Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rachael Serenades You

I'm from a musical family. My mother played the piano beautifully, and my dad plays anything stringed you set in front of him. When I was little, he'd tuck us up in bed with a song of our request -- I usually chose The Peanut Butter Tree (which was a Dad original).

We grew up singing together and not finding it weird. We three girls, when we sing at karaoke or Christmas caroling, usually shock the hell out of people -- our voices work together like one, and we LURVE some tight harmony. We keep saying we'll form a band, but out of all of us, only Christy knows how to actually play anything (the bass, guitar, and drums). I can play chords on the guitar, badly, and can play piano a little, but nothing to write home about. I didn't play anything when the family sang together, out camping at bluegrass festivals, and I kept my hands busy with knitting while everyone else jammed.

So a while back, I tried picking up the ukulele. Four strings! How hard could it be? (Hint: Not hard.) I bought a crappy one, loved it, and then sold some yarn to the knitters to fund a new, nice uke. I posted this video the night I got my new one, so I wasn't good at playing it (or changing chords) yet, but I think it shows how I love it.




Certainly won't win any awards -- except for the FUN award, perhaps, which is a really important one. I love my uke. (There's another little song here, with friends, and a primer to starting to play the uke yourself!)

8 comments:

L.G.C. Smith said...

OMG, you are the cutest thing EVER!

Adrienne Miller said...

Rachael, you're so freaking adorable. I wanna wrap you in puff pastry and eat ya all up. ANd i mean that in the best possible, least creepy way.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Can't believe I just started the day with Rachael serenading me. Or rather...can't believe I have to start my days *without* Rachael serenading me, now that I know how wonderful it is!
*sigh* I wish I could sing...

Mystii said...

Honey, that's beautiful!!!! Sent me right back to Hanalei Bay...

Martha Flynn said...

omg how do we not make you sing to us at every get together???

Rachael Herron said...

:) :) :) :)
Posh.
xo

Lisa Hughey said...

I was so HOPING you would do a video of you and the Uke!! Loved, loved, loved it :)

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