Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Which draws us inexorably to The Beatles Complete on Ukulele, a website who's mission statement reads:
We hold this truth to be self-evident — if every citizen spent a little bit of time playing the ukulele, the world would be a nicer place.

At www.thebeatlescompleteonukulele.com we will release a new recording of a Beatles song* featuring a different artist every Tuesday. A short essay will coincide with every recording and each performance will include a ukulele.

The project began on January 20, 2009 (Inauguration Day) and will conclude on July 31, 2012. (The eve of the London Olympics)
I would direct you to the ukulele version of You Won't See Me by Victoria Villalobos. Lots of stuff going on, but then I was always a sucker for the dreamy Beatles songs. Or Girl, by Snax.

It should be noted, dear reader, that neither of these songs are as good as, say, Jimi Hendrix playing Hey Joe. But they should make you smile.
I could argue that the ukulele version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is better than anything Hendrix ever played.
You could?
Yes. But only as I look around and see what they've done to my country.

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