Bread of Heaven (Tabs)

Bread of Heaven (Tab)

You might be wondering what happened to all the big plans I wrote about in the 1000th post. Yes, I talked a big game and, yes, so far I’ve delivered nothing. But a few things have been happening.

Firstly, the new theme is on its way. It’s scheduled to go live on the first of March. It’s looking fantastic, so it’s worth the wait. The new theme does demand a whole bunch of new pages so there’ll be a few posts cropping up that will be part of that (thus completely going back on my ‘fewer posts’ plan). Also, the Buy a Ukulele section is going to change its name to ‘Ukulele Review’. There be a ratings system and I’ll be bribing people to leave reviews of their ukes and uke related stuff. As part of this, it struck me I should probably set up a page for every ukulele in existence. I mean, how hard can it be? Turns out very hard. I’ve hired someone to help with this section and it’s still going to take a long time.

The ebooks I mentioned have been put on the back burner for now but there is something new coming along – hopefully next week.

After the feedback, the private forum idea has been abandoned and the tutorial videos were never going to happen. I’d like to be able to do the ukulele-trip thing and I have a concept brewing, now I just have to get over my laziness and social awkwardness. So that about wraps up the plans.

There is a reason why I’m so far behind on my plans. My Dad died on the 30th December. This blog owes a lot to my Dad; from him driving me to guitar lessons when I was a kid to not beating some sense into me when I ditched a steady job in favour writing about the ukulele for a living. So it only seemed right that I arrange a tune in honour of him.

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  1. JCMcGee February 9th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Sad to hear about your father…I’m sure he must have been proud of the work you’ve done with this sit.

    Lovely recording


  2. JCMcGee February 9th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Ooops…Sorry….I missed a letter… it was a e….not an h!

    Should have read: “Work you’ve done with this SITE”

  3. CharlesHugh February 9th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about your father.

  4. Sunny Jim February 9th, 2010 7:42 pm

    What a great tribute. Thanks for sharing this with us. My mother died twelve years ago and when I now do the things such as music and theatre that she encouraged me to do as a child its a part of her that lives on in me. Its a cliche but time is a great healer.
    All the best, Jim

  5. Donnie Bubbles February 9th, 2010 7:50 pm


    So sorry to hear about your father…you have inspired a lot of people with your anti-steady job and that must have made him proud.

    Best to you and yours,

  6. Clare Shobs February 9th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Great rendition – I noticed it on ‘tube a couple of weeks back. Your dad must have been a sterling chap: encouraging his lad with uke pursuits.

    This site is truly brilliant – if I hadn’t happened upon it as I picked up a uke I reckon I would still have cash in my pocket and a sitting room not cluttered up with 4-stringed friends.

    Thanks Al for all your hard work and enthusiasm. I look forward with excitement to the new look. In the meantime, I’m sure I can speak for a few of your readers by sending genuine words of condolence.

  7. J-Hob February 9th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Really sorry to hear about your father Al, I’m sure he’s proud of what you have achieved. Your arrangement is a beautiful tribute.

  8. PaulC February 9th, 2010 8:31 pm

    I’m sorry about your father’s passing, Al. A fitting tribute indeed.

  9. Bossarocker February 9th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Really sorry to hear about your dad. Fantastic tribute.

  10. Nick B-C. February 9th, 2010 9:51 pm

    …A beautiful tribute, beautifuly arranged and played…I lost my dad 2 years ago…Tuff times…I’m sure your dad was hugely proud of the love and respect you receive and deserve from the Ukeing fraternity…

  11. Jimmy February 9th, 2010 10:46 pm

    Really great. In thoughts.

  12. SamD February 10th, 2010 12:15 am

    Beautiful rendition, Woodshed. Sorry to hear about your father.

  13. cardboardfrog February 10th, 2010 12:47 am

    a great tribute, terribly sorry to hear about your father but as many have already said i’m sure he would of been frightfully proud of you.

  14. Tim Hatcher February 10th, 2010 7:50 am

    You have my sincere sympathy regarding your loss, and my continued gratitude and admiration over the fine job you do with your website. I hope your 2010 brings great things to you.

  15. Mike February 10th, 2010 8:12 am

    Beautiful arrangement made all the more touching by your sad loss.

    Thanks for all you do and looking forward to the new look.


  16. John Ferg February 10th, 2010 9:31 am

    Hey, sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine last September and the uke and your and the community’s insights and connections about uke stuff were a big help. Thanks for sharing. You’re doing great things with this site. John Ferg

  17. Readie February 10th, 2010 10:46 am

    Really sorry to hear about your Dad, Woodshed. My condolences and sympathies to you, your family, and friends. And, as always, my gratitude for such a great site.

  18. LonnaB February 10th, 2010 1:16 pm

    The arrangement is lovely, truly touching upon hearing of your loss. I am so glad you were encouraged and supported by your father, look at all the good it is doing for you and for the rest of us. As a parent, I can appreciate a job well done when I see one.

  19. indieoctopi February 10th, 2010 1:55 pm

    My condolences.

    Your site has helped me beyond words. I check some part of it probably every day just to practice or learn something new. I’ve only been playing a few months but this site has been the most helpful.

  20. bunny February 10th, 2010 2:09 pm

    I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your song is a beautiful tribute. Take all the time you need to do whatever you need to do.

    Thinking of you and your family.

  21. Rob NY February 10th, 2010 2:13 pm

    I”m sorry about the loss of your father Al.

  22. Jen February 10th, 2010 2:32 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss, it’s a lovely tribute.

  23. Ron and Jeanne February 10th, 2010 2:53 pm

    We’re so sorry for the loss of your Father, Al. This is a lovely and touching tribute, beautifully played. We’re sure he must have been incredibly proud of you.

  24. Acilius February 10th, 2010 3:21 pm

    No one is ever ready to lose a father, and I’m sorry that’s come to you, Al. I’ll be thinking of you.

    I don’t know what you mean saying you’ve delivered nothing since your 1000th post. Ukulele Hunt is still the best uke-themed site on the web, leagues ahead of any other.

  25. Bob Schneider February 10th, 2010 3:35 pm

    Sorry to hear about your Dad, Al. I liked your tribute very much. Hang in there….

  26. Dagada February 10th, 2010 4:24 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your news. I’m sure your father would have been enormously proud of you for all the joy and enthusiasm your website adds to the Ukulele commuity. Your tribute is beautiful and I thank you for sharing it with us.

  27. andy February 10th, 2010 4:25 pm

    Sincerest condolences, Al.
    From where I’m sitting you’re not falling behind – I still can’t keep up.

  28. Ian Emmerson February 10th, 2010 5:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about you father Al. That explains the long break. Best wishes.

  29. Bob the Blueschef February 10th, 2010 6:57 pm

    Well Al I’d be as proud as punch if my son leaves a tribute to me that’s as good as this. I’m sorry for your loss though nothing we can say will lessen that. It’s good to have loved and been loved though isn’t it! My thoughts are with you.
    Thanks for the site it’s helped a very non-talented and frustrated muscian learn a lot and have fun whilst doing it. What you do is valuable. Cheers to you and your family.

  30. Terry Harrington February 10th, 2010 9:07 pm

    I’m so sorry that your Dad passed away, I lost my Mother last November so I know, it’s hard. One day at a time and take it easy Al. Sincere condolences, Terry.

  31. Mike M February 11th, 2010 3:07 am

    Thank you-
    sweet song-Dad must be smiling

  32. Lainie February 11th, 2010 5:41 pm

    When the world works the way it is supposed to parents leave before their children, yet that doesn’t make it easier when you lose one. I’m sorry for your loss, and I agree with your other commenters – he must be awfully proud of you.

  33. rico February 11th, 2010 7:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss Al.
    My condolences and thank you for posting a beautiful tribute.

  34. Woodshed February 11th, 2010 8:52 pm

    A huge thanks to everyone for your messages. It means so much to me to get all this support.

  35. alec February 13th, 2010 2:25 pm

    Reading through that post and getting to the part about your father was really sad. It’s a beautiful tribute.

    He must know that there are a lot of people who love this site as much as me, and he must have been really proud of that alone.

  36. Tamster February 13th, 2010 7:36 pm

    Sorry to hear about your father. The song sounds lovely.

  37. Michael February 14th, 2010 12:59 am

    What a wonderful tribute! My condolances on your loss, you’re doing a great job with this site and I’m sure your father is looking proudly down at you!

  38. Woodshed February 14th, 2010 1:48 pm

    alec, Tamster and Michael: Thanks very much.

  39. mcnilly February 16th, 2010 7:45 am

    Its perfect Al :)

  40. Woodshed February 16th, 2010 9:04 pm

    mcnilly: Thanks.

  41. Chris February 17th, 2010 5:14 pm

    Sorry about the passing of your Father. I am sure he is proud of you.

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