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Founded by Mary Schaub, the Peace, Love and Ukulele
Club began in July 2018 out of a desire to play the music
Mary grew up listening to.
" We were attending all of the other ukulele clubs here
in The Villages, " Mary said. " Those mainly focused on
music from the '40s and back, and I wasn't happy
with that. I wanted music from when I was
a kid and teenager. Nobody really did a
majority of music from that era, so I said,
'I need to start my own club.' So, I did! "
Mary and her husband Gary both
the ukulele is much easier due to its smaller size, and
when Mary came home with her father's ukulele, he
decided to pick it up as well.
" When she came home with her dad's ukulele,
I WANTED MUSIC
began playing the ukulele around the
same time, after Mary's father gifted her
his old ukulele.
" My dad played ukulele when I was
a kid, and I would listen to him play and he
taught me a couple really simple songs, " Mary
said. " About four years ago, arthritis made it too hard for
him to play, so he gave me his ukulele. I had not played
since I was a kid - I played guitar a little bit, but I had not
played ukulele. When he gave it to me, I thought, 'Well,
I've got to do this.' Then (Gary) got one, and we started
playing together. "
Gary briefly took guitar lessons as a teenager,
but did not stick with it. After retiring, he wanted to
pick it up again, but an injury in his left hand made
it difficult to stretch to reach many of the strings
when playing a chord on the guitar. He says
FROM WHEN I WAS A KID
AND TEENAGER. NOBODY
REALLY DID A MAJORITY
OF MUSIC FROM THAT
ERA, SO I SAID, 'I NEED
TO START MY OWN
CLUB.' SO, I DID!
- Mary Schaub
she played a simple three-chord song, and I thought,
'Well, I can do that,' " Gary said. " So, around
Christmas, we were at Best Buy, and
they had a little ukulele starter set
with a tuner and some books, and
we bought that as a Christmas
present for us. "
Because she loves the music
of the '60s, '70s and '80s, Mary
wanted to stick to songs from
that era, and at the first meeting
of the club, she was nervous no one
would attend.
" At my very first club meeting, I begged people to
come, and I felt if I had five people show, it would be a
success, " Mary said. " We had 13 people, which was
amazing for me! "
Since then, the club has grown to more than 100
members during the busier seasons, and Mary says now
instead of printing songs in binders for members, she
projects the songs at their club meetings so everyone
can play along. There are around 130 songs in her
repertoire, and Mary posts a list of the week's songs
on the club website every week.
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