The power of rhythm to move us, change us

There was a fascinating segment on NPR today on how speech-writers employ cadence and rhythm in speeches to motivate and change us.

Here are a few snippets from the segment:

A gentle rhythm can calm us. A thumbing beat can get our bodies moving. And an insistent, deliberate meter can motivate us.

Think about a crowd chanting in unison at a football game, or people on a dance floor moving to a pulsing beat. Rhythm can create community.

One of the wonderful things about rhythm is that, when you’re involved in a rhythm, you take on a beat other than your own. For a moment we stop being ourselves and we all become part of a powerful group. I think we’re all looking for that opportunity to step outside of the “me” and become a “we”. [Rob Kapilow, composer and conductor]

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