Beating addiction: how a local woman found healing in a Houston drum circle

How a local woman found healing in a Houston drum circle | HOUSTON | KPRC 2
How a local woman found healing in a Houston drum circle | HOUSTON | KPRC 2

HOUSTON – Music is a beautiful thing, but did you know it also has the power to heal? Many have been able to find strength through song to overcome struggles with anxiety, depression and even addiction. Rhythm of Life Drumming LLC founder Kim Comer discovered a way to use her talents for drumming to fight her demons and help others along the way.

“I was taking care of my mom who had dementia and found myself in some very difficult times and needed to reach out and do something different,” said Comer. “So, I went to this drum circle, and I found healing there.”

Rhythm of Life Drumming LLC founder Kim Comer pictured with her mother who helped her discover her passion for drumming. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

This wasn’t Comer’s first experience with drums, nor was it the first time her mother helped guide her on this musical path.

“What [first] interested me was my mom working at Waltrip [High School]. We were able to go to the football games on Friday nights, and it was just the greatest thing to be able to hear that drumline,” said Comer.

Comer’s fascination with the drumline soon became a passion. She tapped beats and practiced religiously until she was able to try out for her junior high band. When applying for the drumline, Comer was met with an unforeseen obstacle.

“When I got to junior high school, I had an opportunity to get in the band, and I really wanted to play the drums, but girls didn’t play drums. So, they made it very difficult for me to play the drums there,” said Comer.


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