Drummers on Drumming

A good groove releases adrenaline in your body. You feel uplifted, you feel centered, you feel calm, you feel powerful. You feel that energy. That's what good drumming is all about. ~ Mickey Hart

Rhythm is the soul of life. ~ Babatunde Olatunji

My mission in life is to help people rediscover and explore the deep relationship with the rhythmical universe that permeates every aspect of our lives. ~ Arthur Hull

Sound is power and the first sound we hear is the pulse of our mother's blood. No sound has a more powerful effect on our consciousness. Drumming is the musical expression of this primal power. Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific energy formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming form an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing. ~ Layne Redmond

In many cultures there is a belief that the sound of the drum actually rearranges matter and spirit on the atomic level - correcting imbalances in emotion by bringing to the surface those feelings that require release. It is not surprising then that the drum has been the tool of the Shaman for all time ~ Robin Adnan Anders

I told people I was a drummer before I even had a set, I was a mental drummer. ~ Keith Moon

Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that's what we are. ~ Mickey Hart

Drumming, dancing , singing, and the art of ritual have been used by "rhythmacultures" all over the world as ways of celebrating community and energizing the spirits of those communities ~ Arthur Hull

Percussion is like walking through the forest. You can't possibly see it all, there are endless possibilities of what you can do. ~ John Bergamo

Everyone's a drummer. ~ Michael Taylor

Groove has a relationship to the whole area of trance, repetition, meditation and hypnosis. One view is that by repeating things beyond a certain point, the listener`s mind is forced to jump off to a new place. But rhythm goes very deep at instinctive level too, and has become increasingly an antidote for me to excess infomation. Losing myself in playing a hand drum gives me a route to shedding all the clutterings and clammerings of a world over-rich with media, and finding a more wholesome space. ~ James Asher

Drum circles create physical vibrations that relax the body. They also massage the heart and the emotions. ~ Arthur Hull

We are surrounded by rhythm. The seasons, the migration of the animals, the rising and setting of the sun, all patterns of rhythm found in nature. One primal rhythm we humans all share is experienced before birth, through the heartbeat of our mother. This may be why drumming... has continued to address something that is integral and held deep within us, a universal rhythm at the center of the human spirit. ~ Mickey Hart

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