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Re: [drumcircle-212] I need to clear some stuff

From: Jason 'Tawa' I.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:43 PM
Thanks Tony for offering some clarity and understanding,

To add on to your post. Your message reminded me that our circles need a community of?sounds and people. It is important to remind our community of drummers at Dandelion or wherever that they don't have to only drum and dance. If we find ourselves 'just hanging out' why not pick up a shaker, clave, bells, or even your clapping hands. Let kids play and add their voices to our drums. Try to work in some body percussion, vocal chants or ??. Dandelion has played a huge role in what we have and are talking about in this community (very quickly too). Like Tony and others on this group, I've experienced big fully involved community circles where the rhythm can't be pinned down to one side or section of the circle. Everybody is jamming! As we all get involved and feel the power within the circle our participation will evolve too.

"If you can talk you can sing, If you can walk you can dance"?
-Zimbabwean Proverb

Happy Drumming!

Jason 'Tawa' Isla
Don't stop the Rhythm
[address removed]

On Nov 13, 2007, at 2:22 PM, Tony wrote:

For all my brothers and sisters out there,?I want to clear the air it what I said earlier. I think?it didn't come out right. I mentioned about those who just hangout and not play drums. The players are only part of it. The more dancers and families participating in any way, does make for that sense of community, which to me, is the most important.?I met my wife at a drum circle, she's a belly dancer. I didn't mean to sound like everyone who "hangsout" is?part of the problem, that's not what I meant at all.?
So my appologies to anyone who might have?felt like I excluded them or made them of less importance. A drum circle is about the community, that's it. I didn't feel that when we were all cramped on a sidewalk, but at least someone like the folks at Dandelion Cafe have kept it alive, and I applause them for it.

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