Since I know you all were dying to know… I have taken the liberty of researching the origins of the tuba… for you!
It’s one of those cartoon instruments that really has no reason to exist except that someone had a quirky sense of humor and wanted to see what sort of ridiculous looking thing musicians could be persuaded to carry around. Musicians are gullible.
On the other side of the spectrum (from tubas, that is), the kazoo (not technically related to the tuba except that it requires the musician’s breath to make noise… but with a kazoo, the musician hums into the instrument and with a tuba the musician makes farting noises with his/her mouth) is tiny, very portable, with a much more interesting… um… sound.
Okay… so speaking of cartoon instruments:
I have always felt sorry for the “tubaist” in a marching band. What a pain in the ass to carry that thing around!
Same with the bass drum (and since I know you’d want it….here’s a link for the BIGGEST bass drum in a marching band: http://www.purdue.edu/bands/aamb/bbd.html). By the way, I think it’s totally cheating to put a “Marching Band” instrument on a cart. Tubaists don’t get carts. Where’s the fairness?
Okay, back to cartoon instruments:
The ukulele is the newest member of my family. Technically, it belongs to Rahima. The Ozark Sufi Camp has a ukulele orchestra, which provided some serious inspiration… so now everyone in my house is developing ukulele fingertip calluses.
NOTE: The best ukulele song is NOT “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It is actually “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens. I’m telling you.
You absolutely MUST go acquire a uke so you can play this song!
My chords for it: G C D (and the weird bridge near the end: A D and maybe something else strange thrown in there once or twice).
(INSERT MARCHING BAND FANFARE)
Time for this installment of Sara’s Schedule of Events!
(SNARE DRUMS and GLOCKENSPIELS)
Monday, April 22nd – Sufi Meditation – NEW PLACE – come to my house – 2727 Alan St. F.C. – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, April 23rd – Women’s Dance – 1280 Vine St, Denver (St. Barnabas Church) – 7 PM – $8 suggested
Thursday, April 25th – Full Moon Dance of Universal Peace – 346 E Mountain Ave, F.C. – 7:30 PM – $10 suggested
Monday, April 29th – Sufi Meditation – 2727 Alan St – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, April 30th – Sufi Study Circle – 2727 Alan St – 7 PM – by donation
Wednesday, May 1st – Beltane Celebration in Denver – City Park near the bandstand on the west side of the lake – 6:30 PM (wrapping up before dark) – Timothy and I will be collaborating for the evening festivities – wear happy, flowery colors, crowns, etc. – by donation! – The best entrance is by 22nd St. from Colorado Blvd
Thursday, May 2nd – NO FORT COLLINS DANCE! – Sorry y’all… I’ll be up the hill getting ready for Chant Retreat…
Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th – CHANT RETREAT – YAY!!! – If you aren’t signed up yet… you’re out of time! Get in touch with me ASAP!
Monday, May 6th – Sufi Meditation – 2727 Alan St – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, May 7th – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s (625 S Mason, F.C.) – 10 AM – $7 suggested donation
Tuesday, May 7th – Sunrise Ranch Dance – 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland – 7 PM – $5 to $10 suggested donation
Thursday, May 9th – NO FORT COLLINS DANCE! – Sorry again… it’s Beltania and I’ll be in Florence. Want to come help with stuff up there? Twill be brillig!
Sunday, May 12th – Call your mother. Tell her you love her.
Monday, May 13th – Sufi Meditation – 2727 Alan St – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, May 14th – Sufi Study Circle – 2727 Alan St – 7 PM – by donation
Thursday, May 16th – Dance of Universal Peace – 346 E Mountain Ave – 7:30 PM – $10 suggested donation
Saturday, May 18th – Boulder Community Zikr – 2077 30th St (Studio Be) – 7:30 PM – I think Habib and I are co-leading the evening – $5 donation and dessert potluck
Sunday, May 19th – CHANT – are you ready for another chant evening? – 135 Circle Dr, F.C. – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation
Monday, May 20th – Sufi Meditation – 2727 Alan St – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, May 21st – Sufi Study Circle – 2727 Alan St – 7 PM – by donation
Wednesday, May 22nd – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MAMA!!!! – All of you on this list, please send Rahchayl a prayer today… send her a card… give her a call… if you have ever enjoyed a circle with me, it’s all her fault! Let her know you’re grateful! I love you Mom!
Thursday, May 23rd – Dance of Universal Peace – 346 E Mountain Ave – 7:30 PM – $10 suggested donation
Monday, May 27th – Sufi Meditation – 2727 Alan St – 9:30 AM – by donation
Tuesday, May 28th – Women’s Dance – 1280 Vine St, Denver (St Barnabas Church) – 7 PM – $8 suggested donation
Thursday, May 30th – Dance of Universal Peace – 346 E Mountain Ave – 7:30 PM – $10 suggested donation
MEADOWFEST!!!! Coming right up! June 20 to 23 – http://trigoddess.org/special-events/ – registration is open and I’m super psyched to camp out with all you happy Pagans!
And since you’ve been so patient, here’s the juju bean reward for getting to the end of this mailer. Congratulations!
I love him! That’s my mom’s fault too. Did any of you grow up with your mama listening to Cat Stevens?
See you in circle!