The Rhythm of Happiness is a docu-series that follows the travels of drummer Caleb Spaulding, who is positioning himself as
the “Anthony Bourdain of Drumming.”
The series would take Caleb and his crew around the world to explore the power of rhythm and to demonstrate how rhythm can generate happiness, positivity, and deeper human connection.
The show will explore historical and contemporary drumming, dance, music, and beats as Caleb will try to prove that
all human beings have rhythm.
Rhythm is inside us all; it literally keeps us alive.
The beat of the heart is the very first thing we hear in the womb.
Rhythm carries enormous weight in every culture around the world and The Rhythm of Happiness aims to demonstrate how
it is at the center of human happiness.
Each episode will take Caleb to a different part of the world, where he and the audience will learn about the local musical traditions.
Furthermore, each episode will explore the importance of rhythm in different cultures and how people use rhythm to live, thrive, and find happiness in these places.
After years of rock bands and day jobs, Caleb realized his deepest passion was rhythm itself. Not only was he, personally, most delighted while playing, but he saw happiness and joy radiating from
crowds gathered to experience live drumming.
Exploring this further, Caleb created a yoga and meditation practice powered by live drumming called the Heart Beat Movement, where he witnessed the power of drumming to help people
go deeper into their self-development.
A growing fascination with the differences AND similarities of the
various rhythms of the world led Caleb to begin planning
how he could document these rhythms and share them with audiences while telling a story about the power of rhythm itself.
Potential episodes will include deep exploration into the rhythms of:
Dr. Koo Nimo
Dr. John Collins
Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Center
Stevie Nii-Adu Mensah
Nii Emmanuel Quartey
Dr. Godwin Kwafo Adjei
Tahme Culture Troupe
Reginald Abeiku Sackey
Rising Star Academy, Tamale
Koo Nimo & His Band
Tahme Cultural Troupe
Jaynii Streetwise Foundation
Directed by: Caleb Spaulding
Produced/Edited by: Jules David Bartkowski
Coloring by: Adam Abada
Sound by: Jake Aron
Cinematography by: Brandon Polack