The Sublime Beauty of the Ukelele

My Dad taught me about the Ukelele. One of my earliest memories is hearing him play “Four Leaf Clover” on a Ukelele he acquired as a young man.

Later, I came to love the Ukelele-rich music of the Makaha Sons of Niʻihau, whose founder — Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole — went on to an extraordinary solo career  (widely known as Iz) until his untimely death in 1997 at the age of 38.  His version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is still played extensively. My favorite is  Henehene Kou Aka:

And today, I saw the future of  Ukelele. His name is Jake Shimabukuro. Remarkable. Just remarkable.

2 thoughts on “The Sublime Beauty of the Ukelele

  1. Alex:

    Just looked at it.

    Hosanna to Ukelele in the highest!

    My Dad, my son, and one of my daughters are all Uke players!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s