Monday, September 10, 2001

"Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St. Matthew's Passion on a ukulele: The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer." -- Ben Bagdikian, Esquire, March 1967. I guess this guy (kind of) proves him wrong! Link Discuss

Friday, September 07, 2001

Proof that ukulele players are geniuses:
"Dr. Curtis Marshall, a retired Baltimore neurologist whose interests ranged from underwater diving and building kites to plunking 1920s and 1930s tunes on his favorite ukulele, died Tuesday from Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 82."
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Check out this cool blue fiberglass resonator uke from Beltona. Chuck "Frets" Fayne says it has a "'20s sound." About $550. I want one. Link Discuss
This article about Native Hawaiian products quotes the founder of Mele Ukulele.
"We were inspired to pursue the ukulele business once we realized there was a solid demand for the instrument, which was mainly because of the renewed interest in Hawaiian culture," says Cheryl Rock, co-owner of Mele Ukulele. "We also cater to a lot of tourists through our retail shop as well as our dealers outside of Hawaii and the Internet."
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Sunday, September 02, 2001

Petty Booka is a band consisting of two Japanese girls who play ukulele. I've never heard any of their music, but the little pictures of their CD covers look incredible! Has anyone heard their music? Link Discuss
 
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