Rotary Club of Portland Maine USA

*04/13/18 Lee Urban, The Power of a Ukulele

Posted by Rusty Atwood

What do rock ’n roll superstar Bruce Springsteen and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett have in common?  They love to play their ukuleles!  It seems as if more and more people - young, old, and in-between - are picking up a ukulele nowadays.  But why is that?  What is the attraction of a ukulele?

Lee Urban plays ukulele and believes passionately in the power of the ukulele to do lots of things besides making cheerful music.  As Lee will describe in his presentation, the ukulele is used by music therapists in hospitals to address children’s physical, emotional, and social needs.  A song played on a ukulele can bring back memories to those living with Alzheimer’s.  Learning to play a ukulele can enhance social skills in children and peace of mind in adults.  

Best of all, a ukulele is fun and easy to play. Anyone can learn to play a song or two in just a few minutes.  Immediately following his presentation, Lee will demonstrate a 10-minute ukulele les-son with any Rotarian who’d like to experience the joys of a ukulele.  No prior musical experience needed.  No need to know anything about music.  No need even to have a ukulele be-cause Lee will have several to share.  All you need is the desire to have some fun.