In My Life

“Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more”
John Lennon
John Lennon

There’s a Beatles song that was written by John Lennon that is one of my all time favorite Beatle songs. The song is In My Life and was released in 1965 on the Rubber Soul album.

John Lennon wrote the original song but Paul McCartney contributed to the final version. Later the pair disagreed over the extent of their contributions (specifically the melody). George Martin, who produced the recording, contributed the instrumental bridge. It is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone‘s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as well as fifth on their list of the Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs.

According to Lennon, the song’s origins can be traced to when the English journalist Kenneth Allsop made a remark that Lennon should write songs about his childhood. Afterwards, Lennon wrote a song in the form of a long poem reminiscing on his childhood years. The original version of the lyrics was based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, naming various sites seen along the way, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

In a 1980 interview, Lennon referred to this song as his “first real major piece of work” because it was the first time he penned personal lyrics about his own life.

Here’s a YouTube video with Bette Midler performing the song accompanied by ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro.

Shine On


Music of the Night

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies,
the soul is the piano with many strings.
The artist is the hand that plays,
touching one key or another,
to cause vibrations in the soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky

Music of The Night

A neighbor of mine, I haven’t met yet, plays the piano. Not just Chopsticks, but this person is no doubt a classical pianist. When they play, I find myself opening up my windows wider, listening in awe of this pianist talent to be able to play with such ease and effortlessness; never once hitting a bad note.

I’ve been hoping to run into this neighbor. So that I can tell them how much I enjoy their music and tell them how I especially enjoy when they end the evening playing, The Music of the Night.

Shine On

Yesterday Once More

“People never think of entertainers as being human.
When you walk out on stage, the audience think,
‘Nothing can go wrong with them.’ We get sick and
we have headaches just like they do.
When we are cut, we bleed.”
Karen Carpenter

One of my fellow bloggers, Erika Kind posted The Carpenters song Yesterday Once More, which reminded me how much I enjoyed this song back in the 1970s.

So, after spending all day at the Ukulele festival yesterday, I was inspired to learn how to play some of my favorite songs.

Here’s a beautiful ukulele rendition I hope to learn of Yesterday Once More.

Shine On

Shut Up and Dance

“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music,
and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable.
Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.”
Charles Baudelaire

I’m sure most of you have seen this on YouTube.
But, if you missed it, I thought I’d share this
well-edited dance video. It’s a compilation of
some great movie dance scenes to the ever
popular song, Shut Up and Dance.

Shine On

Sweet Little Ukulele

“I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it.
There’s something innocent and romantic, and
it’s just a grand instrument to play.”
Pierce Brosnan

Sweet Little Ukulele

When I went shopping for my ukulele, I was just going to get the simplest one I could find. However, I didn’t realize there would be such a variety to choose from.

After hearing the sounds from different models at my local music store, I decided on a Kala concert ukulele.

My little ukulele is  Kala’s ultra thin body uke. It features a 1-1/2″ archback depth and is made of spruce and mahogany with a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. It also came with a beautiful embroidered padded ukulele bag, plus I bought a clip-on digital tuner.

The sound and the light feel of this ukulele is what I like most. I probably shouldn’t be playing until my lessons, but I can’t keep my hands off this sweet little ukulele.

Shine On