Here is another goofy little song I penned just for my ROKU TV Show called Kelly James & The Folk Review, We are on INC Family TV, Ten TV, Rabbit Ears TV and INC TV. Song is Titled She's My Little Wicky Wacky,
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the date in this song title, from Chicago's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority". The date marks the end of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which has a lot of history behind it (see Wikipedia's article to read a lot about what was going on then) and allegedly the start of the popular anti-Vietnam War chant, "The whole world's watching", a recording of which precedes the song on the album.
Please note that I'm not covering this in support of Democrats or the DNC. I just like the song, and thought that the 50th anniversary of the date was a good reason to record and upload a version. I do think there are a number of ways to interpret it for 2018, though.
Written in the summer of 2011 on the island of Giudecca, Venice, our first stop in Italy. We had no idea what we were going to do with this song at that point but recorded a ukulele track in our apartment with the windows open where the sound of a boat passing was picked up along with the water. This simple ukulele track became the basis for the rest of the recording.
In Milan a few months later we added piano and in Nice the maracas and additional ukulele. It was some time before we were able to work on the track again, and in Budapest, March 2012, we recorded the hand drum track. Finally, the vocals and melodica were recorded in August 2012 in Spello, Italy and the song mixed in Perugia in September.
I recommend keeping a few extra sets of pro quality strings, and in the finishing stringing touch, not to cut the strings right away and instead, passing them back into their hole a couple of more times, if long enough, at least for the thinner ones, before rolling them up tight. I also recommend using better sounding white Aquila New Nylgut Ukulele strings for the proper instrument size, Soprano, Concerto or Tenor.
I also recommend the BOSS tuner, which is very precise to tune instruments; it has a mode perfect for classical guitars, a Bass guitars mode and a Ukulele mode, which I tune my Concerto Ukulele with, in the non-traditional Hawaiian way, but more like a mini guitar, from bigger to smaller strings, equivalent to the 5th fret notes of the 4 smallest strings of a regular guitar.
UKULELE CONVERSION INTO MINI GUITAR: - 1st C GREEN 0.95mm - 2nd E BLUE 0.80mm - 3rd G WHITE 0.67mm - 4th A RED 0.62mm
TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN UKULELE STRINGING: - 1st A RED 0.62mm - 2nd E BLUE 0.80mm - 3rd C GREEN 0.95mm - 4th G WHITE 0.67mm
A short clip of me & my buddy Ellery playing a song at the ladies church social in March 2018. Sorry for the dumb look on my face, I only started picking on the ukulele a few weeks before this. Also it's a social, so excuse the noise. I'd like to do a full recording of this hauntingly beautiful melody from the 16th century.