Positivity During a Pandemic

by | Apr 7, 2020 | Improvisation and song writing, Video lessons | 10 comments

Right now Rebecca and I are sheltering in place in California and Illinois and we’re thinking about how to keep our positivity during a pandemic. I have a little more time because my school teaching has moved online. I am busy developing online resources to teach orchestra.

It’s a time to think of the positive!

With that in mind, I created the following parody of “Nearer My God to Thee.” With Easter this week, it is time to count our blessings. To be thankful for our nurses and doctors who are on the front lines. It is time to reach out to family and friends. And, it is time to send kindness and good wishes to all.

I’ve also learned some new apps. This video was created in acapella, an app that allows you to easily make split-screen videos. For folks who want to learn to play melodies and chords for a song, recording one part and then playing the other will be a great way to do this. I also enjoy harmonizing, so this was a lot of fun for me.

Our hymn book is coming out soon!

Anyway, since our communities are virtual right now, here’s to making music together with our online tools. The original version of this song, “Nearer My God to Thee,” will be in our new book 21 Easy Ukulele Hymns

Positivity During a Pandemic

We are all stuck at home, what’s there to do?

Celebrate our families, learn something new,

Practice ukulele, be a good friend,

Reach out to those in need, until we meet again.

Families and kids are home, learning online

E-learning’s what we do, in this trying time,

Holidays come this week, over zoom we’ll meet and greet,

Greetings to everyone, send our love to all!



If you want a copy of the sheet music of this song, please comment below. To read more about the “Nearer My God to Thee,” click here.


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  1. Rita Lealos

    Thank you for your commitment for bringing joy to students of all ages!
    We are thinking about beginning a Uke Group here in Northern Central MN & Uke(ing) is saving my sanity!

    Please send me a copy of “Nearer My God to Thee”; See you on Saturday!

    • Lala

      You’re welcome, Rita! I’ve sent your request for Nearer My God to Thee sheet music. Sorry for the delayed response. Happy strumming!

  2. Valerie Temple

    Thank you for your positive outlook and song!

    • Lala

      You’re welcome, Valerie! Stay well!

  3. Derek

    This is really nice. Thank you for bringing joy, positivity, and music to all of us during this time 🙂

    • Lala

      You’re welcome, Derek! Stay well!

  4. Daisy Richardson

    Thank you for all of your posts and live streaming!! Learning the ukulele is giving me something fun and positive to focus on!! I would love a copy of Nearer my God to Thee! I can’t wait for the Hymn Book songs to come out.

    • Lala

      You’re welcome, Daisy. I’ve emailed your request for Nearer My God to Thee sheet music. 21 Easy Ukulele Hymns will be out soon!

  5. Peggy

    You are an inspiration! On Memorial Day at 3:00pm my husband and I sat on the front porch and played our own special ukulele version of Taps. It sounded great and allowed us to join in the 1st annual “Taps Across America” initiative.

    • Jenny Peters

      Peggy, what a beautiful thing you and your husband did by being part of “Taps Across America.” That’s so wonderful. It’s always nice to hear of positive steps that people are taking in this uncertain time.


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