Now, how often have you found a fortune cookie to be accurate? Really?
Being the dork that I am - I was the first student to arrive. That gave me a chance to snap some pics before anyone could identify me as some random middle aged chick gathering "material" for her blog.
Cool drums, eh?
And, as I found out later, they are really loud!
Don't you love the backdrop of the world map?
I truly wasn't sure what to expect...here in the drum laden cafeteria.
People trickled in. A few Berkeley types - a diggeridoo guy and a hula dancer. A handful of people way older than me (thank God) and a very small Chinese woman. Later, a hipster gal came up to me and introduced herself as a drummer who hoped this class would help improve her syncopation. Whoa, seriously?...and you want to chat with me?? Cool!
Once everyone arrived, we went around the room to share "why" we were "there" for the class. Lots of stories of hearing Taiko drumming at ball games and other events were shared. A love of the Japanese culture and all that.
Nope, I didn't hesitate in telling everyone that I'm in the middle of a frustrating wait to adopt a child from China. And that I felt that banging on a drum might just do me some sort of good.
The instructor, who looks a little something like Sting from behind (from the front, not-so-much, b/c he's missing a few teeth), told me that while he didn't exactly recommend the class for stress reduction...somehow it did seem to have that effect.
Once I had my bachi (drumming sticks) in hand, I was given a passport to another world. I loved banging on those drums and following the group beat. It was serious, vibrating electric wonder. Once the group began a loud line-dancing-drum-banging routine...I was in pure heaven. Honest. Pure Heaven. I got the beat, I got the steps...and the instructor treated me as one of the leaders. It felt less like a victory and more of a natural pulling of energy. I wanted to move forward with the drumming energy and wanted to pull others with me.
God was it great. So energizing and connecting. Wonderful
Maybe someday I'll look as cool as these guys:
I truly hope that this little video connects here on the blog. It is not the group that I am practicing with - just a cool sampling of the incredible Taiko Energy that I have begun to embrace.