Two, two chords: Meeting my musical muse

I was a drummer in high school, and stringed instruments terrified me. But when my dad got sick, I picked up the ukulele, and it changed my life.

On August 17, 2017, I ordered my first ukulele.

It was a 21-inch mahogany soprano from Amazon that set me back about $40.

Avery had just started first grade. Julian was 10. Hurricane Harvey hit a few weeks later. I was a year into a difficult romantic relationship, and my dad had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

That was the summer of the eclips…

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