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Fri., July 5, 2013, 3:25 p.m.

For people who only need a beat

Saw something on my bike ride home this afternoon that I can't recall having encountered before.

A boy who looked to be about 8 or 10 was playing drums in his front yard, out near the street.

These were not toy drums. This was an actual drum set.

He could play a little. And though he didn't seem to be trying to make a point of it, the sound was pretty loud. I suspect anyone on that block who happened to be home could hear it.

Did a deranged parent send him out there to serenade the street with percussion?

Was it the kid's idea and someone would soon put a stop to it?

Were other children with different instruments about to join him?

By the time I thought to request "Wipeout" or shout "Play the opening of 'She Loves You,'" I was already past and around the corner.

But I have a hunch someone in that neighborhood was singing along with a muttered chorus of "What the hell is that?"

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