What a way to start of the New Year! I ended up giving a 45-minute ad lib talk about what’s new and different in this year’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series as we were waiting for my husband to arrive with the digital file for the day’s program. It took him that long to drive home and back with the external hard drive with my digital file because my laptop was not working properly so we needed it to plug into Kaunoa’s laptop. Good thing I knew the subject matter and could talk spontaneously while teaching people about Hawaiian music and cultural history.
Twenty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hapa Haole Songs on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Arizona visitors Larry and Trudy whom we met at the previous month’s Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House also joined us. We sang 8 of the 11 songs that we had prepared for the program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawaii.
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!
New this year was a Hawaiian history moment of the month – January 17, 1893 was the date of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and an additional slide showing the strum graphic and chord shape images for each song. We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs and playing each song twice.
Here is the list of 8 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:
- On The Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Haole Hula – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Yellow Bird (local style) – Latin Strum.
- Tutu E – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- One Paddle, Two Paddle – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Hawaiian Lullaby – Pick in 4/Latin Strums.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo Songs on Thursday, February 22.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele