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“Bye Bye Blackbird:” song 4 of the 7-day uke challenge

“Bye Bye Blackbird” was written by Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon; if I seem to be relying heavily on popular songs from the 1920s, I just can’t help it. That genre really lends itself to interpretation on the ukulele; the only other one I’ve found that meshes as well is soft rock from the 1970s, and I’m just not ready to explore that with you fine people just yet.

My version isn’t nearly as compelling as this one from the late, great (and extremely underrated) Julie London, but I don’t have her, ah, pipes.

I have no idea what song will appear here tomorrow; I’m sure the suspense is also killing my neighbors.

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“You Made Me Love You,” day 3 of the song/day challenge

These selections are getting tougher and tougher! “You Made Me Love You” is another selection from the Great American Songbook; I seriously considered a Springsteen song, but I’m not sure we’d all have the patience to sit through my rendering of “Thunder Road.” (It is pretty epic, though.)

Here’s my version of “You Made me Love You;” I’m accepting that perfect is the enemy of the good, and I hope you’re also so inclined.

Harry James and his orchestra were one of many to perform this classic; clip is below.

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Song/day challenge, Day 2: “Button Up Your Overcoat”

Today was a rough day, so I’d forgotten my goal of uploading a new song each day until an hour ago.

This is another selection from the Great American Songbook: “Button Up Your Overcoat” by Ray Henderson. The lyrics are adorable and somewhat cheesy, but the sentiment expressed is extremely charming.

Here’s my version:

And here’s the recording that America became familiar with in 1929:

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