Tag Archive | drumming

The dancing march of rain

It has been an extremely dry summer here this year, and now that we have finally started getting a little rain again these last few weeks, I am finding myself appreciating the rain in a whole new way again. I woke Monday morning to the sound of rain on the glass roof of the sunroom that adjoins my bedroom. Rather than bemoaning the fact that my Monday morning commute would be slower than normal in the rain, I spent a few moments listening and savoring the sound of the gentle patterns of the raindrops on the glass. It’s such a soothing, peaceful sound and a delightful way to wake up.

In that space between sleep and wakefulness, the sound wove itself into dreamlike stories that brought additional delight. The poem below grew out of my listening wonder. Continue reading

Drumming my heartbeat

“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm.” ~ Baba Olatunji

I’ve always been fascinated by drums, especially those that are played with the hands. I can easily be mesmerized by watching people play them, but I’ve never had the chance to try one out myself.

I have recently become quite intrigued with the idea of learning to play a djembe drum after watching a fascinating video about the way that they drums are hand-made in Africa. While visiting a friend of mine today, I had the opportunity to play both a djembe drum and a frame drum for the first time.

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