Today's Wonder of the World is the Marimba!
Flickr photo by jeen-dee-ann-dree-uh
How I love to hear someone play a marimba!
It takes me right back to romantic Mozambique (not that I've ever been there.) Or maybe to a Japanese television show!
It's the Marimba Ponies! What talented kids.
They're not the only talented kids around. Know who else plays a mean marimba?
My niece Amelia! There she is concentrating on a different sort of instrument.
She may be all grown up now, but she'll always be the Amelia of 1998 to me...
This one! Big Sister Amelia, trying to keep her triplet sisters in line. As you can see, it's a tough job. No wonder her hands can fly.
I've been thinking about the marimba because I was just talking with Amelia about it over Thanksgiving (which means I cornered her and forced her to listen to me reminisce about the marimba of my childhood.) Have I never told you about the marimba of my childhood?
Well, what are we waiting for?!
(No! Don't leave! It'll be short--I promise!)
I'm pretty positive that my Granny Skaggs was the only person in the hills and hollers of eastern Kentucky that had a marimba in her basement. My Uncle Lynn brought it back from his travels around the world with the Navy, and my brother and I used to dance around with the mallets and drive everyone crazy with marimba noise every time we came to visit.
See that wasn't so bad, was it?
Amelia, I should celebrate your marimba talents with a marimba cake. Who wants the marshmallow mallets?
Flickr photo by kellylenze
Did you know that marimbas originated in Africa, and then were brought to South America in the sixteenth century? (Mr. Wikipedia says so.)
Here's one in Guatamala. Made out of GOURDS! (You know I love the gourd.)
Public domain photo
Except that marimba looks sort of...in pain. I don't know. Don't those gourds look a little engourdged to you?
Let's change the subject.
How about some more marimba music! Forties style!
Enjoy, y'all! And have a wonder-full Thursday!