I am so very grateful for what a wonderful experience I have had with Taiko so far!
I have made so many great and dear friends and had so much fun!
Thank you so much my dear friends of Kenshin Taiko and my many teachers!
When I first decided I wanted to learn Taiko I thought that no one would ever even let me learn from them. I was so excited when I got to start to learn! I couldn't believe they were willing to teach me!!
I am a terrible slow learner, especially at first, but I worked hard and I have had so much fun! And I couldn't believe the incredible connection to sound that it was beginning to provide me.
My hero, Evelyn Glennie.
Who inspired me find my way to learning Taiko! Thank you!!
It was my ever-favourite percussionist, and #1 hero Evelyn Glennie who inspired me to finally learn. A year ago I was freshly dumped, depressed, but deep down I felt that this was the chance in my life to become re-aquainted with myself and do thing the things and open the doors I have always been afraid of failing at. I was watching the film "touch the sound" with Evelyn Glennie, and she visits a Taiko group in Fuji.
Here is the trailer from the movie, you can see a brief clip of her playing with them:
When I saw the whole video of Evelyn playing with them, I thought to my self something similar to what I thought when I first saw Taiko performed in ogden. This thought was: "Wow, this is amazing... this is joy, and this is truly being alive!" But I also caught myself thinking, "But I can never ever be able to do this, not even a little bit." But this time, I caught myself thinking this and knew that I must do this! And now I am! I had always wanted to be a percussionist, and now I am 1 year old as one. Thank you for your inspiration Evelyn! You inspired me to continue to be an artist even though I am partly colourblind, and now I am a designer known for my grace and innovation with colour. I am learning and growing little by little of the magical world of percussion. Thank you so much!
So now I am one year old? How do I reflect on the last year? What have I achieved in this year? I will be brief.
I have gone from knowing absolutely nothing a year ago?
Now I have learned many piece of music, like:
Hiryu San dan gaeshi, bon taiko, warm-up excersizes, Hachijo-jima, Hanamichi, tenkoro, renshuu, oyuchi, TOzaiBAshi, the untitled train one, and MIYAKE!
I have been able to perform about a dozen times at places as diverse as a muslim festival, a fashion show, and The Japanese fall festival.
I have had the chance to experiment and play with my own compositions, I have even had the chance to teach my friends!
And I have made some dear friends in the process.
So now that I begin to look into the future, I will think of a few goals and I look forward to everything it has in store for me.
As for celebrating the event? What did I do? I made myself a delicious soup of miso and radish tonight and allowed myself to forget my busy schedule to write my feelings in the journal. Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to practice with my friends, and that was the most celebration I could possibly have. To learn something new, to be with my friends, to play the drum! And I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Thank you all who have helped me to this point, and thank you all who continue to touch my life and teach me and guide me!
Hi there! I just wanted to post how so very very happy I am that today is my 1 year anniversary of playing taiko!