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A Tale of Two Teachers
By James Hill

Since the last issue of Ukulele Yes! hit the 'net, the ukulele community has suffered the loss of two great friends: John King and John Kavanagh. Both were close personal friends of mine and their passing has left a hole in my life that will not heal quickly or completely.


John King

John Kavanagh

Both John and John were teachers by nature. John King, a pupil and friend of guitar great Pepe Romero, taught guitar at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and was a regular at ukulele festivals across North America. John Kavanagh was a pupil of Canadian ukulele legend Chalmers Doane, a prolific contributor to many online music communities and had recently founded the first ukulele ensemble in Kentville, NS. Both also contributed greatly to this magazine. John King wrote this fabulous feature article for our Fall 2008 issue which I suspect will be the standard by which I measure article submissions for some time. John Kavanagh was a regular contributor whose wit and generous spirit shone through in articles like this one.

The theme from the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 has always haunted me. It flowed by into my mind as I contemplated the loss of these two dear friends. It seemed a fitting tribute to both men, lovers of classical music as they were, to arrange the theme for this issue of Ukulele Yes! (click here to view). As you'll see it's an arrangement intended for intermediate and advanced ukulele players (especially when played on a single ukulele). The music seethes with a pathos that echoes my own feelings at this time: an emotional cocktail of nostalgia, melancholy, hope and gratitude.

Uke on for John and John,

James Hill
Editor, Ukulele Yes!

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In This Issue: PRELUDE IDEAS & LETTERS UKULELE REPORTS INTERVIEW FEATURE ARTICLE FREE ARRANGEMENT PEDAGOGY CORNER FROM THE VAULT