Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: The Drummer's Manifesto

The Drummer's Manifesto
By: Pamela Lynn-Seraphine

Genre: Psychology, Stress management, Self-Help
Publication date: 1.23.2014
Pages: 149
Amazon link: The Drummer's Manifesto 

Date read: 2.27.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Is stress costing you time, money, happiness, security, health, and your peace of mind? The Drummer's Manifesto is an outstretched hand for anyone in need of an uplifting way to deal with the overwhelming stressors of life. Infused with sexuality and thought-provoking theoretical concepts designed to stimulate interest in the topic and practice, Pamela Lynn-Seraphine's debut book offers a new angle to a complex problem, taking a bold, compelling, and inspirational look at something not yet looked at by other scholars in the self-help genre. Acknowledging the fact that stress is the number one health complaint in North America, this book is the first of its kind to educate readers on how to harness the health benefits of rhythmic entrainment to reduce stress, maximize brainpower, and optimize health. Written with the layperson in mind, The Drummer's Manifesto bridges the gap between self-improvement and brain health in an accessible format that will reach millions of stressed-out consumers. It is a timeless book that offers a simple yet effective solution for the throngs of people who suffer from the stress. Presenting rhythmic entertainment as a radical new way of enhancing one's quality of life, Lynn-Seraphine thoughtfully and thoroughly showcases how the seductive effects of drumming produce unbelievable health benefits, with none of the boredom one might expect from a meditative practice. Drumming, she stresses, engages the body, mind, and soul, putting joy, passion, vitality, and enthusiasm for life well within the grasp of any reader.

I am a drummer.  One that has idolized Animal and his stint in the Dr Teeth & the Electric Mayhem band her whole life.  Drumming relaxes me - whether it's playing behind a big drum set, drumming my fingers (or pencils) on my desk, twirling drum sticks in my hands or listening to the beat of drums in American Indian music. 

It's called music therapy and this book is all about one aspect of that, the drums and how they help with stress management, among other things.  I chose to read this not only for myself (who doesn't want to better themselves?), but as part of the research I do for my mother/boss (she's a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and I'm her personal assistant) to help her with the children she works with who have special needs.  Music therapy is being used by people from all walks of life, though, and there has been lots of research done on the topic.

The first half of this book is a backstory behind it all and interesting information written in a concise form.  The second half is tips and steps you can use to make this work for you.  Throughout the book, she has included "inspirational resources" to help you along on your journey (you can use an app on your phone or tablet to scan them or follow the links provided).  Definitely an interesting little book full of helpful information.

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