When I was 10 years old, I owned a RUN DMC cassette tape and beatboxing was my passion. I wasn’t that great at it but I did it all the time. Between the constant mouth sounds and drumming on everything, I likely drove my parents to just this side of crazy.
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Something about making music yourself is better than almost anything on the planet.
Just recently, my son has picked up the habit of beatboxing incessantly. I don’t mind much unless I am trying to hear something or someone else. I shoot him a look and he gets the idea. At the breakfast table last Saturday, he asked if I could make a beat and “sing” at the same time.
I had to let him know the old man still had it and proceeded to bust out a sick rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. He sat and listened, satisfied with the skills I was bringing to the table. Feels good to impress your kid, especially the older he gets.
From time to time, we goof around and sing or play music together and I don’t know if we have similar taste or if I have the mind of a 10-year-old. It might just be a guy thing. We both love beatboxing and as true amateurs, I will leave you with this professional to both astound and amaze. This guy is on a level all his own. The video may be long but it is impressive and worth a watch/listen.
Tom Thum @ TEDX Talk in Sydney 2013
-MCM Staffer Travis,
amateur beatboxer extraordinaire