McKinley Hollered/McKinley squalled/the docter said "McKinley, I can't find the ball"/You're bound to die/You're bound to die
I do dimply recall a time before I knew I needed a song bout the assassination of President McKinley but, thankfully, that time is gone. I had surgery on my right arm this week and am unable to record another uke vid, so I am stealing one from the vault. I hope you like it!
If you are at all interested in learning more about this precious piece of Americana you can check out a longer piece I wrote about it a while ago.
Here is a classic old tune that has been popular with kids, around campfires, and church. I used only two chords (yay!). I started out on G and then went to D and back again so on until the end. Whatever variation you hear was simply done by lifting and lowering my fingers on some of the strings. It is a super-easy thing to do! I suspect the words are intuitive but just in case, the first verse goes like this:
Over my head I hear trouble in the air (3x)
There must be a God somewhere
The enxt verses just change one word! Yay folk music! The next verse substitutes "music" for "trouble" then "music" then "singing" then "glory". As happens to me from time to time, my chord progression is slightly wonky between the verses. I will work on that.
I play a number of musical instruments. In addition to the ukulele I play the mandolin, guitar, rhythm bones, and a few other things. This page, though, is about my uke project. I recently decided to post once a week on a uke-themed topic. Most of these posts will be simple songs you can sing along to. Maybe later I will do more informational videos as well.