5. Four strings good

Bit of a slow week this time, I’ve been away and a bit sick. This song was inspired by seeing ukulele god Jake Shimabukuro in concert the other day. The uke was really what started my return to music after years away from it during university and training. The ukulele mind, the beginner mind, is really a useful concept to me. It’s the opposite of the classical music perfectionism and angst that I grew up with; it’s all about participation and not caring too much about how good you are, giving it a go, being open to new things.

All the same, I can’t put my finger on why, but I’m not happy with this song. It lacks something. But anyway. Onwards and upwards, they can’t all be winners. 80/20 rule says that maybe 2 out of these 10 songs might be salvageable.

Four strings good

Four strings good
Strum off-beat and sing off-key
Four strings good
Can’t beat the uku, ukulele

Can’t even bear to play guitar
Hendrix licks just ain’t for me
Can’t hardly deal with piano
It has too many keys

A trumpet in my hands
Honks like a cranky goose
One day I got a uke
The lowest-hanging fruit

Four strings good
Strum off-beat and sing off-key
Four strings good
Can’t beat the uku, ukulele

Boomers in Hawaiian shirts
The loud and quirky uke-ing tribe
Bearded hipsters, kids and nerds
Having the time of their lives

There’s no place for cock rock ego
The joy of uke is its own reward
Show up, sing and sway a little
Just playing the Z chord

Four strings good
Strum off-beat and sing off-key
Four strings good
Can’t beat the uku, ukulele

Four strings good
Strum off-beat and sing off-key
Four strings good
Can’t beat the uku, ukulele

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3 thoughts on “5. Four strings good

  1. To my ears anyway, maybe some sort of flailing bridge where you attempt (and possibly fail?) some ukulele virtuosity might help give a humorous spark and boost to the song.

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    • That’s such a funny idea, thanks! Ofc it’ll be hard to tell the difference between my usual flailing and deliberate, humorous flailing 😉

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