Elegy to Remo Belli

Visionary innovator leaves legacy of drumming for healing the human condition.
1927-2016

by Ping Ho, Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing

Dear Remo,

I will miss our telephone calls that began with ni hao in Chinese and ended with either zai jian or “OOO-K young lady.”

I will miss your strength of conviction, when sharing the harmony you witnessed – in every sense of the word – among diverse participants in drum circles.

I will miss your random exciting news of a connection made around the globe.   Or experiences that validated your observation of the same social conditions everywhere.  Or possibilities for healing individuals and communities, through drumming.

I will miss the twinkle in your eye when revealing the latest invention from your workshop, intended to empower the community with accessible self-expression.

I will miss the Proud Papa tours of your pristine manufacturing plant with happy employees that could easily have replaced the set for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

I will miss the radiance of your inner artist with a pair of mallets in hand.  And the passion for rhythm that you instilled in me.

I will miss your willingness to walk the talk when investing in innovative projects that no agency would have the courage to support.

I will miss the myriad ways that you found to “do well by doing good”.

I will miss your howling laughter whenever I would share an inadvertent business lesson, which you had already known for years.

I will miss the privilege of your mentorship and your faith in our work – and in me.

I pledge to carry on your vision and legacy.

With gratitude beyond words,

Ping

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For those wishing to learn more about Remo Belli, please see his New York Times obituary.

 

1 Response to “Elegy to Remo Belli”


  1. 1 Barrie MacArthur May 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Ping, I had the privilege of meeting Remo Belli one time, at Beat the Odds training. He took the time to sit with me for awhile and we shared stories about our mutual love of drumming. Your writing above is straight on and tears fell as memories of that day flood back….
    Thank you Remo for….being.
    Thank you Ping for carrying on with the vision….
    Barrie MacArthur


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