Saturday, January 06, 2007

Little criminals

What the heck are these blowy things, anyway?

It's tragic to see tender youth led down the path of evil. But that's what happens on many Saturday mornings across from our apartment. Marching band practice. At 7 a.m.

Behind the blowy things come the xylophones



The drummers are the most hardened offenders. Look at those smirks. The guy on the left is holding up his fingers to say: Five hours of sleep. Five. That's all you get!


The flag corps doesn't make as much noise, but they still bear some responsibility. Those flags lend a quasi-governmental sense of authority to the proceedings.

10 comments:

Jose said...

I remember those days in my own country. At least they don't have to carry fake wooden rifles while they march....the remains of several military governments.

kopisusu2 said...

Heh! No, there's no military overtones. Just loud tones of all sorts.

Actually, to be fair, they play quite well. It's the early hour that seems unnecessarily cruel.

Did you play in a band, Jose?

m said...

what ARE those blowy things?

seeing them brings back a vague memory from grade school music class.

I think "they" invent fake instruments for children. things that can be mass produced and withstand use by dozens of kids over the course of time. sort of a half toy/half instrument combo.

Kemsey said...

oh, it's the Pianica!

kopisusu2 said...

Ah! So what's a Pianica??

Kemsey said...

it's a Japanese-made toy/musical instrument that has been played by elementary school kids in Indonesia since forever. Basically it is a combination of piano and harmonica, thus.. pianica!

m said...

cool, thanks for the info!

so, does it sound like a harmonica? or like some kind of cross between the two?

kemsey said...

the sound .. is like a toy organ (the musical instrument) if that makes any sense.

m said...

mmm... a toy organ. it does conjure up a sound in my head, though not one I'm certain I'd enjoy in real life.

kind of like the recorder - were all US students made to try playing that at one point or another, or did it just seem that way?

mr_john said...

I've always called them Melodicas. I have one in Australia. They do sound quite a lot like harmonicas.

Ben Folds uses one live quite a lot...