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Garage Bands & Garbage Men September 21, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Music & Dance, Sustainable Living.

When we went to Snooty’s 65th Birthday Bash, we enjoyed the sights and sounds, including a Garage Band called The Garbage Men.


The band’s members created playable instruments out of cereal boxes without topses and other found and re-purposed materials.


Their performance reminded me of something I might see on Sesame Street or Mulberry Street.  Or perhaps near a picked-over landfill in Paraguay.

Aah . . . that’s better!

I don’t know about you, but the closest I’ve come to playing a home-grown instrument was putting fresh wax paper in my Kazoo.


Can you Kazoo?


1. ericjbaker - September 21, 2013

Cool and very creative. Many years ago I worked with a guy who made a “guitar” from a shoe box and six rubber bands.

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

Cool! I should have asked The Garbage Men what they used for their strings.

I’m fascinated by the sound of the Paraguayan orchestra . . . especially the cello. “When life hands you garbage, make music.”

ericjbaker - September 21, 2013

Doo-wop music, which had far more profound an effect on our culture than most people realize, was created because the performers were too poor to buy instruments, so they had to vocalize the bass, strings, and so on.

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

Yes! Thank you. I knew that at one point but it was not in the forefront of my thought as I wrote this post.

That’s why I love the interactive nature of blogging!

2. Andra Watkins - September 21, 2013

I cannot kazoo, but I always enjoy watching the percussionist in any band.

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

Me too! If I found myself back in Middle School . . . I would love to join the Percussion session. They played so many interesting instruments ~ from drums to triangles to bells.

3. kateshrewsday - September 21, 2013

The Garbage Men look great! Lovely to see repurposed items making beautiful sounds.I used to make instruments with my class in a project on Ancient Greek music, Nancy. Pan pipes are great fun

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

That’s awesome, Kate! I had to google “pan pipes” to make sure we were on the same note:


I bet your class loved making instruments to bring Ancient Greek music to life.

4. colonialist - September 21, 2013

That seems such fun!
*excitedly* I can make a gosh-awful squawk with a bit of grass stretched between my thumbsl

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

That’s the other example that popped into my head when I thought of my kazoo! 😀

5. Pix Under the Oaks - September 22, 2013

I have kazooed? and it always brings on laughs!

nrhatch - September 22, 2013

I remember doing March Tunes on mine while we paraded about with hops, skips, and jumps ~ “we are marching to Pretoria.”

6. Three Well Beings - September 22, 2013

i used to play tunes by holding a palm frond in my lips and humming a tune! I never thought of starting my own band! Sounds like fun. 🙂

nrhatch - September 23, 2013

It’s not too late, Debra! You can be the band leader of your merry men of tiny tots (i.e., granddaughters). Get out the pots. Get out the spoons. Pick some palm fronds.

And make some noise! 😀

7. jannatwrites - September 23, 2013

Just goes to show you don’t need expensive instruments to play music. And no, I don’t kazoo 🙂

nrhatch - September 23, 2013

I haven’t kazoo’ed in an eon (or two) ~ but I remember merrily humming away until my lips grew numb from the incessant vibration. Now, I “om.” 😉

8. sufilight - September 23, 2013

Fun! It brings back memories (which I had forgotten) of making music as a little girl with an empty box of gum chicklets (remember them?). We would place the box over our lips and blow air into the box. 😀

nrhatch - September 23, 2013

Yes! Thank you, Marie. When you first mentioned Chicklets, I remember shaking the box to make a noise like maracas or a rainstick.

But I also remember blowing through the box to make “music.”

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10. rsmithing - September 27, 2013

Very cool! This totally looks like fun.

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