My Friend Plays The Ukulele

Aug 19th, 2008 // 6 Comments


This is a most shameless plug, considering Jed Foster–the artist behind the above song–is one of my closest friends, and an occasional visitor to our comment section. But there are few things more enjoyable to me than a ukulele-based pop song that wraps up around the one-minute mark, even when they’re not by pals of mine. Plus, it offers helpful advice to keep your hands clean. (He also has a wonderful song about not taking candy from a guy in a van, but sadly, that particular track isn’t online.) [The Bittersweet Way]

  1. LAKingsin2009

    I always wondered what would happen if you crossed Morrissey with Jake Shimabukuro; now I know.

  2. SAShepherd

    As an aside, I got a uke a couple years ago, and can I say just how great it is? Easy to noodle around on, great for the kiddos to play around with, and inevitably brings a smile (or amused chuckle) whenever I bring it out in gatherings.

    All I need to do now is to write great little pop songs about personal hygeine.

  3. Maura Johnston

    douglas wolk wrote a couple of posts about his adventures with the uke for 17 dots:

    [17dots.com]

  4. TheRunningboard7

    But there are few things more enjoyable to me than a ukulele-based pop song that wraps up around the one-minute mark, even when they’re not by pals of mine

    Like Viper and His Famous Orchestra?! I miss Urbana…

  5. SAShepherd

    @Maura Johnston: Yeah, I’m just trying to make it through two-chords songs without staring at the tablature, so I’m way sub-Wolk-ian in my skills.

    Still, if you’ve got any songs that just use C and C7, I’m your man.

  6. so1omon

    I found the uke very refreshing after years of being primarily a guitarist. It’s simple enough that anyone with a little bit of determination can pick up and run with… and it’s fun enough that it’s not too hard to find the motivation for all that determination.

    Between the neo-classical rise of the ukulele in music education, and the constant stream of ironic cover songs on Youtube, the ukulele is definitely experiencing an incredible resurgence. My one major concern is that novelty is one mean mother… the backlash is inevitably right around the corner.

    I realize that songs about hand washing, friendly zombies, home school kids, and the dangers of accepting candy from strangers are all firmly in the novelty camp. That backlash is going to hurt, and it’s going to hurt bad. Luckily, I can always go back to writing songs about summer, girls, and singing like Morrissey.

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