For about 4 months now I've been hiding something from my mom. I've been working on a project, waiting for the right time to reveal it to her. The first time she got wind of it, I had it sitting on my desk when mom came back to visit. When she walked in, I realized I hadn't hidden it, so I had to quickly turn her so she wouldn't see it. I took her by the shoulders, turned her and said, "Wait here. I have something I need to hide."
I can only imagine what was going through her mind. From then on every time she'd visit, I'd have to quickly hide it before she came in the house. I wasn't going to tell anyone until I was ready to tell everyone, but I was having so much fun with it, I had to tell. Janae, my niece, was the first to know. Soon after I told my dad and my sister, but made them promise not to tell mom. Everybody kept the secret.
Well today I revealed the surprise to mom. At the beginning of January I bought a ukulele.
It's a Makala MK-C, a concert ukulele. It has been so fun to learn. I'm really not a musical person, despite the fact that everyone in my family is very musical. I've tried learning harmonica, and although I could play a few songs, it just didn't keep my attention. Inspired by the 4th graders in Wendell, who learn the recorder in music class, I bought one and learned some songs. But that didn't last long either.
This ukulele however, is so fun. I'm not very good yet, but I've learned 4 chords: C, F, G and I'm working on A. And I know how to play some songs. I can play "Stand By Me," "Unchained Melody," "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Claption, "Imagine" by John Lennon, and I'm learning "Stuck On You" by Lionel Richie.
My favorite song is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Iz. I know all the chords, and can play the whole song, but not like Iz does. I can get his strumming pattern down. But my ukulele teacher, Piko Johnson, says I'll learn the strumming eventually. For now we're concentrating on learning the chords.
BTW, if you want to take lessons from Piko, click here.
Even with my limited experience and skill level, I gave mom a performance today. It was fun. Someday, hopefully not to far in the future, we can have a family sing along. Susan can play her piano, Janae can play her guitar, I can play my ukulele, and everyone can sing (except me of course).
I haven't done it yet, but I will take some photos of my ukulele. The picture above is something I found on the interwebs.