"But music was his life, it was not his livelihood, and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole." - Harry Chapin - chorus of "Mr. Tanner."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yep bruddha . . . I be playing a "U"kulele now . . .

I know, I know, I know . . . it's going to look awful funny, the first time I do a Children's Time message during worship with a ukulele. But get ready . . . it's going to happen sooner than you think.

My daughter played a ukulele in a production of "Radio Gals" back when she was a theater arts student at Texas Women's University. For her birthday this year, she asked me to get her a decent uke, because she wanted to start playing again.

I meant to get around to it . . . but forgot.

Then Sean at Grapevine Guitar Works tells me he is carrying Kala Brand Ukuleles. He helped me get a nice mahogany tenor uke for my daughter.

By the way, did I share that she wants to go with me, as her schedule allows, to sing at hospitals and nursing homes??? Brings a tear to my eye. I am happy beyond belief . . .

Anyway, Sean also had a nice spruce top baritone uke. Now, for those who didn't know, and I am one who didn't know, a baritone uke is usually tuned like the bottom four strings of a guitar. D-G-B-E. Which means . . . I am playing the thing like crazy. It's just like playing my old tenor banjo.

I had recently purchased a Little Martin travel guitar with some mad money I was saving. I wanted to, and have used it to sing in nursing homes. However, this baritone uke is just as loud, and a lot more lighter and easier to carry around as a travel instrument.

So . . . another journey started. More to report soon.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, August 9, 2010

Three interesting things happened to me today . . .

Three interesting things did happen to me today . . . well sort of . . .

First . . . my oldest daughter called to tell me an "interesting" anecdote. A customer walked into my daughter's store today and, referencing the 10+ straight days of over 100 F. weather we have been having, said . . .

"If it is really as hot as hell outside, I need to work on getting my life straight!"

Interesting . . . how God's own creation can get the point across when we Christian-types can't.

Second . . . while eating dinner tonight in my favorite local "dive", I was told that the restaurant had been sold, and was under new ownership and management.

Bummer . . . absolute bummer . . . the couple that ran the restaurant had become good friends, and I enjoyed bringing them my business.

The new manager, Renee, has gone out of her way to take care of us, as my wife and I have "regulars" status at this place. We will see how it goes.

Third . . . at the restaurant tonight, two ladies were eating at the table next to us. One of them told me . . .

"Do you know that you look like Steve Forbes . . . the guy who ran for President?"

Obviously, this lady suffers from a severe degenerative vision disorder . . . but wait, it gets better.

I replied back . . . "Well, if I am, I guess you want me to pick up your dinner bill tonight. But before I do, I have to ask if you voted for Steve Forbes?"

She replies, "Well no, I didn't."

Opps . . . guess who paid for their own bill at the restaurant???

Aw . . . she was a nice lady. We all had a good laugh.

But seriously . . . I don't think I look like Steve Forbes? Do I?

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>