Friday, August 27, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've been away from the blog for the past two weeks, attending to my dad, who passed away on August 13. I took my ukulele with me back to Detroit and spent a lot of nice, reflective time playing and singing to Dad at the hospital. At the end he was very tired and slept most of the time, but he seemed to like the music, and it seemed only right to sing him to sleep with songs from his glory days.
The last song I sang for him was "I'll See You in My Dreams", which I chose not because of the George Harrison memorial connection, but because Dad's cousin was married to Saxie Mansfield, a tenor sax player who played with the song's composer, bandleader Isham Jones. I remember Dad recalling how several times when he was a kid, he woke up and went downstairs to find the Isham Jones Orchestra crashed in his parents' living room. Imagine having to step over Woody Herman to get to the kitchen!
So, farewell, Dad. I'll see you in my dreams...
"Today is "Ukulele Day in Hawaii," honoring the 125th anniversary of the islands' musical icon.If you're lucky enough to go tonight, send pix!
From 7 to 9 p.m., a ceremony recognizing the day will be held in the renovated Mission Memorial Auditorium, located on the Civic Center Grounds, makai of the State Capitol and between Honolulu Hale and the Sky Gate sculpture.
The anniversary also commemorates the Honolulu arrival of the Barkentine Ravenscrag, a Portuguese ship that departed from Madeira, bringing 419 Portuguese men, women and children to settle in Hawaii. Aboard the Ravenscrag were the men who invented, built and popularized the ukulele.
A stellar lineup of entertainers will be demonstrating the many ways that the ukulele can be played, from traditional Hawaiian to Tin Pan Alley and jazz numbers.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
Just when you thought things couldn't get any better...
Today I have the honor and pleasure of announcing that Ukulele Lady and her Aloha Style Band shall be playing with us at Ukulele Night next Friday, August 13 at Borders Books in Los Gatos!!!
This means that the final official lineup is as follows:
-Ukulele Lady and her Aloha Style Band
Each act will play for approximately 20 minutes.
You do not want to miss this event. The ukin' will start at 8:00 PM but parking can be a bitch so leave yourself plenty of time.
Borders Books is at 50 University Drive in Los Gatos, California.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Hulabilly has been working on new material and we just
posted an MP3 for The People. A little rough, but if you don't mind, then we don't either. Enjoy! Link
QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele - Volume 1
QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Tenor & Baritone Ukulele - Volume 1
Advanced Guide to Ukulele Chords - Volume I,
Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Midnight Ukulele Disco
Tonight, Tuesday 3rd August
MNN Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Time Warner channel 67
RCN channel 113
Free-to-air channel 16
live stream at: mnn.org
- special guest, M. David Hornbuckle, on banjo-uke
- Eve of Mass Destruction
- Ukulele Rapture II
- more Uke (in)Sanity
- unexpected guests
- live call-in 212 757 1538
Check out clips from previous shows at Ukulele Disco