Pirate Jim's Aloha Tuesday Newsletter - July 4, 2017

Aloha kakou!

Pehea'oe? How are you? I think I am starting to come down with a cold, but other than that I feel good. It has been 28 days of being seizure and anxiety attack free. WOOT WOOT! I can deal with a little head cold than another seizure or anxiety attack any day.

To all my friends and family living in and from the USA:

Hau'oli la 'eha o lulai!  

Happy July 4th!


This weeks kanikapila will be at John and Cherie Musselwhite's home

When: Tuesday May 23, 2017 - 7:30-9:00pm

Where: 263 Douglasbank Mews SE

How Much: FREE

Why: Because we can and we should!


Ukulele Underground Song Lesson Of The Week

Last week I introduced you to The Ukulele Underground and their weekly Friday Jam video. Well every week I will add song video from them so we can play it at the kanikapila. Today's lesson is for  "Waimanalo Blues" by Country Comfort. For this episode of Uke Lessons, Aldrine shows you a pretty simple arrangement of the song that you can add an easy-to-follow Hawaiian Riff to, making your playing sound distinctly Hawaiian. Soon there will be an authentic "Slack-Key" arrangement of this song, sit tight, we're releasing a complete slack-key solo version of this song on UU+ later this month! 

There is an alternate chord formation version of this song in the weekly jam video I posted last week if you want more of a challenge.


Ho'okipa Project Rehearsal / Writing / Organizational Meetings

It's time to get organized and creative! Thursdays & Sunday's I am opening up the shack to rehearse and write our material for the Ho'okipa Project. 

Where: Pirate Jim's Ukulele Shack - 60 Tuscany Ridge Way  NW

When: Thursdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 12:00pm 

Who: All members of Pirate Jim's Ukulele Posse

Ho'okipa Project Update:

The project page has been updated with the new project changes.


The changes include:

- The project is becoming a documentary series that will be available online. The first episode is already in production with the first film shoot happening during the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 7, 2017.

- We are no longer recording audio during our trip to Kaua'i. The recording of our songs will be done here in Calgary. We will still create a music video for one of the songs and the " behind the scenes" movie will be now become part of the documentary web series.

- Pirate Jim's Ukulele Posse will be performing in around Calgary throughout the summer and fall. Some of these performances will be filmed for the documentary series. Watch for show announcements in the coming weeks and be and extra, crew or part of the studio audience. 


Oli Club (Hawaiian Chanting)

Many of you have come with me before to the Aloha Music Camp. Many of you have taken the Oli classes with me at Aloha Music Camp. Many of you would like to practice more and gain an even deeper connection with this ancient art. Many of you are just curious... Well, I have decided to get organized and set up a time for us to practice together.... 

What: Pirate Jim's Oli Club (Hawaiian chant)

Where: Pirate Jim's Ukulele Shack - 60 Tuscany Ridge Way  NW

When: Sunday July 9, 2017 - 10:30 - 11:00am

How Much: FREE


Olelo Hawaii Class - Hawaiian Song Study and Language Class

Have you been coming to my Tuesday night kanikapila for a while now and wish you could sing along with me in the Hawaiian songs? Have you heard the call to learn the Hawaiian language? Perhaps you just want to learn more about the hidden meanings behind many of Hawaii's famous songs. Well then come to my Olelo Hawaii class on Sunday's. We will slowly learn the Hawaiian language and some songs along the way and break down all the words, how to say them, what they mean, the story behind the words and song, etc... There will be no pressure to memorize, but a deep requirement to have fun and learn something while doing so.

What: Mele Kakou Class - Hawaiian Song Study Class

Where: Pirate Jim's Ukulele Shack - 60 Tuscany Ridge Way NW

When: Sunday July 9, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

How Much$10 per person drop in or $30 per person monthly

Why: To learn how to speak and sing the Hawaiian language and learn more about the songs.


Ukulele Internet Links & Events in and around Calgary:

https://www.lightsfilmschool.com/  -  Online Flim School

https://www.youtube.com/user/ukuleleunderground  -  A place to learn songs and Jam online