Mathews’ Monthly Musing
February 2018

All the songs from this meeting can be downloaded on the Songs & Music page. (Thanks Jim Donovan)


The Ukesters assembled in Ken Kelly Hall at St Pius X Church in Mission, Kansas on February 12, 2018. Larry Herndon was the director of activities.
Larry had everyone begin by introducing themself.
Larry started things off with David and Nancy leading IKO IKO a grand old Mardi Gras  tune from the Big Easy.
Chuck Wilson reminded everyone that the Ukesters Ball will take place this coming Saturday, February 17th at 6:00PM in Ken Kelly Hall. Pot Luck dinner- bring a dish to share, the beverage of your choice (alcohol permitted) your ukulele, and any music related item you’d like to sell or swap.
Holly Soptick led us in John Cruz’s ISLAND STYLE, a Ukester favorite, a sort of “be nice to your grandmother” song with a nice bounce to it.
David Firman took us to the mid-1960s with Johnny River’s SECRET AGENT MAN by P F Sloan and Steve Barri used as the theme song for a TV series of the same name. David even provided the famous riff that leads into the song.
David went to the early 1960s to lead the Gerry Goffin/Carole King song CHAINS about the hopeless hold that love can have on a person. Recorded by The Beatles appearing on the PLEASE PLEASE ME album with George singing lead for one of the first times. How can you go wrong with Goffin, King, and The Beatles!
Chuck Wood was up next to lead Pete Seeger and Lee Hays anthem to equality, IF I HAD A HAMMER. Made famous by The Weavers, Peter,Paul, and Mary and many others.
Ken Kelly, champion of the 2 chorder, led us in BUFFALO GALS with harmonica accompanied by other Ukesters kazooing and whistling. Another Ukester favorite.
Mark Muder brought SHE AIN’T ROSE by Gary Vincent and Dan Gray about a fellow who too easily finds a replacement for his real love, Rose. A sort of laid back version of Stephen stills LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH.
The Ukesters Broke for 10 minutes
Chuck Wood announced a ukulele event at the Shriners Lodge on Eastwood Trafficway off Blue Parkway just west of I435 on May 19, 2018 more information later.
Larry started things in the second half with GEORGIA (ON MY MIND) by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell. Carmichael arguably one of the best tunesmiths to ever write music. The song is actually about the state of Georgia although there was a rumor in the early days that it was about Hoagy’s sister, Georgia, a rumor Hoagy quickly dispelled. Hoagy also wrote STARDUST, UP A LAZY RIVER, LAZY BONES, and IN THE COOL COOL COOL OF THE EVENING. Enough said.
Steve led the group in HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE by The Beatles. Considered by many to be Paul McCartney’s best love song. McCartney was inspired to write the song after hearing Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, especially Brian Wilson’s GOD ONLY KNOWS. (Pet Sounds was ironically inspired by RUBBER SOUL.)
Mark Muder led JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE, a traditional Gospel song that featured prominently in New Orleans famous funeral marches. Recorded by just about everyone. Mark’s song sheet also provided TAB for those who would pick and grin.
Holly Soptick brought PERHAPS, PERHAPS, PERHAPS by Cuban composer Osvaldo Farres. Recorded by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Doris Day among many, many more. Joe Davis wrote the English lyrics which are not a translation of the Spanish lyrics.
Steve was up next with MOONLIGHT BAY by Percy Wenrich and Edward Madden.  A perfect Valentine’s Day song about a feller missing his girl and looking forward to a reunion. Percy Wenrich was born in Joplin Missouri.
Chuck Wood closed out the evening leading a rousing version of Bob Dylan’s anthem for the disenchanted, LIKE A ROLLING STONE. The Ukesters blew the roof off with this one.
David Firman provided his superb bass foundation, Ken Kelly his hot harmonica licks (especially on ROLLING STONE) and a tip of the hat to the kazooers and whistlers who sparkled up the evening.
Our continued appreciation of Jim Donovan who e mails the songsheets out every month.
Larry Herndon did a great job leading the meeting and keeping things moving. Thanks, Larry!
In an ill fated move Steve Mathews thought it wise to select the leader for March by spinning his hapless ukulele. In an act of supreme betrayal the deceitful chordophone pointed to him. He will abide by the fickle fingerboard!
The next meeting will be on March 12, 2018 same time and same place unless otherwise noted .
DON’T FORGET THE UKESTERS BALL THIS SATURDAY!!!!!!!
DON’T FORGET THE ST PAT’S BROOKSIDE PARADE ON MARCH 10, 2018
There was $68.00 in the donation box thanks to St Pius X Parish our terrific hosts and thanks to those who donated!
REMEMBER: MUSIC SELF-PLAYED IS HAPPINESS SELF MADE!
Until March, I remain yours re-entrantly,
                      Steve