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Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

The senior adults at Edwards Rd. Baptist Church 
started gathering just before 6:00 PM.

We watched as they just kept coming...
so many tables filled with people 
who had come for an evening of fun.

I think we would sing and play without being fed.
But we will all admit we love the 
church dinners we get to enjoy. 
This one was spectacular.

I ended up sitting with the lady who made the caramel cake.
Keeping my fingers crossed I get the recipe.

But we were there to provide the entertainment.
And visit a little with each other.

We heard so many comments that our band 
was the best program they've ever had 
after we played there a couple of years ago. 
We did our best to live up to their high expectations.

And when the evening was over, 
we were rewarded with a standing ovation. 
We don't always get one, so we truly appreciate
the evenings when everything is just right.

One of our own members said after the program, "We brought our A-game tonight." And I think she was right. We can't always explain why one program goes a little better than another one. There are so many factors. Could have been the caramel cake. Could have been the wonderful audience. They just radiated excitement during this program. And that gave us an extra boost of energy. We love a gig like that!

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, Frank Sinatra, 1944

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain

Heading up the mountain was a treat for the Yesterukes.
The leaves were just beginning to show some color.

We were there to play for the NC/SC Airstream Rally.
Those people are as passionate about their Airstreams
as we are about our ukuleles.

The Yesterukes got a chance to spend a little time 
just hanging out and visiting with each other.
We were lucky this year--the weather was perfect!

Before we played, the Airstream Unit 
treated us to a delicious lunch.

And then we treated them to an hour of some favorite songs.
We even discovered that one of the 
Airstream people played ukulele. 
We asked him to join us (he's on the left) 
and he was thrilled to be part of the show.

We had a fun day in the mountains.
Maybe they will invite us back another year.

She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain, folk song, late 1880s

Friday, October 4, 2013

You Make Me Feel So Young


What do Yesterukes like to do as much as make music?

They like to be together and talk to each other.

And they like to eat.

So this week, we moved our practice from our regular location... a location with more space. 
Space for lunch, for practice, for visiting.

Before our practice—and yes, we practiced hard
—we had time for good food and fellowship.
Being together is as important as performing.

One band member said yesterday, 
"The Yesterukes makes getting old worthwhile."

Be watching for our updated look. 
When we started this group seven years ago,
it never occurred to us that we would be playing for years.
Simple T-shirts were enough then.
Now that we've realized we're in this for the long haul, 
we're moving up to shirts with collars!

You Make Me Feel So Young, Frank Sinatra, 1956