Young Rae at his finest hahahahhahahaa
Young Rae at his finest hahahahhahahaa
I want a new collapsible coffee table…
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
*In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*Do we stop to appreciate it?
The questions raised:
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…
How many other things are we missing?
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Cajon Building: Day 1
Some of you might know this already but this summer I decided to build a string cajon. The cajon is this box drum that is mainly used in flamenco but for my purposes i’m building it mainly for worship music.
My reason for posting this is more for myself so I can kind of keep track of my progress while working on this DIY project. But this is also for anyone who wants to build a cajon for themselves too and wants to use this as a guideline (assuming that it turns out alright). If anyone is interested in building a cajon just email me and I can tell you what I know or you can just come over and build it with me if I know you better….
Today is kind of the first day I made any real progress on it. I had drawn up some plans in my leisure time but they’re kind of useless…
The first picture shows just the main 6 pieces of the box:
The top and bottom which are essentially the squares, the sides, the back (with the hole), and the tapa or front plate where you slap/hit to make the bass/snare sounds.
The second picture was just options I had between using wood that was 3/4” thick and 1/2” thick. I ended up picking the 1/2” just cause it seems unnecessary to use the 3/4” cause I’m going to make a frame on the inside anyways to support it. The measurements used in this picture are kind of irrelevant since I changed the dimensions so that it would be more convenient to cut and buy.
The third picture shows some thought about the size of the circle. Apparently the bigger the hole, the better. But after doing some research, some people say that the frequencies get messed up and screws up the Helmholtz resonance or something. But then other people also say that it’s complete bogus and the hole doesn’t really matter. So I’m kind of not really paying attention to it, i’m just gonna cut a hole that I think is a decent size.
This picture also shows some measurements for the inside frame that I’m going to use to attach to the frontplate. This frame is also going to be used to attach the guitar strings for the sizzle/snap sound that the snare bit has. Also one thing to keep in mind is that the tighter the screws are at the top corners of the frontplate, the weaker the “slap” sound. So looser corners = bigger snap. yeuh.
The fourth picture is just what I bought today. I really didn’t know whether to buy at lowe’s or home depot. I think cause i’m lazy I just bought the wood at the first store I went to which was Lowe’s. I felt kind of bad for the guy who was helping me cause I asked him a lot of questions that he didn’t know the answer to…oh well. I bought a 1/2” x 24” x 48” multi-layer birch plywood for about $14. They let me use their gigantic saw to cut it too so it was pretty convenient. The five pieces of wood seen in the picture came from one sheet of plywood which was pretty nice since i’m trying to spend the least amount of money as possible.
Next I went to home depot and there the employees were quite a bit more knowledgeable and helpful. But I only ended up buying the wood glue there and the two 3/4” x 3/4” x 36” hardwood lumber pieces.
Totally forgot to buy the wood for the frontplate…crap. I’ll need a 1/8” x 12” x 18” piece but I dunno how I’m gonna do that yet since they only have plywood sheets as small as 24” x 24”
Also if anybody reading this has a jigsaw powertool or a power drill or a bar clamp the size of 18” or longer please lemme know! I’ll attach pictures for those too.
Oh yeah, another thing is, I haven’t figured out how i’m gonna cut out a circle in a sheet of wood…
More updates coming hopefully soon.
Oh yeah and this is what a cajon is supposed to look like:
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