affinity (noun): an attractive force between substances or particles that causes them to enter into and remain in chemical combination; a relation between biological groups involving resemblance in structural plan and indicating a common origin. [Merriam-Webster].

it’s strange to me how places we’ve never been, things we’ve never touched can pull at us; spark a recognition so deep we are immediately at ease. it was like that at the Ace Hotel in Seattle. it was like that when we visited Tokyo. it is like that with my ukulele. i cleaned up my acoustic guitar and tuned it up to play a while back. i’ve only been at it that one time even though there is so much lovely music written for it.

playing the ukulele is like having the right voice, making the noises i’m meant to make. it’s like being able to breathe when everything else is squeezing me a little too tight.