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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Feb 23, 2016

Every creative type has opinions to offer about the process of making something that Is Not into something that Is. In the first installment of our first ever two-parter, Isaiah and Chris apply their unique brand of madcap misquoting to the mystical realm of creativity. Have you ever lived somewhere you absolutely Could Not create? Do you ever compulsively hack away at a project for hours on end because you just can't NOT? Is creativity really un oiseau rebelle, or should we all just buckle down and do the work? Tune in this week to hear our very own Christopher Mayell, tenor, attempt to break the world record** for most conversational instances of the word "like" within ten seconds!
**Previously held by Isaiah Bell, tenor

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Diary: Let’s not get physical, by  Tabard | The Stage:

Glyndebourne opera critics spark 'sexism' row, by  - BBC News

TinTin is Racist?

Know Your Meme - Scumbag Brain

The Importance of Rest - Feldenkrais Centre Vancouver

750 Words - Write every day.

National Novel Writing Month

Quantity Always Trumps Quality

Quote: J.S. Bach - "I was obliged to be industrious..."

xkcd comic - 'I Could Care Less'

'Your Elusive Creative Genius', Elizabeth Gilbert TED Talk

Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life, TED
"If you have a creative mind, it’s a little bit like owning a border collie."

Feb 16, 2016

Everyone loves auditions. If you don’t, you’re probably the only one, and you should feel ashaaaamed. Regular living humans often enjoy being scrutinized in airless, fluorescent-lit rooms by overworked figures of authority who hold one’s career (along with scratchy notepads) in their hands. Isaiah devours the lion’s share of this week’s Overthought with the spine-chilling A Tale of Two Auditions. One day. Two auditions. A world apart. Hear all the grisly details, and shudder at those dreaded words: Would You Mind Going In Early.

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Book:  The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters - The Tintin fan's resource

YouTube - What Does “Netflix And Chill” Actually Mean?


YouTube - G. Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle - Alberto Zedda - OSG - COSG

Featured Image:
Library of Congress - Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and Oscar Hammerstein II, seated in back is Helen Tamiris, they are watching hopefuls who are being auditioned on stage of the St. James Theatre [...] / World Telegram photo by Al Aumuller.

Feb 9, 2016

This week, on a suggestion from a listener, Isaiah and Chris walk the tightrope of season planning and career strategy. Conflicting gig offers? Work-life balance? Try our handy formula! How to pronounce Anaïs Nin? We googled it so you don't have to! In the most digression-filled episode to date, the fellas unmask the Plague of Isaiah's Nesting Tangents (PINT), and Chris points out a blooper from last week that might make you question everything you thought you knew... (About the editing of Overthought Podcast, specifically.)

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Index of Articles on Work/Life Balance

'The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of a Man’s Ability to Compartmentalize', by The Mighty Most

Stop patronising young people, and start listening, by John Green | World Economic Forum

YouTube - Why the Word "Millennial" Makes me Cringe, by Hank Green, via vlogbrothers

Book - 'Delta of Venus', by Anaïs Nin
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Alexenader Technique - Faulty Sensory Perception

YouTube - CollegeHumor - The Guy Who Overpronounces Foreign Words

Website - Schwalbe & Partners » Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor

Fighting Cognitive Dissonance & The Lies We Tell Ourselves | World of Psychology

You Say “Fulsome,” I Say “Shut Up”, by Ruth Pennebaker

YouTube - Air Canada, Musical Experts

Comic - Don't Let the Existential Dread Set In

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

Feb 2, 2016

Geologically, a plateau is nothing to whine about - especially when it's silhouetted against a nice sunset. But what about when that setting sun is a metaphorical one that represents the diminishing of your worth and vitality? Not so pretty any more. Sometimes, what might seem like a relief - a break in the climb, a lull, the establishment of a routine - only serves to highlight pesky existential angst. Should we just be grateful for the constancy? Or is struggle what gives lives meaning? Chris discusses strategies for jolting out of those stultifying ruts, while Isaiah, ever the amateur scientist, tests whether oolong leaves taste as good as the tea they make. SPOILER: they don't. And it's a waste of good oolong.

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Article - 'Busy? Stressed? Do stop boasting about it. You're not the only one', by Nicole Mowbray - Telegraph:

A Life of Productivity – How to ‘Flow’: Here’s the most magical chart you’ll come across today, by Chris Bailey

Book - 'Flow', by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do (And What to Do About It), by James Clear

Wikipedia - Dreyfus model of skill acquisition

Mewsy the Adulteress (@MewsyAdulteress) | Twitter

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