Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Drummers


As I pulled into the parking lot of the school where my writing classes are held, I was thrilled to see that a drum rehearsal was underway. This happened last fall as well, and on some nights there were lots and lots of fancy marchers too. I don't know if it's for an upcoming parade or what; I just know I love watching -- and wish I could have recorded the sound as well because these guys are GOOD!



I love that they're of all ages . . .



I love the parents watching -- grinning and tapping their toes just as I was to the infectious beat . . .
And I love the way the big kids are showing the younger ones how it's done . . . not in a superior overbearing sort of way . . .










But with tremendous joy and enthusiasm and a shared sense of accomplishment.




Not a lot of things make me tear up -- but this drum practice did.

I'm hoping there'll be marchers too next week.

I'll be there early.







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12 comments:

Martin H. said...

Hi Vicki

Is there another instrument closer to our hearts? The rhythmic beating, a most ancient form of communication and a call to participate in celebration.

Great stuff!

KarenB said...

I love hearing good drummers. I had friends in the African Drum Ensemble in college - all races, both genders - and it was a joy to listen to them. I hope the writing class is going well! And I hope you have gotten some good fall color your way - ours is beautiful, particularly on the few days the sun deigns to shine.

NCmountainwoman said...

Any time you see youth helping youth it is such a good thing. There's just something about music that brings us together. I love this post.

Vicki Lane said...

I'll tell you, Martin, it really made me wish I had a drum too.

Karen -- We're getting a last shot of color -- I'll be posting pics tomorrow.

Mountain woman -- It was just such a lovely thing! I had trouble tearing myself away to go meet my class.

Miss_Yves said...

Sypathetic post.
Music is a strong link between young people .

Joan Baez is on travel on France, to day, she is the guest of The count Denis de Kergorlay in the castle of Canisy , near Saint-Lô .

Miss_Yves said...

imagesdaniel.blogspot.com/2009/10/joan-baez.html

Photos Daniel :une soirée avec Joan Baez !

Reader Wil said...

The enthusiasm is very infectious even by seeing the photos! Thanks for showing.

Vicki Lane said...

Hi, Miss Yves -- Thanks for the link! What a beautiful woman she is! I've loved her music since I first heard her on a friend's record player back in 1960.

How I wish I'd been able to capture the sound, Reader Wil! It was soul-stirring!

Kaye Barley said...

Your enthusiasm is indeed quite infectious. i loved reading this and imagining how much it touched you.

Vicki Lane said...

Hey, Kaye, I'm going to be majorly disappointed if they're not there next Wednesday!

Victoria said...

I love the look on the faces of the boys. You can see the joy of giving and receiving in their expressions. I hope you see them again!

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, yes!