Four new Song Charts Drop

Four songs today: a couple from the 70s, one from the 2000s, and one from the 80s that has a cover version that hit #1 just this month!

First up we have Africa from Toto. The cover version by Weezer hit #1 on the Alternative charts this month! Next from 2005 is Green Day's When September Ends.

From the 70s we have Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds with Don't Pull Your Love, and finally a song that I think should be near the top of every uke group's playlist, yet I've never heard anyone play it! On and On by Stephen Bishop. It's got a laid back island groove, it's got Jamaica, it's got beautiful people...what more do you want?!?

Let me know which is your favorite!

Ever wanted to try a U-Bass? Here’s your chance!

Every once in a while you must let one of your children go. That time has come for me. I would rather my Kala U-Bass makes beautiful music under your fingers than collects dust on my wall!

I haven't put in the time required to do much more than 1-5-1-5 accompaniment to any song, and since I now spend much of my playing time leading, I've decided it is time to find a new home for my U-Bass.

I have the acoustic Kala-Ubass-2-FS, which is the solid spuce top model seen in this Youtube video. It is currently available at various outlets online for $449. There are cheaper models out there, but they don't have the solid spruce top, and if you're going for the acoustic model, why wouldn't you go for solid spruce? It includes a Kala soft-sided UBass bag. I will also throw in a VOX AP2-BS, which is a little $40 amp you connect between your Ubass and a set of headphones. It includes built in rhythm tracks and effects, and you can learn all about that here.

If anyone is interested, let me know!

New Song Chart: I and Love and You

Normally I wait until I have a batch of songs to upload before posting, but this song is both lovely and entirely unusual, so I couldn't wait. The song is I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers.

I have a challenge for you!  Before you look at the PDF on the Songs page, follow the link above to the YouTube video. Listen to the first two lines of the song and see if you can figure out the time signature. Is it 4/4, 3/4, or 2/4, or something entirely different?

Go ahead....I'll wait....., seriously....

The song is so unusual that I had to invent a new method of representing the timing on the chart. The time signature changes almost every measure! 3/4, then 4/4, then 3/4, then 2/4, then 4/4. Who does that?!?

Check it out. Whatever they did, it worked. This is a lovely, lovely song.

Artist Spotlight

For our first artist spotlight, I can think of none better than Gordon Lightfoot. He has long been a favorite of mine, and his core style is singer-songwriter with acoustic guitar, so his catalog lends itself well to the ukulele.

He may also be the most well represented artist in my song collection, although I haven't compared him to Irving Berlin or the Beatles, the two most likely contenders. A quick search for "Lightfoot" on the song page will bring up thirteen entries!

My absolute favorite, though not one of his major hits, is Don Quixote.  Of course Song for a Winter's Night is great too. Then there's...well, you get the idea.

If you're not familiar with his work, I strongly recommend you get yourself a copy of "Gord's Gold," which I find a bit better than his "Greatest Hits."

What's your favorite Lightfoot tune? Don't have one? Well, there are links to Youtube for all thirteen songs. It will be an hour well spent!