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'Bang on the drums all day'

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The staff in the newsroom of The Brazil Times are required to write weekly blogs for our website, www.thebraziltimes.com.

In recent weeks, I have written about how come October, my life will change more than it ever has before.

Our baby is due in October and I truly am looking forward to it.

Throughout the course of several weeks, I have basically written online updates regarding the baby, whom we have affectionately nicknamed "jellybean," after the first photograph we received of the baby. It looked like a jellybean.

We have entered the third trimester of this pregnancy. To me, it doesn't seem like it's been seven months, but rather, just a couple.

On the other hand, Merry recently reminded me I'm not the one carrying the baby.

Regardless, it seems like time has gone by quite swiftly.

We only have a couple more months before we welcome our little "jellybean" into the world.

Two of my recent blogs discussed what has become several, gentle kicks the baby has provided.

Jokingly, I blogged about how we must have a drummer on our hands.

An online reader suggested we were going to give birth to the second coming of legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart.


In another blog, I discussed how I hope the baby has some sort of understanding of music in general.

Music has been such a huge part of my life, to be honest, I'm not certain who I would be without it.

But Saturday evening, the possibility of jellybean enjoying a life enriched with music came to life.

I had just finished recording tracks for a song earlier in the day.

I knew Merry had gone around town to various garage sales and was quite certain we would have more baby clothes to put up.

The other item I saw just floored me.

As she went through what she purchased at various sales Saturday, she saved the best for last.

She took me to our garage to show me a child's drum set she had purchased earlier in the day. I was speechless. Sure, I had written about how I hoped our child would have a genuine love for music. But this was wonderful. Almost unbelievable.

The set needs a little tweaking but is in great condition.

Jellybean will be banging on the drums in no time.

It reminded me of when I was a child and someone in my family purchased a Muppets drum set for Christmas I believe.

Needless to say, that set didn't last long.

But I'm quite certain I drove my parents absolutely nuts.

And they loved it.

And I'll love this.

I have a keyboard, three bass guitars and two acoustic guitars at our home. Frequently, I'll get the acoustic out and strum out a few tunes.

I hope I have the opportunity to share some of that with our baby.

Perhaps we can form our own two-person band. With drums as the lead.