Thursday, May 26, 2005

Cowboy's Song MP3

Max Sparber says: "Just dropping you a note to point to my Web site, The Plays of Max Sparber. Aside from being a playwright, I am also a longtime ukulele player and the moderator of the Ukulele Madness discussion on Yahoo.

"I have just made my plays available via a Creative Commons license, and, as most of my plays also have music in them, am in the process of placing MP3s of the songs on the site. I thought you might enjoy the MP3 at the bottom of this page, as it is me, accompanied by ukulele, singing the song from my play Cruelties, titled 'Cowboy's Song.' It's a little rough, as the MP3 is meant exclusively as a demonstration of the song for potential future productions, but I've always been rather proud of this sad little South of the Border-styled ditty."

Here's a direct link to the MP3: Link

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ukulele Font

Amazing. A uker from Japan has created a free font comprised entirely of ukulele silhouettes. Shown at left is the letter "J" which you will no doubt recognize as the Roy Smeck Vita Uke. Now you can send seekrit messages to your uke pals! Link

Building a Beltona Resonator Uke

Okay, you must watch this video of Steve Evans showing how he makes the (my birthday is tomorrow, family!) Beltona Blue Uke. Link to video

Jake's Triplet Strum

Courtesy of Sonic Uke, here is a video clip of Jake Shimabukaro demonstrating a cool triplet stroke. Loads of other fun video clips, too--everyone from Uke Jackson to Steve Evans, maker of the Beltona Blue. Link to video

Monday, May 23, 2005

Celebratin' Java, Ukulele Style

Via Silicon Valley Sleuth: Java developer Hideya Kawahara helped Sun Microsystems COO Jonathan Schwartz and Java creator James Gosling celebrate Java's 10th birthday by playing "Happy Birthday" on his "duke-ulele," a Fluke customized to look like Duke, the Java mascot. Gosling also has a duke-ulele in hand! Check out the video clip!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Zooey Deschanel's Emotional Ukulele Plea

Zooey sez:
"I urge all my fans, friends, family anyone who'll listen to play the ukelele. It's a brilliant instrument."
Okay, so release a CD already! America waits... Link
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