By Tim (Social Content Guy)
No, no, no. This is not about kicking cats with boots. It is about enjoying being myself and being with my family. One of the best aspects of working from home is the time I get with my family. I have been married for nine years and have three wonderful children. Where I live it is hard to find work without having to make a 30 minute, or even an hour, commute. I am so thankful to work from home for Saddleback!
With all the time I am not spending driving to and from work I get to be with family. Every day and evening looks a little different. The important thing is that we are together. Sometimes we jump on the trampoline or walk to the park. Other nights we ride bikes in the front driveway. And other nights, we beatbox. That’s right! We lay down some beats together.
For most of my life I can remember making lots of noise. When I was in middle school I learned to play the drum set, dappled with guitar and bass guitar, and eventually did vocals in a hardcore band. Lots and lots of noise was made at our house. Just ask my poor parents! After my hardcore days I started playing hand drums and somewhere along the way discovered beatboxing.
For many years I despised rap, hip-hop, or any music like that. Honestly I still don’t care for most of it. However, after discovering beatboxing and then spending four years in inner city Minneapolis, I gained a bit more of an appreciation for those musical genres. I also got to be around more people that enjoyed the art of beatboxing. This taught me two things.
The first was that I was not very good at beatboxing. Some of the friends I made in Minneapolis are ridiculously good at beatboxing. The second thing I learned was that if you stick with something and are teachable, you will get better at it. I am not a professional beatboxer but I am learning tons and have a lot of fun!
My boys are very entertained by my beatboxing and have started trying to learn how to do it themselves. On a fine summer evening here in the mountains of Colorado you might just happen to drive by a house and see what looks like a normal family enjoying their evening.
If you were to stop and listen you might hear something unique. While my oldest son, who is almost six, rides his bike around the driveway I begin to beatbox. He rides up and joins me. I’ve taught him a simple beat that involved you saying ‘Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats.” You emphasize the ‘b’ and ‘c’ to product the beatboxing sound.
There is a wonderfully entertaining video on YouTube that can teach you the basics. You can find it here. Speaking of videos, I made one the other night of my oldest son and I beatboxing. I hope you enjoy it. I think you will!