DE217 Ivy Alex, a unique and very special Singer/Songwriter
Featured Song’s: Lust The Dark Side Waterfalls Soon to be released EP titled “Fool for Love” Pianist, singer-songstress and Berklee Alumni Ivy Alex is paving a new path for music with her mixed styles of jazz, classical, neo-soul, and pop. The gypsy pianist, singer, composer and producer writes on subjects of love, loss, heartbreak, and inner wisdom. Angelic, grooving melodies paired with dynamic, emotional storytelling~ With over 100 songs in her prolific catalog, IVY is set to release her debut EP this year. Check out her amazing video “Waterfalls” on Youtube Best quotes from Ivy: “When I was 18 I learned how to syncopate” “I have been writing since I was 10 that I can remember, it was kind of like ballad rock then, then after Berkley, it was a lot of 5/4 and 6/8 rhythms and just exploring different feelings” “I wouldn’t want to write in one type of genre for the rest of my life, in fact, I’m releasing an EP soon, and I’m already working on a mixtape of beats, it’s going to be all instrumentals, but it’s fun weaving in and out of genres” “I will say that I’m hyped about these loops, because the loops are awesome, it’s very freeing, it’s a different instrument kind of, and that right now for me is so exhilarating, because I’m not doing it for money, I’m not doing it for anything, it’s just totally freeing, and when I blend those tracks together, I just feel like it’s the best music in the world that I’m creating, and it just makes me so elated, and that’s why I do this” “I like to go to a Kava bar called Bula cafe, which is herein Saint Pete’s I used to work there when I was really young, and its just a place where people get together and they drink this Kava which mellows you out, and I am a very rambunctious person anyway I’ve got a lot of fires, so its really good for me instead of coffee, and it’s very communal” “I really love getting inspired by people like Abraham Hicks, and Tony Robbins, and Oprah, I feel like I’m always learning and journaling my thoughts down, I write 5 pages a day, and I do lots of walking, I have two dogs that I take care of, so lots of walking” “I recorded Waterfalls on a C4 Baby Grand, I love a real piano, recording on a real piano, you capture all of the emotion that my fingers can do, it had to be on a Yamaha, it had to be bright, and it had to be a real piano it just had to be, and plus I also wrote the song on a real piano, I think that’s the key, I wrote the song on a baby grand black Yamaha piano, which I play every night” “If anybody wants to sponsor me for my piano playing reach out!” You can follow Ivy here: Facebook
DE216 Chris Eves and The New Normal in the Jam Band Spotlight!
In this episode of DE216, James meets with Chris Eves, Author and leader of the Rock Jam Band Chris Eves and the New Normal. James and Chris get into some cool discussions about creating music, life on the road, bad food! Old guitars and vintage amplifiers. Peach Fest, Taco Bell, Alternate Tuning, Tony Markellis and where to find the good food! Olive the cat, and of course Jessica’s Eyes. It’s all here in this weeks episode of the dHarmic Evolution! Featured Songs: - Green and Blue - Walking on a Wire - New Normal - When the Stars Fall (Video) Chris Eves and the New Normal blur the lines between rock, funk, country, and blues with a healthy dose of jam band influences. Thoughtful lyrics blend seamlessly with solid roots rock riffs, pop sensibilities and, catchy hooks. Based out of Syracuse NY, the band has shared the stage with such diverse artists as the Zac Brown Band, Jon Fishman of Phish, Gov't Mule, Cheap Trick, Gregg Allman, and many others. Their debut album is scheduled to be released in December 2017. Chris Eves and the New Normal has been featured recently in Relix, A&R Factory and Skope Magazine as well as featurettes in Jammerzine, Jam Band Purist and The Old School Project. Among their many shows and festival appearances, which includes a headlining slot in The Jam For The Land Festival (Stowe, VT), Sterling Stage Festival Ameribeat (Sterling, NY), Seedstock (Cortland, NY), Rochester Fringe Fest (Rochester, NY), Taste Of Syracuse (Syracuse, NY) and the Corn Hill Arts and Music Festival (Rochester, NY) coming up in the 2019 festival season CHRIS EVES AND THE NEW NORMAL have already secured billing for Flannel Fest (Rochester, NY) as well as The Strawberry Jam Music Festival (Turin, NY) and they are securing more festival appearances in the coming weeks. Chris Eves and the New Normal has played some of the region’s top venues and supported some amazing talent as well, including multiple supporting roles at The Westcott Theater opening for jam powerhouse SPAFFORD, JAZZ IS PHISH and ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND. Funk N Waffles with the likes of THE HEAVY PETS, THE MELTING NOMADS and SOPHISTAFUNK. And, at esteemed venues throughout the Northeast including legendary places like The Bitter End, Nectars, Arch Street Tavern, Flour City Station and The Range. Chris Eves has even joined the ZAC BROWN BAND on stage for a rendition of their hit song “Keep Me in Mind”. Dates are filling up fast and tour announcements will be released in the coming weeks. More information about their tour schedule, music videos and links to their debut SAMMY Award-nominated album, “Find Your Way” can be found below. Chris Eves and the New Normal “Chris Eves and The New Normal seamlessly integrate many genres of music from Jam to Alt-Rock. I believe ‘Find Your Way’ is a great platform for this band to build upon and grow exponentially.” –
DE215 Depression Fighters For You
In this episode of DE215, The show opens with the track mix of “Speak To Me” this was written about two people having an exchange of energy (conversation) with each other, without ever speaking a word to each other. James shares his work in progress, Ebook free download of “Depression fighters for you” that will be available to all as a free download, it’s a valuable tool to keep with you on your phone and will allow you to access it anytime that nasty depressed state sneaks up on you! He also reaches out to YOU! the audience to help him decide on Depression Fighter #7 to complete the Ebook, he is not giving away his thoughts on it, as he wants and values YOUR ideas! Please let him know your thoughts on the blog post, leave a comment, or an idea, we love to hear from you! Strategy #1 You Gotta Move! I learned this one 20 years ago from Tony Robbins, and it remains at the top of my list. Get up, get out, get moving! It really is that simple, you don’t even need any complicated exercise program (although anything physical will help) Just start walking, then maybe you turn it into a faster walk as your blood gets moving, then perhaps a jog. We have an old saying in the Yoga Community, “the hardest part is just showing up” and it is so true. It’s so easy to turn on the TV, flop into an easy chair or couch and open a big bag of potato chips and a beer. But if you are feeling low and depressed, you just put three more strikes against feeling better. No movement, bad food, and alcohol, you will not be feeling better today. Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety. Doing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day for three to five days a week may significantly improve depression or anxiety symptoms. But smaller amounts of physical activity — as little as 10 to 15 minutes at a time — may make a difference. It may take less time exercising to improve your mood when you do more-vigorous activities, such as running or bicycling. Strategy #2 You Gotta Laugh! Use disruptive tactics like putting on a few comedy clips, (for me its usually the three stooges) There is nothing better than putting this thing called “Life” into its proper perspective, ie; don’t take everything so seriously that you forget that “you gotta laugh” When you look at 3 adult men sleeping in the same bed till noon fully clothed, you know that your life is really very good comparatively! Did you ever notice that when you start laughing at something you're whole mood changes in an instant? The phrase “laughter is the best medicine” is so true, it's one way to forget your troubles, think about the now, and not the tomorrow, as Jesus teaches, tomorrow will have enough trouble in of itself, put your focus on today, (and him!) Laughing releases endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals. Therefore, it provides short-term relief from tension and worry. Moreover, laughing reduces stress and strengthens social connections. As a result, one of the many benefits of laughter and humor is the power to combat anxiety and depression, according to researchers. Therefore, laughter is good medicine for mental health. Laughter is also a good tool to connect in social settings, go to a comedy club, meet new people, change your entire perspective, get busy and start laughing your ass off! Strategy #3 You Gotta help somebody! If you are feeling low, one of the fastest turn arounds for your mood of self-pity, oh poor me, Isolationism, and falling down and worshiping your own discomfort is to find someone who is really struggling! There are plenty out there who have real struggles, not enough food, water, and no place to sleep. If you want to change your mood, and your core beliefs, find someone who needs a kind word, a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or just a smile and a handshake. While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say we’ll focus on doing good deeds when we have more “spare time”, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing and even benefit your physical health! I challenge you to go up to the next stranger that you see that looks like they are having trouble making ends meet, or if that is too much of a leap, check out people getting in their cars with groceries or using a walker, ask if you can help. It takes very little time and effort and I promise it will leave them with a feeling of Gratitude, and it will also leave you with a warm glow in your heart, and the Gratitude you feel will be even greater than theirs! Now get out there and help someone today! Do not wait until tomorrow, someone needs you right now! Strategy #4 You Gotta be loved! Another thing that is very necessary for everyone is the human touch. It is important to give and receive, if you have no significant other in your life, you can get this from having your hair washed, cut, and washed again. (it’s what I do) I also get massages regularly as there are many benefits of a great massage including the human touch. Physical touch is known to improve the function of your immune system as well as reduce diseases such as those associated with the heart and blood. One study on women found that receiving more hugs from their partners led to lower heart rates and blood pressure! The benefits of physical touch and the biological releases that come with it go beyond social bonding and can manifest positively in your mental and physical health. Known as the “feel good” hormone, oxytocin helps inspire positive thinking and maintaining an optimistic outlook on the world. The role of oxytocin for bonding also extends to helping generate feelings of compassion during interactions. This can contribute to an expansion of trust among individuals during social situations. Now it’s time to go out and spread the love! Strategy #5 You Gotta eat something wholesome! There is more and more evidence each day about how a healthy meal plan contributes to better mental health, not just physical health. I changed up my meal plan about 4 years ago, I dropped 18 lbs, and have not only kept it off, but I am more focused, driven, and have a more evenly distributed energy supply each and every day, no wild swings and then crashes. Notice I said, “meal plan” not diet, diets don’t work, they never have, and they never will. I eat as much food as I want, I am just selective about it. I borrowed this list from the “Kendal at Oberlin” blog post, titled “Diet considerations for a healthy mind” You will find this list repeated over and over in so many similar types “best foods” articles. After scanning I spotted 8 out of 10 foods that I eat almost every day. Dark chocolate (with at least 85% cocoa) Turmeric Kale Sweet potatoes Berries (blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry) Garbanzo beans Walnuts Fish with omega-3 fatty acids (mackerel, lake trout, herring, wild salmon) Red wine Green tea Strategy #6 You Gotta Love the Drugs! No, I am not talking about social, recreational and illegal drugs. I am talking about the ones that you are wired to enjoy anytime you choose. Dopamine, Serotonin, Adrenalin, Oxytocin, they are all within our ability to enjoy whenever we decide to manufacture them. Like the roller coaster ride, or hang gliding, you just climb aboard and you receive that flood of endorphins, that start kicking in and you say to yourself wow where did that come from? We tend to forget about this experience, and you can receive this benefit with all kinds of different activities if you choose to, and I think you should choose to Because there is nothing like feeling good. This is very cool as it goes back to what I stated previously, I want the dopamine, the serotonin, adrenalin, and the oxytocin, as they are the things that keep you young and healthy. When you are a teenager you never think twice about jumping on the fastest, highest Ferris wheel, or the nastiest roller coaster, but as you get older you start to taper off and say “Nah, you know what, I’m reading the paper, or I’m going out for coffee, you forget that you can still take your shirt off and just start running, or jump on a bike and take a ride. So we have got to remind ourselves that these things are really really good for us, so that’s what I’m saying about the drugs, ‘that’s the stuff that I want” I want the natural drugs, I want to feel amazing! Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host
DE214 English Bob and Peter Griffin, Sword fighting in the Studio!
In this episode of DE214, The show opens with the track mix of “Gratitude” this is a unique mix and features a nice complement between James’ clean Stratocaster tone, and James Mitchell’s heavier rocked out Les Paul sound, especially in the beginning of the track. It has a very “Petty esque” tone that is luscious to the senses. In this episode of DE214, The show opens with the track mix of “Gratitude” this is a unique mix and features a nice complement between James’ clean Stratocaster tone, and James Mitchell’s heavier rocked out Les Paul sound, especially in the beginning of the track. It has a very “Petty esque” tone that is luscious to the senses. The show features the final “Mastered” version of the song “Gratitude” at the close of the show that is also the title track that went on the album of the same name. In this episode, we discuss: • James drove on his trip to the entire lower Eastern seaboard, then came back North through Florida’s West Coast and into Nashville for a few days, then off to Morehead Kentucky to visit my friend and extraordinary guitarist George Barker, his wife Kris, and his brother Welton, both George and Welton are alumni of the infamous but most amazing band from the mid 70’s “Tangent”. • English Bob stops by to visit, in his classic Jalopy, English Bob is a bit nervous and reticent to meet with Peter Griffin again as Peter showed up as a real cartoon on the last visit. James comments on English Bob’s brightened suspenders that were recently treated with Iodine and then Vulcanized. English is using a new service “Yandal Booenpicken” who specializes in Iodine and Vulcanization techniques, giving them a bright and cheery, and effective, yandy, glassy of hangy. • There are no siestas in Lower Ipswitch, English sputters like a car as he gets stuck on his magnanimity approach. He then describes Yandal’s second business, that he opens in the afternoon, “Boone Pickens Chickens”. • Yandals process for best chicken, “He bakes it, he broilers is, he fries it, then he barbecues it. He does all four procedures. Feathers are optional, special orders, don’t upset us, just let us serve you, and be a guest of us” The “ruffle effect”. • English Bob’s pocket watch goes off and it's time for his deep knee bends. • Peter Griffin arrives and has swords with him, and being a cartoon character he immediately projects a hologram of a freeway right in the studio and almost gets James run over by a truck. Best Quotes from English Bob: “Yandal is a groundbreaking Booenpicken chicken man”. “Oh a tempest in the Titanic”. “Well Peter, you see I have been the most famous man alive in lower Ipswitch, when it comes to fencing, yes I can lunge, parret, or engarde”. “Take that, you big bellied ballet dancer you”. “James are you aware that you have a freeway running through your studio at the moment?” • On James Kevin’s music: “It tends to remind me of Howling Wolf stuck in a peach tree overnight. Best quotes from Peter Griffin: “Hey how about this, get a load of my flamethrower” “Damn the Torpedoes, full stampede and buffalo ahead”. “English Bob, your quite the swordsman, and I will always Paul Revere this dharmiconalova, as long as I live, and I never thought I would be in a swords contest today when I brought the swords, James Kevin”. Best quotes from James: • On calling the sword fight: “English Bob looks like he has the upper hand so far, I think he is going to slip in his world famous Ubiquitous Larchmont Move any second, (patent pending of course), but I understand that Peter Griffin has a Big Belly Ballet move that may be a close-sleeper”. “Wow both opponents giving it all that they have, they left nothing on the floor today in this unbelievable swordsmanship, as I’ve never seen before”. “Gentlemen, I don’t have a hat on, but if I did, it would be off to both of you”. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host
DE213 Good Friday, It Is Finished!
On the road, this week having meetings with friends, business associates, going to Richmond Va, then to Sarasota Fla, then Saint Petersburg, then Tampa, then off to Nashville for 3 days, then to Moorhead Kentucky, then back to NJ. This was not a relaxing trip as I did too many miles in the car. However it would not make sense to fly to these destinations, as there would be too many airline and car rental connections in such a short amount of time, so I opted to meditate on a long car journey, it will most likely end up over 3000 miles in less than a week. Sharing the song “Amen” and “It Is Finished” this week as we celebrate the last days of Jesus right up to his last dying breath on the cross as he spoke to his Father in Heaven, with “It Is Finished” “All churches have good and bad” “God did not create a religion, the man did” Quick recap To begin describing what happened on Good Friday, we need to quickly recap the events that led up to this point. Basically, Jesus had been betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas, who let the authorities know where Jesus was. So after the Last Supper, and whilst the disciples were sleeping in the garden of Gethsemane, soldiers came and arrested Jesus. Jesus before the court During the night of his arrest, Jesus was taken to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the Jewish law and the elders had assembled. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. The chief priests and the whole court were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they didn’t find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two came forward and, after some questioning, were able to convict Jesus on blasphemy charges. Peter Disowns Jesus As mentioned earlier, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, listening to what was taking place. At this point, a bunch of locals thought they recognized him and accused him of being a follower of Jesus. Afraid of the repercussions, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. It was at this point that Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” He went outside and wept bitterly, full of shame. Judas hangs himself Still early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders made their plans on how to have Jesus executed. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the area during the time. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, which he was given for informing them on Jesus’ location. Judas threw the money into the temple and left. He then went away and hanged himself. Jesus before Pilate Meanwhile, Jesus stood before Pilate and the governor asked him about the charges leveled against him by the Jewish court. Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t try to deny the charges. During these days, it was the governor’s custom at the time of festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time, they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Barabbas. When the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them if they wanted him or Jesus to be released. The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But the mob continued to shout for Jesus to be crucified. When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, and saw that an uproar was starting, he washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them that killing Jesus was their responsibility. He then released Barabbas to them, had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. The soldiers mock Jesus Pontius Pilate’s soldiers then took Jesus into a Roman courtyard. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him; they then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him, mocking him, before proceeding to physically abuse him. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. The crucifixion of Jesus As the soldiers were going out, they met a man called Simon, forcing him to carry the cross that would be used to crucify Jesus. They came to a place called Golgotha. There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Sitting down, they kept watching over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left, including a man named Dismas. Those who passed by hurled insults at Jesus, shaking their heads and mocking his claims of being God. The death of Jesus From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness came over the area. At about 3 pm, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. Then, when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he died. At that moment, the earth shook, rocks split and tombs broke open. The bodies of various holy people who had died were raised to life. When the centurion, and those with him who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, now believing that he was the Son of God. Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Jesus’ mother, Mary. The burial of Jesus As evening approached, there came a rich man called Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pontius Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate obliged. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. At this point, many of Jesus’ disciples must have felt a sense of despair. But as we know, the events three days later on Easter Sunday completely changed that… Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media!
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