A ukulele player's look at jazz and popular songs of the early 20th Century



One of the joys of learning the ukulele is discovering the wonderful songs of long ago--the beautiful melodies and lyrics that deserve to be remembered and revived. Thankfully, vintage sheet music abounds on the internet, and so I've had a great time tracking down lots of the old songs, transcribing them to chord/lyric sheets--in a good key for my voice--and then learning them on the uke. If you would like to receive my chord/lyric sheet for any of the songs featured here, email me and I will be happy to share them.


Have a listen to Van and Schenk, a popular Vaudeville duo:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thanks for the Sandwiches

If I may stoop to cliche, let me remark, “Where has the time gone?” It's been more than two years since I posted on this blog, but not for lack of interest. Life has been busy, and finding time to rehearse a new number and then spend hours taping it and editing....well, it's always easier to postpone it, of course. Next thing ya know, time has raced by.

However, I still get requests for some of the songs I've shared here, and it's very rewarding to know I've been able to share the great old compositions with new generations, no matter how great or small their numbers.  Thanks to all those who read, viewed and wrote!

And I must add—though I'm sure you know it by now--that in the five years since I started this blog, the ukulele has become mainstream once again!  I don't know whether I feel happy or sad that my playing the uke is no longer a charming eccentricity.  Everyone knows someone who plays the uke, I'd wager.

So keep those requests for music coming in. And sooner or later I'll get around to posting more often, and maybe even sharing a video performance.  In the meantime, here's a clip of the delightful Harry Rose, from those delightful vaudeville days!