This week I'm celebrating my ukelele. I had gift money from Christmas and used it to purchase this pretty ukelele. I'd been thinking about learning how to play for a few reasons. First, when I read Amanda Palmer's book, The Art of Asking, she shared about getting a ukelele. Here's a video of her talking about that.
She also has a ukelele anthem. A warning: it is not for elementary school.
I entertained the thought of getting one, but then let the idea go until I heard Emily Arrow sing and play the ukelele on the Let's Get Busy Podcast. She's was a K-8 music teacher, but has now become a kidlit singer/songwriter. I loved hearing the song she uses to begin storytime. I've been singing it with my kindergarten and first grade classes sometimes and have thought it would be great to have a ukelele too. Here's one of her songs based on the book Are We There, Yeti?
If you want to hear more of Emily's work, visit her website. She has an album coming out next month and I'm looking forward to getting it.