Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Not Another Linda (Graham) || Trouble (Coldplay Cover)

Alma on the Roof || How Deep the Father's Love (Christian) (Stuart Townsend)

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"How Deep the Father's Love"
• Performed in the past by Selah; Phillips, Craig, and Dean; Fernando Ortega; Sarah Sadler; Owl City; and more
• Written by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss -
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life—
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom

Monday, June 27, 2016

Alex at Southern Ukulele Store || Interview of Aaron Keim

Alex and Nicci are both avid ukulele enthusiasts at the Southern Ukulele Store a ukulele store based in Bournemouth, UK, which regularly hosts workshops and jam sessions with some of the greatest ukulele artists out there. Alex has posted a short interview with our bari ukin' friend Aaron Keim at the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in Huddersfield, England.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kinnard Ukuleles || Kimo Hussey Baritone Ukulele

Kevin with Kinnardukes is a long distance ukulele friend of mine. We met at the Napa Wine Country Ukulele Festival a few years back when he was showing off some beautiful custom non-bari ukuleles at a vendor table. I brought up the subject of baritones and shared my vintage Favilla baritone ukulele. We shared conversation and played off and on during the day.

I think the rich tones of the deep bodied Favilla created a spark and about a year later I saw Kevin with an extremely delicious and gorgeous custom baritone ukulele. I don't claim to be an expert on anything but I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time at Mike DaSilva's shop, other luthiers, extreme collectors, and large ukulele club communities.

I find that the action, playability, and sound quality of a custom uke is a luxury that can create a lifetime of joy. I can share that I found the quality of the Kinnard Ukuleles is top notch. The sound is full especially with the top sound hole that the music will to surround you like musical honey. I can say that it (the first Kinnard Baritone) is definitely the best baritone instrument that I have ever played.

This type of quality comes with a price, My opinion is that a beautiful instrument played for years is definitely worth it. It is a personal and financial decision.

Kevin writes...

KinnardUkes is doing well. We finished this 6 string baritone for Kimo and have another baritone in build as we speak that will have maple back and sides with a master grade Sitka Spruce top. Because we are a one man shop we only make about 30 to 40 instruments per year and of those I would say baritones account for perhaps 10% of that number. Our current lead-time estimates are running about 40-42 weeks.

[Humble Baritonics Note -- love the extra sound hole!]

KinnardUkes had the pleasure of traveling to Hong Kong this past February with Kimo Hussey and participate in a Ukulele retreat. We had a wonderful time and had the opportunity to introduce KinnardUkes to some really good players in Hong Kong. It was a great time, a beautiful city and we met so many wonderful people.

We also had the opportunity to travel to Lake Chapala Mexico for a visit to the local uke club and introduce Kinnard ukuleles. Great time and fun group of people.

Check out this video on a Kinnard Tenor. You can get the link to the Great Dream From Heaven that's beautifully arranged and sounds great on the Low D bari too!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Michael Walker || Classical Baritone Ukulele

Michael Walker's YouTube Channel currently features a photo of him on my homeground of the San Francisco Bay Area. He recently put out two books for classical music set up for play on the Low D baritone ukulele. I have already received the first book, Classics for the Baritone Ukulele.

Now there's a new Selected Pieces by Johann Kaspar Mertz for Baritone Ukulele.

The books look to be of very high quality and are surely a welcome addition to my baritone ukulele library. The links are to Amazon dot com only because they are convenient but also allow one to have a "peek inside."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lil' Rev || New CD: Claw & Hammer

Lil' Rev 
Friend to many
Ukulele Player
Travelling Minstrel
Story Teller
Music Teacher
Master of the Double-Entendre
Promoter of Old-Time Music
Writer of Hal Leonard Music Books

This last year has been challenging for my friend.
Losing his love and his musical joy.

After the darkness
Time for healing
Musical Therapy
A spark, mojo found
A new album of the old & cherished
Old- Time 
with Clawhammer Uke
Lil' Rev & Friends
Stringband, Country, Folk, Pre-Bluegrass, Originals


NOTE: I asked Marc if there was some bari on the CD and he wrote...

"I play bari on the last track of the CD….a tune called: Sugar Foot Rag by Hank Garland originally. this track closes the record and is a total rip snorting piece with my pal Jason Klagstad playing 6 string ukulele and my buddy John Nicholson whom i wrote the fiddle tune book with, strumming rhythm while i play baritone lead and switch off with Jason….its a great way to close the CD."