This is a blog about my ukulele misadventures. I thought it would be interesting to chronicle how a musical instrument has changed my life.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A very nice rendition by Zooey and Joseph.  For the uke-aholics, it looks like Zooey is playing a Collings ukulele.

Here are the ukulele chords for this song, as performed by Zooey and Joseph.  I made some minor modifications that sound better (at least to me).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ukulele

Baby, It’s Cold Outside  (Simple version)
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

We hope you enjoy our amateur musings.  For the ukulele chords and lyrics, please see the full post...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tonight You Belong to Me

A rendition of a classic song from "The Jerk". 


We hope you enjoy our amateur musings.  For the ukulele chords and lyrics, please see the full post:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The gift of ukulele

My coworker gave me a Kala KA-S ukulele a while back.  She wanted to learn, but did not have the time or patience.  So she ended up giving it to me.  I was going to put it up for sale through Craigslist, but it just did not feel right.  After all, it was a gift.  So, I decided I was going to put it up as a prize to a lucky contestant through the Ukulele Underground. 

Today at the hospital, I saw a sad little child who was with her family visiting her sick grandfather.  She looked quite uncomfortable being around the hospital, so I ran up to my office and grabbed the uke.  I went to the visitor's lounge and played "You got a friend in me" (Toy Story) and "Part of Your World" (Little Mermaid) and all the songs I play with my daughter.  Over the next half hour, it kept her occupied as she sang along (as well as the rest of the visitors).  In the end, I gave the uke to her and I asked her to play for her grandfather. It turned out he was a WWII veteran who spent a lot of time in Hawaii, and he loved the uke. 

Words cannot describe the look in her eyes when I gave the uke.  And nothing can describe the joy I felt. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Suzanne Kramer Quartet

Caught the Suzanne Kramer Quartet yesterday in a small, eclectic bookstore in Glen Park (a little village in the outskirts of San Francisco).  Their lineup was mostly jazz standards, such as "Fly Me to the Moon," "All of Me," and "I Could Write a Book."  Suzanne has a great voice, perfect for singing the standards.  An awesome performance.  Would watch again.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ukulele gift - a Kala KA-S

My co-worker gave me a new Kala KA-S ukulele. She bought it with the intent to learn how to play, but she just never had the time. So she gave it to me. This make and model ukulele has gotten pretty good reviews on Amazon as a starter ukulele.

I already have a few of these babies lying around. I really don't want to sell it, because it was a gift. So, I may just have to give it away.

I may just have to create a give-away contest. Any ideas?!

Saturday, July 16, 2011