Posts Tagged ‘ukulele’

Tour d’Joko: San Diego

2012-10-17 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I come to you today after flying back from a fantastic vacation in San Diego. I went there to attend the San Diego Ukulele Festival, of which I will have more to write about later. Tonight, set to the music of Julia Nunes on a CD I picked up from the artist herself, I bring [...]

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Feeling So Much Better I Could Cakewalk Into Town

2012-09-04 BlogBlog RSSRSS

As I’m sure is the same with many of my working class friends, we budget our expenses based upon a paycheck that comes every two weeks.  The financial month is 28 days.  The actual month is 31 days.  Consequently, every so often, we get a “three paycheck month”… this is one of those for me. [...]

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Amen Omen

2012-03-16 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I’ve covered more songs on uke than I can remember.  What inspires me to cover each song can have as much to do with the merits of the song as it does with any of many other random factors.   The time of year.  What other people are talking about.  Or, is in  today’s case, something [...]

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Little Ukester Boy: My 2011 Christmas Carol

2011-12-18 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Every year for the past however many it has been, I record Christmas carols and post them on You Tube.  The video below is my first of this season of 2011. Some notes: 1. I did not mean to imply in the editing of this video that Bliss the Cat is Baby Jesus. 2. Ta [...]

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Returning the TransSport & I Need Some Help: A Request Request

2011-11-08 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I NEED YOUR HELP

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I Gotta Go Pick Up My New Ukulele

2011-09-21 BlogBlog RSSRSS

At about 3 PM, I got a voicemail I’ve been waiting a week for.  It was from Val, the store manager at Guitarville.  My new ukulele had arrived and I could come pick it up.  Unfortunately, the store is only open until 6 PM (note to Guitarville: you’re a retail store, not a bank.  You [...]

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Goodbye Oscar-Schmidt, I Never Named You at All

2011-09-12 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Over the weekend, I got the bad news.  The pre-amp on my tenor ukulele was not fixable.  I think I was somewhat at fault, as it hasn’t worked since I replaced the connector for the 9V battery. I explained this to the nice guys as GuitarVille shop when I brought it in, and I was [...]

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My Return To The Stage and The Road

2011-08-27 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I am saddened that my ukulele repair skills did not prove to be all I thought they were.  A month or two ago, with the help of a friend who owned a soldering iron, I was very proud that I fixed the battery connection on my uke.  See, it has a battery-powered electronic pick up [...]

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HEY! YA! What Did You Do With Your FriendBurst Downtime?

2011-08-21 BlogBlog RSSRSS

So what did you do with your two hours of no Friendburst? Me, I worked on a cover of one of my favorite songs.  It’s a cover of a cover, as a guy named Mat Weddle made a somewhat-famous YouTube cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya!  Of course, he used one of those big, 6-stinged bass [...]

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Butt Grease and Squeeze Box

2011-07-26 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I’ve never truly understood bicycle shorts.  I suspected that those who wore them probably did so for some semi-erotic reasons under the pretense of what?… better aerodynamics & freedom of movement?  Why else would any self-respecting dude wear what amounts to spandex in public? I finally understand the function of bicycle shorts.  They’re to keep [...]

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July 8th in Joko History

2011-07-08 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Doesn’t the very term “Joko History” itself imply narcissism?  See, I could name two or three things that have really bugged me over the years as I have observed other bloggers that I am in danger of  repeating right now:  an inflated opinion of oneself (by using the calendar as a medium for re-posting, I [...]

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NAME THAT COUNTRY! – A game (2)

2011-05-04 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Congratulations to DustUp224, for winning the inaugural Name That Country challenge here on FriendBurst. The answer to the first challenge: THE MALDIVES… an island-chain nation just southwest of the tip of India.  Dusty had a bit of an advantage in that he had actually been to The Maldives. Now, here we are on Part TWO! [...]

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Ukes at the White House Situation Room

2011-05-03 BlogBlog RSSRSS

It was a really tough room for my latest gig.  I thought they’d be more attentive, but they all seemed to be really distracted by a very realistic video game that was playing on one wall.  Something about “getting Geronimo”… Seriously, you’ve probably seen this picture taken at the White Hourse during the raid on [...]

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Sausage: Making the Good Out of Who Knows What

2011-04-28 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Sausage. Who amongst the omnivores here doesn’t love sausage? Going back to it’s origins, sausage is the respectable older sibling of the hot dog: let’s take cuts of meat that would otherwise be unpalatable to the western tongue, grind them up with a few regular cuts and stuff the results into something that is 0usable and easily cooked, I.e., intestine casings.

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On The Beginning of Civilization

2011-04-23 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I have been reading a lot of caveman books lately.  I’ve read two novels from Jean Auel’s  Clan of the Cave Bear series, and I just finished the first book from Harry Harrison’s West of Eden series. There is something really deep down that resonates with me when I read these pieces of Stone age [...]

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Masters of War. Masters of Poo?

2011-04-11 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theorist. Someone could give me lots and lots of evidence that the wars of today were engineered by a secret conspiracy within a hidden world government designed to keep the money flowing to the military-industrial complex, and I would still find it hard to believe. I tend to believe in Occam’s Razor, in other words, the simplest explanation for things is likely correct one.

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Things I Haven’t Done In a Long Time

2011-04-02 BlogBlog RSSRSS

We all gawked at the unusual and impressive machine that was parked at the Lynnwood Transit Center. Look at it! It was like a little piece of London, England had come to the Northwest and was waiting for us to use it

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We All Live In a Yellow SubmaWHAT?!? Why Do You Ask?!?

2011-03-23 BlogBlog RSSRSS

“That’s why it’s so good to know how to read music!” the grumpy conductor of the ukulele circle barked, “If we’re going to be using these books, we should do the music as it is in the book!”

The dozen or so septuagenarian ukulele players smiled nervously and looked at one another sheepishly, feeling quite scolded. They held their ukuleles and prepared to do the song for a 3rd time.

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Covering “Friday” on the Saturday of Yet Another War

2011-03-19 BlogBlog RSSRSS

This is a follow up to the blog I wrote yesterday about the Rebecca Black phenomenon.  I got inspired this morning to cover her song on uke and make a video out of it.  I thought this might be a novel idea. Boy, was I wrong.  I thought my ukulele cover of Rebecca Black’s Friday [...]

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Ballad of the Runaway Horse

2011-02-25 BlogBlog RSSRSS

The inspiration for covering this song came from my Facebook activity feed.  Someone posed the question: “What is your most romantic song of all time?”… This song was my reply.  To this very day, I found that listening to the target=”_blank”>Jennifer Warnes version (this song was originally written by Leonard Cohen and then modified by [...]

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