DJ GAL-VanIZed We Are I.E. Remix ft. Ahman

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They say multi-tasking kills creativity but in this case, listening to two types of audio generated an idea for jungle beats mixed with a Sunday sermon. This Lenny De Ice track, (We are I.E.) is mixed with sound snippets from a rousing sermon by Ahman titled Mental Fast. It will give you permission to question religious practices that manipulate and limit the mind of a spiritual seeker.

Between Music & Medicine: Robert Gupta TED Talk

Join Robert Gupta as he discusses the power of music to heal various mental conditions including Alzheimer’s and PTSD. When considering his career choices, he wasn’t sure if he should become an M.D. or a musician. Ultimately it was his work the mentally ill that helped him realize that music is medicine.

Robert Gupta played music with Nathaniel Ayers on Skid Row. You may remember the story as told through the movie The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx. What came out of this experience was the founding of an organization called Street Symphony that helps other homeless people on Skid Row to find healing and sanity through playing and listening to music.

Get Absorbed into the Dub Vortex for a Groovin’ Day

DubStep music is growing in popularity and has it’s roots in Dub, Reggae and Jungle music. I used to love to hear this music playing between punk rock bands at Goldenvoice gigs in the ’80s. Was glad to find this podcast as a way to tap into this largely underground movement of great roots rock. Enjoy.

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Jimi Hendrix, Hippies, Love and Creating Lasting Change on The Sheri and Erin Show

This episode of The Sheri and Erin Show was one day after we watched 2 documentaries on the Bio channel, one about Jimi Hendrix and one about hippies. We discussed how music impacts people and how everything is intertwined.

We are all connected and when one of us is bold enough embrace authenticity and creativity, to break free from “right/wrong” reality, it can impact many people for decades to come.

We discussed the power of love and the value of accepting people for who they are as well as the damage of judging and categorizing groups of people like “hippies”.

The hippie movement left a lasting impact on society at large, even on those who were not hippies. Hippies created a cultural shift in California that can be felt to this day.

We discussed the difference between Truth and illusions. One way we keep illusions alive is by being afraid, feeling guilty and clinging to something we heard or experienced a long time ago. We keep illusions and pain alive by bringing old memories into present day reality.

The idea that you did something “wrong” is what keeps you in bondage. The moment you forgive yourself is the moment you are free. You can choose to be “In Joy” and enjoy your life or you can stay in bondage to the past, it’s all a matter of perception.

Sometimes you have to acknowledge your pain and take steps to heal it. Not all pain and wounds can be washed over by thinking positive. Ultimately we are the only ones who can heal ourselves. Experience is the best teacher. Acceptance is the key to freedom.

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Music Videos in Honor of African-American History Month

Here is an outstanding selection of Soul Train clips with Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay by Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & Rosco playing in the background. It’s titled Black History Mix: ‘Marvin’s Room of Chardonnay Train’. Cool how the dancing works with funk, soul, rap and R&B. Soul Train style captivated me at the age of 7 and the influence on my life is notable.

In fact, here’s an audio/video mix from DJ Gal VanIZed 2012. It’s a montage that symbolizes the many contributions black culture has made to my personal life. Enjoy this blend of sounds, words and images that represent creativity, authenticity and power.

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Hearts of Space – A Musical Trip for Space Fans

Hearts of Space is one of those constants in my life that I never tell anyone about. It’s a little strange, and not particularly “catchy”.

None of the songs have poetic lyrics or infectous guitar riffs. In fact, it’s almost as if Hearts of Space beams you up into it’s starship, takes you on a vacation and spits you out at home when it’s over. Sometimes you don’t remember where you’ve been.

Recently, I discovered the Hearts of Space app. I have been swept away, night after night; lulled away into a world of unbounded creativity. I find that the shows make a perfect backdrop for creative writing, drawing or sewing.