Every month, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of guys gather in the back bar at the quaint Good Intent Inn in Rochester, Kent, with their instruments of various sizes and noise making capabilities, and they create sounds.
It’s not quite open mic, but they welcome anyone to try something. While the old hands strum on guitars or other stringed instruments, or hit a drum, blow on a whistle or recorder, or crunch a packet of crisps or squeeze a bottle of still water, someone will join the merry music making with a song, or lament, or just make a noise. Today a number of children joined in. Knowing The Dude as I do, it wasn’t surprising to hear these dudes produce loudness since children in general struggle with the quiet concept. It was fun to see.
My level of contribution is usually rather passive, and today was no exception. I make no apologies since I have bad timing and no sense of rhythm. I suppose I could always tap an empty bottle beer. For me it’s an opportunity to sit and listen, and let the music inspire and inform my creative writing. The sounds, the harmonies, and voices, offer me images that I try to capture on paper. My efforts will be posted later!
It’s not for everyone, as with most things in life, but it’s unique, experimental, and bloody good fun. With the Good Intent’s real ales and friendly atmosphere, it’s a pleasant way to pass a Sunday afternoon.
See you next month for Minimus #9!
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