Dropping off my laptop for data recovery at MacStation last month, I was bowled over by this massive burst of sunshine behind the first desk. He was one of THE most magnetic personalities I have ever encountered. His name was David.
I stayed for at least an hour talking with him. I thought, I have GOT to become friends with this guy. I figured I would get his contact information when I came back for my computer the following week. When I finally left our parting words were, “See you in five days!” That was May 22nd.
The service department was overwhelmed and behind. Things took longer than expected, so I didn’t come back in 5 days. I didn’t come back until June 22nd, exactly one month later. I was greeted at the door by a poster of his face. Inside his desk was empty. As I paid for my repairs, I learned what happened. His body had just been found.
I stood on the step outside the doors for a long moment, stunned. This was the exact spot we were standing just a month before. A month before when we had said, “See you in five days.”
I don’t know what caused his heart to give up. I only knew him for an hour, but I know what sunshine he was capable of bringing. And I know how many smiles he brought to my face in one small hour.
My heart is extremely heavy to hear of his passing.
This video was recorded last night. It was a request from a friend who lost his brother. I promised him that as soon as my computer was working again that I would sing it for him… Well… I got my computer back yesterday.
So this song is for Alex, in memory of his lost brother.
And this song is also for David. I wish you were still here.
I hope you’ve found peace.
I guess we may not know what pain could lay behind a smile. Let’s remember to always be kind.
So this is a request for Carmen!! Lady, I’m sorry it took so long… But… Well… You know what gives.
YEAH. I know it’s not Tuesday.
Everyday is Uke day. Happy Ukulele Sunday! Deal with it!
This recording is FAR FAR FAAAAAAAR from perfect…. I really should have gone back and recorded the piano and strings, but by that point I was… Well… Too emotional to think and making a billion mistakes…
It has come to mean A LOT. Sorry for the bloops… Please ignore! Even if this song is not enjoyed by another human on the planet, it was very therapeutic for me to sing today… So I needed to do that.
PS: Shiva? If you’re watching? Yeah… What the song says…
For the ukers:
Chords I used are A, F#m, Bm, D for the most of it in a loop… And from D to E on the “one step closer.”
Strumming pattern? Eep. I have no idea. I just kind of let it go… And my timing was AWFUL. But I think I did a lot of the classic downdown upup… Some with the thumb brush strum on the second down and somewithout… Did a variation on the downdown upup, skipping the second down and leaving silence… Down… up up down… up up down…
Also did some down… updownup down… updownup…
That’s all I can decode… Just kinda went for it.
So. I skipped last Ukulele Tuesday because I was sick as kuss. This week, I’m slightly less than kussingly sick, but still sound a whole lot like a man when I try to sing. I briefly contemplated recording for you a Crash Test Dummies cover on my ukulele, showcasing my vocal box’s illness induced gender transformation, but then I decided that the world just isn’t ready for that.
In other news…
When you are on a ferry boat and you have a ukulele, and I happen to be upon that very same ferry boat and spy you, with your ukulele, you had best be prepared to be pounced upon and to have your ukulele stolen. Savvy?
Met a couple of rad chicks on the ferry boat the other day… That is to say, I saw some chicks sporting some ukes and forced my company upon them. They didn’t fight. They were nomming french fries.
We jammed! I taught them a few songs. I do believe there was a rousing rendition of “Walking On Sunshine.” We, and not the motion of the ocean, were the likely cause of boat rider’s nausea. No biggy. Some people just can’t handle all consuming awesomeness.
N e how… Those chicks… Who look (a heck of a lot) like this:
Are actually a couple of high school besties, dipping their toes into the local music scene while wrapping up their final year of high-school here in Vancouver. They’ve even got an upcoming gig, May 14th, at IGNITE! Youth Festival! Woohoo! Go singing ukulele-ing songstresses!
N e how… So I’m terribly out of singing comission right now… And in place of my musical offerings, I would just LOVE to post a video of these two chicks sharing some of their ukulele magic… If they would get their act together and record one, I’d do just that.
So INSTEAD of me… And INSTEAD of those two… You’ll have to be thrilled and entertained by this guy! He’s got a pretty ukulele… He’s got long, nifty finger nails… He is a PHENOMENAL uker… AND… Occasionally his chin even makes an appearance into the video! What more could you possibly ask for?
It’s Ukulele Tuesday!
This is going out to my lovely friend Kathrine! Thanks for the request! Love you bunches! Bawled like a baby picturing you dancing to this song at your wedding! xoxo
Thanks for visiting, ya’ll! Make sure to subscribe, comment and send in yer requests!
For those of you interested in playing this song… The lyrics and chords can be found here.
I changed the key to a horrid key to play, but a lovely key to sing in. If you want to play along in my key, the verse chords are:
Ab Cm C# Ab Fm C# Eb Ab C# Ab
And the Chorus:
Ab Eb Fm C# Ab Eb C# Eb Ab
I followed the same structure as you’ll see on the lyrics and chords link I posted… Just sub my chords over those ones.
Happy Ukulele Tuesday!
Much, much, much love and sunshine,
Man… Life is amazing. Feels like a million pounds of stress has been lifted off my shoulders… Life is calming down and I’m revving up! Ukulele Tuesday is back, yo!!
Here’s a back-in-the-day song that makes me feel 12 again! Dr. Jones by Aqua Aquarium…
Enjoy! Comment! Subscribe! Leave me your requests and I’ll see what I can do!
PS: I always get quite a few requests for chords on YouTube… I have a confession on this one… I actually have NO IDEA how to play this song and I’ve never seen the chords for it… The actual chords probably sound a lot better, so if you’re interested in busting out some Aqua, I suggest Google Searching the chords and seeing what’s posted online… If you’d like to play along with whatever the heck I just did (for sure just made that up…) I’m doing a constant loop of D A G A.
LOVE AND SUNSHINE!
1. Apparently in this glorious city in which I now find myself, there are many options for open mic opportunities on any night of the week. *Intrigue.* As soon as my back is healed up enough for me to do anything besides lay flat, you just might catch me and my ukulele at an open mic. And by “just might” I mean, “Ohhhh yeah. I’ll be there.”
2. Dear Vancouver;
Where do you keep all your good karaoke?
I’m looking for a home karaoke bar…
No, the place on Davie Street didn’t work for me…
Yeah, the sound was great… But EVERYONE there is a diva.
I need to be worshipped, yo!
You can do better.
3. UUUKKKUUULLLEEELLLLEEEE TTTUUUEEEESSSDDDAAAAYYYYY.
Now that life has calmed down for the first time in… Uh… Over a year. (Yikes.) And I’m finally getting back to life and passions, I’ll also be returning to my Ukulele Tuesday shenanigans. That means as soon as I am sorted and good to go, you should be expecting to be able to see my mug playing on the uke every Tuesday. HUZZAH!! I’ll be throwing in the occasional original song, but other than that It will be a whole lot of covers and requests. I’m throwing out my previous requests (Sorry ya’ll… This girl needs a serious fresh start.) So if there’s a song that YOU want to hear me attempt on ukulele, FIRE IT AT ME! Bring it on, I can’t wait!!
4. (Yeah.. I Know I said 3 things… I lied… Get over it…)
Oh ehm gee, look at this ukulele.
It’s TUNED WRONG (Ukulele: If it plays like a guitar, you’re doing it wrong!)
BUT it’s made entirely out of MATCH STICKS. Sooo… Some cool cred goes to this uke.
Photos taken from a TechEBlog feature on life-size match stick creations… Ohhh the things I run into when wandering aimlessly on the interwebs…
Much love and sunshine!!
My first ukulele buy was absolutely impulsive.
The person I was with tried to talk me down… But no…
I was going to spent $350 on my first ukulele.
Luckily… I stuck to it!
The ukulele has most definitely become the instrument of my heart.
*Note the bare spot where badass me wore right through the finish!
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