There is anticipation Saturday afternoon as the sun starts to set. Sandor’s wife had written a vintage radio-style play and several people had gotten on stage to entertain those seated up along the slope. The play was about a stowaway woman and male uke playing waiter and had us all enjoying the retro feel of those young black and white Doris Day style silly movies. There were a few crooner moments and a hula dance for good course.
Then we move into a variety of musical performances. Some of these came directly from Carolee’s class earlier in the day. Some songs were from the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz song books I and II. [Andy Andrews was on stage and said that there wouldn’t be a UCSC book III but that he is working on a new book I for his students in
Burning Uke also includes a ceremony. This was a new year and a new beginning. Andy and Pam Andrews had moved to
[Some of you that have followed my personal journey over the last two years know that I was driving 82 miles to
There were tiki torches being lit by Robbie behind the mass of players. Soon a small procession of people came single file dancing and wiggling their torches and heading up to the front between the stage and all of the seated players. Much craziness ensued but finally the group of tiki torch holders assembled close to the large black steel ukulele sculpture and lit the flammable portions.As you can see it was a glorious image and the crowd roared at the flaming metal ukulele. The Burning Uke image you see was the brainchild and blacksmith work of Jay to create a new burning uke.
So how do you follow up the ceremony? Well you play more music until a proper musical cue was reached and Andy spoke, “Goodnight Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz” about 10:30pm. Some headed off for sleep and others head upwards towards the firepit and played until about 1:00am. Yes, the firepit music time is essential for the die-hards. Some songs were played by heart, or by music book, or shared song sheet. Andy in his infinite wisdom dazzled us with his singing to a one chord song played solely in Eb.
I am hoping to find a few pictures or videos of this evening to share.