Wednesday, January 7, 2009

YouTube? More like... SCREW..y...Tube. Yeah.

So after a few heads-up emails and comments, I realized my first video ever (as seen in the post How to play Elephant Gun by Beirut on the ukulele) was "no longer available" on YouTube. Everything about it seemed fine, it was "Live!" but I couldn't make it work and YouTube has no customer service. What the hell am I paying them for!?? Fucking Slackers.

Anyway, I reposted the video after deleting the old one. I didn't like doing it, I guess because of some weird nostalgia about posting my first video and all the positive feedback I got from it. It was somewhat inspiring.

Unfortunately, those user comments are erased forever from YouTube. After I deleted the video I went back to see if I could retrieve them but they are all gone except for one page (9 of 31 comments) that I just happened to still have open. I think I'll honor their memory by pasting them here, for a few reasons:

1) It's comments like these that make people like me want to make more videos. I know most people on YouTube just use the comment section as an anonymous outlet to call people fags, but some of you out there actually say nice things and it is appreciated.

2) People took the time to write them. I wish I had saved them all, but it's a real shame YouTube screwed up the video and wouldn't let me upload it to the same place and preserve the comments and video responses.

3) It's been too long since I posted. This is a good reminder of why I started......

Good vid.
Beirut throw in loads of triplits as well to mix it up.

First song i learn on capo! First time i learn to play beirut! First time i see a monkey! And first time i am so happyyyy today!!

dude u rock, this song is ammence but one question. how do you no if its like g sharp or c sharp or soemthin like that???


Great Lesson.
and great taste in music.

I was thinking the same thing (about your nails)! This is a brilliant song. I want to learn how to play the uke now (:

hells yeah, i say get one. they are cheap and fun.... kinda like a.... water gun.

Heh heh heh.
Nice rhyme.

Great vid. subscribed!
I used standard tuning with an electric guitar capo.

why is no longer available?

One exchange I wish I had saved had something to do with my fingernails (alluded to above). Someone said I had 'exquisitely manicured nails'. I'm just glad someone finally noticed.

Also, my favorite comments go something like "OMG I have never played music before and now I can play yadda yadda yadda!" because I think that moment of discovery and seeing how easy it can be leads to a real breakthrough in people's confidence about their musical ability. At least, I know it did for me.

UPDATED: Also, just wanted to throw in a shout-out and thanks to the two members of the SNZ who commented on the SNZ post to let me know what the most important part of the night was and to suggest a few corrections. That is all.


Paul said...

Maybe some of the cobwebs on this blog blew into the server fans at Youtube, thus screwing up a drive or two? (Oh snap!)
I demand more frequent entries!!

Raya Bean said...

You're back! Hurray. I hope there shall be more covers and perhaps some original material in the near future. I have been loaned a guitar so maybe i'll um, reverse learn.

Taylor said...

haha, like Raya Bean said, you are back! :) i have your site bookmarked and i've been checking it pretty much every week or two since your last post (OCT. 30TH). I kept hoping you'd post something again soon. Well, you finally did. I'm so glad, and i think your other, um, fans? ukulala-ists? er, people who watch your videos and read your blog? are glad you're back too.

keep it up!

Paz said...

Yo yo yo, wuddup paul, raya, taylor!

so glad to hear from y'all... it's been a busy last few months, but it's really nice to hear that people haven't forgotten entirely about the uke blog.......

EasyUkuleleSongs said...

I would say, don't stop posting your vids on youtube. It's a little setback but keep moving forward. Spread the uke love.