This Ukulele Song Needs You... To Sing Along!

Too Depressed For The Ukulele -CoverYou are hereby cordially invited to sing on my next single "Too Depressed for the Ukulele."  I've always wanted to write an anthem for the ukulele; and while Amanda Palmer beat me to it (her lyric vid for "Ukulele Anthem" is below- in case you haven't heard it yet- it's soooo awesome), I think there is definitely room for another!  Right?  Right?  RIGHT!!! 

And sooooo.... grab your lighter, get ready to fist pump (or bump), and raise your voice to the greatest of heights!  This ukulele anthem of a song needs you!!  Our voices combined will give it more power than any one voice ever could.  So let's do this, my dear ukulele lovin' friends!   

WARNING: This song is LOUD and high energy.  It features 3 types of ukulele: an electric ukulele, a banjolele, and a regular concert sized ukulele.  Do not be fooled by the grungy, distorted sound of the electric uke.  There are NO guitars on this track.  4-strings only, BABY!  (Ooo... including the bass... which is really a midi keyboard... but we can imagine it as a 4-stringed beauty, right?)

I've uploaded the full song (so far) and a version without the lead uke (easier to sing along) to this folder as both wavs and mp3s.  You'll find PDFs of the lyrics with your parts highlighted in yellow, 'Guidelines and Suggestions,' and a 'Granted Permissions for "Too Depressed for the Ukulele" Vocal Submission.'  Please, please, please read the 'Granted Permissions...' and make sure you're cool with it before submitting.  Your recorded vocal submission will be considered a donation.  This song will be released with a CC-BY-NC license.  It will be released for sale everywhere (my site, TuneTrack, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.).  We shall be immortalized!!!  (I keep thinking of Captain Planet and Thundercats as I write this... hmmm...)

All of the files in the project folder can be downloaded.   To submit your vocals, please email me a wav file or high quality mp3 (320 bitrate).  Feel free to email it through a file sharing site if you prefer.  I ain't picky.  kara[at]mindmapthat[dot]com

If you have questions, please feel free to email me. 

When the final version of “Too Depressed for the Ukulele” is released, I'll send you a download code. Your name (or the pseudonym of your choice) will be on the cover art. If possible, your name will be included in the title of the track. (i.e. “Too Depressed for the Ukulele (Feat. Sally Sue & Bobby Lou).” In the (splendid!) event that there are too many participants to include everyone’s name in the title, we’ll vote on a name for the group in place of listing everyone individually (your name would still be on the cover art).  I will give you tons of shout outs of appreciation. I will be eternally grateful for your participation.

Sooo... you can find the project folder here.   Please read everything.  Email me with any questions or suggestions.   The submission deadline is... June 23, 2013... EXTENDED!  It is now July 19, 2013.  AND thank you, thank you, thank you for even considering participating.


Project Links:

*Original Post & Demo 1 from 5/30/13

*Deadline Extended Post & Demo 2 from 6/20/13

*DEMO 3 from 6/27/13

*DEMO 4 from 7/12/13

*DEMO 5 from 8/9/13

Here's Amanda Palmer's "Ukulele Anthem."  Inspiring, eh?  Let's make another inspiring ukulele song together!!


The Ukulele Mixtape - Curated by Uke Hunt


I am delighted to share that "A Heart with Your Name On It" was included in Uke Hunt's The Ukulele Mixtape!  I just finished listening to the whole thing- it is an EXCELLENT collection of Creative Commons ukulele musicians.  Al Wood of Uke Hunt created this mixtape in celebration of Culture Freedom Day- which is this coming Saturday 5/18.  Ummmm.... as a big CC enthusiast, I must say: AWESOME.

So now I've got a list of ukers to check out... The Flamin' Mamies, Doug Hoyer, Entertainment for the Braindead, Wisdom Tooth... honestly, I'll probably check out everyone on the mixtape.

Give the mixtape a listen, I'm sure you'll dig the selections, too.  And share it with your uke lovin' buds!  That's the fun of CC- us musician folk want you to share!  Thanks again, Al!  I'm honored to be part of the mixtape.           

Visit Uke Hunt to read Al's blog and download The Ukulele Mixtape!




Blog Mention: Small White Dog!

SWDOur favorite authors, Tony Russell and Moira Waugh, made an exciting announcement about their novel-in-progress "Small White Dog" today.  They are in the final editing stage!  WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!  (Yeah, THAT many O's.)  I'm super excited for them.  I cannot wait to read the completed novel.  It's been a blast following their blog where Tony (the precious lil' dude in the photo to the left) shares his wonderful advice as a Canine Philosopher and Human Life Coach. 

That's reason enough to blog about this project, but they also kindly mentioned a song by my collaborator friend, Piero Peluche, and I called "To Be Sensitive."  Might kind, eh?

So hey, please visit the Small White Dog blog and get a feel for this awesome novel.


License Kara Square's Music For Your Project

All of my solo music, collaborations with Piero Peluche, and Team Smile and Nod songs are available for you to license for your commercial project.  This includes films, TV shows, TV and radio advertising, video games, webisodes, websites, live events, remixes, and more.  The license fee changes based on your budget and intended use.


Many of our songs are available on YouLicense (Kara Square / Piero Peluche / Team Smile and Nod) to make it easy and quick for you to get the song that you need.  Most of the songs also have an instrumental version available.  I am always open to creating instrumental versions or work-for-hire tracks to fit your specific needs.  You can also negotiate a licensing fee directly with me if you prefer.  Please contact me here:  kara[at]thinkrootrecords[dot]com


I license all of my music as CC-BY-NC-SA.  If your project is non-commercial, you already have permission to use the track!  Attribution is mandatory for this type of use.  Here's a wonderful article on TuneTrack that explains how to attribute





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