Thursday, August 5, 2010

Radical Music

Introducing my children to new and exciting experiences is in one of my roles as a Radical Unschooling Mom. If given the choice between experiencing something new, or doing something we have done before, our family almost always chooses a new experience.

When our friends from Texas came to visit recently they brought with them Singing Bowls and a Didgeridoo.

Singing bowls (also known as Himalayan bowls, rin, medicine bowls, Tibetan bowls or suzu gongs in Japan) are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, standing bells sit with the bottom surface resting. They have the most unique, beautiful sound.

A Didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago and is still in widespread usage today both in Australia and around the world. It consists of a long hollowed out log, which, when blown into, produces a low, deep mesmerising drone with sweeping rhythms.

It was so exciting learning about these instruments and listening to them. We all got to try out the singing bowls and really enjoyed playing them! Living a full, exciting life, rich with opportunities, experiences and resources is important to us in the life we choose to live with our family.

Every week it is something new to learn, grow and share together. What an awesome new experience. I'm very grateful to my friends for sharing so much of themselves during our visit together!

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