Accolades to my cousin Nathanael for the first MET post of the year! :)
Think of the guitar, six strings, really popular, sounds great, and is used in practically every style of music. Now, think of the sitar, another stringed instrument that is relatively unknown compared to its counterpart. The origin of this instrument is of African descent, there are nearly too many strings to count (much less play!!) and the body is made out of a dry gourd. Finally, the neck of the Sitar is about three and a half feet long. The music-making squash-bellied African-originated device is as much African as the desert is. The purpose of this message is not to talk about another continent, it is to remind everyone to expand their interests, there are great pleasant sounding (what is another word for instrument?!?) instruments out in the world, what is the fun of just playing one?
Okay, so maybe I am going to talk about the African culture a bit... in the Sahara desert, and really all over that huge land mass, there are people groups, and when there are people groups, you better bet some harmony and singing is going to be produced. So, they use dried and hollowed gourds (it does not take much for something to be dry out there) and some local wood, to craft a really beautiful piece of art. Along with the sitar, tribes of this zebra-abounding place use animal skins for drums, teeth for maracas, bones for flutes, and their own hands for the beat.
(End of the message at hand) So, when you pick up your guitar/banjo/mandolin, or a horn or brass device, think about how lucky you are to have any instrument at your avail.