365 Days of the Unoriginal, Day 14: Wednesday’s Ukulele is Full of W00T

Once upon a time (by which I mean “last summer”), I was asked by a guitarist friend to join him with my violin at a wedding. It was a really cool wedding — the whole to-do happened outside on an absolutely gorgeous day, the bride was cool, the groom was shiny, the family was awesome, etc. etc. We had a good time playing, and I think we did pretty well. It was, however, sort of an unusual  wedding, where musical choices were concerned. We didn’t play any of the stuff I would otherwise play — no Bach, no Handel, no Mendelssohn or Wagner, no hymns, no Official Schmaltzy Ballads from the Certified Sourcebook of The Wedding Industrial Complex. We played the Beatles, which wasn’t actually the unusual thing.

The other song requested of us was Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark.”

Yes, for a wedding.

Yes, I’m pretty sure the bride knew what the song was about when she asked us to learn it.

No, I don’t think it bothered her a bit.

No, oddly enough, although we learned it, I don’t think we did end up actually playing it.

It’s still a pretty catchy tune, though, and as it turns out it is also a popular tune to cover on the ukulele, so it was a reasonably obvious song choice for Ukulele Week here at the 365 Days of the Unoriginal Challenge.

I am (obviously) not much of a ukulele player, but it was a lot of fun to record the song anyway, and it also gave me an excuse to experiment with something percussionesque — I improvised a brush sound using my sweatshirt sleeve and the back of the uke. I added a harmony vocal on the last verse (which was tough, in this key — so low for me!). I’m slowly getting the hang of the Mackie and the condenser mic, which is a good thing. The (rather morbid) photographs are all from my Flickr stream.:)


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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