After Oceania, let’s try to keep the holiday feel with a short trip to Greece.
I have never been to Greece but it is a country I’d like to visit one day.
In the meantime, let’s go for the cheap option with this little virtual visit…
Now that we’ve warmed up to the landscapes, let’s get back to our subject. Even though Greece is usually associated with the bouzouki, someone has had the great idea to play Greek songs on a ukulele.
Here is an adaptation of a song by Markos Vamvakaris, “Bouzouki mou diplochordo”.
For the benefit of our favourite instrument, it has become : “Ukulele mou tetrachordo“.
You can find the Greek lyrics and the score for the original song Μπουζούκι μου διπλόχορδο on this page.
It’s impossible to write a post about Greece without mentioning one of its most famous singers : Stelios Kazantsidis. So here is one of his songs, “To Agriolouloudo” (The Wildflower) on ukulele.
A post about Greece would not be complete without mentioning its tragedians, Aeschylus (born 525BC), Sophocles (born 496BC) and Euripides (born 480BC). You will be surprised to hear that a ukulele player, Keyne, has taken the time to translate some of Sophocles paens (solemn or grateful songs). Here is a video of a choral paen celebrating good news : Deianira has just found out that her husband Heracles is returning safe from war.
For those who would like to find out more about Greece, there are many videos on Greek history on YouTube.
I found this one quite nice, as it tells Greek history in pictures, brushing subjects like Greek mythology, the Olympic Games, the theater, Greek philosophers, scientists, physicians, mathematicians, orators, heroes and kings as well as the shaping of Greek music.