Monthly Meeting Wrap Down

Matthews' Monthly Musing
July 2021

All the songs from this meeting can be downloaded on the Songs & Music page. (Thanks Jim Donovan)


The Ukesters assembled in Ken Kelly Hall at St Pius X Parish in Mission, Kansas. Chuck Wood was the meeting leader. There were plenty of old faces and many wonderful new faces for our first real meeting in over a year.  Chuck bravely led us through a plethora of dandy songs.

First up was a Ukester regular, BUFFALO GALS, about that other New York metropolis and its wild women. We sorely missed Ken Kelly's harmonica. Chuck led the song.

Mark brought that old HEE HAW favorite, WHERE OH WHERE ARE YOU TONIGHT? about why parting is not always such sweet sorrow.

Linda Tilton  (the Belle of Barcelona) led us in STAND BY ME by Ben E King & Leiber & Stoller. a rock and roll classic. a John Lennon favorite.
Holly was up next with the Beatles calendar faux pas, EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, a nice rollicking tune from the Fab Four

Larry was next with GEORGIA ON MY MIND by songwriting genius Hoagy Carmichael (who was also a western star on LARAMIE.) Ray Charles did it proud!

Lance Burnett led us in SUNFLOWER, a tribute to the state of Kansas by Mack David. Lance is a new and ,hopefully, regular face at our meetings.

Sara Mendez brought the ominous IMPERIAL MARCH from Star Wars by John Williams. Perhaps the first instrumental ever performed by the Ukesters.

Karen Keslar brought UNCLOUDY DAY by Willie Nelson another prolific songwriter,

a nice reflective song, a category Willie has long mastered.

Chuck was up with ON THE RADIO by Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder, a lady hears a letter written about her by an ex-lover read on the radio. Two giants of 1980s dance music.

Judy brought BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, a great standard by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. A George Harrison ukulele favorite.

David led us in the Al Dubin/Joe Burke hit, TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS. Tiny Tim was razzed about his version but the original singer, Nick Lucas, rendered the song in the same falsetto voice. Check it out on YOU TUBE

Holly was back with PEACEFUL EASY FEELING by Jack Templeton and a hit for the Eagles. Pretty much described the feeling of the night!

Karen was back with JOY TO THE WORLD, Hoyt Axton's non Handel version. It was a big hit for Three Dog Night and another sentiment of the evening!

Steve closed things out  with McDiarmid/Nobles' WHEN HILO HATTIE DOES THE HILO HOP about an amorous hula dancer who disdains judges and cops and even worse, stops the humuhumunukunukus from swimming by!

What a relief after a year plus of zoom and such, to be back in our old haunt with all the friendly faces and a bunch of new ones.

THANKS are in order for Ken Kelly who has provided us with our meeting space for most of our 14 years in existence.

THANKS to our faithful "ace of bass" David Firman who provides us with a fine foundation on which to tether our songs and also powers the website.

THANKS to all who brought songs to this very special meeting.

THANKS to all who contributed to the $74.00 in the donation box and for the good people of St Pius X Parish who are our monthly hosts.

THANKS most of all to the new faces. We hope to see you more and hear the songs you might bring for us to share!

The next meeting will be August 9th, 2021 at 6:30pm same place


Until August, I remain yours re-entrantly,