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08 August 2011 @ 12:17 am
Ukulele post!  
Two lessons, bwahahaha! And it is definitely sounding better, even if I sometimes have to disguise the dodgier chord changes with a bit of fancy pants singing ;-) But in case you are wondering, why the ukulele, B? I offer up these tracks in evidence that ukes are cool, and I have not gone completely doolally.

Jake Shimabukuro is better than I will ever be. Which is fine, he started playing when we was a wee bairn, I bet I am a better writer than he is. Not jealous at all. (That is a lie.) This is him communing with the memory of George Harrison, and it is beautiful and inspiring.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (godlike), playing Life on Mars (brilliant song), by the amazing David Bowie (nicest pop genius EVER) with added hilarity as they point out that all of pop music is made from about 6 chords and two diminished sevenths.

The Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence theme (I love that soundtrack so much, must buy it on CD one day, but it is about £40, so probably more economical to buy a new turntable ...)

I have not bought any more ukes since that first accident the other week, hurrah! Though I still want that banjo one, and the baritone. Buying a recording device next! Fear not, unlike my unsuspecting relatives and Dad's ex-girlfriends who would occasionally come over for a Christmas drink only to be subjected to Highlights From Shakespeare with me taking all the good bits and my reluctant boy cousins doing the girls and bystanders (in return for me not telling on them for their many, many sins), you can ignore the posts that will follow!
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on August 7th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
ahhhh....only you could get me to listen to vids of ukulele players. lol

blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 7th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Ukulele is the new black! Glad to drag you over to the dark side ;-)
Shivshiv5468 on August 7th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Wuthering heights is one of the great ukelele moments in history.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 7th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
HEATH-CLIFF! You're quite right, they are endlessly entertaining :-)
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on August 7th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Right, I'm now totally imagining a) Doctor Who insisting "ukuleles are COOL" and b) you like hyperboleandahalf, although she was five when she did that stuff from the last line; and what face does the teacher make when you start singing, or is that part of the lesson? XD

ETA: I made a list, from doors to bed to turntable on what I need to replace (since last millenium) but the turntables stupidly enough went the same way as computers - less stable, more expensive. So I'm thinking repair but like my sofa etc. even experts say "buy a new one" (gggrrrrr) so if you do turntable, keep me posted on brands and types.

*in the very middle of watching all of Life on Mars set*

Edited at 2011-08-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
lyraslyras on August 7th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a great rendition of Life on Mars! With added hilarity, as you say. *g*

My friend's ukulele group is currently on hold, but he says he wants to get it off the ground again, so here's the facebook link: Sydney Ukulele'n'beer meetup. In case you're interested!
Dedicated Escape Artist: Escapejadzialove on August 7th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent! One of my favorite Beatles songs.

I have to admit that until you became obsessed interested in the ukulele, my only exposure to it had been Don Ho. I had no idea it was so versatile!
Oalethiaxx on August 7th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
I hope to hear the results of all your hard work! :)

I recently had Sophie Madeleine recommended to me. She seems to play ukulele in most of her songs but I really listen because I like her voice. It's a very pleasant instrument ... I'm not sure why people would call you crazy over it. I am enjoying the updates!
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on August 9th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
It makes me smile so much that you are doing this! Huzzah! I expect you to post a little concert at some point, you know.
mrsquizzical: danradcliffemusicmrsquizzical on August 9th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
i had a love afair with jake shimabukuro and found the wonderful version he did of that song with tommy emmanuel. have you seen it? fabulous.

also one of oncelikeshari's old bud's is a ukulele person (strangeumbrella on lj) and i have some of her songs on my computer to listen to. :)
brinianbrinian on August 10th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
All of this is making me wonder what ever became of the ukelele I learned on starting in second grade! I imagine my mom sold it on to some other unsuspecting second grader's mother when she got me the guitar. Can't remember. But I do have great memories of the ukelele band the second grade teacher had every year for ages. Thanks for the videos - the are ALL better than I ever was :-) And I suspect you are too.