Monday, August 23, 2004

Aloha, Dad Peare (1918 - 2004)

Dear Readers,

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...

'Uke Birthday Celebration Tonight in Honolulu

From today's Star-Bulletin:
"Today is "Ukulele Day in Hawaii," honoring the 125th anniversary of the islands' musical icon.

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.

If you're lucky enough to go tonight, send pix!


Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Midnight Ukulele Disco Tonight

This just in from Sonic Uke:

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:

this week:
- 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

Monday, August 02, 2004

Folk Uke

If I've Googled this correctly, Folk Uke is a duo comprised of Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson. That's Guthrie (left) as in Arlo; Nelson (right) as in Willie! They have swell T-shirts for sale on their site, but apart from a (probably) NSFW song on the homepage, not much clue as to their repertoire. Link
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