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we would feel it with all of our underdeveloped senses. and interact with others. We would listen to it with our unformed ears. 2 . Beat-‐beat. Un. not ours but our mother’s. Our understanding of rhythm is ini.ally formed by a heartbeat. talk.1 Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός -‐ rhythmos. but it also recalls the way we walk.ng closely in duet.ll to white to write. Back to a fundamental understanding of the rhythms that surround us. "any measured ﬂow or movement. symmetry") is the variaAon of the length and accentuaAon of a series of sounds or other events. Whether one by one or at the same . or rather.2 But we all know it goes back way further and deeper than that.3 Every beat. Beat-‐beat. Back when I was s.on was Rhythms.RIDDIMS | part one Get your back off the wall The original . Later on in life our rhythms not only represent our heartbeat. in the womb. Rhythms even govern the way we think – the diﬀerent manners in which we structure out thoughts.tle of this conversa. and we would listen to two hearts bea.l our own hearts would eventually catch the tune and begin to sing of itself.me4 – all perfectly laid out in rhythmic harmony.
ng with any-‐ and everything it encounters. but across generaAons and genres this truth holds fast: the darker your skin. but to the beats that originate from those around us. Lives lived loudly broadcast a twenty-‐four-‐seven live stream of a series of complex rhythms into the soul’s atmosphere – reverbera. see How Music Works by Howard Goodall. check out How Music Works by Howard Goodall ?! – your guess is as good as mine. IllustraAng the main discrepancy in thought paXerns between sexes. We inﬂuence others by the sounds we create with our lives. the hipper your thing! Oﬃcial Wikipedia deﬁniAon For an amazing study on rhythm. We exist through them.6 We live by rhythms. whether its ﬁght. This observaAon by the author is absolutely subjecAve and not supported by any data whatsoever.ng against and resona. 5. Leaving nothing unchanged. 1.RIDDIMS | part one The rhythms of our lives. its roots and its inﬂuence. 2. There is even some research5 that suggests that our strongest responses is not to those rhythms that emanate from within us. ﬂight or some other unmen. Rhythms caused or made by other people have the power to trigger deep within our hearts and minds all possible primal responses. Leaving no-‐one not tapping his feet. 6. I don’t know what it is about music.onable desires. 3. Once again. 4. 3 .
never ending groove. if they are ever going to perform at an acceptable standard. Where the term riddim is used to refer to more than the beat of the drum. feel da rhyme Whether its Bob or Damian8 or Lucky9 or those guys with the massive brass sec. but about the subtle sounds of da riddims of da soul as heard on the island breeze! Its about understanding the riddims of God.re backing track. In Western cultures classical musical nota. laying down a solid founda.on so that we could learn more about reading – we’re in this together to teach each other more about singing.c movements of a lead sound. music is magical. Where the term rhyme is used to refer to the some.ful experience for the ar. but to all the nuances and subtle.onal percussion instrumentalists would have to learn to speak or sing the rhythm. But we are not having this conversa.ng a challenging but beau.cal series of notes. Tradi.ng an intoxica.RIDDIMS | part one Feel da riddim.es of an en. and it is expected of students to be able to read music well.st and audience alike. For them. scribbled all over the grainy textures of the riddim. It is worship.ng to know is that in Indian and African cultures. musical rhythms are transferred orally.on for the yummy goodness on top. This conversa. before they could play it. the ragamuﬃn culture and its keepers have always understood music to be more than mere syncopated beats played to a mathema.ng a speciﬁc rhythm.on is not about the rhythms of life as understood in a Western context.ng. crea.on takes care of communica. What is interes.mes improvised. the riddims of your own heart. crea. always erra. 4 . of others and of course.on and the Billy Joel sunglasses10. Or it could be. including layer upon layer of low end instruments and samples.
8. of course -‐ the only white guys ever to create any kind of credible reggae sound.RIDDIMS | part one Rehearsing all the aspects of your being to move in sync with the universe and its lead vocalist. UB40. 10. Holding onto the riddim with all you’ve got. learning to ﬁnd and follow the rhyme amidst the noise. unAl he was tragically killed in an armed robbery in Johannesburg in 2007. but also the cause for reconciliaAon and forgiveness in a country torn apart my racial and ethnic prejudice. ! Riddim & rhyme. passed the musical torch to his son Damian when he passed away in 1981 Local South African reggae star Lucky Dube pioneered not only the cause for the music of the islands. 7. 9. the lion Bob Marley. Now dat's iery. 5 . Walt Disney Pictures 1993 The original ragamuﬃn. Taken from the movie Cool Runnings. Rhyming to yourself before you perform in front of others.
of others and of course. 6 .RIDDIMS | part one Its about understanding the riddims of God. the riddims of your own heart.
ﬁc myth! He would tell you that.ng. And when he’s ﬁnished with you. and rhythm. emoAonal. Wilhelm Fliess13 that. they can accurately predict these cycles. not to his face. Just don’t tell Dr. and by most people I mean us. at least now you’ll believe it’s a scien. well.onal wellbeing.. although you might s. by now we all know what rhythm means.. to your emo. A biorhythm (from the Greek βιορυθμός -‐ biorhuthmos) is a hypotheAcal cycle in physiological. and by most people I mean the scien.ll believe that biorhythms are a myth. or more disconcer. yes – you and me. 7 . biorhythms are a myth. one’s life is aﬀected by rhythmic biological cycles of between 25 to 35 days long. Here is a fact: biorhythms theory has no more predic. Thus.14 Being one of the leading biorhythm experts in the world. on your very worst day. or intellectual well-‐being. so as to catch you on your very best. at least.vity of bioelectricity in your body.cs.RIDDIMS | part one A scientific myth Biorhythms are a myth. he would tell you all you ever wanted and did not want to know about ﬂowing with the regular movements of life. and has been labeled a pseudoscience by skep.11 Bio means life. according to the study of biorhythms. and even your mental state. That’s what most people say.sts and psychologists who generally know more about this stuﬀ than most people. He would even tell you that these cycles inﬂuence every aspect of your being. He’s even convinced that through measuring the ac.ve power than chance. from your physical performance. But in this context rhythm means to ﬂow with regular movement.12 A pseudoscience? That means a wannabe science.
but every so oben. when to acack. and on the exact same day 58 years later. The German born doctor/scienAst pracAced in Berlin in the late 19th century.vity is mainly illustrated through three cycles.ﬁc myths.me.ons. since the good doctor passed away in October 1928. even in determining NASA launch dates for manned space expedi. and the second is known as the criAcal day. This would prove to be a challenge. only twice in a person’s life.RIDDIMS | part one In the past biorhythm test results have been used to decide which players to drab. In scien. the ﬁrst is called an unfavorable circumstanAal event. They move independently of each other.al event.mate low. Wikipedia. the two working closely together during the development of Freud’s psychoanalysis theory. 8 . Your 58th birthday – the cri. they converse at an ul.cal day.ﬁc biorhythm terminology. which move up and down the graph of . At birth. 14. In normal cases all three cycles meet at the bocom of the graph. 11. Biorhythm ac. Your birth -‐ an unfavorable circumstan.mate high or ul. See 11 13.me as you grow older. of course – where else can you read credible deﬁniAons of pseudosciences? 12. But we’re not here to talk about scien. He also became a good friend of Sigmund Freud.
Not necessarily with regular movement. is spiritual mysteries.on would lead us to a point where we begin to learn how to naturally move with the riddim and rhyme.on for bioriddims would be simply just to ﬂow. then just maybe there is something like bioriddims as well. its people and their Creator.on is about. But in every sphere of our natural and spiritual existence.RIDDIMS | part one To flow What this conversa.ﬁc myth and a spiritual mystery is this: the one needs actual proof of its existence to be helpful. The diﬀerence between a scien. Not necessarily just in the context of our biological lives. The study of bioriddims then would center around the ques. If there is such a thing as biorhythms. 9 . I guess an apt deﬁni.on: how do I synchronize my life so that its natural frequencies will resonate with those of the planet. If biorhythms mean to ﬂow with the regular movements in life. How do I take what I’ve been graciously given and use it to create the most good in the world? How do I maximize my life? How do I ﬂow? My wish is that over the course of the next couple of chapters our conversa. But in any given way.
I’m sorry – and no. I did manage to squeeze all the cool music words I’ve heard the kids say into one paragraph – yes.l your 58th birthday to experience that.c highs. and where the illest rhymes ﬂow through your being out into a world desperate for something they can dance to.RIDDIMS | part one How to discern spiritual mystery from scien. where you resonate perfectly with the phacest riddims from deep within your soul. not just by reading about them. In this instance scienAﬁc myth can also double for pious religious junk. 16. 15. And for goodness’ sake.ght. may you not have to wait un. and how to hold on to the one that’s helpful.ve extravaganza. Let it be soon.ﬁc myth15. that’s my whole repertoire. and may your cri.al event be changed into a unbelievably crea. and may you constantly learn new rhymes about the mysteries of life. as you turn the last page of this book – even now. I hope that you also can ﬁnd that sweet groove where the jam is . before your next birthday. And please. instead of cumbersome lows. before the year is out. may criAcal become just another word for every. I don’t know any others. As you ﬂow with the riddims. 10 .16 May you see in hindsight your unfavorable circumstan.cal day be one of climac. Yes.
picking out the most expensive guitars. just to see if they really do sound as good as the price tag would suggest. before it permeated my whole torso with its relaxing feel. as if things like that could be bought with money! I’m not talking about resona. Ah. s. and not just the most expensive ones. there it is. teasing my mind with the possibili. The only thing though.es of endless melodies and harmonies. but what I even enjoy more.ll uncreated by the lucky owner.ng in a metaphorical sense of the word. The top notes would work its way up into my head. I would listen to endless explana. that somehow gave me the impression that I was holding not a mere instrument. neither an expert luthier.ons from the sales acendant about wood quality. but a work of art in my hands. With some models. I was sold. I could even feel the low end notes vibrate through the backboard into my body. I enjoy playing. is going down to the local musical instrument shop. Resonance. workmanship and years of guitar building experience and brand heritage. though. If I could feel the backboard of the guitar vibrate against my chest as I would lightly strum across the strings. 11 . hikng my heart at just the right spot. If the guitar resonated with me – I would eventually walk out of the shop disgruntled at the fact of not having ﬁve ﬁgures of cash to lay down for what could easily become my soul mate. was this one thing – resonance.RIDDIMS | part one It was my first real six string17 I am not a virtuoso guitarist. but a very literal one.
Not in the Barry White (who coined this subversive term.18 It gave me a glimpse of what my hidden poten. Thanks. 18.al was. It resonated with me. more like in the John Mayer or Jack Johnson sense. Taken from Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams. Bryan. and may you constantly learn new rhymes about the mysteries of life. 12 . As you ﬂow with the riddims. may cri$cal become just another word for every. We would make sweet music together. for making this the theme song for a gazillion other wannabe rawk stars. if only I let it ﬁnd my natural frequency. by the way) sense. 17.RIDDIMS | part one I could easily imagine an instrument like that becoming my permanent. ever-‐present muse. and gave myself to its rhythms.
RIDDIMS | part one This frequency is determined by the object’s weight. do you know where to ﬁnd something greater than yourself that you can resonate with. The ﬁnal ques. we would be able to get the earth to resonate with that frequency and vibrate itself out of its natural orbit!19 Everything has a natural frequency – you have one too -‐ whether its leaves on a tree that share this same acribute and wave at the same intervals. they inevitably become an unstoppable ﬂow20.on is this: do you know what your natural frequency is? Or even more important. A speciﬁc sequence of ups and downs that governs its earthly existence.ng at that same speed and intervals. like a raging river. it will somehow ﬁnd itself resona. This is a total urban myth – or is it? If you can get a big enough crowd together – I wont miss it for the world (pun intended!) 20. with each other or with some greater invisible force.ﬁc fact that we get the myth (idea?) that if everyone on earth would be able to jump up and down in unison. or if its strings next to each other on a musical instrument that sing the same note. every single aspect of its physical make-‐up plays a role in determining its frequency.ng with the frequency of that object. form and density. In fact.ng the natural frequency of our planet. if its humans that start to resonate. Genesis 11 v 6 13 . simula. and the two will begin to vibrate as one! It is from this simple scien. amongst other things. but ﬂuid like water. However.Resonate Every single material thing has a natural frequency. Having a natural frequency means that an object responds to that speciﬁc sekngs of waves. Strong enough to break rocks. It just can’t help itself -‐ if it comes in close enough proximity to something else that is already vibra. that can give you the ability to sing that song that has been embedded in your soul since you heard the ﬁrst rhythms? What resonates with you? 19.
to try and explain prac.RIDDIMS | part one Understand the tune To ﬁnd your natural frequency. our new found convic. and how about what it means to be truly human.ons and listen to the most beau. when. when sharing a vision for the TED Conference as newly appointed TED Custodian. Because its not that we never knew – its just that we somehow forgot along the way.fy the most crucial elements surrounding the mystery of ﬁnding our natural frequencies. 14 . To understand anything. our resul. It is merely an acempt to iden. you’ll have to dig deep into the primordial ooze.cal ways to reorganize our existence around its rhythms.ons. Again.ful.ng ac.. well.21 This conversa. feel the vibra.. The music that deﬁnes our humanity.ons and eventually – our human lives. you must understand a liXle bit about everything that surrounds it. 21. Understand a licle bit about everything? Maybe just a licle bit about the most important.on is not an acempt to explain everything about everything. Chris Anderson. You’ll have to rediscover the why. and to sit back. original music coming from.
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