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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Only a truly dedicated group of otherwise sensible adults would drive through torrential rain to play ukuleles at a retirement community. It never occurred to us that we might be unloading sound equipment in pouring rain. Since the YesterUkes began in 2007, the Upstate has been in a severe drought. We badly needed this rain but it surely was inconvenient. The most welcome sight upon arriving at Rolling Green Village was the covered drive-thru at the entrance!

While the heavy rains continued to fall outside, the music was rocking inside. Some audiences are just more fun to play for than others. This crowd was one of the best. They sang right along with us as we played old favorites from the 20s through the 50s and 60s. In fact, we were having such a good time, that the activity director had to remind us it was time to wind it up so that the residents didn't miss their dinner.

A comment we heard repeatedly after the program was "You all looked like you were having so much fun. And we had fun, too!" Beaming, as she pushed her walker to the front of the room, another lady told us, "I haven't heard those songs in hundreds and hundreds of years! Thank you so much for playing them." Well, maybe she exaggerated just a little about how long it had been since she heard them.

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