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That other thing that I do

Gloriously Atonal

Ok.  So playing the kazoo isn’t necessarily the ‘other thing that I do’, however, it was something that went down at a drumming weekend away.

This is me and the band, squeaking out a medley of songs which included the following:  Indiana Jones theme song, William Tell Overture, In the Mood, and the Muppets theme song.  It was mad crazy fun and I am thankful for those times in life that open up to this kind of bizarre activity.

The other thing that I do, when I’m not printing, sewing, stitching, framing, sketching or dog walking, consists of clacking out patterns on a small drum with a mighty band to the right, to the left and to the back of me.  I think I didn’t appreciate how much I enjoy their good company until this crazy weekend just passed, the one that I am still recovering from.

I recently read in this fantastic blog that it is necessary to make time for play.  As I work from home, it’s easy to tinker away at my work, thinking ‘oh, I’ll just get out the sewing machine and stitch a few pieces together before bed’ then roll on 10pm.  Hm.  I love my work, but I need to have an injection of fun to keep me going during the down times, the low times, the infernally slow times (which is pretty much January through April).

Sometimes I can’t quite put my finger on what makes this group so fantastic.  I mean, we are all delightful in our own unique and brilliant ways.  We represent an interesting cross section of careers, nationalities, talents.  We wake up, (some of us) eat breakfast, busy ourselves with living our lives but when we come together, something magic happens.  It’s just good.  It’s all good.

I think I am possibly coming down off my high from the weekend of drumming, dancing and kazooing.  There is too much quiet here in this little flat.  I am taking this time to appreciate the good fortune I have had in finding this outlet for fun, making friends, and beefing up my social circle to overflowing.


I am an artist living and working in a rather gorgeous city. My art can be purchased in various shops throughout the city as well as from my online shop. Most of my work is for commission, private and corporate. I am the founder of Crash Course in Art History Limited.

4 thoughts on “That other thing that I do

  1. Hear hear! Thanks Cass for expressing what’s been going round my own head for the last 24 hours, and doing it with a shedload more elegance and eloquence. Counting down the days till Wiston 2012 already, and looking forward to many many great times in between.

    Oh, and I’m sure you and the rest of GA are already more than aware, but in case not – Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, Also Sprach Kazoostra. Just sayin’.


    1. Hi Neil! Oh wow. Are those actually kazoo bands that you’ve suggested? I shall make haste and find out more about them.
      The weekend was rad, rad, super rad. It was good to see people let their hair down, come out of their shell, and so on. Again, I apologise for the devestation I have enacted upon your foot.


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