“If you can slap your knee and just go, ‘1, 2, 3, 4,’ you can do this,” Evans said. “If you have a heartbeat, you can play.”
Evans will lead adults 21 and older in various rhythms on various percussion instruments that he said will help them overcome “entropy” and recover their own natural rhythm.
Benefits, Evans said, may include a reduction in tension and anxiety, better control of chronic pain, deep relaxation, lower blood pressure, less stress, a connection with self and others, and an opportunity to make new friends.
“Anybody can do this,” Evans said.
Being in sync with that rhythm is why babies fall asleep in the car seat in a moving car and why adults, when waiting in line at the grocery store, perhaps, might unconsciously start tapping a finger or foot, Evans said.
So during a drum circle, people are encouraged to clap, sing and dance, too. But Evans asks that they don’t close their eyes. Attendees will be more aware of the group’s synergy if they watch, he added.
“Everybody falls into line,” Evans said. “I’ll speed up and slow down. Before long, everyone is smiling.”