Album:America - Measure of Darkness

California / June 8, 2012 / by Chris

The ukulele is a much more versatile instrument than a lot of people give it credit for. While many associate the instrument with light, happy "fluff" music, artists like Jake Shimabukuro have helped me realize that the instrument can be emotionally powerful on more somber songs. Something about it's simplicity and the decay of the string sound makes it truly adept at capturing some of the complex sorrowful emotions that are hard to express in words. Since so much of the music I write for Bus 52 is purely happy music (as well it should be), one of my goals for Album:America was for it to be a creative outlet for some more minor pieces. Measure of Darkness is one such piece. 

The somewhat melancholy title actually comes from a Carl Jung quote that I find rather inspiring: "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." It's my reminder that even the challenges we face on Bus 52 have their meaning - and to use the ukulele on sad songs as well as happy ones.