“How you play a note is just as important as what that note is” — Henry Kaiser
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Had a fun morning in studio with Bob and Patti at Neos Productions! I dare say a near single take to get the track. Honored to be part of the project!
#ukulele #islandstyleukulele #3 #koaloha #hawaii #hi #neosproductions
Played today at the UHMC Ho'olaule'a with these talented artists! Mahalo Melinda for inviting me to join you folks!
#ukulele #ukuleleadventures #uhmc #maui #hoolaulea #hara #hawaiiacademyofrecordingarts
Quick weekend back home for a few gigs and to take care of some biz. Glad to be back albeit short :) #ukuleleadventures #maui #hi #koaloha #ukulele #meleapril
From the high desert to the snow! #theskyismadeofcotton #ukulele #ukuleleadventures #koaloha
And for the main event, just spent the past hour with some of the teachers from the Ukes for Youth program. We got to talk pedagogy and some fun right hand 'ukulele techniques that make playing the instrument unique. Mahalo to all the hard working music teachers who came out today, especially during conference week! Also mahalo to Sherri Foster and Bob Rassmussen for setting up these dates and for bringing me down! Much love friends!
#ukulele #ukuleleadventures #bend #bendoregon #juniperelementaryschool #musiceducation
Always great to hang out with BUGS. They really know how to roll out the red carpet for their musicians. Always feel lucky to get to share music with these people :) #ukulele #ukuleleadventures #bugs #bend #or
On my way to Bend for a few workshops including tonight at Fat Tuesday's at 6:30pm. Just Ryu and I check the sights until then 👊
So incredibly humbled and grateful to be even considered, let alone to be on the final ballot for 'Ukulele Album of the Year at the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards! Want to send a big mahalo out to all the musicians and hands who brought this album together including: MMilo Fultz, Merlin Showalter, Jerry Gleason, Matthew Staples, Tyler Fortier, and Thaddeus Moore! Mahalo to all my friends and family for the unwavering support and guidance keeping me on the right path. Last but not least, mahalo to the members of HARA for helping keep Hawai'i's music alive and thriving!
The Spotless Mind was my follow up to 'Ukulele Paintings, continuing down the route of jazz 'ukulele. Fell in love with some new standards including On the Sunny Side of the Street and Cherokee while bringing to life some songs from the vault including When You Wish Upon a Star and The Girl From Ipanema. Also got to explore a bit more writing with the bebop inspired Blues to Heal and the moody/cinematic The Sky is Made of Cotton. I feel I have grown with this album both technically and spiritually with much inspiration to continue my lifelong mission of making people happy with music.
I often get asked about the meaning of the title The Spotless Mind. 'Ukulele Paintings was my heartbreak project. The Spotless Mind instead comes from a place of joy and an eagerness to grow. Philosophically I think it's summed up with a few lines from the liner notes: "While preparation is necessary for any art form, it is the emptying of the mind that allows it to be a vessel of authentic expression. The presence of being present should not be overlooked, for a spotless mind is an unfettered one."
In short, thank you again for making this the ride of a lifetime and this Maui boy's dreams come true. I'll spend the rest of my life trying to give it back.
You so pretty spring 🌸
#Sakura #cherryblossoms #spring #pnw
Got a bunch of great photos from this weekend but this is by far my favorite. After a packed show on Friday, Maggie surprised me with an AMAZING cake from Sweet Life with the album art of The Spotless Mind! Any success I've had in my career is dwarfed by all the wonderful people I've met. Thank you Maggie and George for not only always taking care of me, but for being such great friends. My life has been nothing but better with you in it :) #ukulele #ukuleleadventures #thespotlessmind #eugene #oregon #alohafriday #eugenealohafriday #sweetlife #sweetlifepatisserie