Drums, of course, were one of the first musical instruments created by man. Some claim that a rudimentary flute was the first instrument but that seems improbable to me, since virtually any surface can be used as a drum. Any surface until now, that is. In case you were wondering, a cake makes for a remarkably poor drum. Here’s what it sounds like when you strike it with a drumstick. Thwack. No reverberation, no tone whatsoever. It’s really quite a dud. And then what you’re left with is a big dent in your cake. So now that I’ve tried that out for you, you can save yourself the trouble. You’re welcome!
It was important to me that all the drums be slightly different from each other because otherwise they’d of course all produce the same dreadful sound.
What’s so great about this drum set – as opposed to the real thing – is that it only lasts a few days. It keeps nobody up at night, doesn’t bother a single neighbour, takes up very little space, and is quite reasonably priced!
You’d think by now that I’d be used to apartment living. But the (very cute) boy living downstairs is now studying the piano, with Youtube as his endlessly patient teacher. What is it about “Heart and Soul” that’s just so gosh darn irresistible? As I was making this cake, I reflected on how grateful I am that his interests don’t tend toward drumming instead.
And finally, who can resist a truly terrible drumming joke?
An Indian chief and a cavalry captain climb to the top of a tall hill and look out upon the entire Indian tribe. The captain says worriedly, “I don’t like the sound of those drums.” The chief says, “I know. It’s not our regular drummer.”