sotu 607 - wishin' and hopin' / if wishes were willows

View attachment 159041

RM's Peace sign reminded me of a "Ban The Bomb" button that I wore on the lapel of a corduroy sports jacket that I used as a windbreaker in the early sixties. The origin of the peace sign was the Nuclear Disarmament movement and the Ban The Bomb sign was designed by overlapping the semaphor symbols for N and D.
It was later adopted by the Hippy generation as a Peace Sign.
View attachment 159043

The button was less than an inch in diameter and I don't recall ever throwing it away,(I threw the sports jscket out years ago)) but I haven't seen it in decades.
It was designed in Britain for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND.
 
I am a librarian at an all-girls primary school library.
It is a pretty neat library with lots of cool books.
The most enjoyable part of my job is chatting with students about anything from pet grasshoppers to the Infinity Cube to K-Pop and Taylor Swift, or super cute stationery.

The least enjoyable part is to chase students for their overdue books.
(Many of the girls have the overdue books packed in their bag, I am guessing by an adult. Their bag is usually cramped with heaps of textbooks and other things that they don't even remember to take out the library books to return.)

I Want My Library Books Back!

I want your overdue library books back
I want your overdue library books back
Please don't keep them in your bags and then forget!

I wished you hadn't torn off the cover page
I wished you hadn't folded the page where you last read
This book is not just for you alone, Miss Brat!

I've seen you with one of those mind-boggling devices
I've seen you with your fancy, cutesy little note pads
My library book is not your personal sketching pad!

So please treat our library books with care and respect
Please don't chuck them in your bag and then forget
I hope you will return all your overdue library books today!
I hope you will return all your overdue library books today!
I hope you will return all your overdue library books today!!!!!!

(I will play this at the eating area in the school...from a huge TV screen)
EDIT : The school had actually screened a video of me playing the uke and asking for overdue books back, in the past. I didn't do any reprimanding in that one. It did catch the girls' attention and we had lots of books returned. I think this one might be tricky because of the words "Miss Brat". Anyway, it was a fun little project to do for the theme. )

 
Last edited:
Here are some beautiful words of wisdom from a cartoon cricket. "When You Wish Upon a Star", sung by Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio.

As I recently shared with the Seasonista open mic, my Happy Club name is Cricket O'Weenie ... so I feel some kinship with this other happy cricket.

 
Here is a recent original of mine that I think fits the "wishing and hoping" category.

 
I have to say, I'm at a loss to understand the need for this comment. Certainly respect your freedom of choice, but it just seems better to have bowed out without any comments.
Yes, Kev - you're probably right - just a little disappointed to feel excluded. And also, along similar lines, I’m a little disappointed that you couldn’t have expressed this opinion privately to me.
 
Last edited:
Hello again, Brian! I have just been reading up on this song .. which seems to have had every instrument and effect thrown at it to achieve the "Wall of Sound"; so, it probably means that it wasn't a very good choice for the week. All you have is me - completely unembellished - being melodramatic! The whole song is a "wish," but it DOES also mention "wishing" in the lyrics. (My apologies for the appalling lighting ... it was raining this morning, and I obviously wasn't sitting in the right place.)

 
Here are some beautiful words of wisdom from a cartoon cricket. "When You Wish Upon a Star", sung by Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio.

As I recently shared with the Seasonista open mic, my Happy Club name is Cricket O'Weenie ... so I feel some kinship with this other happy cricket.


Jiminy Cricket was voiced by one of the best ukulelists ever, without a shadow of a doubt, Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. 🥰
 
A good friend of mine has come across a few my SOTU vids on YT and today was our first time meeting up since... so naturally, I coerced him into becoming a full fledged Seasonista. I gave him the theme(s*), played a two chord backer and let him freestyle the rest. We entitled it 'A Moon Wish For Seven Generations.'

Welcome my buddy, Alvin, to the Seasons!



(*) we took the rare Sunday opportunity to freestyle something to meet the criteria of both Seasons 606 and 607 😏 (I'll try to transcribe the lyrics soon).

Welcome to UU, Alvin!!!
 
Hello! And thanks for hosting Pa!

I got back yesterday from a weekend at a Filk convention in Germany, which was lots of fun. Imagine a small music festival for nerds (70 or so of us)... that's pretty much it. Anyway, they let me do a half hour concert, and at the end of the weekend there was a 'Wunschkonzert' where people voted for songs to be sung again. And there was a request for this one, which was pleasing, and it even fits the theme, so here it is...



When I sang it in the Wunschkonzert, a section of the audience waved their shoes during the chorus. Hopefully you will understand why...

(Reupload since I tweaked the last version too much! This is the straight to laptop version. I left the tweaked version on my youtube channel anyway. To be honest, after youtube has done its processing, I'm not sure I can tell the difference. There's probably a lesson there.)
 
Last edited:
Thanks for hosting, Brian!
Inspired by and owing to the very kind and helpful PM guidance from @UkeCan1 per her SOTU 606 entry of the same wonderful Jazz standard, Yowling Tom's solo in A minor is admittedly a stretch of your SOTU 607 theme.
I hope you'll agree that "to wish" is reasonably synonymous with "to long for";).
"[Fmaj7] You're all I [Dm7] long for, all I wor-[E7]ship and a-[Am7]dore[A7];"
 
Every musical starts with an "I Wish" song ... and y'all know how I love musicals. This one includes the word "wish". It's been on my list a few times over the years for previous Seasons, and I love it, so I'm happy to get a chance to do it for this one.

"Part of Your World", from The Little Mermaid.

The windy afternoon and wild hair day I'm having add to the mermaid-y effect.

By complete coincidence, because I didn't notice it till now, this is my second Disney movie song in a row ... and my third movie song in four days. This category kind of lends itself ... there might be more to come, who knows?

 
Top Bottom