Only 21days of strum until the Ukearist Christmas party on 16 December, and time to winterwonder about the song list. Last year we decided that a lot of the songs in the Christmas Songbook could have better keys/ chords; and wondered if we should compile our own…. Unfortunately we did not make a note of which of the songs in the book needed tweeking.
As a start, here is a list of the songs I have in my personal Christmas folder; I have reformatted many of them from the original, and most are in the Ukearist folders already.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Key C from Uke Hunt
White Christmas. Key C from Ukulele Mike
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer (including intro). Key C from Gene Autry
Winter Wonderland (including intro from Keonepax). Key C – from Keonepax with Bosco and Honey
Frosty The Snowman. Key C from Richard G
Santa Claus is Coming To Town. Key C from Richard G
Let It Snow. Key Bb. From Coveywood/ Piers Partridge
Mele Kalikimaka. Key F from Richard G. (This was my Christmas 2012 new song – from Bing Crosby and the Andrews sisters)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire). Key C. From ukuleleunderground. (My, new to me, song for Christmas 2013)
Run Run Rudolf (Chuck Berry). Key F My other new Christmas song 2012. From Ukulele Hunt
Suggestions about other songs? If you have the previous songbook it would help if you could sing through some of the songs that are not in the list above before the next meeting, and identify ones in undesirable keys/chords.
Another snapshot of what is currently happening at the Monday Ukearist – some old favourites, and some new or different stuff too:
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
Walk Right Back
I’m Waiting For My Man
Take On Me
Friday (JJ Cale)
I’m a Believer
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
You’re the Cream In My Coffee
Folsom Prison Blues
What a Day for a Daydream
This Wheel’s On Fire
Hopefully I didn’t miss anything. Next Meeting is on 18th November
It’s been a while since we had a themed night. The topic for the next meeting is Days Of The Week. Here are some ideas to get started:
BLUE MONDAY – Fats Domino. Here’s how it goes. Richard G has sadly failed us on this one. I found the words and chords courtesy of Chordie. I’ll do one that will fit on one page rather than print this one out.
TUESDAY MORNING – Pogues. I heard this for the first time just now and it’s already stuck in my head. Listen to it with lyrics here. Chordie has a useless version of the words and chords. I’ll do a more better proper one and perhaps we can see what can be made of it. Maybe somebody already knows it.
Wednesday… all right, I admit I’m a bit stuck for Wednesday. There are songs, of course, none of which I know except for Wednesday In Your Garden (Guess Who) and Wednesday Morning 3 a.m. by Simon and Garfunkel, which doesn’t actually mention Wednesday at all. Does it matter? Probably not. I’ll stop havering and leave Wednesday open to suggestion…
… ditto Thursday and Friday…
Some more possibilities:
Monday morning – Fleetwood Mac
Drive in Saturday (David Bowie)
Lazy Sunday (Small Faces)
Friday (J J Cale). Only one chord.
I have printed or will print:
I Don’t Like Mondays
Don’t forget to add and/or bring along your own suggestions!
Want a good laugh? Vicky Arlidge has been in touch to let us know about her musical comedy show which starts this Friday, 2 August. Here is a YouTube preview. Decided you want to go? Details can be found here.
(Vicky, if you’re reading this, I tried to reply to your message but for some reason my server didn’t want to talk to your server. Bah! Good luck with the show!)
The next meeting is on as usual for 3rd June. Apologies for last Monday’s confusion, and thanks to Peter for providing emergency accommodation for the evening. I’ve updated the list of dates for future meetings.
Following some vague musings at the last meeting, I have had a go at translating the guitar parts for the EasyBeats (1967) Friday On My Mind into ukespik; so if you get a chance, give the original a listen before the next meeting this Monday night.
The next meeting on 6th May falls on one of the many bank holidays that pepper the calendar at this time of year and it turns out that there may be too few of us around to make it viable. The meeting has therefore been cancelled. Next meeting is on 20th May.