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Tom

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Nothing to do with St. Paddy's day, but here's the only Japanese song I can play/sing:

http://www.tomj-music.com/TJ-music-files/Sukiyaki_G.pdf

Follow along on this YouTube video with English translation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc
(He sings in a different key).

Note the three different bridges.
There'll be a test at the end of the video
😉
 

Tom

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Joined
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Follow along on this YouTube video with English translation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc
(He sings in a different key).

Note the three different bridges.
There'll be a test at the end of the video
😉
Yesterday I had an opportunity to (attempt to) play & sing this with an ensemble (2 uke players, 2 guitarists one of whom is a great whistler). I've wanted to pitch this to the uke band for a year or more, and found a great whistler in the band who agreed to do the interludes and outro for me. But we haven't been able to get together until yesterday.

We had Japanese and English lyrics, and I thought we'd be singing a combination (e.g. solo verses in Japanese and choruses & bridges in English). But, to my surprise, the consensus was to sing it all in Japanese.

It needs more work/practice, but hopefully we can pitch it to the Band at an open mic' session in March.
 

Tom

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Yesterday I had an opportunity to (attempt to) play & sing this with an ensemble (2 uke players, 2 guitarists one of whom is a great whistler). I've wanted to pitch this to the uke band for a year or more, and found a great whistler in the band who agreed to do the interludes and outro for me. But we haven't been able to get together until yesterday.

We had Japanese and English lyrics, and I thought we'd be singing a combination (e.g. solo verses in Japanese and choruses & bridges in English). But, to my surprise, the consensus was to sing it all in Japanese.

It needs more work/practice, but hopefully we can pitch it to the Band at an open mic' session in March.
Sadly, I learned just yesterday that Kyu Sakamoto, the performer in the video, died on 12 August 1985 in the crash of Japan Air Lines Flight 123, along with 519 others on board the flight.
 
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