Muse Power: How Recreational Music Making Heals Depression and Other Symptoms of Modern Culture (Authors Note, page 1 of 2)


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It is important for me to be clear, that I, in no way, claim to be an expert on any particular form of traditional drum and dance culture, music or musicology. My interest has always been rooted in personal expression, creativity and the creation of something as yet unformed, something that lies in our future more than our past. I feel that the ancient cultures and traditions have much to teach us, AND there is a call to create something that works for our culture NOW in this whacky western modern world. My interest lies in discovering where we, as westerners, are now, what may have contributed to getting us here, and how to move from this place into a deeper understanding of ourselves thru music, expression and community. I have taken the time to learn rhythmical foundations, basic skills, fundamentals of etiquette, technique and expression, and have applied those basic principles to the work I do now with drum, dance, and transformational alchemy thru community music. I proclaim to be nothing more than myself and know there is much to learn. I realize fully that there will be many facets that are not touched on in this book!

The intention of writing this is threefold: one is simply to share my experiences and the experiences of others in relation to the mysterious openings and transformations that are possible through drumming, dancing and rhythmical expressions. Another is to explore the deep call that we all have to be together in ways that modern culture doesn't really seem to provide space for by looking at Music Making as one of the ways that have been pushed aside, devalued and substituted by bars, nightclubs and "Performance" based and/or commercial music and the third is to offer insight into how to overcome our fears and "I can't do it" programming around the sacred and magical play of music making in all it's forms and to bring it into our lives as a daily practice.

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