YouTube is quite often the realm of stupid pet tricks, attention whores, badly pirated snippets of TV and sometimes a combination of all three. However, this week someone pointed me in the direction of a series of clips that show YouTube actually fulfilling its promise of being a distribution channel for new, exciting things.
The conversation on Friday went a little like this,
“Do you like Weezer?”
“Then you need to take a look at this chick on YouTube, she does a cover of Keep Fishin’ on a ukulele.”
I was intrigued enough to take a look at it and was immediately smitten.
Julia Nunes has a beautiful voice, and injects her bubbly personality into all of her clips on YouTube. In the Keep Fishin’ cover, as with a lot of the other ones she’s done, Julia lays down her own backing vocals and has put together a video clip that turns a messy room and a webcam into something much greater than the sum of its parts.
I’ve spent a heap of time today looking through her other covers and then moved onto some of her original songs, which led me to her home page and the “Buy Now” button on iTunes. She has two albums, not just ukulele, full of delicious songs that I can’t stop listening to.
When YouTube first entered public consciousness Julia Nunes was exactly the kind of person that it promised to uncover, a talented individual from outside the traditional media channels, who is then broadcast to the world. The signal to noise ratio is still pretty low on YouTube, but it seems that the wisdom of crowds can pick a winner every now and then.