Friday, April 3, 2009
Brown Eyed Girl
The second grader with the big brown eyes picked up the sheet music from the table and looked at it. It was the Beatles' "Yesterday." She laid it back down and started to bounce away but stopped, took a step back and picked it up one more time. She stared at the music, tilted her head slightly to the left, thought a minute and then looked up and said, "I'll bet the YesterUkes took half of the word 'yesterday' and half of the word 'ukulele' and put them together to make their name. Am I right, Mimi? I"ll bet I am! Does that mean you sing songs about yesterday?" Very smart child! Yep, very smart. That's exactly what we did.
We just made up a word and it has suited us just fine. When you type "YesterUkes" in Google, you won't find anyone there but us. So far. And all of the songs we sing go back more than a few "yesterdays." We sing songs we like -- which means songs we remember. With our ages spanning three decades, it provides us a wide range of songs to draw from. Last week one audience member came forward all smiles at the end of a show all and told us, "You just do all kinds of music! That was amazing."
Maybe just seeing 16 adults playing ukuleles and singing in public is amazing.
We will have our first outdoor performance as part of the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff, SC on Friday, April 17. Look for us at the Woodruff Library Amphitheater at 5:30 PM. Come out and sing with us!