There’s a place in our city where they host a free drum circle every Thursday night. I’ve wanted to go with the kids for over a year, but haven’t been able to make it happen. Either I forget (gasp!) or something like soccer, gymnastics, etc. prevents us from going. Back in May, I made a list of things I wanted to do this summer with my children and I penciled this in as numero uno. I knew they’d love it. How can you not love it? A group of strangers coming together for the love of music and a chance to play a new instrument together?! Sign me up!!
I had no idea what to expect when we arrived. Would it be inside? Outside? A group of 10 or a crowd of 70? Approximately 50 chairs and drums were arranged in the parking lot at sunset. A very cheerful lady introduced herself and gave us a tour. She’s been playing with them for over ten years and eager to help newbies. We felt incredibly welcomed as we found our seats and drums. My daughter chose a bold colored drum not far from the leader. My son took a seat on the opposite side from us…proud to be staking his own claim. I sat down at a smaller drum next to my daughter. Slowly people trickled in and added to the groove. Other, more seasoned, players joined us with drums they brought from home. There were solos and the occasional shout outs, but mostly it was the harmony of 5o people playing together. Smiles all around. Everyone relaxed. People coming and going as time permitted. No rules. My son switched drums five times. He was an all out mad man! It was exhilarating watching him play and move as he chose…so freely…completely consumed by the music. In contrast, my daughter was a bit more tentative. I found myself feeling grateful to be out in the evening light experiencing something new with my kids…finding our rhythm. Together, but separate.
We’ll most certainly be joining the drum circle again. Afterward, the owner commented that sometimes the crowd swells to almost 100. The week before they ran out of drums! I’m hoping for that the next time we go. In the meantime, my son asked if we could explore a guitar store. Absolutely. What about you? Are you searching for new music experiences this summer? Contemplating a new instrument? I’d love to hear about it.