Making music with our sweet little UKES in the Highland Lakes area of Central Texas!
We've had such fun and met some wonderful people since starting the Highland Lakes Ukulele club. Today we were small but mighty! We were thrilled to welcome new member Alicia and our old friend Tom is back, albeit with a trace of the local flu still bugging him a bit. Once again we thank Fuel Coffeehouse in Llano for hosting the Club meetings twice a month, what a great place to gather!
Hey there, y'all. We had a great meeting tonight with some new members swelling our ranks into the low tens!!! Yay for us. A couple of novice players Kyle and Gabe came early to learn to tune and get started with a few chords, but it was obvious they had been tinkering with YouTube before they got here ;-) Leo came to see if the Uke was 'his' instrument, it certainly looks like it may be! We welcomed back Amber, who had been out for awhile, we missed her. We did some simple and a little more advanced tunes and of course enjoyed those lovely harmonies! An old friend John came by and snapped some great shots for us, thanks, John.
Don, Amber, Luis, Virginia, Leo, Lisa, Kyle, Gabe
We had a great time and played most of the gigsetlist.pdf. with Goodnight Sweetheart at the very end. After the first couple of songs, the audience was singing along and having a blast hearing the old-timey songs again, it was very gratifying. Betty Fergeson, the Activities Director, says they're very interested in having us back, perhaps on a monthly basis. Next time we'll be playing in their larger building next door.
Some of us were able to go to lunch at Russo's across the street and we 'communed' for another hour-or two. Thanks so much for the great turnout!
Our 4th Thursday meeting fell on Christmas Day, so we met on December 26th. There were only three members present, but we had fun! We looked up 4 of our favorite songs on the web and worked on them a bit. Don bought candy at the Dollar Store, so the rest of you missed out! I think the sugar high was probably worth the drive. I worked up the three songs the way we like them (Don did one) and changed a couple to easy-to-sing keys, you'll find them in the Song Files.
Why Can't We Be Friends
Stand By Me
Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
We've been invited to play at Gateway Villa Assisted Living Facility in Marble Falls at 11:30am on January 7, please see the Calendar for details.
We played to an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd on December 23rd at the break in Play It Again's regular monthly gig. Check out these beautiful harmonies by the crowd, it was a lovely evening!
Yesterday we had a great time playing for the KBEY Annual Toy Drive at Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet in Marble Falls. We got to see Kay Baker and Ed Chandler again and of course SANTA WAS THERE. Well, probably just one of his helpers, but you never know....I'll try to get copies of the photos they took. Afterwards we went to breakfast/lunch at Tea Thyme Cafe across the street. Great hangin' together, isn't it?
We made an appearance at the Highland Lakes Democratic Women's Club Christmas Luncheon at the Hidden Falls Country Club in Marble Falls. Don provided a barebones amplification setup, as the dining room was large but the acoustics were fairly decent. They had an interesting program and officer's swearing-in, thanks to the officers and members for the past year's service, then a very satisfactory lunch. At the end we performed 8 Christmas songs. From the Club we had four attendees, Lisa, Don, Cheryl and Mike. Several victi...um, volunteers stood behind us to fill in with voices and the harmonies were quite gratifying.
The crowd really seemed to enjoy the music, and we had a GREAT time. Photos by Marilyn Harris.
This evening's meeting was attended by the 4 of us who are going to appear at the Highland Lakes Democratic Women's Christmas Luncheon on Saturday. We worked on the Christmas songs we'll be performing and we're pretty pleased with the outcome. For those who would like to be prepared for any other calls we have for holiday appearances, there is a downloadable multi-page .pdf file called christmassetlist.pdf at the bottom of the Our Songbook page. There are a couple of songs that have been changed after being worked on a bit, so be aware these are the most current versions. There's another called gigsetlist.pdf that we've been using for nursing home/assisted living appearances, so those who would like to practice can use that, too.
Happy Strumming, y'all!!!
Four of our members, Don, Lisa, Bob and Luis provided a lunchtime show for the residents of Walden Court Assisted Living. We played Christmas songs and a few additional numbers to an enthusiastic audience. The Christmas Songbook multi-page .pdf we used is available as an attachment at the bottom of the Our Songbook page. Thanks so much to Walden Court for having us, we had a great time!
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