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Do What You're Going To Do


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Vic Holman

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a few weeks ago, i finally got around to buying a ukelele. since they are in a weird tuning, i spent some time learning the chord patterns and improvising a few chords and this tune evolved. originally i had no intention of making a full recording of it. but, i did set up a mike and recorded a track just to hear what it would sound like. then i thought what if a add a few more ukes. now i'm starting to get into record mode. so i added symphony bass strings and cellos for some lower end. then i thought it needs a beat, so there i added some middle eastern drums. since i came so far i might as well add vocals. so that's the story of the song that wasn't going to be recorded.
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Lyrics
Do What You Going To Do

like me to not really care
sometimes i'm quite aware
don't know what you're trying to say
i'll give it another day
pardon my french in what i said
shake the cobwebs from your head
i am only telling you now
since i've been there before

do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there
to catch you
do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there

the road you take is all your own
makes you weary to the bone
but i guess you will have to try
on how to just get by
do what you're going to do
but if i were in your shoes
i would walk the other way
that's all i can say

do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there
to catch you
do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there

it's the path you want to go
all i can say is take it slow
it's the path you want to go
be sure to put on a really good show

when you have crossed a lot of miles
in the faces of denial
you can always turn around
or stand your ground
turn the screws way to tight
something is bound to come loose
sometimes we win or lose
i'll leave it up to you

do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there
to catch you
do what you're going to do
if that's what you really choose
no one will be there
Song Stats
Hits: 2441
Comments: 44
Fans: 28
Plays: 82
Downloads: 51

Uploaded: Jun 10, 2012 - 05:09:40 PM
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2012 - 05:09:40 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2015 - 10:41:19 AM
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Hardware:
imac, ukelele, m-audio keyboard, presonus firestudio, audo technica cond. mic.
Software:
logic 9
Comments
alackbass said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Do What You're Going To Do
Oh my! This is great! Your uke sound reminds me so much of McCartney's on Ram (my fav Paul solo record). The song you've written is charming and the arrangement is chock full of details and nuances that will hold a listeners attention and reveal new elements with each new listen. What I'm trying to say is........downloaded!
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks andrew
now for some reason i had the impression of the ram album as well, with the uke and maybe parts of the chord progression as well brings that mind
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gadzooks said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Vic!!
This is fantastic ... I have had a uke since I was 10 and it's been my best friend. You got a great sound out of it ... sounds like you recorded 2 uke tracks. The added bass and cello's are perfect in contrast with the uke and your vocals and harmonies are superb!! Did you record this at Abbey Road? Love it ... seriously.
Cheers
SG
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gadzooks said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Oh...
and I really like your image!
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks stan
i'm just a beginner on the uke, but i'll keep working with it. actually there are 3 ukes during the verses and 5 for the chorus, i was pretty well in-sink so it is hard to tell. i appreciate the listen
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magnatone said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Do What You're Going To Do
wow vic - is there anything you can't do in the music dept? sounds like you've been uke-ing it up for decades. really cool idea to add the symphony instruments. i agree with andrew that this is reminiscent of sir paul in "ram". great work!
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks karen
well the "ukes" on you :-) i finally got around to buying this a few weeks ago...... i kept putting it off since i knew they are in a different tuning, meaning, needing to relearn chord positions..... wasn't as hard as i thought.
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egobandit said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Vic
really dig the bottom end vocals, its like I can hear your real voice, this has an old vinyl feel
classic!
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks tim
for some reason there was no middle ground for the vocal range on this song. either low or high....... i ended up doing both. does make for a nice contrast though
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Philip18 said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Uke can do it
What a process - sounds like massive fun putting all this together. Tiny Tim meets the Beatles? No doubt ukes are making a comeback! Nice chord progressions. Warm vocal and swirling harmonies. Thoughtful lyrics. Good one, Vic!
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks philip
i had the song figured out for a week with no real thought of making a full song of it. out of curiousty on wanting to hear how it sounded on a playback...... things happened, in a quick time i had the music bed done
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paul f. page said 1838 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Really unique sound
You make here. I agree with the McCartney reference...that downward progression of notes is unusual and really interesting to listen to. Nice performance, too, limited as it is to just one instrument of accompaniment...That little bit of vocal percussion around 3:00'was really cool. Maybe you should continue it through the last chorus. Overall, I think you have created something very special with this number and I enjoyed it very much indeed.
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks paul
i think mccartney use to do a lot of down note progressions now and then. that's probably where i picked it up. running the vocal "ca-chucka" into the last chorus is a excellent idea. i think i'll try that out
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davisamerica said 1837 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
busy you
...downloaded ... of course. Paul raised this to something else. so did u.
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks jack
this totally pre-empted a few other things i'm working on. seems like i have been a busy bee lately
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abzwork said 1837 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Do....
Well I'm glad you went the distance here my friend...this is flavaful sortie and the uke is adding the colors that bring my smile, its
a tough instrument...I'm lovin' how you pumpin' that flava out here..most excellent indeed...:):):)peace
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks erin
this is something i would call a in the moment type of tune, warts and all. i'm glad you dig it. thanks
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Symphony101 said 1837 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
Very cool
So 'you made some experiment' huh ? :-)

Great songwriting too Vic, great work !
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Vic Holman said 1836 days ago (June 11th, 2012)
thanks yves
i just went with the flow...... shirt tails hang out and all :-)

good thing i am not really into cymbals
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lavalamp said 1836 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
something new
Andrew mentioned Ram, and I can see that. But, you have taken it to another level.

Really enjoyed this one.

Inspiring.

LL
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Vic Holman said 1835 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
thanks dave
i got this uke a few weeks ago. learned some chords and figured out beatles something. i remembered paul playing something on a uke during one of his concerts on cable. that got me thinking about coming up with a song, that's probably where the inspiration came from
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chinaman2 said 1836 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
thats
some mighty fine indie pop with a bit of the fab four thrown in. great chord progression. like the fact the uke is experiencing a revival of sorts. well done.
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Vic Holman said 1835 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
thank you
it was a throw up if to list this as indie rock or acoustic. tails won :-)
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PaulaMunk said 1836 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
Like you
To have a song just happen.
It sounds like an anthem from Magical Mystery Tour. Lots of fun. Enjoyed.
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Vic Holman said 1835 days ago (June 12th, 2012)
thanks char
sometimes things just happen and ya just go with it :-)
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neilh79 said 1835 days ago (June 13th, 2012)
Do what your going to do
Excellent song Vic. Beatlesesque in parts, enjoyed cheers
Vic Holman said 1834 days ago (June 13th, 2012)
thanks neil
i appreciate your time for the listen...... plus, i really like your new song
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dave_b said 1835 days ago (June 13th, 2012)
Do What You're Going To Do
I'm impressed with your vocal range, and how well you integrated a new instrument into the arrangement. The uke has a whimsical feel to it which goes well with the "whatever" attitude in the lyric. Reminds me of the Beatles
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Vic Holman said 1834 days ago (June 13th, 2012)
thanks dave
it was quite a extreme for the vocals i think i was right at the edge of my limits on each one. the style though seems to fit with the uke i think. thanks again
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lyzak said 1832 days ago (June 15th, 2012)
Glad you got into record mode
The ukelele tracks are a pleasure. Pleasing Ray Davies-ness in an enticingly arranged vocal duet - then a step down to the strings dropping in...nice!! Unique, fun feel, worth listens. Thanks!
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Vic Holman said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
thank you much
once the ball gets a rolling in this case, it was just a matter of a few hours to pull everything together. thanks for your time for the listen i appreciate it.
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VicDiesel said 1832 days ago (June 16th, 2012)
Uke, the happy instrument
Very nice arrangement. I like the way it builds from something innocent to something more deep going.
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Vic Holman said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
thanks vic
happy instrument....... i think, even the minor chords sound happy on a uke. thanks again vic
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Gaylen75 said 1831 days ago (June 16th, 2012)
keep going
This is an awesome song. I love the uke and wish to learn. Great lyric and fantastic arrangement.
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Vic Holman said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
thanks gaylen
even though the uke is in a different tuning. it isn't to hard to get use to it. there are quite a few uke chord web sites that help.
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Doug Somers said 1829 days ago (June 19th, 2012)
What a great tune
This slides into the old ears like a creamy liquor goes down the throat. The easy sounding, laid back strum and harmonies make for a perfect setting in the warm sunshine, and yes the overall piece has that slight feel of groups in the 60s and early 70s. The strings were a particularly George Martin-esque touch I thought ( and right on the money too).

It's very cool how your decision to just mess about turned into this song. I love the mysteries of spontaneous creativity. Thanks for this one!!

Cheers Vic,
Doug
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Vic Holman said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
thanks doug
although i did have the chords worked out prior to recording,recording the song went down fast and easy. i wrote the lyrics right after, in a short time as well. all said in down there is about 3 hours total put into this one
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Jarvoid said 1824 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
So this ius the comment
that would never have been written or read if the ukulele song had never been recorded....this is all getting a bit existential....oh it's my fault......the uke sounds sweet as a nut ...they are great fun.....they seem to be having a resurgence just lately.......great song great fun
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Vic Holman said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
thanks much
true the uke has been making the scene. i kept debating if i wanted to get for almost a year. not sure why. i am finding it to be a fun instrument to play around with.
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Relic67 said 1822 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
ukin' it up
I'm a big fan of the ukelele and your playing sounds great!
I really like when the strings come in, giving things kind of a "chamber pop" kinda feel. the whole thing sounds quite sophisticated... really liked it and downloaded!
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tonestones said 1819 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
Uke
Ukes are getting really popular again. I love the sound. These experiments often turn into really great music. It certainly did this time.
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tf10music said 1819 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
this is
a cool twist on the way the uke is usually used. As always, a catchy vocal melody with solid, disciplined lyrics. Pretty song.
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eleveneyes said 1816 days ago (July 1st, 2012)
Do To Going You're What Do
well, the song that wasn't going to be recorded turned out fantastically! The uke sounds terrific. The whole song was terrific. I love songs in 6. Love the graphic BTW.
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SJB said 1813 days ago (July 5th, 2012)
Nice
I recently got a uke too and put a bit of it on my last post. I got the one with a scale length that takes GCEA tuning so once I realised it was like the top 4 strings of a guitar with a capo on fret 5 I was happy. Anyway, love what you've done here!
Best wishes
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