I’m the fortunate owner of two Mya-Moe ukes, both of which are beautiful, and get used regularly when I’m on stage. Just a week ago my wife and I had the privilege of visiting Gordon and Char Mayer and Aaron Keim, and touring the Mya-Moe workshop, located across the lane from Gordon and Char’s beautiful home overlooking the Columbia River in White Salmon, WA.
Here’s Aaron, hard at work on an new instrument:
And here are some ukes-in-the-making that’ll be heading to their new homes before too long:
The folks at Mya-Moe have set up a wonderfully comfortable and efficient workplace. It was really fun to spend some time with them, and to see where these great instruments are made.
For more information about Mya-Moe ukuleles, visit www.myamoeukuleles.com, and check out their uke festival schedule (so you can play a couple of them yourself, and learn just how great they are). And if you’re in Southern Oregon or Northern California, don’t miss Aaron & Nicole Keim’s “The Quiet American” (www.quietamericanmusic.com) shows coming up next month, in Ashland (October 15th, www.brittfest.org/performances/quiet2014), Santa Cruz (October 16th, www.ukuleleclub.com), Modesto and Roseville (October 17th, www.funstrummers.com/8.html and www.thestrumshop.com), and on the wonderful Old West Uke Train trip on the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Carson City NV (October 18th, www.playuke.net/uketrain).
Finally, while away on our trip I received an interesting comment to an earlier post, reading: “Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with then you can write if not it is complicated.” Which at first I figured was spam from someone for whom English was perhaps a 13th or 14th language. But on re-reading it, it’s more like poetry! And what a great musical analogy. As in, “Playing-playing ukulele is an excitement if you know the tune, but if not … well, it’s exciting anyway!” Perhaps the writer is a fellow fan of the wonderful song “Happy Talk” from “South Pacific.” As in “You’ve got to have a ukulele dream; If you don’t have a ukulele dream, how you gonna’ make a ukulele dream come true?”
Keep those comments — and dreams — coming.