Saturday, 6 August 2011, Day 256/365.
In the spirit of dragging my son to places he probably would rather not be, I took him to a ukulele gathering last Saturday afternoon at a pub.
Ususally they meet on a Tuesday night and I’ve been to quite a few of those sessions in the past but lately they start that little bit later which doesn’t really work for my son – see I do consider him!
When we walked in the first person I really saw was one of his school buddies so he was absolutely fine for the afternoon chatting and playing his DS with him.
After an initial ‘I feel left out period’ I had a fine time too. It was quite a casual afternoon of playing the uke, and then getting up to perform in front of everyone else. This is quite nerve wracking at the best of times, let alone when you’re standing up trying to play the ukulele that wants to keep slipping down your front. I haven’t got a strap for it and I haven’t got the chest to hold it up like some women have. Maybe I need a velcro system?
It’s a very supportive group which I love. A group of beginners were there and overall everyone did a really good job of putting themselves out there.
One song I performed with a small group was Opportunity by Pete Murray – a song I’d never heard before. I absolutely love the song now. It was on at the supermarket when I went today and I sang along to it. My supermarket plays the best music and sometimes I sneak in a little boogie as I’m doing my shopping.
I don’t know what it is, but a few hours of singing and playing the ukulele makes me feel very happy. I recommend it.