Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jake's Kiss of Death


Okay, so Jake Shimabukuro is playing a show in SF tonight. He's an absolutely amazing ukulele player, just not somebody i'd pay to go out and see (that is unless he starts covering Journey or Kelly Clarkson songs. then count me in for front row tix).

Here's my warning to you young ukulele enthusiasts going to the show tonight. If you really must have something autographed by him, please let it be your piece of shit wall-hanger uke, or a CD, or a napkin from your glove compartment. Just don't bring your primary uke to have it signed. Here are some reasons:

1. It's not going to be worth more if you have it signed. Everybody and their mothers have gotten their ukes signed by him. It's not unique anymore. In fact, it'll probably be worth less if you ever try to sell it.

2. If you get it signed, then you're gonna start a thread on a uke forum asking how to protect that signature. Fuck that! Just play the damn thing like it was meant to be played. Don't hang it on the wall never to be played again because you're scared your grubby little forearm will rub off the signature.

3. Isn't the gratuitous photo of you and Jake throwing up the "shaka" memorable enough? Come on now, leave the uke alone!

And don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with being a superfan. I mean shit, I'm in love with Aldrine Guerrero, and I don't mean in a platonic way. I mean in a legal Massachusetts wedding with white doves and rainbow tablecloths kinda way (relax, i'm kidding! i would need rainbow doves as well).

So yeah, go ahead and get something signed by Jake. that $10 tourist uke, a DVD of Cool Runnings, your furry chest, etc. Just don't let it be your primary uke. That's for you to play and enjoy. Don't let a signature ruin it for you.

9 comments:

UkeNinja said...

Watch your back man, I've been neg-repped by 13-year old kids for saying that out loud. Maybe I should lay off the debates with 13-year old kids...

Do you actually have a DVD of Cool Runnings? That is so cool in a "will become famous soon" kind of way.

Boozelele said...

If V.V. signed my @$#&*, I would protect it for sure. I might have to run my #%$& through a laminater or something. (Ok, now I've gone too far. I apologize to all of you who were offended) heee

Grumpy Coyote said...

I would have him sign my RussBuss.

I like the idea of Boozelele laminating his @$#&%. No video though.

This is one of those weird things. I don't get the nostalgic value of an autograph. A picture, sure - a handshake, but an autograph? Just don't get it.

Boozelele said...

There was a kid at Aldrines show who grabbed up his empty water bottle like it contained Elvis' sauce or something. I think Aldrine ended up signing it for him. That dude was stoked. Celebrity worship isn't my thing. (well, except for one).

Mugambismonkey said...

@Boozelele: It was for getting Aldrines finger prints! You never watch CSI, do you?

Adelle the Great said...

To the bottle nabbers credit, you gotta consider that Aldrine had just bent time & space with his uke...

Russ- Tagz- Win. Tagz of the Year.

deach said...

How was the show Russ? Did you get Him to sign your Russ Fluke? I have some packing tape if you need.

RussBuss said...

deach said "How was the show Russ? Did you get Him to sign your Russ Fluke? I have some packing tape if you need."


haha, [cough]fuck you[/cough]

ukuleleoversoul said...

oh u

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