“You hit it out of the park,” commented a happy singer.
Thirteen people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs from childhood to kick off the summer season of family car, bus, and camping trips. Three songs were particularly nostalgic in looking back to days when we were younger (Days of My Youth, Ku’u Home O Kahaluu, and Que Sera Sera).
During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about June 11 being Kamehameha Day, the official state holiday first declared in 1871 to honor the man who unified the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810. Since 1932, the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau has been using King Kamehameha’s image for road signs to signify sites of cultural, historic, or scenic value. Learn more about the story behind Kamehameha Day here.
We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.
We sang 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:
- Froggie Went A Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
- She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Days of My Youth – Latin Strum.
- You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.
- I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And/Tom Tom Strums.
- Ku’u Home o Kahaluu – Latin Strum.
- Oh Susannah – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Clementine – 2 Waltz Strums.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs is Thursday, July 25.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele