I'm an insomniac, and I while away the long, quiet hours at night writing music. There could only be one title.
Astonished at the large budgets required just to make music, particularly when 'crowdsourcing' for funds, the original idea behind this album was to create an album for as little money as I could, with instruments and equipment I already had lying about. I even considered just doing an album with one ukulele and no other instrumentation, which would have essentially cost nothing to make, but I thought that would be cheating.
It didn't quite work out as I planned. Instead of an album, I ended up with two albums with very different vibes. This is 'The Jazzy one', written on soprano ukulele - the other being 'The Folky one', predominantly written on baritone ukulele (coming soon).
I find that songs I write on the soprano tend towards the jazzy end of the spectrum, with straightforward lyrics, complex chords and chugging rhythms, whereas songs I write on the baritone tend to be folkier, with more air and more impressionistic lyrics. That's not a cast-iron rule though.
Although the plan was to throw all sorts of instruments into the mix, it quickly settled into an optimum setup of Soprano ukulele, baritone ukulele, vox, double bass and percussion, which remains fairly consistent throughout; I began to see that arrangement like a band.