Chatter Post – Friday, January 9, 2015 — Week 2

Chatter Post – Friday, January 9, 2015

So we seem to be dealing with time. I think my colleagues have taken it all the places it can go. I will make a play on it and talk about timing.

I am a musician – I sing alto, play doumbek (Middle Eastern drum), and flute (European and Native). Yesterday, a friend of mine with whom I have played at our church, e-mailed me and asked if I could step in and play tambourine on a couple of pieces in a performance of her recorder ensemble on Sunday. I said I would be happy to. Tonight was the first of two rehearsals. I played tambourine (and will probably play doumbek) on a few pieces. On other pieces, I just watched and listened. If you are not a musician, you might not know that musicians often beat time with their toes. During the pieces that did not require my people keeping the beat. I am really surprised that they kept together at all because the beat on the feet was NOT the same. Some of the folks were keeping a beat that had no connection any other player OR to the beat of the music. I have been a musician for 51 years. I used to dance (when I had legs that worked). It just mystifies me that people who play instruments cannot keep a simple beat. One of the players wanted me to play on everything because it was easy to keep the beat with a percussionist. The director did not. That’s fine. I had a good time and the performance should be interesting as it is a Medieval Twelfth Night celebration – and I have my own garb which I am bringing to the Saturday rehearsal to see if it passes their standards.

Do you have anything that people do (who are touted to be proficient at a certain skill) that mystifies you? If you are a musician, do you keep time by tapping your foot?

Reminder: Deadline for week one topic Utopia: Inception is Sunday 1/11, 11:45 EST. #gowrite

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2 Responses to Chatter Post – Friday, January 9, 2015 — Week 2

  1. I am the least musically inclined person ever! No natural rhythm to speak of 😦

    I do have two nephews that are musicians — one a rock drummer, and one trained first in jazz piano, then in marching band percussion. These guys are amazing, and I love attending their shows. One of my favorite visual treats while attending these shows is watching how each band member keeps time. It’s fascinating.

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  2. I’m with Kathy. I’ve got no rhythm.

    I used to go hiking at this preserve where an open drumming circle would meet each week for a few hours. I loved to listen, so I accepted their invitation to chill with them following my hike. After a few weeks they started handing me small things to keep time with – maracas, a stick strung with bottle caps, eggs that rattled. I did okay, but it was pretty informal. Then they started pushing me to grab a drum and really play. I crashed and burned and almost took another drummer out with me. I left in shame and haven’t been back.

    There was lots of toe tapping, not by me though.

    I also cannot dance.

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