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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May 31, 2016

In the most extreme occurrence of invasive OUTBREED (Overthought Unrelated Tangent Based on Recent Experience, Event, or Discovery) ever recorded, Chris and Isaiah set out to discuss one topic and end up spending the entire hour on a very different one.

While Chris contemplates wading into a new market (NEW! YORK! CITY!), Isaiah confronts old anxieties in the audition room. What would happen if every bad thing we're secretly afraid of actually came true? Are risks and investments wasted if we can't show our best selves when it matters most? How can we convince that tender little turtle of creative individuality to stick out his head in a hostile environment?

Startling Admissions! Shocking Techniques! Real World Tales In Gritty, Unflinching Detail! Begin befriending your own inner child today, with the help of our combined sixty-four (64!) years of life experience....

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YouTube - Katamari Damacy - Full HD gameplay on PCSX2

Article - 'The Weight Watchers: Candid photos taken by an obese woman reveal how strangers REALLY react to her on the street - from disapproving smirks to looks of disgust', by Siofra Brennan

YouTube - David Wilcox performs "Start with the ending" at WDVX

Wikipedia - Sky Gilbert

Joel Klein Music - Maria Toilette!work/cjg9

Book - The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant: Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson)

Website - ImDB - Friends - 'The One with the Fake Monica'

Image - Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, but with WiFi

Featured Image: 'Reese Loves Pizza', by Donnie Ray Jones, (Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)) - cropped, and modified to include show logo and show title

Featured Music: Sousa - With Pleasure (Dance Hilarious) - United States Marine Band, via MusOpen

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May 24, 2016

and it opens the door for us to fully realize our creative potential. Right? ........riiiiiight. The course of uvulas never did run smooth, as Shakespeare probably once said.

Singers so regularly hear that technique is our bedrock and our safety net that it seems obvious (to those of us living inside or own heads) that the path to consistency lies in closely monitoring and controlling the actions of our bodies. But singing is infinitely more than just the mechanics of bellows, reed, and resonance. And believing we can always achieve the desired results with just this limited view of "technique" is a recipe for frustration.

But can an overthinker ever learn to trust the less concrete forces that shape our art??? In this episode, the fellas spend an unprecedented amount of time on Highly Relevant tangents and preamble BEFORE even launching into the central theme, so if you hate fun, fast forward to 23:44!

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Clemance Hall Creative

WebMD - EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Article - 'The surprisingly easy way to reduce your anxiety', by Amy Ellis Nutt

Website - Altschmerz - Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

YouTube - Schmopera - On Opera Singers and Recording

Image - A Guide for Walking from Chris' Place to Isaiah's Place

YouTube - Natalie Dessay - Amor (Richard Strauss Opera Scenes & Lieder)

Article - 'Use Interval Training to Hit Your 5K and 10K Potential', by Greg Hitchcock

Article - Wikipedia - Matsuo Basho

Featured Image: 'Rubik's Cube Solution', by Patrizio Custico, via Flickr

Featured Music: Sousa - With Pleasure (Dance Hilarious) - United States Marine Band, via MusOpen

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May 17, 2016

"It's 4 p.m. and I haven't been a useful member of society yet," says Chris at the top of the show. When schedules are self-directed, the pressure to make our time count can be at its worst. Which could be fine, were it simply to motivate us and then dissipate. Unfoooortunately, the feeling that we're not getting enough done often persists after - and even during - productive periods. In addition to causing general discomfort, this can interfere with our ability to recharge and with our capacity to enjoy the non-work side of life. Ironically, it can also actually impede creativity and productivity, leaving us skipping restlessly from one thing to the next in a vicious cycle of dissatisfaction. Why? Ask our pioneer ancestors, I guess. Chris and Isaiah peel back the layers in what is likely an ongoing exploration of what drives us to be driven. PLUS EXCITING SPECIAL BONUS: stay tuned til the end for a mini-preview of one thing our productivity is producing these days — a show written by Isaiah and starring Chris (alongside a cornucopia of other Canadian talent) next January!

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Image - Screen capture of Chris' daily step count

IMDb - 'The Entire History of You', Black Mirror

'When You Die, Your “In Basket” Won’t Be Empty', by Richard Carlson

Book - 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff', by Dr. Richard Carlson

Book - 'Getting Things Done®', by David Allen

Book - 'Mindfulness with Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners', by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

YouTube - Cricothyroid Joint movement stretching the vocal folds of the larynx Melissa Largent

YouTube - Dog of Wisdom

YouTube - Family Guy, Season 13 - Scary Stuff, LUNCH!

Featured Image: 'Bamboo' by Rob King, via Flickr

Featured Music: Sousa - with_pleasure (dance hilarious) - United States Marine Band, via MusOpen

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May 10, 2016

Are you an artist? Have you ever heard someone innocently say something like "Keep following your dreams!" and had an irrational attack of irritability? (If not, DO keep following your dreams! Passion gives your soul wings. #blessed). We know being a professional in the arts is a privileged position, but clichés about the magic and whimsy of the artist's life can still touch a nerve. Is it because we'll always be hungry to be taken seriously? Or does that free spirit from the TV commercials just bear no relation to our real lives? Chris and Isaiah unpack the reasonable and less-than-reasonable elements of this knee-jerk reaction, and in the process Chris composes a topical haiku - ON THE SPOT, you guys!

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YouTube - Leo Reisman Casino Royal Orchestra - Katie Went To Haiti 1939 Cole Porter

Schmopera - 'The Business of Passion' by Isaiah Bell

Schmopera - 'Performers: unwilling players of mind games', by Jenna Douglas

Webpage - Tom Diamond, director

Featured Music: Sousa - with_pleasure (dance hilarious) - United States Marine Band, via MusOpen

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May 3, 2016

We're all familiar with that sickest of grown-up burns: I'mnotmad, I'm just disappointed. Well, we're all grown-ups now; howdowe cope when life disappoints us? With personal failure wecanalways turn our focus to trying to do better next time, butwhatabout when things just don't go out way through no fault ofourown? Do we get mad? Or do we somehow try to stay Zen? Like, doweliterally read half a book called "The Zen Way to MartialArts"[Penguin, 1992] and then try to convince everyone that wenowpractice The Way? Only one thing is certain: Overthoughtepisodesnow feature a wicked haiku sign-off.

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Bengal Spice Herbal Tea, by Celestial Seasonings

YouTube - Lean Startup Lessons: Changing Course on a BusinessIdeaWithout Giving Up

Book - 'The Lean Startup', by Eric Ries

IMDb - Black Mirror

Wikipedia - Be Right Back (Black Mirror), Episode ofBlackMirror

'Microsoft silences its new A.I. bot Tay, after Twitter usersteachit racism' [Updated], by Sarah Perez | TechCrunch:

Book - 'The Zen Way to the Martial Arts', by Taisen Deshimaru

'Mozart's movements and behaviour: a case of Tourette'ssyndrome?',by Aidin Ashoori and Joseph Jankovic

Book - 'The Inner Game of Music', by Barry Green, W.TimothyGallwey

Book - 'The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to theMentalSide of Peak Performance', by W. Timothy Gallwey

Twitter - @depressionarmy, Depression Army™

Featured Music: Sousa - with_pleasure (dance hilarious) -UnitedStates Marine Band, via MusOpen

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