Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A Tribute to Instrumental Ukulele: "JAKE"

Post #192 
                                                             
PARODY-LYRICS                       
ORIGINAL SONG: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" written by George Harrison, and recorded by the Beatles for their 1968 album "The Beatles". 
JAKES'S RENDITION: Jake Shimabukuro had started playing instrumental ukulele as a band member, but in 2002 broke into a solo career. In 2006, a video of Jake's virtuoso rendition of the Beatles song became one of the first to 'go viral' on that site, and has accumulated 16 million hits. The author of this blog has been privileged to attend three Jake concerts in the last 5 years; recently these have included guitar collaborators and a few vocals, but the emphasis remains on instrumental ukulele. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January 2019.
 

JAKE (tribute to instrumental ukulele)


(to the tune of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps")

To Jake Shimabukuro I listen enraptured
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.


Hawaiian family that enclosed you
Teach and perform on uke.
Though you don't sing, some force chose you to 
Play virtuoso uke.

You played with teen bands, then began upward spiral,
Developing a novel style.
And "While My Guitar.." went iconically viral
You did instrumental uke all the while.

Your reputation's undisputed --
The world's saluted you.
On concert tours you speak unmuted,
Ukulele-san, that's you.

I listen enraptured to Jake Shimabukuro
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.

UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)



Ukulele(C-tuned) specifics:


AM7 = 0030 (or 0000);  Am6 = 2020;  FM7 = 5500;  D = 2220;  E = 4442;

E7 = 1202;  C#m7 = 4444;  Fm = 2120;  C#m = 6444;   Bbm = 4222.






















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