It was a day of innovation and learning for the hundreds who gathered in Arcadia on Saturday, November 23 for TEDX-PCC. The day was delivered by 16 top-notch speakers in 3 segments: education, science and social justice.
The event ended with a presentation by Josh Kun and DJ J. Period titled “Art of the Crossfade.” In a nutshell, Kun’s argument is that we would benefit as a society if we move away from the “melting pot” model where we all try to blend in and become one. Instead, he proposes that we’d function better if we adopted a crossfade mentality where the individual parts maintain their own identity while also coming together to create something new.
With the pictures, music and explanation, it was a pretty compelling concept. In fact, the day was filled with an abundance of compelling ideas which left me with a TED hangover on Sunday but a new lease on life today. Even if you never go to TED, we can all be better off if we choose to share ideas that are worth spreading.
When I’m at my computer surfing the web, I feel like I’m Captain James T. Kirk at the control panels of the Starship Enterprise. I speed past information at warp speed but some of it is worth looking at more than once. When that happens, I generally swipe the link, or click on “like” so I can at least be reminded of the information and go back to it later if possible.
One of the things I want to do is savor and share the things that inspire me and help me remember the “big picture” of interstellar connections for longer than 10 seconds.
One of the highlights of my week was watching the 2006 documentary: Scott Walker: 30 Century Man on Netflix.
This is one deep movie about a seriously talented artist. In the big picture, even if you don’t know Scott Walker, you probably listen to music that was heavily influenced by him including Brian Eno, Radiohead and David Bowie..
Since your work will undoubtedly influence someone, why not be wise and forward-thinking about what you put out there and what you share?
The Master Mind principle is based on the idea that we all share one mind and as more people share a similar belief, the cultural consciousness shifts. One of the places you can hear the direct relationship of influence is music.
Most music today is inspired by music from the past. Not everyone who listens to music knows this but people who produce it usually do and they often have a reason for being influenced by a certain artist.
Stevie Wonder has been an incredible source of influence for many hip-hop and R & B artists. Today when I was at the gym the song Rocket Love (1980) came on.
Starting at about 1:21 in the song and throughout the song is a lyric “Cold Cold World”. This same lyric and sound is a song by Genius GZA released in 1996. Today when I heard Rocket Love, I also heard Cold World in my mind which made me think of how and maybe why I discovered this song to begin with.
Do people unconsciously make their current music choices based on influences from the past? Are musicians consciously or unconsciously shaping our culture with their message? Does listening to old music keep you stuck?
As a person who’s been heavily influenced by music I try to make my selections consciously and as a DJ I also have a conscious intention to build unity and a family vibe. I got a chance to try this out on Saturday at EPIC Summer Night.
And yes, a group of people in a room listening to the same music, laughing and dancing at the same time is probably one of the most powerful Master Mind groups there can be. Whatever you say or play today, do it consciously, pay attention and play wisely. The words you share will undoubtedly impact the future.
I spent more time in record stores and listening to music than anything else. This mix is a representation of what a spunky teenager-turned-woman hears when scouring the L.A. underground.
Punk and funk, hip hop and soul inspired by days at Zed Records followed by nights at the Olympic Auditorium interspersed with endless hours of listening to L.A. underground/college radio and making stacks of mixed cassette tapes.
The tracks for the I am Galvanized Song of the Week come to you from Michael Zampelli who has been influential force in the Southern California music scene for more than 40 years and is the former owner of a well known import store called Zed Records of Long Beach. He continues to maintain a working knowledge of new music coming out of the U.K.
Zampelli is the official webmaster for the Los Angeles Kings hockey club and maintains the on-line community for Kings fans worldwide at www.letsgokings.com .
Several years ago I wrote a blog titled “Consequences of a Music-Less Life“. It was about what happened to my life when I stopped listening to music and spent all of my mental energy on getting through college.
Since that time I’ve read articles and listened to podcasts from people all around the world who are discussing the healing power of music. This week I came across a video titled “Alive Inside”, it’s about the transformation elderly, seemingly comatose hospital patients made simply as a result of listening to their favorite songs on an iPod. Check it out, it’s pretty inspiring.
On Sunday I ran a 5k for the first time in my life. I didn’t train for it specifically outside of my usual warrior workouts with Signal Hill Personal Trainer, Jaiya Figueras, yet I finished #8 in my age category and #116th overall at an event with 948 registrants.
I believe the reason I can run the way I do with no prior experience or inclination toward athletics is because of the hard and heavy music I listen to. I literally lock into the beat and run as if I’m dancing and quite frankly, I have fun.
Since fitness is a way to attain physical and mental health, I’m all for finding ways to make it fun and enjoyable. Not everyone will like the music on this mix while sitting at their computer working, but try listening when you drive, walk or run and see what happens to your feet..and your hips.
If you like any of the tracks on this mix you can buy them on iTunes. Click below to listen to samples.
This mix is heavily influenced by Chase and Status and UK Dubstep.
P.S. The 5k event raised a total of $68,350.64 for BeTheMatch. Woo Hoo!