After a bout of antarctic weather, Cold and Flu season has struck in Melbourne. We need some ukulele fun to cheer us up as we sneeze and cough. Here’s that lovely little Japanese band, U900 to make us smile and forget the winter aches and pains.
To relieve post Federal Election blues in Oz, here is fun video from our neighbours in New Zealand, the delightful Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
It has finally turned cold in Melbourne, so this should help to warm you up on a cold wintery night.
- The Uke makes even a sad song sound cheerful
- You can own many Ukes and they won’t take up a lot of space
- Because it is so light, you can play the Uke for hours without getting backache
- You can play the Uke in the middle of the night without disturbing your neighbors
- You can take a Uke on a plane without needing to book an extra seat
- A Uke is easy to hide before playing in a Flash Mob and while fleeing the scene
- You can play a Uke anywhere: up a tree; on a raft; while dancing; even in Space
8. If you are bopping to the music you won’t whack the person next to you in the face because the Uke has a short neck
9. You can do a speech as a Uke song. It makes this less painful for both you and the audience
10. If you play the Uke you belong to a worldwide community of fellow ukers and you need never play alone
So make the most of your Uke. It is such a versatile instrument
Bayside Ukes member
Now the Easter break is upon us it is time to get in the holiday spirit and kick back, relax and play your ukulele. Gracie Allen had the right idea in the 1939 movie Honolulu. In this clip she is playing her ukulele and singing the song “Honolulu” to Eleanor Powell. It then gets really crazy and they go “tapping” all over the deck. So Hollywood but great fun.
Play your ukulele on Monday the 14th March to celebrate the Labour Day Holiday in Victoria.
We have the Eight Hour Movement of 1856 to thank for introducing the eight hour day to Victoria. The group advocated 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of rest. So let us celebrate those 8 hours of recreation that gives us the time and energy to play our ukuleles.
In 2015 a happy ukulele song really brightened up the morning journey to work for these commuters in Perth, Australia. What a great way to start the working day.
So get out there and play your ukulele.
Happy Labour Day, Melbourne and Victoria.
Bayside Ukes Member
If you did not see Australia’s Got Talent on Sunday, you missed a fantastic performance by Bosko & Honey. They did their song Another Day In Paradise and here is their hilarious video. They received four Yes votes from the judges and are through to the semi-final. As they are such great entertainers and generous participants at many ukulele festivals in Australia, let’s hope they do well in the competition.
Bayside Ukes Member