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Session #31 - May 27, 2004
Pausing in a busy day, so
busy that I missed my hair appointment, napped through
it, to bring up a small point on the joys and pleasures
of the ukulele.
Today a man named
Frank Corso delivered a painting to 30 Beaver Brook
It may be that Franks karma is so soothing and warm because his being a dynamite painter and a blues singer at the same time doesnt seem to disorientate him much. Or maybe its the energy he has acquired restoring his award winning 1933 Plymouth coupe.
So as I approach my 30th
year of interest in the ukulele, I think of the massive
amount of enrichment that this interest has brought into
my life, and I pause and wonder why anyone would
want to piss me off over things ukulele. Its
such a silly little thing.
Session #32 - July 30, 2004
AM I STILL IN CALIFORNIA???
(Note: Click on the Very Tiny Naked Uke Guy below and a separate window will open
Session #33 - Sept. 29, 2004
MAINTAINS HIS INTEREST
Session #34 - Nov. 8, 2004
TAKING MY HEAD OUT OF MY ASS
One of the elements in my
displeasure with the ukulele fest that took place in
Santa Cruz, California, was the jarring difference
between the happy uker community and the homeless
community that shared that wonderland of sun, sand, surf,
casino, and boardwalk.
A session of Ukulele Consciousness, Session # 16 - May 16, 2003, titled "What's Afoot", has a photographic image of another soulful stare. The sole of one of Herbert Khaury's high topped tennis shoes as viewed from outside the ambulance that was taking Tiny Tim away from a heart attack that pitched him from the stage as he attempted to entertain the participants of yet another ukulele gathering.
considered the sad fate of Tiny Tim, I kind'o got the
feeling that I was trying to compose a complex,
illustrated tale of the homeless at the Beach to reflect
my more-caring-than-thou attitude. Which is likely
Session #35 - Jan. 11, 2004
ROCK THEM UKES
When I first
met Greg Hawkes, I told him that I enjoyed his ukulele
set. I said to him, "It was contemporary and
it wasn't a clown show." Both to be admired in
Strumming the Hapa-haole songs that your
great-grandfather enjoyed is wonderful.
Session #36 - February 14, 2005
One gets the
impression that millions of people, through the years,
found pleasure and delight with the ukulele.
...and other activities. The dancing ends, but the melody lingers in the garden.
While it is unusual to find initials and dates on these decorated ukes, the owner of this New England moonlit garden-themed uke made use of the interior to list names and various edu-cational institutions, most notably Dartmouth and West Point. And a date: 1928.
Flapper hair. Flapper stare. Warning!!!!!
By the sea, by the beautiful sea. Do I see
a thigh? Good Grief!!!!!
Memories of a misspent youth. Edgartown
Light, Martha's Vineyard.
"See ya in the funny papers. Magee and
Jiggs. 1925 reality show.
"Barney Google, had a wife 3 times his
size. She sued Barney for divorce, now
he's living with his horse .."
When this uke was decorated in 1929, every-
one knew that Paul Whiteman had recorded
the Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson song,
"Making Whoopee." So the caricature of
Paul's face in the lower left corner with the
tag "Whoopee Man" was recognizable to all.
An old uke. A blank face. Who could resist?
Session #37 - March 18, 2005
APPROPRIATE EVENING DRESS
I found myself living in a beach community on the Pacific shores
of Los Angeles, California, following a dynamic period in my life
that had, in a relatively short period, included a classic
nervous breakdown in a foreign country, a brief psychiatric
hospitalization, the dissolution of one marriage, a
struggle to re-establish myself in what might quaintly be called
my profession, computer programming, encountering
the love of my life as she boarded a trolley car on
Market Street in San Francisco, stunned by her gray mini-dress, I
followed her aboard, sat next to her, and then pursued her
into sharing an apartment, another marriage, and yet another
Session # 38 - April 17, 2005
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
On the drive back to Bell Buckle Mike
directed me to a store in a town along the way. This town
was bigger than either Bell Buckle or Sparta, so it had a
wider range of shopping opportunities.
...On the way
back to Bell Buckle, I asked Mike if the store gave him a
Session #39 - May 22, 2005
As there are elements that
make up the structure of a ukulele, so too are there
elements that make up the structure of our lives.
For Mike Longworth the design and rich history of an
instrument developed and made by C.F. Martin & Co. of
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, proved to be an influential
The most obvious
45 characteristic of this uke are the
decorative pearl position markers. Also very
signature is the abalone pearl boarding the end of the
The principal difference,
as I understand it, between Mikes instrument and
the various legendary C.F.Martin 45s, D
and others, is that the finger board is not bound.
I dont recall Mike ever saying to me that binding a
finger board was a pain in the butt, but he gave me that
Session #40 - Aug.15, 2005
Bar situation had been organized by one man. Craig
Robertson. Craig is the only person that I've
encountered in my life whose principal performance
instrument is a mahogany Le Domino.
If all that Roy Smeck had done in
his long life was to play his ukulele in the first true
talking picture, it might well have been enough.
But the richness of passing on his uke flipping skills
may even be an even greater contribution to the world.
appearance at Noir 4 not only included an unbelievably
delightful duet with Rachel Manke, the reluctant Lady
Smeck, but it also marked the introduction to the world
of one of Joel's outstanding ukuleles--this one an
homage to, Les just say, "a legendary guitar from
the past." With a golden finish just days old, the
instrument was so appealing that my cosmo-and-ukulele
loving fourth wife refused to leave the Sky Bar unless
she could take it home.