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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Jan 24, 2017

For Episode "Feel-Good Fifty" (it's our 50th episode, hurray for arbitrary milestones!) Chris and Isaiah attempt to loosen the shackles of confirmation bias. In this brief respite from our regularly scheduled programming ("Why Doing Music Makes Me Feel Bad, Parts 1-49"), we hear from soprano and music-psychotherapist-in-training, Lesley Emma Bouza. Throughout an interview that manages to be both educational and inspiring, Lesley eloquently advocates for her discipline via real-life examples of the who, what, and why.

How do the realities of daily life as a music therapist match up to our preconceptions? Who can benefit from music therapy? Is our societal perception of music as an elite art a hindrance or help in releasing its therapeutic properties — or can it somehow be both?

Lesley also graces us with a sweet and pithy haiku, and our fears that the Tibetan singing bowl is a heathen religious object are put squarely to rest.

-=- Show notes -=-

YouTube - Mozart: Laudate Dominum performed by TMChoir with soprano Lesley Bouza

YouTube - Music Improvisation - Lonliness, from Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

YouTube - Music Therapy at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab

Website - Laurier University - Music Therapy (MMT) Program Overview

YouTube - Meet Adam Zinatelli, Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orcehstra

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Jan 17, 2017

Have you ever had the feeling you're descended from a line of forgotten royals? How about a suspicion that your ancestors may have been a dynasty of chambermaids, valets, and tenant farmers? This week Chris and Isaiah welcome recurring guest Woeful Inadequacy back onto the podcast to talk about that deep-down feeling that not only may you not be doing well enough — you could actually just not be good enough.

Perhaps it served our forebears well, in their domestic duties, to feel that they were second-class, but when one has to get up in front of thousands of people on a regular basis and command attention, this becomes a less useful trait.

Chris finally cracks open his decorative copy of "Mind Over Mood", and Isaiah extols the virtues of accepting you're broken. PLUS a classic haiku to make you go 🤔...