Ukulele Rhythm

pounding on the 2 x 4s
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Something of a tribute to one of my heroes and a shared-birthday compatriot, Slim Gaillard, who would often come up with very vouty tunes based on what jazz musicians call “the Rhythm changes” (meaning the chord progression from George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”) and title them accordingly (“Chicken Rhythm,” “Laughing in Rhythm”) or not (“Potato Chips,” “Tip Light,” “Atomic Cocktail”).

For reference, a very well-rehearsed version from our February 2014 appearance on WMSE radio in Milwaukee…

The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “Ukulele Rhythm,” live on WMSE, Milwaukee, WI, February 2014

….followed by a much less-well-rehearsed-end-of-the-night performance at Mike ‘n Molly’s in Champaign from 2010. This performance is notable for:

  1. My inexplicable attempt to imitate a vocoder effect at the end of my ukulele solo, and
  2. The fact that the “On my fingers? Blisters!” moment was a literal statement of Riley Broach’s reality by that point in the evening. You’ll hear him talk at the end about how he’s on his last finger.
The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “Ukulele Rhythm,” live at Mike ‘n Molly’s, Champaign, IL, July 2010
“Ukulele Lady.” That blue! That orange! That…lettering?

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about