Learn the Ukulele and Hula at BFUU This Summer!

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Session I (Beginner)      Session II (Intermediate)
Learn to Play the Ukulele   Hawaiian Songs and Hula
July 17 - 21, 2017   August 14-18, 2017
10 am - 12 noon   6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fellowship Hall   Preschool Kitchen
1924 Cedar St   1606 Bonita Ave.
 
The BFUU Music Program is offering ukulele camp this summer! Learn to play the ukulele if you don't know how in Session I (Beginner) and learn some Hawaiian songs and simple hula movements in Session II (Intermediate). The ukelele is a friendly, portable instrument that is a great way for folks to take part in the fun of music!
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up or for more information. Adults and children are welcome. Please help spread the word, and let us know if anyone has ukuleles to donate or lend us for the camp.
$50/session; $25/session for BFUU Members and Friends.
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Let your spirit sing and join our choir or play music with us!
BFUU's choir meets at 9:30 am each Sunday before service in the Fellowship Hall to practice the hymns that we lead during the 10:30 am service.

We also have practices on Wednesday evenings, which are open to everyone. 


BFUU Choir Practice and Neighborhood Sing!
Wednesdays at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

From 7 pm – 8 pm, we learn songs and harmonies
From 8 pm – 8:30 pm, we sing other songs for fun with our wonderful pianist Andy

Join us for either or both parts of the evening! Please invite your friends and neighbors. There's no pressure to sing in the choir on Sundays. These gatherings are something BFUU offers as a service to build community.


BFUU Music Videos

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Watch some samples of BFUU Music performances on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyWxEDGsbqisVahnBzXGWeQ

2017

July 9: Resist and Rejoice
At the Sunday service on July 9, 2017, the BFUU Choir leads the congregation in singing a lively rendition of the African American spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

https://youtu.be/pC4rfGu2_kY
At the Sunday service on July 9, 2017, BFUU musicians perform "Blowin’ in the Wind" by Bob Dylan; "Heliotrope Bouquet" by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin; and "If I Had a Hammer" by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays.
https://youtu.be/NgvYPaWdLn8

July 2: In Dependence Day
Our young guest musician performs “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” the harp at BFUU’s Sunday service.

https://youtu.be/4Ba8SQ13nFU
At the Sunday service on July 2, 2017, “In Dependence Day!” Brett performs all-American music on the piano: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and a Sousa march, “The Washington Post March”; and the BFUU Choir leads the congregation in singing “Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield” and “A Firemist and a Planet.”
https://youtu.be/Thx6Dxf5T5Y

June 25: How the US Supreme Court Stood Up on the Side of Love
The BFUU Choir leads the congregation in singing “Guide My Feet,” “Everything Possible,” and “How Could Anyone” at the Pride Sunday service on June 25, 2017.

https://youtu.be/iUPtnQGvw-U

June 18: Fathers Are Men, Too
The BFUU Choir sings “California Dreamin’” with their ukuleles at the Sunday service on June 18, 2017. This is a favorite song of Jeff Palmer, a member of the Board and a great dad to his son. His wife Margaret Hurlbert is helping lead the song on ukulele.

https://youtu.be/_BfM4Wtus58

June 11: Brecht, Bacteria, and the Biosphere
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, BFUU congregants were fortunate to experience the beautiful a capella singing of the all-women’s ensemble “The Conspiracy of Venus,” under the direction of Joyce Todd McBride. Here is an excerpt of them singing “The Buddha’s Parable of the Burning House,” text by Bertolt Brecht, music by Joyce Todd McBride.

https://youtu.be/JN-9PxozMys

June 4: Make ’Em Laugh
For our Sunday Service on June 4, 2017, with “humor” as the theme, we had funny songs, jokes, and entertaining musical numbers. The guest musicians were “Mary Lou’s Apartment,” an all-women’s jazz ensemble. Rev. Elena told funny jokes but also mixed in serious messages about the power of humor to speak the truth and help create social change.

https://youtu.be/INb1GA629_w

The guest musicians at our Sunday Service on June 4, 2017 were members of “Mary Lou’s Apartment,” an all-women’s jazz ensemble. This group features the compositions and arrangements of the African American musical geniuses Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston.  A compact-yet-mighty big band, Mary Lou’s Apartment is dedicated to performing great American music in an atmosphere of kindness, joy, support and political action. “Act of Contrition” is a piece by Mary Lou Williams, a prolific composer who whose career began in the 1920s and who had roots in Christian jazz.

May 21: Someone Else’s Child
The BFUU Choir sings a traditional Zambian spiritual at last Sunday’s service. Our ukulele group added some ukuleles to the number, and we thought it sounded nice so we performed it that way on Sunday!

https://youtu.be/kScfvdCrtmM 

May 6, 2017: BFUU's Annual Pledge Drive Dinner 
The annual BFUU Pledge Drive Dinner held on May 6, 2017 included humorous moments, messages from our three ministers, and music and dancing! Here are a few excerpts.

https://youtu.be/ORou_bSua4g

April 29, 2017: Irish Dance Benefit for Standing Rock at BFUU
Lively dancing at "Rock & Reel," an Irish Dance to Benefit Standing Rock, held at BFUU on April 29, 2017. The successful event was made possible by everyone who came together and helped make it happen-- 30 volunteers from BFUU and the Irish music and dance community. Food donated from local stores supplemented the wonderful potluck. Thank you also to all the members and friends of the Fellowship who support BFUU and make it possible for us to have the very buildings where it was held! The event was sponsored by BFUU’s Social Justice Committee. Almost $1,200 was raised for Standing Rock's legal defense fund.

https://youtu.be/T7YBCBp4dLk
At BFUU’s recent event, “Rock & Reel,” an Irish Dance to Benefit Standing Rock, attendees experienced a special treat-- a performance of Native American dance and music.
https://youtu.be/b3vUBIW6-QY
At BFUU’s recent event on April 29, 2017, “Rock & Reel,” an Irish Dance to Benefit Standing Rock, Wally Ogi Johnson performed meditative music on Native American flute.
https://youtu.be/ZqyUo9seWZc

April 23: The Myths We Live: The Fairy Tale Guide to Ever After
For BFUU’s Sunday service on April 23, 2017, Wally Ogi Johnson performed some beautiful music on an unusual instrument—the Mayan dual-chambered flute.
https://youtu.be/a4pA68BXXuM 

April 2: Shields Up!
At BFUU’s Sunday service on April 2, 2017, pianist Andy Jamieson performs an excerpt from Gustav Mahler’s reflective “Adagietto.”
https://youtu.be/vxtqFPovR6U
At BFUU’s Sunday service on April 2, 2017, the BFUU kids performed a wonderful skit about how St. Brigit of Ireland got lands for the poor from the greedy landlord. Such talent!
https://youtu.be/4GoZoogK1Z8

March 26: Burning the Bridges to Hope: the Assault on Moslem Refugees and Truth
We sometimes sing songs from other cultures and countries at our services to experience and appreciate beautiful music and art from places outside mainstream America. At BFUU’s Sunday service on March 26, 2017, guest musicians “In Harmony’s Way” are joined by the BFUU Choir in a traditional African song called “Jongo.” The song is about overcoming hardship and celebrating together. BFUU’s custodian Richard Sandling is playing along on the drumming.

https://youtu.be/8D_U5DMYxNM 
At BFUU’s Sunday service on March 26, 2017, guest musicians “In Harmony’s Way” lead the congregation in the chorus song “Rolling Home.”
https://youtu.be/1z2b4VhefyM

March 19: “Creating a New Paradigm at BFUU”
The BFUU Choir sings a traditional Irish blessing, “May the Road Rise to Meet You” with Andy Jamieson on piano at the Sunday service on March 19, 2017.
https://youtu.be/13Id7el_7h8

Guest musician Ben Saylor plays a beautiful slow air on the Irish flute at BFUU’s Sunday service on March 19, 2017.
https://youtu.be/jeDnVOXqG0g
At BFUU’s Sunday service on March 19, 2017, guest musicians Erik Newman (guitar) and Ben Saylor (flute) are joined by Susan T. Mashiyama (fiddle) on an Irish reel called “Maggie’s Pancakes.” BFUU’s custodian Richard Sandling is playing along on the African drum and that’s our Board President Doug Chambers playing along on bones.
https://youtu.be/G86SaTZEJIk    

March 12: The Truth About Trees
BFUU’s wonderful pianist Andy Jamieson performs “I Heard a Forest Praying” at the Sunday service on March 12, 2017.
https://youtu.be/uDDP72JjDRI
Susan T. Mashiyama performs a elvish harp number called “Arwen’s Song” from the Lord of the Rings movie after a reading of a poem by Wallace Stevens called “Of Mere Being.”
https://youtu.be/xgqQkkK5bdA
The BFUU Choir sings “Blue Boat Home” with the congregation at the Sunday service on March 12, 2017.
https://youtu.be/prM8Za8XIkk

March 5: Bread and Roses
The BFUU Choir performs “We Shall Overcome” joined by the congregation at the Sunday service on March 5, 2017. Andy Jamieson is the pianist.
https://youtu.be/GMUtT5d1XYY

February 26: In Search of Miracles
Guest musician Kevin Kihara plays his composition “Contemplation” on a mystical-sounding Swiss percussion instrument called the Hang.
https://youtu.be/jngLfPCezYo
Guest musician Kevin Kihara on Hang is joined by Susan T. Mashiyama on harp on a piece of theirs called “Autumn Wind.”
https://youtu.be/bIIrbfDNcuU
Brett plays his improvisational version of “Amazing Grace” on the piano.
https://youtu.be/gYheJhcknQ8 

February 12: Complaint
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Elinor Roberts performs “If It’s Magic” by Stevie Wonder accompanied by Susan on harp.
https://youtu.be/euirxuLXGHY 
Guest musician Erik Newman performs on the accordion “Bella Notte” from the famous spaghetti dinner scene of the Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp.”
https://youtu.be/5KUs9LgD800

February 5: The Games We Play
The BFUU Choir singing “Games People Play” by Joe South with Doug on lead vocals and djembe.

January 29: Poetry Service
At the Sunday service, congregants heard “Nearer, My God to Thee,” arranged and performed by guest musician Steve Baughman on guitar.
https://youtu.be/riJ7rPc7-zc

January 22: Sanctuary Churches: A Haven of Refuge for Immigrants under Threat
BFUU member Doertlis Schultze-Allen sings John Lennon’s “Imagine” accompanied by Yoichi Hariguchi at the Sunday service on January 22, 2017.

https://youtu.be/9uIHiyhDqu0
Guest musician Laurel North sings “The Rose” with Susan T. Mashiyama, accompanied by Andy Jamieson at the Sunday service.
https://youtu.be/zazFFtcT2Ww 
Guest musician Laurel North performs with Susan T. Mashiyama in a harp duet composed by Susan called “Mist on the River.”
https://youtu.be/fltzt0PSZY0

January 15: Universalism: A Weaving of Forgiveness and Justice
This is a song from the movie "Selma" about the struggle for equal voting rights.
Performed by Doug and his family with Andy (piano) and Susan (violin)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaMuCa15VhM

January 1: Be It Resolved
Brett performs his interpretation of “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at the Sunday service.
https://youtu.be/-HXZsXPJNXw

 

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