Season 637 - Here and Now

Hey, Marin.

Here's wishing you a thoroughly enjoyable debut hosting experience! Thanks for stepping up to the plate!

Here's a thing...I recorded this yesterday evening with Edith (just because we hadn't done a song together for a while and we wanted to) and shared it with my Facebook friends.
Listening back to it, I've realised it fits the theme (I think...) in that the song is sung by someone very much living in the now and realising that the hurt and unhappiness of the past doesn't matter anymore. (I hope that fits!)
Anyway, here it is!



Oh! I've done a brief wrap for 636, by the way!
 
Jimmy James came from Jamaica to the UK in the early 60s, and with his band The Vagabonds were a regular fixture on the UK live circuit from then on. It seems they were still performing in 2022, with Jimmy in his 80s.
This was one of their few chart hits. Not sure about the "revolution is no solution" line - possibly written with mid-70s BBC censors in mind. Saying the opposite would probably have resulted in zero airplay.

 
Hello again, Marin! I thought this song was very apposite because the "road to nowhere" seems to be where the whole World is headed just now. I was messing around with a keyboard and a drone in an attempt to get something like the right effect here and the footage was shot by me on a sunny September day a couple of years ago near my home. This area is mainly dedicated to forestry and the scenery can change dramatically when trees suddenly disappear. I recently had a surreal experience when I took a route to a nearby town that I hadn't used for a while and was convinced for a moment that I must be on the wrong road ... until I reminded myself that this was the ONLY road; it just looked entirely different as most of the trees had gone.

 
I am guessing that a story told in present narrative counts. Here is my narrator bewailing the day he has been having and describing in each verse what is happening "here and now".

This song was written for a FAWM challenge that asked us to come up with songs that used as many chords as possible in a key but every one had to be a major (no minors allowed). This is what I came up with.

Hope you like:
 
hey Marin!
Thanks for hosting!

I think this Bill Callahan song fits.
The person in the song was told off by a woman at a bar for having an ego the size of Texas. He replied:
Well, I'm new here, and I forget.
Does it mean big, or small?

I've always loved this song. Love the hypnotic way Bill Callahan played the guitar for this. It might be better to do this on my guitalele or baritone to take advantage of the bass strings. But it was late and i didn't wanna be too loud. So i used my quietest uke and sang softly.

Oh! After recording i remembered about my wonky crochet fox brooches. I mean i could have worn them to show you, since you love foxes...
here are my wonky foxes saying Hello to you.:---D
(I once made several crochet fox and wolf brooches for a shop here. These 2 have noses that stick out.)
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Based on Joo's comments above, I will post some gratuitous Foxporn (sorry, the video files were too large to post here) for our host's enjoyment...
 

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And here is my contribution for this Season, "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore" by Jean Ritchie. I have played this song on guitar, but this week's theme gave me some motivation to work this one out on ukulele. The chords are Em D and C.

This song speaks to the here & now of it's time, but it is still relevant and reflects the situations many folks face right now.

 
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I think this fits the theme because the song hankers after past Here and Nows , which although historically and accurately ,yesterday, still live in us today and will tommorrow as well, so a bit sort of days of future passed (Moody Blues). Unless I have completely missed the ethos and point of the challenge, which to be honest ,wouldn't surprise me. I also took note of the fact that you mention the differences between the place where you are now, as oppose to the place you where returning from, which is what popped this nicely done slice of Buffet up in my noggin. I have lived the entire length of England, literally, and it resonates with me as well . However I'm keeping my preferences to myself 😉😂 I have tried to stick to the spirit of the parrot head and thrown in a smattering of steel drum (played on keys of course ....Floridian Keys....oh this gets wusser and wusserer.) Shaker (in honour of cocktails) and a Frog !!
 
hey Marin!
Thanks for hosting!

I think this Bill Callahan song fits.
The person in the song was told off by a woman at a bar for having an ego the size of Texas. He replied:
Well, I'm new here, and I forget.
Does it mean big, or small?

I've always loved this song. Love the hypnotic way Bill Callahan played the guitar for this. It might be better to do this on my guitalele or baritone to take advantage of the bass strings. But it was late and i didn't wanna be too loud. So i used my quietest uke and sang softly.

Oh! After recording i remembered about my wonky crochet fox brooches. I mean i could have worn them to show you, since you love foxes...
here are my wonky foxes saying Hello to you.:---D
(I once made several crochet fox and wolf brooches for a shop here. These 2 have noses that stick out.)
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Texan visiting Oz just keeps going on about how everything is bigger in Texas, until a kangaroo jumps onto the road in front of the car. He says to the driver "Well I have to give it to ya'll you do have bigger mice"
 
Thanks for such a great Season, Marin!
This Yowling Tom instrumental of a 1921 Overstreet/ Higgins tune is audio only because I’m not confident in learning the words this week, but will later post a video with the lyrics if possible.
There’ll Be Some Changes Made (Today)
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Thanks for hosting, Marin! Hope you're enjoying your first go at it, so far! In the off chance that you're not, you can look at that uke of ages postcard and meditate to yourself.. "ommmmm stupid postcard trickery... ommmmmm"

Here's more trickery... "like a FOX!"
Oh! After recording i remembered about my wonky crochet fox brooches. I mean i could have worn them to show you, since you love foxes...
here are my wonky foxes saying Hello to you.:---D
(I once made several crochet fox and wolf brooches for a shop here. These 2 have noses that stick out.)
These reminded me of the Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I just happened to have a pic of of a drawing I did of one of the charactera, "mumble years ago"...

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Based on Joo's comments above, I will post some gratuitous Foxporn (sorry, the video files were too large to post here) for our host's enjoyment...
Large videos of Foxporn sounds like a whole category. Just testing if we're allowed to type p*** or just terms like foxporn (or perhaps ukeporn?)

By the wee... this is a complete ramble post and I have not a song to share, yet. Worked on a couple so far and one might actually stick.

FYI, the non-stick one was Air Supply's Here I Am, in case anyone wants to sing that for us. I didn't have it in me.

Now, to explore my current here a bit!

Cheers!!
 
Break your leg 5 time, break your neck that ends your career as a human cannonball. Fly through the air about 60 meters, and will you land in the safety net or will the wind blow you off course. Imagine a job where you have to consider your own mortality each time you slip inside the mouth of a cannon, and not just once but over your whole career.

Life is not measured by the amount of times you have been shot from a cannon, but by the family you have, but we tend to forget that.


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This is a song arranged by Aaron Keim from The Quiet American https://www.quietamericanmusic.com/home
I'm going to try to showcase as much of his music as possible, as I think it's beautiful art.
The here and now? Well, I'm more thinking of a specific time and place.
This song was written about a mythical figure - USA in the 1870's when automation was starting to displace people from their traditional jobs. And of course it kind of feels familiar right here and now.
I've kept it short and sweet cos I only just learned it yesterday!
 
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