So I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I’m not really posting anything good or substantial now, but I wanted to touch base in hopes that it would help me stay sane. I do have lots of good excuses.
I’ve been all about outsider instruments lately. It may have started with the plastic uke because since then I’ve bought a bunch of shakers and jinglers you put on your fingers and feet while you play. I also found a toy accordion for 17 bucks that sounds killer and I’m making a cajon. Not to mention my back burnered panjolele.
I also finally got off my ass and went to the Hau`oli Strummers (Happy Strummers) ukulele club. It’s really cool. The list of reasons I love the uke is long but going to the last couple uke club meetings has shown me that there are still things to be added. For example, I have now sung Irish drinking songs at the top of my lungs in a bar with 40 other people doing the same. It’s a great club full of great people and Tim (and others I’m sure) do a great job running it. I’ll do a proper post on it at some point and until then you can check out their meetup page – Hau`oli Strummers (Happy Strummers)
And of course there’s the usual stream of honey doos, road trips and socializers that compete for time. One of those was a road trip to LA where I did get a friend hooked on the uke so that’s kind of uke related. It happened at the right time too because she took advantage of the killer ebay deals on Lanikai solid body blems right now. She got a $250 solid body uke for sixty bucks and the blems didn’t look that bad. Thanks to uke hunt for the heads up on this deal.
So I swear I’ll get back to posting songs and lessons soon. See you then.
As mentioned in my last post I just got back from a trip to visit my wife’s family in Ohio that included a camp out that included a campfire sing-a-long. It was a great trip, her family is great and the sing-a-long was awesome. Some of them told me it was their favorite part of camp.
My wife is from Columbus and has a lot of family there so Ohio always plays a big part in my life. Coincidentally, over the last couple weeks, a few things have come together to make Ohio much bigger than usual.
We just got back from a 2 week visit to Ohio which included a family camp out which included a big campfire ukulele sing-a-long. This trip and camp out reminds me how much I want a travel uke with a little less fragility and a little more weather resistance. It looks like Outdoor Ukulele is revving up to make a plastic Tenor which sounds like it will be perfect for me. At the moment I can’t think of anything cooler than a clear plastic uke that you can play in a lake.
With summer coming up I find myself getting ready for camp. I am an old man so this is an unusual situation for me but my in-laws have decided to get the family together in cabins by a lake this summer so here we are.
That being said I assume there are some people in the world for whom camp isn’t such an unusual happening and can see how they might want a few cool uke tunes to sing around the fire.
Unfortunately when you search on uke and camp songs you get a lot of Oh My Darling Clementine and The Bear Went Over The Mountain type stuff (just like grandma used to sing when she was a Girl Scout). I’m looking for more contemporary song list and though I’m hopeful I’m not quite sure how it’s going to turn out. I’ll keep you updated.
In clicking around I did find (and fall in love with) this little nugget. Thank you Spongebob, The Ukulele Teacher and The Internet.