Ukulele Lady – Album in the works

I’ve written quite a number of songs written on the ukulele so it makes sense to record them under a collection. The ukulele is the most cheerful and optimistic instrument I have ever played. It seems to have a sense of humor. Can’t argue with that, so I won’t.

The above artwork is that which I hope to use if I have permission. It is of the incomparable, majestic, seminal, true greats of the music business – The Boswell Sisters. I’ll write their story in a separate piece when the album looks like it will happen.

Here’s a little preview of two of the tracks.

It’s a fleshed out demo, really. I’m going to change the harmony of the main chorus. I might change the comb and paper solo. But it’s all pretty much done. I tried to emulate the Bowell Sisters’ three part harmony technique. Didn’t quite make it but it makes a happy sound.

This is just a fragment of the intro to the song. It’s about the most wonderful place I ever saw in England. I wanted to move there but it didn’t happen. My secret pet name for it was Melabiko.

The Final Album Artwork

Well, I think this is the final design for the album artwork. A little splashy and very yellow.

“According to surveys in Europe, Canada, and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness, humor, and spontaneity, but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy, avarice, and, in the U.S., with cowardice.”

Wikipedia

It spoke volumes to me and described the mood of the nine songs perfectly. Lots of ambiguity, confusion, love and self loathing. I’ve been there. You have, probably too. But there’s joy there too. I have always loved harmonies and what you hear on this record are harmonies that I’ve always wanted to do. The amazing digital domain gives me that power.