For a while there, I was learning to play ukulele. I was paying for lessons and everything. Eddie Vedder’s – ‘Ukulele Songs’ album was a source of inspiration and a measurement of what I had hoped to sound like when I became a ukulele master. It was a doomed attempt. I can’t even figure out how to properly strum. My ukulele band dreams are pretty much dead. I had costumes and music videos planned out, I just couldn’t figure it out!
I like the simplicity and the sound of the ukulele. This album gives a different perspective on uke music that isn’t all ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. It’s an homage to this tiny instrument.
This is a beautifully simple song. When something so simple is done with the right sound and executed perfectly, you get things like ‘Longing To Belong’. (I learned lesson from watching a lot of Top Chef, it applies to music too.) I listen to this song a lot when I’m pining after someone. They are rarely pining back, but that’s ok. This song helps me wait it out until I find the next object of my affection.
‘And when the time is right I hope that you’ll respond, Like when the wind gets tired, The ocean becomes calm, I may be dreaming, but I’m longing to belong, to you.’