Melodica Melody and Me, Diane Rubio: UkeTube

A slight stretching of the rules this week to include Melodica Melody and Me’s charango. Well worth it I think. People actually playing ukuleles this week include The Original Rude Boys, Diane Rubio, Chester Gaylord and plenty more.

Not in the line-up but of interest: Zooey Deschanel doing the Winnie the Pooh theme with a bit of uke.

Anyone who has been following the Hawaiian Grammy/Daniel Ho saga should read this comment from slack key master Cyril Pahinui (son of the legendary Gabby Pahinui). It shows just how deeply feeling goes on this subject.

Melodica Melody and Me – Come Outside

Diane Rubio – Under Paris Skies

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns – Before We Know

The Original Rudeboys – Stars In My Eyes

UkePunk – Mister Mister

Chester Gaylord – Her Have Went, Her Have Gone, Her Have Left Me All Alone

Liz Wood – Motion

The Love Leighs – Over The Moon

byjimini – Rise Up

Herman Vandecauter – Galliard Anonymus

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  1. ukuleletim April 9th, 2011 5:12 pm

    Gotta remember to ask Diane to marry me.

    And hey! The Love Leighs are from my neck of the woods!

  2. krabbers April 9th, 2011 5:46 pm

    most excellent line up . i pinched the krabbers banner idea from mm&m when i saw them walking thru the crowd at camp bestie 08

  3. byjimini April 9th, 2011 6:01 pm

    :O :D!!!

    Thank you Al. :)

  4. pepamahina April 9th, 2011 10:35 pm

    Methinks Diane Rubio has played the cello, based on her vibrato. Is it just me or did she cross her fingers to make one of those chords up the neck at the end? Zowie! Tab THAT why dontcha?
    Thank you for the link regarding Daniel Ho. I’ve only heard one of his ukulele albums (Polani) and didn’t understand what the fuss was about. If there are any other Haoles out there that are looking for good Hawaiian music that is recognized as such by Hawaiians, one thing I have found to be helpful is to look at the people that are nominated for the “Hoku” awards in Hawaii:
    I used this list to find Mailani, who does a lovely version of “Pua Lilelehua” that I was looking for after Al posted tab for the song, and also discovered Anuhea, who has a sweet little Pop album out (in English) that is better than a lot of the stuff I hear on the radio in the “mainstream”.

  5. Ron Hale April 10th, 2011 1:19 am

    Well, I’m sick to death of these silly little Hawaiian squabbles. Did I understand Cyril correctly, Al? Daniel Ho stole a lick. A lick, he actually stole a lick. OMG! One lick? Book ’em Danno. Get over it, for crying out loud. And all of you ‘purer than the purest pure’ Hawaiian music types, get over yourselves, too.

    And the sooner the better. Am I the only person fed-up with this nonsense? So the most Hawaiinest of all the the most Hawaiianest of all time ever didn’t win any Grammy. Hell, it’s only the stupid Grammy, you idiots. Grow up.

    No matter who wins, Hawaiian music gets promoted around the world, which is a good thing. What most definitely is not a good thing is for this inane bickering to be what people come to associate with Hawaiian music and musicians.

    Well, I hope you’re all happy because all of your “deep feelings” have brought about the end of the Grammy for Hawaiian music and the good PR for Hawaii and its music that resulted.

    And all because of personal dislike of Daniel Ho?
    Please tell me people aren’t that petty, insular, and culturally ideological. I lived on Oahu when the Islands were still an American Territory and it saddens me to see that pettiness and spite have replaced aloha as the spirit of paradise.

  6. Woodshed April 10th, 2011 8:29 am

    ukuleletim: They are indeed Austinites (if that’s the correct term).

    krabbers: Theft is always a good idea.

    byjimini: Thanks for your contribution.

    pepamahina: Oh yes, she does cross her fingers. It looks like she’s using it to hold down the other finger rather than to play an note.

    Ron: “Hell, it’s only the stupid Grammy” I think that is the first sentence I actually agree with you on.

  7. Spike Gomes April 10th, 2011 11:24 am


    In other words “How dare Hawaiians feel Hawaiian music is an important source of traditions and culture that shouldn’t be cheapened for publicity or money!”

    As for the lack of aloha, you get back what you give, braddah. If you presume to know what’s better for Hawaiians and their cultural values than the Hawaiians, well then, what do you expect?

  8. Sunny Jim April 10th, 2011 7:57 pm

    When the Melodica Melody and Me video started with a shot of an orange lifebelt I thought it was an ad for a mortgage company. Initially I found them rather too wholesome for my tastes but by about 1:30 they’d overwhelmed me with their sheer darned niceness. A pretty tune, thanks for sharing it Al.

  9. Rob NY April 11th, 2011 1:39 am

    Like that MM&M. byjimini did a great job! Nice vocals as well as uke playing.

  10. Alan Bruce April 11th, 2011 7:27 am

    He he,

    Chester Gaylord. You couldn’t call a kid that these days.

  11. Woodshed April 11th, 2011 8:02 am

    Jim: Glad you got into it. It’s a very enjoyable tune.

    Rob: He certainly did.

    Alan: I went to school with someone called Rebecca Gaylord. And there was a guy on Radiolab a while back called Dick Lord.

  12. UkePunk April 12th, 2011 8:50 am

    Some great stuff here.
    Many thanks for featuring my tune Al :)

  13. Diane Rubio April 12th, 2011 8:12 pm

    Wow!!! Thanks guys! I really appreciate your nice comments on my video Under Paris Skies. I did double up my finger near the end of that song :P not necessary to do, wasn’t conscious of doing that, but sometimes it’s nice to have a reinforcement on a barre chord. Pepamahina’s insight is probably accurate regarding my vibrato! I play cello too (in addition to chinese violin and guitar). I think most of my finger strength, vibrato technique, is developed on the cello mainly. Love your comments, I’m making more ukulele videos and tabs and have lots more great songs upcoming on my youtube channel. Mahalo for your interest.

  14. Howlin' Hobbit April 13th, 2011 3:06 am

    good stuff this week, Al. (I’m still playing catch-up so mine was a Tuesday UkeTube.)

    @Diane — I hear ya on the reinforcement for a barre chord. I often do the same thing but mine is a carryover from my days on that huge, six-steel-stringed ukulele I used to play. ;-)

  15. Woodshed April 13th, 2011 7:50 am

    UkePunk: A pleasure to have you.

    Diane: I look forward to seeing more of your stuff. Great playing.

    Hobbit: I’ll let you off your tardiness this time just don’t let it happen again ;)

  16. Foinnse April 14th, 2011 4:40 pm

    Good stuff as always.
    I was a little surprised to hear the Dublin accent comming out of the chap rapping with the rude-boys but they did a decent job of what they do!
    Cheers -F

  17. Simbosan April 19th, 2011 4:34 am

    The Melodica stuff is truly sweet, great track, and lovely playing from Diane too!

    On the subject of vibrato, I’m finding classical style vibrato much nicer than guitar style. You can get a faster tighter vibrato that way without scraping sounds from the strings going over the frets. It just feels natural to me. Your mileage may vary =)


  18. Woodshed April 19th, 2011 8:51 am

    Foinnse: I found that a little jarring at first. But I think they’re quite charming.

    Simbosan: That’s my preferred method of vibrato as well.

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