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Drumming With Words

Greg J. Stone | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Greg J. Stone

I have what famed Cream drummer Ginger Baker calls the "gift of time." I'm not bragging, by any means. It's just that I have always had an instinctive ability to keep a beat -- at least at the level of an amateur drummer.

The Magic of Taiko for American Audiences

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Steve Mariotti

A few months ago I had the privilege of introducing readers to Kudo, a Japanese drum ensemble whose enduring sounds have performed for over 30 years and today counts 100 talented performers in its troupe.

Drumming Improves Quality of Life in Many Ways

Rose Caiola | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rose Caiola

I found that drumming tapped into the beat of my heart; it reminded me of hearing my child's heartbeat while in my womb. The beat of the drum slowly became hypnotic, my body began to move rhythmically along with it, and within moments I was transported to another place in time. It was peaceful, calming.

Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

Tim Ward | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Tim Ward

In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, Honey in the River, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman.

A Passionate Rhythm of Right Work: Meet World-Class Drummer, Barbara Borden

Leni Miller | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
Leni Miller

When we are truly in our right work, there is a powerful and passionate rhythm to our work. We are in synchronicity with the most basic and personal beat that comes from our hearts. Barbara Borden is a woman and world-class professional drummer, and definitely, in her right work!

Five on the Floor: Simplicity, Drums & Whiplash

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

There's groove, and drums that range from Bozzio big to DeJohnette diminutive, but let's check out some simple playing. Here are five of my favorite drum fills, elements which fit outside of the song's beat and are not orchestrated with other instruments.

Talking 'Bout the Skins: An Interview With Legendary Drummer Billy Kilson

Phil Simon | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

I can think of no drummer that engages his audience better than Billy Kilson. Sure, the guy's got massive chops, but the man works the crowd like a skilled frontman.

Birdman and Why Antonio Sanchez Deserves an Oscar Nomination

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 03.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Films are evolving thanks to visionary artists -- seems like just yesterday Dorothy was stunned by technicolor. Time for the Academy to dust off their bones and realize it.

Whiplash -- "Svengali Porn" -- An Essay

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

I remain, a week following the experience of Whiplash (the picture can't just be watched), flummoxed. Awash in critical praise, Whiplash has definitely hit a chord with many people, but I ask what the director, Damien Chazelle, was actually going for in his "masterwork."

Here Is How I Get in Trouble

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Fred Waitzkin

When I'm deep into a writing project, sweating and excited by the flow of sentences and images, I may slip in a quick peek at my iPhone. Then I turn...

Can Playing Polyrhythms Give Birth to Polymaths?

Christopher Norris | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

I can't speak for every drummer, but for me the process of drumming enables creativity and helps me foster innovation and advance thought-leadership. Studies show that drumming produces deeper self awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity.

Mickey Hart's Love Song to Jersey Shore Supports Sandy Survivors

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Mickey Hart's childhood memories of the Jersey Shore inspired him to write a benefit song (HERE) for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and it's coming in a ...

Spilled Milk: Strangers on a Train

William Lucas Walker | Posted 10.04.2012 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

In the playground of that bond shared only with a grandparent, the kids we imagine we know find ways of revealing aspects of themselves they can't with us, in the safety of a gaze we're not yet wise enough to cast.

Gathering Of Nations Brings 500 Tribes Together

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion

(Fixes spelling of MacDonald in 19th paragraph) By Zelie Pollon ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 28 (Reuters) - Tomé Roubideaux...

WATCH: Music Student Turns Vacant High School Into Instrument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

When it comes to creation, there is never really a right time or place; what it takes is initiative. Music student Ben Meyers proves this with his im...

7,000 Miles to the Beat of his Own Drum

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

As Iraq War veteran Troy Yocum walks toward Indianapolis today, two weeks into a journey that will take many months, he carries with him three items...