Just listened to Crystal Bowersox belt out another fabulous performance on American Idol Season Nine. She sang Paul McCartney’s “Come to Together” and was accompanied by a Didgeridoo player.
A Didgeridoo you say? Yups … a Didgeridoo. The Didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu or didge) is a wind instrument. Originally developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia over 1,500 years ago and is still in widespread usage today in Australia and around the world. Apparently it is also sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”.
Another neat fact: The Didgeridoo is traditionally made from Eucalyptus trees which have had their interiors hollowed out by termites or died of other causes.
A modern Didgeridoo is usually cylindrical or conical, and can measure anywhere from 3 to 10 ft long with most being about 4 ft long. The length is directly related to the 1/2 sound wavelength of the keynote which means generally speaking, the longer the instrument, the lower the pitch or key of the instrument.
However it’s made and however it’s played, Simon Cowell thought it was great that Crystal had the great idea of getting a Didgeridoo player to help propel her even further up the charts on American Idol. Bolstered by the entire panel’s approval this week, she is definitely my favorite and hope she gets the nod as Season Nine’s clear cut winner.