Why I serve the drumming/dancing communities...
When I started drumming I found two distinct communities exploring the power of rhythm and dance. The first was inspired by the magical trance states made possible through sound and movement. These included rainbow circles, pagan rituals, and healing experiences. The second was driven by the artistry and performance of exotic music and dance. Here the traditions of the Middle-East, Africa, Japan, and early (native) America were studied and celebrated.
Most people seemed to align with one community or the other, focusing on the qualities of their experience which the other groups lacked. However, some (like myself) were compelled to understand both worlds of drumming, their respective benefits, and the people exploring them. Each world approached this amazing phenomenon from opposite ends of the spectrum. And so, I created two separate networks to help focus these communities, yet allow individuals like myself to remain active with both.
In these few years, I've realized great success in my efforts. The two email announcement services I moderate, Drumming Spirit and Ethnic Rhythms, currently support hundreds of area drummers and dancers each. Through them, any interested person can easily find dozens of circles, performances, workshops, and other meaningful opportunities to participate in and follow their specific interests. Through careful moderation of these lists, I ensure timeliness, accuracy, and relevance. By distributing simple and generalized guides for group drumming, I've helped hundreds of new drummers start with a basic understanding of etiquette, openness, and--most importantly--encouragement.
My greatest success, by and far, is all the wonderful people I have connected with. This is what drives me to do this! The greatest people I know, I've discovered in building these networks. These same people have shaped my life and shared with me my most incredible experiences. I have been shy my entire life. Without this, I would have never glimpsed the true nature of music or dance, much less what it really means to connect with another person and give life to such magic. In serving these communities, I serve myself.