I wanted to be sure to share something for this week's Sunday Sketches at Blue Chair Diary. It's a sketch inspired by the ukuleles my son and I bought earlier this week. We started out with a plan to share just one, but after only a few hours we realized that passing it back and forth just wasn't going to work. We headed right back to the music store and now we can play duets! (Okay, well, we will be able to play duets once we learn how to play!)
George Harrison was right. This definitely is "one instrument you can’t play and not laugh."
We've become quite educated about different sizes and qualities of ukuleles. Mostly, though, we've learned just how relaxing and fun it is to sit and strum these sweet little instruments, even if we only know a few chords. Instead of the tiny soprano size we ended up with concert and a tenor ukes...still very portable, but offering a bit more room for our fingers in the higher frets.
I think my ukulele will be great in the studio...a nice diversion when I need to take a break or stretch a bit. I realized during Flora Bowley's intuitive painting course how much I underestimate the power of movement and music as tools in the creative process. In fact, movement and music make just about everything in life better.
Tonight we had one last evening stroll on the beach and then ran down to the chocolate bar down the street to celebrate the lovely, restful time we had.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.
To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith.
Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith.
Anne Morrow Lindberg, A Gift From the Sea
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