Jane’s Ukulele and Singing Practice

September 2017

Jane’s studio was largely as it was when she died on 23 November 2016. I renewed tidying up the room because visiting family and friends need a place to sleep. One of her portable recording machines was a Fostex MR-8 Digital Multitracker which recorded onto Compact Flash cards. Most of the studio hardware is a mystery to me, and I had no idea how to operate different devices. I removed a 1GB Compact Flash card and put it in a card reader in my desktop PC.

There was a single wave file which VLC Media Player said was 57 minutes long. I heard singing and ukulele accompaniment I’d never heard before. I made notes of the start and finish times of the songs and managed to convert sections of the wave files into MP3 files. These are practice sessions and some songs have the odd stumble or two – but the ukulele playing is good – as is the singing.

Maybe you’ll think of me when you are on your own” are the poignant opening words to the first song, as if Jane is singing to me.

01 – Maybe

02 – I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire

03 – I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper

04 – Sunny Afternoon

05 – I Washed my Hands in Muddy Water

06 – Maybe (take 2) + Mister Dreamseller

07 – It’s a Heartache

08 – The Road Ahead

09 – Dream a Little Dream of Me

More Discoveries

Amongst Jane’s CDs I found a test burning of an audio CD. I used Windows Media Player to rip the tracks to MP3 format. These tracks have a full backing with bass, drums (from samples), keyboards etc.

01 – Everybody Knows

02 – Instrumental

03 – Good Thing

04 – Thrasher

05 – I’ll Remember You