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.

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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..

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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