Here is an Irish traditional song about a Rapparee who is hard done by after robbing an official on the road.
September 21 (today) is international peace day. Which seems like a good thing to promote. (peace be with you, and also with you, etc…)
The Conversation ran a piece about peace today that put a lie to the idea that music is a universal language of peace. They presented a bunch of valid examples of music being used to support those agents of division and war that all right thinking people despise. While it is true that some scumbags have hijacked the noisiest artform in the name of evil, most of us earthlings recognise it as a language that crosses borders and political lines.
Of course, a great way to counter all that nasty hatred and division is to get out yer uke and sing some songs of peace love and understanding (what’s so funny ’bout that?). So with that in mind, here’s four songs that might be fun to run through tonight.
Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel
Here is a great anti war pop song from 1980, a time when it seemed that our leaders were thoughtlessly and childishly driving us towards a nuclear oblivion. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a time when all that is relegated to the past…
Daydream by The Lovin Spoonful
Is it playing the ostrich to want to take a walk and forget about it all for a while. This song celebrates the power of positive thinking, and we could sure use some of that, eh?
What’s So Funny ’bout Peace Love & Understanding?
We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger
As Brian Cox tells us, things can only get better. As Bill Gates tells us, things are getting better and despite what you may have heard about entropy being a measurement of disorder, that’s just another word for diversity, which is a great thing. The opposite of entropy is homogeneousness, one state thinking and all that conformist nonsense. Eventually, of course, all that old gobbledygook gets washed away…
I’ll get off my soap box now. back to your ukes.
It’s got a sweet riff. It has lyrics that make you sound completely badass if taken literally.
This arrangement may or may not allow you to do full justice to the Iron Maiden classic with your ukulele playing friends. We wish you well.
This tune is bound to have been an old household favourite for many of us in Australia. Help sing it to a new generation and consider whether your ukulele ensemble can write a new verse for the uke…
New, updated version with our final verse written for the ukulele! We can’t wait to perform this one!
How to fingerpick the ‘Chopsticks’ tune on the uke:
An American traditional song that originates from before the Civil war. Enjoy playing and improvising!
Here is a favourite spooky song, great for singing with a group. It makes use of a very common 50s doo-wop chord progression that is handy to be familiar with.
We think you should learn this song before confronting the Jolene in your own life. It may also bring up opportunities for some fingerstyle ukulele.
Anthemic ‘n’ sentimental, this Guns ‘n’ Roses track is sure to be a crowd pleaser on the ukulele too…!? Here is our arrangement, which has spots for all the leads so Slash impersonating uke players can go wild.
It’s pretty likely ours will have a Pacific beachy feel, so here’s the Hawaiian version: