Monday, July 28, 2008

Time to be In the Moment Again

In The Moment, originally uploaded by biffybeans.

Later this week, for the 3rd year in a row, I'll be heading to Loretto, PA to participate in Jim Donovan's Rhythm Renewal Workshop.

Jim Donovan was the drummer and one of the founding members of the band Rusted Root. Having moved on from Rusted Root, Jim now teaches music at St Francis University in Loretto, PA. He also travels locally to teach drumming workshops that are centered around world percussion and the djembe.

I've lost count of how many of his workshops I've attended. My favorite is a workshop called "The Yoga of Drum and Chant", which uses simple drum patterns and vocal toning (chanting) to help you find your center, balance your energies, and to be more in the moment. I've taken so much from his teachings and have applied them to my every day life. It's really good, good stuff.

I did this painting last year, during one of the amazing faculty jam sessions at Rhythm Renewal. I had taken a small palette of watercolors and a waterbrush and did this piece in a 4x6 sketch pad.
(That's Jim on the right playing conga)

Truly "In the Moment"

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