Oops- the flier has the wrong date! Haha! I’ll fix that soon, but for now, take my word for it, it’s SUNDAY THE 17th of NOVEMBER!!!!
Daniel and I are thrilled to start 2019 off working at the best place in the world: THE LIBRARY!!!!
“It’s one of the last places you can go that you don’t have to buy or believe in anything to come in.”- Annie Spence, librarian.
Below is a list of the branches where we will be teaching in the Los Angeles area. There will be a limited number of instruments to borrow at each session, and learning materials for all to utilize. You can bring your own instrument, whatever shape it is in, and we will do our best to make it playable for you, or check out a ukulele kit from your local LAPL branch!
While we are on the love-affair with libraries topic, listen to what This American Life has to say about them.
17th San Pedro Branch LAPL 4pm
19th Memorial Branch LAPL 2pm
26th Santa Monica Main Branch Kids 2pm, Adults 3pm
26th Venice Branch LAPL 3 pm
28th Fairfax Branch LAPL 5pm
2nd Venice Branch LAPL 3pm
9th Santa Monica Main Branch Kids 2pm, Adults 3pm
9th Venice Branch LAPL 3 pm
16th Los Angeles Central Library 2pm
21st Playa Vista Library 6:30pm
23rd Santa Monica Main Branch Kids 2pm, Adults 3pm
23rd Los Angeles Central Library 2pm
2nd Los Angeles Central Library 2pm
6th Jefferson Branch LAPL 3pm
7th Playa Vista Branch 6:30pm
“A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now.” ―Neil Gaiman in The Guardian
The SECOND EDITION has arrived!
With a few small corrections, the 2018 edition of COLOR-ALONG UKULELE is in stock on my website and at Ukulele Magazine’s store! This is a fun method book designed to be used by ALL-AGES. If you are an adult, you will enjoy the step-by-step lessons and familiar songs. If you are working with kids, this is a handy guide to get them going and keep them strumming, complete with a page of helpful classroom hints. Great for kid’s groups, classrooms, families and individuals!
Tunes start simple, with one chord songs that even the most newbie players can successfully strum. Every new song teaches a lesson and draws on a world of traditions, from Scottish, Mexican, German and American folk traditions. There’s even a song in Hawaiian at the very end!
LEARN BY EAR
A companion soundtrack accompanies this book, and it’s FREE! These recordings were created so that you can listen, learn and play along, and are extended with fun additional verses so that players can get their groove on. If you are a teacher, the long playing tunes allow you lead a class in a musical game, or let students listen while they tune up. Or, to the point, COLOR-ALONG to the songs as you learn them!
Kids too young to play can learn the songs by ear, and basic music concepts by listening. Families can learn together. It’s fun for all ages.
Books are available at Danielward.net
UPDATE: COLOR-ALONG UKULELE, our book for young people who want to learn uke is available at www.Danielward.net Be sure to download the FREE SOUNDTRACK!
Imagine this- flash a library card and you can check out an instrument for a month at a time. Now that is civilized! Further proof that libraries are the greatest of human institutions: ukulele collections!
The Killian Mansfield Ukulele Collection at the Phoenicia Library in upstate New York has 30 ukuleles to loan. Their neighbor, the Olive Library West Shokan NY has followed suit and has a new ukulele collection. We are thrilled to be sending books both of these libraries to compliment their collection! Our Kickstarter campaign for our forthcoming book COLOR-ALONG UKULELE offers supporters to buy books to be donated to some great causes. These libraries are among them, and I would like to tell you a little more about them.
Phoenicia Library does after school ukulele programs for elementary and middle grade students. The library sponsors regular family ukulele classes, jams and occasional performances. However, the library is woefully understocked in the ukulele teaching/learning materials department. (Let’s help them out there, shall we?)
Here is what a board member Mark Lerner had to say about the library:
“The Phoenicia Library is located in the high peaks of NY’s Catskill Mountains. The library is the heart of our rural community, providing books, information, meeting space, internet access, and programming for children and adults. The 2011 fire led us to an ambitious rebuilding project (entirely paid for by grants, insurance, and private donations), and the newly re-opened library is the first American library built to Passive House specifications, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency that reduces our energy consumption by over 80%. In addition to the Killian Mansfield Ukulele Collection, the library houses the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, a museum of fly-fishing that also lends out fishing rods.”
Mark is a great artist- both visual and musical, and a great friend and currently lives in Phoenicia. Go to his website, or check out his blog, Every Band I’ve Ever Been In. You can also see his fine work on both of my CDs– he did the graphic design.
And he is the graphic designer for COLOR-ALONG UKULELE, our method-coloring book being funded on Kickstarter right now. You can pre-order books until April 1 at reduced cost for yourself or for your favorite ukulele program.
Speaking of libraries- tomorrow I will be doing a children’s program at the Memorial Branch Library in Los Angeles at 10 am. Come show off your library card and sing with me!
49: The first perfect square where the digits are perfect squares. The nickname for plutonium. The year associated with the California Gold Rush. San Francisco’s football team. The number of days Siddhartha spent meditating. The number appearing in the title of my favorite (and perhaps the only accessible) Thomas Pynchon novel, The Crying of Lot 49.
And, as of 10:10 am March 4th, 2015– my age.
When I turned 40 I suddenly realized how young I was. Now, I realize I am not so young. I rejoice to be coming into a perfect number at the same time that our cultural zeitgeist begins to reject its distaste for maturity. At the crest of “the hill” there is a heckofa view. You can see the horizon at either end: the vantage point of middle age. It is clarifying.
I know who I am, I know where I am going and where I want to go. I know what I want to do and I know how to do it, but I am still ready and able to learn (witness: I am dutifully removing all my double-spaces-after-periods). I understand how much more time I may have (if I am lucky), and I hold each of those days dear.
I am proud to pass this milestone with my sleeves rolled up. On this day I will sing with 7 classes of preschoolers at two different schools, and be rewarded by wet-nosed hugs more precious than gold and more virulent than an ICU. I will spend at least 4 hours driving my car back and forth across LA in the service of my children, and I will enjoy their company and hear their stories on the drive and be glad for every hour-per-mile we creep. My morning will start with making breakfast and packing lunches and my day will end with doing dishes– a testament to our wealth and good fortune.
…And I will excitedly check on our Kickstarter project as it rapidly nears it’s funding goal, and know that maybe the crazy idea I have of connecting through music isn’t quite so crazy after all. In fact, it is the best birthday present there is!