And the beat goes on…

It’s an ugly yucky day.  To cheer myself up I decided to go through my favorites on youtube.  Which had me thinking about music – to quote myself:

We are music. The first sounds we hear are music – the beating of our mother’s heart; of our own. The low notes – we hear them first. Warm, dark, comforting. Rhythm – babies love the rhythm – rock them and they are soothed; swing them gently back and forth; our earliest memories, our first memories, are musical – rhythm and melody. The beat of the heart, the melody of the movement of the fluid we float in…our first memories. We share these memories, tho different rhythms and different melodies, and sing out to each other – hear me, hear my music.

Listen – the world is never silent, nor are we. Clear your mind and then listen – can you hear your song? Can you hear mine?” (Music is Magic)

The first music crush I had was Gene Krupa, wild and crazy Krupasmooth and swinging, jazzy Krupa. Doesn’t get much better than that, for me.

I once said I didn’t have blood in my veins, I had beat. The drums, they always talked to me.

I love a good  Drumline – I’ve seen this movie more times than I count.  I love the music and I love the emotion.

For sheer mind-boggling precision and percussion then we need to go to Basel, Switzerland, yes, that’s right, Switzerland.  Get a load of The Top Secret Drum Corps. Wowzie, right?

For some wild and wooly drumming let’s pop over to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Clanadonia.  I have the clip starting at 7:07 minutes in – it’s primal!

For those of you who like your music quiet and meditative then we go back to Native American drums – this will get inside your head or shamanic drumming with flutes – this is so calming and peaceful.

So – the beat goes on. The beat is. The beat is what we hear first. And it is the beat that will always talk to us – be it either a shout or a whisper.

Dance to your own beat, only your heart knows.

9 thoughts on “And the beat goes on…

    1. Ah, another Drumline fan! I think it’s a really good movie and, of course, love the drumline segments. And yes, isn’t the Top Secret Drum Corps amazing – there are videos where they ‘duel’ with other drum corps – if you like precision drumming they are so fun to watch.

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  1. The Drumline guys are mesmerizing! I can’t imagine choreographing all that with all those drummers but it certainly works. I like the sound of Native American drums maybe because I’m a member of a Native American tribe – Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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    1. Did you mean “Drumline” the movie or The Top Secret Drum Corps? Native American drumming is very different from other drumming I think. I’m sure there are war drum beats but all of what I have ever heard were softer drums and very hypnotic beats. I did not know you were Native American – I took a quick look at the web site for the Potawatomi. I’ve heard the name but know little about them.


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