Today would have been the 71st birthday of George Harrison. This number is allegedly the current top iTunes Beatles’ download. Ukulenny plays a fingerpicking instrumental of Here Comes The Sun:
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Seasons greetings to everyone!
Here’s Rocky & Balls’ The Christmas Song Song (& head to the full Ukulele Hunt Xmas playlist if you want more uke festive fun or, if you fancy a jolly sitar take on an old fave, grab this free Magnatune download from Anup):
PS Just a few more days to vote in our 2013 PLUC Member’s Choice Poll. Choose your favourite site & song, as nominated by our club members.
Fittingly, I’ve saved this one until last. Look out next time for the actual poll – you’ll have around a week to pick your top sites & songs of the year from those chosen by our members.
My favourite is still the one the evenings end with, simply because it is such a lovely tune and the Uke is probably the best instrument to play it on.
So here is the Ukulele Ensemble of Korea, with their rendition of Aloha ‘Oe:
My favourite for 2013 is After Hours by Velvet Underground, because it is so good to rediscover music from the past. It also holds a bit of mystery for me: it is familiar and yet I can’t pinpoint when I heard it.
This is Cheryl Tofsrud performing the song:
For my favourite ukulele tunes, some that I like are:
Love Her Madly – The Doors – Great rhythm to this song but with a tricky section
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue – good chord changes
Dream A Little Dream - Mamas & Papas
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
The Locomotion – Little Eva
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
Venus – Shocking Blue
The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
She’s Not There – The Zombies
In the classics I enjoy:
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra etc
Music To Watch Girls By – Andy Williams
Summertime – Porgy & Bess
Close To You - Carpenters
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone
Another I like is Rasputin - Boney M.
I also have Wooden Heart in D with the melody notes, which I think works better than in G.
Most have clever chord changes & a good tune.
I‘ll stop there but I have more. They’re all nicked from over the interweb – if you’d like any of these please let me know on club nights.
I have watched quite a lot on YouTube & most things by Sophie Madeline are really good, in particular is Wolf, a song originally by First Aid Kit, but it’s not really a strummer as such. But I did find a good one-man band version of Love Her Madly by logophile.
They were never a favourite of mine – in fact I couldn’t stand them. It was only when I came along to PLUC and started to play the song on club nights, I suddenly found myself enjoying the song. Even though I have little experience in playing the Uke, it strikes me as being a brilliant song not only for playing but also for singing. It gets everyone involved and it’s a song you can really “belt out”. A good one for breaking the ice.
Joe Brown’s version – song starts at 1:34 minutes in:
Richard T explains:
There are lots of songs I have enjoyed but I think Dr Jazz is the one that shows off Chris’s instrumental skills and the vocal impact of Rufus.
It’s certainly one of my favourites & always makes me smile to hear it! Here’s an excerpt of us performing it at a recent gig: