Solstice Jam 6/21/13 at Rockwell 11-1

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Winter solstice sun over Douglas Island multiple exposure. Photo via Navigation Calculation Forum

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Summer Solstice | June 20 2012 10:30pm | Juneau, Alaska. via SunChronicles tumbr

Forecast is for rain, so we’ll probably be at the Rockwell for the jam. Bring your summer sun songs for solstice!

Sunday Jam at Marine Park

Since the weather is so lovely, the Sunday ukulele Jam will be at Marine Park on the grass. 11-1 (ish). Last week we got some of the cruise ship passengers to stop by and join in a song or two.

sunday uke jam

Happy Birthday, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

From treble7notes

A Little History

In light of the recent legislation passed here in Juneau benefiting the oil companies, and in anticipation of the return of the cruise ships to our shores, a little history about the song, Waimanalo Blues seems to be in order.

Waimanalo Blues by Liko Martin and Thor Wold, 1974
Chords & lyrics at Tropical Storm Hawaii
Performed by Henry Kapono, Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole, Cyril Pahinui, and Roland Cazimero at an old Hawaiian homestead on Oahu in 1993.

Gabby Pahinui backyard jam 1970s

 

“This song was written by Thor Wold and Liko Martin in Hawaii in the 1970’s to protest the increasing development of the islands of Hawaii. Although the song focused on the Windward side, the concern was for all the islands and the rights of the Hawaiian people, as it was in that way a protest song of the folk narrative style.”  – Carol Forsloff

 

 

 

Waimanalo Blues
Wind's gonna blow so I'm gonna go
Down on the road again
Starting where the mountains left me
I'm up where I began

Where I will go the wind only knowsWaikiki hotels and Ala Moana
Good times around the bend
Get in my car, goin' too far
Never comin' back again

Tired and worn I woke up this mornin'
Found that I was confused 
Spun right around and found I had lost 
The things that I couldn't lose 

CHORUS: 
The beaches they sell to build their hotels 
My fathers and I once knew 
Birds all along sunlight at dawn 
Singing Waimanalo blues 

Down on the road with mountains so oldWaimanalo with Mt. Olomana in background. Photo by David Siu 
Far on the country side 
Birds on the wing forget in a while
So I'm headed for the windward side 

All of your dreams 
Sometimes it just seems 
That I'm just along for the ride 
Some they will cry because they have pride 
For someone who's loved here died 

The beaches they sell to build their hotels 
My fathers and I once knew 
Birds all along sunlight at dawn 
Singing Waimanalo blues 

Cyril Pahiui 12-12 (5)

We had the pleasure of seeing Cyril Pahinui (son of Gabby Pahinui) play when we were home in the islands last Christmas. He was so smooth on slack key, with skillful accompaniment by Jeff Au Hoy on steel and Peter Moon, Jr. on ‘ukulele and guitar. Ironically, they perform at the Kani Ka Pila Grill in the Outrigger Reef in Waikiki at, yes, one of “their hotels”. But the servers were locals and very friendly and the music was full-on Hawaii. Cyril came over in between sets to say hello and pose for a picture with a fan. A class act. If you are on O’ahu and have a free Wednesday evening, I recommend checking the calendar and going to hear them play.

Cyril Pahinui was part of another ensemble performing Waimanalo Blues, this time with Arlo Guthrie. It was for a TV show, “The Byrds of Paradise” back in 1994. Juneau Jazz & Classics is bringing Guthrie to Juneau in a few weeks. I wonder if we could get him to play it. Guthrie now owns the rights to the song.

Speaking of artists to check out when you are in Hawaii, a fellow Jambuster recently returned from visiting Hilo, on Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island) and came across another talented young ukulele artist,  Brittni Paiva. He says if you scroll down the full list of her YouTube Uploads to the 30-40th of the 80+ posted, there are some useful lessons. Thanks  Mark!

Doing Big Things With Small Instruments

We hold this truth to be self-evident — if every citizen spent a little bit of time playing the ukulele, the world would be a nicer place.”  ~The Beatles Complete on Ukulele

While hunting for sources of Beatles songs for the ukulele, I came across the above mission statement from The Beatles Complete on Ukulele. These folks set forth on the admirable enterprise of recording the complete collection of Beatles songs with ukulele accompaniment. It only took them about 3  1/2 years, which is fairly awe inspiring to those of us with less ambitious, though yet to be reached goals.

But what really impressed me about this crew is that they took a mission statement (with which most every player of this lovely little instrument would agree) and put it into action. In the midst of recording the Beatles songs, they did a little “Performance Philanthropy” project called “10 ukuleles”  They recruited 10 of the leading artists in NYC to each decorate a Kala ukulele, and then awarded those ukuleles to: ” The 10 Most Important People In The World”. A second set of 10 was auctioned off for charity. 

 

Dang! I love ukulele enthusiasts. What will we think of next?

Jambusters & friends at AK Folk Fest 2013

 

Links from Ukulele Workshop at AK Folk Fest

Less than ten years ago there was an ukulele workshop at the Folk Fest and I was the only attendee. Today over 20 people turned out to play a few tunes, practice some chord changes and strum patterns and basically just get our “uke” on. What fun!

As promised, below are the links that were listed on the printouts. If I forgot anything, or you find other links you want to share, please let me know and we’ll get them posted. Safe trip home to everyone visiting from out of town and we look forward to seeing some more of you locals at a Rockwell Jam some Sunday soon!      

 ~Rhonda, Amy & Reid

Basic Ukulele Chord Chart (along with some info and history) from Squidoo

Basic Strum Patterns

Ukulele Mike’s 12-Bar Blues lesson

Uke Boutique’s 12-Bar Blues in G (scroll down to May 21, 2012 post)

 

General Resource sites

http://www.topukulelesites.com/

http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/top50/

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/

http://ukulelehunt.com/

http://www.ukulele-tabs.com/

http://ukutabs.com/

http://ukuleleunderground.com/

 

Song Chord Index Links

(in addition so several listed above)

http://www.doctoruke.com/

http://www.scorpexuke.com/songlist.html

http://www.seattleukulele.org/members/songpdfs/

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/

 

Tutorial videos

Aldrine Guerrero at Ukulele Underground

Brett McQueen at Ukulele Tricks

“Ukulele Mike” (Mike Lynch) has a YouTube Channel

 

Buying an Ukulele

Elderly Instruments has its own Ukulele Department

39th Annual Alaska Folk Fest Underway

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The Alaska Folk Fest is every night this week from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday, at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau. Performances, workshops, jams and dances will be happening both at the festival and around town. The scheduled events are available online and at Centennial Hall. Joining the lineup of festival workshops this weekend, the Jambusters crew will be leading a Beginning Ukulele workshop from 1:30-3:00 on Sunday in the Egan Room at Centennial.

One thing not on the schedule but not to be missed  is the 3rd annual Liars’ & Fiddlers’ Consort  happening at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Open to all tellers of tall tales willing to spin a story for those in attendance. It was a hoot last year and definitely on my itinerary for this year’s folkfestivities.

Most of the usual Jambuster suspects will be attending workshops, getting ready to perform (GO SELMA!) or just sleeping in this Sunday, so there may be a small turnout for the regular Rockwell jam from 11-1. Of course, if anyone shows up the jam is on. Collette even suggested it be a true Jambuster jam, complete with all ukuleles, banjos, bagpipes, and players of saws and cowbells. Our mascot will be Bert as the One-Man-Band in Mary Poppins ( from a post by sameasiteverwas )

mary poppins one man band

 

And if no one else shows, you can always enjoy a yummy brunch from Costa’s Diner at Rockwells and play with yourself. Happy festing, everyone!

Playlist links from March 2013 Rockwell jams

 

Been away from the blog for a while, but the Sunday Rockwell jams continue. There have been many new songs played, so many that I am not even sure I have listed them all. Also, I am working on a song links index page for the playlists so they will be easier to look up. Suggestions for improvement are welcome, though no promises about prompt responses.

 

Ain’t She Sweet  by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics), 1927
Chords & lyrics at Doctor Uke, easier version at Seattle Ukulele Players Assoc
Performed by Paul McCartney & George Harrison

Exactly Like You  by Jimmy McHugh (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics), 1930
Chords & lyrics at Doctor Uke
Performed by Friends of Old Puppy

Granddaddy by A.J.Roach
Chords & lyrics download
Performed by A.J. Roach & Nuala Kennedy

Island Style by John Cruz
Chords & lyrics at UkuTabs
Performed by John Cruz, with Jackson Browne & Jack Johnson

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
Chords & lyrics at  UkuTabs
Performed by Of Monsters and Men

Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas
Chords & lyrics at  Ultimate Guitar
Performed by  The Be Good Tanyas and a sweet ukulele cover by zurozuros

Love is a Rose by Neil Young
Chords & lyrics at Ultimate Guitar
Performed by Neil Young

Red Clay Halo by Gillian Welch
Chords & lyrics at Ultimate Guitar
Performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Side By Side by Gus Kahn (lyrics) and Harry M. Woods (music), 1927
Chords & lyric at Doctor Uke
Recorded by Cliff Edwards (“Ukelele Ike”) and Patsy Cline

Sloop John B, traditional
Chords & lyrics at Richard G’s Ukulele Songbook
Recorded by Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, and The Beach Boys

( Not a Juneau Jambuster session, but definitely kindred souls singing at Ukulele Night at the Royal George in London. FIELD TRIP!)

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
Chords & lyrics (in B flat) at UkuTabs
Recorded by Amos Lee

Waimanalo Blues by Liko Martin and Thor Wold, 1974
Chords & lyrics at Tropical Storm Hawaii
Performed by Henry Kapono, Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole, Cyril Pahinui, and Roland Cazimero

White Sandy Beach by Willie Dan
Chords & lyrics and performance by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole at UkuleleTab.net

Playlist links from 2.24.13 Rockwell jam

This past Sunday we played many of the same as before, with the exception of a few Reid Tippet originals that are not yet in print. One song we played that I have not yet linked is below. Some day I’ll get everyone up doing the hula that goes with it!

E Huli Makou by David Chung                                                                                                                                                                                      

This is one of the first hulas I learned as a kid and is a good way to learn a few Hawaiian words and hula moves. Chords & lyrics are at Kanikapila.us. I learned to play this song with a G chord for the verses and a G7 for the vamp instead of the G7 throughout, but either works and both are easy. Translation and history of the lyrics can be found at Huapala.org. The site lists some additional verses not commonly sung and it does not include the “i hope” (pronounced ee-ho-pay) verse, which means “go back”. To catch the strumming pattern, you can play along with Kumu (teacher) Kealoha at 808ukejams, but if you want to see how to really dance this hula, watch Auntie Mokihana. One of my new goals is to be able to move like that by the time I’m her age!