Valentine’s Day meeting–it’s on for Feb 14

You probably know by now that AUS’s February meeting has been scheduled for Valentine’s Day evening–yes, Thursday, Feb 14, and from 7 to 8:30 as usual. Hey, the restaurants are all full that night, right? Take out your understanding date on the night before or after–or bring him/her to the meeting. And it’s in the usual spot–the Memorial United Methodist Church at 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, just east of I-35.

Plus, here’s our bittersweet Valentinish song–“Tonight You Belong to Me,” which, ever since it was used as the big number that Steve Martin sang with Bernadette Peters in Martin’s first feature, “The Jerk,” has become a standard part of the uke repertoire. It’s way fun to play and sing.

After you download it and read through it, you’ll notice the phrases in parentheses. Then listen to the performances below (the first one by the two girls who made it a hit in the Fifties, Patience and Prudence, and the second by Bob and the Pine Beetles), and you’ll hear the “echo” built into the song that makes it a lot of fun to sing. Grab your partner or friend and try it out, because Bob will be leading us in those parenthetical echoes at the meeting.

Oh, and here’s the version from “The Jerk.” The uke you hear was played not by Steve Martin–who we know is an excellent bluegrass banjo player–but by the famous uke player Lyle Ritz:

Have fun with it! See you at the meeting.

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