Monday, February 9, 2009

Why Ukuleles?

Here in the 21st century, regular folks can create just about any kind of media they want and send it to everyone over the internet.  We tell the world that we are brushing our teeth on twitter, and we can use our telephones as a level.  So what do we do?  We play the ukulele in greater and greater numbers.  Or maybe that's just the impression you get if you check boing boing as obsessively as I do.

There is something about the simplicity of singing along with the ukulele in an overproduced world.  Its also a little silly, so you don't have as much pressure to be a virtuoso (though there are plenty).  Its an instrument that is at the service of the song.  And its usually a simple, pretty song, somewhere between tin pan alley and hall and oates.  Unless its a Bow Wow cover.

I just think that its fascinating that this is what post modernism sounds like.

1 comment:

  1. the mass uke recognition
    is great, isnt it?