My wife is from Columbus and has a lot of family there so Ohio always plays a big part in my life. Coincidentally, over the last couple weeks, a few things have come together to make Ohio much bigger than usual.
We just got back from a 2 week visit to Ohio which included a family camp out which included a big campfire ukulele sing-a-long. This trip and camp out reminds me how much I want a travel uke with a little less fragility and a little more weather resistance. It looks like Outdoor Ukulele is revving up to make a plastic Tenor which sounds like it will be perfect for me. At the moment I can’t think of anything cooler than a clear plastic uke that you can play in a lake.
Okay… so far on this blog I’ve posted tabs for: Folk/Classic Rock, Angelic Girl Uke, Kid/Camp, Boy Band, and Gospel songs. (I love to label)
Obviously, my musical tastes are wide and varied. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it one thousand times, playing the ukulele makes me love even more music in an even bigger variety of genres. It’s hard not to love a song on the uke.
(At some point I promise to make a long rambling post about all the reasons I love the uke and the way it makes me like more music more will be part of that.)
But if I had to pick, when it comes to uke, my favorite genre is probably this kind of indy neo folk rock. With their dreamy videos, way too many people in the band, their”hey”s and “ho”s, billowy white clothes and well constructed riffs… it just works well for the uke.
Ho Hey by The Lumineers is a good example of what I’m talking about.
I’m not a big boy band fan boy but, as always, I’m open to anything and, as this blog shows (or will show) there is quite a bit of variety in the music I like. And… I’m a firm believer that the ukulele has made that variety even bigger and more varied. It’s hard not to love a song on the uke.
Most of that aside, this song has a lot going for it. A good Dm chord progression, that “me and my broken heart” ear worm (Eminem, Dido, etc) and a good poppy reggae strum.
I wanted the first post on this blog to be one of the first songs that really pulled me towards the ukulele. I’m not a huge Dylan guy but, as a good uke song can do, I was won over by this version. It’s fairly easy to play and sing and the bare bones uke version shows how songs don’t have to be complex to be brilliant. I love how the chord progression sounds and the overlapping turnaround between verses. Poetic lyrics don’t hurt either (I’ve always seen Dylan’s genius in that department).
When I pick up my uke and start playing without thinking about it… this is the song that comes out of my fingers.