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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Let's Get Together

Yes, the Yesterukes are musicians. BUT there is more going on here than music. Every time we play, it is also about getting together. 

The band members enjoy visiting with each other 
as much as they enjoy playing the music.

And the senior adults (and sometimes others) 
love a reason to gather.

Sitting home alone just isn't as much fun as being with friends.

And where friends gather, more often than not, 
there is a great meal. Truly, it is communion.

Thanks to the folks at Apalache Baptist Church 
for inviting us to visit with them. 

Let's Get Together, Haley Mills, 1961

Monday, April 22, 2013

Feelin' Groovy

Is is possible to have too much fun? Last night for about an hour our group of grandparent-aged ukulele players set aside thoughts of everyday aches and pains, of worries about ailing spouses and wrinkles, and the concerns of getting older to become entertainers. Yes, we are musicians, but we can also say we are entertainers.

"entertainer: to hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting"

From the first song we sang, smiles broke out across the fellowship hall. And the smiles continued to the very end of   our program. 

We were happy to bring some new songs—upbeat and snappy—to this audience of all ages. From the 2-year-old to those closer to 80, they all had fun. The mom of the 2-year-old said we kept her daughter's attention the whole time. 

The band was at their best last night. 

Bob, one of our soloists, is a member of this church—First Presbyterian Church of Laurens. We knew he had nailed his song when a lady at a table up front wiped a tear from her eye as he sang a favorite ballad.

When the evening was over, we enjoyed visiting with so many of the parishioners. Several asked how hard it is to learn to play ukulele. We know when they want to join the fun, we accomplished what we came to do—provide a few minutes of fun. A lot of fun.

 And yes, there was another good Southern dinner.

Feelin' Groovy, Simon & Garfunkel, 1966

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Second Time Around

Someone was kind enough to share photos from Tuesday's performance at Buncombe St. UMC, so here is a second look at the fun we had. And there is one more video from that morning. There is no doubt that we always have fun—possibly more fun than the audience!

The Second Time Around, Bing Crosby, 1960

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

There are times when we get so busy that photos are few. So today, we'll share a video instead. (Thanks to pastor David, who had his first experience with a smart phone today as he videoed part of our program. If his day job doesn't work out, he might find work as a videographer.)

The folks at Buncombe St. United Methodist Church have already asked us back for next year. It's nice to be loved.

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Marvin Gaye, 1965