New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

“My girl’s got a city to run.” Word.

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An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only got to choose 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Jukebox Mary

Music Can Wake Up Your Life and Restore Youth

Several years ago I wrote a blog titled “Consequences of a Music-Less Life“. It was about what happened to my life and my mental health when I stopped listening to music and spent all of my energy on getting through college and internships.

A few years after that, my husband shared the “Alive Inside” trailer with me. I was inspired and showed it to my Human Services students. Each time, there were tears.

Some students were drawn toward embracing their own musical past and others decided to try using music to help their family members. My own interest in using music in my teaching and in my personal life grew. Here’s the official 2014 trailer if you haven’t seen it.

Now, the full length documentary is available. One hour and 17 minutes. I cried most of the time. I hope this work will help many who look and feel lost to regain their joy and to live their lives more fully.

To find out about screenings, visit aliveinside.us. You can buy the Alive Inside DVD or Blu-Ray on Amazon.

Body Beautiful by Salt-N-Pepa on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

The lyrics and the delivery says it all. As a teen who struggled with body image issues I was absolutely in love with and intrigued by the idea that a woman could have curves AND be beautiful. This song is a celebration of life. Crank it up and dance.

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An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only had to choose only 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Jukebox Mary

Stress Management: Music and Anxiety

Stress Managment: Music and anxiety
Stress Management, the name of a class I teach at Long Beach City College but also a way of life. I first began to see the need for stress management in my life when I was about to turn 30. I took a look at the history of my life and relationships. One fight after another. One more person gone, lost and forgotten. One more job lost because I walked off in the middle of my shift or was asked to leave. Yeah, by the time I was 30 I pretty much had to face that I was stressed and I was the only one who could do anything about it.

Therapy helped. A little. Telling the same story over and over was stressful. Luckily, therapists and researchers alike have wised up to the facts: music reduces anxiety and relieves stress. Yes, that’s why I was wearing headphones on the way into and out of the therapist office. No, I wasn’t necessarily being rude or ignoring you, I was involved in an anger management intervention!

If you have kids, you’re probably stressed. They are too! Can you imagine if you had to be a kid these days?

I recently read a couple of articles about stress, music, anxiety and helping kids all wrapped in one. In an article by Elizabeth Davis there is reference to a study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. In this study, music practice was found to influence the thickness of the area of the cortex associated with “executive functioning, including…read more at classicfm.com.

Also, a short article by NBC affiliate kgns.tv highlights how music improves children’s brainpower. The article states, “Those who regularly attended music classes and actively participated showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores.”

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Hall of Fame by The Script (ft. Will.i.am) on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

You can be a Champion of your life no matter what you’re handed. Don’t give up on your dreams.

Watch the video on YouTube

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An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only had to choose only 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Jukebox Mary

Schoen Von Hinten by Stereo Total on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

Great little tune by a nice group of people. Got the chance to see them in Hollywood at a small club. I asked my friend who speaks German about the lyrics, it basically boils down to: If you never leave, how can I miss you?

Currently unavailable on U.S. iTunes store.

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An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only got to choose 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Jukebox Mary

iPod Playlist and PowerPoint Presentation for Toastmasters “All One People” Contest

When it comes to creating a vibe of unity and diversity, nothing can beat the combined power of music and images.  When asked to provide the music and visuals for the District One Tall Tales and International Speech Contest in Culver City, I got my inspiration from the theme: All One People.  I pulled a diversity of images from Google as well as my own collection and I chose songs that create and All One People feel.

If you’re a Toastmaster and would like to use this PowerPoint for your next presentation please feel free.  It’s available below as PowerPoint and PDF. I would like to ask that you keep the Agape Toastmasters group photo and the Get Galvanized photo in the mix but otherwise you can edit and add your own flair to it.

From Get Galvanized

“All One People” PowerPoint
“All One People” PDF

What I did was save the playlist to my iPod then took the iPod to the contest and plugged it into the sound board. The music played over the P.A. and created a festive, party-like feel. Some people spontaneously shook their hips and snapped their fingers and the overall vibe of the event was flowing and fun.

Get some of the songs I played at the contest on iTunes. Click on the links below. Here’s the playlist of the day:

Beautiful People (ft. Macy Gray) by Black Eyed Peas
Everyday People – Maroon 5 by Sly & The Family Stone off Different Strokes By Different Folks

If Everybody Looked The Same by Groove Armada

Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin by Sly & The Family Stone

Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas