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"These Boots Are Made For Walking"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Does anyone remember the Nancy Sinatra song, "These Boots Are Made for Walking"? No it's not one of my favorite songs; however, I have been teaching myself how to play it on the ukelele. WHY you might ask? Well it has the funniest "run" or "rift" that sounds really cool. I am learning to play the ukelele as part of my self-designed physical therapy program. In November of 2008, I was attacked by a psychiatric patient and ended up with a full thickness tear of the main muscle of my right rotator cuff, other shoulder damage, right knee damage, and later my left knee (due to the strain put on using it more to compensate for my right knee). I had my first surgery on 3-30-09 and then I ran into one complication after another. I developed an amazing tremor in my right arm and hand-they were "jumping" all over the place. Physical therapy wasn't all that effective, so I decided to learn to play the mandolin (Irish music). The mandolin proved to be a bit too difficult (8 strings) at the time, so I switched to guitar (6 strings). Guitar proved to be "too big" and unwieldy for my damaged shoulder, so I ended up with a ukelele (4 strings). Now the ukelele is not the most popular instrument for Irish music (I know you may find that hard to believe); however, I am working on a few Irish tunes along with Nancy Sinatra's hot little number. Actually, there are a ton of songs that you can play on ukelele. I'm having fun and my tremor is much improved.
Oh by the way, the whole purpose of this blog entry was to say I need to get some new walking shoes. I am the hardest person to fit on the planet, so I am dreading it. I guess that's what made me think of "These Shoes Are Made for Walking", oops I meant "boots", no shoes-whatever. Have a great week and thanks for reading my verbose blog! ! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • ANNESYLVIA
    Yes, I do remember that song. I am glad to hear that playing the ukulele, is having a positive effect on your injuries. I actually just had surgery on 2/2010 for an 80% tear to my rotators cuff and 30% bicep tear. I was not able to go back to working out until this past May. I wish you all the luck with your recovery.

    Anne
    2881 days ago
  • LADYIRISH317
    Hey, the accordion and bouzouki aren't original to Ireland but now they're mainstays in Irish music! Why not the uke?
    2887 days ago
  • DONEGIRL
    My son and friends just went busking for the first time - one guitar and 2 ukeleles! They play rock and pop and they got Euro 66 in 2 hours! Good luck with your walking.
    2888 days ago
  • INTERSTATEVERSE
    Great about the ukelele, and so glad it's having a positive impact on your injury. It's a cool instrument!

    Hope you get some good shoes--why, aren't those LL Bean hunting boots good enough?!?!

    Funny story that. Take care.
    2888 days ago
  • USFBULL
    yes I do remember the song, but more to the point, you can play a bunch of beatles songs on the Ukelele. Enjoy and glad your improving. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2888 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Love your blog! Keep on walking in those "boots". Sure do remember that song. Hugs to you!!

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    2888 days ago
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