A different drummer / Un baterista diferente

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As Henry David Thoreau wrote: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

I had a poster displaying those words when I was in high school. I know Thoreau wasn’t talking about the parade for Fuengirola’s International Fair, but it does sort of fit. Lots of drummers. Lots of people stepping to their own music. Some keeping up. Some lagging behind. And some setting their own pace (as in the eye-popping final video).


Como escribió Henry David Thoreau: “Si un hombre no sigue el ritmo de sus compañeros, tal vez sea porque escucha un tamborilero diferente. Que camine al compás de la música que escucha, por muy medida o lejana que sea”.

Tenía un cartel que mostraba esas palabras cuando estaba en la escuela secundaria. Sé que Thoreau no estaba hablando del desfile de la Feria Internacional de Fuengirola, pero encaja. Muchos bateristas. Mucha gente pisando su propia música. Algunos manteniendo el ritmo. Algunos rezagados. Y algunos marcan su propio ritmo (como en el último video alucinante).

• This statue had an incredible bubble butt. The metal rod supporting him was poked directly up his butt. And I didn’t get a picture!
• Esta estatua tenía un trasero de burbuja increíble. La barra de metal que lo sostenía estaba clavada directamente en su trasero. ¡Y no saqué foto!

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “A different drummer / Un baterista diferente”

    1. David:
      Many cultures. It was interesting to see the small contingents that were just dragging along. Not much celebrating.

  1. What a fun parade; the colors and dancers and drummers must have been amazing.
    But … damn you for not getting the Parade Float Porn!

    1. Bob:
      I was so annoyed with myself for missing the shot. They went by quickly at that point. I was slow with the camera and then a bunch of people walked right in front of me blocking my view. Next year, I promise!

  2. I perfect parade for this time of year and where we are in the world…celebrate everyone!!!! This could be the only parade I’ve seen to rival the color and liveliness of the Mummers Parade.

  3. I now have that Linda Ronstadt song in my head, and I’ll be doomed to hear it running through my mind all day. Thanks a lot, Scoot!

    1. Deedles:
      I hadn’t even thought of the Linda Ronstadt song (which is unusual for me). Now I can’t get it out of my head either.

    1. Jim:
      They do a good job. I’m still trying to find the best spot for viewing.

  4. What a fun post! I love all the bright photos and enjoyed the clips. I love drums (any kind) and have always marched to the beat of my own.

  5. Meanwhile, in Richmond, Virginia, a teacher had to be suspended, for telling a Spanish-speaking student (who was speaking in Spanish to a friend), that she was not allowed to speak anything but English in school (and shouting at the student about it, and saying that the girl’s mother “does not own the world” and had better expect to speak English if she comes up to talk to the teacher)
    Story here. Additionally, a board of education member in a local St. Louis (Missouri) area school district, is trying to get schools to discontinue teaching foreign languages, because no one should be glorifying these other non-American, non-English-speaking cultures.

    1. Judy C:
      The news from the States (and so many of the states) is heartbreaking and infuriating. Ignorance.

  6. “Come in, number 34. Your time is up!” I assume he was just an overly-enthusiastic onlooker?

    All very colourful and very sunny! I wonder how colourful The Coronation’s going to be this Saturday… Jx

    1. Jon:
      Number 34 was part of the Venezuela contingent. He walked alongside the group, keeping things on track. I would have found it really creepy had a stranger jumped in and gyrated so close.

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