The Hawaiian Serenaders are giving a concert on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We are being sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Statewide Cultural Extension Program and as such our program will have educational components as well as entertainment. The show is titled “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” and lunch is optional (the best part is being able to eat and talk story with participants afterwards). We hope to inspire my current ‘ukulele students and potential students by performing difficult songs and showing them what is possible to play on the ‘ukulele with practice. It’s been a few years since our first UH sponsored show “Timeless Love Songs” in February 2008 at Kaunoa, and we look forward to offering our services during my Ukulele Mele Music Week celebration November 14-18.
Here’s our plan for the program about the ‘ukulele and performing a musical mixed plate of Hawaiian , hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites on ‘ukulele and u-bass with vocals (18 songs):
- Koni Au – If not for King Kalākaua’s support of the ‘ukulele, we may not be playing it today. Talk about the instrument, history, demo types, parts, tuning, etc.
- Island Medley – Let’s go around the Hawaiian islands on a musical journey.
- Uwehi Ami and Slide – We blend an instrumental big band-era hit into a contemporary local song.
- To You Sweetheart Aloha – Enjoy a hapa haole boat days song popular during the 1930s-50s.
- Sentimental Journey – Listen to a big band-era hit on ‘ukulele.
- Fly Me To the Moon – Listen to a u-bass solo of this popular jazz standard.
- Blues in the Night – Enjoy a blues song on ‘ukulele.
- Bill Bailey – Listen to the different sounds of a song played on ‘ukulele and banjo ‘ukulele.
- Today – See if you can hear the difference of 6/8 versus ¾ timing on this folk song.
- Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree – Listen as the medley of 2 songs goes from major chords in the verses to minor chords in the chorus creating a different sound.
- Lahainaluna – A contemporary Hawaiian song with special meaning to us.
- Waikiki – We can relate with the composer feeling homesick when he wrote this song.
- Hawaiian War Chant – Listen as the song goes from major to minor chords, alternating between Hawaiian and English lyrics and two different rhythm patterns.
- Flying – Listen to the major and minor chords that give this song its jazzy feel.
- Maui Marathon Song – Comedian Frank Delima is known for creating numerous parodies and we hope you enjoy ours.
- Stranger in Paradise – Enjoy our version of this love song from the musical Kismet.
- Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World – Enjoy our version of Braddah Iz’s medley in a picking rhythm rather than reggae beat because we hear the song that way.
- There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Feel free to sing-along with us.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele