The Ukulele featured in TIME magazine

In the January 31, 2011 issue of TIME magazine is a story titled “A String Thing,” about our favorite four-stringed instrument. The author, Tim Morrison, quotes several uke players about why they love the jumping flea.

[Record producer Roger] Greenawalt left New York for San Francisco to stay with his cousin, an amateur musician who had ukuleles around the house. “I started playing one and just started feeling un-bummed-out,” he says. “Even playing depressing songs, the ukulele cheers you up. It’s like a happiness machine.”
[Player Jake] Shimabukuro, who now tours 10 months a year, says he’s often approached in airports by people curious about his instrument. “There’s friendliness to the ukulele that’s very rare,” he says. “If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.”

Except for a stub, the article, unfortunately, isn’t available online unless you’re a TIME subscriber. But it’s always good to see the uke getting recognition in the mainstream media, outside its band of enthusiasts. We’ve already known for quite a while that keeping a ukulele nearby always helps. —by Walter

2 thoughts on “The Ukulele featured in TIME magazine

  1. Roger Greenawalt


    Roger Greenawalt here, mentioned in the Time Magazine article above. I wanted to let y’all know that I am bringing my marathon Beatles Complete On Ukulele show, wherein I play all 185 original Beatles Songs on Uke in 24 hours, to South By Southwest in Austin March 16 and 17. Let’s get in touch so as to include the AUS in all the festivities. Backing me onstage will be Austin’s own premier Beatle Tribute Band The Eggmen, and dozens of guest vocalists from around the world will be performing. Please write me at and we will coordinate.

  2. William L. Johnson

    Bummer about not being able to access this wonderful article about a wonderful instrument! Such is life….


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