The I am Galvanized song of the week comes to you from Michael Zampelli. Zampelli has been influential force in the Southern California music scene for more than 40 years and is the former owner of Zed Records of Long Beach. He continues to maintain an interest in new music coming out of the U.K.
On Valentine’s day, I was inspired to sit down and record a DJ Mix that blends audio and images to create a soundtrack for Peace, Love and Unity. It’s about Love and things I Love. It’s about embracing the past, being in the present and looking forward to the future with enthusiasm.
It’s for people I love.
Play it when you’re ready to party or take a break from monotony. Use it to Galvanize your mind, pump you up or get you inspired.
This mix includes brand smokin’ new dubstep from the UK via Beatport.com as well as some soul, funk, Drum and Bass and even a little punk rock. It also includes a track I just created last week using jungle sounds from a Lenny De Ice track (We are I.E.) and sound snippets from a rousing sermon by Ahman titled Mental Fast. Here’s the track all by itself if you’d like to give it a listen.
Get in the groove and get ready to move at The Church of Beats, Rhythms and Raps and enjoy a replay of the Valentine’s Day Service performed by Rev. DJ Gal VanIZed. If you can’t see the player below, click here to hear the mix.
This year has been about “diving deep” into my true passion, all the while shedding fears and habits and old ideas. It’s been quite a journey.
This week I did something totally new but at the same time, it was just picking up on something I originally did 30 years ago.
You see, in the 80′s I sat up all night and recorded music shows off the radio. Later, I would take the best songs and transfer them over to my mix tape which became my mantra for the week. I popped it in my cassette player and listened to it 10′s, 100′s…maybe even 1,000′s of times. Listening to music makes me feel good and if the lyrics are positive, even better.
In the 90′s when I joined a non-diet weight loss plan lead by Dr. Nancy Bonus, she recommended that we use affirmations to reprogram our subconscious mind. She said the best way to gain the full effectiveness of affirmations was to use repetition. So I used to go to this musician supply store and buy endless loop cassette tapes that were 3 minutes long. I would play music in the background then record myself saying my affirmations in an upbeat way. It made me feel good, it took my mind off of the negativity and after a while the affirmations seemed very realistic and feasible for me. A lot of positive changes happened in my life during that time and I truly believe the affirmations had a lot to do with it.
So I guess that explains why I came up with the idea to mix self-help audio with popular beats and sounds. My Master Mind partner Christopher Westra gave me permission to use the audio from his money meditation and I made a mix that includes that as well as some beats from a song titled Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money) – Hot Box – EP If you like the idea of upbeat affirmations with a beat give this a try. The idea is to listen to it repetitively so it gets stuck in your mind and makes you think about prosperity in a fun and happy way.
There’s another new thing I’m doing which is also just picking up on an idea from the past. It’s called Hypnomassage.
You see, 20 or so years ago I was getting a massage and I heard the music of Stephen Halpern which reminded me of a hypnosis CD I owned. I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be cool if you could get hypnotized while you’re getting a massage?”
Now, 20+ years later that’s exactly what I do and the crazy thing is, I didn’t even initiate the first step. It was my personal trainer and friend Jaiya Figueras who had a masseuse for a girlfriend (Stacy Aguilar) and recommended that we provide hypnomassage.
He never knew about my idea from 20 years ago but now here we are, in the beginnings of LB Hypnomassage with a few very satisfied clients under our belt and ready to see more. Come check out our new website at LBHypnomassage.com
Also, check out this video testimonial we got from one of our satisfied clients. So far, the feedback and results have been incredible.
As I close out this post about Taking it Back and Mixing it All Up, I just want to mention there will be some changes to the site in January 2012 including a whole new “I am Galvanized” look. I’ll be sending a survey to subscribers and I’d love to have your feedback on what you want more of or less of in 2012 and how this blog can become a place where you visit and leave inspired… even better, galvanized.
Wandering Worx Entertainment has just released Moka Only. This latest project “Barbequed Horse Contest” has many instrumental tracks great for creating a smooth groove atmosphere or to use as mixing tools for DJ’s who want a steady beat that’s infused with funk, soul and jazz undertones. Old school music lovers will appreciate the phat bass line and vinyl “pops” on some of the tracks.
Listening to music and dancing have been my keys to joy as far back as I can remember. I may have been dancing in the womb. But over the years, I picked up a set of rules, regulations, shoulds and limiting beliefs that convinced me that I couldn’t and shouldn’t dance anymore.
I’ve never been a professional dancer and I’ve only taken a couple of dance classes here and there for the fun of it but my Spirit doesn’t care a lick about that. My body just wants to move!
Over the past 5 years I’ve made a conscious decision to wake up to who I really am without the rules and regulations and I’ve made a commitment to myself to be who I am and to find the people who will love me for me.
I had no idea how topsy-turvy the road would be or what would be the end result but I can definitely say it’s been worth it to take this journey.
This past Saturday I invited some of my favorite Master Mind sisters and Warrior Princesses over to dance to some music and claim liberation from self-imposed limitation.
The energy in the room was amazing and joyful and inspiring. Yet, just 8 months ago I was still wrapped up in fears of letting go and dancing freely in front of others. In fact, I wouldn’t even dance in my own living room because I was self-conscious of my neighbors and my husband. In my mind there was an imaginary panel of judges, something akin to American Idol and they always told me I was not good enough, I was too old, I should just “give up” and I shouldn’t be listening to Hip Hop. I listened to those judges for many years.
Then, in September I had the opportunity to be in a beach house with my brothers in Florida. It was the first time the three of us were alone in the same home at the same time since we were children so it seemed only natural to remember the things we used to do when we were kids which was to listen to music and dance. I found an old-school Hip Hop channel on satellite radio and dared to turn it on and see how my brothers would respond. I remember feeling insecure and afraid, hesitant really, but I knew my brothers know the “real me” and that they would at least tolerate my wild, free-spirited nature. The music was inspiring to us all and it wasn’t long before I got up to dance because it’s nearly impossible for me to listen to good music with a strong beat and not dance.
Dancing in a house with my brothers standing by was a way for me to “break the ice” and to begin my return to full-fledged dancing on an almost daily basis. I was tentative, I stood off to the side, I heard the judgments and limitation in my mind and I danced anyway. My brothers didn’t dance but they began to sing along to the “oldies” we grew up with and they were filled with joy to hear songs they hadn’t heard in 20-30 years.
When I came home from Florida, I concluded that if I could dance in a vacation home in Florida with my brothers, I could also dance in my living room with my husband nearby. This weekend commemorated another level of my return to dance and music because I invited people over and we all danced together. I didn’t hold back and as far as I can tell, neither did anyone else.
I had about 2 hours of prepared music and it was obvious that even after 2 hours of almost non-stop dancing, no one was ready to stop yet. So we got out the good old tried-and-true Millennium Funk Party CD (get it on Amazon) and we yelled out the words to classics like Brick House and Play That Funky Music while bouncing up and down and smiling.
Ultimately, that CD also came to an end and I had to gently nudge the remaining party-goers out the door sometime around midnight because it was past my bed time. The party was a complete success and I heard several people say “I had more fun than I thought I would”. To think, fear could have prevented all of this from happening but luckily love came to the rescue once again.
Speaking of overcoming fear. This week I released my first piece of writing on the subject of sex. In conjunction with my We-Wow partners, we have put out a free gift page at Awaken Your Spring.com. There are 5 gifts there total including a transformational course for “Getting Things Changed” by Chris Cade and a free audio by Nick Pfenningwerth that will help you “Learn How To Clarify Your Divinely Inspired Life Purpose” and also my free download about the “One Word That Can Transform Your Sex Life Today.”
I have to say that my Master Mind partners are the ones who really made it possible for me to break out of my shell enough to have a dance party and write about sex. In fact, I did some 1×1 coaching with Nick Pfenningwerth over the past few months that has been phenomenal. Nick really helped me to identify my own authentic voice, beneath all the fears and phobias I had picked up over the course of my life. His coaching was so amazing in helping me to identify the difference between my limited self and my true self. Only my limited self says I can’t talk about sex or dance. My limited self is far too concerned with what other people think. But true liberation is being able to act with or without approval from others. I made a short video testimonial for Nick if you’d like to see it.
Every musical act has influences. The Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest influenced each other. Punk bands from the U.K. influenced garage bands in Southern California and vice versa. Reggae and dub influenced each other.
What are your influences? That’s what we talked about in Helping and Listening Skills this week. We came up with a great list and I liked it so much I took a picture of it.
I asked the students to tell me about the things that influence them. What do they value? Why do they do what they do; love what they love? This is the list they came up with:
Socio-Economic Status ($$$)
The point I want to make in this class is that you cannot know any of these things about yourself or anyone else unless you first learn how to listen.
A great Master Mind group is one that’s committed to honoring and respecting each other and that includes listening unconditionally and without judgment. It is honoring a person to trust that they know what’s best for their own life.
When you think about it, every musical act you know of is using the Master Mind principle whether they realize it or not. They are joining together as a team with a combined vision. You can use the same principle and make some truly rockin’ things happen in your life.
Do you have a creative project you want to complete? Do you want to find a purpose for your life?
If so, I invite you to come over to my brand new page called Start a Master Mind Group.com. I’m offering 4 freebies to get you started so you can get a sense of what the Master Mind is all about.
Between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve I will post my top eight favorite songs of the year. These tunes were selected from the 51 songs of the week that were submitted by Michael Zampelli during 2009.
Stay tuned because very soon I will release Songs to Galvanize Your Mind – A List of Songs for a Strong Mind and a Stronger Purpose.