4 Strings Attached: the denouement

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Thursday night was incredible.

I was thrilled by the huge turnout, the energy of the crowd, and the performances of everyone involved. That night will always have a place in the highlight reel of my memory.

I started 4 Strings Attached because I wanted to share my newfound joy of playing music. The campaign has always been about about giving to others, but I have received more gifts than I can count from this experience.

Throughout the campaign I have become a better planner, ‘ukulele player, and rapper than I was before. And since the concert, I‘ve felt the rush of performing, I’m less afraid of rejection, and I’m utterly humbled by all of you who came out in support of the goal.

I’ve come to understand how empowering the combination of hard work and a virtuous goal can be. I got to peek behind the curtains of coincidence and luck; my little campaign survived and succeeded because of the hard work of so many people, and because we seemed to catch breaks at every turn. As Seneca put it: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I have a better understanding of that adage now.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

I would like to especially thank everyone who joined me on stage Holt Walker, Kitzi Hendricks, An-Nhien Le, Rachel Sampson, Matt Logan, and Elliot Stieglitz. I never imagined such a star-studded event when I conceived of the concert.

None of this would have been possible without Corey Bergman and the great people at the Ukulele Kids Club. I am so thankful for the work that they are doing, and for their belief in my ability to put together this campaign.

I would also like to thank my ‘ukulele teachers, John Nash and Kerry Wing. I have benefited immeasurably from their teaching and encouragement.

And thank you to everyone who participated in this campaign in any way. You all are the reason that we were able to donate 125 instruments!

I’ve passed the torch to Oliver Jacobson, Maya Charlton, and all the wonderful music therapists at UCSF Benioff and Children’s Hospital Oakland. They are doing the real work of helping children laugh, learn, and heal. The first batch of ‘ukuleles have been received at the hospitals and children are already strumming away. I’ll share some pictures as soon as I’m able.

Six months ago, I had no idea how much time and effort it would take to make 4 Strings Attached a success.

I was tired when I stepped off the stage on Thursday night — and I thought that it was time to rest. But this week has been almost as draining as the last; there’s an empty space where there used to be 4 Strings.

I would love to do something like this again before too long. I don’t know when it will be, or what form it will take, but I hope you’ll join me when the time comes.

In the meantime, please enjoy the recording of Thursday night’s concert. You can stream or download it for free on Soundcloud.

Matt