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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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“A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” with vocals

I’ve only taken two ukelele lessons in the two years and change I’ve been playing this thing. I like the way I sound more than I used to, but I feel like it’s time to get back into instruction so I can develop better technique.

No regrets; playing the uke has provided me with some truly sublime moments. When I find myself playing a familiar song moderately well, it can be exhilarating.

I’m not shy when it comes to karaoke, but I am intimidated by the idea of uploading an MP3 where I’m singing and playing. Karaoke is only as permanent as your friends are sober, but MPEG-2 Audio Layer III is forever. Confidence is overcoming my temerity, since I liked the way “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” sounded with this morning’s coffee and decided to share. Here’s Louis Armstrong’s version:

And here’s mine:

Thanks for listening.

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