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