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Archive for November, 2011

Day 20 of Ukevember! The Only Exception by Paramore

Two days of songs with the word “Darling”. An affectionate word for the beloved in your life. If you have been through failed relationships, would you try and try again to find another? If you swore off love, and the time came where you thought love existed, would you make an exception?

I haven’t said anything about what I’m thankful for yet…but today I’m thankful for MY darling boyfriend. He made breakfast while I went to Bikram Yoga…one of the many things he does to bring smiles into our home..and he’s always so supportive in everything.

Sculpture: This is done by Michael Naranjo , a blind artist. Amazing?! Right?

Song: The Only Exception by Paramore. Chords and Lyrics

Day 19 of Ukevember! Don’t Get Around Much Anymore by Duke Ellington

This post is two fold: inspiration from my friend who joined me in celebration of Ukevember and the fact that I miss my swing dancing friends in Orlando, FL. I am missing a Jammin’ weekend and I ‘missed the Saturday dance’. 🙂 I would define this Tab as idiomatic …you basically put your fingers on the chords and your hands are there for the picking. Credit to Curt Sheller.

Day 18 of Ukevember! Oh, Darling by The Beatles

Singing a song like this makes you wonder: Do people talk like this in real life or just in song lyrics? I believe “back in the day” they spouted phrases like “compare thee to a summer night’s dream”…if you want someone to talk to, try Shakespeare . He’s a little entertaining. 🙂

Song: Oh, Darling by the Beatles. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 17 of Ukevember! Belle by Jack Johnson

My first use of Google Docs led to publishing a “Songs I want to learn” list. Reunited with this long-lost-love-list brought you the 17th song of Ukevember. Playing a strum/pick that is new to me brings thoughts of the practice fairies who used to keep my fingers moving when I played percussion in college…even when it hurt. Here goes.

Oh, yes, those are giraffe sculptures invading the background. The artist is from Prescott Studio in Santa Fe, NM. The cold will keep this Hawaiian indoors…

Song: Belle by Jack Johnson. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 16 of Ukevember! Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

On my way to workout at Genoveva Chavez Community Center, I decided to record in the car. I’m trying to get away from singing in my head voice, but it’s a little easier said than done. 🙂

There is change coming for us coming in February on location, but we’ll still have amazing views and sunsets to share.

Song: Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 15 of Ukevember! Live High by Jason Mraz

I chose this song for the lyrics. Choosing to “Live High” is a pretty good way to start the day, don’t you think?

Recorded on Marcy St. in Santa Fe, NM.

Song: Live High by Jason Mraz. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 14 of Ukevember! Sure Looks Good to Me by Alicia Keys

Today’s about getting out there and doing it. Can you believe there are no string instrument covers of this song on YouTube? Just people singing to karaoke is what you’ll find…Well, today is the day! Maybe some girl power used in this song. Definitely learned that from my last girl roommate (love her!) who can sing this song way better. I finally learned it so next time, we can do it!

Filmed by the staircase light. Stayed inside since it’s been windy. 🙂

Song: Sure Looks Good to Me by Alicia Keys. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 13 of Ukevember! I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free by Nina Simone

Our final site was originally Pagosa Springs. I never thought I’d be in a bathing suit and it would be snowing at the same time. A short drive through Durango, CO for lunch and more scenic drives led us to Mesa Verde National Park. The fog wanted to be in our video more than anything, I guess, and we didn’t get a look at the cliff dwellings because of it. Oh well, this gave me more practice of trying to make smoother cuts. Enjoy!

Song: I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free by Nina Simone. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 12 of Ukevember! Such Great Heights as done by Postal Service)

Another weekend driving through northern New Mexico so there are many clips of our trip in this video. Our final destination you’ll see in tomorrows blog.

Our stops:

  • Carson National Forest
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial (only fitting for Veterans weekend)
  • Eagle Nest
  • Angel Fire
  • Red River
  • Questa

This is part of the Enchanted Circle. Beautiful scenery, lots of snow…it’s even snowing as I’m posting this.

Song: Such Great Heights. Chords and Lyrics.

Day 11 of Ukevember! If You Think You Need Some Lovin’ by Pomplamoose

Took a drive to Sandia Peak Tramway today. This is where I spent my birthday this year. Beautiful views! It was closed today due to “winter weather” alerts. That’s something new to a girl who has lived in Florida for 20+ years. Happy 11-11-11!

Song: If You Think You Need Some Lovin’ by Pomplamoose. Chords and Lyrics.

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