One of the things that I value about music, or music that connects with me, is how it draws me out of myself, out of my location, time and place…either into a memory of another time or a timeless place.
My parents are both musicians, siblings all seem to be as well, aunts, uncles on both sides and cousins too – even ancestors. For better or worse, I am a musician as well. For most other disciplines be they professional or otherwise: I would rather have a measure of decent skill in many and be exceptional in none…however for music, I would rather be exceptional in one instrument than many.
Having at one point in time or another undertaken piano, recorder, trumpet, voice and guitar; I have for the past 2.8 years been playing ‘ukulele. This is the instrument that fits my lifestyle right now. Compact to travel painlessly, suited for humid weather. Easy to learn the basics, lifetime to master and yet, advanced techniques aren’t as far away as they were to me on other instruments. I can combine it with my voice and sing songs…yet the ‘ukulele really calls me out into timelessness with its own voice.
I gravitate toward ukulele songwriters and instrumentalists more than singers, offering myself as audience, waiting to be drawn into a timeless cosmic recital of notes, chords, strings and singing wood.
The song that transported me today is this one, from the movie Amélie and adapted for two ‘ukeleles by Ka1a1aika two youtube duet brothers. For me, it is cathartic. I hope to play it one day with my own ‘ukulele and friend. (
or brother *ahem John…🙂