Yesterday my bodhran was delivered to my front door, and it was agony not being able to play it for more than thirty minutes. I’m working on the April newsletter for my writers’ organization, Hampton Roads Writers, and the first draft needs to be finished by the end of the week. I have at least two more days of hard work before I can really take the time to enjoy playing my drum.
My bodhran is just the newest in a group of instruments I own and play poorly, unlike my children and daughter-in-law who are excellent musicians and play at least one instrument very well, and in most cases, several instruments very well. I can confidently say I play more instruments than they do…but not one of them well. Ask me if I care. Well, yeah, a little. Maybe with my bodhran I can at least rise to mediocrity.
I was excited at the prospect of getting my violin repaired and learning some Irish fiddle tunes, but I got the bad news this weekend when we took it to a master violin maker/repairman that it basically wasn’t worth the money to repair it. It would have cost nearly as much as I paid for it, and it isn’t a great violin to begin with, though it was a decent one for someone like me who used to play with my students in our middle school orchestra. I bought a new E-string anyway, just in case I can get it in tune again with the ill-fitting pegs and play it before the sound post crack gets any worse. Someday maybe I’ll save enough money for another violin, if I’m not in The Home already. Would hate to never play again.
As you can see, I have a passion for making music. These are the instruments that I own now: A gorgeous Yamaha piano, my violin, my pennywhistle, soprano and alto recorders, my baritone ukelele, and my bodhran. I also have a practice chanter for Scottish bagpipes, but I need a reed and I can’t find the mouthpiece. I own a guitar, but my brother is still borrowing it, and I like to think of him playing his music, too. He used to have a group when he was in high school called the Cap-Sized Three. He was quite good. Hey, we should play together sometime, Brother! Anyway, if I’ve been absent from my blogging for awhile, it’s because of the newsletter and now my new drum. After so many years of working, I’m enjoying indulging my creative side. I have a lot of time to make up for. After I master this bodhran, I wonder what I’ll think of next. What about the uilleann pipes? How hard can they be?