Bil Browning

Is Matthew Morrison Tiny Tim & Clay Aiken's Love Child?

Filed By Bil Browning | April 13, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Clay Aiken, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Morrison, new album, Somewhere over the rainbow, Tiny Tim

Jerame and I cracked up laughing during the episode of Glee where Mr. Schuester whips out a ukelele to accompany the teen singers in a rollicking song. Nothing says high school glee club teacher like a ukelele, right? I mean, tiny stringed instruments are the epitome of "cool."

matthew-sotr.jpgMatthew Morrison is putting out a solo album now that's he become a household name and he's working that ukelele for all it's worth. He's got a hot new single out now - a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow - that's about as hip and modern as a glee teacher should be. Yes, they're doing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." *sighs* You can listen here if you're able to stand all of the excitement - it even comes with a video with still shots of Morrison strumming that ukelele for all it's worth.

After the jump is video of Mr. Shuester performing what his publicist calls "a rousing rendition of his "Summer Rain" single on Ellen's show. Rousing? With a ukelele again? Watch the clip and tell me that it doesn't remind you of when Clay Aiken released his album and everyone said, "This is the definition of the word 'bland'."

I swear, Matthew Morrison is Tiny Tim and Clay Aiken's love child. Just as boring and trite, but now with extra ukelele! (And just for the record, I do believe this is the most I've ever had to use the word "ukelele" in a Bilerico post. I hold Morrison firmly responsible.)


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Ukuleles are cool. Matthew Morrison is not.

Huh? I really enjoyed the video. Thank you for posting it. Clay Aiken's CD is bland? Which one? I think I have them all and none are bland.
Now - Tiny Tim - never could stand him. Sorry to the Tiny Tim fans.

This version of "Over the Rainbow" was popularized by Hawaiian singer Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo?ole, who recorded a gorgeous ukulele version before his untimely death. Once you hear IZ's version, knock-offs like Matthews' really suck.

You can hear the classic IZ version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I

Matthew Morrison is awesome. And Clay Aiken bland? Now I know you're not paying attention. That glorious voice could never ever be bland.

Don't knock the ukulele. After seeing a tweet from someone I follow along the lines of "a guitar just my size" when he got one for his four year old daughter, I suggested a friend get one for her three year old. Her daughter has an interest in music already and loves the fact she can strum her ukelele while her mom plays the guitar.

Morrison on the other hand... Well he's bearable when his mouth is shut and his shirt is off. LOL

I think the best part about writing this fluff post was Alex and I arguing over whether it should be spelled "ukelele" or "ukulele." Turns out both are correct!

He's just as mediocre of a singer as he is an actor.

And before people say how competent he is, let me pose a question. In a country of 310,000,000 people that constantly says it's the greatest country in the world, is he one of the top 100 or so? Is there no singer out there who isn't famous who could have done a better job on the Ellen Show?

Ah, the elusive mystery of celebrity.
Doesn't have as much to do with talent as it does with fascination. And ukuleles are fascinating.