365 Days of the Unoriginal, Day 20: Ukulele Hangover

I had grand plans for this week. I had practiced some tunes, I had ideas, oh, it was all going to be so clever, so brilliant.



All of my grand notions flopped when I tried them, so I gave up on grandeur and went back into the warm and waiting arms of my beloved ukulele for a couple of quickies, the first of which I give you now: A cover of Gillian Welch’s “Dear Someone” for voice and ukulele, complete with random strange noises. The original is absolutely beautiful (one of my favorites, really), and I had originally thought I would try to cover it with guitar, violin, harmony vocals, the whole show.

Yeah. Didn’t happen that way. This is what you get instead:

Honestly, after struggling with multiple takes on my original plan, I just chucked it all, grabbed the silly ukulele, and got on with it. I sat myself down in front of the condenser and let ‘er rip. It’s not too horribly bad, but I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t have done it better. I like the original so much, it seems a shame to cover it weakly!


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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