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“The rhythm is below me, the rhythm of the heat. The rhythm is around me, the rhythm has control. The rhythm is inside me, the rhythm has my soul.”

In this day of mutable virtual realities, the idea that a mid-twentieth century psychologist, Carl Jung, has anything to say of lasting relevance in our distractible times seems laughable. Yet, Peter Gabriel wrote a song called, “The Rhythm of the Heat”,  about Jung’s visit to Africa and its profound impact on him when confronted with unconscious forces beyond his control. Here’s what Gabriel had to say about the song:

“With the track ‘Rhythm of the Heat’ which was based on the story of Carl Jung going to Africa and becoming so mesmerized by some drums that he felt he’d lost himself and became part of this dancing mass; of a really important Western mind losing himself really in something more primitive and more instinctive. So that was quite an interesting relationship, and in the music we tried to do that as well, and it ends up in this big African drum explosion at the end with Ekome who’s a wonderful master drummer.”

You can read the backstory here and see the music video here.

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