Gidget, a portmanteau of girl and midget, is a surfing movie with a girl protagonist from 1957. It’s no Nicholas Ray film but the first half, if you can get past the slightly annoying Gidget character, is watchable purely for the surfing and general bumming around. None of this wetsuit malarkey you get nowadays. It’s how surfing should be. There’s also a great party luau scene at the end of the film so it’s worth watching the whole thing, despite the ending.
Anyway, at the beginning of the clip the big kahuna is playing a ukulele, the instrument of kings.
There is a lot of ukulele stuff on Etsy. There’s actually some pretty amazing stuff on Etsy so I thought I’d do a few post on some of my current favourites. First up is this amazing ukulele tiki shirt for your beloved pooch.
The Descendants, a film set in Hawaii, has just had its UK release. I’ve always been a big fan of Alexander Payne’s films and this has the added bonus of a slack-key soundtrack featuring lots of Gabby Pahinui. I know Pahinui’s music a little through Ry Cooder and it really is great. Hawaii has such a strong musical heritage and there’s a wealth of great music there so it’s great to see it featured in a film this way.
A great soundtrack, which I’ll be listening to spotify, and a great director, this has to be worth a trip to the cinema.