Fredrick is slightly shy, so he only wanted a partial shot of himself in the picture.
I'm not crazy. At least, I think I'm not.
I got Fredrick this past Christmas, after meeting a barrage of people with their own ukulele's over the summer and becoming obsessed with learning how to play.
My sister had a small toy ukulele at home, but the poor thing would go out of tune within five minutes of playing it. So I begged and pleaded with my parents to buy me a real one, and to allow this one small bit of musical joy in my life.
I could tell they had reservations. I don't blame them. My younger sister has been blessed with all the musical talent in the family. I, on the other hand, was thought to be tone death for several years before they realized I was just a terrible singer. I tried taking guitar lessons in elementary school, but the teacher stopped showing up after a while.
I mean, I don't think I was that bad.
But i persisted. I plucked away on the untuned ukulele for months. I taught myself how to play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "I'm Yours" and "Hey Soul Sister," determined to show my parents I was serious about this.
By Christmas, they relented. In a staged version of when Ralphie gets his Red Rider BB Gun after all the presents have been opened, my parents pulled out my lovely little ukulele from behind the sofa after all the presents were unwrapped.
It would have been cute, if they hadn't pulled the exact same stunt last year when they got my sister and I "Beatles Rock Band."
I was sworn to protect this precious instrument, and to practice every day. And I love it.
And so, the point of this post? Why, to show you how much I love Julia Nunes:
After I started looking up ukulele videos on YouTube, I discovered her awesomeness. I mean, how many of you can do this:
She may have beaten out Kristen Chenoweth as my girl crush. I obviously have a thing for blonds.