Bleg: Help me build the Mon Tiki Songbook
Two years ago, as we were coming down the homestretch to get Mon Tiki in the water, I vowed that I would take the first $800 in gross receipts and put it towards a 12-string guitar. But being the cheapskate that I am, this did not come to pass.
What has happened is that there are now on board Mon Tiki three ukeleles (1 tenor, 2 soprano), a borrowed 6-string guitar, and a bag full of latin hand percussion. (More cowbell!)
When the mood is right, the instruments come out and we jam. I show people how to make an open and closed sound on the triangle, or how to beat out quarter notes on the claves, and off we go. (If you can get the triangle working eight-notes and the claves and or cowbell working quarter-notes, then anything anyone else does more or less fits.)
It’s great. Mon Tiki scooning through the harbor with music pouring overboard. I love it, our guests love it, passing boats love it.
As a project for this winter, I would like to expand my uke/guitar repertoire to include sing-alongs; songs like “Southern Cross” or “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and I am asking OG readers and writers to make suggestions in the comments below.
Thanks in advance!