Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150
Music has always been an important element of our life together as a family. Rebekah was once a serious student of the piano and has a beautiful singing voice; Naomi has always been a gifted singer and plays a little when she has time; Andrew not only appreciates music but married a talented and trained voice (Alicia); I – when I remember to practice – am a halfway decent guitar player who can sing a little too.
Now our granddaughter, Beks, wants to “learn to play the ukulele with Grandmamma.”
She already has her own instrument – it’s very colorful and may involve a unicorn – which she is not shy about playing, regardless of tuning or notes or technique. So teaching her a few chords would be a great public service, especially to the Campbell family and their small apartment.
So Rebekah and I went out for a Monday evening date night, enjoyed some good Italian cuisine at Macaroni Grill, and then explored the Sam Ash Music store where I went into the acoustic room to drool over the latest guitars while Rebekah went through the surprisingly extensive collection of ukeleles. Not just toy and starter ukes but real, beautifully made, serious “this is an actual instrument” ukeleles.
Rebekah already knows the basics and a few chords, having played with her dad when she was a child, and she also did some extensive exploration online ahead of time. So finding something appropriate to get her back into the groove was a very real possibility.
Of course, and as is often the case when you go out to the shops to “do some more research,” we found exactly what we were looking for and Rebekah came home with something special.
The point of this post is the observation that:
- This messy world definitely needs more music,
- This world needs more lighthearted fun,
- This world needs more people willing to take themselves less seriously,
- This world needs more of us working to get into harmony with one another.
The ukelele offers all of these possibilities. Rebekah is already musical, fun, harmonious, and committed to avoiding taking herself too seriously. All that plus beauty, joy, and the deepest soul I have ever known.
I think her new ukelele has found the perfect home!
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.