Me. It is a bit haunting on this taropatch and I dig it!

I then showed him that the phrase is tattooed on my leg, above a gypsy lady head tattoo, in a vague likeness of my mom. She used to sing this song when she was setting her hair in curls and doing her makeup, when I was a wee lad.

I loved learning the song and I obviously loved the uke enough that I bought it.

Now i play both for you and this Season.
Here goes Que Sera Sera...
(Thanks, Ale!!)

 
When I saw this song done by @UkulAle a few weeks ago, I started watching and rewatching his video to learn it immediately. I ended up playing it in Subway Guitars in Berkeley on this here taropatch uke, which caused the dude working in the store to perk up and mention that it's a favorite song from one of his favorite shows, Dead Like Me. It is a bit haunting on this taropatch and I dig it!

I then showed him that the phrase is tattooed on my leg, above a gypsy lady head tattoo, in a vague likeness of my mom. She used to sing this song when she was setting her hair in curls and doing her makeup, when I was a wee lad.

I loved learning the song and I obviously loved the uke enough that I bought it.

Now i play both for you and this Season.
Here goes Que Sera Sera...
(Thanks, Ale!!)


Beautiful execution, I'm glad my video was useful to you.
Bravissimo 👏 👏 👏 😊
 
Here's my contribution this week to waltz around the streets to.

This was inspired by the "Are You Experienced?" challenge on FAWM in which we were asked to write a song imagining living a life we have no experience of. I was a bit lost for inspiration until today when, while having a coffee outside a coffee bar, I saw a couple of pigeons sparring over a cigarette butt and the chorus of the song jut kind of came to me and I rushed home to write the rest.

Hope you like:
 
Hello again! It's Wednesday and we have 39 songs in the playlist - a very nice assortment of beautiful music. Thank you all for your wonderful submissions and let's keep on strumming and picking in 3/4 time! 🎙️🎵
 


Please be understanding this is my first post
The picture is a kind of simplified "tab" for the song, in which the strings are
A = /
E = |
C = \
G = _
Frets are in Roman numerals (I II III IV....) upon the string symbol
Note duration (or rather time before the following note) are as follows:
:: is 1
: is 1/2
. is 1/4
, is 1/8
; is 1/4+1/8
" is 1/16 and so on
 
John’s Oom Pah Pah song made me think of a similar humorous waltzy tune…Groucho’s ode to an illustrated woman.
Maybe someone can ink that in for us.

I’m thinking someone on the forum has done a ripper version..maybe the great erstwhile Liz Brinker?

Did someone say Lydia? :p I did a version for season 608. I've been a Marx Brothers fan since my early teens if not before and Groucho has been my picture since I joined UU. I brought this song to one of my ukulele group meetups and I think they enjoyed playing it even though I bet more than 85% of them probably had never heard the song before. I've worked up three songs from the world of the Marx Brothers for my song books.
(This doesn't have to count as an entry if it doesn't qualify and because it was done for another season.)



Here's a great shot that serves as my screen saver on my laptop.

Marx Bros.png
 
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Owing to my redneck background, the only tune that comes to mind is “girl on the billboard wearin’ nothing but a towel on the side of the big old highway” by Del Reeves.:ROFLMAO:
Maybe you didn't notice the smile?

Who is the girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard
In the field near the big old highway?
 
Sí Beag Sí Mór - Turlough O'Carolan

Here's an old harp tune allegedly written by the blind Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan. Sí Beag Sí Mór, meaning “Small Fairy Mound, Big Fairy Mound”, has a story that goes with the title, that I can't recall right now, but you all have Google if you're curious.

 
I wanted to get the intro into a bit better shape, but realistically won't have enough time this week. So here's one of my most favorite Filipino songs, about love that defies distance. I put an AI generated translation into the YT description.

 
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