Everthing Is Rhythm

Everthing Is Rhythm

Wowser Bowser I love drums, percussion and anything music related. This is definitely worth a watch. I saw this whilst researching for the drum circles I have been hosting this week. Very inspirational!


Road Rage Is Unacceptable!

Today I had the pleasure of embarrassing a lady with severe self importance issues. I was on my way to visit a friend who lives further in the country, it was raining, my windows started to steam up slightly, I had just come off a bend and was approaching a junction. The sign said 80 and given my situation I slowed to 60  for about 30 seconds, before stopping at the turning. During this 30 (long) seconds, I was being harassed by an aggressive driver, who clearly was way more important than me.

She continued to go 80 and wasn’t far off my bumper & when she was close enough decided to throw her hands up in disgust at my inconsiderate driving.

As we approached the village, speed limit 50 normally but given that it was school time, 40. I slowed, she didn’t. I ignored she gave me the bird!

As I indicated to pull off she pulled in & parked, so I parked got out and confronted her. “Did you have a problem with my driving” I asked, “Yes, you were going 60 in an 80” she said. “It’s not illegal to go slower than the limit and you have no idea what was going on in my car” I said. She walked off into the cafe, so I followed. When I asked her why she was angry at me going slightly slower because I was approaching a turning, I couldn’t see clearly for a second so adjusted my driving. She replied “Well you should have pulled over and got out my way.” I had to tell her to look at me, because she clearly didn’t want to and by not noticing me can remove responsibility & guilt for her actions. To this I reminded her that she is not the only person on the road, I am a human being and if I have a slight problem should she not be a little more considerate. “You are inconsiderate driving slower and you should not make your problems my problems” was her response.

I believe she knows she was in the wrong but she was angry that I had the audacity to confront her, in a public place.

I did not feel good about this, given that I do not like to upset others, cause a seen or make myself look foolish, but I believe we need to start helping people understand what effect their behavior has on others.

I hope my actions have embarrassed her enough to think more behind the wheel.

Alberta Floods

Rivers Run Through It

Last night I wept for my land

Not the land of my birth, but the land of my heart.

What ferociousness those rivers showed in shaping the place in which they flow.

Elbow and Bow you proved your strength, moving mountains as if they were sand.

The devastation on the trees, animals and human inhabitants is something I will never forget or forgive.

The places I walked and gaped at in awe are lost, and the pain like the water, runs deep.

I am not Kree but I see what they see, I feel what they feel.

And the connection to that land is as strong in me like it is for my children.

I love you in a way I cannot express.

No one man can be accountable, for we are all, including me, responsible.

You Alberta, were my saving province.

When the whole world went to pot, you were supposed to be my safe place.

I have not lost faith in your strength to overcome and stabilizeImage your environment.

But you Alberta, should not have had to fight the beings that live within your beauty.

You Alberta, should not have had to remind the citizens, most respectful of your amazing natural magnificence, how to love and protect you.

I’m sorry that it came to this.

I hope the lessons have been learned

And peace will rein,

So I can live and bask in your splendor once again.

Kirsty ‘Mad Eye Macca             June 2013

Where Is The Love?


Why Have We Let Psychopaths Rule?

By Kirsty McIntosh

They are in our government, boardrooms, health systems, and schools even in science. A psychopath is someone hell bent on making themselves happier, richer, more comfortable and less responsible than anyone else. They make decisions based on how it will affect them in the short term mainly, although some, have the ability to think to the future.

The ones in power, the ones that make big decisions for us all and say it’s in our best interest. From politicians influencing every aspect of our lives, the way we live, how much we pay and get paid, the resources we can have, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the way our environment looks. The scientists creating amazing, but mostly destructive tools that enable us to have warmth, water, mobility, entertainment, knowledge, connectivity so we can lead richer fuller stress-free lives. The doctors giving us healthier ways to live (ha), diets to mess with our natural state, pills that sustain life, new faces & bodies if we don’t like what we’re born with, cures to diseases that they, along with scientists and government backing, created.  The teachers holding back knowledge to dumb down our kids, our future, so they don’t ask the questions to see the true picture.

The ones at the top of these fields have only there best interests at heart. To be the next leader of a country, the next Nobel Prize winner or the ones that got them there. All looking for praise, all looking for glory.

Without all these people we would be a primitive race, but would that truly be a bad thing? We have developed into a wonder race. We can touch the stars. The planets are far away for a reason and by bringing the universe closer we are bringing it down on our heads.

Should we not rein in our thoughts on domination, conquer and control of all things and realise we are not bigger than the Earth or the Universe, the things that gave us life!

You do not try and dominate, conquer and control your mother, or at least no stable person would. You should at most, respect and be thankful to the ones that gave birth to you even if you don’t understand, have a connection with, know or love them. Without them you would not exist.

We, as a collective, need to extend our human feelings to the planet and beyond. Stop playing with it as if it were a toy. We are not in control, nor should we ever be, of nature. And all projects leading to the domination of it should cease.

It is a seriously dangerous and wrong thing to try & overrule a country and it’s people without full knowledge & understanding of its place with our world order, but to try and overrule something as awesome as the universe is deranged. Humans are no bigger than ants in small numbers and therefore the effect they have on the universal system would be little to none. But in the size we have gotten to, the destruction is immense and possibly irreversible.

I am no politician, scientist, doctor or academic teacher, but I am a mother, a student of the universe, a respecter of nature & other living things and I know my place in the vast intricate system that sustains my being.

I implore all people to down tools, sit back & observe in awe and wonderment the place in which we are so lucky to live. I beg each and every one of you to care about the future for all things around us. Be thankful for what you have, share what you have. Stop probing for answers, ponder yes, but don’t touch what you do not and never will, understand or deserve.

Don’t try to be the best thing in the universe, as you never will be. Respect what it has given you and live everyday in peace!

#Don’t Let The Water Turn Bad

         Don’t Let The Water Turn Bad

Distance makes the heart grow fonder

That’s what we’re told

I know this to be a lie

If I may be so bold.

Yeah you think about them day & night,

But that don’t make up for not sharing

A little more on your part

Would make up for the loss of heart.

Let’s gather all the pieces

Scattered by the sea,

Put them back together

And meet up on the same beach.

I don’t know your personality anymore,

Will the jokes we used share, bring laughter to the core.

If we had a cup o tea together would it be the same

Or would we be drinking the tears of each others pain.

Seven long years & counting,

All the faces & the embraces I missed so much in the beginning,

Are slowly disappearing with every earth spin.

Let’s gather all the pieces

Scattered by the sea,

Put them back together

And meet up on the same beach

It’s not too late to reconcile,

Reconnect our love once again,

Maybe it would take a while

To understand our relationship

But all I want is to give it a try.

It’s a shame to lose what we had,

But effort is all it takes,

Don’t let money & distance

Turn the water bad.

Kirsty Mad Eye McIntoshImage

#Disrespect Makes Me Angry!!


I am beyond angry right now!!!!!
Mother arranged daughter’s lesson today, ( a bank holiday) 11.30am. All fine with me as it leaves the rest of the day.
This is the daughter’s third lesson, well would’ve been if they had bothered to turn up and didn’t cancel the last one. The daughter has down syndrome and looks very comfortable on the kit, she has a great sound, feel and concentration. She loves music and I believe would pick up drumming rather quickly.
Unfortunately the parents, like most that want their children to play an instrument, have no idea how much effort and dedication it takes from both student and teacher. I hear comments like “oh we’re not musical but want him/her to learn an instrument” then the next time ” he/she wants to try another instrument so we’re just going to sell the other”. Most of the time the parents are not passionate about anything, let alone music, and cannot understand the utter joy, relaxation, peace, enlightenment, confidence, respect that a person finds playing an instrument. The ability to focus, understand the workings of your body & mind are, I believe, very important to a human to be able to adapt to the ways of the world.
I get my students to play, then stop and close their eyes. I want them to visualize with touch how their body is positioned and if they are comfortable and are sitting in the most efficient position to move around the kit. I get them to to try and move their mind to one spot on their body and get all the senses firing there. Getting them to do this helps their body remember the best position so when next time they get on the kit they feel great and in control.
This teaching method is more important and has greater affect on my students with disabilities, most of whom have twitches and to control their limbs takes a lot of effort.
I love teaching. I love to watch people find their groove. I get excited when I hear something new and start dancing and singing round the room, sometimes I jam with them on the timbales, djembe or toms. I get a flush of adrenaline and get them to play like they never thought they would, because of their inner rhythm, the rhythm that naturally flows and reveals itself with every hit of the drum skin, an invisible force takes over and compels them/you to keep playing until a natural cadence is reached.
What a great work out as well.

The parents who come to me asking me to teach their children, have very little or no respect for the drums, they just think it’s cool that a woman plays the kit and how cool it would be for their kids (’cause drummers don’t get picked on). I have noticed it’s the people that are just over the working class line, the ones who have a touch more money to throw around, disrespect most music teachers. They believe you can work miracles because a few dollars have been flung at you and you will make their child a prodigy. They are late for lessons, sometimes leave their children to go and have coffee and are late back. Don’t ever encourage them to practice, or encourage them by saying they will cancel lessons and sell the instrument. Or sometimes just Don’t Turn Up or Call!

Music is supposed to be fun, yes it takes dedication to gain knowledge, but if people understood the therapeutic effects music has on us and realize it makes us calmer, sociable, creative, empathetic and heightens our intellect, then the world would be a noisier, but better place.

It’s a shame that children are missing out on a whole other world because of the stupidity of their parents. Maths is super important to get you through life, so some say. If a child does not understand maths, you hire a tutor if you cannot teach them yourself. Not all people understand maths to great depth, but still believe it’s one of the most important subjects that you need to get a great job.
Music is mathematical, but I think because of it’s complexity and various genres, the stupid Mr & Mrs Blogs thinks it is merely entertainment and have not got the brains to think beyond the sound to really work out what it’s doing to our bodies.

There are so many social aspects that I cannot cover, but the bottom line is those with money seem to put monetary value on music. Those with little or none, understand and appreciate music for what it is. So maybe I should just forget getting paid and give free lessons, by doing so I will connect the ones that need & want music in their lives and weed out the empty minded, up their own backsides,  moronic trend chasers that make me angreeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (I know it’s not spelled right, just needs it)