GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

Gravitational Pull

Posted in Drumming by gpdrums on August 19, 2007

Way back when I first started this blog, I was trying to be clever by keeping all of my story titles GP compliant. I have long since deleted most of those articles, but I happened to stumble across this article’s title in a list of drafts that had yet to be written.

I’m no physics major, but the implications of gravity are interesting. Earth spins, thus creating gravitational pull. That pulling keeps things in place and allows one to interact with another. One need not worry about floating up off the planet because Earth’s gravitational pull is very influential. Countering the effects of gravity is a satellite planet. It is big and powerful and affects Earth’s movement in untold ways. Without it, I suppose Earth could exist, but I imagine it would be quite different. But what does this have to do with drums?

Alright, here is the somewhat lame analogy. The drums create a constant undercurrent. That undercurrent keeps things in place and allows one to interact with another. One need not worry about getting lost so long as the drummer doesn’t screw up. Countering the rhythms laid down by the drummer are the rhythms of other instrumentalists. They, in turn, influence the drummer in untold ways. Without out them, the drummer could exist, but what would be the point. Yada yada yada. But what does this have to do with life?

Alright, here is another analogy. Life is crazy–always spinning. We’re constantly pulled by society. When we go along with what society wants, we seem to get along just fine. One need not worry about fitting in because peer pressure is incredibly strong. Countering the effects of peer pressure and the whims of society is faith in Jesus Christ. He is big and powerful and affects our movement in untold ways. Without Him we couldn’t exist, not even temporarily, and we would be forever unfulfilled. But what does this have to do with gravitational pull?

All I know is one thing influences another. The moon influences the tide; a drum fill influences the transition from verse to chorus; and people influence our behavior. The question is who are you allowing to influence your life? Are you going along with the crowd at the expense of another person? Are you participating in things you probably ought to put aside? Are you gossiping? How about looking at things you shouldn’t look at?

Consider your sphere of influence: Are you trying to influence others in a good way? Are you sharing your faith? Are you doing random little things that reflect how Jesus would treat other people? Are you reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping with other Christians? Are you loving those who need to be loved? Maybe I’m off kilter here, but we’re not of this world, and we should not be heavily influenced by this world.

It’s something to think about. What we do will either draw people near or repel them. We will either get the gig or we will be told, “Thank you! We’ll call you if we’re interested.” We’ll either be told, “I never knew you” or “Well done good and faithful servant.” What kind of affect do you want to have on the lives of others?

-GP

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  1. alex mclean said, on August 20, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    i love it – it’s like the gospel according to drums… next you should cover “rhythm” how everything moves in rhythms & patterns.

  2. gpdrums said, on August 20, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    You know, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll be dwelling on that.


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