I Feel It by Flux Pavillion on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

Click play, get up off your seat, listen to the end. At what point do you feel It?

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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?

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.

Try It Again by Bobby Byrd on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

Try It Again, it seems like a better idea than giving up. Sometimes when you try again you have to go about it a different way. I hope we can learn from our mistakes.

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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?

Take That by Wiley & Chew Fu on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

Tell anyone who thinks you can’t do it anymore: “Take That!” and back it up with evidence.

Tune currently not available in U.S. iTunes
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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?

Galvanize: Song Became Personal Anthem, Contest

Sometimes a song just hits you and it becomes “your song”. Maybe you heard it at a key time in life, maybe someone you respect was the first person to play it for you or maybe it’s sung by your favorite artist.

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“My song” is Galvanize and out of the song sprung a bunch of ideas and even a roller derby name when I was skating in 2008. But skating or not, it was the sentiment or the vibe that had me clinging to the song Galvanize for inspiration. It helped a lot that the vocalist on the track is Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame.

Galvanize singer Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest

The lyrics came at a much needed time in life. I was in a downward spiral, feeling as though no matter what I did or how hard I tried everyone one around me was critical and nothing was working out right. I wanted to give up but instead I decided to galvanize.

Not caring what others thought was just the type of freedom I needed and for a few years I took it to the hilt. It began with joining roller derby. Something I knew my female relatives and friends would probably scoff at or judge but that I thought would be a great way to get exercise, release tension and especially release the “me” that was in a cage of convention.

It only made sense that my roller derby name should be GAL-VanIZed because then every time I heard or said the name, I also heard the song itself. If someone disagreed or gave me a “crooked stare” my mind was thinking, “don’t hold back.” I did a lot of courageous things in my life while in that mood.

The day that I declared “Galvanize is my theme song”, I had no idea what an impact it would have on me and on my relationships with others. However, I do know that there are plenty of people who have a song that spurs them to action. Some people have a song that changed their entire life and I want to hear about it and publish it on this blog.

On January 26 we’ll have a contest for subscribers of Sheri Zampelli newsletter, the prize is a $25 iTunes gift card. If you want to be part of the contest, subscribe to the newsletter at SheriZampelli.com. We will send the details and deadline via e-mail. The winning entry will be published on this blog.

Galvanize Lyrics

Don’t hold back
Cause you woke up in the mornin’, with initiative to move, so I make it harder
Don’t hold back
If you think about it, so many people do, be cool man, look smarter.
Don’t hold back
And you shouldn’t even care, bout those noses in the air, and their crooked stares
Don’t hold back
Cause there’s a party over here, so you might as well be here, where the people care
Don’t hold back

The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
Galvanize!

C’mon, c’mon c’mon.

Don’t hold back
If you think about it too much, you may stumble, trip up, fall on your face
Don’t hold back
You think its time you get up, crunch time, like a sit up, come on keep pace
Don’t hold back
Put apprehension on the back burner, let it sit, don’t even get it lit
Don’t hold back
Get involved with the jam, don’t be a prick, hot chick, be a dick.
Don’t hold back

The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
The world, they’re holdin’ back
The time has come to
Galvanize!

C’mon, c’mon c’mon.

World, the time has come to
Push the button
World, the time has come to
Push the button
World, the time has come to
Push the button
World, my finger, is on the button
My finger, is on the button
My finger, is on the button
Push the button
The time has come to
Galvanize

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 published today 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.”