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webby
08-11-2012, 07:48 AM
I'll start the ball rolling with that awful Hey soul sister song, makes my flesh crawl

pootsie
08-11-2012, 08:01 AM
I'll start the ball rolling with that awful Hey soul sister song, makes my flesh crawl

That was my vote when I saw the title of this thread.

Who the fark listens to Mr. Mister, anyway? Were you lost for a rhyme, Train?

Garydavkra
08-11-2012, 08:16 AM
Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It's a great song but, I'm so tired of hearing it.:deadhorse:

Mandalyn
08-11-2012, 08:21 AM
I'm yours by Jason Mraz.

Oh and I am totally guilty of know all of these songs so far lol

ukuleleleluku
08-11-2012, 08:52 AM
Somehwere Over the Rainbow
I'm yours by Jason Mraz

+1 on those. I was always kinda embarrased to play them because of them being overly hyped.

The problem is that people who don't play the Uke want me to play these songs and would get ticked when I refused to play them. I gave up cuz I guess I appeared snooty. I'm not good enough to be snooty so I play them. So I guess I'll start singing Unchained Melody and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling at karaoke bars as well to bring a more rounded cheesiness to my repitour. :p

PhilUSAFRet
08-11-2012, 10:43 AM
I kind of a agree, but they have brought a lot of new players to the uke. I'll bet that lots of folks who bought a uke so they could play one of those songs are now sympathizing with you....enough already.

Bob Bledsoe
08-11-2012, 10:50 AM
Somehwere Over the Rainbow
I'm yours by Jason Mraz

+1 on those. I was always kinda embarrased to play them because of them being overly hyped

Those two are great starter songs though. They get people playing a song within a couple days, and then hopefully moving on to less cliché tunes... I started with them but no longer offer them as an option in my repertoire... I've taught them to a number of people though as a way to get them started on the uke.

kalanz808
08-11-2012, 11:21 AM
Funny some think Over the Rainbow as over rated, as it's probably THE song that put the `ukulele on the map IMO.

SweetWaterBlue
08-11-2012, 11:29 AM
When Iz played and sang Over the Rainbow, it was great. When I do it (or most others I have heard), its meh. My daughter-in-law always wants me to play and sing it to my infant grandson, because he loves the Iz version, but its embarrassing for me to even attempt to sing it like Iz, and he is never fooled.

I think many songs are just songs, until someone plays a really great version.

webby
08-11-2012, 02:29 PM
I didn't mention "I'm yours" because that is not even music. :)

rem50
08-11-2012, 02:42 PM
dream a little dream...played it to death

NatalieS
08-11-2012, 02:48 PM
The first three songs mentioned (Hey Soul Sister, Over the Rainbow, and I'm Yours) are the three that people ask me to play ALL the time. And with all due respect to Iz, who I love, I'm so tired of all of these and definitely don't want to play them.

uke4ia
08-11-2012, 03:20 PM
Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It's a great song but, I'm so tired of hearing it.:deadhorse:

I feel the same way about Hallelujah. I've been to too many open mike nights where someone feels if he sings it as slow as he possibly can, it will make him seem soulful. Blechhhhh. I eventually wrote up a set of parody lyrics called "I'm Sick of Hallelujah".

Mandalyn
08-11-2012, 03:44 PM
I learned these for other people.. I cannot sing them well but they are easy to learn. The people I haveplayed for love to sing along and do not know the songs I love to play.

NewKid
08-11-2012, 04:07 PM
Iko Iko - please stop!

MutinousDoug
08-11-2012, 04:29 PM
Ten or so years ago, before this ukulele mania thing ever got started, the Little Woman and I went to Hawaii; the Big Island to visit some friends. On the radio was played "The Star Spangled Banner" on uke. Professionally done, but not my cup of tea.
Still not my cup of tea.
I think this may be why she is tepid to all my attempts at instrumental ukulele? If I don't tell/sing a story to her or the Grand kids, it's just noise to her. I Have to go downstairs to practice.

gyosh
08-11-2012, 05:17 PM
I personally LOVE "Hey Soul Sister." It taught me how to play an "E" and built up a lot of finger strength being able to play the song the whole way through. CGAmF? That's your problem.

And Over the Rainbow? My ALL TIME FAVORITE no matter how poorly or well it's played because of the imagery and memories it invokes and if you've ever heard Derrick Sebastion play it in all arpeggio you'd be moved.

If you honestly dislike these songs and always have . . . fine. I don't understand the tag-along mentality of not liking a song because the so-called cool kids are saying they're over it. I put up with years and years of cover bands playing "Brown Eyed Girl" poorly, and I cringe every time I hear a cover band launch into it, but I still love the original.

beautifulsoup
08-11-2012, 05:26 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tip Toe Through the Tulips yet. (Although, I love that one, and don't think that - as a song - it's overrated; I guess it comes down to whatever Tiny Tim stigma happens to be related to it).

(For the record, I like Tiny Tim, too. But to clarify: certainly not for uke "technique").

consitter
08-11-2012, 05:58 PM
I personally LOVE "Hey Soul Sister." It taught me how to play an "E" and built up a lot of finger strength being able to play the song the whole way through. CGAmF? That's your problem.

And Over the Rainbow? My ALL TIME FAVORITE no matter how poorly or well it's played because of the imagery and memories it invokes and if you've ever heard Derrick Sebastion play it in all arpeggio you'd be moved.

If you honestly dislike these songs and always have . . . fine. I don't understand the tag-along mentality of not liking a song because the so-called cool kids are saying they're over it. I put up with years and years of cover bands playing "Brown Eyed Girl" poorly, and I cringe every time I hear a cover band launch into it, but I still love the original.

Well said, my friend, well said.

Hippie Dribble
08-11-2012, 06:10 PM
I think songs are as individual as the performer who plays em. Each song or piece of music takes on a new life each time it is played by someone different. On that basis, I can't think of one song that is over-rated on a uke.

808boy
08-11-2012, 06:33 PM
Aloha Kakou,
Since this is a forum where opinions are put forward and discussed, here is mine.
Being raised in Hawaii, the uke was everywhere and kids such as myself learned to play from our elders. As a person who loves the ukulele and everything associated with it, I don't think any song with a uke in it as a background or main instrument is OVER-RATED. You may tire of hearing it but don't say over-rated.
There are many other things in my opinion that are over-rated. Some major uke brands to me are over-rated, played several and felt they don't merit the list price. Won't mention name brands here but some of my close friends KNOW what I'm talking about.
Everything associated with the uke has it's own merits, you just have to keep an open mind and look for it.
Some uke players in my opinion are over-rated while others aren't getting their due respect.
In closing, do this. If you're tired of playing a song, don't play it. If you're tired of hearing it, turn the station or change the CD.
God Bless those who pioneered the uke in main stream society. From Nelson Waikiki & Herb Ohta to Bruddah Iz & Jason Marz............................................BO ...............................

gyosh
08-11-2012, 06:43 PM
Aloha Kakou,
Since this is a forum where opinions are put forward and discussed, here is mine.
Being raised in Hawaii, the uke was everywhere and kids such as myself learned to play from our elders. As a person who loves the ukulele and everything associated with it, I don't think any song with a uke in it as a background or main instrument is OVER-RATED. You may tire of hearing it but don't say over-rated.
There are many other things in my opinion that are over-rated. Some major uke brands to me are over-rated, played several and felt they don't merit the list price. Won't mention name brands here but some of my close friends KNOW what I'm talking about.
Everything associated with the uke has it's own merits, you just have to keep an open mind and look for it.
Some uke players in my opinion are over-rated while others aren't getting their due respect.
In closing, do this. If you're tired of playing a song, don't play it. If you're tired of hearing it, turn the station or change the CD.
God Bless those who pioneered the uke in main stream society. From Nelson Waikiki & Herb Ohta to Bruddah Iz & Jason Marz............................................BO ...............................

:agree: :agree: :agree:

Well said.

Freeda
08-11-2012, 07:09 PM
And that's a wrap!

I dislike threads that are inherently about complaining. Would prefer to know what songs unexpectedly turned out to be uke friendly, or something like that. I think everyone can sympathize with being tired of a song, but you can always play something else! :)

Tack
08-11-2012, 07:12 PM
I think songs are as individual as the performer who plays em. Each song or piece of music takes on a new life each time it is played by someone different. On that basis, I can't think of one song that is over-rated on a uke.

*man hug*!!!!
What Eugene Said :D

808boy
08-11-2012, 08:21 PM
:agree: :agree: :agree:

Well said.

Mahalo Bruddah Gary........................

mds725
08-11-2012, 10:58 PM
I personally LOVE "Hey Soul Sister." It taught me how to play an "E" and built up a lot of finger strength being able to play the song the whole way through. CGAmF? That's your problem.

And Over the Rainbow? My ALL TIME FAVORITE no matter how poorly or well it's played because of the imagery and memories it invokes and if you've ever heard Derrick Sebastion play it in all arpeggio you'd be moved.

If you honestly dislike these songs and always have . . . fine. I don't understand the tag-along mentality of not liking a song because the so-called cool kids are saying they're over it. I put up with years and years of cover bands playing "Brown Eyed Girl" poorly, and I cringe every time I hear a cover band launch into it, but I still love the original.

Yes.


I think songs are as individual as the performer who plays em. Each song or piece of music takes on a new life each time it is played by someone different. On that basis, I can't think of one song that is over-rated on a uke.

And yes.

And I feel like some people are missing the point. The question was what songs played on the ukulele are overrated, not what songs that may be, or are, great are being played to death on the ukulele. IZ's version of "Over The Rainbow" is a great song. Having millions of uke players playing it less well on their own ukes than IZ played it doesn't make the song itself overrated.

buddhuu
08-12-2012, 12:07 AM
Kind of a negative thread concept.

We all have different preferences in music, and those preferences change over time. There is also an element of posturing that happens; very often people like a song until they discover that all their friends ridicule it. Suddenly it doesn't seem so cool. Don't be a sheep.

No song is overrated if it gives enjoyment to people who hear it or play it.

The great thing about getting older is that you care less about what other people think. You no longer give a flying one if your song preferences aren't cool. I still love rock, punk and all the music that I grew up with, but I'm no longer afraid of music from my parents' generation. When I was a kid, if my friends had caught me listening to Frank Sinatra, George Formby, The Dubliners or Stephane Grappelli I would have been given a really hard time.

The cliche uke songs are cliches because they have been played a lot. The reason they have been played a lot is that a lot of people love them. They are not overrated. "Hey, Soul Sister" is not a favourite of mine, but my bandmate loves it and plays it at our gigs and pub sessions.

A lot of songs that seem unremarkable can suddenly come to life when performed by the right person.

bodhran
08-12-2012, 12:18 AM
No song is overrated if it gives enjoyment to people who hear it or play it.
The cliche uke songs are cliches because they have been played a lot. The reason they have been played a lot is that a lot of people love them.
A lot of songs that seem unremarkable can suddenly come to life when performed by the right person.

Very well said Sir!

webby
08-12-2012, 02:58 AM
A lot of songs that seem unremarkable can suddenly come to life when performed by the right person.

Sure, a lot of songs can, but I'm not talking about those songs, I'm talking about ones that are just plain awful no matter who plays them.

Plainsong
08-12-2012, 04:58 AM
I've heard Aldrine play Elephant Town, and even with him playing it, it just wasn't my cup of tea. :D

janeray1940
08-12-2012, 05:30 AM
I'll start the ball rolling with that awful Hey soul sister song, makes my flesh crawl

That song was at the peak of its popularity when I first started playing. I got so darned sick of everybody asking me if I could play it! I don't even listen to contemporary pop music in the first place.

As for Over the Rainbow - I felt it was really tired until one night when I was playing at a restaurant with a uke group. The audience was small and unenthusiastic until we played that song, but after we played it, we got a standing ovation! That kind of changed my feelings about it in general.

I have to agree with what a few others are said, it's not so much that the songs are overrated as... overplayed? And often, poorly played?

Dan Uke
08-12-2012, 06:07 AM
I dislike many songs but no song is "overrated". Many of these "overrated" songs are why people started the uke!!

Seriously, how many times do you get asked to play Soul Sister?

sukie
08-12-2012, 06:38 AM
I've heard Aldrine play Elephant Town, and even with him playing it, it just wasn't my cup of tea. :D

But have you heard mine? It's got a spin all it's own! :-)

Over-played songs? Let's see......how do you think performers feel playing the same songs gig after gig? Know why they do that? Because we want to see them play that song(s). I'm guessing maybe they get tired of it. But it is the way they make their livings.

Everything is "to each their own". Don't like it? Don't listen. :-)

Plainsong
08-12-2012, 07:53 AM
Yeah, if you're playing at home for yourself, who cares, but if it's a performance.. I think with the ye olde standards that everyone plays, that it's about digging deep and finding a new approach or really getting lost into the moment of the song. Then if the audience wasn't bored, and they probably won't be, you had a good time.

I worry for my audience of one sometimes. Noodling on the same freaking songs all the time. But he doesn't complain, so either I'm awesome.... or he is patient. I think it's the second one.


But have you heard mine? It's got a spin all it's own! :-)

Over-played songs? Let's see......how do you think performers feel playing the same songs gig after gig? Know why they do that? Because we want to see them play that song(s). I'm guessing maybe they get tired of it. But it is the way they make their livings.

Everything is "to each their own". Don't like it? Don't listen. :-)

sukie
08-12-2012, 01:48 PM
Yeah, if you're playing at home for yourself, who cares, but if it's a performance.. I think with the ye olde standards that everyone plays, that it's about digging deep and finding a new approach or really getting lost into the moment of the song. Then if the audience wasn't bored, and they probably won't be, you had a good time.

I worry for my audience of one sometimes. Noodling on the same freaking songs all the time. But he doesn't complain, so either I'm awesome.... or he is patient. I think it's the second one.
My husband has learned to hate Gm Fleas. He doesnt say too much though. Curiously, for all the times I've played it-- thousands, really -- I still love it.

nscafe
08-12-2012, 02:58 PM
As a Jason Mraz fan I'm going to speak up and say that I'm Yours is not originally played on the ukulele. He plays it with barre chords on a guitar.

Garydavkra
08-12-2012, 03:22 PM
I'll start the ball rolling with that awful Hey soul sister song, makes my flesh crawl

Hi Webby,

I'm just wondering why you think that song is awful and makes your skin crawl? As I said, I'm just curious and I'm not hiding in the bushes waiting to pounce on anything you say.:D

ukuleleleluku
08-12-2012, 05:41 PM
Maybe a better way to put it is not really when a song is overplayed or over rated but rather when a song becomes part of trendy society.

Case in point. I really do like Somehwere Over the Rainbow. I do play it. I like listening to Iz's version and even when good players play it well. When Jason Castro played it on American Idol though is when it crossed over into trendiness and it killed it for me. Why? American Idol is not about talent really. It's about poularity, being hip, cool and sensational. One can argue that his performance may have inspired new Ukulele players, possibly it did... but I think it sunk the song to a lower level not because the song stinks or not even because Castro's performance was bad, it was rather good but because now the song is linked to commercialism and the "Too Hip Gotta Go" crowd. Now it's linked to the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Randy "Yo Dawg" Jackson and Coca-Cola and everyone jumps on the band wagon so they can play a uke, sip Starbucks, play hacky sack, wear dreadlocks and sneakers. Now when I think of the song I think of American Idol and screaming, slobbering teeny boppers.

Same thing when today's motion picture makers can't hire somebody to create an original musical score for a movie and they just use popular music, both then and now for the movie's music. It really cheapens the songs. Another case in point. Home Alone, Macauly Culkin and Jingle Bell Rock, I can't stand that song now because of its connection to the movie and that creepy actor.

My hang-up I know but that's how it is. Hopefully time passing will make it alright again.

Dan Uke
08-12-2012, 07:16 PM
Maybe a better way to put it is not really when a song is overplayed or over rated but rather when a song becomes part of trendy society.

Case in point. I really do like Somehwere Over the Rainbow. I do play it. I like listening to Iz's version and even when good players play it well. When Jason Castro played it on American Idol though is when it crossed over into trendiness and it killed it for me. Why? American Idol is not about talent really. It's about poularity, being hip, cool and sensational. One can argue that his performance may have inspired new Ukulele players, possibly it did... but I think it sunk the song to a lower level not because the song stinks or not even because Castro's performance was bad, it was rather good but because now the song is linked to commercialism and the "Too Hip Gotta Go" crowd. Now it's linked to the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Randy "Yo Dawg" Jackson and Coca-Cola and everyone jumps on the band wagon so they can play a uke, sip Starbucks, play hacky sack, wear dreadlocks and sneakers. Now when I think of the song I think of American Idol and screaming, slobbering teeny boppers.

Same thing when today's motion picture makers can't hire somebody to create an original musical score for a movie and they just use popular music, both then and now for the movie's music. It really cheapens the songs. Another case in point. Home Alone, Macauly Culkin and Jingle Bell Rock, I can't stand that song now because of its connection to the movie and that creepy actor.

My hang-up I know but that's how it is. Hopefully time passing will make it alright again.

Disagree. It becomes popular because the song is good. Sometimes, the song needs a little exposure

TCK
08-12-2012, 07:51 PM
Disagree again. Songs have not become popular because they were good for a long time-but I have already made that rant. I completely agree with ukuleleluku
Disagree. It becomes popular because the song is good. Sometimes, the song needs a little exposure

UncleElvis
08-12-2012, 08:30 PM
Sure, a lot of songs can, but I'm not talking about those songs, I'm talking about ones that are just plain awful no matter who plays them.

No such thing...

webby
08-12-2012, 09:25 PM
No such thing...

now there is a challenge :) I bet I can find at least one that everyone agrees is terrible.

(maybe that yoko ono album where she just screamed for an hour).

The Big Kahuna
08-12-2012, 09:49 PM
Iz:

Wind beneath my wings
Take me home country road
Theme from Gilligans Island
Starting all over again

All vomit inducing songs to begin with. Not improved in the slightest by the addition of Iz and a Ukulele. I've actually ripped all my Iz CD's to MP3, removed any tracks that have resulted in my wife having to physically restrain me from removing my eardrums with a pencil, and burned them back to CD.

Plainsong
08-13-2012, 12:39 AM
Oh jeez Take Me Home Country Roads! A favorite of the musical couple living exactly above us. They love busting out the guitar and belting it over and over. It's like girl you're a blue-eyed Finn who's never gonna set foot in West Virginia, please have a nice steaming cup of STFU.

Pundabaya
08-13-2012, 12:44 AM
now there is a challenge :) I bet I can find at least one that everyone agrees is terrible.

(maybe that yoko ono album where she just screamed for an hour).

Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed?

uke552
08-23-2012, 04:42 PM
Stumbled onto this thread, great topic and it made me laugh at times...I love this uke community!

hieric
08-23-2012, 05:11 PM
Any Beatle's song...or While My Guitar Gently weeps.

UkuleleSprinter
08-23-2012, 05:28 PM
Any Beatle's song...or While My Guitar Gently weeps.
Really? Jake Shimabukuro really hit it when he played his rendition leading to the major popularity in the ukulele today. I've been playing the ukulele for over 15 years, and after listening to Jake play While My Guiter Gently Weeps, I felt like he opened the doors for everyone to see the potential of the ukulele.

TCK
08-23-2012, 05:43 PM
Any Beatle's song...or While My Guitar Gently weeps.
Agreed, and wishing the doors were not opened...

The Big Kahuna
08-23-2012, 08:07 PM
Really? Jake Shimabukuro really hit it when he played his rendition leading to the major popularity in the ukulele today. I've been playing the ukulele for over 15 years, and after listening to Jake play While My Guiter Gently Weeps, I felt like he opened the doors for everyone to see the potential of the ukulele.

I'm going to open the can of Jake worms again and say, whilst Jake has done a huge amount for the image of the Ukulele, and is one of its great ambassadors, he has done no more than anyone else, and arguably less than some others, to bring the Ukulele to the attention of the non Uke public.

The majority of people in the musical circles I generally inhabited were turned on to the Uke by Eddie Vedder, primarily because of his high profile amongst "serious music fans" (please take note of the quotation marks).

To constantly point the finger at Jake is a disservice to all the others who have been working to raise the profile of the Ukulele.*

Oh, and I've hated the Beatles since 1962 ;)




*All of the above is purely my opinion, is not a criticism of anyone else's views and is not to be taken as further "evidence" that I hate Jake. I don't, I love him to bits. And as soon as he rediscovers his musical direction, I'll start buying his albums again.

UkuleleSprinter
08-23-2012, 09:09 PM
This is quite a negative thread.

Of course there is no one person that everyone can point to that impacted the ukulele the most.
But search "ukulele" on youtube, and I'd say he did a decent job.

Hippie Dribble
08-23-2012, 10:09 PM
This is quite a negative thread.

Of course there is no one person that everyone can point to that impacted the ukulele the most.
But search "ukulele" on youtube, and I'd say he did a decent job.

for me it's Cliff Edwards, followed by Bill Tapia, Ian Whitcomb, Lyle Ritz, John King, Lil' Rev, seeso and Uncle Elvis.

but as to the original question...everything sounds good on a ukulele. :)

BassGuyukin'
08-24-2012, 01:14 AM
The first three songs mentioned (Hey Soul Sister, Over the Rainbow, and I'm Yours) are the three that people ask me to play ALL the time. And with all due respect to Iz, who I love, I'm so tired of all of these and definitely don't want to play them.

The problem with these three songs is only that they are overplayed. Why are they overplayed? Because all three are such great songs that many people want to hear them frequently, including me. But sure, I'll get tired of them too, though I recognize a good song when I hear one.

PhilUSAFRet
08-24-2012, 01:22 AM
Only problem is: Who gets to decide what overrated is? If you love it, play it, and screw everybody else.

Hippie Dribble
08-24-2012, 02:03 AM
Why are they overplayed? Because all three are such great songs that many people want to hear them frequently
yep, exactly this.

Markr1
08-24-2012, 02:27 AM
Gotta give a thumbs up for Jake. If I hadn't seen the videos of him doing Queen and George Harrison I wouldn't be playing uke today. By the way I love the Beatles and have their 5 disc Bio and I've got one of the first and very rare Abby Road album and album cover framed and hung on my wall.

buddhuu
08-24-2012, 04:32 AM
I'm going to open the can of Jake worms again and say, whilst Jake has done a huge amount for the image of the Ukulele, and is one of its great ambassadors, he has done no more than anyone else, and arguably less than some others, to bring the Ukulele to the attention of the non Uke public.

The majority of people in the musical circles I generally inhabited were turned on to the Uke by Eddie Vedder, primarily because of his high profile amongst "serious music fans" (please take note of the quotation marks).

To constantly point the finger at Jake is a disservice to all the others who have been working to raise the profile of the Ukulele.*

Oh, and I've hated the Beatles since 1962 ;)




*All of the above is purely my opinion, is not a criticism of anyone else's views and is not to be taken as further "evidence" that I hate Jake. I don't, I love him to bits. And as soon as he rediscovers his musical direction, I'll start buying his albums again.

While I can't be quite as categorical as Uncle Elvis with his declaration that there is "no such thing", I agree with the spirit. I think there is very nearly no such thing. If some people enjoy a song then it has some merit.

Just because you don't like a song or are sick of it doesn't mean that people who love it are overrating it.

Big K, I respectfully disagree. I'm not the biggest Jake fan in the world (although I accept that he's a fine chap and a great player - just not my musical preference), I cannot overstate the impact his uke weeps video had on me.

Honestly, I would guess that Vedder comes way down the list of influences. For non Island people I would think that far more were turned on by Jake, Mraz, Harrison, Joe Brown, Julia Nunes, Bruddah Iz... Or even by nutters like Gus and Fin (GUGUG on YT), and once people get into uke then they soon discover Aldrine. Some people have been playing since long before the current uke bubble started inflating. They may have first learned of the instrument from Formby, Alan Randall or Tiny Tim.

To point the finger at Jake is no more more disservice to other players than pointing the finger at Hendrix is a disservice to Bert Jansch or Django Reinhardt.

BTW, I'm not the biggest Beatles fan either. Love some songs, can't stand others. Millions of other people love the songs that I don't like, so it is reasonable to accept that those songs may not be overrated - I may just not like them.

I know there is an emperor's-new-clothes thing that means some people may be intimidated or tricked into professing a love for something that they don't really like, be it jazz, classical music or whatever, but I think most people know their minds, and it is not for us to dictate what they should or shouldn't listen to.

If that were my job, then Simon Cowell would probably never be associated with another performance or recording, but it isn't. Some people love that cra- er... that stuff, so let them have it.

bbycrts
08-24-2012, 05:27 AM
for me it's Cliff Edwards, followed by Bill Tapia, Ian Whitcomb, Lyle Ritz, John King, Lil' Rev, seeso and Uncle Elvis.

but as to the original question...everything sounds good on a ukulele. :)

Oh dear. As if UncleElvis' head isn't big enough already...

(you're right - he's pretty fantastic. As are all the others you mentioned. But I've had hugs from UE and Seeso, so they're extra fantastic.)

seeso
08-24-2012, 05:34 AM
for me it's Cliff Edwards, followed by Bill Tapia, Ian Whitcomb, Lyle Ritz, John King, Lil' Rev, seeso and Uncle Elvis.

but as to the original question...everything sounds good on a ukulele. :)

Hey, thanks! :shaka:

seeso
08-24-2012, 05:44 AM
I've heard Aldrine play Elephant Town, and even with him playing it, it just wasn't my cup of tea. :D

How dare you?!?!?

http://i.imgur.com/NUtgm.png

:D

UncleElvis
08-24-2012, 06:50 AM
for me it's Cliff Edwards, followed by Bill Tapia, Ian Whitcomb, Lyle Ritz, John King, Lil' Rev, seeso and Uncle Elvis.

but as to the original question...everything sounds good on a ukulele. :)

High praise and lofty company, indeed!
Thank you, brother!
Trust me, you're in that group for many people!

And ANYONE playing Elephant Town rocks the entire world!

For me, it was Barbara Cooper (a family friend) that inspired me to get one, then, when I finally actually bought one, everyone on the internet, ever. Aldrine and UkuleleMike Lynch were ENORMOUS helps, as were the folks in the UU Minijam, the PoHos, everyone at UWC, Howlin' Hobbit and, hesitant as I am to say it, especially Seeso.

I've only ever found one song that doesn't work on the ukulele, but only in the original key, because the chords do a walkdown that's integral to the melody. Go up five and it's fine again.