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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Mar 29, 2016

We understand the world through the stories we're told, and we make sense of life's random nonsense by weaving our own personal narratives. In a meandering misadventure ironically titled "The Plot", Chris and Isaiah unpack some of the ways that storytelling affects our lives: from the real world's continually shifting objectives (Chris says, "Take your current age, subtract ten. What was the thing you really needed back then to be super happy? Do you have it now? Of course you do! Are you happy? NO!") to our tendency to believe that the lives of others - or indeed of our own potential selves - are less complex than our current situations (Isaiah thinks maybe some people's whole lives really DO happen in transfer filter). Would it be easier to take our own lumps if more people's stories were lumpy? And how much does the way we assemble the narrative of our past affect the events of our future? Also included: Isaiah says "you know" a truly maddening number of times, and Chris wantonly slags Broadway's most popular musical!

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Article - DiCaprio's Oscar speech cringe-worthy for some advocates of climate-change action - Calgary - CBC News

Website - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — nodus tollens

Article - 18 lottery winners – the surprising truth about the Lotto

Website - Hamilton - Official Broadway Site

Website - Kissin Interview in Zagreb

Article - How to Copy and Paste Text on Facebook App on iPhone/iPad

Website - iTunes App Store - Scanner&Translator Free

Website - IMDb - Six Feet Under (TV Series 2001–2005)

Website - Bechdel Test Movie List

Article - An 18-Year-Old Instagram Star Says Her "Perfect Life" Was Actually Making Her Miserable

Website - Vimeo - Why I think social media sucks from Essena O'Neill on Vimeo

YouTube - Charlie McDonnell (charlieissocoolllike) I'm Scared

Article - ‘Consumers are tired of being packed into planes like sardines’ and Chuck Schumer isn’t going to take it anymore, by Fredrick Kunkle - The Washington Post

Article - The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you. | Curious Apes - The Creator's Path

Website - Download The Grindr Tone! - Grindr

Article - 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience, by Eric Barker | Time

Article - Wikipedia - Black dog syndrome

Website - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Mar 22, 2016

How we see the world is not how the the world really is. But our perceptions have a pesky way of controlling our behaviour anyway. If you're colourblind, like Chris, you may not realize how much what you can't see affects your everyday interactions. If, like Isaiah, you insist on saying "daltonien" instead of "colourblind" (because you just found out that's how they say it in French and you "just think it's cooler,") you may not be fully aware of the distancing effects of your deep-rooted pretension. Our personal defaults are never truly "neutral". But even if we try to account for pre-existing bias, can we ever know for sure if that inscrutable opera director REALLY thinks we're ne'er-do-wells? And is it worse to always suspect disdain than it would be to hear it spelled out? [See: Schrödinger's Critique] Finally, in honour of Overthought's silver jubilee (25 episodes!) - and to cut down on constant mid-show disclaiming -we've implemented a content-flexible pre-show disclaimer: an ever-expanding compendium of the quirks, fallacies, and acts of self-effacement our listeners have come to expect and/or tolerate. It promises to eventually cannibalize the entire hour. Please enjoy.

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YouTube - And I saw a New Heaven, Edgar Bainton

Article - Wikipedia - Philology

YouTube - Colorblind Man Sees Purple for the First Time

Moderate Deutan Colorblindless Simulator | EnChroma:

5 Reasons Listicles Are Here to Stay, and Why That’s OK | WIRED:

VoiceTalk: Reading Lamperti:

Chris' Reaction to Isaiah's Description of the Rice Experiment

YouTube - The Mid-Atlantic Accent for Singers and Actors

YouTube - Big Bang Theory - Schoringer's Cat

Article - 40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain | Thought Catalog, by Brianna Wiest

Website - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig

Mar 15, 2016

Feelings: The Worst? If you're anything like a certain pair of ponderous podcasters, you likely spend a good portion of your day thinking about and managing your Feelings. Is every person's life like this? Are some people just better at placating that perpetually squalling infant inside them? Or do they truly just not Feel So Hard? Being an artist-type can *feel* like being a professional Feeler — but is there a greater purpose to all this relentless sensation? Or, if we were given the choice to do nothing and Just Be Happy, would we take it? Bonus material: that really great Martha Graham quote, and a brand new psychological condition, coined right here at Overthought!

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YouTube - Game of Thrones Season 6: Hall of Faces Tease (HBO)

Website - Definition of 'sonder' | Organizing Creativity How to generate, capture, and collect ideas to realize creative projects.

Website - CinemaBlend - The True Behind Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy's Set Fight

Image - Tom Hardy (Animated GIF)

Article - Martha Graham

YouTube - Rebooting Your DPC3848 (AGAIN) - A Promotional Video

Website - This American Life - 146: Urban Nature Transcript

Website - The Happiness Box | Delight Springs

Mar 8, 2016

Today's urban Facebook dweller is steeped in the culture of positive thought; there's no devil more insidious than Negative Energy. But is there no one left to defend the Lost Art of Complaint? Chris and Isaiah devote an hour to just such devil's advocacy. Could there be a dark side to looking only on the bright side? Is it healthy to leave negative feelings suppressed and unexpressed? What about the sweet relief of hearing your troubles echoed in the troubles of a pal? You may doubt our suppositions, but admit it: you do kind of want to find out how a Complaint could possibly be like a Picasso. NERD BONUS: Good Schumann vs. Bad Schumann - The Mystery Unlocked.

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Article - The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you. | Curious Apes - The Creator's Path:

Book - The Anger Trap

Video - Coughing Dude Causes Chris to Wear a Scarf

Article - 43 Folders with Merlin Mann - The Inbox Zero Strategy to Email Management

Podast - Back To Work

Webpage - Urban Dictioniary - Can't Be Arsed (CBA)

Mar 1, 2016

In the second half of our deeply Uncomprehensive exploration of creativity, Chris and Isaiah try to nail down this slipperiest of concepts. What exactly Is creativity, and in what habitat does it flourish? Extreme stress? Meditation, procrastination, poverty? All of the above? And why does it only seem to come when we're not trying? Plus: who's going to volunteer to discuss the uncomfortably undeniable efficacy of certain chemical aids? If you've ever written a novel in your head, chased a poem across a field, or sung to the universe, this is the podcast for you. Bonus Feature: the introduction of our recurring silent foil, Straw Man Tom Hardy.

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Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony - Catherine O'Hara

TED - Your elusive creative genius

The Death Spiral Of M. Night Shyamalan’s Career, by Walt Hickey | FiveThirtyEight

Phyllis Curtin, soprano

Valentine’s Day Cards for Puritans

Movie - Victoria

Soundcloud - Erwäge wie sein blutgefärbter from Bach's St. John Passion, sung by Zach Finkelstein, tenor

Podcast - Back To Work - Episode 1: Alligator in the Bathroom

Podcast - Back to Work - Episode 7: Vocational Wheel

Tom Diamond, opera director

27 Middle-Class Problems, BuzzFeed

The Horrible Anger You Feel at Hearing Someone Chewing Is Called Misophonia

Book - The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron