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Both Sides Now

August 22, 2020

A Love Story

Hello friends!

On August 22, 1970, Mike and I each married our best friend. This year marks our 50th wedding anniversary. It was literally a lifetime ago, and yet…I remember very clearly our courtship and the first time we said “I Love You”, prompted by the song, ‘Both Sides Now’…

We were standing in the entry foyer to my family home; it was separated from the rest of the house by a door…which we kept shut so we could say our ‘good nights’ in private. (I have 9 younger siblings, so this was essential!) As music was how met, and being enamored of Judy Collins, it was natural that we started dancing to “Both Sides Now’, accompanied only by our hushed voices. In retrospect I can see we anticipated the words in the last verse:
“Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say, I love you” right out loud”

That’s when we stopped dancing. That’s when we stopped singing. That’s when we said “I Love You”-right out loud! In that moment, a lifetime together truly began.

You might find this funny, quaint, even odd…but for us, music was our language and if you knew Mike, you knew him to be corny (puns were his specialty) and sentimental. And I was right in there with him!

Because we were in music ministry together at 3+ churches, there were 6 priests at our wedding. Yup, it took 6 of them to marry us!

In his words to us that day, Fr. Pat Carroll, S.J. told us to go out and “make beautiful music together.” And so we did!


“Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
When every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way” -Joni Mitchell

I love you Michael B!

When Mike wrote his Chord Melody version of ‘Both Sides Now’ in 2017, I said, “It’s about time!”
You can find it in his Chord Melody Five collection or order it as a single on our website, where you’ll also find our new catalog.

Mahalo!

 http://www.UkuleleMikeLynch.com/store.htm

I couldn’t find this when posting last night. As you can see, Mike had a mustache “way back when”…and daisies were definitely “in” in 1970!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Dee Fuller permalink
    September 15, 2020 2:54 p09

    Thank you sharing Mike with all of us!

  2. Jacqueline B. McNabb permalink
    August 24, 2020 2:54 p08

    A beautiful tribute! And I am glad to see that the website is back with purchase options!

  3. George Stuteville permalink
    August 24, 2020 2:54 p08

    Thank you for your loving post. Mike Lynch gave me some much inspiration when I was first learning to play the uke.

    On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 3:30 AM UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE wrote:

    > > > > > > > Collene Lynch posted: ” > A Love Story > > > > Hello friends! > > > > On August 22, 1970, Mike and I each married our best friend. This year > marks our 50th wedding anniversary. It was literally a lifetime ago, and > yet…I remember very clearly our courtship and the first time we said “I ” > > > >

  4. Lori permalink
    August 22, 2020 2:54 p08

    Thank you for sharing this sweet story. I’m so sorry you’re celebrating your 50th Anniversary without him. Thank you for keeping his music alive and accessible to us!

  5. DARLENE MERCER permalink
    August 22, 2020 2:54 p08

    Dear Colleen
    May you be blessed with peace and comfort from our Father in heaven as you relive this special time of celebration through beautiful photos, music, family and friends. We all miss Michael! ❤️ 🤗

  6. Steve Thompson permalink
    August 22, 2020 2:54 p08

    Awesome. Thinking about you on this special day. Mike was a true inspiration to me when I retired after 31 years in the classroom. Thank you, Ukulele Mike. 👍

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  7. brighteyesmm permalink
    August 22, 2020 2:54 p08

    Dear Collene,I loved your courtship sharing moment…thank you for giving so many of us Ukulele Mike followers this glimpse into your life together. We must be the same vintage since Joni and Judy resonated for me as well. I saw Judy in concert in Pittsburgh while in grad school.Peace be with you!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

    • Collene Lynch permalink
      August 22, 2020 2:54 p08

      I saw Judy here in Seattle, just before Christmas …and before our world imploded. And she sang Both Sides Now!

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