My Letter to Remo belli (1927-2016)
by Ping Ho, Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing
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,
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For those wishing to learn more about Remo Belli, please see his New York Times obituary.