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    Default How is quarantine going?

    I hope that everyone is doing well, and getting through the various quarantines/stay-at-home/lock downs.

    I went to work one day, found the building locked up - oops, they forgot to tell me not to come in - and thought that I'd at least get lots of ukulele time in.

    Turns out, between worrying about relatives and friends, (and hoping to keep myself safe, too!), sorting out the job situation, (one job probably is gone forever, but they got me back working from home at the other), trying to catch up on continuing education requirements, and so on, I haven't played as much as I had hoped.

    I did start trying to learn Europa (Brittni Paiva), and Canon in D, so am making some progress, at least. :-)

    I hope that everyone is doing well & enjoying their ukuleles.
    Last edited by Joyful Uke; 05-17-2020 at 07:27 AM. Reason: Misspelled Brittni's name

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    I retired after 40 years of pediatric nursing in early April, just a few weeks after the pandemic showed up in Utah. I knew that life for myself & my mom (active 80) who lives with me would change because of my retirement. The pandemic threw a whole different spin on things. All of the activities I had planned to keep myself busy during retirement were off the table. All of my momís regular activities were also shut down. We have survived ďStay Home/ Stay SafeĒ fairly well, although we are definitely experiencing some boredom.

    I had assumed that Iíd be playing my ukes a ton during this time. With all of the online offerings and time for practice, I thought my uke playing would soar. However, I havenít played or practiced all that much. Not playing with & for others has really been hard for me. Instead of a source of solace, my ukes remind me of what Iím missing. This saddens me, and Iím working on changing my attitude. The Chee & Maisel online uke festival really helped a lot. Iíve been playing a lot more since the festival. I sat in on a Zoom jam with the Catskills Uke Group today that was really fun. My ukulele joy is returning!

    One other thing we did during this time that has lifted our spirits a lot is adopting a rescue dog. She is a joy.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006 (Living Waters)
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018 (Blackwater)
    Blackbird Clara - 2019 (Oasis Bright)
    Cocobolo concert - 2019 (Worth Brown)

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    That's great that you adopted a dog. I've got 3 rescues. They certainly help me get through these trying days.
    What kind of dog? How old? (Not uke related, but, hey, all things dog related are important, too. LOL.)

    I think that the online ukulele sessions could be a great thing. That's wonderful that it's helping the joy return for you.

    I've been doing so many online classes (not music related), and Zoom meetings that I need the break off-line for music, but did watch some of the Chee and Maisel uke festival, and really appreciate efforts like that. The contributions of musicians have been a bright spot in these times.

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    I'm playing about the same amount as before the stay at home. I'm fortunate in that I have an income and I'm working from home, my job is full of stress now the stress has just shifted a bit, so at the end of the day I am tired, it's just a different tired. And the "normal" everyday getting around and doing things is out the window. And when one does take on the errands of life's needs it's a more strategically planned outing with the appropriate suiting up for battle against the virus--adding to the stress.

    Music had been an uplifting activity for me. Play the blues to help you get through the blues and be happier after. Have participated in a couple of the online workshops as time and energy has allowed. THe Chee and Maisel Uke Fests we a big hit. Lil'Rev is also doing online workshops, attended one lesson from him.

    Did about an hour and half session with my Godin this afternoon. Plugged in and sometimes a little loud working on some songs. Was time well spent.

    My Saturday evenings have been dedicated to watching Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane fame play live from his FurPeaceRanch....he has done 7 live shows with some help from family and friends.....bringing music to us all while we make our way through this........truely a bright light in the week....

    Keep your lamps trimmed and burning.....

    Be Well!

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    I been out of work since March 17th. I was on 2 weeks of isolation and a few days before returning to work, I was told don't come in till further notice. I'm high risk and fortunate enough to still get paid. So while I'm on administrative leave, decided to take some more ukulele lessons online.

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    I feel a bit guilty about this, but I haven't really noticed a big change. I haven't missed a day of work because of my field. I work, read, smoke a pipe of tobacco, play ukulele, sleep. Pretty much same as usual. If anything, my life's improved with less jerks on the road. The only privation that I suffer is that I have to stand in line to get into the grocery store if I don't get there at 8 a.m.

    Since I don't really do a lot socially or do things that require money, I haven't had any cause to get stir crazy. I'm still playing ukulele, but the pandemic hasn't really shaken or solidified my goals. I'm just moving onward acknowledging intellectually that other people (or so the media tells me) are being impacted.

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    I've been doing very well, partly because when I retired completely a little over 7 years ago I became more of a home body, and to keep me occupied, joined The CC Strummers which meet twice a week, and we're still doing that via Zoom, so being at home is not a big problem. Also, I've never been married nor had kids (that I know of) so being alone a lot is nothing new to me as well.

    I've also been participating in other uke Zoom sessions, playing my bass ukes mostly. I also get in a couple of my own sessions on uke and bass most every day. Every week or so the leader of the group will introduce a new song, for which I take the time to remake for my 12.9" iPad Pro and create a complete bass arrangement. During our normal meetings I would record all of us playing each song and upload them to my website for the members to practice with themselves. I'm still doing that by the leader recording herself singing and playing the uke, sends me the track and I add my bass line and upload it.

    Once or twice a week I go to the supermarket heeding all the safety precautions, and in the last few weeks going to my repair guy as he's been working on a couple three basses with modifications and conversions. I'm also cooking a lot, which I do for myself anyway, but I've gained about 5 pounds that I don't need at all, puts me about 35 pounds over where I should be. Also watching lots of TV shows and movies I record, mainly how-to shows that are all about helping, improving, creating for other people. Food Channel, Discovery, H&G, Learning, Science, etc. Not interested at all in the drama shows that are about how bad people can be to each other. (I recently saw "Yesterday" and loved it.)

    One of the best things I've done to keep a level head is to never watch the news. I don't need to hear the sensationalized pounding all day long that puts everyone in such a negative state. I'm staying as positive as possible through this.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 39)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    • Member The CC Strummers: YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
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    It's been 6 weeks of anxiety for us.

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    Joyful Uke - my new doggie is (best guess) 3-4 years old, and an Aussie/Collie mix. She is a total love bug. Looks kind of like the dog in the musical Annie. She seems to be curious, but not bothered by my uke playing.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006 (Living Waters)
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018 (Blackwater)
    Blackbird Clara - 2019 (Oasis Bright)
    Cocobolo concert - 2019 (Worth Brown)

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    It is entirely because of the shelter-in-place order that caused me to buy an ukulele and start playing it.

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