Usualele

by TA Walker

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Ideas Going round in circles Screwed papers All around the floor Don’t know How to pen a lyric That over many years endures I try Every time I sit down To fashion Something nearly new You know Rising to a challenge Gives me something else to do Lend a word, or lend an ear Because I can’t seem to think clear-ly Be assured I’ll pay you back Once I’m back on the right track - oh… All this verbal firehosing Just spraying everywhere I aim It won’t earn a welcome fortune Though I’d settle for the fame Straighten out that paper ball Reflecting back, those lines weren’t bad at all...
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Looking through the glass Not expecting it to rain here You know the storm will pass Impatient to remain clear Your skies in shades of blue If I could always fix the clouds for you And all the world in view If I could always fix the clouds for you My tendency to talk in rhymes Can save me bothering with meaning Crack the enigma, take your time I think we’d both find it revealing Your skies in shades of blue...
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We were making forward progress Into the ditch we fell The runners’ eyes avoid the mess “That went well” Of Robbie Burns, and best-laid plans I know as much as any man When life elects to ditch the script I try to roll with it There’s no place in our training For a forced and fraught farewell So we wave despite the raining “That went well” Of Robbie Burns, and best-laid plans… I don’t know where we would be Had it gone differently With my inherited lemon tree Lemonade sounds good to me
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We nurtured love from that first spring Internet-chatting like a champ A dial-up connection - a net-meeting Video sized like a postage-stamp It made our daughter laugh today But it was enough for us To each other, we had to cling When showers came, we’d only just begun Through winter, coming back to spring Sandwiches shared in the sun The flowers took their time to bloom But it was enough for us How quickly all the years have flown And how we long for more in store Alternating gold and green Each season richer than before And at the end, for us to smile “It was enough for us”

about

...being an EP-sized bundle of songs I wrote on ukulele - some new, some not - and (re)-recorded sporadically between December 2016 and July 2017... call it my first recorded venture into "ukulele pop"?

Hope you enjoy it :-)

Tim

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released July 17, 2017

TA Walker - electric, acoustic and MIDI ukuleles; guitalele; voice; iPhone instruments
Written, arranged and recorded by Tim on the "Sidingsound Mobile" (iPhone 6S, Line6 Sonic Port VX)
Mixed by Tim at Sidingsound I, England, July 2017
THE UKES: 2016 Risa Solid electric tenor, 2012 Yamaha guitalele, 2016 Octopus soprano (thanks Naomi for the loan!)
THE APPS: Soft Drummer, iFretless Bass, Thumbjam, MIDI Guitar 2, ToneStack, BIAS Amps, AUM, Johnny Mini, Multitrack DAW
Cover art: Tim (with help from the Waterlogue iPhone app)
Thanks to Joy and Naomi and YOU

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TA Walker UK

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter, often with "electronica", "lo-fi" and "prog" inclinations.

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