Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Why Drumming is not Dumb

In November I randomly had the thought to convey folks collectively by a drumming circle. My husband thought I used to be nuts, however I am all the time stuffed with nutty concepts and by chance he tends to comply with my lead. I’m not a drummer. Nor are the overwhelming majority of our mates. However I do all the time like to attempt new experiences and thought a drumming circle could possibly be enjoyable. Boy was I proper!

What’s a drumming circle? It is a group of individuals flowing collectively to magically create a rhythm. Since none of us are specialists, we now have an teacher facilitating the group who begins us off with some beats after which all of us bounce in when the timing feels good and contribute no matter energetically comes out of our arms. It could sound slightly hippy-dippy. I am comfortable with you calling it what you would like, simply know that after we’re in our zone, and everybody’s eyes are closed whereas our our bodies sway to the sounds we create collectively, there’s actually no phrase to explain it however magic.

Every month our circle evolves. There’s all the time a handful of regulars and there are all the time newbies. There’s additionally all the time a waitlist as a result of house is proscribed. I by no means anticipated that there could be such a powerful response.

I am going to let you know extra about why I imagine that these are so profitable.

Our month-to-month circles have shaped a powerful sense of group. Though my husband and I personally invite our mates and know all of the attendees, our mates do not all know one another and so they have the chance to musically mingle with new folks each month.

We not solely make music and new mates, we additionally make month-to-month recollections collectively. Lots of you understand that significant memory-making is my life mission.

These month-to-month jams unite an eclectic group of human beings that won’t usually attain out to 1 one other. The ages vary from folks of their twenties to their sixties. We now have a former airforce pilot, a health teacher, physicians and scientists in numerous fields, housewives, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, college professors, an administrative assistant, and even an awesome man that has actually been in each Burning Man-like occasion all through the world. There isn’t a barrier or hierarchy to deal with when everybody’s intention is to affix forces with a standard function in thoughts.

There’s something about realizing that you’re about to embark on a musical journey that units a tone of gratitude. All of us start the night with a way of belonging, love, and appreciation for each other that you do not usually obtain at a dinner desk.

Introducing others to new experiences is without doubt one of the biggest items you possibly can supply your pals. I’m amazed to see grownups who’re open sufficient to be weak and decide up new melodic devices, with names which can be inconceivable to recollect (it is fairly scary taking part in an instrument that you do not know easy methods to play or pronounce!). In some way, when everybody lets their guard down, the cadence serendipitously comes collectively.

Satirically, regardless that most of us haven’t any drumming expertise, we grow to be so in tune with each other that the tempo we create is completely harmonious, euphoric actually. I all the time finish our classes feeling excessive.

There’s a future for our circle. My aim is to encourage individuals to start eager about buying their very own drums, tambourines, or maracas in order that when the climate will get hotter, and the times are longer, all of us head to the sand and drum the solar to sleep. I envision others who come throughout us being impressed and becoming a member of our rhythmic group. I see this drumming circle increasing right into a wider group. Extra pleasure. Extra love.

Please keep in mind, when you might have some loopy, random thought that you’re truly enthusiastic about – go for it! All it took was me trying to find an teacher who can present devices and manage the occasion. Persons are thirsty for brand new alternatives. The trouble it takes to arrange a brand new expertise for others is minimal, but the return is monumental.

See you on the sand!

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