Hope you’re all well. This morning I have changed a bit of the navigation and removed the SEM section having decided it’s not all that relevant to what I’m doing here. Plus while my posting is so haphazard I’m not sure there’s much point.
Yesterday I wrote my first song in years (aside from my lyrical work with RiseBaileyRise), plus it’s the first song written on my ukulele. it’s very chilled out and the vocal is deeper than I’d usually go for but I think it works. This was a one take recording made as soon as I finished the 1st draft of lyrics. I expect there will be some arrangement and lyrical changes, but here it is – Battles
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The really sad thing about tonight’s uke session is that I am wearing the same top I had on for the last set… tut tut, it’s digusting…
Beautiful Freak by Eels was their 1996 debut album. It’s an absolute cracker of unrelenting misery. When I look back, a 12 year old listening to this album as much as I did cannot be possibly be healthy but nevermind.
Bit happier with this than the last two I have just posted, enjoy x
Hope you are having a good bank holiday. Here is the other song I recorded whilst playing around the other day. Here is my cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball. It’s from his debut album ‘O’ and this song as a single catapulted him into the limelight in the UK. It was covered by X-Factor winners Little Mix… Surprisingly, I did not enjoy their version?
Anyway, please enjoy. I’m quite excited to say I have just ordered a new Uke as a birthday present, so pretty soon the sound quality of the ukulele won’t be as terrible – however sadly, it will not improve my playing.
So as one would expect with paternity leave, I’ve been doing the family thing on acid. Quite by surprise I got a bit of time to play the ukulele (it was magical time) and even managed to get a couple of songs recorded! So here is my kitchen ukulele session of Volcano by Damien Rice.
Mondays can be hard, but playing Ukulele in the kitchen at the end of them can be fun. It was welcome relief tonight. Played around a few ‘new’ songs tonight. And also revisited a favourite.
Starlings by Elbow is massively important to me. I was still big into ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ when the bear was born, and will never forget listening to it whilst rocking her to sleep in the hospital. It has seen become an album I associate with her. It gives me goosebumps even now thinking about that moment.
For about 18 months before stories were on the agenda, I used to sing her to sleep at night. I’d always start with starlings. It used to be magic at calming her, it certainly calms me and I love singing it.
This is one of the first times I tried to destroy with my piss poor ukulele playing
As part of this festival of a weekend I embarked upon another kitchen ukulele sesh amidst the general fuck-uppery of the whole jaunt I did record another Tom Mcrae tune. A few weeks back I posted my version of Bloodless by Tom Mcrae. I’ve taken another track from his debut album, this time 2nd Law.
Hope you enjoy my cover of it, but I recommend you check out the original recording. Any thoughts, drop me a shout on email@example.com,
In what has otherwise been a fairly torrid week, I found a few minutes for some kitchen ukulele love. It was for another Bon Iver moment, the other song of theirs I currently attack on my uke.
I’m a little disappointed with this as I was hoping to give you something a little more raucous, but my poor musicianship can’t keep the rhythm if I go for it too hard vocally, so this is a few takes in where I just wanted to get something recorded. I am intending on doing this again a bit more raw once I am a bit better versed in it.
Either way it’s a fantastic song, and now my version goes off to battle with the countless other covers of it on youtube. When I saw Bon Iver in October I was taken a back by how raw and rocky they took it.
The weekend has arrived, thank goodness. Kicked it off with a bit of shouting in the kitchen, and quite impressively it doesn’t involve elbow, fleet foxes or bon iver! This is only the 2nd time I have played this song on my uke.
The song is ballad of me and my friends by Frank Turner. I quite annoyingly have a wrong word in there (left our soul rather than sold our soul) and admittedly the playing is a little scrappy, but I thought I’d go with it anyway. I’m keen just to record and share rather than get hung up on perfection. My playing isn’t perfect but I’m just trying to have fun, so I’m just rolling with it. Long may the Kitchen Ukulele Sessions continue!
A few months ago I linked to a lipstick girls by Rise Bailey Rise a tune I contributed some lyrics too. I thought I’d also share with you a live recording of Rise Bailey Rise performing a song called Lady Radio. This is another song he and I wrote together. In fact, I believe it’s the first one that we wrote.