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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Jun 28, 2016

Life is crazy, OK? The ups. The downs! Even the middles... are crazy. And everything is exaggerated under the microscope of performance pressure. So it's healthy to try to keep an even keel when possible, yes? Honestly? We don't know.

Is it false and unhelpful to force "balance" in the face of the vicissitudes of life? For those of us whose ultimate Saturday night involves peace, quiet, and an early bedtime, adrenaline and nerves are hard to embrace. But what if life just Isn't about feeling normal?

Things get very real very quickly in this episode, and the whole discussion is capped off by what could possibly be the most depressing Benjamin Button tagline ever imagined. Remember: we know nothing.

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Video - Our (unused!) Acceptance Speech for the 2016 Podcast Awards #pc2016

Website - Daniel Taylor, Countertenor - 'Four Thousand Winter' CD

Book - 'The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi', by John Whenham, Richard Wistreich

Website - Dan Benjamin, host of Back to Work

Article - 'Ontario funeral business dissolves the dead, drains liquid into sewer system', by

Image - 'My Childhood Punishments'

Book - 'Tale of Genji'

YouTube - 'Gattaca' - Never saved anything for the swim back

Jun 21, 2016

It took two false starts (Episode 35 and "The Bad One") and an 11th-hour data-loss scare before our discussion of Boundaries could be unleashed upon the world. [But aren't boundaries always difficult to establish? ...*sage nodding*...]

Chris can find himself going WAY beyond the call of duty in his dealings with certain hard-to-please clients... But is it keen business acumen, or poorly defined boundaries?

Meanwhile Isaiah reveals a shocking and unfortunate default mindset (another one?!) - a sort of evil twin to "innocent until proven guilty". Do we people-pleasers actually look for excuses to enable other people to take advantage of us? And are we just vulnerable to other people's problems because we're Sensitive Artistes?

This episode features our first attempt at introducing ourselves and "who we are today" at the top of the show. Because even we get our voices confused sometimes. For serious.

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Website - Car2go

Website - IMDb - Lady Dynamite (TV Series, 2016-)

Website - Instagram - MaximumMabel (Isaiah's dog)

Article - 'Why Don't You Respond to My Awesome Email Messages?', by Merlin Mann

Article - Bring Versus Take

Article - 'Are You a People Pleaser?', by Sherry Pagoto Ph.D.

Article - '21 Tips to Stop Being a People Pleaser', by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

YouTube - Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, "Always Be Closing" Full Speech

Featured Image - 'three-fifty-six/three-sixty-five', by Laura Bittner
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Jun 14, 2016

For the first time ever, Chris and Isaiah are podcasting simultaneously from the very same room!? To mark this momentous occasion, and the arrival of Episode Number Lucky 37, we're talking about Good Things! Positivity! Optimism! For one thing: why is it so much easier to focus on the negative? Perhaps we learn more from bad experiences - but is life appreciation a skill we can actually acquire? And is there some universal truth behind "The Secret" or is optimism naïve? We also bid goodbye — for now — to our omnivorous Disclaimer (with a duet recitation!). Episode 38 will herald somewhat of a new dawn in our format, but don't worry - if circuitous navel-gazing is what you've come for, circuitous navel-gazing you shall have.

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Website - Schmopera

YouTube - Lemur Requires To Scratch His Back

YouTube - Viral Video UK: Monkey loves to be groomed!

Website - Instagram - Mabel The Dog

Website - Classical Classroom, with host Dacia Clay | Houston Public Radio

YouTube - 'Travelling Companion', by David Wilcox

YouTube - 'Louis CK - about airplane Wi-Fi'

Featured Image - 'Cocoa Avocado Brownies' by Janet Hudson
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Jun 7, 2016

Dear Overthought Podcast Subscribers: This is not a drill. Things went seriously wrong this week, and, well, we didn't have time to make good. It's not that we didn't record. We did. It's just... Well, we all have off days — right?? Anyway. There are those among you with a macabre fascination for the depths of human neurosis. To you, and you alone, we offer up — with this caveat — a tangled, halting, and perversely meta cri de coeur uncomfortably reminiscent of an improvised open-mic homage to "Synecdoche, New York" performed by a pair of jet-lagged preteens with crippling social anxiety.

Sure, there's a compelling misquote or two. Yes, if you listen through to the end there's some pretty badass 1000-year old poetry juxtaposed against haiku that just couldn't be fresher (composed in real time, you guys). Aching to hear Mrs. Dalloway analyzed at length by someone who hasn't read it since college? Look no further. But, let us reiterate: it's no good. (Not Mrs. Dalloway — that stuff is gold... If memory serves.) We literally could not even get through the disclaimer, which was eventually abandoned on the wayside like a malfunctioning disposable camera.

But we'll make it up to you! Next week is Episode Number Lucky 37 and, for the first time ever, Chris and Isaiah will be recording In The Same Room. There's even a rumour it will be a Double Episode. Double Rainbow!! It's always darkest before the dawn?

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Book - The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan

Book - The Collapse of Western Civilization, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

Website - IMDb - The Hours

Book - 'The Hours', by Michael Cunningham

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

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

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