An Object of Affection
The bodhrán, this bizarre little goatskin drum, has been my passport to some of the most eye-opening, world-shaking experiences I've had. It reminds me never to take any object for granted, no matter how humble, odd, or out of place. For me, teaching and learning are a great deal like drumming. You learn to pick a pattern out of the chaos, a rhythm out of the "noise." Then grab that thread of meaning - that idea, that groove - hold onto it for dear life and follow wherever it goes!
"In the beginning was Noise. And Noise begat Rhythm. And Rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart, percussionist for the Grateful Dead