Friday, February 23, 2007

A Surreal Evening


Michon made a comment once that my life should be a reality tv show. Now I’m not saying that my life constitutes having an entire show devoted to following me around or even considering the fact that I am that interesting, but last night would have made a pretty sweet episode. Several of the instrument makers have been working hard on bring their dream of having a good old-fashioned American jug band complete with washtub bass. Well, last night that dream came true. I sat in the Dower House common room and played the jug while the rest of the real musicians made music. The band consisted of a washtub bass (which was made from an oil drum cut in half with a stick and a string) , banjo (made with a large tin that used to house cookies), mouth bow (made of a stick, string, and a tin can) guitar, two sets of spoons (one set wooden another metal), the jug, a cheese grater, and a shaker. And you know what the craziest part was, all of the instruments actually made music that sounded like music. At one point I was sitting there playing the jug in a state of shock because I couldn’t believe this was going on around me. Needless to say West Dean can be a pretty strange place, and last night it was taken to a whole new level.

4 comments:

Jackie said...

sweet! when i visit, can i go to town on that jug? perhaps it's had more action than me these past 11 months, but i always liked a ladies man. or jug.

Annalise said...

Nice! We learned about that type of music in my humanities class and I've always wanted to hear it live. Maybe you can play for us sometime?

Michon said...

SO COOL...i totally think a series could be made! Thers alot of crap on tv right now...an american girl at a british castle could definately give deal no deal a run for its money! maybe the CW???? that sounds so fun! music is awesome. my life right now sucks...i went to bed with it being like...40 degrees...right now...6 inches of snow and its still going. i'm seriously crying

jenny said...

hehe jug band.