“Music is what feelings sound like.”
I recently attended a music weekend with my brother, which I mentioned on August 2. But I didn’t share a most wonderful purchase I made after the event. One of the members with one of the bands was playing an instrument that sounded like an adult music box. I leaned over to my brother, pointed, and asked, “What’s that?”
He told me it was a Kalimba. I made note.
When I got home I researched, with the help of my brother, who is a wonderful wealth of musical knowledge. Then I ordered a certain Kalimba just because I liked it. So much for intelligent research on my part.
The only things necessary to play a Kalimba are two thumbs and dogged determination. By the end of my first week I’m able to play Jamaica Farewell with a little bit of proficiency and stumble through Bach’s Minuet in G.
Although I purchased the Kalimba with 15 tines they also come in models with lesser number of tines. Why did I buy it?
First of all I bought it because it makes beautiful music. I also bought it because it’s smaller than a breadbox (mine is about 6×8 inches), which makes it extremely portable. Finally, learning to play a musical instrument is supposed to keep a person’s mind sharp. I’m envisioning Kalimba ensembles in assisted living facilities throughout the world!
And I can see myself at parties. Remember the ad in comic books that said, “My friends were amazed when I sat down at the piano and began to play!” Of course, I’ll have to have a few friends planted in the group, ready to yell out, “Do you know Jamaica Farewell?” While others in the group might ask, “Is that a birdhouse?” Whatever.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.