Drumming Defines Us – An Ode to Remo Belli


When I heard the news on April 26 that Remo Belli had died I was surrounded by birds.
Small birds chirping loudly
Kept swooping around me
Practically bumping into my legs,
Encircling me with a rush
Of wings in flight.

And I thought, YES, this is Remo
His swooping flight
World traveler
Global drum entrepreneur

I send out my drum beats to you today Remo
And the consciousness of every person
Beating every drum you ever created
Your heart beat, drum beating soul
Celebrated in drum circles
in schools, hospitals, beaches and parks
in corporations, homes, studios and stages

There’s no second “line” in this drum parade
Honoring your life
like a New Orleans cacophony
Only circles encircling circles
Entrained in rhythm

Christine Stevens

9 thoughts on “Drumming Defines Us – An Ode to Remo Belli

  1. Meeting Remo was a highlight in my life. He was so gracious. I was thrilled to be able to attend his award at the Smithsonian. A very special man

  2. Christine, I am sorry for your loss. His dream will live on through you and all the wonderful things you are doing with your journey of drumming. Peace be with you!

  3. He was one of the most supportive, creative, intelligent and fun people in my life. I was so honored and blessed to have been allowed to spend time sharing and comparing, dreaming and doing with such an incredibly open and enthusiastic genius of a man. He opened endless doors of opportunity for me and so many others. Without the synthetic drum head, which he devised and standardized, rock and roll would have been impossible. Without the instruments he manufactured, the world wide Renaissance of women frame drummers would have been unlikely. He left this world incredibly richer for his time here. I will miss him deeply and always.

  4. He was truly a magnificent human being; so kind, so thoughtful and so generous. He knew how to make people feel appreciated. Forever grateful for having the pleasure of meeting him. Love on!

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