“This is my favorite class.” “More people should come to your program.” Hearing these comments from my students brings a smile and sense of accomplishment of achieving my goal of sharing the joy of making music one ‘ukulele players at-a-time.
Eighteen people signed up for my Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Big Island Songs on Thursday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. In the second year, the program evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs from long ago. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 8 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 47 slides (approximately 4 lines per slide) took 1 hour and 10 minutes. As I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun singing while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass.
Here are the 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we learned:
- Kupa Landing – by Lot Keawe, 1890s.
- Akaka Falls – by Helen Lindsey Parker.
- Kuhio Bay – by Keliana Bishaw.
- The Beauty of Mauna Kea – by Keola Beamer, 1976.
- Hilo March – by Joseph Ae’a, 1890s.
- Kaula ‘Ili – traditional.
- My Little Grass Shack – by Johnny Noble, Tommy Harrison, Bill Cogswell.
- Hawaii Aloha – by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, 1800s
Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Kauai Songs coming on Thursday, April 26.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele