Spectacular Vernacular: The Ukulady's
Man pt 2
By Warren Bujol
I know who you are, Matt See, but I don't know what you want.
Hi. I'm Warren and I'm here today to tell you about the time I almost got to play drums for the Ukulady's Man.
I hadn't heard of Sean Hager until March of 2015. I was flipping through a copy of Exposure Magazine when I stumbled upon a story about a local man and his ukulele. The moment I saw the photos I instantly knew that I was destined to sloppily play the drums for this man. The images exuded humor and creativity; a rarity in the days of crossed-arm-tough-guy-in-the-rain band photos. As I read through the article, I discovered that Sean's dream was to play with a full band. It was like the stars had aligned. I hopped on Facebook and asked Sean to send a video of his music. He sent a clip of him (probably recorded on a phone) singing his original song titled "Creepy." It was incredible; well-composed and witty, and to this day remains one of the greatest songs I have ever heard. I even made Calvin get up from his desk and walk over to my side of the office to listen. The moment was upon me; I looked to Calvin and said, "I'm going to offer my services as a drummer." Calvin replied, "okay."
I can tell you I don't have talent
That day I learned that the greatest lyricist to ever live was right here in Lake Charles, but also that he didn't want me as a drummer. He swears it wasn't because "I'm a terrible drummer," but that between the time of the interview and my application, he had already found a drummer. Matt See, my new arch enemy. Matt had carpe'd the diem before I even knew it was a race. Talented, sneaky bastard. I'm not mad at him, I'm probably just disappointed with myself, and ultimately glad to see that the Ukulady's Man's dreams had came true. Sean did name me the alternate drummer in case something happens to Matt, like broken legs, but I worry my title is the equivalent of a pilot giving a small child pin-on wings and telling him he's a co-pilot.* Regardless, I'll be his wingman any day.
But what I do have are a very particular set of skills
Matt wasn't alone in crushing potential band members' dreams; he was accompanied by a few of his evil henchmen. Kevin Lambert, a graduate of Berkley's School of Music, is slapping the keyboard and Mason Feduccia is fingering the bass. Mason was playing with the Street Side Jazz Band when Sean asked him to play at the Farmer’s Market. He then found Kevin hosting open mic nights. He had almost assembled his musical dream team; all they were missing was a drummer. Sean approached Matt, an unfortunately talented drummer, and asked if he would join the team. Matt probably said, "Sure, whatever, I don't care". I would've been like, "Dude, this is the greatest honor I've ever had and I will never let you down". I guess talent is more important than enthusiasm.
Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you
Sean explains that he has always loved using his music to make people happy, but the fellowship found in music making is his favorite aspect of being in a band. He compares it to being on a film set with a diverse group of people working towards a common goal. Sean sees the contributions of Matt, Kevin and Mason to be a vital component to the evolution of his music. He's even willing to retire the Ukulady's Man brand for a more plural, or at least slightly more vague band name.
If you let me drum for Sean, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you
The quartet is in the process of recording an album with the help of good friend Brian Rocca, but it will be several months before it is released due to conflicting schedules. But don't worry, we have some very good news for you; they made a video. In fact, by the time you read this, it will have been released. Hell, I bet you can even find it on our Facebook page right now (or right here in this article). Sean and company paired up with the video production powerhouses Julian Quebedeaux, Lee Garcia and Matthew Duplichan to bring us a visual element to my favorite song, Creepy. The video will be/was released on October 1st and then screened on October 31st at Luna Live. Having seen the video myself, I highly recommend you take a peek at it.
If you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, but I probably won't kill you
In his last article, Sean mentioned his dream was to have a full band join him on stage. Now that he has surrounded himself with talented musicians (to include a drummer that is not me), I wanted to know what was next on his "to do" list. I'm pretty sure he said touring with the band, but I can't remember because I was too busy running around the office making airplane noises. Oh well, it's probably better as a surprise anyway.
*I promise I won't break Matt's legs and I'm not really coming after him...
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