Every Sunday afternoon from spring through fall, people began gathering at the
and started a rhythm – like the heartbeat of the neighborhood - that lasted
until dark. There was all kinds of
percussion – shakers, rattles, bells, maracas, wooden boxes, and sometimes
steel drums. The Prospect Park Drum
Circle was just down the block from where I lived,
and as more percussionists arrived it got louder. Eventually, about a hundred people showed up
for playing, dancing, and watching. 95%
of the drummers were male, but there was one fabulous female drummer. Most of the dancers were female, but men
danced as well.
Youtube video of the Drum Circle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nwB4SLALf4
is actually a designated area of the and there’s a semi-circle of 18
benches made of oak logs. It's tough
to get a seat because the benches fill up fast, but a lot of people bring folding chairs. Some bring and blankets
and sit in the shade beside the circle. Some
bring their barbecues and sometimes there are vendors selling food and
drinks. It is against the law to have
open containers of alcohol anywhere in Prospect
Park New York
– even in your own yard or on your own porch, so anyone drinking alcohol,
disguised it, but it became evident as the day wore on that some people were getting
high on something.
I had a small djembe when I moved to
and a few times I went over to join in the fun.
The problem for me was that men would interrupt me to “teach” me how to
play. I may not play all that well, but
I have rhythm and I like to play my own way.
Sometimes I skipped a beat or simply rubbed the top of the drum as a
beat. As long as I kept the rhythm, I
figured what difference did it make. But
I’m pretty sure these men weren’t really wanting to teach me to play. They didn’t
have their own drums and wanted an instrument to play. I didn’t see them offering to teach anyone to
dance, and there were some dancers that could have used some loosening up.
When I discovered the salsa dancing on the boardwalk in
Island, I stopped going to the drum circle.
Post by Alana Cash