In response to the post I wrote about ukuleles at my son’s day care centre, I received a message from Doug Frink, a ukulele player from the USA. He shared with me a YouTube video he’d made about some ladybugs (ladybirds in NZ) on his property. My first impressions were favourable, but I needed an expert opinion. So I asked my son who is three years old, what he thought. He sat and watched engaged by the ladybugs on the screen and recognised a ukulele being played too. Good enough kid’s endorsement for me.
About the song and video that Doug wrote and filmed he shares, “I shot the footage at my property in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 45 minutes NE of Marysville, California, USA. The ladybugs seem to gather every year in pretty much the exact same place. I think they may be getting ready for hibernation. They disperse sometime in the spring, but they seem to remain in the general vicinity throughout the summer. Sometimes on warm days the air is full of them fluttering around….it seemed like the ukulele and ladybugs would be a good mix, I’m pleased with how it turned out.”
Did you know, the entire life cycle of the ladybug is only 4 – 7 weeks. Starting the cycle as in the diagram below:
You can watch Doug’s video ‘Ladybug Philosophy’ here. Lyrics and chords coming soon.
Picture: Ladybird cycle from Animal Corner