Accentuated Rhythms

If John Paul’s drumming cast no particular luminosity on the question of Plucky and the monks, it did at least give Amanda some insight into the musicality of human behavior.  To wit:  actions, like sounds, divide the flow of time into beats.  The majority of our actions occur regularly, lack dynamism and are unaccentuated.  But occasional actions, such as Plucky Purcell’s venture into the Wildcat Creek Monastery, are accentuated due to their intensified stress.  When an accentuated beat is struck in relation to one or more unaccentuated beats, there arises a rhythmic unit.  Rhythm is everything pertaining to the duration of energy.  The quality of a man’s life depends upon the rhythmic structure he is able to impose upon the input and output of energy.  Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.  Einstein understood what Thoreau meant when he spoke of men hearing “different drummers”.  Thoreau did not say saxophonists or harpsichordists or kazoo players, mind you, but drummers.  The drummer deals almost exclusively with rhythm, therefore he is an architect of energy.  Art is not eternal.  Only energy is eternal.  The drum is to infinity what the butterfly is to zero.

Tom Robbins, “Another Roadside Attraction”

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