Jake Shimabukuro: which song should he play on ukulele for Boing Boing?


40 Responses to “Jake Shimabukuro: which song should he play on ukulele for Boing Boing?”

  1. Blazeldude says:

    I’m for anything that isn’t by Journey *shudder*.

  2. thivai says:

    I saw Jake play in a bar in Santa Cruz a couple of months ago.  When I saw the uke come out, I told my partner to get ready to leave, but as soon as Jake started playing, we were both really impressed. Definitely worth the time and trouble to catch him at a show.

  3. Matt_B says:

    Uke? Then 4’33″.

  4. scifijazznik says:

    “Heart of the Sunrise” by Yes.

  5. scifijazznik says:

    *sigh*  Are you people gonna make me do this?


  6. call_me_ishmael says:

    Too bad write-in candidates aren’t allowed. I’d recommend Sinister Minister by Bela Fleck. Seems appropriate for a uke.

  7. Mack Reed says:

    Genesis – Supper’s Ready. I think we need a ukulele tune in 9/8time. 

  8. WaylonWillie says:

    JAKE: NOT WONDERFUL TONIGHT! If BB selects that song, don’t play it! It will taint your uke, and then you will have to go get another one!!!

  9. Jamie Lumsden says:

    you should hear him play while my guitar gently weeps.

  10. dagfooyo says:

    I’d like to vote _against_ I Shot the Sherriff, Bad Romance, and Don’t Stop Believin’.  Except that leaves me with a choice between Autumn Leaves and Wonderful Tonight.  Can I just vote against all of ‘em?

    How about a _good_ Bob Marley song instead?  You know, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry, Stir it Up.

  11. dagfooyo says:

    Or how about something really intricate and challenging, like Mississippi John Hurt or Aphex Twin?

  12. After the Brett Domino Trio version of Bad Romance, that song should be left in peace.

  13. to hear Jake uke out on They Might Be Giants-” Why does the sun shine”, would be SO boingboing maybe that could happen or Jesus Built my Hot Rod

  14. bibulb says:

    write-in : 
    Nick Lowe’s 1994 version of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”, please.

  15. bardfinn says:

    As someone who collects versions of “Don’t Stop Believin’” , I must go with the Journey cover.

    Anything that Jake plays will be welcomed With Open Arms. As sure as the Wheel in the Sky keeps on turnin’, Jake’s Sweet and Simple arrangements Faithfully render the songs he covers. It’s easy to Stay Awhile and Escape into his ukelele playing.
    Any Way You Want It, after you listen to Jake Shimabukuro, That’s the way you’ll need it.

  16. Paul Renault says:

    I say either Koyaanisqatsi’s The Grid, Thick as a Brick, or Inna Gada Davida.

    • Soliloquy says:

      I’ll second some “Thick as a Brick”. Love it. 

      • Paul Renault says:

        I’d be really impressed if Jake performed James Tenney’s For Ann (rising).  I suspect that the transcriptions are a little difficult to find – but the whole piece should fit on one page.
        Seriously, Jake could do Jarrett Köln Concert.  It’s been transcribed for classical guitar.
        or for a great and fun piece, Steve MacKey’s Physical Property (which I’ve always felt was music for dance).  He would need a quartet to back him up, though.  Does he live near a music school?

        Kronos Quartet playing Physical Property:

  17. I want to hear some Jazz standards!  The Ukulele, especially with Jake’s tuning, gets quite a nice tonal range and I’d like to see that utilized.

  18. irksome says:

    “Never Gonna Give You Up…”

  19. Shibi_SF says:

    I love Jake!   Anything he plays for BB will be pretty awesome.    Even (nods to Irksome) Rick Astley!

  20. “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo

  21. David Ng says:

    Somethings wrong with my computer: I can’t seem to see the sixth choice which, of course, would be the Imperial March from the Star Wars soundtrack.

  22. William George says:

    “Forgot About Dre”

  23. MrJM says:

    “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf

  24. I voted for “Bad Romance” but what I really want is Slayer’s “Raining Blood”. That would be pretty freaking awesome.

  25. I went with “Bad Romance” not because it’s my favorite on that list (though it’s pretty good) but because that cover has the best chance to go the most viral, thereby expanding JAKE’S SOCIAL MEDIA EMPIRE.

  26. anharmyenone says:

    “Pineapple Princess” should have been an option.

  27. GoGo Vicmorrow says:

    “Big lizard in my backyard! Can’t afford to feed him anymore.”

  28. cleek says:

    Eruption, or Battery.
    Giant Steps would also be acceptable.

  29. Genre Slur says:

    Autumn Leaves. Or Bud Powell’s excellent Cleopatra’s Dream.

  30. Joe Holt says:

    Cage’s 4’33″

  31. TheMudshark says:

    ALL the songs.

    Alternatively: Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys

  32. Alan says:

    You 4’33″ guys – you’ve obviously never heard Shimabukuro play before.  Even my teenage kids love him – my daughter especially!

    That said, I vote for Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”.  

  33. Bobsyeruncle says:

    Hm. I don’t see “Never Gonna Give You Up” anywhere. :(

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