I don’t know what’s easiest for ukulele to play but I love the first one that comes to my mind. I’m an English kid but I’m an American kid.
When writing a song, you can focus on the melody and rhythms, while working on the harmony.
Yes, that’s true for the first one I sing and, well, I didn’t have a lot of time but I just knew it would probably be a really nice first one.
How did the song ‘Gimme You Mama?’ come to be? What did you want to sing?
I had just moved to New York so I couldn’t get a permanent job yet, I had just been released from prison. My friends had told me to try to write something but I knew it wasn’t something you usually write. Maybe I could get it on the radio but it was sort of like that. I didn’t want to come up with a title, I was just sitting there and I heard this song that sounded really interesting and something I really liked it. It kind of came together. It’s sort of a song that just sounds weird and it didn’t have much melody to it but it had a very great vocal line to it. That’s what I thought it needed to be – strange and different. It was a lot of work though. It was kindof nerve racking to find something and not come up with anything though. I think it’s important to make something work so you know the story before you come up with something. I think that was one of the other things about that song too.
Is that the last ‘Gimme You Mama’ song you’re gonna write?
Yeah. I’m going to leave that open for a long time.
Do you ever try to get people to play on a song like that? Are you even aware of the number of people who sing the title track every night of the week?
I’m not particularly aware of that and neither do I want to be. I think some people think that if you start singing ‘Gimme You Mama’ it’s the end of time. This is a very special song. I don’t believe that; it’s very special.
Have you ever thought of doing another one of these tours?
I haven’t thought about, if I did I don’t know but I’ll think about it.
It’s great to see you enjoying yourself in the States
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