WORLD UKELELE DAY

TL 2-2 WORLD UKULELE DAY

2-2 THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A UKEToday is WORLD UKULELE DAY!!!  Like many of my generation, I think of the great Tiny Tim when I think of a ukulele.  It’s so wrong when a man can sing two octaves above where I can…  anyway…

You can change the world by playing your ukulele and teaching others to play.  How about learning “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”???  Grab your uke and let’s learn!

When I was very young in the mid 1960’s, an older lady in our church played the ukulele and shared special music once in a while.  Have you ever heard a gospel song played on a ukulele?  It leaves a lasting impression, that’s for sure.  Actually, when she played “In the Garden” or “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” it really was quite beautiful.  Sometimes the simple and familiar hymns are what God’s Holy Spirit can speak through best.  I remember saying the words in my mind as she played the tune.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.  – Leopold Stokowski

The little mini-guitar became a symbol for the folks in Hawaii.  It was introduced there in 1879 by a group of Portuguese immigrants from Madeira.  The original name in Portuguese is the “braguinha”.  Aren’t you glad we don’t have to call it that?  The Hawaiians renamed it the ukulele, referring to the “jumping flea” as suggested by the jumping motion of the hands playing the instrument.  It was not introduced in the mainland until 1915, first being featured at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  Later the ukulele became popular in the U.K, Japan and from there around the world.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  – Berthold Auerbach

What do you get when you combine the most unassuming instrument known to man with the most powerful theme song ever???  Well, you get something like this – and it is really pretty good!  Kudos to the Brits!  The theme from “Shaft” performed by the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.

If you own a ukulele, today is the day to play it and share your knowledge with others.  Change the world 4 strings at a time.

If you’d like more information about the ukulele, check out Ukulele Movement’s website.  http://ukulelemovement.com/

 The ukulele is a little bundle of joy that will guarantee happiness!  – Ukulele Movement

I’m a pianist, but have a great deal of respect for those who use their fingers to press on strings.  I tried to play the guitar, but I soon discovered my short fingers did not want to make all the chords and as my fingertips became more calloused, I completely lost interest.  Nobody warned me it would be that painful.  🙂