Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Attention Lamb Chop Blog Followers!

Hi - thanks so much for following Lamb Chop Ukulele Cookin' - I really appreciate it and would like to ask you to now follow my blog at http://oneukulele.blogspot.com, as I am moving everything over to that site. Lamb Chop will still be here, but One Ukulele is the one I am updating.

Thanks for your support and I hope to see you following One Ukulele soon!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

One Ukulele - new blog and website

I really am groovin' on this One Ukulele idea, so much so that I think I am going to change over my blog from Lamb Chop over to http://oneukulele.blogspot.com/, so come on over and join me there. I'lls till keep this one up, but I think my heart is going with the One Ukulele theme. Oh, and the website is simply http://www.oneukulele.com/.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Get the MP3 of "One Ukulele"

The new MP3 version of "One Ukulele" is now available as a downloadable single from cdbaby.com. Only 99 cents!

Friday, November 26, 2010

One Ukulele

Well, after more than a week of sifting through images, editing in Windows Movie Maker, laying down a ukulele and vocal track on the Tascam DP-008, and publishing movie after movie, I finally have the final copy of my new song, "One Ukulele," on YouTube. Special thanks to all the members of www.ukuleleunderground.com who posted pictures for me to use in the video, as well as to Jake Shimabukuro, Abe Lagrimas Jr., Brittni Paiva and Victoria Vox for the kind use of their images in the video. This has been a labor of love and I hope it serves as a fitting tribute to the beauty and positivity of the ukulele:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tiptoe Through the Tulips Redux

Well, this morning I got out my ukulele and my little Samsung video recorder and headed downtown Flint to my favorite location and recorded me a little dity I've been working on for the past few weeks now. Took a lot of takes to get to this one and I'm pretty proud of it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Peace Love and Ukulele - Seeing Jake

I had the pleasure once again last night to see Jake Shimabukuro play at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to revised versions of his classics, like "Blue Roses Falling," "Five-Dollars Unleaded," and an all new head and finish for his famous "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" cover, Jake played some of his new songs including "1-4-3," which is pager- speak for "I love you," and "Go for Broke," which is dedicated to the Japanese Americans who served in World War II. The highlight of the evening, however, was his cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody." I saw him do it last year, and it was amazing, but now it has become a much more mature tribute that is less of a "Wow, he's doing this on ukulele," and more of a new anthem for the ukulele itself. I see this as becoming, like "...Weeps," one of Jake's signature pieces. No video of him doing at the Ark, of course, but here is an excerpt of the song from the upcoming documentary about Jake set to premiere in 2011.

After the show, Jake made himself available to meet and greet all of us who cared to. I and the group I went with got our picture taken with Jake and I also introduced myself as the person who interviewed him online last summer. Like last year, he was gracious and sincere.

The crowd, like all Jake crowds, represented a range of people from kids to people in their 70s and 80s, and, of course, a full compliment of Middle Aged Guys with Ukuleles, who seem to be the most fanatic about Jake. Seeing Jake is wonderful, but seeing him in such an intimate venue - the Ark only holds about 400 people and there is no such thing as a bad seat - is truly special. I hope Jake comes back next year; it's wonderful to see him and hear his music as it keeps evolving. Until that time, his new CD, "Peace Love Ukulele" comes out in January.

-Mike Kassel