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Question: How do you write new songs on your ukulele?
Personally, I find song-writing on the ukulele to be a liberating experience. It allows me to throw away what little I know about music and to concentrate on the sound my fingers can make with four strings. It might be in my head, but I feel like my songwriting doesn't have to be as precise on the ukulele; I am free to experiment with chord shapes (many made up) and sounds in a way that I feel I can't with say a guitar. I strum and hum along until I've got a progression or phrase that pleases my ear. Starting with a pivotal first chord I can end up anywhere. Usually the uke can carry the tune on its own, but I find that once I add some sort of harmony with voice or another instrument - that's really where the magic starts! Is it the same for you? Drop me a comment.
And although I do knock out the occasional cover from time to time, I'm finding these days, that I much prefer to be playing my own homegrown tunes. They're usually in my key and I know all the tricky bits ;-)
|Did you spot that I have a new profile picture? I'm proud to say that it was designed for me by my friend and fellow art terrorist +shankti oviedo. The Scarab lives! Thank you Shankti-man!|
The tune I'm sharing with you today has a gentle sleepy lilt to it. I actually wrote and recorded it last week in the space of a couple of hours. Unfortunately, in the end I decided that it wasn't working, so I shelved it. Then today, I had another listen and figured that it might be okay as an instrumental. Maybe all it needed was the levels fixing and perhaps... some bird song?
|Mrs Uke was having a clear-out last weekend. See this picture I rescued. It was painted by the eminent J-Uke and one day will be worth an absolute fortune. It comes from his "boats on the Med" period. I got the frame this week and hung it on the wall. Beautiful!|
"Skylark in the Meadow" is a celebration of Summer and Skylarks of all varieties.
What you will hear in the mix is bass, acoustic guitar, Tokyo ukulele, various sweeps of organ and a tiny bit of percussion. I want you to close your eyes and imagine that you are laying on your back in a field of dandelions. Hopefully the music will do the rest.
|Sit back and relax. This one is dedicated to all the eco warriors out there...|
The video incorporates some of the photos I took on my recent visit to Swin Dale.
Before I go...
I had a little bit of excitement yesterday when I thought William Shatner had commented on a Star Trek post I put up recently. Turns out it was all a scam. Damn!
|Comments signed "Jim" are always going to grab my attention... ;-)|