Playalong: La La Blues – Pokey LaFarge

What’s a playalong? It’s where we put a video up and provide chords in the same key. Come on, admit it; you knew that one.

Pokey LaFarge heads a small acoustic band out of St. Louis, MO. They’re billed as American Roots musicians, but that doesn’t really cover it. You’ll hear blues, you’ll recognize bluegrass in there, and you’ll also notice a great deal of wit and swing. People call him a time traveler. That’s good enough.

LA LA BLUESPOKEY LAFARGE & THE SOUTH CITY THREE

Playalong lyrics and chords below.

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Playalong – Songs of WWII

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On November 11, my father would take us where the veterans were, and we would listen. First, there were stories. Then they would sing.

I  always knew this tune as part of a medley sung by Dame Vera Lynn, along with Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line and Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant-Major. However, in the current context, it pleases me to present it in its original recorded format, as played by ukist of note, George Formby.

BLESS ‘EM ALLGeorge Formby

Playalong lyrics (with melody sheet) and chords right here.

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Playalong – I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling (1929)

If you’ve seen Sita Sings The Blues, you’ve heard Annette Hanshaw.

This tune has a nice minor and 7th progression that is fun to play along to. The video is (technically) in the same key as the chart, but just a little off speed, so… ehh. I played it and had fun anyway.

I’ve Got A Feeling I’m FallingAnnette Hanshaw

Playalong lyrics and chords below.

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Playalong – 2 songs for howling at the moon

Inspired by the astronomical nature of this month’s Bogani Cafe playlist, I thought about moon songs. Here are two for you.

If you saw the movie “Her”, here is a musical underlining of the main character’s deepening obsession with the operating system of his computer. If you didn’t, here’s a pretty song about the moon.

The Moon Song – Karen O

It’s easy!

Moon Song

Intro: Dm  G  C

Dm    G           C
I’m lying on the moon
Dm         G             C
My dear, I’ll be there soon
Dm     G         C
It’s a quiet starry place
Dm           G
Times we’re swallowed up
F                  Fm           C
In space we’re here a million miles away

There’s things I wish I knew
There’s no thing I keep from you
It’s a dark and shiny place
But with you my dear
I’m safe and we’re a million miles away

We’re lying on the moon
It’s a perfect afternoon
Your shadow follows me all day
Making sure I’m okay and
We’re a million miles away

You probably shouldn’t watch the second video if you are much younger than 14. Or much older than… well, if you enjoy Rick and Morty, please enjoy responsibly.

If you’d rather howl at a familiar moon, get out your Yellow Book and try these songs from this month’s playlist: It’s Only A Paper Moon, Moon River, Moonlight Bay, and Shine On Harvest Moon. The Blue Book has Allegheny Moon, Fly Me To The Moon, Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Moon Shadow, Moonglow, Moondance, and Hanalei Moon.

Otherwise, continue for the second video.

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Playalong – Log Driver’s Waltz in Nashville Numbers

You may run across a kind of notation called the Nashville Number System, especially if you find yourself in the woods with some bluegrass players. They may appear instead of traditional chord letter names on a sheet of paper with song lyrics, or they might be hollered or signaled using fingers.

Do you know how to read Nashville numbers? (It’s interesting that Nashville names it. Jazz people have been doing it for decades, you dig.)

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