Christmas List

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a very good boy this year. SHUT THE FU©K UP, SANTA, I HAVE! In that vein, all my Christmas requests are entirely selfless and for the good of mankind.

Low-G Ukulele: The people want tabs for low-G ukes, but it’s a pain in the arse trying to work out low-G tunes on a high-G uke or a capoed baritone. I think low-G tuning takes all the fun out of the ukulele, so if I bought a uke set up for low-G myself that’d make me a sell out. So the only way I’m going to end up with one is if someone gives me one. And if that was the Kala Acacia Tenor with the slotted headstock I could get two things that seem too icky to buy but I want anyway.

Ukulele Prom DVD: The ukulele highlight of 2009 so I have to review it for everyone. Yes, technically I did hear it on the radio and already know it’s AWE! SOME! but the ukes are just as much a visual act as they are a musical act.

Ukulele Hero: I ummed and ahhed over getting this one the first time it was up, then it disappeared and I wanted one. Now it’s back and I’m umming and ahhing again. Some one has to buy me one so they don’t stop making them again.

This shirt – Everyone knows that the only reason people watch my videos is that I’m pretty. Things I’ve worn in previous videos: checks, Ralph Lauren, pink. So if you got me that shirt you’d really be saving money.

As you can see, they’re all entirely selfless so gimme, gimme, gimme.

Love ya, bye.


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  1. todd December 9th, 2009 7:38 pm

    “This Shirt” oh my dear! you do need that shirt!

  2. Armelle December 9th, 2009 7:51 pm

    ha ha ha, I’m sure Santa will be impressed with your requests.

    Hopefully some of them will already be fulfilled since it’s your birthday today :)

    Happy Birthday, Al ! Have lots of fun !

  3. tamster December 9th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    Please don’t swear at Santa though. It might put him in a bad mood and then you won’t get anything on your Christmas list and, maybe, neither will the rest of us.
    Wow what a shirt that is! You’d look so pretty in it.

  4. Dan December 9th, 2009 9:12 pm

    Out of curiosity, Al, how many ukes do you own? I’m assuming it’s at least 3 or 4. Why not slap a low-G string on your least favorite instrument and let people give Kala acacia tenors to those who will cherish them (namely, me).

  5. CharlesHugh December 9th, 2009 9:37 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  6. J-Hob December 9th, 2009 10:17 pm

    Happy birthday!

    That shirt – begads!! Don’t do it Al, don’t do it.

  7. Ron Hale December 9th, 2009 11:26 pm

    Ah, well, but you see, Al, seeing & hearing them isn’t nearly enough.
    To really get the full effect you need to touch, taste, and smell them, too. So, tell them it’s for your birthday and I’m sure they’ll understand, especially if you come bearing a Shirt for each of them (ours is such a girlie instrument, after all, so who would really be surprised to see them perform in their Shirts, and with the audience encouraged to wear pink, too, just imagine the effect (can’t hear pink on the radio (or can you?))).
    Then have at it, you lucky bloke (I know their first video gave me thoughts, and had they been wearing their Shirts in it, I’d have betaken meself in hand and hopped across the pond for some further investigation).
    And with Jack Frost nipping at our noses and toes here in the Wine Country (had I known it was your birthday, I’d have sent along a bottle of our very best Two Buck Chuck), put one on my tab at your favorite pub (hell, as many as you want). Happy Birthday… Can’t wait for USA v England at next year’s World Cup …

  8. Dan December 9th, 2009 11:36 pm

    Speaking of shirts, you should give those Ukulele Hunt t-shirts some prominent display space on your website during the holidays.

    And happy birthday!

  9. JoeyJoeJosephson December 10th, 2009 3:12 am

    If you get the shirt you’ll really need the bright white shoes that the model is sporting in the pic and those are always a pain to keep clean.

  10. todd December 10th, 2009 4:57 am


    happy birthday Al… does it feel to be 22? ;)

  11. karl December 10th, 2009 7:07 am

    [gets ukulele out] Happy Birthday to yououououou!

    Bob Brozman once said there are only two kinds of songs: those about death, and those about love. And of course, Happy Birthday.

  12. L.Bo Marie December 10th, 2009 12:16 pm

    ooo, Happy Birthday!

    As for the shirt…. I had curtains and a bed sheet set to match from that same material when I was little….
    it’s beautiful.

  13. Nick B-C. December 10th, 2009 1:10 pm

    …A nice shirt indeed…Don’t like the buttoned down look though…needs a day cravat…you’re man enough to rock a cravat I’m sure…

  14. Acilius December 10th, 2009 1:41 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday!

  15. Woodshed December 10th, 2009 5:12 pm

    todd: I really do.

    Armelle: You outed me!

    tamster: Sorry, I have to swear from time to time. Although I’m starting to wish I’d saved up my swearing in case I have to describe my thoughts on that kid playing that damn song.

    Dan: I have three tenors – I want to keep the Ohana and RISA on high G and I tried that with the Fluke with not very pleasing results. Anyhoo, I want another uke.

    Charles: Thanks!

    J-Hob: I think I might have to.

    Dan (again): I probably should but I’m a bit sick of the whole thing.

    Joey: I can’t stand white shoes.

    karl: I thought Happy Birthday was about death.

    L.Bo Marie: You were the coolest little kid around. I had BMX curtains and bed sheet.

    Nick: Cravat it is!

    Acilius: Thanks very much.

  16. Nick B-C. December 10th, 2009 6:22 pm

    …Excellent…I wanted to wear a day cravat at my wedding…but my missus put a no cravats, no hats rule in place…Really buggerd up the fez too…

    …Oh man, someone should kick that kid on the shins for that…and happy Belateday…

  17. zym December 11th, 2009 1:56 pm

    I spoke to Santa earlier, he told me you’re getting a £13 ukulele

  18. Bob Schneider December 12th, 2009 4:25 pm

    Happy (Belated) Birthday!
    Now all I need is your birth time and place and I can do your birth chart.

  19. Woodshed December 13th, 2009 10:12 am


    zym: Oh, I do hope it’s one from wmcmusic.

    Bob: I’m not sure what time I was born myself.

  20. Ron Hale December 15th, 2009 7:58 am

    For a slightly different video take on the Ukes, catch Peter & Jonty
    in an earlier incarnation with the Ukulele Kings, especially Play That Funky Music with Jonty’s electric solo.

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