Shaman – the beginning


ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum

The drum sounds a rhythmic beat, slowly at first, quietly, the drummer finding a pace anbd time that fits the quiet period before sunrise…

Ba-dum, Ba-dum, Ba-dum, Ba-dum

Slowly the rhythm increasing, the frequency and strength of each double beat on the stretched goatskin rising as the first of the sleepers starts to come awake…

BA-dum, BA-dum, BA-dum, BA-dum

Louder, faster, the beat rises, now leading, now driving the sleepers from surreal dreams, the acrid smoke from the fires of the night before pungent in the still air as the horizon begins to lighten….

BA-Dum, BA-Dum, BA-Dum, BA-Dum

The drummer pounding now, the arm swinging as the pulse of the beat awakens the Gods themselves, lifting the first light of the day above the horizon as the crowd begins to chat…

 

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