Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jonathan Mann || Deep Biscue (Song #1122)

Following Jonathan Mann the Song-A-Day-Mann is a real treat for me. He's altogether different. A totally creative force in action and he frequently uses his butchered-bari as his creative tool. Have you ever seen the huge hole that that big orange uke has in the upper bought? 

So this is song #1122. That's a whole lot of work. Some of his songs, as he well recognizes, are awful. This one is very good. Who am I to judge -- really? I just thought the lyrics were more cohesive. He puts himself to the test by asking for song themes (from YT followers) and he just gets to work. I thought song #1122 was rocking along and then it just stopped. Well how can you do it all in a day?

I went to a workshop at someone's house across the bay in San Carlos, California today. There was a big contingent of Bluegrass ukulele fans from the Silicon Valley Ukulele Club. I think there were about 25 of us in the large living room. I was one of the last to arrive and I ended up sitting on a piano bench next to another guy with a Lanikai baritone ukulele seated in a chair next to me. (3 bari players in a group of 25 = 12% but not statistically significant.)

The class was called Jamming 101 and Sid Lewis has been giving this lesson to musicians all over. I enjoyed his style  and anecdotes on how to start jamming groups and how to recognize "jam busters." I think that's all I'll share for now but will follow up with a post specially on the class.

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