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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Busy September

It has been a very busy September for The Yesterukes. It all started in August with our first practice of the season on the 25th.  It was great to get back together and make music again after the summer break.  We usually take the summer months off from performing and practicing to rest, travel, and spend time with family.

Our first gig of the fall season was at Mauldin United Methodist Church on September 12th.  We played for The Second Monday Club group after we enjoyed a delicious meal.  We received our first standing ovation of the season from an appreciative audience.  Sadly, the group's photographer (yours truly) failed to take pictures of this event.

We don't usually schedule more than one performance in a given week, but we decided that we couldn't turn down an invitation from The Free Spirit Senior Ministry at Advent United Methodist Church in Simpsonville on September 15th.  We enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner with all the trimmings.  We must have done a pretty good job with our performance, because we received our second standing ovation of the young season.

On September 20th, we returned to First Baptist Church, Simpsonville to entertain the Joy Fellowship group.  We have played for this group several times before and, as always, the audience was really enthusiastic.  And, as luck would have it, we received our third standing ovation of the season.  Did I mention that we enjoyed a fantastic covered dish meal so big that there were two separate serving lines?  The food went on forever.

Let's hope we can keep performing well enough to earn our food and receive a few more standing O's.

Here are some pics from our first practice and performances.

Friday, May 20, 2016

It's Been a Full Spring!

The Yesterukes had a full schedule this spring.  We played eleven times during March, April, and May  and we had a great time at each and every performance.  We played for church groups, civic organizations, assisted living facilities, and even played for a high school class reunion event for multiple classes from the late 40s and early 50s.  

We're going to take some time off for the summer to rest up and recharge our batteries as well as take time for family vacations and activities.  We'll get back together in August to practice to prepare for the fall schedule that begins on September 12th.

Here are a few pics from our spring gigs.  It looks like we were having fun.....and we were!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 10, 2016

Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Greenville

Tuesday, March 10, was a great night for The Yesterukes.  We gathered at 6:30 for a delicious covered dish meal and then entertained the church's Golden Group.  The group of seniors clapped, sang and, in the words of one member, "chair danced" along to the music. After the program, others came up to band members to tell them how much they enjoyed the program and the memories that the music brought back to them. A standing ovation at the end of a performance always makes us feel good.

Delicious food.

We always love and appreciate a standing ovation!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

February 19, 2016

We're Back!

After having two earlier performances cancelled because of bad weather at one venue and a virus outbreak at another, we were able to entertain the Fountain Inn Music Club at their banquet on February 18.  The food was delicious and the audience really enjoyed the music.

 Tuned up and ready to play.

Enjoying a great meal and good conversation.

Our performance calendar is filling up quickly and we like it that way.  Playing and singing keeps us feeling young and helps us forget our aches and pains.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

If you have been an observant reader of this blog for a long time, you might have noticed that for years now, each blog post title has been a song title. A note was always at the bottom of the post listing the song title, artist or composer and the year. It was just a fun way to acknowledge our musical purpose.

Finding a title for this post was a little harder. The time has come for the writer of this blog (me,) the founder of the Yesterukes (me,) the musical director of the band (me,) and the band manager (also me) to step down.

I considered other song titles that I could have used for this final blog post. For years I thought The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On), Irving Berlin, 1927, would be my final post. There'll Be Some Changes Made by Overstreet & Blackstone, 1921 would certainly have worked. I even thought about using Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, The Mills Brothers, 1951. But a song about seasons of life felt right.

From our accidental beginning nine years ago to our performance for a huge audience a couple of weeks ago, it has all been fun. I taught "How To Play Ukulele For Fun" in February 2007. The five adult students who finished that 8-week class played a few songs to entertain the residents at the retirement home where the class was taught. Then we played for a slightly bigger audience and the band began to grow.

For that first "big" gig, the band was called The Sutton Strummers. But soon after that I pulled a new name out of thin air—"The Yesterukes." A better name. A name that could last beyond me. That name stuck. The Yesterukes are now well known across the upstate of South Carolina.

The Yesterukes have entertained thousands of people of all ages. We played for large audiences and we played in tiny venues. We learned something from every gig. Even the ones that didn't go so well. Especially the ones that didn't go so well. Thankfully there weren't many of those.

I'm sure I learned more than anyone. I've always been a music maker, but leading a band was a new experience for me. There was so much to learn—about conducting skills, about sound equipment, about managing bookings, about branding and creating good PR for the band. I learned that working with a large band is as much about having people skills as music skills. Thank goodness, I had much help along the way.

This wonderful band of senior adults has been a huge part of my life for a long time. It has been part of who I am. Part of my identity. It wasn't easy to decide it was time to step down, but like the song says, "To everything there is a season." There are other interests that I'd like to pursue and there are three grandchildren—I didn't have any when the band started—that need more attention from their Mimi now. 

The band will continue with exciting new leadership and direction. This blog will have a new voice. I'll watch with great interest as they explore new opportunities and grow even stronger.

A special thanks goes to my husband, who from the very beginning, supported me and this band in every way you can imagine. Without him, there would have been no Yesterukes at all..

Please continue to watch this blog to see what changes are coming. The band schedule will continue to be listed on the sidebar. You'll find new contact information there, too.

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), The Byrds, 1965

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wonderful Christmastime

When we arrived, the serving staff were getting their orders for the day. The event manager was zipping around answering a million questions. The audio/visual crew was making adjustments and fining tuning settings. Everyone worked to the last minute getting everything ready before the doors were opened to the eager crowd.

The Christmas dinner for the Lifewise Program was held in a large convention center, with about 400 people attending. This is an annual event that members look forward to all year. 

We were happy to be part of this large program. And we were delighted that we played at the top of our game. It is rare that we have a professional sound crew handling our needs. We were treated like professional musicians. And we sounded professional, too.

 As we started our set, the folks seated at the table in the very front locked arms and swayed back and forth as they sang along with us. What confidence that gave us! It made us happy to see so many people singing along throughout our performance.

And when we were done, we received a standing ovation from this huge audience, the applause lasting long enough to require three bows. What a perfect way to end our season!

The band will now be on break until after the holidays, taking time to rest and refresh and think up new ways to dazzle our audiences in the coming year.

We all wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney, 1979

Friday, December 4, 2015

We Need A Little Christmas

Bad news continues to dominate the headlines. And bad things are often happening in people's lives, things we don't know about. Yes, we do need a little Christmas cheer. The Yesterukes always bring smiles and songs, helping to ease the worry, to soothe the soul and lift the spirits.

Food and fellowship. It's a combination as old as the ages. Gathering around the table is another way to share that Christmas cheer that we all need.

For this one afternoon, there was a reason to leave behind the lists and the chores that come with this season. There was time to visit with friends and to keep those connections strong. Time to catch up on family news and to give a hug and to get a hug.

After the program was over, and we had packed up and headed home, we began to receive emails from folks telling us how much they needed to hear us. Sometimes we heard stories of why our Christmas cheer was so needed. We are glad to be the ones bringing glad tidings and cheer. It is a happy thing that we do.

We Need A Little Christmas, Angela Lansbury, 1966