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Have you any musical talent or ability?
Ever played an instrument?
I'm thinking probably almost everyone has some experience making music, whether tooting a clarinet in a school orchestra, singing in a choir or on karaoke night, or even playing the spoons or killing it on Guitar Hero. If not, what do you wish you could play? If you're already an accomplished musician, how many instruments can you play?
My only musical experience goes back to Santa Cruz in the 80's when I got involved playing drums for an African dance class. I don't mind if that image makes you smile; it seemed absurd to me, too, that this blonde white girl would play African drums, but it was an absorbing, uplifting and purely fun experience. When we learned a song we were each assigned a part based on the type of drum we had, and spent many hours rehearsing until all the parts fit together. When you really knew your part well you were allowed to improvise a bit. As fun as the rehearsals were, playing for the dancers was even better!
If we couldn't afford to buy a drum we were taught how to make our own, which involved a trip to San Francisco for soy sauce barrels. I drummed with the group for over three years until I went back to grad school full time (which killed all my extracurricular activities!)
There was this old guy (to my eyes he seemed old; he was probably in his late 40's) who joined a new group we formed at our drum teacher's back yard just for fun and for jamming-- we didn't play for the dancers. This was a good thing, because Greg* wasn't good enough to play for dance classes; in fact, he wasn't very good at all. He had to work hard at feeling the rhythm and was slow to learn new parts. Sometimes he would drop his hands and listen closely to how the parts sounded together before jumping back in. But he was sweet-natured, unassuming and genuinely enjoyed playing, albeit awkwardly. He had a sort of quiet joyful approach to life that I found quite compelling.
One day during a break as we were chatting I asked him what had been on my mind for weeks. He'd made a joke about how long it was taking him to learn a certain passage, and I asked him, How do you do it? He knew what I meant and acknowledged that he wasn't as good as the rest of us and possibly never would be, but he was enjoying himself immensely in our informal group.
I would have quit by now, I admitted. If I'm not good at something I get frustrated and it's not fun at all. I thought of the many other pursuits I'd tried and given up on -- playing guitar, stained glass, drawing. I didn't have much patience for my own mediocrity.
Greg grinned at me, and then he explained:
All my life I've done things I'm good at. I'm used to being good at things. At this point in my life it's much more fun and interesting to push myself in areas I'm not good at. I learn a lot more that way!Our break was over before I could ask him more, and I found myself relaxing and enjoying drumming even more than I had before. What would it be like, I wondered, to have such a quiet confidence and strong sense of self that you could go through life without constantly trying to prove yourself, or worrying about how you measure up?
Later I brought up this conversation with my drum teacher, saying how much I enjoyed Greg's perspective, and wondering aloud just what it was he was already so good at.
You don't know who that is? my teacher grinned. Go down to the bookstore and look up his books.
There were several current books under Greg's name, with his somewhat sheepish, boyish smile on the back cover. Turned out he was quite famous and innovative in his field, using leading-edge psychology to help people achieve their full potential, a fact he'd never mentioned to any of us. He was highly educated and in all likelihood he was wealthy as well, though you wouldn't know it from his dress or demeanor, or his hanging out in a backyard drum circle with a bunch of young hippie-types.
He was having way too much fun challenging himself to do something new he wasn't good at and possibly never would be.
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2
• North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo BubbaNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Saturday, August 31st
Houston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Hollywood Vietnamese-Chinese & French Cuisine
2409 Montrose Boulevard • Houston
ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, August 31!
4. mister mustardhead
5. Bree Davis
6. Libby Shaw
8. mr. suesue
Sunday, Sept 15th
Chicago Kossacks Meet-up at a Powwow!
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Chicago's 60th Annual American Indian Center Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve • Elk Grove Village
ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks Go To A Powwow: Sunday, Sept 15 2013
3. Mr. broths
5. Liberal Granny
7. Expat Okie
DeKalb, Illinois KossacksSaturday, September 21st
DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks Dinner & a Show!
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosita's Mexican Restaurant
642 East Lincoln Highway • DeKalb
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: The Stage Coach Players Theater
126 South 5th Street (2 blks. from dinner) • DeKalb
ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show - Saturday, Sept. 21
1. NormAl1792 (on stage as Henry II)
4. Mr. luvs
Saturday, September 28th
Indianapolis Kossacks First Ever Meet-up
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Shapiro's Deli
808 S Meridian • Downtown Indianapolis
ORGANIZER: Send CityLightsLover a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Saturday, October 19th
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
11. Mr Alecia
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
Phil S 33
Sunday, October 20th
MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ
ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Initial Information & Interest Diary
2. belinda ridgewood
11. blue jersey mom
aravir and son
Friday, October 25th
LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!
TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage
ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
Friday, October 25th
Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!
TIME: TBD in the PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck. Stay tuned for assignments.
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Faith Gardner
5. Will Rockafellow
and many more staff... stay tuned
8. side pocket
15. remembrance +TLO?
16. Glen the Plumber
21. Dave in Northridge
SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor
1. Andrew McGuire
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
14. Mr. dksbook
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades
Glen The Plumber
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?