Okay, lovely Di-hards, here it is – the antidote.
In all honesty, I love winter. (Mostly.) So if I’m feeling blue, as if this particular winter may never end, I’m sure a lot of you are feeling the same way. Especially if you, like me, are not going anywhere tropical or even remotely warm this March break.
Today, the temperature is up to almost freezing – relatively balmy – AND it’s my Hubbibi’s birthday! (I love you, Sean. xoxoxo) Birds are singing – the hardy ones – and hope is in the air.
SO, I decided to send you all a silly little song to help lift some winter blahs, like a sun-kissed virtual hug. It features:
- my beautiful ukulele
- my neophyte ukulele-playing skills
- a little word-nerdery
- a repetitive refrain so you can sing too! And best of all,
- gorgeous photos of Hawaiian scenery. So you can pretend you’re there.
That should do the trick. Right? Oh, and maybe take some Vitamin D as well, to complete the illusion.
And just so you know… This performance of “Ukulelove” is dedicated to all the ukulele-learners out there, especially my inspiring musical friends Wild Wes, StarGirl, Ozfire, and their sunny mama. xoxo
And now for the credits:
- Music and lyrics are copyright D.C.S. Stephens (aka Dilovely), 2014.
- Vocals, ukulele, and body percussion also by Dilovely. Oh, and whistling. Recorded using GarageBand for Mac.
- All those breathtaking tropical photos are courtesy of my wonderful cousin Q and her also wonderful new husband, who honeymooned in Hawaii last fall.
- All those beautiful scenes with penguins in them are movie stills from Dreamworks’s Surf’s Up.
- Other movie stills/posters are from (in order): Blue Hawaii (starring Elvis Presley), 50 First Dates, Hotel Transylvania, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Me and Orson Welles, Lilo and Stitch, Her, Some Like It Hot, and The Princess and the Frog.
- Right near the end, there’s a photo (by Merna Ryan) of my uke hero, James Hill, and cellist/accompanist/artist/wife Anne Janelle. Because obviously.
- Photos of koa tree and artisanal toffee from Wikimedia commons.
- That’s me playing with my head cut off because I don’t love videos of myself, but wanted to show you that I can indeed change chords, for real. Lucky for you, I put on pretty nail wraps (from Jamberry) and a lap blanket (crocheted by my mom) to
hidespruce up my yoga pants.
AND, here are the lyrics, in case you are wondering.
This is my Lady, hear her strings a-singin’
She sounds like ocean breezes and skirts of grass a-swingin’.
(Refrain) I love to play my uku-uku-le-le-le,
Ukulele let’s go play.
Her lovely shape is round like a pineapple,
She’s got a sunny sound that’s indefinable.
She’s made of special wood from a tree called the Koa,
Her shiny toffee colour is beautiful, for shoa. (told you I was nerdy)
Her case has a pocket, a flap, a strap, a door-hinge
a zipper, and the colour’s a happy dapper orange. (oh yes she did)
I L-O-V-E my U-K-U-L-E-L-E
with an A7, D major, C sharp augmented, E7
The best part, from my ukudelic point of view
Is when I get to strum and sing and play with YOU!
I love to play my uku-uku-le-le-le,
Ukulele let’s go (ukulele let’s go) ukulele let’s go play!