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Drum With A View.

Drum With A View.
OUR PAST DOESN’T CHANGE. BUT OUR PERSPECTIVE ON EVENTS DOES CHANGE. When people are playing the healing grooves and they are intent on changing their behavior, they shift their point of view on their trauma of the past. This is not an intellectual action. Because the groove moves the body, it is a physical truth that body and mind understand. The belief system is reticent to change but the persuasive groove works on the rigidity that has been brought on by personal insults of all types. In the end, the grooves teach forgiveness, to ourselves, and it uses the heart vibrations to convince the mind to let it go-whatever it is.

Atrophy of Deep Critical Thinking

Atrophy of Deep Critical Thinking
Professor Kleinrock sent the first internet message from UCLA to SRI in 1969. He teaches internet theory, and remarked in the recent doc by Werner Herzog “Lo and Behold”.
“This generation of students lacks the ability for deep critical thinking.” He said, “They can’t understand something that is right in front of them. They have to google it. Its a problem.”
When confronted with a new item, this new mind has a tendency to shut it out, instead of investigating it. The worldwide web has become the receptacle for in-depth critical thinking. The individual does not have to think anymore. So they don’t. People who need rhythmic therapy shy away from the drum. They view their world from a fearful place.

Manifesting Great Things


THE UNIVERSE has an operating system. It is intelligence based on rhythm. When we access this intelligence through the laid back meditative grooves, we get “lucky”. That is the only word that really applies to the grace and good fortune that rains down on us when we drum with the Universe. The challenge is to let go of our “good fortune” and not identify with it. It’s life – Don’t take it personally. When our puny intellect catches a glimpse of the infinite, it usually shuts down. Too much to ponder. But when we go sightseeing in the cosmos with rhythm we are safe and can witness the infinite within a cocoon of coherent energy maintained by the “DownBeat”. This can happen with traditional African drumming if the players are willing to participate instead of compete. Same with Afro Cuban. The rhythms pump the player up and ego gets in the way of the download of universal inspirational insight. That is why after 60 years of drumming and teaching I still use the basic three pattern and the basic four pattern. These are familiar to our cultural mix and work as eternal highways to consciousness. Here’s hoping we don’t get lost along the way.

All folks need rhythmic nutrition

All folks need rhythmic nutrition
Its just like food. But more. Movement and rhythm are the basic building blocks of life. Using them, generates them. Rhythm generates movement. Movement generates rhythm. Being within that cycle assures us that we are on the upward climb toward consciousness. It is about bringing intention to movement. Life blooms on its own, but we bring consciousness to the event of life. And it is a circus too, hence the drum.

Jimi on Drums

Chaz Chandler, organ player from The Animals, brought Jimi to London. Got him hooked up with management and started putting a band together.The British scene had sterilized the blues. Jimi ‘sat in’ at the Bag O’ Nails with Cream and blew Clapton off the stage. The word was out. Jimi was a real live authentic African/American (referred to as Negro in the English press), Blues guitarist. He scored the British military jacket on Carnaby Street. It was a red flag to the police. He caught some flak wearing it out, accompanied by his white girlfriend. Jimi knew what he wanted in a drummer. There were lots of auditions. Aynsley Dunbar was a great British Rock drummer, heavy and strong with orchestra fills. But he played without the loose, jazzy blues swing that Jimi needed behind his rhythmic guitar extrapolations. He demonstrated a swing feel on kit. Jimi playing relaxed and smooth, in control. Aynsley was the best, but a bit stiff. Jimi settled on Mitch Mitchel who had been a jazz drummer in London. He could swing. The rest is history.

Turgouise July 4 on Montana Ave

This is the last 12 copies of the second printing of the first book, “Drumming the Spirit to Life”

This is the last 12 copies of the second printing of the first book, “Drumming the Spirit to Life” If you want a signed copy.

Happy Father’s Day Lt. Commander Russell S. Helm