You may have seen me at the center. I come down from Green Bay on occasion and offer a class here or there. Last summer Kelly was cleaning and preparing the center for guests, for the opening of A Place To Be Spirituality Center. One day I came to give her a hand. Walking into that home, now the center, I felt a sense of safety and a sense that love resided there. I was put at ease. I feel that same sense of comfort each and every time I enter that sacred place. The center has become my home away from home.
This Saturday, May 11th from noon till 2pm, I am coming down with a group of drummers. We are not professionals. When I first joined the group, I knew nothing about drumming, was afraid to try, and couldn’t hold a beat to save my life. The group welcomed me in and taught me a few simple beats. It didn’t take long and I was drumming along with the rest of them. Our drum circle is made up of people from all walks of life and diverse talents.
On Saturday we will teach you a few beats if you are not familiar and invite you to join in at your comfort level. And, if you feel comfortable, you can teach us a few beats! If you have a drum, a flute, a ukulele, a singing bowl, or whatever, you can bring it along. If you don’t, we will have lots of drums and percussion instruments for you to try out. This is a light-hearted group with no agenda except to have fun together.
Drumming is another way to communicate with each other, a sacred song. As we drum our hearts begin to beat together. We naturally join together in community. There are no mistakes or off-beat drummers. Every tap, every breath, every heartbeat contributes to the song!
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I was a drummer back then and I am familiar with what you are talking about. In order for you to make a sound, it has to have a rhythm. You cannot just drum and make sound; you should always make sure that what you create is good and pleasing; something that doesn’t annoy people! At the same time, if there are other drummers with you, you need to make sure that you play the same beat. Or else, the performance and the sound you are trying to create will be ruined which is not good!
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