Christofer Drew did. He inspired me to start singing first off, and after a while I thought "hey, why not play an instrument and sing?" And that's where I started the ukulele.
A friend stopped by with her terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE, $20 Toys'R'Us uke and I fiddled around with it for a while. I had a mandolin for a few years so the scale was familiar. A week I woke up with a Riptide under my arm my roommates had bought. I don't think they realized they'd be losing a gaming partner over it though....
I'm a drummer originally, but I bought a uke in Scotland last summer. It sat in a corner for a while,
but then back problems kept me from the drums for some time. I then picked up the uke and caught the virus,
including UAS. So now I have three ukes:
I joined a sea shanty singing group this past winter. It soon became apparent that we wanted to broaden our repetoire which meant instruments. We had member who could play guitar, mandolin and flute, but I wasn't contributing anything. I saw a soprano at Guitar Center while getting bass strings for my son. $45, so I bought it on a whim. A week later I could play half a dozen songs well. I bought a tenor on ebay. I am totally hooked! I dream about playing uke as soon as I get home from work.
Well, it all started while I was living in Anchorage, Alaska. There is a very large pacific islander(Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan) population in Anchorage. So naturally I had a bunch of Samoan friends who all knew how to play uke. So one day, I'm playing guitar in the music room, with a swoon of girls surrounding me, and my friend Joe comes in with his brand new Lanikai. He completely steals all my girls by playing "Hey soul sister" and having them sing along. I knew that I had to learn. I had Joe teach me every day at lunch. Christmas came and I begged my parents to get me a uke. When school was back in, Joe and I became a ukulele duo and got all the girls... long story short, Girls and a close friend Inspired me.
Actually, two songs. First, Moving On by Paramore. I was watching Taylor play his uke in a very cute way (well... I love him, so...) and I was totally "OMG, this is so perfect". But was when I knew McFly's "Love Is Easy" that I realized that I NEEDED to play that song SO HARD. So I made my dad buy a ukulele to me