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.
After the breakneck pace of the Moseley Festival it will be nice to get back to our usual rotation of twice monthly meetings. This month it will be good to try and finish off the last few songs that we’ve never tried in song book two. Yes, that means finally tackling Here I Go Again and Rebel Yell.
We will be upstairs at Patrick Kavanagh’s from 8:00pm. If you can grab a songbook then please do as we’re very low on spares at the moment.
It would be good to familiarise yourself with those last few songs.
Apparently the first meeting of October went really well. I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t there, I did have a good excuse as I’d just got married and went on my Honeymoon instead.
To celebrate I’ve finally got round to adding the new songs to the songbook that I’ve been going on about for ages. I think we’re pretty competent at most of the older ones so it’ll be good to try something new. All of the new songs have got a focus to them. We’re quite aware that our repertoire is quite dated. To that end we’ve been trying to make sure that we only add songs that are a little more current. I think it’s fair to say that when you look at our new line up you’d have to say I have singularly failed to achieve anything even remotely like recent. In fact only one song wasn’t released in the ’70s.
Having said that they are all good songs. Though I’m somewhat wary about Total Eclipse of the Heart as it looks quite hard.
You can download the songbook from here; I seem to be having a few problems with Spotify but will add songs to the playlist once it decides to get working again.
The only contemporary song is the Black Kids – I’m Not Going to Teach Your….. If you don’t know it then watch the Youtube video below. It’s a good song seemingly made for the Ukulele and allows us to shout numbers. Let’s give it a go.
Other than that it is your standard fair of middle of the road rock classics (ish).
As it is the Festival we thought that it would be interestingly irrelevant to add Everyday by Buddy Holly
..and You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
Neither of which have anything to do with each other or festivals. They are, of course in the Songbook. I’ve also got rid of some of the more obvious errors from the song book.
You might also have noticed in B13 Magazine that we are listed for Wednesday the 8th. We prefer to think this is some sort of innocent mistake rather than a blatant lie. We’ve got upstairs at Kavanagh’s booked for Thursday the 8th. Don’t turn up a day early or we won’t be there. This does mean that both meetings in July will be on consecutive weeks.
I’ve updated the Songbook with more songs. We’ve got quite a few now so I think it might be an idea to work on the ones in the book rather than adding to it each month. We have more than enough to be getting on with.