Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Drumming Circle

D and I had a new experience last week. We went to a Drumming Circle. Total fun.

There were about 12 of us, sitting on chairs in a circle. Lots of different types of drums were available for us to choose, and even other kinds of percussion instruments, and a native American flute. At the back of the room were some large pretty scarves and ribbons and a huge gong. (Oh, that gong was absolutely Amazing. The vibration went from the tip of my toes to the top of my head!)

The guy who welcomed us was the leader (even though he said there was no leader), and he started us off by playing a huge drum--deep, low tones. Just random beats and we all followed suit with our own random beats that all seemed to echo the main beat, it seemed to me....
...Several crescendos that arose on their own...
...then it would die down again...
...get chaotic...
....come into a new kind of syncopated rhythm...
....over and over again....
....and finally everything just got quiet and that was the end of that "song."

Drumming. It's a heartbeat of life, and I FELT it!

We repeated that about 4 times in 90 minutes. We were free to use different instruments whenever we were moved to do so. I played several styles of drums, plus a neat percussion instrument from Vietnam. And once toward the end I even got up and took one of those huge long ribbons and swirled it around and danced to the beat.

I tell ya, I'm getting FREE in my old age!

5 comments:

Jiff said...

Sounds positively awesome!

Rev SS said...

Oh, you lucky person! ... that's one thing I've wanted to do for a long time ... this reminds me to get it on the priority list!

mompriest said...

that sounds just fabulous...really!

is said...

drumming has a connection with the core of mother earth; it is the heartbeat of the universe--life itself. yea for you to allow your body to participate in the natural flow of the vibrations--the energy of light...

C. said...

That was fun to share a drumming evening with you! I felt daring when I chose a red scarf, flung it into the air, and ran with it. It was good to "join the dance" with you and the Lord of the Dance! You are breaking free, girl!! CCW