Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog
We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them.
This is where we share our passion for music in the great outdoors! We'll share with you details of exciting new outdoor music projects and designs from around the globe. We'll share with you information about the instruments we sell and a little about the inspiration behind them
Most importantly, this blog is about what we love to do the most - help you create new and exciting ways to bring music to the great outdoors.
Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing - we’re excited to have you here!
Pancake Day Musical Fun and Activities and Songs to Sing!
Happy Pancake Day!
Shrove Tuesday (known as Pancake Day) is the traditional day of feasting and fun before the forty days of Lent that lead up to Easter. The idea was to use up any luxury foods that will not be eaten during Lent. To do this they made pancakes using all the eggs, butter, and milk and then enjoying them with a variety of tasty fillings. The next day, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and the period of fasting begins.
Shrove Tuesday has more than its fair share of unique and unusual songs, rhymes, and poems. It’s a great opportunity to read stories and poems, sing songs and play music before cooking up a stack of yummy pancakes, flipping them, racing with them and then of course eating them!
Here are a few Pancake Day songs to sing outdoors before the pancake tossing begins!
Tune of ‘Skip To My Lou’
Pop a little pancake into the pan
Pop a little pancake into the pan
Pop a little pancake into the pan
That’s for my...
Connections between Love and Music
Extra-pricey bouquets of red roses, panic-purchase cards, chocolates, and romantic dinners - now heavily commercialised and laden with expectation, some could say that Valentine’s Day is losing a significant amount of its charm. Once a day where people simply showed their love and affection for another person, maybe an effort should be made to reclaim Valentine’s Day as a more inclusive celebration of all types of love. Self-love, platonic love, and love within families should be included within Valentine’s Day celebrations. All love deserves to be celebrated and expressed in a multitude of ways: with a hug, with a smile, with a timely visit, with surprises, and, of course, with music!
Music is so heavily connected with themes of love. Musicians love to sing about love and songs are used to express love in all forms – romantic love, love of friends and family, love for your sports team or community. Forget what you learned that the only human essentials are food, clothing, and...
Everyone, Meet Fry!
Joining us recently is our new Sales Support Administrator, Daniel Fry Maguire.
Fry, as his friends call him, joined the Percussion Play team at the beginning of the year and has very quickly found his feet and is looking forward to bringing his passion for both great customer service and music into his new role.
A self-taught guitar player, who has felt the power and impact of music first hand, Fry's connection to music has given him lifelong friends, incredible memories, unforgettable experiences, supported him in times of need and has had a lasting effect on his life.
Fry tells us "Joining Percussion Play is beyond exciting! It will give me the chance to give back as much joy as music has given me. Being part of this team is like joining a new band, we all share one common interest and mission, bringing the magic of music to everyone!"
Welcome to the band Fry!
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Encourages Children to 'Express Themselves' - Children’s Mental Health Week 2021
We are almost halfway through ‘Children’s Mental Health Week 2021’: an awareness week launched by Place2Be in 2015 in an effort to ‘shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health’. Now in its seventh year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. Sadly, around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Nobody should have to face mental health problems alone and it is hoped that greater awareness and understanding of children’s mental health along with approaches that foster positive well-being in schools and communities, will support them to find ways to positively express how they are feeling and seek support when needed.
This year's theme is 'Express Yourself'. Learning how to express themselves, who they really are, is critical to a child's mental, social, and emotional growth. Self-expression...
Libraries Coming Alive With The Sound Of Music!
We all know libraries as amazing places for discovering books, however in today's world “looking something up” rarely requires a trip to the local library. This has seen a need for local libraries to reinvent themselves and many have regenerated into thriving community centers - just as dedicated to learning but now in many different forms.
Modern libraries actually have more to offer their customers than ever before with an even more critical function - serving as enriching centers that encourage literacy, research, learning, and community involvement on a broad scale. Vibrant community hubs that offer free activities where people can try something new and/or develop their skills or artistic talents.
Increasingly, the discovery of new experiences is at the heart of what libraries are about, bringing people and places to life. Re-imagining the trusted space of the library as a place to discover something new – such as art, culture, and, of course, music.
Sit Back & Enjoy!
This year, more than ever, we have witnessed how the power of music can bring us together as a community. We've seen people finding new and inspiring ways to remain connected to one another, even whilst physically separated. Videos from all across the world appeared, showing communities of neighbors - between apartment blocks, along streets, across balconies - coming together in solidarity to make music. Music frees the soul. It allows you to express yourself in ways that are unimaginable. It makes people feel more connected and it creates memories that will last for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter what you believe in or what you stand for, music is for everyone.
Our newest film delightfully demonstrates the lasting impact music, and particularly music made in the great outdoors has on us as well as the instant joy it brings. No matter who you are or where you come from, music has the power to automatically bring people together.
As we collectively look forward to life returning...