Saturday, June 30, 2012

#245 - Just Say When

Song - Just Say When
Artist - Kate Micucci (say her last name out loud and then giggle)
Chord source -
Loving Kate Micucci's solo stuff! For those of you who don't know, she is one half of the band Garfunkle and Oats (, and they are hilarious!! They recently played at a live recording of The Savage Love cast, it was pretty much all of my favorite things in one place. Check them out and take a peek at her solo work too!

Friday, June 29, 2012

#244 - Never Let Go

Song - Never Let Go
Artist - Tom Waits
Chord source - (This was a bit low for me so I played it in G.)
I have been wanting to do this song for a while now, so haunting and beautiful. I fudged a couple of the chords, but this was my best run at it. I need to get more comfortable with finger picking!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

#242 - I Do Adore

Song - I Do Adore
Artist - Mindy Gledhill
Chord source -

This song is so much fun! Learn it, sing it, love it!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

#241 - Always On My Mind

Song - Always On My Mind
Artist - Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson
Chord source -

Sunday, June 24, 2012

#240 - As Tears Go By

Song - As Tears Go By
Artist - Marianne Faithful
Chord Source -

Friday, June 22, 2012

#239 - The Sunny Side of the Street

Song - The Sunny side of the Street
Artist - Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Chord Source - (I changed the bridge from a G to a G7 and the C to an Em)
I had a great day with my dad hanging out and looking around for a new guitar for him. Nothing is quite like getting a new instrument, even if it is for someone else. After a day of mulling over whether or not to get a new concert guitar, he went back across down and bought one before heading back to the coast. While we were trying out instruments, he pulled out this song and it's been stuck in my head all day. Thanks pop!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

#238 - Lonesome Valley

Song - Lonesome Valley
Artist - A. P. Carter
Chord source -

At this point I'm just going through the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" sound track to see which songs I haven't done yet. I think it was last year that marked the 10 year anniversary of it's release. My first job in a coffee shop was shortly after it came out and for a while it was the only CD that we had. Naturally, I hated it after the billionth time I heard but when we took it out of rotation I started loving it again. That soundtrack has been a great resource while doing this blog. A lot of the songs are some version of a traditional that sends me down the rabbit hole of interesting traditional music that I might not have discovered otherwise.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#237 - It Ain't Me Babe

Song - It Ain't Me Babe
Artist - Bob Dylan
Chord source -
I have been getting a lot of requests on youtube for the chords I use for songs. For some reason it won't let me post links in the comments, so I'm going to start posting them here. Then when I forget how to play songs I can just look them up on here again!

Monday, June 18, 2012

#235 - I Want You

Song - I Want You
Artist - Tom Waits

Big thanks to Erin for suggesting this one! I'm so happy to be back playing again!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

#234 - Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)

Song - Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
Artist - Carl Sigman & Herb Magidson
Today is a twofer since I slacked so much! House (the show I love most in the world) ended last month, but we were so busy we didn't catch up on it until a few days a go. This song played during the final credits and I loved it!

#233 - My Heart Belongs to You

Song - My Heart Belongs to You
Artist - Me!
I'm back!! This break from the blog has been much longer that I anticipated but I am so excited to get back to work on it!
So where have I been you ask? Oh you know, just getting married and going on a honeymoon and stuff! The wedding was absolutely wonderful. The ceremony was short, sweet and perfect followed by a rockin' party that lasted till almost 2 in the morning. We were so lucky to be surrounded by a great mix of friends and family, the love in the room was almost overwhelming. I have none of the complaints that I normally hear from brides: I feel like I talked to almost everyone, I ate plenty of food (big thanks to Carrie for making sure we did that) and I got to dance all night, what could be better!
I wrote this song for Brandon pretty last minute. I was originally going to sing a Death Cab song with the girls but as we got closer to the wedding it just didn't feel right. The song was modeled after our vows. Like I said, our ceremony was super short (I think someone said it was 7 minutes long!) but we did say our own vows, which was scarier than I thought it would be. We said 3 phrases starting each with, "I love, I accept, and I promise." They were a great way for us to voice our commitments to each other while acknowledging our history together.
So the plan was for me to sing this song by myself, but as luck would have it I ended up getting pretty sick on the day of the wedding; I had no voice at all! So I got a little bit of help from everyone on the chorus when I sang it at the reception. My voice was totally squeaky and silly, but I wouldn't have had it any other way, it was just one more thing that made the wedding special.
Here are a few photos from the wedding! Lots more to come! So after the wedding, my body decided it was time to really get sick, not just play around like it was before. I had no voice at all for a few days and a terrible cough that wouldn't quit. Luckily my jobs were really understanding and gave me a few days to recover before we left for Mexico, did I mention we were going to Mexico? Cause yeah, it was awesome!
We flew out just a week after the wedding, which was great, it gave us time to recover and me to feel a little bit better though my cough was still pretty bad on the plane. We spent the first few days at a quiet resort just relaxing and enjoying each others company. Then we switched resorts to meet up with some friends, which was also a ton of fun! We hit the town! We went zip lining and snorkeling! Even with a few people getting sick and some injuries a great time was had by everyone!
Here are a few pictures from the honeymoon! The last day we were in Mexico I decided I wanted to venture into the surf one last time; bad plan. A wave caught me at my waist flipping me onto my shoulder and I heard a loud crack! While nothing appears to be broken, my shoulder has been in some pretty serious pain all week, which is why it has taken me so long to get back to the ukulele!!
The wedding, the honeymoon; all of this has been a wonderful experience. I am so lucky to have Brandon and I look forward to our long happy lives together. If you are reading this, chances are I know you in the real world and you are a part of our lives. Thank you for following my silly blog and being a part of our journey together.