Full circle

In the 1920s and early 1930s, so many people took up the ukulele that it was a staple of popular culture to complain about the annoyance of bad amateur ukers.  Reyalp Eleluku, the Backward Ukulele Player, often posts reports of anti-ukulele sentiment from that period.  Nowadays the uke is back in fashion, and with that fashion has come more complaining about people who play badly in public.

In the same years, the comic strip Blondie debuted in US newspapers.  Blondie has kept going ever since; it has never changed the Art Deco-inspired drawing style that made it so hip back then.

Today’s Blondie might have appeared in the strip’s first year of publication, 1930:


Some recent ukulele videos from YouTube

Since Al Wood started his extended Christmas break and put Ukulele Hunt on hiatus, some of us have been suffering withdrawal pains.  As a tribute to his Saturday UkeTube selections and in anticipation of his return next week, here are few videos I’ve been listening to lately.

What Do I Gotta Do, by Jeremiah Camacho

Under the Covers, by Kate Sloan  

Vangelis’ Missing, played by Ken Middleton

Tamacun, played by Brittni Paiva

Lilli Marleen, played by Bernd Dombrowski

The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love,” performed by Najmah

Staten Island Slide, played by the Slavic Inferno 

Lauren O’Connell’s Sweet Lament, performed by Neva Keuroglian

My Blue Heaven, played by L. Strachey (aka ReyalpEleluku)

Deja Vu Date,” by Miss Zooey

By the Sleepy Lagoon,” arranged for ukulele and performed by Martin Wheatley