For Christmas 2015, the Greaser gave me a Ukulele. I’d wanted to learn how to play the Ukulele for years, so he surprised me with a beautiful Fender Uke. I fell in love with my stunning new mini-guitar and have been playing it pretty much every day, since.
Playing the ukulele was completely new to me: I only knew how to play the bass riff of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes on the bass guitar (who doesn’t?) and the intro to Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prinson Blues’ on the guitar. Playing the ukulele calls for a completely different technique than guitar, but I had no strums or guitar-tricks to fall back on, whatsoever. The Greaser was cracking up, listening to my very first attempts to play, but after practicing daily (from 10 minutes to hours at a time) I have managed to learn to play this amazing instrument a little better, every day!
The very first song I learned to play on the Ukulele was one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to play the uke so badly: ‘Pineapple Princess’ by Annette Funicello. Never had I dreamed this would be the first song I could actually play! After practicing on chords, I decided to put my skills to the test and before I knew it I could play along while I was singing this adorable little song.
The Greaser gave me a wonderful pineapple dress for our anniversary. Although I’m not sure if we ever could, there certainly is no way we can deny it any longer: I AM a Pineapple Princess. I plucked up the courage, put on my pineapple dress and recorded this song while playing my ukulele!
Listen to my version of Annette Funicello’s Pineapple Princess below:
About Pineapple Princess
‘Pineapple Princess’ was written by the Sherman Brothers for Annette Funicello, who was a Mousketeer at the time. The song was released in 1960, on the album “Hawaiiannette”.
About Annette Funicello
Annette was one of the original Mousketeers of the Mickey Mouse Club. She was discovered by Walt Disney himself. Annette’s vocal skills were somewhat discovered by accident: The Sherman Brothers had written a song for her, she could sing on an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club serial “Walt Disney Presents: Annette”. The song was meant to be a funny ditty, but when Disney started receiving lots and lots of fan letters, he decided to offer Annette a record deal. Many songs and movies followed.
Did you know
The Fifties diner restaurant in the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, “Annette’s Diner”, was named after Annette Funicello.
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