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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

The Ukulele Craze

Found a great article from the Atlantic about the rise and fall and rise (again!) of the ukulele. Very informative to those who are curious, and it included a great little video by this guy! I can only hope to be able to play a recognizable tune like he does. 🙂

 

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Tappa Tappa Tappa

So, I was hoping to have pics by now for you. But perfection cannot be rushed.

Still waiting… Ukulele still in set up…

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Anticipation Mode

As Tom Petty always said, “The waiting is the hardest part!”

Last week, I posted that I had splurged and was anxiously awaiting a brand new ukulele! Of course, I don’t play the ukulele… yet… And still I wait…

Set up time for new instruments from the shop can take 2-3 weeks! But we wanted it done right, so we are leaving it to the professionals.

In the meantime, for those whose interest has been piqued by the idea of an ukulele…

US Stores:
Hawaiian Music Supply – The Ukulele Site
Uke Republic
Ukes.com
Mainland Ukes
Elderly Instruments

European Stores:
Southern Ukulele Store
World of Ukes
Eagle Music Shop

Online:
Ukulele PuaPua

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Taking My Own Advice

Last week, I listed some idea of how to get through the long gray days while you wait for winter to turn to spring. Sometimes you have to follow old passions and sometimes you have to take hold of new ones…

I have found that when I get a bee in my bonnet about something – quilting, writing, reading, music – I also turn into a bit of a collector. I will openly admit that I have suffered from SMAD or Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder. I have gone through bouts of binge reading which results in binge book-buying. I get obsessed with a particular style of music or artist and hit the virtual Amazon aisle to stockpile all the CDs I can. (I realize I just dated myself. What can I say? I am a CD girl and cannot get into the whole downloading music thing…)

And then there is the other side of music…

Recently, I have been obsessing a bit over ukuleles. Yes, you read that correctly.

It isn’t just the listening that does it to me. It is the urge to play and make noise. My husband has this too in the form of GAS – Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. And now, it has turned toward the oft underappreciated ukulele. In the last week of researching a ukulele purchase, I have learned that Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome is alive and well in our world! It is not just a local phenomenon that races through our household.

After much deliberation and obsessing over sound clips and in ukulele forums, we have ordered a beautiful instrument from a ukulele store in Hawaii. As I start the wait for my uke to go through a full set up, I am starting to wrap my mind around a few things. 

  1. The people playing in those video clips on the store’s website can probably make a $20 instrument sound wonderful.
  2. Talent will not be delivered with my new ukulele.
  3. There will be missed notes and broken strings. My fingers will be sore.
  4. The cats will probably not be too happy.
  5. It is too late to become a prodigy, but it is never too late to learn something new and have fun.

Rob and I will be attempting some simple songs and he has threatened me with a recording! 🙂 It will not be for months if I have anything to say about it but you have been warned…

How can I see these and NOT want to play the ukulele??

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