(Been playing the tenor ukulele for so long that it is always a pleasant surprise to play the soprano and hear the difference in sound and feel the difference in mood.  Especially nice when snacking on Star Fruit and warming up with Star Anise in hot tea on a cold Florida day)


Soprano-sized uke

Voice soars above island skies

Singing with the stars


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: My soprano ukulele, star fruit and star anise



*scroll down for a BeauSoleil youtube video*

Last night I wandered into
A YouTube video
Or so I believed
Hometown visit from
The quiet of my Florida swamp
To the screeching insanity
Of the city I love
Straddling the past littered with ghosts
And an unknown future
Metaphored by vultures
Surfing the air currents
So the evening in World Cafe
Was already a bit unreal
Learned that videos are
A poor substitute for reality
Learned that the moon
Isn’t the only celestial magic wand
Learned that the sun not only
Bestows life to listeners
But also radiates its own
Via voice, violin, guitar, percussion
Live music
Palpable magic spell
Weaving words and melody so well
BeauSoleil creating its own place
Shining between time and space
As I willingly drifted
In their musical embrace…

(c) 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
Image: BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet


(scroll down for music)

Who cares what they’re saying

Listen to the voice

Make up your own words

To fit emotion’s choice


Who cares what they’re saying

Listen to the beat

Let your body talk

Freedom is so sweet


Who cares what they’re saying

Listen to the strings,

Percussion, keys and woodwinds

Love the joy that sound brings


Who cares what they’re saying

It’s music from a band

An easily understood language

When we cross that borderland…


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

YOUTUBE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/xiDRPUurDsY