Poetry: finding your happy place…now with ukulele!

Kailua Beach, Oahu, HI. “I hear it in the deep heart’s core”

William Butler Yeats’ third quatrain of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (see below) talks about going to a happy place which exists in the “deep heart’s core”. His Innisfree, an uninhabited island filled with happy childhood memories is my Kailua beach. The iornwood burrs and the half-flowers of naupaka, the view of Popoi’a (Flat Island), a cup of black Lion Coffee from the Kalapawai Market at sunrise, the curve of the shore and the color of the water comes back with all the smells and sounds in need to take me far away from the maddening crowd. It’s the place I go in my mind when I when I need to find peace. I pick up my ukulele for that same reason; the practice of music is a place where “peace comes dropping slow “.

This spring, Daniel and I will visit the island of Molokai for the first time. I will be teaching a songwriting class at the Uke Ohana Molokai Retreat, April 5-9. Besides basic u’kulele techniques and song form, we will talk poetry: Ancient Hawaiian, contemporary, classical. Not every song has words, but poetry influences all songs, for poetry is the distillation of thought as music is the essence of feeling. It can be as naughty as a limerick, as simple as a haiku, or epic as the Aeneid.

Please join us as we immerse into Hawaiian culture and the beauty of the land. Breathing deep the warm, moist air filled with green and blue, letting softness and color return to the pavement grey of the city bleached mind. Finding a new happy place to arise and go to.

Molokai. Arise and go now.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

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McUkeFest 2018

Something for everyone, every level of player and all ages!

Join the SukeyJump Band in the morning for a kid’s show and ukulele petting zoo, stay for a free beginner class with me, and a free play-along, go upstairs to take advantage of one of the INCREDIBLE workshops taught by some of ukulele’s brightest stars and best teachers.  Go grab a bite in one of Santa Monica’s fab eateries, then come back for a ALL-STAR UKULELE CONCERT!  Special guests, the HUG ukulele group, recently featured in Ukulele Magazine,  will be joining us from the Sepulveda Veteran’s Campus.

There will be raffles of fantastic instruments from Koaloha and Ohana, prize packages from McCabes and MORE!!!!

What a day!

December 9th   10:30-10:30 at McCabes Guitar Shop 3101 W. Pico Blvd Santa Monica CA

Spring 2018 and Beyond

Paddling soon to a port near you!

Daniel Ward and I love traveling, near or far- and our schedule for 2018 is packed.  Here are some of the events we have scheduled.  Hope to see you there!

March 23 FAIRWAY LIBRARY, Sun City, AZ 4pm   FREE and open to the public.  We are thrilled to be dedicating their new ukulele lending library, teaching and performing.

March 24  7-8:30 pm  $10.00   Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N 103rd Ave, Sun City  Special guests Craig McClelland (Santa Fe Ukulele), Doug Nottingham.     BONUS!!  Author CC Harrison will read from her ukulele murder mystery Death by G-String 

March 28th HUG  Los Angeles Sepulveda VA Campus, 16111 Plummer Street, Bldg. 22, Rec Room, North Hills, CA 91343   Daniel and I will be joining the Heroes Ukulele Group at their regular meeting at 10:30 am.  This group is free, and open to all friends of veterans. Read all about them HERE

April 3-5 Artists in residence WESTBOROUGH MA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

April 5th  7-9pm   WCUW 910 Main St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610  $15 advance/20 door  Workshop and music!

April 27, 28, 29 VANCOUVER UKULELE FESTIVAL Vancouver, Canada

May 2 Bellingham, WA House Concert (contact me for more info)

May 4th SWEDISH CLUB,   1920 Dexter Ave. N.  Seattle, WA 98109 Your favorite two Swedish Meatvballs, Daniel and Heidi serve up musical fun with special guest Casey McGill and Matt Weiner.  We will even sing one song in SWEDISH!

May 5th PRIVATE house concert.  Jealous? You could book us too!  Just send me a message.

May 25-28 ASHOKAN UKULELE FESTIVAL Ashokan, NY

June 3 MCCABES KIDS SHOW, Santa Monica, CA

June 22-24 MIDWEST UKE CAMP Olivet, MI

June 24-July 27 Heidi is teaching MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL for fortunate kids in Los Angeles, CA

July 12-15 Daniel will be at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE FESTIVAL with a crazy all-star ukulele band! Durango, CO

July 16-22 Daniel will be teaching at CALIFORNIA COAST MUSIC CAMP Palo Alto, CA

September 21-23 TUNES IN THE DUNES Otis, OR

November 7-11 NEW UKE CULINARY FIESTA Santa Fe, NM

2018: ULTRA VIOLET

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The Pantone color of the year is Ultra-Violet. Our word for the year is optimism.

I can’t help but feel that great things are in store this year, and I am willing to wear the purple to prove it.

We have a festival almost every month of 2018, with more fun stuff filling in the calendar every day.

For me, the best thing about ukulele is CONNECTION. I hope that I get the chance to connect with you in 2018: come to an event, send a message, write a letter, read an article. I am OPTIMISTIC that we can make the world a better place by CONNECTING!

UKULELE EVENTS for 2018

January 20th HALE UKULELE San Diego CA 4:30-6:30 pm      Daniel will be teaching his Ukulele Meditations and we will do a “Demonstration” (pink hats optional on this day, in solidarity with other demonstrations!)

February 22-24 PALM STRINGS UKULELE FESTIVAL, Palm Springs, CA

March 24 PHOENIX LIBRARY (More info soon- this is a dedication/concert at a public library in Phoenix AZ)

April 3-5 Artists in residence WESTBOROUGH MA PUBLIC SCHOOLS    Not a public gig, but the kind we LOVE to do! We will be teaching and performing for the kids of Westborough. We are going to try to line something “public” up in the area while we are there.  Ideas? Drop us a message!

April 27, 28, 29 VANCOUVER UKULELE FESTIVAL Vancouver, Canada

May 25-28 ASHOKAN UKULELE FESTIVAL Ashokan, NY

June 3 MCCABES KIDS SHOW, Santa Monica, CA

June 22-24 MIDWEST UKE CAMP Olivet, MI

June 24-July 27 Heidi is teaching MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL for fortunate kids in Los Angeles, CA

July 12-15 Daniel will be at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE FESTIVAL with a crazy all-star ukulele band! Durango, CO

July 16-22 Daniel will be teaching at CALIFORNIA COAST MUSIC CAMP Palo Alto, CA

September 21-23 TUNES IN THE DUNES Otis, OR

November 7-11 NEW UKE CULINARY FIESTA Santa Fe, NM

Here is to an ULTRA VIOLET year!

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FALL 2017: Festivals and Arpeggio Meditation release

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UPDATE: Daniel is now offering Pre-Orders for the Arpeggio Meditations book of studies. Print is set for mid September-Oct.

Go to www.Danielward.net to get yours.

It’s hard to leave home when you are in the thick of exciting work, but Daniel and I are heading out the door to perform and teach at some festivals.  Tomorrow (8/11) we hop a plane to Sacramento for the Auburn Festival! In the little time we have before heading to Lexington, KY Daniel plans to finish his book and get it off to the printers- sure would be fun if the books are delivered before we head to the Pacific North West! (On the dates with no link, leave a message or comment here for more info)

If you want more information on his book, email Daniel: Danielworldmusic@gmail.com.com

Here are some dates, catch us if you can- we’d love to see you!

8/11      Auburn Ukulele Festival

9/15      KYUke Fest

10/27     Port Townsend Ukulele Festival

10/2      Anacortes, WA

10/5      Bellingham, WA

10/14     Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival

Fall In!


School is starting back again- I am excited to return  to the four schools where I teach, to see how they have grown and to meet some new kids.   Although it is still 100 degrees,I need to start thinking about the Christmas show already! Before the inevitable, join us at one of these  fun shows, classes or festivals lined up for Autum 2016:

Starting again on  8/23 FAMILY SING-ALONGS  at Chevallier’s Books, every Tuesday morning, 10:15-11 am, $15

8/27. PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY at McCabes Guitar shop

9/17 WE ARE LA FESTIVAL Kid’s show with the Sukey JumpBand

9/23-25 ALBUQUERQUE UKULELE FESTIVAL 

10/1 UKETOBER FEST at Interlocken

10/22 ANTELOPE VALLEY UKULELE FESTIVAL

11/5-6 TAMPA BAY UKULELE FESTIVAL  

El Ukulele Goes To London

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Daniel will be playing at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain this month, and making a mini-tour afterwards. I’ll be with him through June 24th and look forward to taking in a bit of the Brit Uke scene. Please, if you are in England, say “hi” to us at one of these events!

June 16th-19th
Ukulele Festival of Great Britain
http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk/TheFestival.aspx

June 20th
Workshop and concert at Worchester Ukulele club 7:30pm
http://www.worcester-uke-club.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/drummondsbar

June 21st
Visit UnplugTheWood open Jam lead by Mike Krabbers
At the Lion Brewery in Ash
June 25th Workshop and Concert in Bournemouth at the
Southern Ukulele Store 2pm

June 26th Ukefest West
Fingerstyle workshop with Daniel at the Half Moon Putney –All day event with lots of activities:

Festival Date – Sunday 26th June 2016
Schedule based on start at 11:00 and end at 22:00
UFW organisers – Terry Smith, Michael Stannard, Tara Maysey, Lottie Livingstone.
With Geoff Price on the day.

Daytime events ‘Venue Room’
11:00 -12:30 Beginners workshop & Open Jam session. Run by TS, GP – Free
12:45 -13:45 Intermediate workshop. Run by TS & GP – Free
14.30 -16.00 Stage performance – West London Uke groups – Free U-Kew-Lele, Hanwell, New Malden, Teddington
16:30 –17:30 Decibelles workshop (Close Harmony singing) – £15

‘Outside area’
12:00 – 13:30 Open Mic sessions. Winners get to perform main stage at 18:00 – Free
14.30 – 15.45 Finger picking workshop – Daniel Ward – £15

Merchandise stalls in main bar.

Evening event – Main stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day
18:30 – 18.45 Stage Performance -Winners of Open Mic
18.55 – 19.15 Stage Performance – Daniel Ward
19:25 – 20.10 Stage Performance – The Half Moon Ukes
20:20 – 21.05 Stage Performance – The Decibelles
21:10 – 21:20 Joint Set / Encore –The Half Moon Ukes/ Decibelles
stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day Stage Performance – Winners of Open Mic.