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Thread: Can I post a rather personal experience since taking up the ukulele?

  1. #1
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    Jun 2017
    West Los Angeles, California

    Default Can I post a rather personal experience since taking up the ukulele?

    Ok, I thought this might be interesting. And I wonder if anyone else has experienced a similarly significant impact from their own ukulele adventure.

    Ok, so background; family is from Hawaii. Maui actually - where our roots are. We moved to Los Angeles in the late 50s. We visited annually for a long time. Eventually, we stopped. When I was 20 I lost my father, then my sister, then my mother all in a handful of years. Life went on in L.A. In 2005, major accident and TBI while living in Seattle. Back in LA since 2008.

    I take up the ukulele on a lark a few months ago. Borrow a friends uke and now own my own beautiful uke. Today, while listening to some old Hapa albums. I breakdown. Balling like crazy. Floods of memories I lost to the traumatic brain injury come back to me. I remember my sister's love for Hawaii, my love for the Hawaiian culture, my dad's pidgin accent, my very special cuz Vanessa, my grandmother (who used to be a traditional hands on healer and how she used to work her magic on me), the music my family played on the stereo, the lifestyle, eating sugarcane from the fields, and so much more. My eyes still tearing up.

    My sister was very special to me, loved her so much. She died too young. Getting in touch with these lost memories have really affected me and will continue for ever.

    And I owe it all to taking up the mighty ukulele! It has brought a big part of my heart alive again.

    Last edited by cyber3d; 08-01-2017 at 06:57 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2013


    Wow, that is a very personal story. Thank you for sharing. music is a wonderful thing. I Love the ukulele.
    I'm so glad this happened for you. Music is emotion for sure. All the best!

  3. #3
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    Dec 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL


    My most sincere condolences. I'm very happy that you are playing the uke, and honored that you decided to confide this to us. I advise, let the tears flow. We never get over losses like these, we just become okay with it after healing and time. Pour your feelings into your playing, let your losses become your creative energy. Experiences like yours are what birth some of the most moving melodies ever. Don't push yourself to "get over" anything, be gentle with yourself. Allow the healing, it will happen in time. Play on, my friend, and thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    Music is something that can open many locked doors, in many ways. Music therapy is a legitimate field--and all the more reason to keep supporting efforts like Ukulele Kids Club!

    I am so happy that these memories came back--hopefully there is great joy with the sorrow.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Chicago, IL


    Wow! Thank you for sharing.

    Originally Posted by ukemunga:
    "Best is a very personal thing. You gotta play it to love it. And you'll always think there's one better. And there is."

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Parkes, NSW, Australia


    That is an awesome thing to experience, thank you for sharing. Maybe Doctors should be handing out ukuleles instead of prescriptions.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    L.A. California


    Music is emensely poewrful.
    I also suspect that growing up in Hawaii
    Is a special experience that leaves an
    Impression on people.

    Thank you for sharing your deeply personal

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Arizona, USA


    I agree with what has been said and the advice given. This is a very special blessing to experience. Im sure your tears are filled with joy as each memory comes to you. Let yourself cherish this time and heal healthy during this time.

    My best!

    Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

  9. #9
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    May 2015
    Richmond, California


    Thank you very much for sharing this. A big part of healing is reaching out, as you've just done!
    Robert Edney

    Much more interested in playing the ukulele than making violins just now...

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    Aug 2012


    Just Play

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