Resonance & Rhythm

Harmony is obviously a smooth cooperation of different elements, the thing that transforms several instruments into an orchestra. Rhythm is the beat that coordinates the movements of a dancer and also the unity of a group of dancers. Resonance is one of the common factors that transports the individual into the troupe, a spectacle of beauty for both spectators and dancers. Literally awesome.

Resonance is a power, for good and for evil.

Soldiers crossing a foot bridge break step to avoid the power of the resonance shaking the bridge to pieces.


If one smacks a free-standing brick wall with the flat of one’s hand, it trembles. If one applies the pressure of one’s hands to that wall, hard, then relaxes, it will have moved, infinitesimally, even if one cannot see it. So, repeat the pressure, relax, repeat, relax, until the resonance establishes itself and the movement of the wall will become clearly visible and if one continues with the same pressure, meeting the swaying wall at the moment of rebound, again and again, the sway will increase until the wall cracks and will eventually fall…


Try it, if you don’t believe me. If the owner wanted it removed, he might even pay you for doing it. Otherwise, apologise. Or run.

But beware; resonance does not only break walls. It has greater power. It can turn gentle individuals into a murderous mob. All it needs is rhythm. A common chant, a throbbing song which resonates with the intention of the leaders of the group, a foot-stamping dance, so that the individual minds are lost to the amorphous intention of the beast that is the mob.

I hope you have never been caught up in a lynch mob, baying for the blood of someone or something that in the later light of individual calm and sanity you would never have considered harming. A horrifying thought.

It depends on the intention of those that use resonance whether it achieves good or evil. The use of drums and drugs transport witchdoctors and shamans to other worlds to evoke the help of the powers that bide there. Monks chant, a deep, rhythmic chant for the same reasons.

So, when writers resonate with their readers; what power is that!

Tell me which writer brings a lump to your throat and a tear to your eye? Who makes you put the book down for a moment while you still your racing heart and slow your ragged breath?

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 4 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom' and 'Medicinal Purposed Only', all from Southern Africa.
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