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 22, 2016

This week Chris and Isaiah season Season Two's barrage of all-star guests with a brief return to the one-on-one format. And in classic Overthought fashion, we're going deep – deep into the neurotic mind.

Some egos are unassailable. They can trundle on, secure in their place in the world, in the face of hostile environments, personal inadequacies, or unfavourable public opinion. Those egos are not our egos. 'Oh, how refreshing,' I hear you say, 'An introspective exploration of self-esteem issues.' Well, perhaps this IS ground that's been traversed before, on occasion, but on those theoretical occasions Ayn Rand was left entirely out of it! In addition to rectifying that, this week's 'cast asks some tough questions: can one's sense of personal value ever detach itself from accomplishment? Is it possible to change your essential way of interacting with the world? Can we actually turn self-doubt into fuel instead of fretfulness?

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YouTube - Anchoring To Gain Instant Confidence With NLP, by Tim Brownson

Article - 'NLP Anchors - How to Feel Amazing On Demand'

Article - 'Barbara Hannigan, Multidimensional Performer and New Music Superstar!', by Joan Melton

Website - The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique

Website - The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education

Website - James McLennan, Tenor

Wikipedia - Red River Floodway

YouTube - Shampoo Prank, Pt. 7

Website - 'The Guest House', A Poem - Mrs. Mindfulness

Book - 'The Fountainhead', by Ayn Rand

Image - 'Picture of Ikea Sticker for Jamie'

Book - 'Speaking of Siva', by A.K. Ramanujan (Translator), Basavanna, Devara Dasimayya, Mahadeviyakka, Allama Prabhu

Copyright © 2016 Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell

Nov 15, 2016

This week we sit down with a current University of Toronto undergrad: baritone Jacob Feldman (well, actually, we were lying down, but you can't say that on TV). What was initially conceived as a generalized investigation of "student life today" quickly developed into an exploration of Jacob's unique situation: specifically, the potential conflicts between his identities as an Orthodox Jew and as an aspiring opera singer. Chris and Isaiah learn a lot, Jacob speaks eloquently, and the Lucky 37 will forever after wonder what someone really means when they say, "Is it dark in here"?

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Website - Instagram - Jacob Feldman, Baritone

Website - Daniel Taylor, Countertenor

Website - The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music

Article - The 39 Melachot,

Websiter - Judaism 101 - Shabbat

YouTube - 'Lord, God of Abraham' from Mendelssohn's Elijah, sung by Gerald Finley

YouTube - 'Erwäge wie sein blutgefärbter' from Bach's Johannes-Passion (St. John's Passion), sung by tenor Thomas Moser.

Website - COC Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company

Website - MYOpera

Copyright © 2016 Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell

Nov 8, 2016

When Dr. Leah Giselle Field, Esq., is our guest, the show is like baking soda and vinegar — very white, somewhat explosive, and a lot of fun.

We're talking career streams this week: Dr. Field has recently plunged into life as a (in her words!) "not-so-young young artist" after having taken the academic elevator straight to the top. Isaiah jumped into YAPs straight out of undergrad and has often wondered if it was the most prudent choice. Chris split the difference – getting a Master's degree because it was "what's done" – and all three have questions about how we are building foundations for young singers.

Is there such a thing as too much input for developing artists? How does the default Young Artist Program model promote sustainable growth? Can Classical music culture in general help singers buck the youth craze in order to build from the bottom up?

A lot is said, and – in true Overthought tradition – there are more questions than answers. However (in the seemingly original words of Dr. Leah Field) "the course of true love never did run smooth!"

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Website- Leah Giselle Field | LinkedIn

Website - UBC Music at The University of British Columbia

Website - Western Music - Don Wright Faculty of Music

Website - Vancouver Opera - The Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program

Website - The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Article - 'The End of the Great Big American Voice', by Anne Midgette, New York Times


Copyright © 2016 Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell