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Eddie Vedder — Light Today
Album: Ukulele Songs
Avg rating:
6.1

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Total ratings: 350









Released: 2011
Length: 2:31
Plays (last 30 days): 0
I saw the light today
I saw the light today
I saw the light today
I saw the light today

Silence loud and wind so long
The quiet building in the dark
Surrender to the game
I saw the light today

The silent scream that we're apart
I dare to dream, for there you are
I bleed, but I won't break
I saw the light today

I saw the light today
I saw the light today
Today
Today
Today
Today
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This sucks.
Amazing one! thanks!
This album is not without its charms. And us plucky ukulele players cum rock gods appreciate the effort.
 mojoman wrote:
Wonder what he did with the money his mom gave him for singing lessons.

 
...he bought a ukulele and a chord book.  Rock stars don't need no stinkin' singin' lessons.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Model in a fish tank, IMO.  Then again, I've worked for a guy who had a quarter scale house built to crane dunk into a lake for a photograph, so who knows.

 
"worked for a guy" = "had a psychotic break, too much money, and a spare crane" 

Seriously, please give us the details.  "Truth stranger than fiction" isn't in it. 

True confession: this isn't such a bad song. Like a broken clock that tells the right time twice a day, Eddie and his ukulele occasionally create something that's...6ish. 
I hate this acoustic album of Eddie ! 
 midreaming wrote:
 this is worth checking out - The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a collection of ecological underwater contemporary art located in the Caribbean ocean off the west coast of Grenada, West Indies and was created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor

 
There are a few underwater sculpture installations by Mr. Taylor, actually, including one at David Copperfield's private Bahamian island.  Check out the gallery:  https://www.underwatersculpture.com/  and click on 'projects' for location info.

Bucket list? Youbetcha.


Wonder what he did with the money his mom gave him for singing lessons.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Model in a fish tank, IMO.  Then again, I've worked for a guy who had a quarter scale house built to crane dunk into a lake for a photograph, so who knows.

  this is worth checking out - The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a collection of ecological underwater contemporary art located in the Caribbean ocean off the west coast of Grenada, West Indies and was created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor
Meh ... but better than his dreadful rendition of (an already dreadful song) "Where Oh Where Can My Baby Be?"
wonderfully sung.

a bit repetitive the vocals, though. 
No Eddy - this is weak!
 ziggytrix wrote:

Model in a fish tank, IMO.  Then again, I've worked for a guy who had a quarter scale house built to crane dunk into a lake for a photograph, so who knows.
 
or not
 SmackDaddy wrote:


But then again maybe the only thing damaged was a few electrons and cans of Red Bull during an all night Photoshopping binge.
 
Model in a fish tank, IMO.  Then again, I've worked for a guy who had a quarter scale house built to crane dunk into a lake for a photograph, so who knows.
 shutter wrote:
Ehhhh, I'm waiting for his forthcoming album, "Clarinet Songs."  That'll be a scorcher...
 



A Vedder a day keeps the Doctor away!
10x! 
I made the mistake of buying the Album on the strength of this track. Unfortunately this is the only high point in an otherwise dull album. The Ukulele is not an instrument I can listen to for very long, a whole album of it is just awful.
Let's have new website beta-test launches more often!

Tune is good, too, of course 

wow take the repetitiveness of Phil Collins, mix it with the timbre of Cat Stevens, give it the pitch of Gordon Lightfoot and you get ... Edie Vedder? I'm off to burn my flannel shirts. I'm just so confused.
After driving sirdroseph crazy w Broken Bells Bill plays an EV song he can handle - how nice of Bill

Eddie Vedder - Light Today
Broken Bells - The High Road


I don't like Vedder, but I admit he has a rich voice.
I like this album.  
I really like this! Perhaps Eddie has found a place for his voice after all.{#Stupid}
 Cynaera wrote:

I'm guessing that you're using satire and sarcasm (brilliantly, I might add.){#Clap}  I do love this song, and while I'm a bit concerned about the ink in that typewriter (not to mention whatever bodily fluids might be escaping during that photo shoot) polluting the surrounding water, I'm more concerned about the damage all the salt water did to that beautiful little desk! 

And I fear that I'm about to bump this song from 8 to 9, just because every time I hear it, I love it a little more...

 

But then again maybe the only thing damaged was a few electrons and cans of Red Bull during an all night Photoshopping binge.
 SmileOnADog wrote:
I call on left wing social activists everywhere to boycott this song due to the tremendous insensitivity shown to a pristine underwater reef  environment during the production of the CD cover art photos.  Everyone knows that old desks, chairs, typewriters, and other waste products of capitalist hyper-production can release dangerous toxins into ocean water.  Were I to rate the song however, apart from the appalling impact on the environment, maybe 6.5 or so.
 
I'm guessing that you're using satire and sarcasm (brilliantly, I might add.){#Clap}  I do love this song, and while I'm a bit concerned about the ink in that typewriter (not to mention whatever bodily fluids might be escaping during that photo shoot) polluting the surrounding water, I'm more concerned about the damage all the salt water did to that beautiful little desk! 

And I fear that I'm about to bump this song from 8 to 9, just because every time I hear it, I love it a little more...

 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped from 7 to 8 - this whole CD is growing on me (like algae...)  It's simple, understated, and evocative - something we don't usually hear from him.  I'm glad he knows how to dial it down and go for finesse and not force.  It's not a typical Vedder/PearlJam work, but that's why I like it.
 
Very good description. I too just gave it an 8. I wouldn't have thought that I'd like the whole album as much as I do. Not a huge Pearl Jam guy, but this and his Into The Wild soundtrack are quite good.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
I'm losing my patience with this. It's beginning to sound like the sonic equivalent of canned spinach.
  Ehhhh, I'm waiting for his forthcoming album, "Clarinet Songs."  That'll be a scorcher...


Darn it. I am starting to like this.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE MORE EVERY TIME
 noky wrote:
Chill out there SmileOnADog! Do you have any sources that backup your assertions? As far as I can tell, the artist who created the album cover, Jason deCaires Taylor, actually creates artificial reefs instead of destroying natural ones. Check it out! https://twistedsifter.com/2011/01/astonishing-underwater-sculptures-by-jason-decaires-taylor-30-pics/

 
SmileOnADog wrote:
I call on left wing social activists everywhere to boycott this song due to the tremendous insensitivity shown to a pristine underwater reef  environment during the production of the CD cover art photos.  Everyone knows that old desks, chairs, typewriters, and other waste products of capitalist hyper-production can release dangerous toxins into ocean water.  Were I to rate the song however, apart from the appalling impact on the environment, maybe 6.5 or so.
 
 
Very cool and thought provoking! Thanks noky.

Chill out there SmileOnADog! Do you have any sources that backup your assertions? As far as I can tell, the artist who created the album cover, Jason deCaires Taylor, actually creates artificial reefs instead of destroying natural ones. Check it out! https://twistedsifter.com/2011/01/astonishing-underwater-sculptures-by-jason-decaires-taylor-30-pics/

 
SmileOnADog wrote:
I call on left wing social activists everywhere to boycott this song due to the tremendous insensitivity shown to a pristine underwater reef  environment during the production of the CD cover art photos.  Everyone knows that old desks, chairs, typewriters, and other waste products of capitalist hyper-production can release dangerous toxins into ocean water.  Were I to rate the song however, apart from the appalling impact on the environment, maybe 6.5 or so.
 


I call on left wing social activists everywhere to boycott this song due to the tremendous insensitivity shown to a pristine underwater reef  environment during the production of the CD cover art photos.  Everyone knows that old desks, chairs, typewriters, and other waste products of capitalist hyper-production can release dangerous toxins into ocean water.  Were I to rate the song however, apart from the appalling impact on the environment, maybe 6.5 or so.



The musical instrument called ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawai by Portuguese immigrants It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally. The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

The cavaquinho is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wire or gut strings. It is also called machimbo, machim, machete (in the Portuguese Atlantic islands and Brazil by Paulinho da Viola), manchete or marchete, braguinha or braguinho.The most common tuning is D-G-B-D (from lower to higher pitches); other tunings include D-A-B-E (Portuguese ancient tuning, made popular by Júlio Pereira) and G-G-B-D and A-A-C#-E. Guitarists often use D-G-B-E tuning to emulate the highest four strings of the guitar. The G-C-E-A tuning is sometimes used to emulate the soprano/tenor ukulele, an instrument developed from the cavaquinhos brought to Hawai'i by Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century.     wikipedia

The cavaquinho is also found in other places where the Portuguese left an imprint, namely Cape Verde (Cesaria Evora) and the USA (especially Hawaii), and became an important part of the popular music of those places.  

Now, I think what may have been a source of interest and use of this instrument so unique and ancient, was the fact that was offered a cavaquinho (ukulele) to the artist Eddie Vedder, when their tour of Lisbon in 2006. I must say that the initiative of the album Ukulele Songs represents an evolution and a remarkable development in the artist's career Eddie Vedder, your search for the origins of the universal nature of music.However it is sad that did not have the courage to go one step further and integrate in album a song (adapted)of traditional Portuguese song repertoire.

So, by way of remembrance for E.Vedder, here's the extraordinary performance of the master-ukellele Julio Pereira, in Porto. Casa da Música. 2008, the song "Faro Luso", unfortunately, the sound quality appears in the video, does not allow fully realize the full potential of this fantastic musician (of election), and can be seen in the original album "Geographies (2007).": 


Bumped from 7 to 8 - this whole CD is growing on me (like algae...)  It's simple, understated, and evocative - something we don't usually hear from him.  I'm glad he knows how to dial it down and go for finesse and not force.  It's not a typical Vedder/PearlJam work, but that's why I like it.
I'm losing my patience with this. It's beginning to sound like the sonic equivalent of canned spinach.
I think someone forgot to tell him to turn off his sound soother while recording this.  Or is that mine?
Think I enjoyed this one the most so far of his Ukelele songs...
 Sjaaks wrote:
This one must've taken Eddie years to write...
 
That's mainly because he was trying to type out the lyrics while sitting at that underwater desk featured on the album cover.

This one must've taken Eddie years to write...

Meow. Eddie makes me purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. {#High-five}


Lovely
Nice.  It does seem to want to resolve, however.  I was waiting for an avalanche of guitar.
Gee, I guess Eddie saw the light today!
Another "softer, gentler" Eddie Vedder song.  I like it - 7.  {#Sunny}
didn't like this one
very nice - {#Meditate}
Cool abum cover