I discovered recently that I love drums -- particularly djembe drums and bongos that you play by hand. I love everything about them, from the craftsmanship and the feel of them beneath my hand, to the amazing sounds they make when held in different ways and beaten on different parts of their surface. Like a heartbeat, I feel it right at my core. It is an activity that keeps me very much in the present moment, and I think that is part of why it feels so satisfying. That, and the fact that it stimulates so many of the senses at once.
I have no formal training in music of any kind, but that has never stopped me from beating my drum.
It reminds me of a quote I once read --
The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
PS - Thank you Nate, for the drum. I have cherished it every day since you left it with me.