Last month I was fortunate to get away from winter for a couple of weeks, and at the end of the vacation I attended the annual music industry trade show, NAMM. One of the things I do there is go to dealer breakfasts, where we get to listen to people talk about the industry.
I was particularly lucky to hear Jake Shimabukuro play his ukulele, and then be interviewed by Joe Lamond, NAMM’s president, about his life’s work. Jake talked a great deal about the importance of music education, and the role it can play in improving the lives of young people. As someone who was bad at sports, music is what gave him the confidence to get through all the trials of the teen years. I loved it when he said “Music and arts are PE for the mind”. And I loved it when his interviewer remarked that you just can’t help smiling when someone is playing ukulele.
You can hear the interview here if you’d like: https://www.namm.org/nammu/industry/game-changers-jake-shimabukuro-2016-namm-show
And if you’d like to hear Jake play the ukulele, he’s coming to the Academy of Music on April 14th!