There are a few things I would ask a knight in shining armour, but “Do you do drumming?” wouldn’t be at the top of the list. It was however a question which had been burning bright in Raffie’s mind as soon as he discovered he was about to meet a real knight at the medieval festival.
Soon after arriving we bumped into a band of very nice knights getting ready for their re-enactment. He could have asked anything of them, but Raffie just wanted to know about their drums. And it turns out that yes, they do do drumming.
Squeezed into the back of the stage with the rest of the band taking up all the space, it’s seldom a drummer enjoys the uninterrupted limelight. But for Raffie, they are the star of the show.
Raffie’s current all time favourite song, to which we have to listen at least eight times a day, is Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine. We listen to it in the car, we watch it on my phone in the pushchair, we watch it on the laptop in the kitchen.
It is the soundtrack of his day, and has raised many questions. “Why does she change her hair in the video Mummy? I like her hair.” “Should Mummy dye her hair red Raffie?” I asked, pondering a prodigal return to henna. “No Mummy, it’s just for Florence.”
It’s amazing what can turned into a drum, from knees to laundry baskets, but some questions, however, are easier to answer than others.
“Who is the Machine Mummy? Is it the drummer?” I must confess that I’m not that familiar with their work, so was only able to respond feebly with “Well you can get drum machines Raffie but real drummers are more fun,” as I remembered a Keith Moon anecdote. And then remembered not to share it.
And despite seeing a wealth of knights in shining armour, and riding on a not particularly medieval but highly enjoyable swing carousel, we did yet more drumming on the way home.
We even did a bit of the violin and recorder though these are only brief dalliances before he reaches for his drumsticks. And although he’s very keen to help Fireman Sam, he’s been “a bit too busy drumming Mummy” to come to the rescue this week.
So while they may at times be overshadowed or even taken for granted, they can rest assured that there is a small boy banging the drum for drummers everywhere, on whatever he can find.