On Sunday I attended a four-hour drumming workshop sponsored by writer friend Pat Walker and Gayan Gregory Long. Even though it doesn't show in these pictures because Pat caught me during moments of intense concentration, I had a great time. I thought you'd like to see these photos of this old broad learning new tricks.
See how focused I am? Actually, all of us appear to be in the zone. I've only attended one other drumming experience, but I occasionally go to a Native American pow-wow and am always mesmerized by the sound. That feeling was even more intense in this group when I actually participated in making those sounds.
Okay, Pat did catch me smiling in this one, but that's only because I noticed she was pointing the camera my way. Am I groovin' or what?
Back in the zone. On the right is Gayan, our fearless instructor, who is coaching one of the drum circle participants to keep the rhythm going on a bell. Little did I know that innocent little bell would be my downfall.
See Pat concentrate. See Pat try to learn a 9/8 rhythm on a cowbell. See Pat look totally confused, even though she can read music? You have no idea how badly I longed for my drum during this next drumming session that lasted forever and ever.
Would you believe it? I flunked cowbell.