“The ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro says, “is the instrument of peace — and if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.”


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With the stress of the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes this time of year so special: family, friends, food, and — of course — music.

Although it’s not a holiday song per se, you can’t help but feel at peace watching Jake Shimabukuro cover Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” from his 2011 album Peace, Love, Ukulele. The above video was shot on November 15, 2011 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.

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