Overthought, A Podcast

Overthought is a compelling examination of the lives of classical singers Isaiah Bell and Chris Mayell, discussing performance psychology, creativity, entrepreneurship, life balance, self-doubt and the ways we overcome challenges to attain artistic triumph.
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Nov 24, 2015

Does it get any worse than being sick when you have to sing? Chris and Isaiah manage to compound the unpleasantness - using only the power of their miiiinds! Featuring guest appearances by Guilt and Shame ("the other G&S"), and wistful praise of the placebo effect.

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Website: Lucia Cesaroni, Soprano

Article: The Guardian - 'This column will change your life: the mind-body connection', by Oliver Burkeman

Article: Montages Magazine - 'Unbreakable, Part III: Visual style' by Dag Sødtholt

Website: HowStuffWorks - 'How Haptic Technology Works'

YouTube - Parpignol from La Bohème

Article - Idea Sandbox - Performance = potential – interference (P=p-i),

YouTube - With Any Luck, You'll Hit Rock Bottom

Article - Mindbodygreen - 'A Strange (But Effective!) At-Home Cure For The Cold & Flu', by Dr. Katie Corazzo

Podcast - On Being - 'Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness'

Article - Wikipedia - Placebo

Website - BBC Horizon show transcript, 'The Truth About Vitamins'

Website - USCF - Immunology Module >> Prologue: The innate and adaptive immune systems

Website - CBC Music - Opera Singers Wearing Scarves, A Gallery!/blogs/2015/11/Opera-singers-wearing-scarves-a-gallery

Website - BuzzFeed News: How A Fake Quote And Old Image Of Meryl Streep Went Viral (Meryl Streep subway picture)

Theme Music: Slyvius Leopold Weiss's Preludio in E Major, played by Jeff Carter

Nov 17, 2015

Is opera dying? Is it a poor fit for the culture and entertainment needs of the 21st century human? Do flagging audiences and house closures signify a need for innovation or a fundamental weakness in the art form? Chris and Isaiah discuss shared experiences as cogs in the (faltering?) opera machine, and offer opposing viewpoints on where the art form might be headed. Disclaimer: contains multiple disclaimers.

Nov 10, 2015

In this episode Chris and Isaiah tackle the causality loop that can exist between obsession and creativity. For Isaiah, obsession is something that happens in response to an internal compulsion to create. For Chris, the obsessions can often be the source of the pressure itself, which leads to a creative output. Chicken and the egg, my friends.
Wild and fantastic comparisons are drawn between obsession and mortality, and the urge for us all to create a legacy in order to escape death.
For an obsessive person with a brain that's always thinking and processing at full steam, unwanted or unimportant thoughts sometimes come in and start to get processed, even if those thoughts are not helpful, or mentally healthy.


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John & Hank Green

Picture of desk

WordPerfect 5.1 keyboard shortcuts

Artist - Carravaggio

Book - 'The Worm at the Core: On The Role of Death in Life', by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski

Book - 'Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti', Giovanni Battista Lamperti

Isaiah's Children Book

Theme Music: Slyvius Leopold Weiss's Preludio in E Major, played by Jeff Carter

Nov 3, 2015

In this episode of 'Isaiah Misquotes Science', a discussion about instincts, in response to a singer who told Isaiah to always "go with your gut". But what if you literally can't hear what your gut is telling you, over top of all your mind traffic? Some people seem to be able to access this part of them more easily than others. But, apart from noticing & running away from lions, are there practical modern day situations where letting go, and following the gut allows us to do our best?
Let's find out by overthinking the subject for an hour!

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Article: Pscyhology Today - 'Your Backup Brain'

SciShow: Why Body Hair? (Partial Answer: Pheromones)

Myers-Briggs MBTI Basics: Sensing or Intuition

Grammarist - Instinctive vs. Instinctual

YouTube: TED-Ed - How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

Book: 'Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti'

Book: 'The Inner Voice: The Making of Singer', Renee Fleming

YouTube: Holland's Got Talent - mira Willighagen - O Mio Babbino Caro

Photo: Mabel The Dog

Photo: Pixel The Cat

Article: Singing with Appoggio For Dummies

Video: TED Talks - Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Book: 'The Velvet Rage, Overcoming The Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World', Alan Downs

Wikipedia: Somatic Experiencing