Children’s programming just doesn’t seem to teach the kids how to do the important things in life anymore. You know, like make steel drums. But that wasn’t always the case! Dig the bygone era of funky 70s and 80s public broadcasting. Specifically, the halcyon days of Sesame Street.
Strong on execution, following an exercise on how to make a drum from a barrel, we then join the gang in medias res as they take the sounds to the beach – “hey kids, you feel the rhythm? you know there’s rhythm all around us – the waves breaking rhythm, people walking rhythm, people breathing rhythm, too.” Preach.
Further Viewing: Trinidad musician and composer Ray Holman describes the set-up of the notes on the Tenor Pan.