I became an admirer of the ukulele and Hawaiian music while stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1991. I turned into a fan when Jake Shimabukuro released his viral video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” I didn’t begin to play until 2020 and my Occupational Therapist recommended I try music therapy and playing the ukulele as therapy for my arms and hands. I’ve been captivated ever since I picked one up. The ukulele turned out to be a fantastic form of therapy just as my therapist had foreseen. The ukulele’s therapeutic benefits exceeded all expectations when I realized the potential of the little instrument. The cognitive benefits are great, but the exercise in mindfulness that comes from playing is what compels and inspires me. To be clear, the ukulele soothes the soul.

Rob Hunt