Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Pink Floyd on the ukulele anyone?


WISH YOU WERE HERE

a little bit of an experiment, wanting to see how it migh sound





Once again, I record myself because my own opnion is very important to me
 But I have to hear it dispassionately to be able to really tell how it sounds.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A new song - How Do You Play Your Ukulele

Mmmmmm ....

Writing songs, thats's what it was all about when I started this blog. I seem to have gone around in circles ever since. But I have been writing poetry, and some of my readers may say, "well isn't that like writing a song?"

In a way yes, would be my answer. For me though poetry opens up a whole world of subjects that I would never contemplate writing a song about. I could not be pedantic about what I really mean but let me give you an example. The first poem I wrote was a failed song. I wrote the lyrics to "The Wind" just after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans. It should have been a song but somehow it didn't work. So I called it a poem because I did like it, and still do.

Today, I finished off a song lyric which has been bouncing around in my head for (probably) months. I had written bits of it on scraps of paper which were in danger of getting lost. Something, sparked me off on a quest and I decided to get these down onto a more permanent footing and complete it. I even came up with a chord sequence for the song and started to put a tune to it. That still needs completing but I will try to record it on the PC and post to here asap. I must admit I am pretty pleased with it. And for those who want to see it, I include the whole lyric here. It is written Verse/chorus repeated three times. An unusual construct for me and one which I tend to think of as folksy. But I can think of many main stream popular songs which have this structure.

How Do You Play Your Ukulele


There's a singer that I follow in my town
I catch his act, when ever he's around
In pubs and clubs on stages
where ever he appears
He will always draw a crowd
Its not his voice they want to hear

chorus
How do you play, your ukulele
How do you make it sound so sweet
Of all the things I've ever learned
Nothing takes me close
To recreating what I hear
That sound I love the most

There's this little lady that I know
Feels the way I feel about your show
She says the way you play your uke
Sends shivers up her spine
Now I would like to make
That little lady mine. so tell me

chorus
How do you play, your ukulele
How do you make it sound so sweet
Of all the things I've ever learned
Nothing takes me close
To recreating what I hear
That sound I love the most

These guys and I have formed a little band
To make our name we need a helping hand
If only I could play
The uke just like you do
We could bring a little joy
And spread a little voo-oo-do

chorus
How do you play, your ukulele
How do you make it sound so sweet
Of all the things I've ever learned
Nothing takes me close
To recreating what I hear
That sound I love the most

well there it is, maybe there is a little folksy touch to it and that is why it took me so long to write? Just goes to show, always make a note of your thoughts and ideas. And never throw out those old ideas no matter how long they have been lying around.

I will be back with the recording soon I hope. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A bit of blues, and a load of laughs!

Well here is a video that really does show me up. I had been writing a song and had a few lines down on paper.

I was also fiddling about with a little blues on my ukulele; would they work together - only one way to find out ........ and here it is!



and here are the lyrics which are not necessarily what I was singing, had I been drinking?

I'm Not There

Nobody listen to my plea
Nobody want's to listen to my plea
I'm just invisible, I'm not there
Nobody seems to care, For me.......

Call me mister No........body
Call me mister No........body
I'm just mister No........body
Thats me!

Too many times Ive tried to grow
Be the kind of man, I'd like to know
I'm just invisible, I'm not there
Nobody seems to care, For me.......

Call me mister No........body
Call me mister No........body
I'm just mister No........body
Thats me!

Nobody want to be my friend
They got excuses I can't comprehend
I might as well not be around, I'm not there
Nobody seems to care, For me.......

Another fun session with Dr John!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Dream Lover - cover

Recently recorded cover version of this classic by Bobby Darin.





I have said so many times before that I record for one reason, and only one reason. What do I need to do to make this song work for me. Although, I do record some of my own songs to hear what they sound like ( when I can liste objectively) At my age (71) I have no thoughts of breaking into a new career .

I want to know where I can fit twiddly bits / new chords or even melodic lines in the accompaniment. Is the key really right for my voice, and should I change it.

Sometimes it is so easy to enjoy the performance and forget how to improve it. LOL!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Just A Quickie

I have so very little time for blogging these days but every now and then  I feel the need to share something. Today this is a new song lyric. I would have recorded this and included a You Tube vid, however I am struggling with the way the song goes together.

So just for now, in case I lose the scraps of paper this was written on (actually a couple of supermarket receipts) and the whole thing is forgotten, I am adding this "partial" post to this blog which some of you may remember as a songwriting blog. An aim which has been long forgotten.

I actually do not have a name for it yet but, here it is anyway:

chorus
Yesterday's a long time gone
Tomorrow's the day you've gotta move on
Today's the day you feared would never arrive
But here you are
And let's be clear that you've survived

verse 1
Yes I know you've had a loss
That person you knew has gone
Well you know we loved him too
Time for us all  to move on

verse 2
Things are different today
Everything's frightening you
You know you can count on us 
to do what you've gotta do

chorus
Yesterday's a long time gone
Tomorrow's the day you've gotta move on
Today's the day you feared would never arrive
But here you are
And let's be clear that you've survived

verse 3
Tomorrow brings adventure
As you learn to live with strife
Count on us , we're there for you
To help with your brand new life

chorus
Yesterday's a long time gone
Tomorrow's the day you've gotta move on
Today's the day you feared would never arrive
But here you are
And let's be clear that you've survived

chorus
Yesterday's a long time gone
Tomorrow's the day you've gotta move on
Today's the day you feared would never arrive
But here you are
And you've survived

I know the meter is not quite right and the rhymes are a bit naff, but I keep jotting down ideas and then losing them. I am trying this in desperation - I suppose. Having put in down in a public way I guess I am hoping that I will finish it for once.

(Came back today to edit content slightly and the phrasing)

WISH ME LUCK, please


Monday, 13 November 2017

Pudselele - collecting for BBC "Children In Need"

A project specifically aimed at collecting for the BBC "Children In Need" (2017) was put together by our group/club chairman. This arose out of a chance to play at some of the smaller stages at CARFEST North and South. A small group of club members were hurriedly put together with a duo which included a lead player and a vocalist. The name for this "new" group, PUDSELELE , was decided on quite quickly and  sounded just the job.

In the late summer we played a number of gigs, including some popup gigs at the Carfest festivals, North and South. The brain child of Chris Evans, a mixture of music and cars, was supported by The BBC in aid of "Children In Need"


I will possibly include another few videos in the next post, BTW our collecting buckets contained nearly £550 for the Children In Need appeal. A very pleasing amount.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Ukulele Central UK at Blakesley Hall

Well, this is amazing, two posts on one day. But let's start as I mean to carry on.

This is just another gig from the club, "Ukulele Central UK", this time at a Birmingham Museum property at Stetchford; the wonderful Blakesley Hall. On this clip we feature a great vocalist, Charli . You may recognise the two tunes, Forget You and Eight Days A Week.

This is just an opportunity to include this video, so without further ado, lets go. 1,2,3,4 .....




Hope you like this one, and as before if you are in awe of our performance, and would like join us on our club nights at UKULELE Central UK. Find us on FaceBook and Twitter, all skill levels are welcome, help for beginners available. We meet in Solihull on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Ukulele Central UK on FaceBook