Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ukulele Sheet Music Challenge Introduction

Quite a while back, now, I shared photos of part of my vintage sheet music collection and I mentioned that one of my plans was to learn some of the songs that had uke accompaniment and make videos of them as a challenge. And then I never did anything about it. But I've finally recorded the first video for my 'challenge' and I wanted to share it on here.


I'm not what you'd call a fan of Al Jolson but this song, written by Billy Rose & Dave Dreyer in 1928 is very cute and sweet. Despite the sad state of the sheet music itself, I love this particular piece  for its bold orange background, the variety of fantastic typography and, in fact, even its shabby state is appealing.

As you can see from the text, this song was recorded for The Singing Fool (which I've not seen) which you can read about here. I couldn't find footage of the song in the film, though, but there is a recording of it below my own video.

Without further ado, here is my own rendition of There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder...

And, for reference, one of Jolson's recordings of the song (I believe this would be his original recording from 1928). It has a really great whistle solo.

If this challenge idea is interesting to anyone else, I might continue posting them here. And maybe think of a more concise name for the challenge as well!

Andi B. Goode


  1. Pleaaaase continue with this challange! Ah! What a sweet song, and you sing it beautifully. I have been learning uke too, but I've got a lot of work to do before I could attempt a song like that. xx

  2. Ahhh this is the first time I've heard you singing, and I absolutely ADORE your singing voice! *_* This was such an excellent song choice (I haven't ever heard it before!) and you look lovely as always <3_<3

  3. You have such a pretty lovely voice! :) I love this challenge! I am learning uke too so it's really nice to see/read/hear you and your progress! I have some old sheet music I need to challenge myself with too! :) Love it Andi! :) xxx

  4. Andi, you have such a beautiful, melodic voice - what a special treat for us to get a chance to hear you sing this charming vintage tune. By all means keep this challenge up, dear gal, I'd love to hear more of your musical talents.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. You are a complete darling!


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