Shakespeare's 'To Be or Not to Be' on the Ukulele

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

Courtney Welbon memorized Hamlet's famous soliloquy for an AP English quiz by composing a song and singing it -- accompanied by her ukulele. She's quick to point out, though, that the mood of the song was never intended to reflect the drama of the play, but to help her remember the words. She got an A+ on the quiz, and how her upbeat song is going viral.  

For more of Courtney Welbon's music, check out her band, Town

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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