I’m in my studio listening to the tinky strumming of one of the many ukuleles that now live in our home. The song is “I’ll Fly Away,” followed by some other bluegrass tunes that, when played on the tiny instrument, have a laid-back vacation-y feel.
What is it about ukuleles? They’re adorable. They’re fun. Their sound is so very unique. Whatever their appeal is, we have fallen in love with them.
It started with the girls’ fascination with the ukulele catching and throwing that is so cleverly pulled off in this video. Before they knew it, they each had one to call their very own (along with a daddy-built rack on their bedroom wall).
But, as obsessions tend to go in our house, buying a couple of them wasn’t enough, and Alex got to work making one of his own. The process involved making several jigs, steam bending wood, and lots of research. A few weeks later…voila!
Before they knew it, they girls were up on stage at the school’s student variety show singing and playing Little Boxes. For those of you who don’t know my girls, getting up on a stage and performing in front of an auditorium of people would be the very last thing my tall girl would choose to do. But she did it. They both did, and we were so proud of them. After the show the girls, who earlier in the day swore they wouldn’t ever be in the variety show again, proclaimed “next year, let’s do electric guitars!”
And so it will be. On daddy-built-with-their-help electric guitars, eventually.
In the mean time, they’ll practice on these.
Looks like they’re getting the hang of it.