I can’t always be making jewelry, who can? Aside from the everyday, mundane things we all must do, there are other enjoyable and/or creative diversions that call out to us.
I have to admit that I don’t do half the things I used to, like bicycle tours or martial arts. I am getting older after all and not as physically energetic. Oh well, there are still a lot of things left. I can still take nature walks, garden, artwork (drawing, painting), crochet, bird watching and such.
Some things take to much time or dedication. I love guitars, for instance and taught myself to read music and play (classical guitar), but it does require constant practice. My hands are somewhat arthritic now as well.
About four years ago, I discovered Taiko drumming and fell in love with the powerful, exciting sound of these drums. There is something about drumming that most of us respond to. It seems to ignite some ancient memory and move us spiritually. Here are some photos of the dojo we attend after class and a video of a performance of Ryu Shu Taiko.
Ever since that first exposure when I saw and heard a great Taiko performance, I needed to play that drum! In fact, it was at the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at the Wang Center of Stony Brook University here in Long Island, NY, and the performers where members of the Ryu Shu Kan Japanese Arts Center.
Almost every week now, along with my Taiko partner, Sam (my daughter) I play these fabulous, thundering drums. I can’t claim to be an accomplished drummer and don’t know, if I’ll ever feel confident enough to perform with the group, but I’m loving it anyway.
The photos and video were taken by Sam and are posted on her YouTube Channel.