“I’ve come to your Hawaiian programs and thought I’d give this a try”, commented a woman originally from Georgia.
Fourteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – American Classics on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We sang all 12 songs that we had planned for the program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawai’i.
The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great! This time we were in a regular classroom instead of the large multi-purpose room which meant I did not need a sound system to project my voice or to amplify my instrument. Thus, the vocal harmonies of all the singers in the room could be easily heard. The intimate setting worked great!
Here are the 12 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:
- Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Medley: Happy Days Are Here Again/Ain’t She Sweet – Tom Tom/I Wanna Rest Strums.
- Red Sails in the Sunset – Latin Strum.
- Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Sloop John B – Latin Strum.
- Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York – 2 Waltz Strums.
- Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Jamaica Farewell – Latin Strum.
- Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart – 2 Waltz Strums.
- Swanee – Tom Tom Strum.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Christmas Songs Hawaiian Style – as part of the annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 20.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele