Funny how I know people may read what I write but I am really writing in a selfish way, that is, to have a place to keep track of what I find interesting. Hopefully some of what I write will be entertaining to you too. I should have saved this as a draft because I have already had two responses before I completed my thoughts. (I'll post comments later)
My friend, and verbal sparring partner Dougie, often send strange comments to each other. The jist of his comment was that the ukulele community doesn't have an immensely popular heartthrob associated with it, and whom would propel the ukulele into the stratosphere of popular thinking of the ukulele as a REAL instrument.
Dougie is often my muse. He sends me seeds that grow into blogging topic trees. I am of the contrary opinion. I want to see the ukulele remain the people's instrument, accessible, friendly. I think that the some of the coolest ukulele players are those songwriters that experiment, with the instrument and language and create vivid pictures. They have me dreaming of opening up and creating too.
Ron Hale wrote a comment, which I'll post, about Craig Robertson being the "coolest". Most of you probably know about the Ukulele Noir group in Boston. Craig has a strong voice, a mastery of language that creat those macabe images of a darker world, and is a sharp dressed retro fashion statement. He has been a favorite of mine since seeing his performance of "Money" with Karen Langlie on Ukulele Disco.
But what is cool? The cool I feel now is from a more aged perspective. Cool is sharing. Cool is talent. Cool is creating. Cool is risking it. The internet and the ukulele have come together and there is just so much out there. Sharing, talent, creating, risking failure.
I have noticed a big surge of local Ukulele Undergrounders at the Northern California Ukulele Festival and at the Berkeley Ukulele Club. Aldrine Guerrero and many others have commited themselves to promote the almighty Manny the Rooster into infamousy. No really, Aldrine is a heckofa cool guy that is willing to share his most embarassing moments. Aldrine is a ukulele superhero to many!
I AM STILL NOT FINISHED WITH MY THINKING HERE... But I'll put it out there.
(Also thanks to my most enthusiastic Danish friend, Kim -- I appreciate the encouragement!)