I come from a fairly musical family. If you know me and have spent any considerable amount of time with you know that I sing. A lot. Growing up in a close knit church community, song is an everyday part of life. At dinner my mom even had a "no singing at the dinner table" rule.
I played the violin and piano when I was young like any good korean child, but being a strong willed adolescent with ADHD I quit both of those. (One of my biggest regrets to this day). I got a guitar when I was 14 for Christmas, and since that was 13 years ago you would think I'd be amazing at it. But I'm not. I'm okay, but I never spend enough time on it to really get the hang of it. I can play most of the main chords- and easy songs, but I'm no Jimi Hendrix. Or Danny Kim for that matter. :)
I went to Hawaii a couple months ago and really developed a cultural crush. I loved the easy going nature of the people there, the hula ceremony, the beautiful beaches. Recently we visited a Hawaiian bar in Japantown and there was a Ukulele player who performed. Two girls in the audience happened to be native Hawaiians and knew the hula dances to a couple of the songs he played and jumped up there and danced with him. It was really beautiful. That's when I decided I had to play the ukulele.
My Lanikai concert size ukulele arrived the other day and I am OBSESSED. I obsess easily, I have that sort of addictive personality- but I literally went home from work and played the ukulele for 5 hours straight. My fingers hurt. My cats went unfed and were very angry with me, so I finally snapped out of it and ate some food and fed the cats. And then recorded this.
So I will be honest, it isn't very good. It was my first time playing the uke, though, and I plan on getting a lot better.
So this is the benchmark. Let's see how much better I get next time.