As I continue looking for ways to live out my 2020 theme “More Uke”, today I made a visit to Papayago Parrot Rescue in Marietta, Georgia. I played ukulele for the parrots a few times in 2019 but they moved from a house close to us to a new building about 30 minutes away.
Papayago Rescue House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and re-home parrots. Papayago houses over 100 parrots from the very smallest to the largest of parrots. The family that runs Papayago has a deep love for these birds and it is obvious that they are concerned for their well-being.
When I entered the Papayago building today, I first saw the African Grey parrots together in an area just to the left. I think African Greys are my favorites as they are very laid back, not very noisy and they make some really interesting sounds! I played my uke for these parrots and they swayed to the music and seemed to remember/enjoy the music that I played for them.
As I wandered around the building and played for the rest of the birds, some would come to the front of their cages while others were a little more cautious. A few always get a bit noisy when I come by… not sure if they are trying to sing along or maybe telling me to keep moving!
Two parrots in particular, Sugar and Sweetness, were trying really hard to tell me something (or maybe requesting a song?). I listened and also tried to respond; they are probably still trying to figure out what I was saying….
Now that I have seen where the new Papayago facility is located, I hope to stop back by occasionally. I usually joke that it is great having a captive audience to play for, but I do hope they enjoy the stimulation a bit.
As many of these parrots have outlived their owners or the circumstances of their families have changed, I am thankful that there are places like this that have a heart to care for such beautiful and intelligent birds. Of the many places that I have played music, a parrot rescue is certainly one of the most unique. Until next time… “More Uke 2020”.
I’ve seen several people online (my wife included) picking a word or a theme for the new year. My theme for this year is “More Uke 2020”. I didn’t play as much in 2019 as I have in recent years and I’ve missed it.
As 2019 draws to a close… I am practicing a few new chords, bought a new ukulele, and I am making plans to make 2020 a year of Uke fun and adventure! I spent a good part of December playing for various senior groups in the area… something that was enjoyable for me and hopefully, those who listened.
While I have always enjoyed getting out and playing Uke gigs, I have been slow to embrace the need for self-promotion and keeping up with social media. I like the gigs… not so much the work it takes to get them!
I have now come to the conclusion that in order to get the gigs, I have to put in the work… so here goes, my last post for 2019… in preparation for many in 2020. I look forward to the many ukulele adventures ahead. If you have an event that needs music that makes people smile, let me know!
I am still in the process of trying to figure out this website🤣 So this is another trial run...
Jeff Holbrook, a friend and talented graphic designer created a new ukulele business card design and I just ordered some! I am hoping that I can beat the bushes (or is that palm trees?) and get some gigs lined up in the coming weeks and months...
In the meantime, if you find this post... and need some relaxing ukulele music🙂 get in touch... all the contact info is right there on the card!
Ukulele State of Mind
I am in the process of creating a new website. While I may stray from ukulele topics from time to time... I hope to use this platform to express my enjoyment of the ukulele and my journey to find more venues to play the ukulele for others. While I have played ukulele as part of the Parrot Island Band for several years now, a variety of circumstances have led me to begin playing as a solo ukulele musician for the time being.