Originally Posted by Bo Eder
Thanks Mary - I should've just quoted Mark Twain! Definitely alot shorter than what I wrote!
And Larry - no, I was actually born in California. But the family (which is quite large) has traveled back and forth all through the years. My mom was one of nine kids, and my dad was one of three. But on the islands it's true: everybody is your cousin, auntie or uncle, grandparent, so I grew up with this huge extended family. When we threw the first big party at my house for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, the guest list topped out at 300 or so, and there wasn't anyone there that I'd never seen before.
Now that I think about it, being my dad's son, I think he'd already done what I'm doing. In the 50s, he left to join the army, ended up in Germany. In fact, years ago he told me he didn't want to be a Marine because they always ended up on Guam or some other Pacific Island - which he was trying to get away from too. He settled in Los Angeles after his European stint and brought mom over, and all of their kids were born here. I recall I'd always joked when someone asked where I was from, I'd say "Hawaii via Motown" because I wanted to be a funky soul brother on the drums ever since I was a kid - so apparently this "get away from the family" bit has been going on all my life. And I think in a way, dad did that too - but he never told me if he made a conscious effort to re-connect, he probably did.
We have shockingly similar upbringings except my dad was a haole serviceman who snagged my mom from the islands and landed in long Beach. I too was subjected to traditional and gospel type uke playing from an early age. It wasn't until I was about 30 that I was able to get over my metal head mentality and appreciate what the uke has to offer. My uncle was a slack key musician on the island and turned me on to the Ka'au Crater Brothers. They're pretty old school but were innovators in their time. Check out their song " On Fire " ( not the North Shore On Fire ) just On Fire. Enjoy the new uke. I jumped in deep at the time as well. But mine only cost 600.00........It is a 6 string though!
Btw, thanks to whoever linked the IZ song. Makes me well up everytime i hear it.