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Expanded Cognitive Functioning

Extended Cognitive Functioning

I have noticed that I can do more things with my left hand on the piano than I used to.
Our assumptions are that as we “age” our cognitive abilities slow down. But in a musician’s world, the talent excels up until the musician dies. That is providing that the culture and psychological are in a somewhat ideal state of cooperation. That does not mean that said musician will receive just compensation. My point is, that the part of my brain that has been controlling my left hand has changed. I can now do moving bass lines with a rhythmic contour that generates a swing or funk, or soul or country, or even blues. Primarily New Orleans bass lines. It started with finding a documentary on Allen Toussaint, the world renowned New Orleans composer, producer with numerous hits in his catalog of funkiness. I saw his left hand move on the keyboard, showing the light touch and solid groove that came from his fingers. It made sense to me in a different way. I wanted to try to play like that. Cathy’s niece was in from Canada and expressed an interest in “Southern music”. So I googled and Allen’s Documentary came up. Since watching the whole thing I have been amazed at how my left has wakened up. It’s as if I finally got the groove down into my left hand. The other reason I may have had this expanding cognitive functioning in my left hand and as a result, my brain controlling my left hand, the belief system that is controlling my left hand. Fear that was controlling my left hand. As I conduct more drumming therapy sessions I am learning about rhythm as a healing medium. I see the grooves help myself and many others. But what intrigues me is the expansion of our consciousness and cognitive functioning through a basic language of rhythm. This healing rhythm is helping us to grow and evolve.

Breakthrough performance workshop

Jan Pulver (aka Mick) My high school rock band bass player(Those Five) got me to play in his therapeutic musical breakthrough seminar down in Carslbad, CA. These folks had never sung or performed in front of a crowd. It was a heartwarming event. Each person sang a song by themselves. Great fun.

Holding Fast.

Holding Fast.

Combat Veterans are coming to the drum. They are being called by something that has no name. It has no political agenda.

“Hold Fast, Soldier!”  Has been The Brass’s intentions all along. From the Beginning. The plans of the generals would not be carried out if the soldiers did not hold steady. Wait for the command.

Then when the commitment is made the extreme of letting go is dominant while still trying to remain in control through all the fear.

When warriors come back to the drum, and find their own ability to hold steady, there will be peace. From acceptance.

Stress of holding steady under duress creates a backlog of stress-delayed stress. This then comes out in odd moments where the stress is expressed unexpectedly. Often unobserved by the person themselves. They are used to functioning on a high level of stress.

So by drumming “back in the Pocket” -late to the downbeat, the system finds a way to express and release stress in a relaxed groove.

History of the Groove Book first printing

History of the Groove front coverYou can crowd fund the first edition printing and get a personally dedicated copy sent to you.



History of the Groove now taking orders

God Bless Ralph Stanley RIP

happy birthday Taryn

Afgan Star singer Setara

“Rock the Kasbah” movie with Bill Murray about Setara Hussainzada who defied the Taliban by Dancing and Singing on Afgan TV

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31 years of growing the groove at Seasons