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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  • http://YourWebsite... Cher Duncombe

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

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    • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

      You are right Cher. Merry Christmas to you and may 2014 bring us more blessings :)

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  • Larry Conley

    Baxter,

    Thanks for sharing this happy story of caring and joy!

    Larry

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    • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

      Cheers to caring and joy Larry! I am glad you like the story :)

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

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

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    • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

      Will do Garry :D Now that you mentioned it, i will have a surprise for you.

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  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

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

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  • http://spheremusic.me Baxter

    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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  • http://talkandchatter.wordpress.com Chris B

    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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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    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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