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Mighty Uke Day III — Mightier than Ever!

Wow; what a week­end! Now that I’m finally com­ing back down to earth after all the excite­ment of Mighty Uke Day III and the weeks lead­ing up to it, I’d like share a few thoughts about it all with you. When … Con­tinue read­ing

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Mighty Uke Day II in Old Town Lansing — What a Day!

It’s really hard to put into words all my feel­ings about all the won­der of yes­ter­day, but I’ll give it a try (my lit­tle brain is still a bit fried): Thank you so much to every­one who helped sup­port Mighty Uke … Con­tinue read­ing

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Tiger Stadium’s 100th Anniversary

Tiger Sta­dium and Fen­way Park opened on the same day 100 years ago; April 20, 1912. Both open­ings were mostly over­shad­owed by the sink­ing of the Titanic a week ear­lier, but their true glo­ries were cel­e­brated over the many years … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Bark magazine features “Dog is My Co-Pilot”

I had a nice write-up on my late dog Jake and song “Dog is My-Copilot” in The Bark mag­a­zine this week. Read it and watch the video here and, for a lim­ited time, you can down­load an MP3 of the Blue Jello … Con­tinue read­ing

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The one and only Jake Dog Hassenger

I first pub­lished this in my old blog the day after Jake died in 2009. I looked it up for some back­ground on a piece that a mag­a­zine may do on my song “Dog is My Co-Pilot” and I thought … Con­tinue read­ing

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Mighty Uke Day — May 5 in Old Town Lansing!

MIGHTY UKE DAY II will be held Sat­ur­day, May 5, 2012 in Old Town Lans­ing! A con­cert fea­tur­ing the one and only Lil’ Rev with spe­cial guests The Ukulele Kings, Mag­dalen Fos­sum, Ger­ald Ross, and The Fab­u­lous Heftones will be … Con­tinue read­ing

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Sleeper Trains & Terracotta Warriors

Fri­day evening, we hopped on the sleeper train to Xi’an and to see the Ter­ra­cotta War­riors. I had some reser­va­tions about the 16-hour jour­ney; my thoughts were that the train would be extremely dirty, we’d end up with a cou­ple … Con­tinue read­ing

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Ben and Bill’s Excellent Adventure comes to Changzhou!

What a great Thanks­giv­ing Day we had at Hohai Uni­ver­sity in Changzhou, China. We spent the morn­ing pop­ping in and out of class­rooms with my uke and gui­tar, singing and talk­ing about the songs and their mean­ings. We took turns … Con­tinue read­ing

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My first few days in China …

I landed in Bei­jing Fri­day night around 10:30 after a 14-hour flight. Luck­ily, I ended up with a whole row to myself and could lie down and sleep, which I did for about 1/2 of the trip. My friend and … Con­tinue read­ing

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Happy Thanksgiving from Changzhou, China

I hope you can come and see my spe­cial Thanks­giv­ing Day con­cert! Here are the details: http://wyb.hhuc.edu.cn/s/55/t/321/a/14827/info.jspy Happy Thanks­giv­ing from Changzhou, China!

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