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Monday, March 22, 2010

'Swonderful!




When the third person came up after the program to ask, "Have you recorded yet? You really should", we smiled. And when one man added, "You'd sell thousands!", we were pretty sure we had hit a home run with our program.

We played a full program last night at a church where one of our players is a member. The church family turned out in force to see what his ukulele band was all about. They had heard him talk about the Yesterukes but had not heard us play. We're pretty sure we were not what they were expecting! When we say "ukulele band" most people expect a few songs like "Five Foot Two"--cute little songs accompanied by a ukulele plunk-a plunk-a. (And we do play some of those.) But the Yesterukes are so much more than that. There's rock'n roll from the 50s and 60s, complete with dancing. "Rawhide" with it's whip cracks and shouts will make you look for the cattle coming. Throw in a gospel tune or two for good measure and everyone finds something they like. Someone said afterward, "Wow! That was really a good show." And another man added, "Smooth. Just so smooth."

And the folks at First Presbyterian Church in Laurens last night were the best. They fed us well. Then they cheered us on enthusiastically. It is always such a pleasure to play where you can just feel energy coming from the audience. So it was the perfect evening. Everyone--audience and band--had a great time being together for a couple of hours. Thanks, First Presbyterian, for hosting us.



'Swonderful, by George & Ira Gershwin, 1927


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