Tuesday, July 2, 2013

All the Ukuleles (Put a string on it) [VIDEO]



My family has a number of annual traditions but among them are a late-June trip to Bear Lake's Ideal Beach and an extended-family soiree at my parent's house on the 3rd and 4th of July.

Last July 4th, a group of us sat outside in the shade and had an impromptu drum-circle-esque jam session. I had been playing the Uke for about 6 months and by then my mother, brother, cousin and niece had also picked up Ukes of their own, mostly out of interest in the instrument but also due partly (I think) to the recent passing of my late grandfather John, a life-long ukulele player.

Because we were a rag tag group of assorted musical tastes, we stuck to covering mainstream and well known songs that everyone could join in on. After a few rounds of uke-ified Justin Bieber, Train, Beatles, and Coldplay my cousin Alex suggested -- jokingly -- that we try some Beyonce.

What followed was a simplified acoustic version of Single Ladies that I've played probably a hundred times since and has become something of a signature piece for me. Almost every time I've seen my brother in the last year we've talked about how we needed to film a cover of the song, but we could never quite find the right time to do it.

So this year, as we enjoyed our week of lakeside R&R on the Utah/Idaho border, we finally got the thing done. The video is nothing special, just the two of us jamming on the grass with some scattered haphazard b-roll of us goofing around.

At some point I think it would be fun to film a black-and-white version mimicking Beyonce's famous music video. But for now, this will do. If you like it, put a ring on it.

Also, I uploaded the recording to bandcamp.com so if you're interested in a free download click here.

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