Monday, November 8, 2010

Hide your sandwiches!!!

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is coming to Cleveland on Tuesday, November 16th at the Beachland Tavern.

If you enjoy gorgeous ukulele strumming, smart witty song won't want to miss this show.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Really? REALLY?!

$11,000. Really?!

Would any of you ever pay that much for a ukulele. What is the most you would pay?
What if you won millions of dollars on the lottery. What is the most you would pay?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Most AWKWARD interview ever

Here is a video of Stephin Merrit being interviewed by an over happy morning news guy. It's delightfully cringeworthy.

He starts playing "Smile" at the 2:09 mark.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What? Really? Today?!?

Yep! Cleveland Jumping Flea meets TONITE at the Cleveland Heights Library on Coventry Road.

We'll see you there at 7:30. Don't be late!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The King of Carrot Flowers

According to Spin Magazine the best album of the 1990s was In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

What could make the best album of a whole decade even better?

Hearing the whole album played live on a ukulele!

Monday August 16th at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights!

Neutral Uke Hotel’s mission statement is simple: to unite obsessed fans of Neutral Milk Hotel for a live performance of their critically acclaimed “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” album, played in its entirety on ukulele by Shawn Fogel, with accompaniment from members of Golden Bloom and The Motion Sick.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And now for something just a bit different.

How cool would it be to play PJ Harvey's Man-Size on the ukulele?

I could not find the right chords do it so I dropped a line to my musician pal and fellow PJ Harvey fan, Tom Zav and he replied with this:

There are basically two riffs, first is
G -> Bflat -> Am and then the second is G -> F -> Bflat
now try to figure out the counts. You can follow it until you get to the 'Got my girl.." they they do something really off, adding a beat inbetween the G and F. These counts are insane. I'm amazed at how this is written.

try counting like this
1-2 3-4 1-2 3-4
1-2 3-4

Ya know what? It works! Give it a try.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Voyez-vous ce soir !

Tonite is the night! Bring you and your uke loving self down to the Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights at 7:30pm sharp!

We welcome amateurs to experts.

Can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Blame it on a Ukulele

Cliff Edwards, known as Ukulele Ike, got out of some tight jams with his ukulele!

Monday, July 5, 2010

This movie has NOTHING to do with Team Edward or Team Jacob

The Cleveland Museum of Art is presenting the film Mighty Uke
this Friday at 7pm! We will see you there!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Keepin' it real with some Chap Hop on the Banjolele.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Get yr Ukes tuned up and join us tonite for some strum along fun.

7:30pm at the Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights.

Be there on time so we can play more than just 2 or 3 songs.

"I'm terrible, I am just learning to play. Should I still come to the Jumping Flea?"


"I'm amazing on the ukulele, I am the Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Hendrix, Wanda Jackson of the Ukulele world. Should I still come to the Jumping Flea?"


"I hate ukuleles and ukulele music but I would love to show off my mad skills on the accordion. Should I come to the Jumping Flea."

Ummm. No.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Chordie love

I know a lot of folks don't so much like this site, but I sure do.

Especially because you can adjust songs up and down a semitone to get rid of those pesky E chords.

Here is my songbook.

Friday, June 4, 2010

NPR, Jake, and uke

In case anyone missed this story:

Adorable AND Hilarious

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a singer songwriter, ukulele player in Colorado.

According to her website, her influences include "Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Death Cab for Cutie, and Joanna Newsom."

Her voice is lovely and her original songs are gorgeous in their simplicity.

When she does covers, she does them with her own style and wit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rockabilly Roustabout (Ukulele)

This is Woodshed, provider of THE BEST ukulele website out there today:

Sunday, May 30, 2010


From Scotland, Gus & Fin bring the best of early punk to the ukulele. Here's just a recent sampling.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sunshine & Ukuleles

It's going to be a very warm weekend here in Cleveland. Lots of sunshine which made me think of the song by the Great Lake Swimmers called "Imaginary Bars."

Here is a live video version of the song performed solo by the lead singer of the band.

The first line of the song is:
"When the sun fell down and fell asleep, drunk from drinking all the heat"

So perfect for the end of a hot humid day. Here are the lyrics and chords for the song.

I think it's a pretty easy song to play on the ukulele. Only 3 chords. Give it a go!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ya missed it!

Last night was the monthly Cleveland Jumping Flea meetup .

About a dozen people showed up with about a dozen different kinds of ukuleles!

A few folks brought along some new music to add to our ever expanding song book and Sam brought a great strum chart to help all of us get the feel of some new “up downs.”

Sad you missed out on all of this?! Well we meet again at 7:30pm on Tuesday, June 29th. We’ll see ya then!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Good Chefs Eat Alot

That's right, GCEA. Get tuned up for TODAY!

Cleveland Jumping Flea meets this evening. Grab a ukulele and come on down to the Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights. The fun starts at 7:30 and goes for about an hour.

If you think you are not good enough or just too darn talented, don't worry, the group includes beginners, moderates AND rock stars.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Don't forget! Tomorrow is the monthly Cleveland Jumping Flea uke jam.

You and your ukulele should be there by 7:30 pm!

Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In case you were wondering why..

The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawai‘i where the name roughly translates as "jumping flea",[3] due to the action of one's fingers playing the ukulele resembling a "jumping flea". According to Queen Lili'uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Skipping and a Jumping

Last month, one of the songs we attempted was Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl"