Not everything goes to plan, but our Christmas video finally got made.
It’s not easy to create strumming patterns for ukulele combos, especially when playing skills are limited. Talented players, especially those who are proficient on guitar or mandolin can make the uke a rhythmic and melodic instrument, but the average group player is better off concentrating on rhythmic and percussive elements.
This is the first video we’ve made completely in lockdown.. Having some gear, instruments and a song is one thing. Getting five people 60 kilometres apart in stay-at-home lockdown mode to sing together is another. We’re a technically unsophisticated bunch.
We love ragtime, jazz, blues and big band swing, though we could give them up if we had to. But we’ll never never hang up our rock and roll shoes.
We decided on ‘A Teenager In Love’ for our first music video because it was a song we all knew well. For the past couple of years it’s been a staple at SPUKES and one of the best group songs we have. Max has been singing it since it was a hit for Dion and The Belmonts in 1959!
We used to eagerly await Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings when the next SPUKES session would be held at the Rosebud Memorial Hall. Eighty uke players belting out their interpretations of classic folk, rock, blues and jazz favourites was inspiring. Skill was not important; it was enthusiasm that counted.