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.