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Hobbit & Hare at Seattle Jazz Vespers on 12/04/16

Hobbit & Hare are excited to announce we are playing the legendary Seattle Jazz Vespers show at the First Baptist Church on Harvard Ave! This is a once per month secular concert series that has been running for the last 15 years. For this show they’ve decided to feature Seattle buskers so there will be three acts and some tunes from other genres. (Hobbit & Hare will be staying more or less true to our jazzy roots though.)

Also featured are Dan and James. Dan Schindler is a friend and fellow ukulele ace whom I first met via SUPA (the Seattle Ukulele Players Association). James “The Emergency Folk Singer” Nason is an old pal and bandmate from my days in the Emerald City Jug Band. They play some old jazz, some hokum, and novelty tunes from several eras. In addition, their beards are magnificent!

Last, but certainly not least, is Pretty Shady String Band. Annie Ford and Greg Paul play old time, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, and country blues with vocal harmonies. I’ve been busking at Pike Place Market for 33 years and have seen and heard a lot of buskers. Annie and Greg easily rise to the upper reaches on the “best of” list. You won’t want to miss this performance!

Seattle Jazz Vespers is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations are needed. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free parking, family friendly, refreshments after the conclusion of the concert. Come early for best seating.

The artists will each perform one short set and during their break a free-will offering will be taken to support the musicians, followed by a short non-sectarian inspirational message. The performers’ second sets will conclude the two-hour vespers concert.

Just Posted A New Video

But first, a few words about sub-tasks
They’re killing me.

I don’t know what kind of “spectrum” OCD has, but I’m certainly on it somewhere. This leads to the situation where I’m wanting to make a video but first I gotta do this and then I gotta do that and oh! I should see if so-and-so can play a lead on it and and and… ad nauseum. It’s the old saw “perfect is the enemy of good” beautifully illustrated. I end up not getting anything done.

So this time I decided not to bother with multi-camera shoots, guest stars, locations, etc. I simply went back to how I did my early videos, except for with a better camera and software.

So I present for your delectation, a “naughty” ditty from the early 1930s, written by a popular British band leader named Harry Roy and his friend Anthony Fanzo. It’s called…

My Girl’s Pussy

(If the embedded video doesn’t work for you click on the linkified title to view it on YouTube.)

I learned this tune a number of years back when Paul Moore (of Ukuleles For Peace fame) visited me in Seattle. He had flown in from Israel for reasons that escape me now and we had a nice strum and beer fest in me and my sweetie’s tiny downtown studio apartment.

For some reason I got it in my head that it was a relatively modern tune penned by R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders. It took me the longest time to get that one straightened out. But they did do a killer version.

The sudden glances down at the ukulele near the end of the video are because, despite 50-odd hours of practice on it lately, I still haven’t quite adjusted to the smaller scale length on the sopranino ukulele. Some of the chords towards the dusty end of the fretboard are still hard to grab with my big, square paws.

I hope you like the vid! Please share it around and/or say nice things about it if you do. That’s more helpful than I can tell you and I sure appreciate it.

And BTW… the tiger’s name is Blake, he really does belong to my girl, he just lives in my room.