Bluest Day of the Year

The First Monday of The New Year is the most depressing day of all, as the holidays are over and you are left with bills, a hangover, and regrets that you have already failed your entire list of New Year’s Resolutions. For me, this bluest of Blue Mondays was not so bad. I was getting over a cold, but I didn’t have a lot of bills, I didn’t have a hangover, and I only made one resolution and was holding steady and stalwart in keeping it.

Plus, I was going to the Ukulele Club meeting, that takes place on the first Monday of every month. It starts at 6:30 PM and goes for an hour. The location is The Filling Station at 24th Street & F Street. There is a backroom that they use, as the cafe does not appear to be open. Perhaps Monday is their night off?

Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I played a lot of songs with them. Also, my niece Erica America was there, and she just got a Uke for Christmas. She is a quick learner and we were both able to keep up pretty well with the club.

I have been working on my own private guitar method that I am calling Uncaged. It is based on CAGED, where you focus on the 5 chords C, A, G, E, & D, and variations thereof. Uncaged is based on variations of diminished chords and their inversions. It is the Holy Grail of Guitar, or perhaps the Unholy Grail? All hubris aside, it is simply awesome and I am dying to show it to an astute guitarist who will be able to see and hear the value. I have used it to develop an arrangement of A Night in Tunisia, as the chord progressions of that BeBop Masterpiece really lend themselves well to the Uncaged methods. It is off the hook!

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