To be completely accurate, this was actually en-route from Oybin to Zittau. Please forgive my notebook with the lyrics, it’s a bit of a wordy song that I haven’t completely memorized yet, but I couldn’t resist the chance to play on an old-fashioned train. Many thanks to everyone who came on the trek today.
“I Don’t Know” – Lisa Hannigan
A beautiful Spring day in Prague (partway up Petřín hill with the city in the background) to mark my ukulele’s first birthday.
“Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
Before filming the video, I was sitting on the steps by the river Ljubljanica waiting for things to quiet down. I don’t mind ambient noise, in fact I think it can add to the video, but there was a group of fifteen or so kindergarteners getting their picture taken by their teacher and chattering quite a bit, so I was going to hold off filming until they’d passed by. They were milling around, and I looked up to see their teacher smile at me and gesture, like playing an instrument. I quickly grasped her meaning and started to play this song. The kids were immediately enthralled and within ten seconds were all sitting in a line on the step above me, staring at me with rapt attention. When I finished the song, they all started clapping and saying things in Slovenian. After I said “thank you” in English a few times, they, with prompting from their teacher, let out a chorus of “thank you’s” and “goodbye’s” in English. It was very sweet and a perfect start to a sunny day.
“What About Everything?” – Carbon Leaf
The ukulele may not be your go-to instrument to cover a song about ice and snow, but I maintain that if it can be played on the ukulele, it should be played on the ukulele. And to be perfectly honest, despite a large part of my life having been spent in freezing New England/Austrian/Czech winters, the cold does bother me quite a bit (luckily we didn’t have any today).
Filmed next to the Graz Cathedral and in front of the Mausoleum. Thank you to Lizzy Williams for your filming patience, encouragement, and dance skills.
Filmed outside of the Church of St. Barbara, one of the most impressive sights in Kutná Hora. The biggest challenge in this video (unfortunately not captured on film) was getting up on the wall.
“Eet” – Regina Spektor
Perhaps one of the more unique and delightfully unpolished videos I’ve made (because ukuleles need to have fun too), this experience was a fulfillment of my desire to make a video on the chairlift to Ještěd Mountain (home of Ještěd Tower) in Liberec. And what better song to commemorate the paralyzing fear that Laura and I experienced on our first chair lift trip to Ještěd in October than this Monty Python classic. However, it was EXTREMELY cold (in my defense, Liberec has until now been having an incredibly mild winter, so Laura and I had been lulled into a false sense of security). We had to film the video in segments, because it was too frigid to do more than one verse at a time, and hand-warming breaks were necessary. Enjoy not only the video, but also our various antics during a frozen yet adrenaline-filled ride. No need to show the bloopers after the video when the whole video is a blooper reel.
A spur of the moment decision to make a video in the Temple of Zeus in Athens.
“Gypsy” – Shakira