I have a cousin, Steve, who is a musicologist. I played for him the Prince song Musicology and he had not seen it before (found the music video)–liked it! Anyway he suggested I make musical instruments from gourds and bamboo after he saw my collection that I had bought in my travels.
Lucky for me I overheard a lady talking about a gourd group and wha-lah, I’m now a possible memberĀ of the local gourd society AND I have a different cousin nearby who has too much bamboo in her yard and wants as much taken out as possible. So looks like I’m all set up. The word gourd sounds funny to me, but I need to keep a straight face and know they’re actually awesome.

Prince’s Musicology Video

Shekeres made from gourds by Carol Twombly

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