When I think of the ukulele, I think of Tiny Tim singing Tip Toe Through the Tulips. Not a very appealing picture. But as I was cruising the YouTube videos the other night, I stumbled on Brittni Paiva, a 19 year old from Hawaii who plays the uke like I’ve never heard it played before. Check out her version of Paul Desmond’s Take Five. Amazing! It’s an incredibly difficult song to play as it’s in 5/4 time and quite complex. I know, I’ve played it. She plays it better than any guitarist I’ve ever heard do it. And don’t miss her arrangement of Carlos Santana’s Europa. I’ll never look at a Uke the same again. Wow!
Take five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tNdNFACU00&feature=related
Somewhere over the rainbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JArvrYw50X4&feature=fvw
Journey Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtWS6HUT9so&feature=related
Riding Honoli’I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YokyjGpIzf8&feature=related
At the Kaleo Café: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OfxLlhA9yo&feature=related
With a classy act like Brittni, you need an equally classy wine, so how about a 2008 Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This is a classic New Zealand Marlborough wine with a burst of grapefruit, lime, and green apple bouquet followed by the same on the palate with a wonderful richness and vibrant finish. Wine Spectator rates this a 92. It’s a great drink-alone wine, especially for summertime. Of course, I recommend ignoring the seasons if the wine is good and this one certainly is, especially at $17.00 a bottle. Enjoy it while you listen to Brittni shatter your stereotypes of ukulele players.