A(n uncovered) lost version of an old song

I like it!

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Uke-a-Week 3: dream a little uke cover of me

Thanks to Al&Kaia&Sol’s next door neighbours Marit&Henrik for the lend of this luvuly uke, allowing me to do my Weekulele/ Septadaily Ukulele/ Uke-a-Week challenge thing while I’m in Bergen. Filmed by Al. Special guest appearance from the beautiful Sol Nori!

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Uke-A-Week 2!

Good news, it’s WEEK 2 of my weekly-ukulele-song-cover-video-making-scheme (WUSCVMS!! Seriously, I need some help with branding!) complete with pretty colours and a new musical instrument, ‘prepared wardrobe’, I invented by accident.

The song is K-Hole by Coco Rosie.

I am Cian.

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Uke-a-Week, Week 1 !! Pumped up Kicks (Foster The People) !

This song had found its fine way into my consciousness (via Marquese Scott & my local yoga studio) and held up fort there rocking the Intense-Wonder-Centre (IWC) of my brain’s rungs until I had to succumb to its wishes and make it a cover version.

And thus begins, dear beings, my Uke-a-Week project, WEEK 1
(Being as we are in our infancy, we good folks here at Uke-a-Week HQ are open to better name suggestions. Thankyou!).
The gist: I will make a new ukulele cover video every week (unless enough people screamingly hasten me not to)

Please tune in next week for ….

WEEK 2 !!!!!

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elf dance nightmare

Perhaps enough time has gone by that I can begin to talk about this deeply troubling paranormality…that over the period of the christmassy period normally designated for peace&joy&hugs, I (me) was traumatised nightly by the mysterious entrance unto my bedroomly abode, & indeed too unto my darkling dreams, of this crazed dancing elf lost, as I understood it, between realms, cut off from his Master Claus. Like this clause. ¬†Would you believe I believed nobody would believe me, but look! I have uncovered this footage for you to see for to believe me…

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See this; a very large painting that I made.

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On being sensible

I find that the influences I have in my life can be divided up into two basic categories.

The first comes from good sensible people giving me good sensible advice…which is good.
The second type comes from people who have managed to live out their own deepest dreams and seem to believe, or suggest, that I can do the same. And let me tell you, just to meet one of these such people may enhance the colours coming in through your retinae for an amount of time far greater than the average human lifespan.

This week in circus training we are learning: clowning.
And clowning is about being ‘authentically present’.
The silliness you may be more familiar with is a side effect.
I consider it very useful, given the eyes of some of the more sensible people around me, that I am learning to look ridiculous with grace.

I believe Dogen Zenji said “If you follow yourself, you follow a fool.”
The classical understanding of this is that you would do better to follow an enlightened teacher of the Zen lineage. I’d like to attempt to float an alternative interpretation…
Your ‘Self’, your true, absolute and rather elusive Self, which is as magnificent and life-expanding when we realise it does not exist as when we realise it is all that is, does certainly not operate under any kind of ‘sensible’ principles.
Perhaps, then, we may call this ‘Self’ a fool.

So, maybe old Dogen was just stating a simple fact! “If you follow your Self, you follow a fool”. “…Be warned,” he may have continued once the scribe’s writing hand became fatigued, “Do not expect to continue making good, nice, sensible decisions once you have entered the gateless gate.”

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