Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another good one...

I recently watched this excellent DVD series on Brazilian history and culture, featuring Chico Buarque and Tom Ze, among others. It's based on the book by one of Brazil's preeminent intellectuals, Darcy Ribeiro, which took his whole life to complete, and which he finished just before his death about 10 years ago. Am reading the book now... it's delicious! The book and DVD explore all regions of Brazil and the indio-afro-euro-gringo cultural mash-ups that are uniquely Brazilian... often rooted in tragedy, but always persevering and adapting. He says Brazil's greatest asset is cultural... how much the rest of the world has to learn from Brazil about embracing cultural diversity. But we knew that...

Monday, May 12, 2008


This is the funniest thing I've seen all year.  Courtesy of Tiny Band's pal Elizabeth.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

ukulele safari

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Australian uke sensations, Bosko & Honey. They are traveling around the world, interviewing uke players and posting their adventures on youtube. Here is the interview they did with me.