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    Hey Guys,

    since it’s almost Christmas, I thought we could do something different and special for the Songwriting Challenge. If you caught some of the last Live Lessons, you might have heard us talking about it, but I thought we could write personal songs for some of you. Leave a reply with some song trait suggestions: key, chords, style, theme, or making a reference to something, and I’ll write it on a paper. In a couple weeks (we’re taking a break for Thanksgiving), me, Aaron and Aldrine will put all your suggestions in a hat, and pull one for each of us. We’ll try our best to incorporate the selected suggestions into a song. We probably won’t be able to do everyone’s suggestions, but if you’ve ever wanted to see us write in a particular key or genre, now is your chance to see it happen.

    Also if anyone wants to try their hand at writing a song using someone’s suggestion, and they post a video here, or send us an email with it, we’ll enter them into a giveaway. I’m not sure what we’ll give away, but I’m sure we’ll find something good. This is probably going to be the last challenge for this year, so thank you to everyone who’s been participating in the Songwriting challenges so far. We’re always impressed by everyone’s songs. We have a ton of fun doing these challenges, and we we hope you guys have fun too. Looking forward to what you guys suggest!


    P.S. To give people an idea of suggestions, I’ll leave some. Feel free to use them to write a song. As long as you use one of the suggested traits in this thread (from anyone, not just me), we’ll say that you’re entered into the giveaway.

    Key of C (Am if you want a challenge)
    Chords: C, F, G
    Holiday Theme
    Reference to Home Alone

    Good Luck!

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    Slack key song on the unicorn about unicorns that can be sung to little kids by all of us. C scale open C tuning song. Simple melodic and easy to redo for us.

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    Joe GarciaJoe Garcia

    How about 12 bar blues? Key of A. Reference to winter.

    Robb MapouRobb Mapou

    A song that includes a honu (turtle).


    Key of G
    Low G Strings
    Lyrics about Ghosts and/or Gardening
    Include Ukulele Solo


    Low G
    Key of C
    Song about Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer as a difficult teenager
    inspires laughter

    Kevin BayeKevin Baye

    I made it simple and used Kahai’s challenge suggestion. I’ll Never be “Home Alone” on Christmas…

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


    Kahai!! I loved my Ghost in the Garden song thank you!!!! I’m excited to write one of these songs soon during holiday break and upload it.


    Hey Kawai,

    glad you liked your song. Sorry, I couldn’t record on a low G, and write lyrics. Maybe, I’ll come back one day, add a low G, and more of an Ukulele Solo. Good luck with your song, and Happy Holidays.


    Hey Guys,

    we’re bringing back the Secret Santa Song Challenge. I know it’s not even November, but it’s always crazy for us towards the end of the year, so I figured we could get a head start. If you want one of us (or even another UU+ member) to write you a song. Leave Song Prompts below. You can leave anything, but we’re asking for everyone to leave a few prompts each (ie, chords, key, genre, time signature, groove, topic). You don’t have to make too much, but if you give us some “options” for prompts, it will make it easier to write you a song. When we get enough prompts, we’ll throw them in to a hat, and pull one out for each of us. Maybe next week, we’ll thrown in some of our own prompts, so you guys can write songs for us. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve done this, so if you want to see our songs from the last time, check out this Live Lesson:

    TLL Podcast #88 – Who’s Your UU Santa?

    We look forward to hearing from you guys. You can give us easy prompts, or really challenge us (please don’t go too crazy).


    Dear Santa,
    We’ve tried very hard to be extra good this year, truly. We would love to have a song written about “daughters” maybe with a key change and maybe a time signature or tempo change.
    Cookies and hot cocoa will be ready for you when you get here ; )
    Chris and Sue


    A song with only major chords.

    Reggae style.

    I guess everyone is looking forward to the holidays and wants some x-masy feeling.

    Include a lot of ukulele/music terms in the lyrics. Add some romance in there, but not too serious. Keep it light and fun !

    Good luck and feel free to skip a request or two if it gets too tricky.

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    An upbeat, ‘Christmasy’ carol in the key of G with lots of C and D, maybe with some sleighbells for rhythm. Like the previous suggestion, light and fun musically, but lyrically serious with freedom for oppressed peoples as a central theme.

    All I Want for Christmas is the Return of Democracy to my Country…
    The Generals who Stole Christmas..
    that sort of thing.

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