After a long journey, the ukulele is finally becoming hip. My earliest memories come from old movies, where stars like Don Ho, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley crooned to a backdrop of hula girls and swayin' palms. As cool as that was, the ukulele remained something of a novelty instrument. Then came Tiny Tim and Tiptoe thru the Tulips...
It took a while to bounce back, but then Israel Kamakawiwo'ole began recording incredibly beautiful music using this native instrument. His rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow is a masterpiece. Maybe that's what turned it around for the ukulele.
In recent years, it has found crazy, commercial success with Hey, Soul Sister by Train. It has also found a more alternative audience, with artists like Eddie Vedder releasing an entire album of Ukulele Songs. Nice comeback for the punchy, little, four-stringed dude!
So when I first stumbled across the song Whistle And A Light by Mama Kin, I was attracted to the melody line. I have deep respect for any songwriter who can craft such a catchy melody. The song also has great harmonies over a bouncing beat and hooks galore. But as I listen to it again, I say "Hey, I've never heard a ukulele song like this before." I really dig that.
So check out this Seattle songstress. She seems to me like one of those special people who was born to make music... with a ukulele!
Reprinted with permission,
courtesy of 40 Watt Gigolo's blog - Song's I Really Dig