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Subject: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: harpgirl
Date: 23 Nov 02 - 06:01 PM

It's no secret that I despise ukelele music...ironically my friend Terry Silver from Ann Arbor, sent me this site today!



http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/hdrc/ukulele.htm


Maybe that nutty doctor from Hawaii would want to listen to it!!


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Fred Miller
Date: 23 Nov 02 - 06:17 PM

But how do you feel about ukulele music? I own 3, my kids each have one, and I'm thinking of having another kid so I can buy another. Is it the instrument or the music people typically do with it? I don't know any actual stuff for it, but like working out things you don't expect on one. Beast of Burden works well, with the solo and all. Closest I've done to uke-sounding tunes is Beatles Honey Pie, or K.D. Lang's Miss Chatelaine. I also do a couple of Concrete Blonde songs, and Talking Heads--David Byrne started out playing ukulele.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 23 Nov 02 - 07:56 PM

Listen to the Ke'au Crater Boys from Hawai'i. Troy Fernanez is a master.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: khandu
Date: 23 Nov 02 - 08:25 PM

Last year, when Andy M. Stewart was in Jackson, MS., the man who played guitar for him played a song on a uke. Everyone said he brought new respect for the instrument with his unusal style. I do not recall, his name but I have heard some of his music and he is a grand guitarist. Anyone know his name?

I have an image stuck in my memories of the ukulele that I find rather hokey; that of Arthur Godfrey playing the instrument. This image has corrupted my view of the uke.

khandu


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 08:33 AM

Who is this imposter in Ann Arbor. I am the real Terry Silver.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,ghost
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:21 AM

Del Rey has been whooping it up on her new little resophonic uke with great results. Then I've heard about some friends of her's a group from New York called The Ukelele Pussy Posse which sounds delightful but I've not had the pleasure. I think it's easy to underestimate something that looks so small and toy-like. (This is starting to sound like a double entendre.) What about the work of Johnny Marvin or Ukelele Ike?

Leadfingers, Arthur Godfrey's appearances on early television with ukelele in hand helped to spread idea of playing uke like nothing else had before or since. This boosted interest sparked a sales boom for the lowly uke and manufacturers soon could not keep up with the demand.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:26 AM

Gerry O Beirne is the man with the uke touring with Andy M. Stewart. Don't remember which songs he accompanies with it though.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Nemesis
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:36 AM

Did someone miss the thread I posted about the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain? They are stunningly brilliant musicians - the music is stunningly brilliant .. it is an evening that many would be hard put to better... and I thought ukuleles were sort of a banjo sound...... they are accurately described as being a national treasure -

They have repertoire ranging from Tchzaichosvyky ... (you know who I mean) .. Prince .. the Buzzcocks .. Kate Bush .. Johann Sebastian Hendrix ... :) Harp Girl I don't know where you live but go them and then decide :)
Hille


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Al
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 12:52 PM

ukecat


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: M.Ted
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:04 PM

When I tried to listen, I got an "invalid file" window--it is just me?


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:14 PM

Quality of playing atrocious. Sound of a stringed metal box. Harpgirl, even worse than Godfrey.

Listen to some of the Hawai'ian players, using prime koa wood or rosewood instruments. They may change your mind.
Go to Hawai'ian Music Click on 'ukulele and listen to the many sound clips. Herb Ohta Jr. is a good one to start with, His "Ukulele Dream album for one. Also troy Fernandez. Much Hawai'ian folk as well as pop.

I think that medico from Hilo would agree.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:18 PM

At mele, click on music titles first, the on 'ukulele or other variety of music. The site is easy to navigate, and much is there to listen to.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Spartacus
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 11:40 AM

I'm from ann arbor as well. Unless there is another "uke club" in town, this is the same club that a freind of mine named Brian Delaney is in. He's an amazing jazz guitarist, and does this for fun.

I just started a 4 string instrument band with Brian and a few other folks: A tenor banjo, baritone uke, banjo uke, tenor guitar and banjolin. I'm a guitar player by trade, but it's fun to play around with new instruments.

Possible names:
The Quad Squad
Quadrephelia
The 10-4 Good Buddies
4 strings, 5 words, and guts


-Spartacus


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GUEST,Ordinary Average Guy
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 11:43 AM

I don't care what you play on those stupid things. They are the most annoying instrument. That plinky plink sound doesn't even pass for music.


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Nemesis
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 11:56 AM

Well,dear guest, I would only say that listen to what acclaimed virtuoso guitarists can do with them and then decide .. or even very competent muscians ..

I suppose though, that I'd never heard a ukulele (I don't think) until last Friday .. and maybe after hearing the supreme exponents of them in the UK I might feel the same way about what ordinarily would pass for ukulele music .. I can understand that in the wrong hands that it might be a hideous experience .. whereas my experience on Friday was being ecstatic at what I was hearing ...'course, I didn't have pre-conceived ideas because I'd never heard a ukulele before


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Spartacus
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 12:09 PM

If you can't appreciate it, perhaps it explains being "ordinary and average". Open your mind a little.

-Spartacus


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: harpgirl
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 12:24 PM

...well Spartacus, I'm fairly certain your friend Brian knows my friend Terry Silver. Terry (not the UK Terry, Leadfingers) plays bass fiddle and has been in the A2 music scene since the late 60's. His sister is Lisa Silver of Nashville fame.

I'll listen with an open mind but there is something about uke music that makes me crazy. Maybe it was the Arthur Godfrey show, to begin with that set me off....


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Nemesis
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 12:26 PM

Harp Girl .. if you Pm me I'll see about sending you a copy of the Uke's Orchestra :)


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: Spartacus
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 12:40 PM

That name sounds really familiar, but I can't put a face to it....Has he been playing around town with anyone?

-Spartacus


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Subject: RE: Ukelele Music (an oxymoron)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 01:21 PM

Now Abby, could it be that the uke suffers from much the same misunderstanding and prejudice as that instrument we both love so well, the autoharp? Both can be played easily by beginners, and both can be played badly. Both are easy to play and difficult to master.

I love the novelty tunes and early jazz where a ukulele is often the lead instrument. I love the uke chord melody playing of Cliff Edwards, Johny Marvin, etc. I don't like Hawaiian music, and the uke orchestra's that focus mostly on strumming.

It's the tune and the musician, not the instrument that makes the music!

The Horseflies, and the Double Decker String Band have some great banjo uke in many of their songs.

Hech! I betcha Uke players would even welcome a Hot Autoharp Player in their jams!

JAB


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