Monthly Meeting Wrap Down

Matthews' Monthly Musing
May 2020

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


The Ukesters joined by members of the Lawrence Ukulele players and James Ward from Columbus, Ohio convened via Zoom for the Ukester meeting for May 11, 2020.  Linda Tilton (The Belle of Barcelona) led the meeting.

Linda started things off with 1899's KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE by Ada Blenkhorn and J Howard Entwisle. Certainly a song that bears repeating in these strange times.

Kathy Herndon was up next with LET THE MYSTERY BE by Iris Dement. A song about embracing the mystery of life.

Linda was back with I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING by Bill Backer, Billy Davis, Robert Cook and Roger Greenaway. Originally a jingle for Coca Cola but then a hit for the New Seekers. David Firman suggested changing the title to "I'd like to buy the world a Coke".

Steve Mason was up next with THE EAST LAWRENCE WALTZ by the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band (perhaps the only musical group named for a cannibal) TRIVIA: The General Services Administration named their new cafeteria in D.C. after Mister Packer in August 1977 until his history was revealed and they were forced to change the name.

Holly Soptick was up next with WALTZING WITH THE BEARS by Dr Seuss, Eugene Poddany, Dale Marxem, Robert Force,  and Albert d'Ossche. a reworked Dr Seuss poem.

SWEET PEA by Amos Lee was led by Linda. A nice love song not to be confused with Tommy Roe's bubble gum effort.

Holly was up with STAY ALL NIGHT (STAY A LITTLE LONGER) by Tommy Duncan and Bob Wills. A western dance swing tune that was a hit for Wills and his Texas Playboys.

Ken Kelly and his blazing harmonica of fire was up next to lead BUFFALO GALS. Linda unmuted the last verse to "let the cacophony fly."

Linda finished the songs with IT'S MY LAZY DAY by Smiley Burnette. Smiley was a sidekick to Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. He also starred as Charlie Pratt, engineer of the Hooterville Cannonball on "Petticoat Junction".

Great job, Linda! The ZOOM meetings require more co-ordination and patience than a regular meeting! Thanks!

There are 7 minute concerts going on around the Kansas City and Lawrence area. Participants are welcome.

The Lawrence Ukulele players will meet on Monday, May 18th from 7PM to 8:30PM. All are invited. More info coming.

The June meeting will likely be on ZOOM. There is no leader at this time. The date would be June 8, 2020.

REMEMBER: MUSIC SELF-PLAYED IS HAPPINESS SELF-MADE!

Until June, I remain yours re-entrantly
                                Steve