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Old 04-05-2012, 11:54 PM
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I'm sure it happens to you.
Shut out the outside world. Immersion.

Sometimes going through the songs, may just be that, going through...

Other times there are grandiose movements, great tension building, an eventual release of energy/emotion from the kit/myself/the band/the music.

There have been times where before the , let's call it ritualized cleansing, I am wound up tight, frustrated, bewildered.

There are moments in , "the moment," as it were, where I might forget I was playing, be so enthralled with the emotion the music gives, it's almost autopilot.
Next thing I know I just did something without thinking, it was amazing and I am glad I recorded it. People that hear the recording will say exactly what I was expressing through my second language.

Those moments where up is down, blue is green, and your movingt he Earth with your sound, you might move someone else, and yourself and possibly along the way, shed some skin.

Sometimes my drums are therapy. Like a cleansing of sorts, maybe a primative shamanistic journey into my subconcious that I'll take all you with me.

Transcend into moments of epiphany.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:10 AM
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What I am saying is that sometimes drums are better than any medicine under the sun for reliquishing myself of negativity, other than my sons smile, either of them.

Sometimes it might be similar to a fugue state where you know you played it, but it seems liek it may have come from a hidden part of yourself, or even a part that may have not known existed inside you. Maybe using your vulnerability, or raw aggression to heighten your experience , losing yourself in it, letting inhibitions go.
Letting all the technical stuff go, stop thinking about playing, play and be moved to the point of feeling you beat a "problem" top death.
You worked it out of you.

I tend to think people often play the blues for other people. The distillation of the feeling that a listener gets from someone plying the blues for "them," and feeling better afterwards, ont he part of the listener.

Imagine your the listener and your heart/emotion guide you. My drums are my shrink.

When the psychologist asks you if you fell better since a weight has lifted or you moved on from something, and instead of a person being the role of the psychologist, your drums are your Jung or Freud.

More than just keeping time, playing notes on a page, drums have been used from ancient times to heal, cleanse, and also to bring joy. They were used in a societal perspective to greet other tribes, to celebrate, or to focus on a certain subject that is wanted. Like bringing rain for example.

If you bring us into a non primative state, we don't play music for all those respects in our society.

But the primative nature of drumming, and gaining a new cleansed perspective can happen and take you to another place, if you let it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:18 AM
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When I busted my leg a few years ago and had to have a titanium rod put in - I lost all my power and a lot of muscle tone and mass as I was recuperating.

I went to one session of PT.. it sucked. The dude was a clown.

I went home, continued to work with the bands and applied a very healthy amount of kick-drum therapy to get mobility back into my ankle.

Worked great - slow and steady.

Best therapy ever. Dr was knocked out at how I recovered and loved the resistance of the kick pedal and its positive effect on my mobility.

Drums ARE therapy.

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I have always looked at the drums as my haven. My place where nothing else and no one else can bother me. It's my happy place. You bet its therapy.
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I have always looked at the drums as my haven. My place where nothing else and no one else can bother me. It's my happy place. You bet its therapy.
I couldn't agree more Joe, but my story goes beyond even that. I suffered some terrible health issues about 5 years ago. My heart electrics screwed up, equating to several resuscitation episodes & surgery procedures over a period of a year or so. During the same period, I was diagnosed with a spinal tumour (thankfully benign, although still very damaging), & the prognosis was not good. I was in a very dark place.

I decided to adopt a "1 finger up" approach to the whole deal, & a big part of that was taking up drumming again, much against the doctor's advice. As I watched others figuratively curl up in a corner & let it wash over them, then subsequently perish, I went from strength to strength. Drumming again was a huge part of that, & certainly the catalyst that stitched the components of my new attitude together.

Is it a step too far to suggest drumming saved my life? I don't think it is, & this forum community has had a part to play in that too. So thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, & the bottom of my spine :)
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I agree- part of why I am so obsessed. Nothing like an hour of drumming to help with a hangover (really- not kidding- with earplugs of course) or to calm the nerves and relax the mind after a long day at work.


Perfect combination of physical exercise and mental focus to put the whole body back in balance.
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Drums (and running) are the best drugs I know of. No harmful deadly side effects. DON'T ask your doctor about them, they'll be clueless. Better yet, fire your doctor. Buy more drums.
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Its what gets me through the darkest times in my life
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This is exactly why I posted this thread. Whether from physical ailments or mental.

It is similar to martial arts in the way it helps me focus and no distractions, pure energy.
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I can't think of a better topic for my first post on this forum!

There is an excellent book by the jazz pianist Kenny Werner called Effortless Mastery. He articulates very well the joys of playing from a meditative relaxed, state. I've found that my best musical experiences are never attached to the thoughts "okay, I'm going to try to do a new fill now that'll sound really cool." It's about truly accepting and loving every single note that comes out of you. And when you play with that state of mind, music IS your true self. Just let go, and enjoy...
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I can't think of a better topic for my first post on this forum!

There is an excellent book by the jazz pianist Kenny Werner called Effortless Mastery. He articulates very well the joys of playing from a meditative relaxed, state. I've found that my best musical experiences are never attached to the thoughts "okay, I'm going to try to do a new fill now that'll sound really cool." It's about truly accepting and loving every single note that comes out of you. And when you play with that state of mind, music IS your true self. Just let go, and enjoy...
Heck yeah ceiling holes.

@keepitsimple, damn. Glad you made it out of that my drumming compadre. I may never meet you but I'll raise my virtual glass, glad your here...That is quite a story.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:58 PM
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When I busted my leg a few years ago and had to have a titanium rod put in - I lost all my power and a lot of muscle tone and mass as I was recuperating.

I went to one session of PT.. it sucked. The dude was a clown.

I went home, continued to work with the bands and applied a very healthy amount of kick-drum therapy to get mobility back into my ankle.

Worked great - slow and steady.

Best therapy ever. Dr was knocked out at how I recovered and loved the resistance of the kick pedal and its positive effect on my mobility.

Drums ARE therapy.

:-D


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I've had a similiar experience. For years I've dealt with foot tendonitis as a result of plantar fasciitis. Short version is tendon inflammation issues that resulted from being a runner who is flat-footed. I would have to take 20 minute ice-water foot baths about 4-5 days a week to keep the swelling and pain in check.

So for years I'd put off getting into the drums as pedal stomping sounded like a bad idea that would only compound my issues. Could not have been more wrong. Been playing about 2 months and my feet are stronger than they have been in years. I'm down to 1 icing session a week and scratching my head that playing drums has literally enchanced the physical quality of my life.

Talked to my podiatrist and he theorizes the more regular blood flow and keeping the tendons active have strengthened my feet without the pounding of running.

Now, I can tell my wife I HAVE to go out and hit the drum shed because it's good for me!
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This post reminded me of something LA Music Academy did a few years back. They used to hold a therapeutic drum clinic for children with special needs once a year where they had all kinds of percussion instruments the kids could readily play. Some notable drummers like Vinny C and Todd Sucherman had given of their time to talk to and entertain the kiddies as well as the adults there. I just remember seeing a lot of smiling faces from the kids when they heard the sounds they were making.

Good article here as well about the subject.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...-special-needs

Drumming, it's what the doctor ordered.
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What a great post and great input from all you guys!

My story is not as touching as KIS's, but one that probably several people on this forum have experienced in one way or another. For years I fell into in the rut of "go to work, come home, have dinner, get kids' homework done, watch an hour of TV, go to bed, repeat..." with very little musical activity other than picking up my bass guitar every once in a blue moon. I felt depressed deep down inside, wondering if I would ever be in a band and experience the joy of performing again. You know when you have the passion and itch for playing, it is hard to ignore it. Then I met a few cool guys at an open mic I was at just to watch and ended up in not one but two bands! Now all that depressed feeling is gone. My whole outlook in life is better. I do my job and family responsibilities with renewed vigor. I feel in heaven during rehearsals and gigs. After a 3 hour gig, I want to keep playing! So yeah, whether it is drums or bass, I am a much happier guy when I am involved in a musical situation.
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I started playing in 1964.
I got sick of the smoky bars and late nights and quit playing in 1998.
Except for a dozen or so days in the recording studio, I would not play for 13 years.

MY BIG MISTAKE.

After the daughter went to college, we were cleaning out her room......................................when we got that done my wife suggested that I might want to "set the drums up in there".

HER BIG MISTAKE.

She was talking about the 1977 Gretsch set up in the attic; I decided to buy a new set and set them up in there.

Bottom line : I play drums for me.
I work on the songs and the drills that I want to work on.

Most definitely my therapy.............and it is very helpful.

This is a great thread; my thanks to paistemage for starting this.
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I She was talking about the 1977 Gretsch set up in the attic; I decided to buy a new set and set them up in there.
Sooo....about the '77 Gresch set in the attic...I have a perfect new home for it if it's lonely. Just let me know ;)
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I must say this is an excellent thread - paistemage!

Drums are a magnificent blessed therapeutic healing. Drums have a true impact on us "human beings" from different points of view, aspects and living experiences. In my personal case: They (drums) help me to release all that head pressure and body stress from a wearing daily work routine...Drums set me free in mind and heart!
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In '08 I had cancer surgery and had severe complications which caused be to be in ICU (where I nearly died twice) for two months, a step down unit for a month and a rehab hospital for a month. While in the rehab hospital I had a visit by many therapists including a music therapist. When she found out I was a drummer she produce a practice pad and a pair of stick and she played piano while I accompanied her on the practice pad. It helped me with the incentive to get well enough to get out of there and back to life and music. I am back and have been cancer free for over two years and have recovered enough to get back to playing and giging. I credit that music therapist with helping me on the road to recovery.
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Thanks for sharing, guys. We all go through "stuff" at some stage.

I think the arts in general are therapeutic - they are all so bottomless that there's always new things to learn. Living with and caring for a sick, elderly parent, if I didn't have drums and other arts my life would be pretty bleak and empty.

Drums are fun, stimulating, empowering, and they keep the circulation going, plus scientists talk about doubling alpha brainwaves and inducing states similar to those experienced in meditation. Being in the flow is the best feeling.
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Wow - Andy and Zickos - you're situations have been intense and am glad you've both pulled through....

Drums are therapy for me as well... For the time I'm practicing/playing - all my outside problems disappear. It still have the joy like when I first picked up a stick when I was a kid.

Sadly, I think some (if not many) drummers and probably many other musicians I think lose that sense of joy over time.

Some people I know won't touch a stick if they are not playing with a band or recording something. For me, I truly enjoy the hard work in practicing alone as much (if not more) than playing with others.

There's no other thing that is like it in my life, so to me they are indeed therapy. Without them, my life would be drastically different.
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I must say this is an excellent thread - paistemage!

Drums are a magnificent blessed therapeutic healing. Drums have a true impact on us "human beings" from different points of view, aspects and living experiences. In my personal case: They (drums) help me to release all that head pressure and body stress from a wearing daily work routine...Drums set me free in mind and heart!
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I love this thread. When I was young I needed an outlet that friends couldn't provide. I had to beat on something to fight the emptiness and frustration that I felt but could not verbalize. I needed an identity. I had to find something I could do and love. I knew that there was a drummer inside of me and through a lot of just me and the kit practices, I found my best friend, the drumset. After that, my friends came to see a new Phil.

They came to hear my bands play and it was all good. To make them dance and party and go out of their way to see these bands was very emotional to me.

Drumming changed the trajectory of my life.

Years later, another band playing a packed club. On break I went to the bar for a coke. Some guy was giving me shit. The bartender came over and said, back off pal, that's the drummer!

Yeah, I'm the drummer. It's what I am..
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Maybe that's why I'm in such a good mood all the time. I have group therapy sessions a couple times a week and individual therapy sessions a few times a week. I get paid for the group therapy sessions, bonus!
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Indeed, therapy ... for the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.
In '83, I had a bad motorcycle wreck .... broke both the bones in my right calf (and other stuff, too). Doctor told me, flat out, between being a mailman (walking 11 miles a day) and being a drummer .... my well developed calf muscles were what kept my leg together, even though I had a compound fracture. It could have been much worse.
When my first long term relationship (of 11 years) ended ... I set up my drums in my living room. Called up a bass player and a guitarist, and we jammed for 2 years there. Excellent therapy. For me. Maybe not so much for some of the neighbors.
An now, my most current "situation" 2 total hip replacements. And once again ..... drums as therapy.
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excellent thread, man. the stories i have read here are awe inspiring to say the least. glad to see good things happening to good people for once!!

i grew up in a dysfunctional household, and endured verbal and physical abuse from my parent and my brother (beyond brother-on-brother rowdiness and the perpetual contest for dominance). my mom was intensely overbearing, yet apathetic or wrathful when i would come to her about personal problems at home, school, or whatever. i had low self esteem, didn't talk to girls or make friends easily, i suffered extended periods of depression. my mother would become furious about these bouts of melancholy, resulting in further verbal and corporal reprimand. she would take me from shrink to shrink, staying only with the ones who agreed with her. i spent much of my youth combatting thoughts of self harm (never acting on them). due to the punishment i endured at home for disclosing any issues, i avoided seeking outside help. fortunately, i had a sharp sense of humor that managed to stay intact along with a keen talent in music, and was valued by many of my teachers. so when i got my first drum set (tama rockstar, year 2000), i shook the cursed label of "band nerd"… the neighborhood kids would come over to watch me improvise and play along to the stereo, and my family's opportunities to be abusive were reduced significantly due to these visitors. i cultivated friendships for the first time in my life! i founded a garage band and began playing drum kit in the pit bands for pep rallies and school musicals (rent, hairspray, grease, rocky horror, bye bye birdie and more) . to my elation, the girls started to notice me, they'd compliment my playing, how easy it was to dance to. it was a huge victory for me! never before had i made a physical affect on a female, and there they were, sashaying and sweating to every beat i punctuated during their cheerleading demonstrations and theatrical performances. i began to banter and flirt with them (i favored the choir/theater chicks), which was an exhilarating rush of adrenaline and testosterone. i grew more self confident, started dating, and established myself as a real heartthrob, they'd gossip about me (my platonic girlfriends always divulged-lol), how romantic, kind, witty, and creative i was!!! i became someone you could count on (musically and socially), i was getting invites to parties, outings, and hangouts. when i graduated high school, i got a job, found a bedroom for rent, and left my oppressive childhood home. my mom threatened to confiscate my car, and revoke my insurance, but i just ignored her while i packed… i was no longer devoted to gaining her respect, to the exhausting and painful pursuit of her gratification. drums gave me a reason to live. they helped me come of age. most importantly, they served as the vehicle that liberated me from an abusive, controlling, and hateful family (in the form of band rehearsals, house party shows, school functions, and some bar shows during my senior year, and paid gigs after i left home). drumming helped me define my identity as an empathetic, kind-hearted, passionate young man, and gave me courage and confidence (on stage and off). drumming gods be praised!!!

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Great thread.

More power to all the guys on here who get through very bad times with drumming.

I must be lucky cos I don't seem to get as low some on this post and have been lucky so far health wise.

I love drumming, but my main "high" is playing a great gig/performance with the bands I have been in. When the band is really coking I don't notice I am drumming, as the music as a whole takes over and I become part of the whole that is making this great noise. Well....to me anyway.

I can float for days after a good band performance.
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define my identity as an empathetic, kind-hearted, passionate young man, and gave me courage and confidence (on stage and off). drumming gods be praised!!!
A quite superb post, & huge kudos to you for fortitude in the face of profound challenge.


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Thanks for sharing, guys. We all go through "stuff" at some stage.

I think the arts in general are therapeutic - they are all so bottomless that there's always new things to learn. Living with and caring for a sick, elderly parent, if I didn't have drums and other arts my life would be pretty bleak and empty.

Drums are fun, stimulating, empowering, and they keep the circulation going, plus scientists talk about doubling alpha brainwaves and inducing states similar to those experienced in meditation. Being in the flow is the best feeling.
Yeah I have read a lot of studies on the brainwaves during palying music.
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During my childhood it , music, was the person on the toher end of the line. Hendrix would tell me he is gonna leave this town, I wished he would have taken me with, even if we had to fit inside his shoe.....

My family was known to the police and local hospital for us paying a substantial amount of their salaries for our many calls and visits.

When I felt alone and discouraged, a Bonham flam and bass drum annihilation took me away.

I have never had an injury like many of you, but mine was more pschological than physical though.

Through many forms of music I felt the pain slip away, sometimes a kindrid spirit coming through the speakers.

True, Happiness in Slavery. The music was there to calm and quell the dysfunctions outside my door.

Sexual, mental, physical , and verbal abuse.

I abused more foot pedals and sticks to combat the never ending torment.

When my mother would be hospitalized on her SECOND husband latest tenure at beating her, Morbid Angel's "This means war!" would blast from my feet and hands.

When Bjork would speak of love, I wondered if she got it from an alien place, a place I never visited.

I tend to be very symbolic and analytical with my thinking.

When Hetfield remarks about how
"They keep me locked up in this cage
Can't they see it's why my brain says rage " I felt it. I felt like I wanted to take allt he other "prisoners," my feelings or many frustrations, and release them.

Goosebumps on flesh, feeling triumphant inside a songs emotional connection.

Music isn't something I do to get a woman. Music isn't something I have on idely while I drive. It isn't something that jus is there.

It moves mountains, hearts, and esteem.

It's universal.

We all speak a language of heart, our words may vary(styles) but we all are masters of vocabulary (or puppets!)
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In '08 I had cancer surgery and had severe complications which caused be to be in ICU (where I nearly died twice) for two months, a step down unit for a month and a rehab hospital for a month. While in the rehab hospital I had a visit by many therapists including a music therapist. When she found out I was a drummer she produce a practice pad and a pair of stick and she played piano while I accompanied her on the practice pad. It helped me with the incentive to get well enough to get out of there and back to life and music. I am back and have been cancer free for over two years and have recovered enough to get back to playing and giging. I credit that music therapist with helping me on the road to recovery.
My mom is an ICU Trauma Nurse Specialist.

The fact that you were there for two months and went through all that to come out and type us on this drummers forum, congrats.

There was something a while back I read It was created by a drummer where it is literally music therapy, like "D.A.D" drumming against disease or something like that.

As drummrs we can participate and bring this "therapy" to others.

Maynard does when he sings.
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Is it a step too far to suggest drumming saved my life? I don't think it is, & this forum community has had a part to play in that too. So thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, & the bottom of my spine :)
Brilliant attitude towards your recovery from that "dark place", your drumming certainely saved you from fallin, and yes, this forum is like family, brothers & sisters all around :)

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Drums are a magnificent blessed therapeutic healing. Drums have a true impact on us "human beings" from different points of view, aspects and living experiences. In my personal case: They (drums) help me to release all that head pressure and body stress from a wearing daily work routine...Drums set me free in mind and heart!
Brilliant post, I agree with you Ian, when I play, all tiredness seems to vanish :)

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I am back and have been cancer free for over two years and have recovered enough to get back to playing and giging.
And may the playing and gigging last for many years to come Zickos :)

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I think the arts in general are therapeutic - they are all so bottomless that there's always new things to learn.
I couldn't agree more, my life revovles around drums, music and arts, the best therapy in the world :)

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Drumming changed the trajectory of my life.
Same for me, musically, physically and spiritually :)

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An now, my most current "situation" 2 total hip replacements. And once again ..... drums as therapy.
And that will be the best therapy there is... I hope you're getting better Harry :)

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...drumming helped me define my identity as an empathetic, kind-hearted, passionate young man, and gave me courage and confidence (on stage and off). drumming gods be praised!!!
Proven therapy and psychology by drums and music :))

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Music isn't something I do to get a woman. Music isn't something I have on idely while I drive. It isn't something that jus is there.

It moves mountains, hearts, and esteem.

It's universal.

We all speak a language of heart, our words may vary(styles) but we all are masters of vocabulary (or puppets!)
I totally agree :)
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And here I thought I might be alone on this ;)
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Almost six years ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. They removed 1/3 of my right kidney.
After surgery I had two questions.
1. When can I play my drums again?
2. When can I ride my motorcycle again?
At the same time they discovered that both my kidneys were failing.
Fast forward a bit, I had surgery to connect a vein and an artery together to form a fistula for dialysis. The incision was made on my wrist area of my left arm. My left arm already suffered from weakness and tremors and after the surgery not all my nerve pathways reconnected so I have numbness in my left thumb.
Again I asked the same two questions:
1. When can I play my drums again?
2. When can I ride my motorcycle again?
I have been undergoing dialysis 3 times per week for 4 hours at a shot from 4pm until 8pm since 1/31/11.
If my band gets a gig on Fridays I have to try and see if I can take time off from my day job IF there is an opening earlier in the day at my dialysis center, if not I have to use a sub for the gig.
I love drumming so much that I consider the fact that I'm still able to play at all a blessing.
It is definitely my number 1 therapy!
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Everything everyone has already posted. What playing drums does is simply amazing!
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Almost six years ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. They removed 1/3 of my right kidney.
After surgery I had two questions.
1. When can I play my drums again?
2. When can I ride my motorcycle again?
At the same time they discovered that both my kidneys were failing.
Fast forward a bit, I had surgery to connect a vein and an artery together to form a fistula for dialysis. The incision was made on my wrist area of my left arm. My left arm already suffered from weakness and tremors and after the surgery not all my nerve pathways reconnected so I have numbness in my left thumb.
Again I asked the same two questions:
1. When can I play my drums again?
2. When can I ride my motorcycle again?
I have been undergoing dialysis 3 times per week for 4 hours at a shot from 4pm until 8pm since 1/31/11.
If my band gets a gig on Fridays I have to try and see if I can take time off from my day job IF there is an opening earlier in the day at my dialysis center, if not I have to use a sub for the gig.
I love drumming so much that I consider the fact that I'm still able to play at all a blessing.
It is definitely my number 1 therapy!
Hey, dude, glad to hear you keep trucking. My grandfather did dialysis the last 6 mnths. It can be wiping on you physically.

IN a brotherly/human way I am glad your still doing it.

For me this thread was mostly due to MY mental/emotional therapy that drums have for me.

A lot of you guys have utilyzed it ina physical therapy way, which as well know it is physical.

As famularo says "upwards and onwards."

To all of you guys that made it through all these conditions/disorders/life threatening things, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your STRENGTH is an inspiration to me.

As fas as playing one of the first instruments developed by mankind, I feel we have an ancient/primative conenction to our drums.

It is instinctual for most of us.

I LOVE talking to drummers of all pesuasions(duh why I am typing) and we learn from each other.

Seeing as how are role a lot of times is int he "support " role, I feel we tend to be the type of people that will support others as well.

I , fortunately, don't have any physical detriments holding me back, but I applaud allt hat do, and keep playing.
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I always tell non-drummers, musicians, friends, family that drums are my therapy! They usually look at me like I'm crazy...but how else can one hit things, let off some steam, have fun, make some cool sound, learn, work your brain and get exercise at the same time? Drumming is awesome. Playing drums can't be beat.
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I used to give lessons to a severely autistic kid and although most of the time he just randomly smashed around the kit with no rhythm, once or twice I got him laying down a steady pattern on the ride and snare drum. Afterwards his carer, who was always there, said it was the most he'd seen him concentrate on anything the whole year. Music can have a positive effect on people on a deep level, no doubt.
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I think everyone should check out this article and any other article you find on this website:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/makin...#axzz2qORdHxPj
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I enjoy the time when all the background noise fades away. You stop thinking about what you're doing, and things just happen as if on their own. I find this often when drumming. I used to find it a lot while sailing as well.

Although slightly crass, this is the sentiment I get out of the quote I currently use as my signature in this forum
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