Last Sunday I attended a benefit concert a composer friend of mine and his record producer friend put on in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It was called, “For the Benefit of Mr. Buffett.” The theme of the benefit was two-fold besides raising money. One was to go through the entire Beatle’s catalogue all 189 original songs, and the other was to play all of the songs on ukulele. There were other band instruments as well, but each song included a uke, as the ukulele is Mr. Buffett’s instrument of choice.
You might wonder why someone would sponsor a benefit for the richest man in the world? My friends decided to give Warren Buffett all the money they raised because they figured he would know what to do with it where as they would just spend the money on cat food and Viagra.
A big treat was that Warren’s son Peter, a musician/composer, came to the benefit with Warren’s uke in tow. Actually it was the same ukulele Peter said that Warren played, to put him to sleep when he was a child. Mr. Buffett used to play and sing to him “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
As Warren is known for giving his money away, (I think he gave 31 billion dollars to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) for this benefit Peter chose to sing the Beatle’s song, “You Never Give Me Your Money.” It was very funny!
All in all the whole event was quite entertaining with a variety of world-class male and female musicians and singers participating in a very loose, but full of love, good intentioned, big hearted Beatle’s Buffett Benefit extravaganza.