October 13, 2022: Paint It Black!

Rolling StonesThe Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to welcome its biggest in-person group (100+ members!) since the pre-pandemic days to our October meeting. We kicked off the meeting with introductions, upcoming ukulele news including info on Peter Moss’ workshop and concert (which has spots left – so email us to join in!) and a spotlight on our beautiful new “Classic Uke” t-shirts. Next, we warmed up our hearts, voices and fingers by playing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

Bob then gave us a great performance of his arrangement of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” an appropriately dark and grim song for the Halloween month. He led us through helpful exercises and practices of the chord progressions, strum styles, picking options and vocal harmonies. We sounded better and better with each effort and enjoyed playing the song through before taking a break for the open mic portion of the eve.

The audience was treated to an array of very talented musicians during the open mic, performing originals and covers, including (clockwise from top left) Michelle, Teagan, Quyen & Kathlyne, Chris Cavello, Kaia, The John Davenport, and Paul Butler.

Afterwards, we played through “Paint It Black” some more and got to sounding better and better – so we made a terrific recording, for your listening and play-along pleasure. We owe a big thanks to Aaron Lewis on bass for rounding out our rhythm. Be on the lookout for the video of our performance, coming soon to our YouTube channel. 🙂

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “Paint It Black” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

As always, we appreciate all of the volunteer support we get to help us set up and break down and have a wonderful time.

Jen and Bob and the whole crew look forward to being back with you for our November meeting, on the FIRST THURSDAY of November: 11/3. See you then! 🙂

For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
We are proud to unveil our latest shirt, new for 2022: the “AUS Classic Ukulele,” design, hot off the presses! All of our shirts are thoughtfully designed by the talented Lyda Guz!

The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase. The new “AUS Classic Ukulele” design, “Ukulele Around the World,” “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” “Austin Lasso” and other shirts are $20. We also have vinyl decals with the AUS logo for $1 each. We can accept cash or a check made out to Austin Ukulele Society; you can also make payment via Venmo or PayPal. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). 🙂 At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.