Thank you Anne and Steve!!! Today in the mail we received a CD from them, with a movie of Marta and some of the older girls from Layla singing a New Year's song. They are clapping and singing, and Marta is keeping rhythm on a hand drum (empty can) and singing along.
It is exciting to see my girl, and to see her singing is even better, but this was the ultimate. You see, I am pure hack when it comes to hand drumming, but still, deep down inside of me there is some real rhythm dying to come out, and I have been playing djembe for about 9 years now. I have played on the worship teams at our churches, and love it, but alas, am a hack. So to see my baby girl jamming with some real rhythm on a hand drum, well it just about brings tears to this dad's eyes.
There is hope for the family name now, and I am already talking serious smack around the house that this proves that there is beat in these dry bones, and MY DAUGHTER is the proof! Now I am certain that I will be taking a smaller djembe to Layla when I go, and the drum in this pic is nearly identical to the one Marta will be playing when she gets home.
So thanks again Anne & Steve, you have made my day bright, and the movie has been playing on repeat since I got home from work. The other members of the family don't have the deeply committed appreciation to be able to listen to it for hours, but then, this is a dad & daughter thing.