Tuesday, April 24, 2012
U - Ukulele
I have been helping my son prepare music he wrote/arranged for his Shakespearean Acting Troupe and one of the girls in the show is playing a ukulele. We have several guitars in our home (and a few players), but I've never really been interested in learning how to play the guitar. I play the clarinet and a little piano, but guitars...eh. However, when I hear the ukulele I always think to myself, "I'd like to learn to play that!" It might be because it reminds me of the beach.
One of my favorite CD's that Mark picked up at Pier One in the late 90's is Calypso Cafe. I don't know if it has ukuleles in it, but I really go for beachy music! A lot.
So when my oldest daughter and I were watching American Idol a few years ago (2008) we both fell in love with Jason Castro! He became our new guy to root for mainly (for me) because I like any boy who can teach himself how to play the ukulele in one week and then perform on national television. Plus, I like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Did you know the ukulele is from Hawaii? ;) It originated in the 19th century as an Hawaiian interpretation of small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.
Think Don Ho. Hello, anyone out there?
I loved Don Ho.
I guess I do have a beach sensibility about me.
All I know, I love ukuleles. A lot.
Got any hidden loves that fit U?