Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest Blog, Giveaway and Paranormal YA Book Tour Party with MM Shelley

Follow the Beat of the Drums

I have taken up the art of the Djembe drums at the encouragement of a good friend of mine. She told me that it creates a Zen like atmosphere; it clears the mind and will help unclog any creative blocks. Deciding to see what it was all about we met at a park in Whittier, California where I found a group of Djembe drummers. There were extra drums and chairs and after careful consideration I decided on a drum. We sat in a circle and I watched and listened as each drummer took a turn. Bass. Tone. Slap.

The Djembe is an African drum; it makes three sounds which I was able to pick up. Bass. Tone. Slap. Using my hands on the drum which was made with goat skin and sits on a mahogany stand, I took my turn with my Djembe.

There are three different points of the Djembe that are hit in order to form the sounds. My friend had been right. It does create a feeling of Zen. After the class I found out that one of the Djembe drummers participate in what is called, “Dragon Boat Racing.”

Which I had no idea what Dragon Boat Racing entailed, apparently it consist of 22 people on a row boat. There are 20 paddlers who sit in pairs, 1 steersperson and 1 drummer. The job of the drummer is to create a beat and flow for the paddlers who in turn keep to the beat of the drum. The drummers’ job is an important one in the Dragon Boat Race.

Drums are a unique way of expression and have been used as a form of communication since the beginning of time. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has a book, “Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion.” It’s about his journey through the myths and legends of drums or rather percussions.

While writing my own book, Mishap & Mayhem, which is set on the islands of Hawaii, I decided to look into the history of the Hawaiian drums. I have heard them played many times at luau’s but I have never thought about their origins. The Hawaiian drums are called Pahu, they are wooden drums and are different heights and they originate from Polynesia. Interesting fact: they are made with sharkskin.

By following the beat of the drums I have come across many people who have shared their music and culture with me. Learning new things is what keeps me creative and to grow as a person.

Thanks to Fang-tastic Books for letting me share with you all today. You can find me over at my blog and on twitter @MM_Shelley

Much love,

M.M. Shelley

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For centuries magical beings have hidden in the darkness, waiting. Some good, some evil. A battle is brewing, and only twins, Grasiella and Tatiana, have the power to stop it.

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Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

I have never been to the islands nor have I heard of this book, but it sounds really interesting! Thank you for opportunity to win a copy.


FallenVamp said...

I like the cover of these books and the title is unique. It sounds very interesting! Thanks for the great giveaway!


Alison said...

This book looks really good. I ahven't had the chance to go to Hawaii but this book sounds really cool.


Bethie said...

I think it s great that you weer able to learn a new thing like the drums. I think it is so important to continue to learn.

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Estella said...

Unique title!

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Jen B. said...

I only recently learned about Dragon Boat racing. I think the use of the drum is so fascinating. I would love to read Mishap & Mayhem. Thanks for the giveaway.

Julie S said...

Sounds interesting. I'd like to check it out. juliecookies(at)

Tore said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Cassandra said...

I'd always wanted to write a book Shelley is it hard?

Cassandra Hernandez

shadow_kohler said...

these books sound very good. thank you for sharing with us. where did your ideas for the books come from?

M.M. Shelley said...

@Cassandra -I hope follow your dream and write your book. I'm sure you have great stories to share!

@Shadow - Thank you! My ideas came from two places. One was while I was in Hawaii and the other was from my nieces who gave me much inspiration!