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The Man and the Mountain

May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

Hello friends!

May 18th, marks the 40th anniversary of Mt. St. Helen’s massive eruption. Forty years…yet I remember it vividly! We stood outside in the street that Sunday, watching the plume mushroom as if an atomic bomb had exploded, in awe at the sheer magnitude nature wrought! It wasn’t as if we weren’t warned, but it seemed to us a long time coming…There were a multitude of  volcanic seismic events-for years-building up to the fateful day. It was a relief to have it finally blow it’s top!

Mike was obsessed with the impending eruption, from the first alerts from geologists, and keenly followed every story, especially of Harry Truman. Harry was keeper of the Mt. St. Helens Lodge and obstinately refused to budge from his “guard post”, no matter the threats of impending doom should he stay. He said that he would rather die than leave…and it was the mountain that buried him in it’s bosom.

Mike worked feverishly on the song all night and sang it for us the very next morning. It was typical of his compositional MO if he was impassioned with an idea for a song. You Ukulele Mike Lynch followers were the beneficiaries of his passion for arranging. It was the same for anything he composed, whether for the ukulele, Native American flute, violin or his many liturgical compositions for congregational singing.

He rolled it out to his classes that week and his students sang it for the closing concert just a few weeks later. It became a favorite; students looked forward to bringing it out every spring…and many, returning to visit, reminisced with their old music teacher about Harry and his mountain.

Although this blog is All Things Ukulele, I hope you will allow me the latitude to re-post this song, posted by Mike on the 30 year anniversary…It weaves a story worthy of retelling-especially around a campfire! click to listen and view The Man and the Mountain.

Mahalo Nui Loa!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacqueline B. McNabb permalink
    May 28, 2020 2:54 p05

    Thank you for the post! Is anyone selling Mike’s books these days? I have his first 3.


    Jacqueline B. McNabb

    29898 S 566 Road, Unit 514

    Monkey Island

    Afton, OK 74331-8232

    Mobile: 1-951-265-1501

    • Collene Lynch permalink
      June 15, 2020 2:54 p06

      Aloha Jackie!
      I apologize for missing your post…I’m still so new at this blogging business that my friend, Lee, (also my webmaster) had to show me how to reply-or even to know if i had already or not.
      But to answer your question, yes! The “anyone” is me, and I carry virtually all the music Mike wrote and/or arranged. 🙂
      If you go to the last entry (June 8th) you’ll see a pdf. If you click on it, it will bring up all the collections and all the singles. They all have item #s now, which you’ll see.
      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Harry Lankford permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

    Thank you ! Mike is my hero !


  3. Catherine Miranda permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

    Thank you for this song. Ukulele Mike was a great teacher! I was wondering if I could purchase hard copies of the books by phone with my credit card. I am not tech savvy. If you could call me 434 806 3019 I would appreciate it. Thank you very much. I remain a fan of Ukulele Mike. He was one of the first teachers I found on video
    2 years ago. Catherine Miranda

    • May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

      HI Catherine,
      Let’s chat and we can figure this out. I’ll try calling you tomorrow or next day.
      🙂 Collene

  4. Paul permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

    A great memorial to Harry Truman from a great musician, Mike Lynch, who also is missed. Thank you.

  5. Lucie Bergeron permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

    Good morning, Collene,
    It’s a beautiful song. I really like guitar chords. There is a lot of passion in this tune.
    Do you think it is still possible to buy chord melody notebooks? I have been trying for almost a year to buy through your website and the Paypal button does not work. I also tried to write to you with 3 different email addresses, but I didn’t get a response. I hope it will be possible this time, because there is nowhere else such a beautiful work of arrangement. Your husband was truly an extraordinary teacher of great generosity. Thank you very much for your help and a big thank you for this beautiful memory.

    • May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

      Hi Lucie, I’m so sorry I didn’t see your emails…Mike had quite a few and i don’t use or monitor them.
      The PayPal site is quirky, at best, and we are working on Mike’s website.
      You can write me at: if you’d like me to help you order.

  6. Gail Gebhard permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 p05

    I dearly miss Mike, Coleen! Thank you so much for posting his song! The thought of him still puts a smile on my face! I always wanted to play a string instrument. I thought a little 4 string ukulele would be the easiest. I bought one and searched YouTube for a teacher. I found Mike and knew he was the one for me!!! I love his chord melody songs! I still find his videos and play along with him! Please don’t ever take them down! We all miss Mike Coleen! We share your pain. 😊🙏🏻

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