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    Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    "We discussed the widespread contempt in which ukulele players are
    held - traceable, we concluded, to the uke’s all-but-exclusive employment
    as a producer of chords - single, timeless events apprehended all at once
    instead of serially. Notes of a linear melody, up and down a staff, being a
    record of pitch versus time, to play a melody is to introduce the element of
    time, and hence of mortality. Our perceived reluctance to leave the
    timelessness of the struck chord has earned ukulele players our reputation
    as feckless, clownlike children who will not grow up."


    — Thomas Pynchon from “Against The Day”


    (Courtesy of Glenn Branca [www.glennbranca.com] and the NYT)

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Will you still this way after watching this video?

    http://ukuleledisco.com/jakeconcert
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    "... to play a melody is to introduce the element of time, and hence of mortality."
    Uh... yeah!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Wow! ...........

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Well, I have not followed the link, but I can tell you that I have heard at least one tenor uke played like Segovia might play on a good day! The chords and melody were good enough to make Les Paul sit up and notice! Made me want to get a ukulele again. Maybe I will.

    Richard

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Does this get a quote of the day mention?

    “Bring me A bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat”

    -J.S. Bach

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Thanks for the post, that gets us banjo players off the hook for a bit.

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Quote Originally Posted by BenBotkin
    Does this get a quote of the day mention?

    “Bring me A bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat”

    -J.S. Bach
    That's not bad. But what about:
    "Smoke, or someone else will smoke in your place."
    -Erik Satie
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Quote of the Day: The Much Maligned Ukulele

    Luggage is a subset of turpentine... - etLux

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