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flea_bitten
03-22-2010, 02:36 AM
Today was one of THOSE days. The kind which starts out with having a wisdom tooth pulled and then actually managing to go down hill from there...

While all this bad stuff was happening I deliberately thought about my uke instead: looking forward to getting home, hunkering down and shutting the rest of it out for a bit and realised the ukulele is a pretty good place to go when life isn't being much fun.

I think I need to give the clawhammer practice a miss though. :D
But that's OK cos ukes have many moods and this one calls for a bit of gentle bluesy noodling.

mailman
03-22-2010, 02:57 AM
I guess it can only get better for you from here..... Hope things look better after a bit of uking!

Sambient
03-22-2010, 03:08 AM
I fully acknowledge the role of ukulele in my life for its antidepressant properties.

fivetide
03-22-2010, 03:09 AM
There's a heckuver lot to be said for a bit of noodling here and there, that's for sure.

rasputinsghost
03-22-2010, 03:46 AM
I'd be a less happy person without my uke family.

happyslappysoong
03-22-2010, 04:13 AM
Music is good medicine!

I have found this on many instruments, though Uke has the ability to connect with me others can't!

whetu
03-22-2010, 11:52 AM
I fully acknowledge the role of ukulele in my life for its antidepressant properties.

This. If I'm having a crap day, I'll just pickup one of my ukes and play for a couple of hours. It's meditative, like daydreaming, or as Coveywood describes: it's therapeutic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS7lGaupiFw). You relax a lot and begin to realise that your problems aren't that dire. James Hill said that there's a music education in each ukulele, and that's true, but I think there's more in there as well :)

dkcrown
03-22-2010, 12:15 PM
My ukes are like a good pet. Thay are always there for me when I need them most. Unconditional love.

Gipserio
03-22-2010, 12:29 PM
This is no joke, music can cure people. Read Oliver Sack's MUSICOPHILIA if you don't believe me.

SailQwest
03-22-2010, 01:44 PM
The ukulele is my favorite mood-altering substance. :cool:

ukecantdothat
03-22-2010, 02:55 PM
Sorry about your sucky day. The uke is a fantastic way to get your mind off of things! Anything that distracts you from the harsh realities life can bring do it for me, be it music, art, or watching something mindless on TV. I recently suffered a stroke, without really knowing it at the time. It was days after that all the scans revealed the scope of it. It could have easily been lights out, but I was "lucky" and all I have to show for it is some weird visual glitches in the periphery. A couple months later I had a hole in heart closed to prevent another one, but they say it could still happen again anyway. So I just carry on like nothin' happened, except that there's a sense of urgency attached to the mundane things I used to take for granted. Now, just the simple act of shooting hoops with my 8 yr old takes on a joy that was never there the same way, and the uke suddenly took on a whole new meaning to me as well. Even the bad notes sound good! Not to downplay your misery, but as long as you're drawing in air and can think of ukes, life is good! Like Igor said in Young Frankenstein, "Could be worse... Could be raining."

flea_bitten
03-22-2010, 03:23 PM
ukecantdothat - that was quite a wake-up-call you got there. It's good to hear that you were listening. I reckon if we don't listen life keeps serving up more of them until we do.

I got mine a few years back. My kid sister needed a kidney so I stepped up to the plate for what turned out to be a tough trip to a lousy destination. Some things can't be gotten over. In the wake of it I reassessed my life, handed the keys of the business I had built to my husband and went back to art school. Now I'm struggling to make it as an artist but refuse to give in because the wake up call is still ringing in my ears.

What surprised me yesterday was that adding the ukulele into my life had given me more than a relaxing hobby and a boost to my self-esteem but somewhere to go when things got tough. When people talk about music being a healer they're right but it can also be preventative medicine when its warding off depression and stress. The uke is extra special because it's small and kind of cuddly - can't imagine curling up in a comfortable chair with a euphonium or a piano...

Big_e
03-22-2010, 04:08 PM
I remember when we had that bad snow storm. Large parts of the city were wihout electric power. I was without power for 3 days! No tv, no lights and no interwebz. My ukulele was helpful in me not losing my sanity.
Ernest

shwee
03-22-2010, 04:19 PM
My ukulele is what keeps me sane whenever midterms and finals roll around...

StereoJoker
03-22-2010, 06:17 PM
My ukulele is what keeps me sane whenever midterms and finals roll around...

Hear, hear!

If those adverts were still relevant these days, I'd go with |U|K|U|L|E|L|E|: My anti-drug

I've noticed that the uke is the only instrument I can play that lulls me into a sort of meditative trance (well, okay, with the exception of my Kiowa flute, but that's partly because I run out of oxygen halfway through playing it).

Hope the rest of your week turns out better!

kalmario
03-22-2010, 06:46 PM
my ukulele playing while therapeutic for me, has the opposite effect for my lovely wife!

Robster
03-22-2010, 06:58 PM
My ukulele is like one of my best friends.

Ku'uipo, as she's named, never leaves my side. She's always there for me at the end of a rough day, and she was there for me after two rough break ups with two different girls (and lots of other times where I was left heartbroken). It keeps me calm during those rough times in my life, and it gets me on a high when I'm feeling good already.

I firmly believe that the ukulele has some sort of healing/therapeutic power within it.

itsme
03-22-2010, 08:28 PM
I've always thought of playing music as a form of meditation. It's like an escape where I can leave behind the cares of the world for a little while, instead of fretting over my plight or trying to numb my mind in front of the boob tube.


I remember when we had that bad snow storm. Large parts of the city were wihout electric power. I was without power for 3 days! No tv, no lights and no interwebz. My ukulele was helpful in me not losing my sanity.
Our house is 100 years old, so you can guess the electrical grid in the hood is pretty ancient, too. Knock on wood, but we've never had an outage that long here, although we're no strangers to outages that can last several hours.

I play mainly classical on guitar and uke and rely on reading sheets. I recommend everyone have at least one battery powered clip-on book light (and, of course, extra batteries on hand) and then you can just clip it on your music stand and you're golden.

If you don't need it to read sheets/tabs, then you can always use it to -- duh, read a book! :p

I also have a battery powered am/fm radio/flashlight. When the power's out, you'll want to be able to tune into a news station to know what's going on.

ukecantdothat
03-23-2010, 07:45 AM
...can't imagine curling up in a comfortable chair with a euphonium or a piano...
LOL!!! I'm thinking of a double bass, now... Keep listening and hope today is a better day! :nana:

raecarter
03-23-2010, 08:38 AM
I fully agree when's I've had a bad day with the cons at work I need to come home and play the uke my partner even recognises now that it is beneficial to the family to let me work my anger out of my system!

scottie
03-24-2010, 01:26 AM
. . . So I just carry on like nothin' happened, except that there's a sense of urgency attached to the mundane things I used to take for granted. Now, just the simple act of shooting hoops with my 8 yr old takes on a joy that was never there the same way, and the uke suddenly took on a whole new meaning to me as well.

Many times the essence of art seems to be celebrating and/or glorifying the mundane. . . those things we take for granted and seeing them in a new light.

iDavid
03-24-2010, 01:37 AM
Let's see; I absolutely use music or rather playing an instrument to keep me balanced.

I went from:

Keyboards and synths.....

to Chapman Stick

to Hand-drums....

to electric guitar...

to bass guitar

to acoustic guitar

to native American flute

back to acoustic guitar

to Uke!

and I can easily say that all pail in comparison to the Uke. It really is special and my new KoAloha is opening up and getting LOUDER, so now all my neighbors and family can share in its healing powers!

alicecat
03-27-2010, 12:50 AM
I am well aware how short life could be. One of the girls in my class in high school passed away soon after she got into university, cancer. Smart girl but didn't even have a chance to finish her education. Then exactly one year after, the teacher who taught us Geography in high school passed away, only 38 years old, got a cold and slipped in the bathroom broke his head apparently. Everything can happen, you know.

I guess any 'passion' one has is what keeps one going. Now I have ukulele. But my knitting and my fascination to animals are also very important to me too.

Passions are things that can't be taken away, they go with you even after you are gone. Life without passion is life without soul.

micromue
03-27-2010, 05:13 AM
I keep an ukulele at hand most the time. At work, on business trips, in the car and at home. It is great to relieve myself from daily pressure and regenerate my powers.
Plus I can use it to hit people I donīt like. Great tool!

RagtimeGal
03-27-2010, 07:59 AM
Definately helps one get thru a hectic day while at work-and easily stores under a desk!

ukecantdothat
03-27-2010, 08:14 AM
I went from:

...Chapman Stick...

... all pail in comparison to the Uke...

Chapman Uke?... Just thinking...