Hey again everybody. Here is the video I put together of the uke and acoustic guitar version of my song, “Give Us Peace” (Dona Nobis Pacem). I released this on YouTube a few weeks ago, but I am making this post of it so it gets included in the feed going to iTunes podcasts.
Hey folks, here is the video I put together of the uke and cello version of my song, “Give Us Peace” (Dona Nobis Pacem). I released this on YouTube a few weeks ago, but I am making this post of it so it gets included in the feed going to iTunes podcasts.
Here’s the other side of the coin in my Dona Nobis Pacem recording adventure. This is version is acoustic guitar (Martin DC16-GTE) along with the tenor uke (Big Island Uke Co., Hono koa tenor). Both instruments were recorded unplugged with an AKG Perception 200 microphone, into a Line 6 UX2 audio interface and Logic Pro 9. (Uh oh, Apple just released Logic X…..should I upgrade?)
Dona Nobis Pacem is many hundreds of years old, it is a tune that originated from the Latin Mass and it is a liturgical canon taken from the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God), with Dona Nobis Pacem meaning “Give us Peace”.
I have played the ukulele for several years. It is a wonderful, sweet and unassuming instrument. The idea for doing this song took root in my mind as a counter response to all of the non-peace that the world seems to be filled with these days. And therefore, it is a simple, spacious melody given to the world which is so often busy, distracted and full of disagreement, disharmony, fighting and war. I also thought the idea of a ukulele playing together with a cello served as an excellent allegory to the dream of two opposite people, nations, cultures or religions living in peace and harmony together.
My arrangement of this is based upon the one provided by Mr. Ken Middleton (www.kenmiddleton.co.uk). I recorded the cello part using my Fender Marauder guitar running through a Roland GR-55 synthesizer into Logic Pro 9. The ukulele was recorded acoustically via an AKG condenser microphone through a Line6 UX2 audio interface also into Logic. Mixing assistance was provided by Mr. Michael Powers (www.michaelpowersmusic.com).
Click on the link below to listen to the recording. I hope you feel peace after listening to this song.