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Cassie
11-23-2015, 03:00 AM
Hey guys, Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been busy. I have some exciting news! I'm going to have a blast with my little Kala this week. My cousin has invited me to come and spend the week with her for Thanksgiving. She Wants me to bring little Kalea along. Kalea is the nickname I've given my little Kala soprano. She wants me to play for everyone at the Thanksgiving dinner especially the children. It's sort of what you would call my first gig. Unfortunately, I'm the only Uker there. This cousin is the same one that gave it to me early. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. Eat lots of turkey, play your ukes and enjoy. I Just thought I would share this exciting news with all of you.

kvehe
11-23-2015, 04:30 AM
Hi, Cassie - This is such fun news! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I think it would be the best time ever, playing at a family gathering surrounded by children. Have a great time, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cassie
11-23-2015, 04:44 AM
Hi, Cassie - This is such fun news! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I think it would be the best time ever, playing at a family gathering surrounded by children. Have a great time, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks. That's one of the things I'm definitely thankful for, the fact that I now have a uke. I'm also glad i have such nice family members and such nice UU friends.

Rllink
11-23-2015, 05:28 AM
For us, Thanksgiving was the beginning of the Christmas season. We always listened to Christmas carols on Thanksgiving day. That, and watch football. But I've been hearing Christmas carols for weeks now on the radio, so it isn't the same. Frankly, and I don't say this with any malice, I could do without Thanksgiving.

Cassie
11-23-2015, 05:34 AM
For us, Thanksgiving was the beginning of the Christmas season. We always listened to Christmas carols on Thanksgiving day. That, and watch football. But I've been hearing Christmas carols for weeks now on the radio, so it isn't the same. Frankly, and I don't say this with any malice, I could do without Thanksgiving.

I do that but my mom is like, :Why not wait until after thanksgiving."

UkerDanno
11-23-2015, 05:47 AM
Congrat's, Cassie on your uke and first gig, enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Ukuleleblues
11-23-2015, 06:27 AM
For us, Thanksgiving was the beginning of the Christmas season. We always listened to Christmas carols on Thanksgiving day. That, and watch football. But I've been hearing Christmas carols for weeks now on the radio, so it isn't the same. Frankly, and I don't say this with any malice, I could do without Thanksgiving.

One time we were out playing before Thanksgiving and started on a Christmas set. These two guys walked by and one said something to the effect of "They are already starting that, it's not even Thanksgiving". We stopped and switched back to our non Christmas music. It sounded something like I would have said, but when you are playing is just so much fun.

Cassie
11-23-2015, 06:34 AM
One time we were out playing before Thanksgiving and started on a Christmas set. These two guys walked by and one said something to the effect of "They are already starting that, it's not even Thanksgiving". We stopped and switched back to our non Christmas music. It sounded something like I would have said, but when you are playing is just so much fun.

I'll mostly be playing children's songs for all the children that are going to be there. I want to learn Mele Kalikimaka but I need to know a few more chords first.

Rllink
11-23-2015, 09:07 AM
One time we were out playing before Thanksgiving and started on a Christmas set. These two guys walked by and one said something to the effect of "They are already starting that, it's not even Thanksgiving". We stopped and switched back to our non Christmas music. It sounded something like I would have said, but when you are playing is just so much fun.I feel bad for people who live lives so structured, that they have to have a check mark on their calendar that tells them when they can start enjoying Christmas.

Fleacia
11-23-2015, 10:03 AM
Whatever you play, Cassie, have fun! If people like it, great! If they seem to have their attention elsewhere, don't worry, one day someone will come up to you, "Oh by the way, remember that Thanksgiving you played?" Someone is always listening, even if you don't get feedback at the time. :D

mm stan
11-23-2015, 10:19 AM
Aloha Cassie,
have a great time and thanksgiving.. happy strummings
http://www.baby-patch.com/guitar.html
yes children songs is a great foundation to learn as every knows the timing and rhythm of them

quiltingshirley
11-23-2015, 10:35 AM
Sounds like fun. When I first started, I tried to play some of the old kids' songs that I at least knew the tune to. I discovered if I changed out the name to one of the kid's for the name in the song, they loved it! (I was sort of awful with timing and playing but they talk about "Their Songs")

Cassie
11-23-2015, 12:19 PM
Whatever you play, Cassie, have fun! If people like it, great! If they seem to have their attention elsewhere, don't worry, one day someone will come up to you, "Oh by the way, remember that Thanksgiving you played?" Someone is always listening, even if you don't get feedback at the time. :D

Thanks. I'm getting packed now. I'm going to have to carry my little Kala separately because it won't fit in my suitcase.

Cassie
11-23-2015, 01:26 PM
Mahalo for all your nice responses. I'll definitely report when I come back from my trip. If I can, I'll send you a drop box link to a recording.

Cassie
11-25-2015, 05:00 PM
Hi guys, I'm at my cousin's house. Tomorrow's the big day. Little Kalea and I are all set.

vanflynn
11-25-2015, 06:21 PM
Have fun and enjoy friends and family. Laugh and talk.

That's why we made holidays!

kohanmike
11-25-2015, 09:05 PM
Good for you Cassie. About six months into playing, I was asked to bring my uke to a New Years Eve party, I wasn't real confident, but it came off pretty well.

Kiwiohana
11-25-2015, 10:11 PM
Hope you and Little Kalea have fun!

Cassie
11-25-2015, 11:39 PM
Hope you and Little Kalea have fun!

Thanks. I always personify it so don't be surprised if I say she when referring to kalea. Kalea is my first one. I had the worst case of UAS and I couldn't be cured. Luckily, Kalea has cured it.

Cassie
11-26-2015, 05:55 PM
Ok guys. Here's the recording I promised you. I got back a few minutes ago so it's still fresh. I apologize if it's a little rusty. I jokingly asked my cousin, "When's my next gig?" We both laughed.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vn5q3xfsjk46rl2/playing%20uke%20for%20the%20kids.mp3?dl=1

Nickie
11-27-2015, 09:35 AM
Cassie,
I'm so glad you got to play for them. When I figure out my new sound system (old parts cobbled together) I'll listen to the recording!
way to go!

Peace Train
11-27-2015, 10:52 AM
This was a fun listen. Felt like I was there, wrapped up in the festivities with everyone else! Thanks for sharing. :)

kohanmike
11-27-2015, 12:35 PM
Cassie, I took the liberty of cleaning up the audio a little, I hope you don't mind. Here it is with a more direct link to my audio storage.


http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/playing uke for the kids.mp3

Cassie
11-28-2015, 12:21 AM
Thanks guys. I had a blast! I'm ready for another one! I don't think I have ever had so much fun. You can use mike's link if you prefer higher quality. Now I have one big question. When's my next kids gig!

Cassie
11-29-2015, 06:11 PM
Well guys, My trip is all over for now. Looks like back to the case for little Kalea for a while. I like playing for lots of kids. I thought about talking to my grandma about possibly going Caroling this Christmas season. What are your thoughts on that?

Cassie
11-29-2015, 06:42 PM
Caroling in Carolina, way to go. You wont have a lot of fun meeting people, singing and playing if you keep your uke in its case and stay at home.

I agree! That's why I'm looking for other chances to bring it from its case and have a blast. Playing by yourself is Ok but I like playing for others.

kohanmike
11-29-2015, 07:29 PM
I think that's a great idea Cassie. Here in Los Angeles, The Music Center in Downtown has a ukulele play along Dec. 11 they call the Ukulele Christmas Orchestra, where hundreds of uke players learn a few songs and play together for the evening. I've done it a couple of years now and it's great fun.

Cassie
11-29-2015, 07:34 PM
I think that's a great idea Cassie. Here in Los Angeles, The Music Center in Downtown has a ukulele play along Dec. 11 they call the Ukulele Christmas Orchestra, where hundreds of uke players learn a few songs and play together for the evening. I've done it a couple of years now and it's great fun.

Awesome! I'll have to Ok it with my mom first. Grandma is literally our next door neighbor but I feel safer letting mom know before I make any plans. I don't know if we have anything like you've got. I know that we have a uke jam in Raleigh. I need something a little closer to where I live.