So, a friend let me borrow a book to review.  It’s called ‘Rhythmajick’ and on the front it says: Practical Uses of Number, Rhythm, and Sound.  by Z’EV.  I sat down with my drum one day and opened the book, looking for inspiration.

If I had a picture of myself scratching my head, I’d attach it to this post.  You see, I’m a musician and I know how to read music.  I’m also an educator and I know how to teach music.  A lot of people learn music by rote instead of reading it, so it can be hard to write about music if you don’t have the notation. 

Z’EV doesn’t have the notation.  He’s got the Qabbalistic Tree of Life and numerical correspondences down pat.  But so far, in the book, the first rhythmic exercise doesn’t have any explanation of beat, rhythm, rests, tempo, meter, or duration.  Not even in a form that would be easy to understand by a ‘rote’ learner.  The correspondences are for numbers and they are unconnected to any known rhythmic patterns, tempi, time signatures, or other rhythmic terms.

The book has exercises in it that are based on…wait for it…drawing sigils with pen and paper.  Not with playing a drum.  Rote memorization does play a part, but only of what number corresponds to what sigil.  I find it really hard to believe that this book is 50 dollars on Amazon.  

The book does provide an example of a beat pattern, but it uses  x’s, dots, and dashes without an explanation as to how long each one lasts.  I would like to see a discussion of where to strike on the drum, loudness, softness, crescendi and ritardandi and other musical terms. That means there is no way to reproduce what the author is talking about with 100% accuracy unless I contact the author, and that’s fishy to me. This makes me wonder about the validity of the musicianship of the author.

It’s fishy because I already have an uneasy feeling about the Qabbalistic Tree of Life and other Western Esoteric practices to begin with. I've done research on several figures involved in it, and I don't wish to practice a method that is linked with an Abrahamic tradition. 

As for the musicianship of the author, coupled with lack of musical information such as notation or tempo, it appears to be more of a “look at me, look at me, I’m smarter than you because I can count” situation.  I think the author wants to be contacted because they want to feel special. 

As a book of correspondence theory, however, it is interesting and informative.  I could very likely come up with my own interpretation of what is being represented in the book with little trouble. 

But I think that RHYTHM was left out of this book on purpose, so the author could have some attention. I was disappointed with this book.  It is more Majik and no Rhythm.  Not very practical.