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Rhythm & Life

Central to all music is rhythm- the pattern of regular or irregular pulses. This is extends beyond music and into nature. The movement of tides in the ocean are essentially, rhythmic. The activity of the solar and planetary system can also be considered rhythmic, on a much larger scale.

Your eyes blink, your heart beats, your legs walk, the patter of raindrops, the flow of a brook, the clock's tick- all rhythm. Rhythm is the skeleton of music. That skeleton only makes a complete body when the flesh and blood of melody and harmony have been added.

Rhythm is a physical stimulus; it's the response of a reflexive action, and it's entirely natural. A child's first attempts at making music consists of beating on something (hopefully that something is inexpensive and can be easily replaced).

The rhythm element of music is just as natural as rain, breath, and any other involuntary force on this beautiful earth. Essentially, rhythm, and ultimately music, are just as indigenous as the anticipated change of the four seasons: timed, natural, beautiful.


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