"They be comin'" Delores assured us with her signature smile, "you jus wait". She sipped her Kalik.
A couple hours later they arrived - about ten of them - in a cloud of tambourines, saws, drums, maracas, cowbells and silverware.
Suddenly the bar was filled with smiling faces, greeting one another, shaking hands and handing out instruments to anyone who didn't have one. There was a cacophony of noise while everyone got acquainted with their tools when suddenly the bongos started going. Slowly at first, to get everyone on the same page, then faster and faster. Rat a tat. Rat a tat. Rat a tat tat tat.
Then the big drum started beating. Bum...bum bum. Bum...bum bum. Deep and resonating, this drum carried the beat.
In no time the cowbells chimed in, then the maracas, then the saw-scraping and the tambourines....Before we knew it we were all letting go, dancing wildly to the beat and letting the rhythm take over.
And take over it did.
If you have ever experienced a drum circle, you know what I mean. The music fills your heart, your body and your soul. You become almost entranced with the beat. If you are able to set yourself and your ego free you will begin to stomp and sway and dance like no one is watching. You can look around and see the people who 'get' it. You can see they are free. The ones who don't, well, they stand out. Their egos get in the way and block their ability to let go.
It is an amazing feeling, and an amazing sight to behold. People in an almost primal state. People being taken away by music.
There is something special about tribal music and drum circles - it is so raw, so simple and so profound. They tap into the very vibrations of the Universe and the world, and suddenly - everyone who is taking part becomes as one. Endorphins are flying, adrenaline is pumping and the music begins to take a life all on it's own. Everyone becomes one with rhythm, the rhythm of life.
- Excerpt from Rick Cormier's "Drum Circle"A dozen soulsTogether for a dozen reasonsHeaded for a dozen destinationsYet we travel as One.Supporting one anotherwithout a word
Building something of beautyand energyand spiritthat not one of uscould have conceived.Ending each piece with laughter...or with silence.Feeling so alive,and in the moment,and so connected.
After the drumming finished, Kaye (Delores' daughter) brought out a meal of stew and coconut rice for all to share. They charged nothing for this. Such is the beauty of this place and these people. There is nothing like filling your belly after filling your soul!
Brittany & Scott