October 16, 2017 – Our Halloween evening was spooky, magical and of course entertaining. I came dressed as a wizard complete with robes and a staff. Being the wizard that I am, I performed a very magical rope trick. Didn’t know that I’m also a magician and ventriloquist did you? Our meetings officially begin at 7:30 P.M. but people often show up at 7:00 for a bit of instruction, to tune and setup, and to socialize. I love the company. The After Dinner Ukulele Society creates many friendships. The group welcomed Bob who officially became a member this evening. We then warmed up by playing Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime”. It proved to be a great success. We also worked on Next week’s song “Something to Sing About”. The song is a bit challenging but with a bit of work it can be done. See the Homework page. Everyone loves this song. During the “Open Mike” part of the evening, I removed my wizard hat and robes because they are very warm. (Yes I was wearing clothes under the robes.) I played “Dracula’s Lament” and mysteriously grew fangs during the performance. Inés played U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Good job Inés! Freda played “Today” and “Getting To Know You”. Bob Played The Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B” and had everyone singing along with him. Len and Freda then played “Blowin’ in the Wind”, as a duet. What great harmony! Len’s Baritone uke and Freda’s voice must be heard. They are simply wonderful. I played “The Green Eyed Dragon”. Brigitte our resident English professor was a bit nervous because of the dragon’s diet. “For lunch he would try a policeman pie or a Phd. for dinner.” – A special thank you to Lorrie for being the evening’s recording secretary. Happy strumming everyone.
September 25, 2017 – Cheryl, Steve and Jo joined us for the very first time this evening. Cheryl and Steve had never played a ukulele before but after just a bit of instruction, both were able to play several two-chord songs during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. Steve borrowed one of our spare ukes, a beautiful Pono tenor. Cheryl came to the meeting with a gift she had been given. Would you believe it, a beautiful kamaka soprano. Until this evening, she had no idea of what she possessed. The group discussed themes for our meetings and upcoming events such as a flash mob (stay tuned). As usual, the evening proved to be highly entertaining. Freda began our “Open Mike” session, by performing “Try To Remember”. She played and sang beautifully. We’re going to have to start calling her “Twinkle Fingers”. Carol played “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and in mid performance, she produced and played the largest and most beautiful kazoo that I have ever seen. It was hysterically funny and we all really laughed. Her kazoo was manufactured by Doc Kazoo. Click here for his website. Jo and Dave performed “Qué Sera, Sera” and “Me and Bobby McGee”. Everyone sang along. Len played “Did She Mention My Name”, “Danny Boy” and “Snowbird” on his baritone ukulele. Great job Len. Lorrie played “Riptide”. The Girl is a pro. I played Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado and was accompanied on a beautiful set of bongos which I had brought for the occasion. A big ADUS thank you to Steve for being our recording secretary.
September 11, 2017 – This evening we began the meeting by officially welcoming two new members Len and Inés. The group played one of our welcoming songs and both new members were presented with their songbooks and membership cards. I played a comedy version of “Willkommen” from Cabaret. Ines does not have a ukulele yet but she used one of our spare ukes, a beautiful Pono Tenor. She knows many many songs and sang along with the group throughout the entire evening. Len played his brand new Baritone ukulele purchased just last week. He is a pro and easily made the transition from guitar to ukulele. Dave brought a beautiful Fender amp to the meeting and people enjoyed plugging in. During the “Open Mike” part of the evening, Dave played a jazz version of Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To the Moon” and Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Claudio played Rodrigo Amarante’s “Tuyo”and “Mack the Knife”. He sounded great on his banjolele. Claudio is a strong player, a wonderful teacher and a great asset to our club. Freda played Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” and Randy Spark’s “Today”. This girl is practicing. Her finger picking is getting really good. Maureen played “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Waltzing Matilda”. She is our expert chunker and is sweeter than fairy floss. Len played Ray Charles’ Lucky Old Sun” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song For a Winter’s Night”. Wow! Len has great musicality and a huge musical repertoire. ADUS Meetings are really fun. Remember, no experience is necessary. Won’t you join us for our next session?
August 21, 2017 – ADUS meetings seem to be getting better and better. The meeting was well attended and everyone there really participated by playing and singing along. Music was projected on the wall so that visitors or those without songbooks could easily follow. Several people brought extra ukuleles so that everyone was able to play. Seasoned players shared their instruments and their musical knowledge with others as well. Thank you so much for that. Of special note was Freda’s rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender”, Ann’s playing of “I’m Yours”, Nicholas’ “Five Foot Two” and Dave’s performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine “. Lorraine had everyone singing with her performance of “Dona,Dona”. One of the many surprises of the evening was Bob. He’s been holding out on us, but now people know that he sings really well. He sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and was accompanied by Dave. People enjoyed the performance so much that they couldn’t help singing along with the twosome. Don’t forget to choose a song to record from our extensive songbook. When you are ready we will record it and post the recording on our website. See the “Homework” page for more information. Our meeting this evening was truly super and inspiring. See you all next time.