Matthews' Monthly Musing
All the songs from this meeting can be downloaded on the Songs & Music page. (Thanks Jim Donovan)
The Ukesters assembled for their 2nd meeting in the new improved Glowacki Room at St Pius X Church in Mission, Kansas on March 11, 2019. Chuck Wood was our fearless leader for the evening. Songs made famous by women was the theme.
Chuck had everyone introduce themselves by giving their name, residential area and what they have learned from the ukulele. The answers varied but the most popular answer was the surprise at how versatile and enjoyable the uke is to play.
Chuck had Steve Mathews start by leading Malvina Reynold's condemnation of suburban conformity LITTLE BOXES made famous by Pete Seeger.
Chuck led the next offering, THE END OF THE WORLD by Silvia Dee and Arthur Kent. Skeeter Davis, a country singer, had the most popular version although
Herman's Hermits also recorded it. Alas, the song tells of a poor jilted girl.
Steve Werts was next with MY DEAR COMPANION by Jean Ritchie, a folk superstar whose nickname was "Mother of Folk". Instrumental in the revival of folk music. The song tells of a woman looking for her errant feller.
Holly Soptick was up with WALTZING MATILDA, Australia's unofficial anthem. The melody is of THE CRAIGIELEE MARCH a tune played at horse races and the lyrics came from a fellow named Banjo Patterson.
Rick Sullivan had us tapping our toes with DANCING IN THE STREET by Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson and Ivory Joe Hunter. Made popular by Martha and The Vandellas. The oddest version is undoubtedly the rendition by Mick Jagger and David Bowie.
AT THIS POINT THE UKESTERS TOOK A DANCING BREAK
There were announcements:
1 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 03/23/2019 at Yardley Hall JUCO campus
2 British Festival 05/04/2019 at Ararat Event Center KCMO All invited to play
3 "Uke On" Jam at Shawnee Br Johnson County Library 03/16/2019 2:30PM
4 St Pat's Parade 03/16/18 meet 1:30PM in Brookside bring uke wear Green
5 Ethnic Fest in August performance opportunity (more later)
6 Tommy Emmanuel (Aussie guitar superstar) 09/21/2019 Midland Theater
Jim Dickinson commenced with the tunes leading us in Gerry Goffin and Carol King's LOCOMOTION, the 2nd dance tune of the evening, made famous by Eva Boyd AKA Little Eva. Eva was Goffin and King's babysitter.
Karen Kesler brought the tune that introduced us to Petula Clark, DOWNTOWN by Tony Hatch. Hatch wrote almost all of Petula's hits. This song is the antithesis to GOING UP COUNTRY. Petula was the only lady to ever turn down a leading role in an Elvis Presley movie.
Mark Muder led us in the big hit for The Casinos in 1967, THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE. A sad break-up song by John Loudermilk who also wrote INDIAN RESERVATION and TOBACCO ROAD. There was a thunderous kazoo bridge mid song as every Ukester was armed with a Kazoobie Kazoo.
David Firman led us in JOLENE by Dolly Parton about a spurned woman who pleads with "love 'em and leave 'em" Jolene, to leave her man alone.
Holly was up next with Lee Hazlewood's THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING sung by Nancy Sinatra. The lady focuses her wrath on the boyfriend not the other woman.
Chuck wound things down with LIKE A PRAYER by Madonna and Patrick Leonard and recorded by Madonna. A passionate young woman sings of her relationship with God.
Chuck did a marvelous job leading. Kudos, Chuck! David Firman provided his bass extrordinaire, Ken Kelly and Ruby Renee provided dramatic song concluding spoken words, Steve Mathews gave kazoos to everyone, Jim Donovan keeps every one up to date with song sheets thanks to you all!
There was $68 in the donation box thanks to St Pius Parish and donors!
Next meeting is April 8, 2019 same time, same place. Holly Soptick leads! Yay!
REMEMBER: MUSIC SELF-PLAYED is HAPPINESS SELF-MADE!
Until April, I remain yours re-entrantly..........Steve