Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Cowboy Song - Ukulele Chords

At the end of Joe vs the Volcano, Joe (played by Tom Hanks) strums this fun and simple song on the ukulele.  I've read They wanted something Mr. Hanks could easily play on his own, and given it only two chords I'd say they nailed it.  I've seen this written out in a few different keys, but this is the version I play because it's a) easy and b) I think what they played in the movie.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cowboy Caviar

Here's a healthy, no cooking, super delicious salad that works as a dip or eaten directly with fork or spoon.  We make it for big parties as it travels well and works best if made ahead of time.  Generally, we serve with scooping tortilla chips.

Cowboy Caviar

  • 1x 15oz can black-eyed peas (drained)
  • 1x 11oz can of corn (drained)
  • 2x avocados (diced)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 2/3 cup red onion (diced)
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix.
  2. Let sit several hours before serving with chips. 24 hrs is even better
Notes: Recipe is extremely forgiving of substitutions.  We often swap black beans for the black-eyed peas, frozen corn for the canned, and in winter we use a 2 Tbsp dried cilantro instead of fresh.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

La Vie En Rose - Ukulele Chords

Cynthia Lin Music has an amazing ukulele channel on Youtube with lots of tutorials both for songs and for basic ukulele technique.  Of the online ukulele teachers, she comes across as one of the most professional music teachers, but a very organized approach to teaching from beginners to intermediate work.  (she may have more advanced work but I'm not there yet in my playing).

Here's one of my favorite videos she made:

I made a quick music sheet based on this tutorial so it was easier to follow along and then go practice on my own.