Million Miles Away – Jake Shimabukuro (Review)

millionmilesI ordered this DVD thinking that it would be like Play Loud ‘Ukulele in the sense that you could actually watch Jake play his ʻukulele. Million Miles Away is mostly a “behind the scenes” of one of Jake’s tours in Japan. In this DVD you get a glimpse of Jake playing the background song every thirty seconds – you never get a solid look at what he’s doing. The last four songs are the only songs you can really watch Shimabukuro play ʻukulele in.

As a documentary, Million Miles away is an interesting look at crazy, on-the-road life. Jake goes from a radio studio to playing with a string ensemble to an auditorium, performing at each. In between are short interviews about his music and playing style.

If you are looking for a concert video, Play Loud ‘Ukulele will be a better bet. Million Miles Away is more “artsy”.


  1. Opening
  2. Heartbeat (reprise)
  3. Japan
  4. A Song for Yokohama
  5. A Day for Yokohama
  6. Party
  7. Walking Down Rainhill
  8. Songwriting
  9. Rehersal
  10. 6 In the Morning
  11. Heartbeat
  12. Rainbow
  13. Songwriting II
  14. ‘Ukulele
  15. Style
  16. Touring
  17. Performance
  18. Crosscurrent
  19. Blue Roses Falling
  20. Touch
  21. Crazy G
  22. Tradewinds

Plus “Rainbow” video clip.
60 Min.

By Brad Bordessa

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me