“Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. “
– G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936
Quote carved on an Anne Choi bead
I like the “doubled by wonder” part. That’s what I’m feeling now, post holiday; gratitude, tripled and spilling the brim.
I’m adapting more of my songs to ukulele of late (isn’t everyone playing uke lately!? 😉 I just did a photo shoot for Lanikai ukuleles. It was one of those days where you’re not quite sure how the pics will turn out because, well, you’re on your way someplace else when the publicist/photographer says- ‘hey let’s do this now!’. So you just grab your instruments and hat and go with it, playing on the porch with the dog in tow. I threw in a fuzzy one for good measure (my pic, not his). 😉
I’m so in love with my Lanikai ukes. I write most of my music on bass guitar, with voice. But the other instruments I play add texture (baritone & tenor ukes, guitar, accordion, percussion, pan pipes…). They embellish the emotion and feel of each the song. Each instrument speaks a different language, and I want to speak them all! Once a song is finished, the band kind of takes over, adding their own magic. Then I get to focus on singing and picking what texture/instrument I want to play live. It’s ideal playing with a band like this. Playing a ukulele or guitar keeps you strong as a soloist too. Both are ideal, but I love how other musicians keep me learning. Like with this song- my jazz band has inspired me to learn it on…accordion 😉 I have to have it down by tomorrow night’s show. Eeek!
Is this video crazy awesome or WHAT!? Back when jazz was pop- ever cool, alive and infectious.
We’re having our ‘second spring’ now, just after the first rains and before storms pull the last leaves from trees; a new carpet of green has sprouted up over dead, “gold” California grass.
Fresh weeds, flowers- annuals and perennials- blooming one last go before the cold. I had hoped for a good macro of this but the wind nixed that. A sunset through a full dandelion bloom is pretty cool though.