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THE KEYPORT RAG an Original Ukulele Rag by UKULELE MIKE

July 11, 2011

PLEASE NOTE:  My “UKULELE BASICS” DVD is currently  available for purchase. . . For more information email me at

Spent a relaxing few days last week in a cottage overlooking Liberty Bay in the small town of Keyport, Washington USA. . . Population about 415 with a small established Naval base attached.  While enjoying the tranquil nature of the town. . . Sitting on the deck watching boaters sail or kayak by, I was inspired to compose this fun little rag.  Typically, most songs come to me on the spur of the moment while improvising or just lazily playing about on my uke or piano or guitar.  Very soon the character of this piece really struck me and I knew instantly that it would become a full fledged tune.  So off I went to begin developing the song.  Ideas came left and right. . . too many at times, which is common for me and most composers, I think.  By the evening I felt I had the song pretty much intact. . . WRONG!!! next morning I woke up and picked up my uke. . . strolled out onto the deck and began to play it again and VOILA!!! another entirely new B section came into existence. . . Where in the world did it come from?  I asked myself. . . Why had I not thought of that yesterday?  Well this is the world of songwriting . . . It happens so very often that certain ideas just dont become evident until a short or even long period of time elapses.  I’ve often wondered if many of the classic standards we know and cherish today such as Over The Rainbow or I’ll Be Seeing You . . . Or Tonight You Belong To me would have been entirely different if the songwriters were given the liberty to re write say, a year or two later. . . Actually one example I can cite is MARIE by Irving Berlin. . . intially composed in the early 20th century. . . it was written as a waltz. . . Later in his life he decided to re write it as a 4/4 time fox trot .  . Interesting . . . Anyways, hope you might take some time to give my KEYPORT RAG a listen. . . If you are a ukulele player there is also a notated tablature available for purchase. . . The You Tube link for this tune is:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Vera permalink
    July 14, 2011 2:54 p07

    Did you know you can add youtube vids directly to your post? just above where you type your blogpost there is a filmstrip like button, click it and choose add from URL. To get the correct URL go to youtube choose share, situated just under the video itself copy the link and go back to wordpress to paste it. then you choose insert to post and thats it 🙂

    • July 15, 2011 2:54 p07

      Thank so much, I am a true newbie to WordPress so I hope you don’t mind if I call on you later for more answers. . . Take care and please DO keep in touch. . . Mike Lynch

      • Vera permalink
        July 16, 2011 2:54 p07

        Not at all! feel free to shoot me a mail if you have any questions. Its the least I can do in return for the hours of video that you’ve provided 🙂 Glad to see the video up there now!

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