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Playing the instrument is hisstrong point, Gary, not words. Jumping Flea, now wheredid that come from? And Champion of the Ukulele? What, was MagnificentUkulele already taken? Ukulele of Doom being used by someone else?Flaming Ukulele of Death not available? In his favor, he uses his own name rather than some lame only-someone-playing-the-uke-would-ever-use name. You know, the plural names that individual ukers give themselves, or the supposedly clever non-name names like Griselda Ate the Sausage (althoughthe group-with-uke Eddie Ate Dynamite is good, but that's dynamite, not some obvious food). I know, I know, Bettina Slumpinsky does't have the same flair as Bettina Rules the Universe and Grinds All Male Chauvinist Pigs Into The Dirt Where They BelongAnyway. If he were really bold, he'd call himself simply, Matt, and dispense with the last name. There are ukers known by single names, of course, but none of them (that I know, anyway) gave themselves those monikers. Just got a notice the other day from Psychic Hampsterabout Craig's (only name needed) upcoming album (time for a pre-order). Will the CD carry just the name Craig? No, but for Matt to force his way into the ranks of one-names by releasing CDs with titles like Meet Matt, Matt's Second Album, would be a stroke ofnaming genius, which, unfortuantely as I mentioned above, he does not possess.Enough with names, Gary, time for me to use your space to promote.I just stumbled upon an Italian group the other day called the Covers, who apparently do nothing other than cover Beatles songs in English. Their Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (mit uke) isone of my favorite (who cares, I know) versions, sounding eerily like George himself doing it. Anyone interested should look at the video on Youtube (it's the featured video on the PotofBasil channel, which will always feature my favorite uke video(s) of the moment (yawn). Of course, the Covers is about as creative as Jumping Flea...
A rose by any other name couldn't play the uke like Matt does.... Ukester Brown (fake moniker I gave myself, but it is my only one.) www.ukesterbrown.com Whoops, I just self promoted.
The translation of ukulele from Hawaiian to English is jumping flea. Uku meaning Flea and lele meaning jumping.
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