Merry Christmas! See You In 2009

Merry Christmas, folks!

That’s all from me this year. I’ll be taking a blogcation and I’ll be back on the 16th January. (Except for a post tomorrow to capture people who get a uke for Christmas and make sure they’re turned into hardcore ukers).

To make sure my mum doesn’t get phone calls asking when my funeral is this time, I’ll write it in big, red letters:

I’m taking a blog holiday and I’ll be back on 16th January

Have a good one.

Tuesday Half Links

If you’re missing me already, you can read an interview I did with UkeToob.

And if you’re hurting for something to practice, Dav has posted a hat load of excellent tabs on Uker Tabs: Roy Smeck’s Music Box Waltz and Waltz of Yesteryear, Bob Brozman’s Ukulele Spaghetti, and Stars and Stripes Forever as done by Roy Smeck and as done by Jesse Kalima.

If you’re looking to download the So You’ve Just Got Your First Ukulele ebook, do it soon because from tomorrow you’ll have to sign up to my mailing list to get it.

The Guardian have a by-the-numbers bit about the ukulele being immensely popular this Christmas. It contains dazzling insights such as, “I’m not entirely sure why ukuleles have been so popular, to be honest… Who knows, maybe there is an underground ukulele movement going on,” “I don’t really know that much about ukuleles, but I’ve seen people play them on YouTube…” and, “I used it for about four months and then I just gave up.” And they say investigative journalism is dead.

Rather more insightful were The Re-entrants on Radio 4 – Click ‘Listen to the program in full’ and shimmy along about 8 minutes.

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  2. Wes December 23rd, 2008 8:08 pm

    Thanks for all your 2008 blogulele efforts. Great tabs! Have a happy holiday Al.

  3. Donnie Bubbles December 24th, 2008 12:13 am


    Merry Xmas and enjoy your break!


  4. Nelson December 24th, 2008 1:08 am

    Underground ukulele movement? RIDONKEWLUS!
    (see in issue #47!)

    I go back to college the same day you come back…funny how things work out like that…maybe we were always meant to be together…
    You know my feelings, my offer still stands.
    <3 foreverrrr

  5. Hello Jodi December 24th, 2008 1:42 am

    Have a great vacation and thanks for everything! I’ll be missing you…


  6. Phredd December 24th, 2008 10:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Al. Thanks for all you do.

  7. Woodshed December 27th, 2008 9:41 am

    Wes: Thanks. You too.

    Donnie: Thanks, Donnie. I will do.

    Nelson: Thanks, Nelson. I will keep that in mind.

    Jodi: Have a merry Christmas.

    Phredd: You’re welcome. All the best for 2009.

  8. Josh Gordon January 12th, 2009 5:25 pm

    We miss you! Only four more days! Yay!

  9. Woodshed January 14th, 2009 9:11 pm

    Josh: Not long now!

  10. ronhale January 19th, 2009 8:43 am

    The Guardian is on the right track. There are two separate worlds – the world where the uke is almighty, & the (rest of) the world where the uke doesn’t exist at all.

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