Alright y'all. This here marks the 6th consecutive #MusicMonday on twitter where I'm posting an original song by yours truly. So... if I slip soon, then just remember that, at one time, I did give you 6 in a row!
Heh.. I wrote this song when my first son was born. Whenever I was dressing him I found that I kept making up this goofy song about how to get dressed (and do it wrong). I started with "Put on your shoes... then take off your pants... put your socks on your hands... that's how you do the getting dressed dance". That's pretty much all I had until one night when my wife and I were baby-sitting our goddaugther (who was probably 12-13 at the time) and we decided it'd be run to record a full version of this song.
This is what came out of it. I keep thinking about fleshing it out and/or maybe adding different/more words, but that's not something that I'm known for. I like to make up a song, record it and then move right along.
So, here is that moment in time, captured in mp3 format. 😉
So, exactly one month ago, today, I made a ridiculous promise on Twitter that I'd release an original ukulele song every #MusicMonday. I haven't let you down let (although today it was close, as my chest cold has returned with a vengeance). I had planned to use my new Gorillapod and my FlipVideo to make a cool video and song, but my voice is wrecked today. See.. I've been sick for about a week, but regardless of that, I had to play a show on Halloween with my heavy new wave band. It was our 10th anniversary of our interpretation of the David Bowie Ziggy Stardust record. So, long story short, I feel like hammered crap today.
But.. never fear! I'm not going to break my promise (yet). Here is a ukulele ditty that I recorded for my new born son back in 2004. I had this concept in my head that I wanted to be the Leon Redbone of ukulele or something. You know, bolo ties, mint juleps and whatnot. Anyway, that explains the production on this recording, anyway. I still play this song all the time, it's one of the first songs I wrote on ukulele and I love to play it. Although, I play it maybe too fast these days. I like how jaunty it is in this version.
alli_marshall, on Twitter, asked, "what's a good and easy ( 3 chords, preferably no B!) Halloween song to learn on #ukulele?" Ask and you shall receive! Well.. I guess it's 4 chords, but you can do it!
Monster Mash - Boris and the Crypt Kickers
I was [G]working in the lab late one night
When my [Em]eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my [C]monster from the slab began to rise
And [D]suddenly, to my surprise
(He did the [G]mash) He did the Monster Mash
(The Monster [Em]Mash) It was a graveyard smash
(He did the [C]mash) It caught on in a flash
(He did the [D]mash) He did the Monster Mash
From my [G]laboratory in the Castle East
To the [Em]Master Bedroom where the vampires feast
The [C]ghouls all came from their humble abode
To [D]get a jolt from my electrode
The [G]scene was rocking all were digging the sound
[Em]Igor on chains backed by His Baying Hounds
The [C]Coffin Bangers were about to arrive
With their [D]vocal group, the Crypt Kicker Five
The [C]Zombies were having fun (In-a-shoop-wha-ooo)
The [D]party had just begun (In-a-shoop-wha-ooo)
The [C]guests included WolfMan (In-a-shoop-wha-oooSTOP)
[D]Dracula and his son (Drum fill)
[G]Out from his coffin Drac's voice did ring
It [Em]seems he was worried 'bout just one thing
[C]Opened the lid and shook his fist, and said
[D]"Whatever hoppened to my Transylvania Tvist?"
Now [G]everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my [Em]Monster Mash, it's the hit of the land
For [C]you, the living, this Mash was meant, too
When you [D]get to my door, tell them Boris sent you
I'm pretty sick today and I didn't think I was going to post anything, but then I was watching some Gus and Fin videos on Youtube and they cheered me up. So, here ya go.
These guys are the best! The pick the best songs to cover (Hooray for The Ramones!) and they look like real characters to boot. It looks like the fine folks (Woodshed probably?) wrote out the chords for this one, you can find them over at ukulelehunt.com. Anyway, I'm headed back to the couch now to wallow in a wicked chest cold, but I hope this video brings a smile to yer face! See ya tomorrow!
Oh yeah, this reminds me. I have a Ramones cover band with my 5-year-old song (we are called "Second verse same as the first"), I'll upload a video of us real soon. I'm just waiting on my Gorillapod!
I should also mention that I mean the reference to Puerto Rican women in the most flattering way possible. I, myself, had the privilege of dating a foxy Puerto Rican girl in high school for a year or two. Ahh... Rosana Benhilde Lopez... I wonder what she's up to now?