Cat Collaboration

This cat duo looks surprised to be interrupted during their jam session.  Despite that, they make beautiful music together!

original watercolor 4 x4 mini art by Pam Schoessow

original watercolor 4 x4 mini art by Pam Schoessow

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Day 29: Sing Along

Can you tell I love to sing?

Sing Along  watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

Sing Along watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

Day 28: Acappella Birdies

These birds want to sing, but there’s no one to play!

Acappella Birdies by Pam Schoessow watercolor on paper

Acappella Birdies by Pam Schoessow watercolor on paper

a cap•pel•la

(ˌɑ kəˈpɛl ə)
adv., adj.

without instrumental accompaniment.

Day 27: Sax Serenade

Something different today.  I needed to take a little break from the animals, but we are still making music!

Sax Serenade 8" x 8" watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Sax Serenade 8″ x 8″ watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Day 26: Carl Makes Clarinet Magic

Even a skunk can make sweet sounds!

original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

The clarinet was my first real instrument (I did dabble a little on piano and recorder before that, but does that count?) Anyway,  when I joined band in 4th grade (age 9) I originally wanted  to play the trumpet, but that only lasted a couple of weeks.  I was highly discouraged by the band director.  This was the 60’s and I guess girls did NOT play brass instruments!  So I took the trumpet back to the music store and they suggested a clarinet, so that’s was I learned to play.

I quite enjoyed the clarinet, but my 3 older brothers, for some reason, didn’t appreciate the “beautiful” sounds I was making.    They insisted that whenever I practiced, I had to go into my parents room and shut the door, go into their bathroom, shut the door and turn on the fan.  Then I was allowed to practice–sitting on the toilet!  But I stuck with it despite all that and played clarinet through elementary school, high school and college.

I still pull it out occasionally.  I even played a solo a couple of years ago in church.  Those things you begin in childhood just stick with you.

Day 25: Kenneth Plays Kettledrum

Today, Kenneth is playing one of the coolest drums in the percussion family.  Kettledrum is another name for Timpani .  Today they are commonly used in orchestras and concert bands .  It consists of a skin called a head stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper.   Besides making a cool deep sound, these drums are special because they are pitched–meaning they can play different notes!

The kettledrum apparently originated in the Middle East, but its age is not known with certainty. The earliest known pictures of large, deep kettledrums date from 12th-century Mesopotamia.

Kettledrums spread with Islamic culture through Africa, Central and South Asia, and Europe. In these areas they are often associated with trumpets as symbols of royal power and status. They are usually played in pairs, with the two drums tuned to different pitches.

Now you know!

original watercolor by Pam Schoessow

original watercolor by Pam Schoessow

Day 24: Violet Plays with the Boys

Violet is back, but now she has a backup band!  The Cat Fraternity Percussion Ensemble is pleased to perform with her.  That’s Tori on triangle, Milo on maracas, Connor on cowbell, Sheldon on soprano xylophone, and new comer Bob on bass.  They are having a great time playing this gig.

Violet Plays with the Boys  original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

Violet Plays with the Boys original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow