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Burn the Damn Stage Already

Posted by Wolf Murphy on

so the question was 
what can i do about the “rock star drummers” 
at such and such event? 

and my answer was, 
don’t invite ‘em. 

before you get all up in my business about that 
there’s some things i want to point out. 

SO: 

there’s two reasons to 
try 
and play lead on drums. 

One is to exalt the community,
the other
is to exalt the ego.

there’s two reasons to
try
and facilitate a drum circle.

One is to exalt the community,
the other
is to exalt the ego.

A lead drummer exalting the community
listens
and finds a way to play
“between the cracks”
in the community
composite
rhythm. The lead
is in respectful conversation
with
and commentary on
all the diverse parts. The
community then
feels
heard, and listened
and spoken to!

A lead drummer playing for ego
plays whatever the hell it wants
as fast as it wants
on top
of every
body

and lets the community try to keep up
and
yes truly
believes this
is in service
of that community
because of all the flailing energy
they’re spewing out. 

Ego
needs
audience! 

a self-appointed-rock-star
lead drummer
playing for ego actually
needs
the community to
stop
participating, and to watch
what’s happening on stage.

Were you ever in one of those
codependant
things where your
expression
was actually not
relevant
to that particular friend
or partner?

And

A facilitator exalting the community
gets the community
playing from each heart
creating from each heart
and expressing from each heart
and leading from every glorious
individual heart.
A facilitator exalting the community
is working to get
every
other
soul
into the center of that circle. 

Music is about emotion.
Community is about emotion.
Psychoneuroimmunology
is about emotion. 

Emotion is about being heard and
in this community we
are all equals . . . or
we are not in this community.

A facilitator exalting the community
plays
to get everyone
else
heard.

A facilitator leading from ego
stands in the center of the circle
and tells everyone
what to do
what to play
when to play
when to clap—creating just a different kind
of audience, a different kind
of stage.

A conversation
is not a performance;

and a performance
is not a conversation.

Community music
is inclusive:
There is no stage
because
there is no audience
because
there are no rock stars
because
that shit is SO beside the point,
SO misses the point.

Communion can not exist
without equality.

 

Burn the damn stage.


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4 comments

  • Well said, I too do not always accomplish this but do see it and strive to be better and lead from the heart.

    Jesse Rogers on
  • Amen Wolf! Well written and a great message! Thank you. I think if ego demands there to be a stage, then that stage should be thought of as Mother Earth and drumming to the audience of Father Sky. ‘Exalting the community’ only brings us back to the primal sense of tribe. Unique, unrehearsed, and to paraphrase you, a ‘communion of equality’ in unison – this raises the energy as one voice to be heard by creation.

    Tony Damian on
  • Leave your ego at the door. Drum circle is about creating community, an expression of joy by and for the community. Many minds and many souls making one sound.

    Sean Richards on
  • What a stunning piece of writing with a stunning message. No need to be a drummer to benefit from this wisdom. Keep em coming.

    Linda Sacha on

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