I Got a Bodhran for Christmas!


Five years ago I dreamed of getting myself a bodhran. It is a fine percussion predominantly used in Irish music. Low maintenance, beautiful and easy to carry. But it’s too expensive for me and I don’t think there is a locally made instrument in the Philippines. Today, I got a tip from the postman that there’s a package waiting for me at the post office. I always look like an eager child when I get such notice.

The gift came from my friend Paula. She’s a singer/songwriter from West Yorkshire, England. She has been sending me Celtic-inspired gifts . They’ve helped me get through the blues of 2013. I gave a big WOW when I opened the box. A bodhran! I could not believe it. There’s also a 2014 calendar with Celtic artworks.

I was showing them off to my uncle and cousin. They’re impressed. I ran upstairs, played the bodhran DVD and started studying. An hour later I was downstairs and was playing basic drumming. You are such a show-off. I told myself.

“Since you don’t like firecrackers, why not play that as a substitute for New Year.” My cousin said.

“ Good idea. I got my mic (which I use for my radio happy show) and good speakers.”

Thank you Paula.



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  1. So happy for you, Baxter! After all the grief you have been suffering, an angel friend granted your wish. Enjoy! :)

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  2. avatar Larry Conley says:


    Thanks for sharing this happy story of caring and joy!


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  3. What a great gift, hope we hearing you playing it on your radio show Baxt.

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  4. avatar Katy Kern says:

    What a lovely post, Baxter. You have a rare friend there. Treasure them. :)

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  5. avatar Baxter says:

    Thank you Katy. You are absolutely correct
    In life,sometimes we have to go through choosing wrong people and getting hurt in the process before we find true ones.

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  6. avatar Chris B says:

    Bax so glad to have found your post on this special Christmas gift. The gift of music is always soothing and can really be a tool for healing. Blessings! :-)

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  7. I agree Christi. When I am sad I play it and I feel better. It is also helping me explore the percussive nature of Irish music as I am blogging about it more and more. As always I am glad we made it to 2015 Christi :)

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