Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ukuleles On Tour

"It is hoped that this recording will play a major part in introducing to hundreds of people some more of the musical possibilities of the Ukulele."

So saith the liner notes on this album, which I found at the Value Village around the corner. The brainchild of Halifax musician, ukulele enthusiast, educator and Order of Canada recipient J. Chalmers Doane, and the product of material prepared for a November 1973 tour of Quebec and Ontario by the "A" Ukuleles of Halifax, this album...just puts me in a good mood. I mean, just have a look at that cover. You think tooling around the country in a bus, complete with a drum kit and stand-up bass, for two weeks at the age of ten wouldn't have been a good time? My grade six classmates and I received a semester's worth of ukulele instruction, which amounted to little more than dozens of broken strings, sore fingertips, and teeth-gratingly off-key renditions of "Row Row Row Your Boat". You may rest assured there was no cross-country tour.

"Music Dept. Song" is a good-natured extolation of the virtues of, yes, the school music department. "Someone Listened" is a slightly melancholic motivational song about the value of encouragement for young musicians. "Minuet In G" is exactly that, with ukuleles. And "Ukulele Lady" is a love song about finding that special lady...only she's way into the ukulele;

"If you like a ukulele lady,
A ukulele lady'll like you!
If you like to linger where it's shady,
A ukulele lady'll linger, too..."

Music Dept. Song
Someone Listened
Minuet In G
Ukulele Lady

Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada.


At 10:50 AM, Blogger dansich said...

That breakdown in "Music Dept Song" is the hippest thing since sliced bread.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger yves perret said...

Yah, it's the fonky shit, yo.


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