You Told Me You Loved Me on April Fool’s Day

Poopy Lungstuffing sings an original composition (by Puppetrina) in honor of 1 April.

Some stuff on our daily reads

Yesterday at Ukulele Hunt, Al Wood opened a contest to award the title of best internet ukulele video of 2009.  Each commenter is entitled to nominate five videos.  My five nominees are:  Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra, “Prague:1998″; Poopy Lungstuffing, “Dolly Got a Haircut”; Ukulelezo, “When I Grow Up I’m Gonna Wear a Bikini”; Gensblue, “All That Ukulele Xmas”; and Ken Middleton, “Time After Time.”  I can’t resist embedding Poopy’s haunting original:

Meanwhile, Language Log featured a link to one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on the web, “This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post” by Chris Clarke.  Each sentence starts with the words “This sentence” and describes what sort of sentence you would find in that position in a typical incendiary blog post.  Trust me, it’s funnier than that description makes it sound.

Eight days ago, Josh Fruhlinger, “The Comics Curmudgeon,” posted something that I’m still snickering about.  He gave us this “Herb and Jamaal” strip:


And added this comment:

Herb seems to have been possessed by an extremely mellow demon, which has compelled him to casually pull the Bible off the shelf and spit on it. The holy book responds to this assault by releasing thick clouds of acrid smoke. Who will win this low-stakes battle for Herb’s immortal soul?


Poopy in closeup (click for video)

Poopy in closeup (click for video)

A couple of weeks ago, Ukulele Hunt included Poopy Lungstuffing’s “Dolly Got a Haircut” in the weekly roundup of uker vids.  It’s been playing in my head ever since.  I invite you to listen and see if you have the same reaction.  It sounds a lot like the song Tom Waits would have written if he’d spent his childhood as a young girl who was self-conscious about her mental health. 

If Poopy’s song does stick in your head and you’re looking for something to vie with it, you might stay on YouTube and switch to TorontoUkes.  They’ve posted a bunch of videos from this month’s Corktown Ukulele Jams.  I’d say five of the strongest entries include Marianne Girard’s cover of “What a Wonderful World,”  Paul Yedema’s of “Drinking EX and Asking Why,” and Sunny Widerman’s of “Levon.”   Of the originals, my favorites are Zoe Henderson’s “Cryin’ in My Sleep” and Eve Goldberg’s “Pineapple Sorbet.”  

Girard’s “What a Wonderful World” is radically simpler and more wistful than Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s iconic version.  Her version doesn’t compete with his, but has a quiet strength of its own.  Yedema and Henderson play gentle, sad, country-and-western style tunes; if you’re in the mood for a good cry, either one could help you get there.  Goldberg’s tune, a ukulele transcription of a guitar piece of hers, is light and chipper; if you’re in a good mood to start with, it’ll make you very happy.  If you are looking for a song to help you raise your spirits, Sunny Widerman’s mighty performance of Elton John’s  hit should help you gather your resolve. (more…)