Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#338 - Auld Lang Syne

Song - Auld Lang Syne
Chord Source

Happy new year everyone!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

#337 - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

I work with a lot of really great musicians! We did this to bring a little holiday cheer to all of our online friends, it was a blast!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

#336 - The Christmas Waltz

Song - The Christmas Waltz
Artist - Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Chord Source

I have not done any where near enough Christmas songs this year! This is one I have really been wanting to do though. I'm trying to do some better videos, this is one is using our Sony camera instead of just my iphone, the sound is great and the picture is clear, a little too clear! Looks like I need to wear makeup to record songs!

Only a few more days till Christmas, let's see if I can get a few more songs in!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

#335 - Santa Will Find You

Song - Santa Will Find You
Artist - Mindy Smith
Chord Source

My first Christmas song of the year! I have a bunch of new ones I want to try, I'm very excited!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#334 - Mr Blue

Song - Mr Blue

Artist - Catherine Feeny
Chord source

This one is for the sweet and awesome Michelle on her birthday! She is an amazing woman who always introduces me to awesome new music and makes me laugh everyday. She is strong, independent and has a sense of humor like no one I know, I'm lucky to call her a friend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

#333 - Here in California

Song - Here in California
Artist - Kate Wolf
Chord source

Not feeling my best today so I apologize for looking a little run down. This song has been kicking around in my head for about a week now and I just love it. The lyrics are just beautiful.

Monday, October 14, 2013

#329 - Ain't Misbehavin'

Song - Ain't Misbehavin
Artist - Fats Waller
Chord Source -

Another request from Michelle!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

#327 - A Little Respect

Song - A Little Respect
Artist - Erasure

This weekend has been the first to really feel like fall in the NW. It was in the high 80s last week and I was not a happy camper. I absolutely LOVE fall so this weather is always welcome in my book. This season always makes me feel very inspired; new haircut, new projects, new outlook!
How is fall treating you so far?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

#326 - Make me Down a Pallet on Your Floor

Song - Make Me Down a Pallet on Your Floor
Artist - Couldn't pin one down so it looks like I'll be calling it traditional!
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/gillian_welch/make_me_a_pallet_crd.htm

First heard this one through Gilian Welch but it looks like everyone has given it a try!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#325 - Pretty Boy Floyd (Then and Now)

Song - Pretty Boy Floyd
Artist - Woody Guthrie

Today is a pretty special ukudaily for me. When I was 12 I was in a production with my dad called "A Tribute to Woody Guthrie". While I had done plenty of theater by that time, it was like any production I had ever been in. Joseph, the director, had taken the time to find really amazing pieces of writing and music by Woody Guthrie. He arranged them all together to describe a side of Woody Guthrie I think only the hard core fans knew about. I was the youngest member of the cast, but he really made a place for me and helped me to feel very included in the production. One of the ways he did this was by giving me a piece to sing called Pretty Boy Floyd. My dad played the viola, bringing a perfect sense of sadness to the song while I charged my way through the 12 versus. At times it was terrifying, knowing that it was all on me to keep all those versus in my head, but it was an amazing challenge and changed me as a musician and a performer. After one performance a kind elderly woman said, "who was the young lady with the voice like Ethel Merman?" That comment was a real boost for me! I knew my voice wasn't conventionally pretty, but Ethel Merman had a functional and extremely powerful voice and that was good enough for me.

Joseph gave me this memory with my dad and a few weeks ago he offered to send me the dvds of the performance. I am so happy to get to view this experience in all it's awkward glory. So much awkward hair tucking and feet shuffling, I'm sure I'm doing everything I can not to pass out or barf and it shows, but hey I got through it. Here it is enjoy, and feel free to laugh!!

I thought I would give it another try 17 years later. I don't know all the words by heart anymore, but it's a hell of a lot less awkward!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#324 - Stay

Song - Stay
Artist - Rihanna
Chord source - http://zchordtab.com/rihanna-stay-chords/

Sorry about my cold!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

#323 - I Wanna Grow Old With You (round 3!)

Song - I Wanna Grow Old With You
Artist - Adam Sandler
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/a/adam_sandler/i_wanna_grow_old_with_you_crd.htm

Better late than never! Here is my annual post for my husband on his birthday (two days ago).
His birthday is also marks the beginning of this blog, a project I started two years ago on the 23rd. I have loved working on this idea even though my posts have become more scarce. It has really forced me to focus on music in a way I never have before. It has allowed to play music with my family and friends and create some really wonderful arrangements. I look forward to it growing and changing, becoming less of a uku-daily and more uku-when-the-creative- energies-are-in-full-force! I am very excited to be writing more of my own arrangements: Brandon and I plan to record them soon!

Thank you for all of your support and kind words during this process! I appreciate the feedback so many of you have given me and the encouragement to keep going with this idea!

Monday, August 5, 2013

#322 - Somewhere

Song - Somewhere
Artist - Leonard Bernstein
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/tom_waits/somewhere_from_west_side_story_crd.htm

Still one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite musicals. If it doesn't choke you up, you might need to check our pulse to see if your heart is still properly functioning.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

#321 - Skinny Love

Song - Skinny Love
Artist - Bon Iver
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/bon_iver/skinny_love_crd_835053id_11062009date.htm

This is definetly a new favorite, thank you to Michelle for always listening to good music at work and inspiring new songs!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

#320 - Brand New Shoes

Song - Brand New Shoes
Artist - She & Him
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/s/she_and_him/brand_new_shoes_crd.htm

Friday, June 28, 2013

#319 - Don't Eat My Heart

Song - Don't Eat My Heart!
Artist - Me!

Yay, an original song for once! Maybe if I write one a year I'll actually have enough to fill an album someday!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

#318 - Whatever - Folk Song in C

Song - Whatever - Folk Song in C
Artist - Elliot Smith
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/elliott_smith/whatever_folk_song_in_c_ver3_crd.htm

It's true, folk songs in C are the best and they seem to be the only songs I can write!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

#317 - East Bound and Down

Song - East Bound and Down
Artist - Jerry Reed
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/jerry_reed/east_bound_and_down_crd.htm (moved it up into C)

Thank you so much for all the song suggestions folks! It's really helpful!

Friday, June 7, 2013

#316 - Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now

Song - Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
Artist - Milton Kellem
Chord source - http://www.metal-head.org/chords/gonna-get-along-without-you-now-chords-by-she-and-him-13514

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

#315 - Hotel Yorba

Song - Hotel Yorba
Artist - The White Stipes
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/w/white_stripes/hotel_yorba_tab.htm

I can't believe I haven't done any White Stripes songs, I used to love them! Some friends and I are working on something pretty fun, so stayed tuned!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I#313 - I'm only happy when it rains

Song - I'm Only Happy When It Rains
Artist - Garbage
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/garbage/only_happy_when_it_rains_crd.htm

What's up middle school Hanna? This song for you!

Also, this song was HARD!! I can sing it backwards and forwards because I listened to it a million times when I was 14, but damn, I just could not get it when playing and singing. I kind of never want to hear it again!

Monday, May 13, 2013

#313 - Kids

Song - Kids
Artist - Mgmt
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/mgmt/kids_acoustic_ver2_crd.htm

Sorry I chopped off my head in this one, someday I'll get it right!

Monday, April 29, 2013

#312 - Annie's Song

Song - Annie's Song
Artist - John Denver
Chord Source - http://www.guitaretab.com/j/john-denver/202858.html (capo on 2nd fret)

Whenever I hang out with my dad he mentions about 50 songs that I would love to do for this blog and then instantly forget about and try to spend the rest of the month remembering. This was a song that I could not believe I hadn't done yet. My dad sang this to my mom on her wedding day and I'm not sure a better love song has ever been written. He suggested that I give it a try at this tempo and I absolutely adore it.

Here is another very interesting cover of it for you Weezer fans out there!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

#311 - Guitar

Song - Guitar
Artist - Cake

Camera was way off on this one! I hate it when I can't see the ukulele in the video but this was the best run at this song, so I guess it will have to do!

Monday, April 22, 2013

#310 - Sunday Morning Coming Down

Song - Sunday Morning Coming Down
Artist - Kris Kristofferson
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/johnny_cash/sunday_morning_coming_down_ver3_crd.htm

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#309 - Forsaken Lover

Song - Forsaken Lover
Artist - Woody Guthrie (as far as I know?)

This is another song we did from the Woody Guthrie tribute I was in with my dad when I was a kid. It's still one of my favorites from that show and I'm surprised it hasn't made it's way into this blog yet! I couldn't find chords for it, so I had to wing it. I couldn't find anyone else covering so the tune is just from memory, I'm hoping I got it right!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

#308 - Winter's Come and Gone

Song - Winter's Come and Gone
Artist - Gillian Welch
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/gillian_welch/winters_come_and_gone_crd.htm (I moved it up to "C" though)

Seems like when I feel like I have run out of new songs to try there is always a Gillian Welch one I haven't taken a stab at yet!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

#307 - Rock Salt and Nails

Song - Rock Salt and Nails
Artist - Utah Phillips
Chord Source - http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/miller-buddy/rock-salt-and-nails-3672.html

I heard this song for the first time last night performed by Hook and Anchor. It was so beautiful and haunting, and turned out to be such a joy to play. Hook and Anchor was incredible all around but this was one of my favorite songs they did all night.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

#306 - You Vandal

Song - You Vandal
Artist - Saves the Day
Chords - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/s/saves_the_day/you_vandal_crd.htm

I spent a solid listening to so much Saves the Day. I think my brother and I listened to albums on loop on the way from NW Oregon to California. They are often really hard to find chords for, glad I could do this one!

Monday, March 25, 2013

#305 - Karma Police

Song - Karma Police
Artist - Radiohead
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/r/radiohead/karma_police_ver2_crd.htm

Saturday, March 23, 2013

#304 - Call Your Girlfriend

Song - Call Your Girlfriend
Artist - Robyn
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/r/robyn/call_your_girlfriend_crd.htm (I took it down to the key of "F")

Monday, March 18, 2013

#303 - No One

Song - No One
Artist - Alicia Keys
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/a/alicia_keys/no_one_crd.htm

Dang, I need to get to singing more! My pipes are more limited than they usually are right now, I need to get back to singing on the daily!

I really enjoyed "uku-fying" this song, those of you that play will know what that means :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

#302 - After Hours

Song - After Hours
Artist - Velvet Underground
Chords - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/v/velvet_underground/after_hours_crd.htm

Thanks to Billy for showing me this song, it's my very favorite right now.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

#301- Separate Ways

Song - Separate Ways
Artist - Journey
Chord Souce - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/journey/separate_ways_crd.htm And because I've bee slacking, here's another REAL ukulele video.

#300 - Sheetrock Waltz

Song - Sheetrock Waltz
Artist - My father!

I have had this instrument for way too long and I have to admit that I haven't given it the attention it deserve. My dad built this beautiful hammer dulcimer when I was a little kid and played it for many years. He has since upgraded dulcimers and this one was passed on to me last summer. I had every intention to play it, but it has so many string and is so intimidating. So it has sat in the corner looking beautiful until I told myself to get over it and just give it a try.
I tried a few songs but nothing was really clicking. I'm so used to looking at chords and having something to guide me I found I was getting frustrated. Then I thought to try this song: Sheetrock Waltz. In addition to this dulcimer, my dad also built most of our house. He wrote this song while building my room and adding some skylights and yes, hanging sheetrock. It has since been one my very favorites, and as it turns the only song I can even get close to playing on the dulcimer at this point.
Now that I have a little bit confidence in the dulcimer, I hope to keep playing with it.

Monday, February 11, 2013

#299 - Fade Into Me

Song - Fade Into Me
Artist - Mazzy Star
Chord Source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/mazzy_star/fade_into_you_crd.htm

Woah, it's been WAY too long since I put up a video. But like I said in the clip, it's because I've been working on something else super fun and creative with some folks. It will be released later this week and while it may not be for everyone, I think it's pretty darn cool.

Thank you so much to those of you who continue to follow me, your support means a lot!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

#298 - Enjoy the Silence

Song - Enjoy the Silence
Artist - Depeche Mode

I love it when I hear songs in a new way and I can actually play them!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#297 - Mexico

Song - Mexico
Artist - Cake
Chord Source - http://rock.totaltabs.com/tablature/Cake/Mexico_Chord_48481/

Told you I was on a Cake kick! Maybe I will start doing theme weeks! What artists would you like to hear a couple different songs from?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

#296 - Friend is a Four Letter Word

Song - Friend is a Four Letter Word
Artist - Cake
Chord source - http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/c/cake/friend_is_a_four_letter_word_crd.htm

I could really do a week of only cake songs...

Maybe I will!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

#295 - The Nap Song

Song - The Nap Song
Artist - Kate Micucci
Chord Source - http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/NapSong.pdf

I love Kate Micucci!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

#294- No Alarms and No Surprises

Song - No Alarms and No Surprises
Artist - Radiohead
Chords Source - http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/tabs/031205.html

The new year for me means challenging myself musically. This year I really want to push myself and become a better artist. I plan to do this by stepping outside my comfort zones, and for this gal that means strumming patterns! I don't know if you have noticed, but I'm pretty locked into a strumming pattern (hint: if you can sing "I'm Yours" to it, I'm probably doing it). So while this song is not as polished as I would like it to be I want to show you that I'm trying to do new things. It might not be easy, but I sure am going to try!

Happy new year to you!