This cat duo looks surprised to be interrupted during their jam session. Despite that, they make beautiful music together!
Can you tell I love to sing?
These birds want to sing, but there’s no one to play!
(ˌɑ kəˈpɛl ə)
Something different today. I needed to take a little break from the animals, but we are still making music!
Even a skunk can make sweet sounds!
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.
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!
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.