Bugs Plays The Djembe

Ma.  I know that rhythm.  I want to play it.

Bean:  Gosh, Bugs, I don’t know.  You know what a pain in the patooty it is to replace drum-heads.  Remember the little drum I let you play a while back?

That was then.  This is now.  Trust me.

Bean:  Well – easy, OK?

I sense the groove.  It moves me.

WHOOP!!  We rock!!

I’m so into this!

Oh.  Uh-oh.

It is a real pisser to re-string this thing.  I need a break.

Note to Concerned Readers:  The drum had already broken.  In case you were wondering about Bean’s sanity, in trusting an instrument like this to Mr. MoJo.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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14 Responses to Bugs Plays The Djembe

  1. Anya says:

    What a cutie!!

  2. Oldcat says:

    The obvious instrument for a cat is a steel string guitar. They have picks on every finger and toe after all.

  3. We were not doubting the Bean’s sanity. We KNOW where that is…gone!
    heh heh.

  4. Melanie says:

    Whew! I was sure, at first, that Bugs had caused that tear.

    • nadbugs says:

      What I was going for. [Note to self: Get back to Melanie’s blog. It’s full of good stuff but Bugs is tapping my foot at the moment and we all know what that means.]

  5. Eleanor says:

    I was thinking that you were being very calm about the destroyed drum (much calmer that I would have been) – taking photos during and after the event, instead of swooping in and rescuing what was left – then I saw your note at the end. 🙂

  6. nadbugs says:

    For sure. But that calm is something to aspire to. I remember seeing a drum-head break in class once and the African just stop what he was doing and then just start taking the drum apart to repair it — without turning a hair. I couldn’t believe it! But this is just in the nature of these low-tech, natural-fibre, beautifully conceived instruments. They break; they are repaired. So it goes. Time, labor? all fall before Nature. I wish I could be that philosophical. Now I don’t actually act out when a drum-head breaks, so that’s some progress at least — but oh my. Hard to stay calm!

  7. Ohh — you had me fooled! I was all, kitteh’s gonna be in big trouble …but we never stay mad at them for long do we? I had an Ashiko African drum that I just loved even though I never really did learn how to play it properly.

  8. nadbugs says:

    Heh heh. Well — the one who’s always in trouble seems to be me, not him. He can do no wrong. Why is that? Am I just a sucker for his good looks? I should think so. Those drums — they are easy to love too. To play? Quite another story. The Africans make it look so easy. With a teacher like the one I have the incredible good fortune to study with, though, well, he’s inspired me to stick with it so far — as long as the hands hold out.

    Anybody interested, check out http://afriqueaya.org

  9. Yvonne of the North says:

    I suggest a new drum head of a sturdier material. Maybe steel?

    • nadbugs says:

      Excellent idea. I’ve been thinking concrete — but steel has definite possibilities and I would not have thought of it. A tail-wrap to you.

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