all of your
political action needs!
the smallest voice
can be a mighty force.
Hey! I'm the Ukuleles for Sanity
Street Action Coordinator, blessed by my fellow Uke
Sanity organizers with the mission of inciting a
massive ukulele action against the Republican
National Convention in New York City on August 29,
2004. Our dream is to bring together as many
ukulele-playing protestors as possible to march
together in a Tsunami of Smallness...a
Tidalwave of Tininess...a Deluge of
Diminution...strumming and singing four-stringed
songs of resistance and defiance against Dubya and
the RNC to show these arrogant oligarchs that THE
SMALLEST VOICE CAN BE A MIGHTY FORCE!
Imagine the visual impact, the powerful, visceral
statement made by having scores of ukulele players
moving down the street in...(this is the last one, I
promise)...a Landslide of Lilliputia!
Absurdist? You bet. Disarming? Absolutely. How does
one confront an army of people singing the truth
while strumming the sweetest, happiest, most innocent
instrument in the world? Unsettling? Disturbing? Yes.
That's the idea.
To join this special Uke Sanity March,
all that is required a passion for justice and a
ukulele in hand. Skill level is unimportant. Quality
of the instrument is also unimportant. Strings would
be nice. As would having the instrument in tune.
But that's it. You don't even need to know how to
The ukulele has often been called "the easiest
instrument in the world to learn." And though
there are maestros of the instrument who can make
one's jaw drop with their technique, it is
true that a novice can pick the instrument up, learn
three simple chords and be strumming and singing in
all of five minutes. And what better time to learn
the ukulele than in the midst of countless ad-hoc
instructors who are politically like-minded and full
of free advice? This is more than a political
action--it's a ukulele teach-in!
So go find that old uke in Grandma's attic and join
us! Or hell, bring Grandma to play the uke herself
(she's gotta be angry about the cost of her
prescription meds!) and go find your own ukulele at a
thrift store! If you already know how to play the uke
and you own more than one instrument, go find some
friends and spread the joy!
Details of the march will be forthcoming. For right
now, the task at hand is to recruit uke marchers. And
if enough people participate, our further hope is to
create roving orchestras and chamber ensembles of
ukulele radicals that would be enlisted by other
political action events during the GOP convention!
If you're interested in participating and/or helping
organize the Uke Sanity March, join our Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ukulelesanitymarch/ or just email yours truly, Tom Harker, The Ukulele Man, at email@example.com
Let's do this!