Polynesian Christmas: Ukulele in a Snowstorm

In the soundtrack of nearly every show you can hear an ukulele with the mere mention of a tropical locale. Immediately your mind carries you to a world without deadlines, bills, and stress. Perhaps you can envision the waves gently lapping the shore; perhaps you imagine you’re drinking something from a coconut. Ukulele music is certainly ubiquitous with Polynesian life.

While Somewhere Over the Rainbow isn’t Christmas music, IZ’s beautiful rendition is my favourite ukulele song. This song has healed my heart so many times over the years.

An ukulele is quite easy to learn, fun to tune, and comfortably portable. I’ve had mine for a couple of years. I pick it up periodically and re-learn the same three chords so I can play the same couple of songs. This year I’m making a more concerted effort to play the instrument. As a piano teacher and an organ student I understand the importance of diligent practice in order to obtain proficiency. So I’m working on it this holiday.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is samuel-ramos-CG6T_i-CBRQ-unsplash-1024x683.jpg
Photo by Samuel Ramos on Unsplash

Until I’ve got something I can play without feeling self conscious, I’ll leave you with this gem from the Okee Dokee Brothers: Ukulele in a Snowstorm. It’s a good metaphor for my Polynesian Christmas experience this year..

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Polynesian-Christmas-1024x630.jpg
This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s