drumming as an art form
Performance Art was a definition that I could use to get back to playing musical instruments. My critical mind held me back for so long, making judgements about my playing ability. I am free of that paralyzing mindset now, for the most part, but it still can creep back in to my creative flow and insinuate doubt in my creative process. At least now, I can identify when that critical mind intrusion is taking place and make an attitude adjustment. This enables me to push on with the making of the art. The act of drumming, steady and relaxed in a laid back groove sends a message to the critical mind; “Stay out of the way.” Of course the critical mind does not take orders. But with the meditation grooves, the intellect is soothed down to a level of acceptance. By slowing the tempo, the critical mind believes that everything is safe, so it can change.