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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite
The Drummer's Manifesto is a practical book outlining the overall benefits of drumming. Ms Lynn-Seraphine goes into a detailed account of the spiritual, social, and psychological effects of drumming on the human psyche. Interspersed in her knowledgeable synopsis are actual interviews and excerpts from websites and literature to support her hypothesis. Ms. Lynn-Seraphine clearly emphasizes that drumming is proven to defeat the ravages of stress on the human body. As indicated, stress can create a myriad of health problems. On the other hand, drumming is a viable option in terms of alleviating stress. This presentation of drumming shows that this activity instills joy and other positive emotions in participants. Music therapy via drumming is especially beneficial to persons who, for example, suffer from depression.
Ms Lynn-Seraphine has created an interesting piece of literature. The Drummer's Manifesto is a quick read. It is very informative and inspiring. Her research is very precise and each chapter is well supported by the necessary evidence to support her argument. This is the first time that I have read about drumming in such a positive and restorative light. I believe that having chapters devoted to the social, psychological and other benefits is useful in getting the point across to the reader. This lends to the credibility of the book. The Drummer's Manifesto is a unique book because it indicates that there is a clear advantage to being involved in musical activity. The positives as outlined by Ms. Lynn-Seraphine are quite phenomenal! I enjoyed reading The Drummer's Manifesto because the information is very relevant to today’s society.