The Greater Syracuse School of Music organized a “ukulele sing-in” this afternoon. There were about 35 people there by my count, maybe about a third of them absolute beginners, a few accomplished enough to stand up and perform a song or three. That included four members of a reported 20 or so in the Fayetteville-Manlius high school’s ukulele club, who did Leonard Cohen’s “Alleluia”. Other than that there was someone teaching enough basic chords to get through four songs, and then a fifth song for those who already had some uke playing experience. Bernunzio Uptown Music brought a bunch of ukuleles and related stuff from their store in Rochester. (I was good; I didn’t buy anything.) I guess they have the biggest uke selection in upstate New York?

So they’ll be running a series of “Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy” sessions on Wednesday nights this summer, meeting at various ice cream stands and playing together. Which strikes me as a great concept. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.


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