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hendulele
02-02-2016, 06:11 AM
February 2nd: It isn't just for groundhogs any more.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxOA8kOrs8E

hoosierhiver
02-02-2016, 06:20 AM
I still maintain that August 23rd is Ukulele Day. That is the day the Raven's Craig landed in Hawaii with Manuel Nunes. This other so called ukulele day seems to have just been picked arbitrarily a few years back and heavily promoted as THE day by the person who randomly decided it.

sukie
02-02-2016, 06:41 AM
I am a Program Director for Meals On Wheels. One of my drivers wished me a Happy Ukulele Day! I was touched, actually. Do my people know me? Yep.

hendulele
02-02-2016, 07:30 AM
I still maintain that August 23rd is Ukulele Day. That is the day the Raven's Craig landed in Hawaii with Manuel Nunes. This other so called ukulele day seems to have just been picked arbitrarily a few years back and heavily promoted as THE day by the person who randomly decided it.

Maybe there should be two?

hoosierhiver
02-02-2016, 07:38 AM
Maybe there should be two?

or how about 365?

Raygf
02-02-2016, 07:49 AM
or how about 365?

I'm all for it. Any/every day is a good day to celebrate the ukulele!

Croaky Keith
02-02-2016, 07:54 AM
Hang on, isn't it a leap year........that means we get 366 days this year. :)

ScooterD35
02-02-2016, 01:00 PM
Boy am I learning some interesting stuff today!

August 23rd it is, for me! Besides, along with Groundhog Day, today is my AA anniversary so I already have plenty to be grateful for.

Now... About that 365/6 ukulele days a year... Fantastic idea! In fact, I think everyone should aspire to have a collection big enough with at least one for each day!

Ok, I'm off to see about a second mortgage.


Scooter

Futurethink
02-02-2016, 01:51 PM
This is amusing. I get your point. Yes, Ukulele Mike personally declared Feb 2 as a day to celebrate the ‘ukulele. Some people seem to be offended simply because he added a TM to the T-shirt he produced. That doesn’t bother me. A lot of people have heard about this date, and repeated it. I found numerous mentions on the Web. Does it come down to which date is most heavily promoted?

You say that August 23 is a more appropriate date—perhaps you're right. It is the day the Ravenscrag arrived in Hawaii, but it’s probably not the date the first ‘ukulele was made (or sold). That’s okay. Pick that date and promote it. On the other hand, I cannot find any mention of an official holiday on August 23. I did find this page recognizing August 23 as the birthday of the ‘ukulele;
http://www.hawaii-post.com/2004-23AUG.html

On this page, Howlin’ Hobbit says that August 23 was officially declared International Play Your Ukulele Day, but I cannot find any evidence of that.
http://www.ukulelia.com/2011/02/today-is-world-ukulele-day-2011.html

This page comes close, but the dates are inconsistent;
http://www.kidderminsterukuleleclub.com/index.asp?pageid=562244

This video claims May 2nd as Ukulele Day;
http://www.kidderminsterukuleleclub.com/index.asp?pageid=562244
as does this Web page;
http://www.playukulelebyear.com/general-posts/may-2-2012-national-play-your-ukulele-day/
as does this video;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXidxfUc0Y
(with a chord sheet)
http://www.kanikapila.us/Lyrics/Play%20Your%20Ukulele%20Day.pdf

So is the day really May 2? Hey, we get to party again next month! Go ahead, celebrate all of these dates. What’s the harm?

Futurethink
02-02-2016, 01:53 PM
Happy anniversary, Scooter.

Halfling
02-02-2016, 01:55 PM
I still maintain that August 23rd is Ukulele Day. That is the day the Raven's Craig landed in Hawaii with Manuel Nunes. This other so called ukulele day seems to have just been picked arbitrarily a few years back and heavily promoted as THE day by the person who randomly decided it.

That "Still small voice of calm".

LOL

futboljim
02-02-2016, 02:16 PM
This is amusing. I get your point. Yes, Ukulele Mike personally declared Feb 2 as a day to celebrate the ‘ukulele. Some people seem to be offended simply because he added a TM to the T-shirt he produced. That doesn’t bother me. A lot of people have heard about this date, and repeated it. I found numerous mentions on the Web. Does it come down to which date is most heavily promoted?

You say that August 23 is a more appropriate date—perhaps you're right. It is the day the Ravenscrag arrived in Hawaii, but it’s probably not the date the first ‘ukulele was made (or sold). That’s okay. Pick that date and promote it. On the other hand, I cannot find any mention of an official holiday on August 23. I did find this page recognizing August 23 as the birthday of the ‘ukulele;
http://www.hawaii-post.com/2004-23AUG.html

On this page, Howlin’ Hobbit says that August 23 was officially declared International Play Your Ukulele Day, but I cannot find any evidence of that.
http://www.ukulelia.com/2011/02/today-is-world-ukulele-day-2011.html

This page comes close, but the dates are inconsistent;
http://www.kidderminsterukuleleclub.com/index.asp?pageid=562244

This video claims May 2nd as Ukulele Day;
http://www.kidderminsterukuleleclub.com/index.asp?pageid=562244
as does this Web page;
http://www.playukulelebyear.com/general-posts/may-2-2012-national-play-your-ukulele-day/
as does this video;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXidxfUc0Y
(with a chord sheet)
http://www.kanikapila.us/Lyrics/Play%20Your%20Ukulele%20Day.pdf

So is the day really May 2? Hey, we get to party again next month! Go ahead, celebrate all of these dates. What’s the harm?
Umm, March is next month, though I hate to rain on the parade.

Maybe the 2nd of every month?

ScooterD35
02-02-2016, 02:39 PM
Happy anniversary, Scooter.


Thanks!!!



Scooter

Futurethink
02-02-2016, 04:19 PM
Umm, March is next month, though I hate to rain on the parade.

This semester has just started, and apparently I'm wishing it was over already...

Futurethink
02-02-2016, 04:32 PM
Its a shame when it all boils down to thinking about tee shirts and trade marks. Its better to think about people and music.
Agreed.


The legends of the Ravenscrag that I have read, true or not, are that the Ravenscrag docked at Honolulu on 23 August 1879. Soon after docking, after a long time at sea, the passengers, indentured labourers from the island of Madeira understandably decided to dance with joy or play some tunes on their string instruments. The Honolulu locals were so impressed with the dexterity of the celebrating Madeirans that they apparently coined the term "jumping flea" which turned into Ukulele after some translation. If this legend is accurate, the word "ukulele" actually started on 23 August 1897.
This makes sense.

kohanmike
02-02-2016, 04:37 PM
I'd rather see ukulele day not on Groundhog Day. August 23rd is fine with me, or May 2nd. How can we go about locking it in officially? Can we get congress to declare it, maybe through a member who's also a uke player?

cpmusic
02-02-2016, 04:56 PM
February 2nd: It isn't just for groundhogs any more.

Works for me; it's also my birthday!

cpmusic
02-02-2016, 04:58 PM
I'd rather see ukulele day not on Groundhog Day.

You got a problem with Groundhog Day? Huh? You wanna make somethin' of it?

:)

ScooterD35
02-02-2016, 05:08 PM
Works for me; it's also my birthday!



Happy Birthday!!!!!!



Scooter

UkieOkie
02-02-2016, 06:43 PM
Boy am I learning some interesting stuff today!

August 23rd it is, for me! Besides, along with Groundhog Day, today is my AA anniversary so I already have plenty to be grateful for.

Now... About that 365/6 ukulele days a year... Fantastic idea! In fact, I think everyone should aspire to have a collection big enough with at least one for each day!

Ok, I'm off to see about a second mortgage.


Scooter

Great Job on your sobriety. I'm glad to be sober to day as well.

kohanmike
02-02-2016, 07:45 PM
You got a problem with Groundhog Day? Huh? You wanna make somethin' of it?:)

I would like Ukulele Day to be autonomous, not share with any other event. Step outside, buddy!

ukulelekarcsi
02-02-2016, 10:51 PM
If this legend is accurate, the word "ukulele" actually started on 23 August 1897.

Hi Bill,

Although you did tell it beautifully, here are some remarks:
- it was 1879, not 1897 - that's an 18 year difference.
- the landing and the music played at the quay are not legend, but were reported in newspapers the next week.
- the recorded use of the word 'ukulele' and its phonetical variations does not date back to that day but to at least a decade and a half later (I have to check my Tranquada book for that). Taropatch fiddle was used earlier, or more descriptive terms (think 'small guitars').

Back to the topic, I think 'international days' are silly, but the use of the 88th day for piano day and 12-12 for soundcheck day are clever!

kkimura
02-03-2016, 03:39 AM
Hi Bill,

Although you did tell it beautifully, here are some remarks:
- it was 1879, not 1897 - that's an 18 year difference.
- the landing and the music played at the quay are not legend, but were reported in newspapers the next week.
- the recorded use of the word 'ukulele' and its phonetical variations does not date back to that day but to at least a decade and a half later (I have to check my Tranquada book for that). Taropatch fiddle was used earlier, or more descriptive terms (think 'small guitars').

Back to the topic, I think 'international days' are silly, but the use of the 88th day for piano day and 12-12 for soundcheck day are clever!

Cool, would April 4th (4-4) work?

Nickie
02-03-2016, 05:57 AM
You got a problem with Groundhog Day? Huh? You wanna make somethin' of it?

:)

I do! I got so confused I thought it was National Play Your Groundhog Day! We need to be more sensitive to our elderly feeble minded ukers!

Croaky Keith
02-03-2016, 07:46 AM
Cool, would April 4th (4-4) work?

I'd go with that - might even be able to play outside at that time of year. :)

JackLuis
02-03-2016, 08:06 AM
I do! I got so confused I thought it was National Play Your Groundhog Day! We need to be more sensitive to our elderly feeble minded ukers!

What's the G string tuning for a Groundhog?