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One of the changing points in my life was twelve years ago when I met my good friend and teacher Matthew Ceeda ‘Takdeem Proceedor’ Andersen. He proceeded to teach me how to play the didgeridoo, or as the Australian indigenous creators of this mystical and spiritual instrument refer to it: the yirdaki. My good friend Ceeda passed away suddenly about two and a half years ago at the tender age of 34 years (the age I am now), but I still play the didgeridoo, and I dedicate the songs to him whenever I play.

If you know anything about didgeridoos in Australia (you probably don’t!), you would have heard the name, Djalu Gurruwiwi. Djalu is known amongst yirdaki makers and players as the true master of the trade. He was also a very renowned player in his younger years, but in old age has lost much of his ability due to a debilitating condition to his vocal chords. Djalu has said the misfortune was the result of his refusal to pay a clansman who then placed a ceremonial malediction upon him.

Here are a couple of interesting articles about this little-known legend living under the noses of an otherwise unaware Australian populace:

‘I got more power, not enough for everybody – the life of Djalu’ Gurruwiwi and yirdaki.’

‘Djalu Gurruwiwi – Abridged Biography’

This is Djalu making a didgeridoo from scratch:

Djau’s son playing one of his father’s creations:

After one minute in this video, you can see and hear the man himself blowing life through the hollow tree:

 

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‘Hey Billy, You’re not going to believe this.’

‘What is it?’

‘I just started my new job at the software company right?

‘Yeah.’

‘Well, on the first day that I worked, I met this strange guy in the elevator.’

‘What was so strange about him?’

‘He was taking boxes out of his office. It pretty much looked like he was leaving for good. It turns out he got fired because he runs 15 blogs on the Internet.’

‘Are you serious? 15 blogs! Why would he need so many?’

‘He told me that he’s a bit of an eclectic. You know, he’s interested in all kinds of different things.’

‘So why didn’t he just write about them all on one blog like most people? And why did he get fired? Did he say something negative about the company?

‘I asked him these same questions. He said that he’s so into each of his hobbies and interests that he felt it was wrong to mix up all of the highly detailed information on only one blog. I mean, he sounded like he goes pretty in depth with his information. It’s not just general knowledge kind of stuff.’

‘Ok, give me an example.’

‘He’s into astronomy right? He talks about all these weird constellations I’ve never heard of, the size of telescopes, types of reflectors they have…’

‘Right, ok.’

‘Yeah, but it sounded like he was that way with everything: Photography, windsurfing, rock climbing, mountain bikes, abstract painting, black and white films, Neo-Paganism-whatever that is? He’s even got a blog about travel in Laos, and one about neuroscience!’

‘7, 9, 10’ All right that’s ten, what are the other five about? And, why did he get fired?’

‘Well, that’s the thing. He didn’t just get fired. He told me that his girlfriend of 8 years left him as well…because of the blogging!’

‘Hmmm. It must have been something to do with what he said on one of his blogs.’

‘He didn’t say anything on the blogs about the company.’

‘Well, why did they fire him?’

‘He told me, and these are his own words, ‘I hadn’t actually done any work for quite a long time.’’

‘What!?’

‘He said that he was so busy blogging that he pretty much stopped doing everything else. Now you see why things went down.’

‘Wow, he must be in really bad shape.’

‘Hmmm. Actually, he looked quite pleased with himself.’

‘What? Why?’

‘He told me that his blogs are getting quite renown in the Blogosphere.’

‘Blogoswhat!?’

‘Don’t worry about it. Anyway, let’s just say that because of a little paid advertising he’s put up around the place, he’s now making as much as his old job.’

‘No way.’

‘And, he hated the old job.’

‘Cool! What about the girlfriend? He must be pretty crushed about that.’

‘That’s where his latest blog comes into the picture. You’re not going to believe this. It’s a dating blog for blogging enthusiasts! Supposedly he’s now been dating some other ‘Super Bloggers’ like himself. He said the old girlfriend just didn’t understand the appeal of blogging.’

‘Crazy, man…Ummm, so that makes 11 blogs. What are the other four about?’

‘You had to ask. Well, there’s one completely devoted to Proboscis Monkeys, one on the melting of the polar ice caps…’

‘Gosh…what else?’

‘Oh yeah. There’s one all about ‘Making poverty history.’ The last one I’m sure you could guess.’

‘Hmmm. No, you got me on that one…’

‘It’s a blog all about blogging.’

By Jesse S. Somer

Copyright MiContent.com.au

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