Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bill Tapia, Ukelele Player

I heard an MP3 of Bill Tapia three years ago playing Stars and Stripes Forever on the ukelele. That was before YouTube, but now we can see and hear him on video.

Here he is at ninety-five. After three minutes the video cuts to his version of Stars and Stripes Forever. This is archival treasure if ever one was found.

Over the last few days a series of videos has been released via You Tube following Bill Tapia's one hundredth birthday. Here is a link to the opening number of that occasion which has fewer than ten views at this writing.

Here is a delightful video of Mihana Souza performing with Bill Tapia which captures the spirit of someone who can teach us what it takes to live past the century mark.

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