Yes, I'm still convinced that I'm a highwayman. Ha ha. I am soooo easily lead you wouldn't believe.
This is that same version of Highwayman that I shared with you recently on youtube. I haven't done anything to it other than add a little reverb and EQ. When I set up SoundCloud I made a vow to myself that I wouldn't share any covers on there, but this is such a great tune that I've broken my promise. There's a lesson here: Never trust anything a Highwayman ever says!
Look at this Kickstarter that +Ed Sprake put me onto for "Uke Buke". There's a lot more info in the video below, but in a nutshell, the project is seeking funding to get a new Lutherie book printed. I really, really, really wanted the top prize of 2 weeks in Florence, but I've settled instead for a book and print combo. As you know, I love this sort of thing. The project is being run by Sarah Greenbaum and John Weissenrieder. I'll maybe drop the duo a line over Christmas and see what they have to say for themselves.
Here's something that I haven't done before. I was talking to +Luca Jontom Tomassini and he invited me (and anyone else who's interested) to take part in a collaboration that will see ukulele enthusiasts banging out a rendition of "Let it Snow". All we have to do it to send Jontom our respective videos and he's going to edit them all together to produce an epic version. I reckon I'll give it a go. My outfit's literally just arrived. Can you guess what it is? This could be great! Ha ha.
This is how Jontom describes it:
guys, do you want to take part in a collective video? on our forum, we're record our version of "let it snow" based on this tutorial (strongly inspired by ukulelemike version) YOUkulele Orchestra 4 - LET IT SNOW ukulele tutorial
all you need to do is record a video with you playing this song. BPMs are 110 and chords are on screen. you can submit your video until 21st of December, then I'll edit all the entries and publish the collective video for Christmas :) you can contact my here on g+ for more details.
here's one of the videos we did time ago... so you can have a better idea about how it's going to be! YOUkulele Orchestra - Let it Be
I hope you'll like the idea! ~ jt
It's a badly kept secret that I've written a few Christmas songs over recent years. Last year's effort was a collaboration with ukulele-building sensation +Daniel Hulbert called "Snow". It's been a bit of a sleeper hit on the synchronicity circuit. I might even be as bold as to say that it's turning into a synchronaut anthem. Earlier this week I was thrilled to discover that it had featured on the Type 1 podcast. I've embedded "The Christmas Detox" show above if you'd like to give the podcast a listen. "Snow" makes an appearance at 34:20. Yes, I know!
If you just can't wait that long, then you can also listen to it below.
I wonder if I'll do a song for Christmas this year? We'll just have to wait and see. If you want to twist my arm... then feel free to comment on this post.
Before I move on, check out this image that was brought to my attention today. I don't know what it is, but I sense that there is a lot of truth hidden away in here. Drop me a comment if you can name this scarab.
After seeing this picture, Daz showed me the trailer below for "Cronos". This film was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and released in 1993. I haven't seen it, but it features vampires and a mysterious golden scarab device not dissimilar to the one above.
Finally, I'm going to end with a bit of an experiment. I knew that it was possible to embed Google+ posts in this blog, but I've never tried it before. Let's give this a go!
Even I get dragged out on Christmas shopping trips. When no one's looking I often sneak into whatever music shop I can find. Here are some pictures of places I've found myself in over the past couple of weeks:
Did you see the Vince Ray T-Bucket Spook-Show Acoustic Electric Guitar picture I took in the Music Store? That's one cool Fender! When I saw this graphic by +Rui Ricardo I was instantly reminded of it. Fantastic stuff!
I've got so many plates spinning at the moment, this post could go on and on. I'll stop now and wish you a Mele Christmas. I'll be back before you know it! I may even have some Christmas freebies to give away! Watch this space!
Ho ho ho!