We’re really please to be able to say that we have finally finished making Songbook Number 4. We’ve made a bit of an effort with this one to try and make it much easier than the last few books.
Make sure you download a copy as we will be concentrating on songs from it for the next few meetings. There are quite likely to be a number of songs that you will not have heard of before. You can listen to them on the Spotify playlist that we’ve made for this book, or all of the songs are contained in the Youtube playlist embedded below.
Many people have helped with putting this together, through either suggesting songs, working them out or testing that we’ve got them mostly right. A big thanks to everyone that’s helped. It’s taken a few months but we did get there in the end. There are some really fun songs in here so we hope you enjoy them as much as we have done.
I know it seems like only last week that everyone got over wishing you happy new year, but one more won’t hurt will it?
2012 turned out to be a really good year for us. Besides our usual meetings every other Thursday (I know they’re not really every other Thursday when months are particularly fat) we got to play in loads of different places.
We managed to do loads more gigs than we expected last year and it is down to the patience of the people that turn up to each meeting that give up their free time that means we still seem to be getting away with it.
We’re really looking forward to 2013, we’ve got a new songbook coming in the next couple of weeks but we’ve also overhauled songbooks 2 and 3 to try and sort out the odd errors that were in them. In songbook 3′s case there were quite a few.
Hopefully the change documents will stop people having to print out so many pages. You obviously don’t need to print these out but if you don’t you’ll be playing different versions of some songs to other people.
We hope to have the new songbook ready for you in February.
We are going to be meeting on Thursday at 8:00pm in the Prince of Wales so hopefully we will see you there.
Another December and another year over. That doesn’t mean it’s time for morose introspection.
No, it means we get another chance to crack open the Snowselele song book. We’ve got quite a packed festive period with two meetings, a gig and, what some people have been telling us is, our customary Christmas sing-a-long. We’re not convinced it can be custom after two years but we are looking forward to it.
So we will have two normal meetings on the 6th and 20th of December (I know the meeting dates panel on the page has stopped working), at these meetings we will just be playing songs from the Snowselele book.
On the Sunday 23rd December we will be playing all night in the beer garden of the Prince of Wales. We will have songbooks for anyone who wants them and we really want to encourage everyone to come along and join in with us through just about every classic Christmas song we can think of. It was the highlight of our year last year and hopefully it’ll be just as good this year.
Next Thursday (1st November) will be a special meeting because it is the one week a year where we break out the Spookelele songbook. All manner of scary songs (well vague references to the paranormal).
The book has been updated since last year. It has another nine songs in. So it might be an idea to listen to the Spookelele playlist to make sure you’re familiar with most of them.
There will also be sweets and scary ghost costumes.
We’re really please to say that Songbook 3 is finally finished. The different places you can download it from are almost limitless. You could just race ahead and click the link just above, you could look at the navigation on the right, where it says Songbook 3. You could always go to the dedicated songbook page (my personal favourite).
The last few months have been a mammoth effort, fixing the first two songbooks so we’re sure all the songs are playable and doing the longest book yet from scratch was quite a lot to try and do in one go.
I’ve got to thank everyone that has given up a ridiculous amount of time to think of songs, work them out and sit patiently as we’ve gone through every line. This is the first time we’ve thrown a book together and then tested it. We hope the effort pays off.
If you suggested a song and it didn’t make it to the book then I must apologise. As you can see this is a large book and we couldn’t fit everything in.
If there are songs you don’t know, you can listen to the Spotify Playlist, if you don’t do Spotify then fair play to you, it is irritating. Alternatively you can just watch the YouTube Playlist we’ve made with all the songs in.
Obviously what this means is that we need you to do some more printing. If you’re new to Moselele then please don’t think this is what we make you do each week. It has been unusual to have so many changes to songs in one go and we doubt we’ll have do it again for a while.
We do have a meeting on Thursday (1st), whatever the list of dates on the right says. I need to fix that.
We hope to see you at 8:00pm in The Prince of Wales to play many many new songs.
We will be demonstrating this on Thursday when we have the first run through of the Christmas Songbook. We’ve got just about every Christmas song we can think of in there and we estimate it is 43% more festive than last years book.
We will be in the back room of the Prince of Wales from 8:00pm to have a good go at all of the new songs, so it would be really useful if you could you print one out. If you don’t print one out then you’re going to have to share and that isn’t very Christmassy is it?
It’s also worth reminding you that on the 15th rather than playing in the back room we’ve been asked to do pretty well the same thing but in the beer garden (the heated beer garden), we’re inviting anyone along for a good old fashioned Christmas knees up. Though that is the 15th and not the meeting on Thursday.
As a special Halloween treat, this Thursday (3rd November) will be the first Spookelele. We have a new song book of creepy songs (songs with a tenuous link to the occult). As quite a few of these are completely new I recommend printing it out at you earliest convenience and having a go at them.
Dressing up in Halloween costumes will be positively encouraged, as will sweets. There should be lots of sweets.
If, by any chance you are not familiar with the songs in the book you can listen to them on this dedicated Spotify playlist.
I’ve noticed that Spotify are becoming quite irritating with their insistence of linking into Facebook at every opportunity to to help people avoiding it I’ve also created a playlist of the new songs in YouTube.
It’s been quite an amazingly fun packed Summer for us this year. We made our live debut at the Moseley Festival, we’ve found a new home at The Prince of Wales, we’ve bumped up songbook two until it’s about to burst and this week we got to record in a proper studio.
Some of you will remember that a few months ago we got to rehearse in the fantastic Highbury Studio, well this weekend we had the opportunity to go back there and record something for a proper band. I use the term proper band because they have music that you can buy in shops and on the Internet which means they are proper.
A few months ago The Gurdan Thomas Collective got in touch with us and asked if we could help with their knew album. I seem to remember they wanted an army of Ukes playing the same thing on one part of a record. We said they could have ten, they agreed.
I think we all forgot about this until quite recently when they got back in touch to find out if we were ready. We all looked at the tab for the part and realised that it was slightly more complex than drunkenly yelling along with Yazoo songs. We rose to it and spent a good seven hours rehearsing for about 40 seconds of glory.
It will be some time before we get to hear the results, but it was fun trying something new.
If you want to help us with things like this then you need to join the Facebook group, it does cause some problems because group messages get lost somewhere in the crazy system that Facebook tries to pass off as a social network, but it is the best way to hear about specific things like that. Not that I can think of anything that is coming up soon.
So getting back to the normal run of things we’ll be in the Prince of Wales from 8:00pm on Thursday. Please try and have copies of the books, they’re in short supply.
We’ve recently spent a bit of time looking at both the songbooks.
As a result we have got rid of most of the errors with Songbook 1, this means changing the keys of some songs and adding bits to other ones. I can’t stress enough that if you already have a copy of songbook 1 then you should throw it away. This one is different and is the one we will be using from now on.
We’ve also had a good go at adding to Songbook 2. We’ve corrected a lot of errors that were in there since April but also we’ve added quite a few more songs. We’ve added:-
Eve of Destuction – Barry McGuire
You Are The Everything – R.E.M.
Maneater – Hall & Oates
Faith – George Michael
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Dedicated Follower of Fashion – The Kinks
People are Strange – The Doors
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Cum on Feel the Noize – Slade
Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers
We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
Kids – MGMT
London Calling – The Clash
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone Age
I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite a few changes.
We really need you to print these out before the next meeting. If you don’t print them out then we have to pay for copies and now both books are getting large that costs quite a lot of money.