Saturday, October 08, 2016

Remarkable day

Jilda posted in this topic too, but today was a fun day. We played a charity event in Birmingham. We've played many charity events, but this one was remarkable. When we read the website for the Grace Klein Community Center and saw all the work they were doing, we
were sold.

We went on at 2:15 p.m. the sun was hot, but a cool breeze made it almost pleasant. The sound guy was excellent, and we clicked through our set in good form. 

After we had finished, we stepped inside the facility to check out what was going on inside. The room was almost as big as a gymnasium. Around the edges were vendors selling handmade jewelry and crafts. And in the middle of the room was a circle of about 30 drums, shakers, rattles, bells, and percussion devices that I could not name. 

The speaker introduced Rainman who was the drum-meister.  He walked around and coached the small children with shakers, rattles, and bells. Then he set the beat for the older kids and adults. Then he sat in the center of the circle and began drumming. 

The amazing thing about this is the children and adults all fell into the rhythm, and the result was almost hypnotic. 

The looks on the faces of those drumming were blissful.  The beat changed slightly every few minutes to keep it interesting. The people watching were mesmerized. This music was basic – seminal. 
It was a remarkable day and the people there were incredible. I hope they ask us again next year.


 . 

8 comments:

  1. Oh how wonderful. I suspect your appreciation will ensure that they ask you back.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Glad you had such a remarkable day. Hope your Sunday is a great one too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. YOu guys are so blessed. Many folk never hone their talent, too much work, but I can feel the pride in being able to SPREAD a smile and a toe-tap or two.
    The drummer, yeah there are some talents that AMAZE. Glad for you guys.

    ReplyDelete
  4. YOu guys are so blessed. Many folk never hone their talent, too much work, but I can feel the pride in being able to SPREAD a smile and a toe-tap or two.
    The drummer, yeah there are some talents that AMAZE. Glad for you guys.

    ReplyDelete
  5. That is so cool about the drumming. We all seem to have an innate sense of how a beat should go and it sounds like that man could help all the drummers in the direction he wanted everyone to go. Sounds like a great day

    ReplyDelete
  6. I was at a party once where they hired a drum-meister. About 30 of us sat around playing all kinds of drums. We just kept the beat until he pointed at us for a short solo. It was GREAT!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. The drum circle has to be fun. I will put it on my list of things to do.

    ReplyDelete
  8. 20 years ago I participated in the Sufi's Dances of Universal Peace and found the rhythm band a point of common reference and community. My respect for drum circles was indelibly inscribed.

    ReplyDelete

Please consider sharing

Email Signup Form

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required