Kidding Around

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 09:31 AM

Last week, singer-songwriter Zee Avi brought her ukulele by the studio. From what we’ve been hearing from listeners, she has a bunch of new fans since the broadcast – including me.

Hearing her play the uke took me back. I can picture the one we had lying around our house and I remember how my school-age fingers found those fat strings much friendlier than the sharp metal ones on the guitar. It’s cool to hear Zee Avi making grown-up music on that instrument.

I recently discovered some other musicians who make cool, grown-up music on a “kid” instrument too. Their choice: the recorder. Remember the recorder? That whistling torture device employed by children nationwide.

I never really got anywhere with mine. But I was thrilled to find Tim Eriksen playing 'Carol of the Birds.' Like Zee Avi, he does something special with the instrument + YouTube. In his case, it's playing all four parts of the piece of music and using a split screen to form his one-man quartet. Neato!

- Cary Barbor


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Maureen Q. Rubini

Ok. I am a regular listener and I so much enjoy your show.

I loved Zee Avi and the piece.

Yet, I don't think we should take the hearts out of valentines day.... think about taking the hearts out of Ms. Avi's music....

my 15 yr old daughter (part of the new generation) agrees.... hearts and chocolates need to stay!

thanks for the great content!
Maureen Q. Rubini

Jan. 26 2010 01:08 PM

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