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Monday, May 25, 2009

What Kind Of Fool Am I?

Why would successful, educated, sensible, active adults (otherwise known as the YesterUkes) choose to devote a sizable portion of their time to a ukulele band?  Some of our family, friends and neighbors probably wonder why as they watch us head out for yet another gig.  And maybe that thought creeps into our own thinking every now and then.  

Reasons given by our own members include, "It's cheaper than a therapist", "I've fulfilled a long time dream to be a musician", "You can see the joy we bring to other people", "I just like getting together with these people", "I'm happier now than before", and "I wanted to see if my brain cells would still learn a new skill."  

Well, the we are not alone in our fascination with this tiny instrument. School children, adults, soldiers, amateurs and professionals have discovered that playing ukulele brings great satisfaction. Here is a 3-minute video--actually a trailer of a coming feature documentary--that looks at the ukulele revival worldwide.

Fools?  No way!  We have found something that we enjoy, that keeps us challenged and makes other people happy.  Can't ask for much more than that.

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