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  • Our Town

    Mike Cox posted on October 21, 2013 13:07

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    Anybody that was a fan of the show Northern Exposure will recognize this as the song from the final scene of the final episode. Coming from a town that was once vibrant and thriving and was left on life-support once the mines closed, this song brings a tear to my eye every time... and is that not what a good country song is supposed to do? Mike Cox

    Iris Luella DeMent (born January 5, 1961) is an American two-time Grammy nominated singer and songwriter. DeMent's musical style includes elements of folk, country and gospel. DeMent was born near Paragould, Arkansas, the youngest child of Pat DeMent and his second wife, Flora Mae. As the baby of the family, she was Pat DeMent's 14th child, and Flora Mae's eighth. Iris's mother had harbored dreams of going to Nashville and starting a singing career. Although she put those plans on hold to get married, her singing voice was an inspiration and influence for her youngest daughter Iris.DeMent was raised in a Pentecostal household. Her family moved from Arkansas to the Los Angeles area when she was three. While growing up, she was exposed to and influenced by country and gospel music. Singing at age five as one of "the little DeMent sisters", Iris had a bad experience when she forgot her words during her first performance, which caused her to avoid performing in public for some time. DeMent was inspired to write her first song "Our Town" by a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town, at the age of 25. The song lyrics came to her "exactly as it is now", without need for re-writing, and she realized then that songwriting was her calling in life."Our Town" was played during the closing scene for the final episode (July 26, 1995) of CBS's television series Northern Exposure.

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    A video for this song:

    Go ahead and watch this video (+1,300,000 views) and try not to cry.
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Bytown Ukulele Group
# Bytown Ukulele Group
Saturday, October 26, 2013 11:44 PM
Looking at Iris Dement, she is playing a guitar with a capo on the third fret and she is playing the G chord shape covering both top strings on the third fret past the capo. So... if we transfer that same shape to the ukulele, it becomes a C5. This key is two frets above where Iris Dement is playing on the Guitar in the video above. I think it adds a nice sound to it and the key of C works for me. Claude used the same C5 in Long Long Road by David Francy.