I was thinking recently about the OUS project and how it has now been running for 14 months. During this time the original FB page has close to 2500 members, the main site has 39 artists with individual pages as well as a page for collaborations between artists. During this time I have met many wonderful artists, some of whom have become great friends!
What has really struck me is the enthusiasm from artists and the generosity of spirit in collaborations, interactions and advice. In a busy world its easy for people to become very self obsessed, so this kind of behaviour is rarer than you might imagine. We literally have an international movement of artists of all types and backgrounds interested in creating original ukulele based songs. There have been many fond memories so far in the first 14 months. On a daily basis the FB page has yielded some great moments of entertainment including “Mary’s moving on” by Alan Thornton, “The Mayor of Sad town by Mark Wojchick and Shirley’s “Beautifully Bonkers” song. The sheer diversity of material is amazing and I applaud all those folks who have taken the time to give support and encouragement to fellow artists.
We are generally a well behaved bunch, but its useful to keep the page focused on original songs and keep out the spammers.