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Traveling String Musician at the Lake
29 Jul 2012
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After a week of strictly scheduled events and meetings, Hisaka, Chika, Will and I spent the afternoon at Toya Lake in Hokkaido, Japan. We dined on Chika's homemade lemonade and sweet  treats from the 7-11. I took a long nap. When I woke up, I decided to pull out my ukulele. I learned to play ukulele after joining the Carpetbag Theatre's cast of "Between a Ballad and a Blues". "BBB", as we affectionately call it, tells the story of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong and the Tennessee Chocolate Drops. Learning Howard Armstrong's history gave me a new respect for the African American string music tradition. Learning to play a string instrument became one of my goals. So anyway, I pulled out my little green uke and began to play. I was the Pied Piper on uke that Sunday afternoon because half-way into my first song, a group of young girls found their way to our blanket. I taught them songs in English and even signed some autographs. I'm not the best player, but I'm good enough to enjoy. And like Howard Armstrong said, "Enough is as good as a feast." We fellowshipped and feasted on old American string music.... all the way in the northern mountains of Japan.

Art Culture Education Rural/Regional
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