Peace Love Ukulele Limited Edition Reissue Vinyl
Limited-edition reissue of Jake's 2015 release Peace Love Ukulele pressed on 150-gram light blue colored vinyl
1. 143 (Kelly’s Song)
The song was inspired by Jake’s years in high school when cell phones and text messaging didn't exist. If you were one of the cool kids, you probably had something called a pager. Back in those days, there were numeric codes for pagers - and 143 was the numeric code for I Love You.
2. Bohemian Rhapsody*
This is the only solo ukulele arrangement on the album. This was quite a challenge considering the ukulele has only four strings and two octaves. This arrangement is the result of many sleepless nights.
3. Bring Your Adz
Here's Jake’s take on rock-ukulele. An adz is a small ancient Hawaiian tool used for cutting that resembles a small axe. In rock & roll, players usually refer to their guitars as their axe. "I remember hearing people say, 'bring your axe to the gig.' I guess Bring Your Adz is the ukulele version of the expression." Jake said.
4. Boy Meets Girl
Here's Jake’s take on ukulele-pop music. Boy Meets Girl is a happy love song - sort of "first-date" or early relationship inspired stuff. This song was inspired by a mid 80's pop-groove with a very late 30's melody. Jake’s mother loved listening to old pop records when he was growing up.
5. Go For Broke
This piece was inspired by the WWII Japanese American veterans (the 442nd, 100th, 1399th, and MIS). Go For Broke, which means "to risk everything on one great effort to win big," was the motto of the Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii who were the first to volunteer to fight overseas proving their loyalty to America and securing a better life for all Asian-Americans living in the United States today.
6. Trapped 2010
Here's a song that was inspired by the legendary percussionist Ralph MacDonald.
Jake met Ralph a few years ago while touring with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. One night, while they were hanging out, Ralph showed Jake a really cool Egyptian rhythm that later became the foundation of this piece. Jake also wanted to explore the textural sounds of combining the plucked ukulele with the long, bowed characteristics of the violin, which led to a collaboration with his dear friend, Iggy Jang, concert master of the Honolulu Symphony.
7. Variation On A Dance
Here's a piece that evolved from another song Jake wrote many years ago called Let's Dance, a flamenco inspired composition. He basically changed the groove and dramatically altered the phrasing of the original melody. This track has elements of jazz influence and a bit of James Brown.
This piece was a humble attempt to make the ukulele sound more like a piano.
There are two main ukulele parts in this song. One part represents the left hand, and the other represents the right hand. Pianoforte was the original name of the piano when it was first invented. It was given that name because it was the first keyboard instrument that could play loud and soft - piano and forte.
9. Five Dollars Unleaded
This is a driving tune about gasoline. It's supposed to reflect the emotions you feel as the fuel level in your tank rises and falls. The song was written in 3 parts. The first part describes what you feel when you're driving around with a full tank of gas - usually happy, bouncy and fun. The second part reflects what you might feel when that fuel light starts flashing - the music gets a bit dark, stressful and worrisome. The third part is all about finding that gas station - you pull in, stop, fill-up your gas tank, and then you're happy again.
10. Ukulele Bros.*
Here's a song that Jake recorded with his younger brother, Bruce. He's a great ukulele player and Jake wanted to feature Bruce on the new album. They spent a lot of time as kids playing together. Besides, two ukuleles are better than one.
Jake always thought covering a song by another artist is like wearing your favorite basketball player's jersey. When Jake was a kid, he wore my number 23, Michael Jordan jersey everyday to school. Covering Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is like putting on a Cohen jersey and celebrating his love and admiration for one of the most gifted song writers and poets of our time.
*All tracks written by Jake Shimabukuro except track 2, 10 & 11