How to Make Music Out of Buckets & Pans.

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on Jul 1, 2012
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I was rushing through the streets of old, hot & dry Madrid, going through my mental list of don’t-forget-tos when I suddenly got hit by an avalanche of buckets and pans.

But it didn’t sound like when I (try to) cook and eventually burn the kitchen. It sounded more like the heartbeat of life or sad joy or something restless in between.

The unexpected bucket concerto made me stop against my will, even though I was late for my next errand. (Time and I have never been great friends, anyway).

An older version of the same performance sounds like this:

After the applause, I asked him how long he had been doing it for. It turns out he’s been a drummer for 20 years, but it took him two years of intense practice to figure out all the different pan and bucket sounds and combine them into a work of art.

I’ve always admired street musicians. They say that playing in the street or on the subway is the best initiation rite for anyone who is serious about performing arts—or just to get rid of unnecessary ego expenses.

I also think it’s the perfect life metaphor.

Because, really, isn’t life just a big street on which we walk for a few good 80 years (if we’re lucky), where each of us performs with our own, unique instrument, reminding the tired passerby in you or in me, that our heart is still beating, that this walk is a brief, painful yet beautiful thing, and that every step should be meant like it’s the first and lived like it’s the last?

Filmmaker Carlos Carcas is currently working on a documentary based on Doctor Bucketman’s work. You can find Doctor Bucketman on YouTube or contact him at [email protected]

 

I added this to my don’t-forget-to list before walking away:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  

~ Howard Thurman

 

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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.

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8 Responses to “How to Make Music Out of Buckets & Pans.”

  1. Robert Piper Robert_Piper says:

    Great article! In Chicago these guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpRL1apJfx4 are notorious, by the end of the day their entire bucket is filled up with money. They work outside the baseball and football games.

  2. Great energy Dr Bucket and pans man. We discover so much by taking notice of the world around us (you couldn't have missed this one haha) and how lucky we are to be bestowed with such gifts. Thank you for sharing Andrea. Love the "unnecessary ego expenses" and yes a beautiful metaphor.

  3. yogasamurai says:

    "Because, really, isn’t life just a big street on which we walk for a few good 80 years (if we’re lucky), where each of us performs with our own, unique instrument, reminding the tired passerby in you or in me, that our heart is still beating, that this walk is a brief, painful yet beautiful thing, and that every step should be meant like it’s the first and lived like it’s the last."

    No, narrowing the gap between your life and that of a street musician will take more than a strained metaphor, I'm afraid.

  4. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to : Main Page.

    (Don't get her riled up yogasamurai….she's a passionate Spaniard. :)

    xoxo

    ~Mamaste

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