Thursday, July 2, 2015

Repost: Taiko don't care.

Given the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality, I wanted to repost something I wrote back on July 5th, 2010 (almost exactly five years ago):

These are taiko.

Taiko don't care about your age, race, religion, creed, caste, nationality, culture, height, weight, sex, gender, orientation, or political affiliation.

Taiko don't care if you play because of your heritage, for empowerment, to further the art form, out of obligation, or because it's fun.

Taiko don't care where your bachi came from, who your sensei is, how big your practice space is, or how long you've been playing.

Taiko don't care if you play for concerts, festivals, corporate events, weddings, parades, restaurant openings, family and friends, or just for yourself.

Taiko don't care if your group is about testosterone, community-building, fancy patterns, superstars, Buddhist philosophy, social connections, joyous playing, or recreation.

All taiko want is for you to make a good sound on them. It's people that make issues out of all the other stuff.

Don't be one of those people.

Strive to make good sounds! :)

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