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 religious man but there is some gospel music out there that makes me wonder if I should be. I’ll Fly Away is an old standard that has been recorded by everyone. The version that Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch did for the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou? is beautiful and works well on the uke so here you go.
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.
With summer coming up I find myself getting ready for camp. I am an old man so this is an unusual situation for me but my in-laws have decided to get the family together in cabins by a lake this summer so here we are.
That being said I assume there are some people in the world for whom camp isn’t such an unusual happening and can see how they might want a few cool uke tunes to sing around the fire.
Unfortunately when you search on uke and camp songs you get a lot of Oh My Darling Clementine and The Bear Went Over The Mountain type stuff (just like grandma used to sing when she was a Girl Scout). I’m looking for more contemporary song list and though I’m hopeful I’m not quite sure how it’s going to turn out. I’ll keep you updated.
In clicking around I did find (and fall in love with) this little nugget. Thank you Spongebob, The Ukulele Teacher and The Internet.