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Friday, August 14, 2015

Aloha'Oe


 Our first gig of this season was a little different from our usual programs for senior adults. We were invited to play at the Back To School Beach Bash Luau at the Greenville Library (Augusta Rd.) Our space was limited, so the first 10 of our band members to volunteer came to play as families came in and out of the library.

A few tiny children showed up with ukuleles in hand, just to be part of the "Hawaiian" fun. A small girl did her own version of the hula as we played.


But the most impressive was the mother who stayed to talk a few minutes after we finished our set. She had brought her children from a neighboring town because she had read that we would be playing. Yes, they came just to see us! Her young son is interested in ukuleles and she wanted him to see real ones being played.

Maybe in a few years, the library can call him to come play for them!



Aloha'Oe, Liliʻuokalani, 1878



 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Getting Some Fun Out Of Life


Because YouTube has not wanted to play nice with me recently, I have posted a couple of videos from our band practice on Facebook instead. Who knew that was a much better way to reach people? We had so many new "likes" and positive comments from people all over the country. And a few places around the globe.

But the following conversation posted on our Facebook page was the best. This young woman said it better than we could have ourselves—"Community amongst yourselves with a sense of mission."

Brooklynn I used your group as an example of a ministry for senior adults in my (seminary) Spiritually Across the Lifespan class :) My professor and classmates thought you all were fantastic! Thanks for sharing your videos. 
The Yesterukes Thank you! We have always thought that those in the band probably benefit more than those we play for. And audiences love to hear us. So, it's a double blessing.  
Brooklynn That's exactly what we so enjoyed! Community amongst yourselves with a sense of mission. We are exploring how important that is. Blessings!!

Thank you, Brooklyn, for totally "getting it."

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Getting Some Fun Out Of Life, Bille Holliday, 1937





Friday, April 3, 2015

The Way You Make Me Feel


We were so welcomed by Woodruff First Baptist Church
Then we were treated to lunch prepared by some of 
the very best southern cooks.

We enjoyed the fellowship with the Golden Age group.

And then it was time for us to make them feel good, feel young. 


Our music seemed to hit the spot with the enthusiastic listeners. 
We loved seeing the smiling faces and toes a-tappin' 
and folks singing right along with us.
It was one of those days when it all worked just right.




The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson, 1987

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hooked On A Feeling

 
They continued to come into the fellowship hall at 
First United Methodist Church, Easley until the room was full.


The Yesterukes were more than ready to play again.
This was our first gig of the year.
A winter break is nice (and much needed) 
but it was nice to make music again.
 

The tables were beautiful decorated with a Valentine theme.
The food was delicious—hot soup on a cold winter day.

 
The fellowship was the best.
Yes, we are definitely hooked on this venture—
the instrument, the music, the friendships.



Hooked On A Feeling, B.J. Thoman, 1968


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka!

There was music--but no ukuleles. Today was a time for enjoying each other's company. A time to sit down and share a meal with people who have become family. Yes, our ukulele family. 












Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Dreaming

Although the blog has been on a "rest," the Yesterukes have been busy. There was plenty of Christmas music to practice. There were new techniques to  learn. Here is a quick recap of the last six weeks:


We enjoyed hosting the world famous Jim D'Ville 
for his "Play Ukulele By Ear" workshop.
It was good to have many other ukulele players join us for this.


Our first holiday program was at the 
SC Presbyterian Community in Clinton.
They were such a great audience, 
singing along on all the songs.


We enjoyed another terrific covered dish dinner 
right before we played for the senior adults at 
Washington Baptist Church in Greer.


And our final program for 2014 
was for a huge audience 
when we played for families of 
the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints .


We are taking a break for several weeks to enjoy
the holidays and spend time with our families.

Merry Christmas from the Yesterukes!
And we wish all of you a Happy New Year.
See you back here in 2015.




Christmas Dreaming, Frank Sinatra, 1947


Monday, October 20, 2014

They Say It's Wonderful


Tuning up


Delicious dinner


Huge audience

We've played at Edwards Road Baptist Church before several times. The audience gets bigger each time we go. When the evening was over, so many came up to tell us the program was "wonderful!" We love to hear that. Others said "excellent" and "exciting." And the last gentleman told me that our music brought back so many memories. Our songs were ones that they all knew. That's what we want to hear. When we can see nearly everyone singing along, we know we've done our job. 



They Say It's Wonderful, Frank Sinatra, 1946