Monthly Meeting Wrap Down

Matthews' Monthly Musing
August 2019

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


The Ukesters assembled in the lush Glowacki Room at St Pius X Parish in Mission, Kansas on August 12, 2019. The very lovely and laughing Ruby Renee was leading the activities. Ruby had everyone identify themselves and reveal their favorite movie. Great titles galore were the result. The theme of the evening was songs from movies or TV shows.
Ruby had Chuck Wood start us off with MY RIFLE, MY PONY, AND ME by Dimitri Tiomkin and sung by the first of the Italian westerners, Dean Martin. From the western movie "Rio Bravo".

Judy White kept the western theme saddled up with RAWHIDE by Washington and Tiomkin. Theme for the western TV series of the same name. Mike Kelly provided the whip crack by mercilessly slapping his bare leg. Frankie Laine sang the theme. The series gave us Clint Eastwood.
Nancy Schemp with an assist from Holly Soptick led us in Andrew Gold's THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND which was later used as the theme song for the sitcom "Golden Girls' performed by Cynthia Fee.

Steve Mathews was up next with COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME by (Swanstrom and Alter) from the 1933 movie "Take a Chance". Cliff Edwards (AKA Ukulele Ike) also recorded a version of it. Often incorrectly attributed to Mae West who actually said, "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"

Holly was back to lead us in IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg from their wonderful score for "The Wizard of Oz". The Ukesters sang to melt the Wicked Witch of the West on this one!

Mary Lou Foremen led us in SWEET VIOLETS by Joseph Emmet  written in 1892. A humorous wordplay song revived by Dinah Shore in 1951.

Karen brought John Sebastian's WELCOME BACK, the theme song for the 1980s sitcom "Welcome back, Kotter." The Ukesters embraced this one pretty well.

Nancy Howell was up next with Joni Mitchell's tribute to "3 days of peace, love, and music" WOODSTOCK. Recorded by Crosby, Stills and Nash shortly after the famous outdoor music festival ended 50 years ago.

Steve Werts resurrected the "Roy Rogers Show" from the 1950's with HAPPY TRAILS by Dale Evans. As fate has these things, Quicksilver Messenger Service, a psychedelic band from the 1960's recorded an album titled this, with this song being the final track. This group was the antithesis of Roy and Dale.

Chuck Wood brought BEST FRIEND by Harry Nilsson which was the theme from 1969's "Courtship of Eddie's Father" starring Bill Bixby in his post Martian pre-Hulk days.

Steve Mathews was back with a medley of 2 TV western themes of the 1950s, "Have Gun Will Travel" and "Cheyenne". "Have Gun" was penned by Johnny Western, William Lava, and Stan Jones and "Cheyenne" was penned by Lava and Jones. Jones also wrote RIDERS IN THE SKY.
Karen was back with BAD REPUTATION by Joan Jett. An "in your face" theme for a documentary about Joan Jett with the same title. Joan was a trailblazer for female singers that rocked the house in the early 1980s.

Rick Sullivan provided our Beatles moment with an early Fab Four hit. Lennon and McCartney's I SAW HER STANDING THERE. The rumor goes that the original second line of the song was "A real beauty queen" which the cynical Lennon changed to "you know what I mean". It appeared in the movie HELP

THE Ukesters broke for the designated amount of time

The second half started with announcements:

A Ukester since our beginning in 2007 and a tremendous song leader and meeting leader, Mike Kelly, is relocating to Newark, Delaware in mid-August. He will be truly missed for his songs, his leadership and his enthusiasm. Mike actually led a meeting projecting song sheets on a large screen so that no rustling of paper was necessary.

Best wishes, Mike! Get them ukeing in Delaware! Keep in touch, we'll miss you!
Linda Tilton announced new info will be forthcoming about the Lawrence Uke scene. She'll keep us posted.

David Firman announced a uke event at Ryan's Pub in Tonganoxie, Kansas on 09/08/2019. UKe lessons 3 to 4PM, Meatballs play at 4PM followed by an open mike. More info later.

Second half music started with Holly leading us in Elton John and Bernie Taupin's tribute to old time rock and roll, CROCODILE ROCK. What a great number of great songs turned out by this pair. Their "Yellow Brick Road" album is one of the best rock albums ever produced.

Holly led us in a song submitted by Chuck "Have I got a uke for you!" Wilson. None other than THE BALLAD OF JED CLAMPETT by bluegrass superstars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Theme song of 1960's TV comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies."

We reprised some of the previous songs including IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN, WOODSTOCK, and COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME

Chuck Wood led us in the THEME FOR THE BIG BANG THEORY by Ed Robertson, front man for the Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies. The show's producers were attending a concert of the group that included a rap based on a book about the scientific big bang theory. Robertson was asked to write the theme which he admits to writing in the shower in about 15 minutes. This description is actually longer than the song.

Mark Muder brought us back to our childhoods with The MICKEY MOUSE CLUB SONG by Jimmie Dodd. Actual title was THE MICKEY MOUSE MARCH. Several Ukesters were so moved as to rise and perform the actual march.

As our finale, Ruby had us reprise HAPPY TRAILS.

David Firman supplied his bass magnifique, Ken Kelly supplied harmonica embellishments and Jim Donovan continues to supply e-mailed song sheets.

Ruby did a tremendous job of covering material and keeping things moving. Thanks, Ruby!

There was $58.75 in the donation box. Thanks to all donors and thanks to the great parish of St Pius X for continuing to be our gracious hosts.

The next meeting will be on September 9, 2019 same time and place. Steve Mathews will lead.

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

Until September, I remain yours re-entrantly, Steve