You've found my portal to the songbooks I create! Hosting weekly ukulele gatherings since September 2016 gave me the impedise to create songbooks. It’s pure JOY to all play from the same page, and in the same key. Most of the songs included in the songbooks are because:
- I love them and would love to play them with others
- were suggestions by the local players ‘hey what do you thing of this song?’
- are not found elsewhere in printed books
SONGS FOR SARAH
This was a special edition initially made for a silent auction item at #skreagfest, a fundraiser for my niece who lived 35 years to the fullest.
August 10 2019, we celebrated Sarah through music and art. Songs for Sarah include over 45+ songs on the playlist:
Anyone Else But You ✿ The Moldy Peaches
Emerald Isle ✿ Whitehorse
I Do Adore ✿ Mindy Glendill
In an Aeroplane over the Sea ✿ Neutral Milk Hotel
Love ✿ Matt White 36
Summer Vibe ✿ Walk Off The Earth
Three Little Birds ✿ Bob Marley
Will The Sun Ever Shine Again? ✿ Alan Menken
Ukulele Songbooks include:
Lyrics with chord diagrams for ukulele standard tuning (G-C-E-A)
Many beginner tunes, often with helpful hints to guide you in playing
Chord families listed in the back; a useful tool to jam with friends who play harmonica
Print book edition:
8 1/2" x 11” ; coil bound
protective clear soft back and front covers
approximately $20 to $25.00, depending on number of songs, includes shipping in Canada
PDF online edition :
downloadable for a tablet or phone
indexed, click on the title links to the song page
each song hyperlinked to a ’play along’ online video or in original key to learn the tune
Ukulele Songbooks created:
UKULELE SEASON SONGBOOK ONE - spring 2016
65+ classics and 'new to you' contemporary tunes - fully edited by Rod Swanson of Chilliwack Academy of Music
UKULELE SEASON SONGBOOK TWO - summer 2017
60+ very singable songs, classic and tradtional songs
HARRISON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS SONGBOOK - SPECIAL EDITION - summer 2018
Celebrating their 40th anniversary with 40 songs for the 2018 Festival Ukulele Gathering Workshop
INSPIRING SONGS TO SING - SPECIAL EDITION - fall 2019
60+ songs in this songbook created for Chilliwack Hospice Gala Silent Auction
SONGS FROM THE MIGHTY MIAMI RIVER - summer 2014
an eight paged songbook of simple chord songs for beginner ukulele players; used in the classroom with children
SONGS FOR AN EAST COAST CEILIDH - spring 2019
Complied for our Maritime family, this contains 50+ songs suitable for your next ‘kitchen party’.
A JOY TO SING - winter 2018
68 songs for every level of playing; contemporary hits include three ‘A Star is Born’ songs
IF YOU WANT TO SING OUT - fall 2019
40+ child friendly songs suitable for the classroom or lap of a grandparent.
SUMMER TIME PARTY PIECES - summer 2019
Created for this years Festival Ukulele Gathering Workshop with most tunes beginner friendly
All songbooks I create are intended for private and educational purposes only.
The songbooks are not for financial gain. I acknowledge that all song copyrights belong to their respective parties.
Ukulele Season Story
I let my 'true colours show' musically in July 2014. I was contemplating retirement and grieving the death of my younger sister. I loved music having grown up in a family that sang on road trips and around campfires. I have a wee background in music; high school choir, flute and later piano lessons as young adult. However, I was intimidated by string instruments, even ones with just four strings!
Then my good friend Nikki visited with her ukulele! Later that summer I met a new friend who learned saxophone at age 68 and that was that! I dusted off a ukulele songbook our son created for me and bought my first real ukulele - a Kala Tenor.
After retiring, and a season of learning ukulele online, I began lessons with a human local professional teacher John M. I began to seek out locals to connect with over a mutual love of learning the ukulele. After waiting for someone to create a group that meets locally during daylight hours, I promoted the idea with encouragement from my dear friend Patsy. Harrison Ukulele Gatherings became a thing!
Since the creation of local gatherings in September of 2016, I continued to meet up with fun-loving players. I decided to make our own songbooks so we could all sing and play from the same page… same key, same lyrics. I also create Spotify Playlists for others to learn the tunes… great for singing along in the car.
I hope this little story of Ukulele Season inspires you to pick up a ukulele, sing out loud and share in your joy of making music with others.
Earla Dawn Legault