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a.k.a. Ukulele Basics for Beginners Announcing the first beginning ukulele workshop for the general public. Where: Boston, Massachusetts — near the Milton T (red-line) station in Historic Lower Mills. When: Wed 7th Feb 2018 at 7 pm. Please register to get a seat!
For some time now, I’ve wanted to start my own ukulele club so that I can craft and steer it the way I like. As I love preparing themed concerts for the piano, why not research, arrange, and organise songs on a theme for ukulele players? By theme, I mean relating to the time of […]
Subtitle: how to plan a group trip to the next Irish ukulele festival
As a performer, I’m gratified when members of the audience come up to talk to me. Likewise, I never hesitate to introduce myself and talk to musicians whose performances I enjoy. In the latest case, I sent a Facebook text message to the Finnish ukulele band to welcome them to London and express my intention […]
The 2017 theme for the annual Hanwell Carnival in London is Blues Brothers. I have my sunglasses and just need to borrow a man’s jacket, a thin tie, and a black hat. I can’t wait to join the Hanwell Ukulele Group (HUG) to strum and sing together on a float in the parade.
Recent Posts: Maui Tips for Newcomers
It’s a warm sunny day in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, where the Romans stopped in 6 BC convinced that venturing further north would only lead them into swamp lands. Here the hand-laid brick paths pave the narrow streets that reek centuries of history and culture. The tallest building is the famous […]
Sadly I have succumbed to the high cost of living debacle and decided to leave now so that I may return again.
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- Ukulele Workshops & Jam Sessions in Historic Lower Mills February 15, 2018
- Valentine’s Day at Heartbreak Hotel ukulele jam February 6, 2018
- Dido’s Lament for ukulele January 29, 2018
- Auld Lang Syne for ukulele January 22, 2018
- Applying standards and modus operandi of musicians to others January 5, 2018
- How to live in a house without central heating, hot water, kitchen, and washing machine January 3, 2018
- Where to for Christmas December 24, 2017
- The new normal: traffic disruptions and other “attacks” December 12, 2017
- Annie’s Song in C for ukulele November 20, 2017
- Letting go and hanging on: the dilemma of wanting the wanted October 15, 2017
- Extended kitchen extension with tension October 14, 2017
- Easy peasy ukulele duet on open strings September 21, 2017
- My last grandma (1917 – 2017) July 17, 2017
- Only You by Yazoo for ukulele and four-part harmony June 26, 2017
- Opus: Live is Life for ukulele June 19, 2017
- A novel to escape from reality June 11, 2017
- Happy Birthday chord melody arrangement for ukulele June 10, 2017
- Becoming a minimalist: ridding stuff to regain space and time June 8, 2017
- I want to ride my bicycle May 20, 2017
- Performing piano premieres: Nicola Meecham May 14, 2017
Tag Archives: Taiwan
6 October 1917 – 3 July 2017 We called her “Ah Po” – an endearment in the Hakka dialect.
The third Sunday in June is declared for Father’s Day, first celebrated in 1910 in the USA but not proclaimed as such until years later. Coincidentally, June 21st is also Summer Solstice, the longest day in the year, and thus a very important milestone for those who … Continue reading
My dad never hesitated to share titles of the songs he loved. In his last years, he took a liking to Youtube. One of his favorite singers was Joan Baez.
On my brother’s last visit, he bought a new iPad for my father. It sat unused until I showed up six months later in Taichung. Some ten years earlier, I had done the opposite. I first diagnosed that my father … Continue reading
There are moments in your life that you will never forget. Ask anyone what they were doing on September 11, 2001. Wherever they were, they remember. It is as if time froze the minute they learned about what has now … Continue reading
I came across an old e-mail from my dad in October 2003, referring to a series of blogs I posted about our family reunion the previous month. “Your updated Sept journals,” he wrote, “describe our reunion after 17 yrs quite vividly. Though … Continue reading
As we approach the third supermoon this year, I am reminded of how I witnessed the two previous ones in July and August.
One of my many goals is to become a better writer. To do so requires reading good writing, reading about how to write, being in contact with good writers, practising the craft of writing to get better at it, and … Continue reading