Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.


How does someone surrender?  This is a question that I've asked myself many times over the last several years.  It can be connected to so many situations.  Some religious people speak of and attempt to surrender all they have to God.  Kenny Werner is an amazing New York-based jazz pianist who has built a career off of an idea of surrendering the ego while you play to the talents you have cultivated over the years.  Meditators speak of letting go and surrendering over to a life force or just being in the moment but focusing on something as simple and natural as breathing.  It's tricky for me to fully understand what it means to surrender everything.  It is something that I'm interested in, whether it's related to my faith, my art, or my way of being.  But is making choices in these areas the part where you are not necessarily surrendering?  Life is all about choices.  Even Rush once recorded the lyric, "If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice."  I'm constantly making choices, whether it's to eat something healthy, go for a run or sit and watch a bunch of youtube videos in a row, when to go to sleep, when to pray, to keep my room organized, to sit at the drumset and practice.  How am I not surrendering in these areas?  Does "surrender" mean I'm complacent and just waiting for something to happen?  I have to think this one through some more.