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    Default Tell me how the Ukulele has enriched your Life..

    For me UU, the ukulele and the Ukulele underground community has helped me distract from my disability,my serious health issues and my loss of my father. I have made many great friends here too, thank you all....Tell me how UU has helped you ....


    P.S. I am very thankful of UU and I know it's almost time to renew my
    UU VIP status to support UU.. I hope many of you will contribute again this year to help support our wonderful forum and site...and the
    new members, I hope you will join in too...thank you

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    wow Stan...in so many ways it's almost impossible to put together in words. Thinking aloud, here's some of the main ones maybe...

    (i) a friend during the down times
    (ii) a joyful compadre to share the good times
    (iii) a tool to communicate with the residents with dementia whom I have worked for in a nursing home...that reaches beyond words and touches the heart and soul
    (iv) something that has brought our family closer together by sharing our love of music and playing together
    (v) therapy when all sometimes feels as though it's lost...I suffer from depression pretty bad too and it's amazing how one can literally drift off for hours at a time and find peace through just strumming and singing songs
    (vi) a means to bring joy to others who are in need of refreshing
    (vi) comfort to families during illness (at my work)
    (vi) making people smile in unexpected situations
    (x) it has introduced me to a huge bunch of wonderful people on this website who I am blessed to count as friends - yourself especially Bruddah

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    Nice thread, Stan. Like to add my own thoughts.

    This instrument has helped me and my wife to overcome many substantial creative blocks and inhibitions and to reach levels of achievement that, at certain times in our lives, we felt and believed were not achievable. It helped me to recuperate and regain my strength after two heart attacks and a quadruple bypass (2004).

    It is a remarkable instrument and I am grateful everyday for it's presence in our lives.

    Mike
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    "To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em." --Paul McCartney

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    Well, let's see...
    It has helped me to not miss my late GF, Annie quite so badly.
    It has helped me make new friends, in my city, and here on UU, including the two above.
    It got me on stage at my church, quite a feat.
    It has me forming a new band to perform in nursing homes and ALFs.
    It gives me a way to entertain my friends I already knew.
    It has sparked a new outlet of creativity in me, and released my inner geek.
    It keeps my bank account from getting to bloated!
    "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.

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    Aloha Eugene, Mike and Nickie..
    It is amazing how this little instrument has touched our lives and how it improves our quality of life....I am truely blessed to be given the oppertunity to play and enjoy it,
    and all the rewards it provides...

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    I just learned to like my simple way of playing an instrument with the ukulele. And I could still learn to play much more complexly with him after that.
    Brazilian uke player
    Tenor Kamaka HF-3
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    Aloha Bruddah,
    It gave me so many things from kid time to now that it's impossible to list them all. Back in the day, the ukulele was a big chick magnet (in Hawaii, that is).
    It brought family and friends together for the love of the beautiful sound it produces, to learn and appreciate its simpleness, and to marvel at uke masters and our own progression.
    Most important, it allowed me to meet great people who share a common bond with our beloved instruments. I've learned so much from you as well as from my other UU Ohana members............................BO............. ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 808boy View Post
    Aloha Bruddah,
    It gave me so many things from kid time to now that it's impossible to list them all. Back in the day, the ukulele was a big chick magnet (in Hawaii, that is).
    It brought family and friends together for the love of the beautiful sound it produces, to learn and appreciate its simpleness, and to marvel at uke masters and our own progression.
    Most important, it allowed me to meet great people who share a common bond with our beloved instruments. I've learned so much from you as well as from my other UU Ohana members............................BO............. ....
    he he Bo. It's a chick magnet for me too Bruddah...problem is, they're all over 80

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    The ukulele was my first foray into playing music and making art in general. I mostly play guitar now, but without the ukulele I never would have dreamed of playing any music at all.

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    Tell me how the Ukulele has enriched your Life..
    It hasn't. It has impoverished my bank account, my Paypal account, and taken up all the free space around this little house. It's consumed my life, my time, my money and my conversations.

    But I love the little monkeys, anyway... all of them, even if I can't get at my wine rack these days because of the wood stacked in front of it...

    Okay, okay. Sure I've met a bunch of wacky, happy people because of it. Sure I rekindled my passion for music because of it. Sure I connected with some great old music from the 20s and 30s I never learned to play on guitar. Sure I discovered new things about wood, about luthiery, about music because of it. But aside from that, what did the Romans ever do for us?
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