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seeso
08-05-2009, 01:38 PM
Do you guys know Zee Avi (http://www.zeeavi.com/)? She's a singer/songwriter from Malaysia that was recently signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records.

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1504/zeeavi03big.jpg

Before she got signed, we struck up a friendship through YouTube, back when she was known as Kokokaina (http://www.youtube.com/user/kokokaina). We used to talk all night on Skype. She's a lovely human being, and an amazing singer and songwriter.

Anyway, she's opening for Pete Yorn right now, and the tour came through Chicago this past Monday and Tuesday. I sent her a message about being excited to finally see and hear her in person, she said the same, and she put me on the guest list!

So I went to the show Monday feeling like a stud when I went to Will Call and got my ticket. I camp out at the front of the stage and had butterflies when she waved at me. I was pretty star-struck during the set, so I assume she sounded fantastic, but to be honest - my head was swimming.

That was only the beginning.

The last three songs in her set are ukulele songs. Before she played "Just You and Me," she was talking about her ukulele and she said, "The person who convinced me to buy an ukulele is right there. Narciso Lobo." And she pointed at me!

Everybody in front looked at me, and they saw the biggest grin on the biggest doofus in the world. I was downright giddy.

After the set, she waved me over and told me to go backstage. Whoa! Sweet! We hung out backstage with the rest of her band and some other fine folks and I drank free beer and jammed with them. It was a perfect night.

She asked me to come back to the show on Tuesday, I stammered out a "yes," and went to Will Call the next day to pick up my ticket and something new - an all-access pass! Score!

Well my head was a little less loopy this time around, so I was able to really listen to the set this time. She was amazing. She's already blessed with one of the most beautiful and unique voices in the world, but it's what she does with that voice that's remarkable. She really tells the story of the song. Just transcendental music.

I brought the Brotherhood of the Traveling Ukulele uke with me so she can sign it backstage. We filmed her signing it (and my all-access pass :)), and I was getting ready to go to my buddy's open mic, when she alerted me to something that was the perfect icing on the perfect cake.

She thanked me in her liner notes! I had no idea, because I just bought her record that night. But here is a pic -

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q271/seeso_photos/zeeavi/Photo-38.jpg

Here's the cover, signed by Zee - "Seeso! You know I <3 you!"

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q271/seeso_photos/zeeavi/Photo-36.jpg

It's always been a dream of mine to be thanked in the liner notes of an album by a musician that I love. Zee made that dream a reality.

I figured I'd better take off before I passed out, so I said my goodbyes to everybody, got a long hug (gah) from Zee, and said, "Thanks for making me feel like a rock star."

She said, "You already are one."

BrotherUke
08-05-2009, 01:43 PM
Seeso,
What a great story. I've only known you for a short time here but I can honestly say that you are most deserving of what just happened. You have a generous heart that deserves to be recognized and rewarded. My only advice to you is the next time she's in town TAKE HER TO DINNER!!!!

KC8AFW
08-05-2009, 01:45 PM
Dude...I think that is the best story I've heard...ever. Congratulation you stud you. :D

russ_buss
08-05-2009, 01:48 PM
that's freakin' amazing. congrats dude. this has been a good year for you!

Ken
08-05-2009, 01:48 PM
"Thanks for making me feel like a rock star."

She said, "You already are one."

I've been here for a short time, but I thoroughly agree with that sentiment :D.

Melissa82
08-05-2009, 01:49 PM
Aww, that is so sweet! Congrats! :D

LindsayOfSaturn
08-05-2009, 01:49 PM
Wow! Awesome seeso!

UkeNinja
08-05-2009, 01:58 PM
What a great story, seeso. I had to put on my sunglasses not to be blinded by the pinkness of your joy.
The jazziness in Zee Avi's voice is really amazing. I like her better than Jack ;)

Ah, and congratulations on being famous now :)

Kanaka916
08-05-2009, 02:05 PM
Amazing seeso! You deserve all and more, Congrats Brah!

seeso
08-05-2009, 02:23 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys - and thanks for letting me toot my own horn a bit. :o

thejumpingflea
08-05-2009, 02:30 PM
Too cool of a story.

Dominator
08-05-2009, 03:20 PM
That's an awesome story Seeso. Congrats brother. You deserve it.

CoffeeMate
08-05-2009, 04:21 PM
Good things come to good people. Sounds like a magical couple nights, congrats! :)

UKISOCIETY
08-05-2009, 04:48 PM
Dude, Seeso!

Zee told me that she thanked you in her liner notes when I saw her - when was it - a month ago. I just assumed you knew. I'm sorry I didn't mention it when I told you that I met her. She talked about you quite a bit, as a matter of fact.

And, indeed, she's a big creator of "head-swimming"!:love: Almost as much as you, Narciso! :shaka:

pamelamama
08-05-2009, 05:12 PM
What a great story!! So, is she single? Wait, are you?? :p

vahn
08-05-2009, 05:24 PM
Seeso, your literally doing your part to bring ukulele to the rest of the world!! your the one that got a signed artist to start uke-in' thats huge!!! fasdjk vfdhkuashfukdsah fdhs I'm excited for you man!!!!!1

salukulady
08-05-2009, 05:33 PM
After reading your post, I've got goose bumps and there seems to be something in my eye 'cuz they're tearing up.........

What a magical two nights you had.

seeso
08-05-2009, 05:33 PM
Dude, Seeso!

Zee told me that she thanked you in her liner notes when I saw her - when was it - a month ago. I just assumed you knew. I'm sorry I didn't mention it when I told you that I met her. She talked about you quite a bit, as a matter of fact.

And, indeed, she's a big creator of "head-swimming"!:love: Almost as much as you, Narciso! :shaka:

Keeping secrets from me, eh? Ha! I'm glad you didn't tell me, Alan. It was way better to find out like this.


What a great story!! So, is she single? Wait, are you?? :p

She's not. I am. :(


Seeso, your literally doing your part to bring ukulele to the rest of the world!! your the one that got a signed artist to start uke-in' thats huge!!! fasdjk vfdhkuashfukdsah fdhs I'm excited for you man!!!!!1

Dude, that's right! Sweet!

NatalieS
08-05-2009, 05:48 PM
That's awesome!! I went to see Zee Avi here in Opelika, AL on June 19th. I had been to an arts fair that same day and saw one of her posters (with a uke on it!) and thought.... OMG where and when and who is this?!

She has a lovely voice and musical talent. Her guitar is gorgeous. I'm glad you got to know her so well!

DeG
08-05-2009, 06:06 PM
Too cool! :nana:

Pippin
08-05-2009, 08:31 PM
That is a great story. Zee is a talented performer, too.

SamWise
08-05-2009, 10:50 PM
That's great Seeso! I met one of my ultimate musical heroes, Mark Eitzel, last year, and interviewed him too. They say meeting your heroes is a letdown, but it wasn't. However, being picked out of the crowd, and thanked in the liner notes? That's a level above!

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v333/114/17/555806825/n555806825_1301788_2301.jpg

hoosierhiver
08-06-2009, 03:19 AM
Well deserved recognition! You're awesome Seeso!

ihavenotea
08-06-2009, 04:07 AM
Enchanting story, Seeso. Thank you very much for sharing it.

deach
08-06-2009, 04:08 AM
Very cool! You must be flying (still).

flyingace
08-06-2009, 04:33 AM
That's excellent Seeso! She has a wonderful voice and sound! Can't wait to hear the whole album. NOW, speaking of that, looks like you have an "in" to the biz, when are you going on tour with her! ha ha! :) Best of luck to you!

CoLmes
08-06-2009, 05:22 AM
No wonder you looked to chill at the jam last night, you are on cloud 9 man. If all of us could make it that far man you'd have a ton of liner note thank yous. :)

chizniky
08-06-2009, 05:33 AM
Incrediblly Amazing story, she is great isn't she? I found her on you tube, searching "Tonight you belong to me", and thought, she is going to be the next Norah Jones. Shared her Honey Bee video on my Facebook not too long ago.

Pretty soon, we'll be reading about your own successes Seeso! Maybe she'll ask you to her next tour as her ukulele soloist!

benmealer
08-06-2009, 12:56 PM
couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. im so jealous.

caz
08-06-2009, 02:00 PM
Congrats. I've been listening to her cd non-stop. Best debut of 2009 hands down.

Playscool39
09-02-2009, 12:33 PM
Way to go Seeso:shaka:Next time you give her an all-access pass and she'll be opening your show:D

pigwig
09-02-2009, 01:14 PM
That is an amazing story. Lucky you! Congratulations! I hope that goofy happy high you got sticks with you for a while.

I've never heard of her before, so I'm checking her out - awesome.

jmmquah
09-02-2009, 01:57 PM
Woo Hoo! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. A lot of people around here think of you with the same awe as you have for Zee. Sounds like it was a real thrill!

UkuleleHill
09-02-2009, 02:10 PM
I said my goodbyes to everybody, got a long hug (gah) from Zee, and said, "Thanks for making me feel like a rock star."

She said, "You already are one."
Seeso she is right! Congrats! I missed this cause I was too busy getting packed and such for camp...

cornfedgroove
09-02-2009, 02:13 PM
brutha, that is amazing...you deserve it. I hope it becomes an open door for you to greater things

shanifawni
09-02-2009, 02:51 PM
awwwwwwww
that's SO awesome, that's a great story! :D so so cool

and thanks for introducing her to me, i had seen her name before but never checked her out, i'm liking her

TinyJim
09-02-2009, 05:15 PM
Toot on, Sir Studly! I have checked out several of her performances on Youtube - you are right, she is amazing. What a voice! She is a true one of a kind, and you are a lucky man.

Rubbertoe
09-02-2009, 05:21 PM
How the heck did I miss this story?!?! Congrats (x1000) Bro!

Amy
09-02-2009, 06:27 PM
Totally cool, totally deserved. You are all good karma and positivity, Seeso, and we're lucky to have you in the uke community!