You can count your blessings and end up with countless reasons why you should feel incredibly fulfilled, lacking for nothing, and yet there’s just this little space in your heart, a craving you can’t quite name. You may go about your day, buy your coffee or tea, that usually helps. You take a sip, you can feel the warmth coating your throat and chest. But it misses the spot. Maybe you’re hungry...? Lunch with your favorite person. Ah, that was nice catching up, but the void remains. You throw yourself into your work, impressing your boss and colleagues with all the extra creative effort you made. Good job, sport! You check in with your heart, yep, that empty spot is still there. I know; Music! You’re friendly ukulele is hanging on the peg, smiling brightly at you when you walk through the door. You take it down, strum out a few chords, warming up for your new favorite song you’ve chosen to tackle. After 25 min of playing alone on your couch, you feel a little better. But something still isn’t quite right.
Playing with others has it’s hurtles; two ukulele players don’t always sync up right away, but when that magical moment happens, it’s simply sublime. There are many resources online for finding music with multiple parts, but music on paper is nothing but a two-dimensional image until it is translated by the Musician into an auditory melody.
Have you excepted the truth about your title of Musician yet? What’s holding you back? Are you the type of player who hides out in your cave like Gollum, strumming your “precious” ukulele, hiding your beautiful talents from the rest of the world? Don’t you want to be a part of something bigger? Sure, when the lights are on you the flaws show, but is that so bad? How else can you fix them if not for a second set of ears?
I hereby challenge you in this New Year to break out of your shell and join other musicians in making music. A place like The Strum Shop is stocked full of opportunity for just such an endeavor. You are welcome to join our Uke University Ukulele Club family where you’re sure to hear of other opportunities for jamming. There’s our Bluegrass Jam, or Irish Slow Session as well happening on Thursdays. There’s the RiverCityUkesOrchestra who meet every saturday to strengthen their craft together as a group.
You could volunteer with my Del Paso Heights Elementary Ukulele Club and fill the void by helping a struggling child find their confidence by playing chords correctly. As a matter of fact, there are at least a dozen Elementary School Ukulele Clubs that need volunteers in the local area.
If you’ve just begun to get your feet wet in the ukulele pool, you will have noticed it’s not so scary after all. Open up your mind, and your arms, to the possibilities of joining a Ukulele Family Ohana.
Come on by The Strum Shop and get involved. It’s an experience you won’t regret, I guarantee it!
See you around The Shop!