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Ukevember 2015 Day 20 “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again”

I am a couple days behind but here goes! The weekends get busy, don’t they? So, I was sitting here going through songs in my random playlist to see if there were tunes that had the word baby in the lyrics. That’s right…I haven’t practiced this tune or played it before tonight. I kind of know the melody but never really learned all the lyrics before. It’s totally different to know the song and then sing it WITHOUT the song in the background. It’s a challenge to myself to learn and play 30 songs this month and here’s number 20! HAHA! Chords and lyrics to come.

Ukevember 2015 Day 19 “Amazing”

Yes, sometimes we try to play exactly like the person we’re covering…other times we try to make it sound different. There are times we are sitting in a restaurant and someone is playing a ballad version of a rap song or vice versa. It’s neat and fun to see if people can guess what you’re playing if it sounds totally different. I’m just going for different here. The picking version I do in this song was tough at first but I wanted to give a little syncopation to it. Ah, well, take a look and check it out. Chords and lyrics to come.

Ukevember 2015 Day 18 “Fire”

There might be some bloopers at the end of this video. Sorry for the late upload! If you’ve ever tried to do something for 30 days straight, you’d know that it’s tough to complete. This song was played a lot during my first year of swing dancing and we loved dancing to it! I think my friend Steve Stone played it first (that’s whose name is on my iTunes from where I got the tune from) so thanks, Steve, for introducing me to this song way back in the day. It’s a fun one with only a couple chords! If you haven’t uploaded a tune for Ukevember yet, please do! There’s only so many days left. 😉

Ukevember 2015 Day 17 “Whisper”

Here’s a tune that only has the word baby in the lyrics ONE time. I love this song and it’s been on my playlist for a while. I’ve only looked up the chords today and played it for the first time. I’m not sure they are the absolute correct chords, but they work. Ernie Halter gives his own tutorial on how to play this song on the guitar – if only I could get my thumb to hook over the top like he does #shortfingers! Oh well, here’s my ukulele song for today. Chords and lyrics to come soon.

Ukevember 2015 Day 16 “Loving You”

I fell in love with Paolo Nutini when my friend Amy played his “New Shoes” song at a swing dance. How fun! Then I had a ‘New Shoes Radio’ station on Pandora and THIS song came on and I fell in love with it, too. Another tune in my playlists that has the word baby in the lyrics. I’m finding a lot of tunes with this word! We are just over the half-way mark with Ukevember and I hope that I can continue the trend with 14 more tunes. Let’s see! Chords and lyrics to come soon.

Ukevember 2015 Day 15 “Baby, I Love You”

Aretha Franklin, whew! What a wonderful songstress. This song has been in my playlist for a long time. What a great tune with easy chords for the beginner if they wanted to start learning the ukulele and like some blues to start with. There ain’t no doubt about it, Baby, I love you! Enjoy and chords and lyrics to come. 

Ukevember 2015 Day 14 “Ice Ice Baby”

We definitely had fun with this one. We just came back from the MS Walk this morning (thank you, Florence Nunes and Linda Sacks for the donations!!!). Don’t my guys look great dancing in their beanies? I’d like to thank them for adding the cuteness to my videos. Enjoy!

Ukevember 2015 Day 13 “Baby, Baby”

I posted this a day late, but I did it! I caught up. We had an outing last night and it was too late to record when we got home. Anyway, this is a great song, too! I would always hear it on the radio and not be able to sing the verses because I didn’t know the lyrics. That’s another reason why Ukevember is so amazing. You get to learn all sorts of lyrics you otherwise would just mumble for the rest of your life. 🙂 This is very true for the Day 14 song! Enjoy. :)…I will need to practice that key change…

Ukevember 2015 Day 12 “Wonderful Baby”

These are great lyrics for a song where the lyrics sound like a letter to a newborn baby. I love these lyrics! Fred Astaire heard this song and requested to sing it…because the lyrics are so good! Well, I’m not sure what the real reason was but you’d have to think it had something to do with the lyrics Don McLean wrote in his song. Here’s your day 12 Ukevember song. Enjoy!

Ukevember 2015 Day 11 “Be My Baby”

This song is recorded SO many times on YouTube. There are lots of people who are in love with this tune. I watched lots of videos to see if people were playing the song any differently from the next person and here’s what I learned. This could be the sweetest song from the ’60s, in my opinion (those last words remind me of the show The Good Wife…when does that come back?!). People love this song and play the same strum over and over again. Everyone played the exact same strum! So, I added one thing different (hint: it’s on beat 2) to make it more percussive. It took a couple takes while my Sammy was playing under the table, but then he got into some post-its and turned a basket over and…well, he needed some attention so he didn’t make it into this video. Except for his crying in the background in the end. Enjoy! See you tomorrow.

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