Friday, November 14, 2008

My Favorite Ukes

I love Ukulele Music! Here are my personal faves. Don't hate.

1)King Benny Nawahi he was mad old school. I think he died in a car crash when he went blind as a result of drinking too much bathtub gin. That might just be a rumor. Please don't take my word for it, I'm a jackass.

2)Israel Kamakawiwo'ole aka Iz. This gentle giant iz a legend. Rest in peace brudda!

3)The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
They are a a pretty tight outfit who do cool covers of Smells Like Teen Spirit and Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. Here they are covering Bowies "Life On Mars" with a couple of other stuck in for fun! Enjoy!

4) Sonic Uke Jason Tagg and the Ukulele Disco bunch are long time freinds of the show! Look up their movie online Ukulele Freaks

5) Julia Nunes Original tunes and covers, a great voice, cute and a overwhelming enthusiasm for all things uke! Subscribe to here youtube channel.

6) Hi'ilawe Ohta-San is the Django Reinhardt of Classical Uke. He is indisputably a master. When I went to Hawaii I bought a cool how to play uke book by him!

7) Rachel Trachtenburg Whether Rachel is fighting City Hall or playing drums with her Family Band the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players I was pleased to see she was rocking out on the uke for her new show Rachel Trachtenburgs Homemade World what is with this Family and the OD long titles?

8) I met Tiny Tim at a Beyond Vaudeville Live show he was very gracious and friendly. We spoke mostly about cleaning products. He was a very charming, polite friendly and clean person.
He did a lot of cool uke tunes my favorite being "She left Me With The Herpes"

9) Beatle George Harrison after years of Guitar towards his demise he switched to ukulele.

10) Stubborn Records head and Ska musician King Django brought ukulele to the ska music scene.


Milt said...

Yo, Phil,

Re your comment about the Trachtenburgs and their penchant for looooong titles ... if you had a name like Trachtenburg, anything after that would seem short.

I hope all's well with you and I always check out your pics and comments. I've shared many of your great pics from the show with Rachel's relatives who rarely get an opportunity to see her.

Oh, and who am I? The senior Trachtenburg (Jason's dad) We've met a couple of times.

You think Rachel's title is long? I have a book coming out next year. The title is ... "Stop the Merry-Go-Round: Stories of Women Who Broke the Cycle of Abusive Relationships." When you add my name and the alphabet soup after it, you need two covers to get it all in. The spine of the jacket will probably read: Merry by Milt!

Celebrate life while you can. There is still the spectre of Sarah Palin hovering over the future. Maybe Obama can requst a constitutional amendment forbidding anyone with an IQ under 100 from becoming president. Or maybe anyone who has the audacity to shoot a moose and dress it. Couldn't she have just asked the moose politely to get dressed?

Checkerphil said...

LOL! Always great hearing from you Milt! As an aspiring author I would love to see some more of your "Writing About Writing" blog!