Bucket Drummers


You can’t plan moments like this.  But they seem to happen frequently in big cities on hot summer days.  These guys are doing their thing near the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago.  If their upper bodies are any indication, they obviously spend a fair amount of time working out.  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn they work on their drumming the rest of the time.  These guys are beyond good.  Lightning fast, precise and, as you can see, perfectly in sync.  They’re not posing for a white guy with a camera either; they’re playing so fast I had to shoot at three frames per second. 

I’d love to think this foursome performs in churches every Sunday and attends Bible Study class on Wednesday nights and visits nursing homes, but that might be a stretch.  Yet, here’s the thing, I can’t get out of my head something Mahatma Gandhi said.  The quote as I remember is this:  “If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it’s a waste of time looking for God anywhere else.”

Those words haunt me every time I write someone off, every time I refuse to look beyond the shadow side of another, every time my snap judgments close the door to seeing the God-ness in an individual.  I’ve got a lot of work to do!  This much I know for sure: I’ll never look at a five-gallon paint bucket the same way again.

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  1. Kim Slupe May 26, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Have you seen Rent yet? The character Angel is an awesome bucket drummer- this immediately reminded me of Angel who cannot be classified by gender but in whom God is clearly visible which is why Angel is so beloved by everyone!

  2. Dani Veenstra May 29, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    You used my favorite quote from Ghandi. In fact I preached my first sermon last summer and used that quote as a significant part of the lesson. Indeed God IS in everyone and as your photo shows, even in a bucket!