Songs in the Key of Pulse

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

I say this as a former drummer, who knows her way around a steering wheel/ dashboard trap set, and with the utmost humility. Drummers "can actually be smarter than their less rhythmically-focused bandmates." (citation) There- it’s out there. It wasn’t me; Science said it. So, uh, yeah. Researchers are finding that there is an apparent "link between intelligence, good timing and the part of the brain used for problem-solving." (citation) There is a science of rhythm healing, and a few well-known drummers, for instance, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead, and Clash drummer, Topper Headon, who are exploring the neuroscience and therapeutic potential of rhythm or whatwe could call the Pulse of the music. Hart is working with a neuroscientist, Adam Gazzaley to develop a treatment for Alzheimer’s patients that harnesses the power that rhythm has to bring people into the present moment. In other words, pulsation, the beat, e