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Motivation Monday 11.10.14: What Will Your Verse Be?

Motivation Monday 11.10.14

Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!” never gets old. No matter if it is read by Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society or my high school english teacher, each time it holds a powerful injection of motivation.

I often look for motivation through extrinsic sources, and if you’re the same, it’s probably why you’re listening to this playlist.

However, contradictory to this search, Whitman’s poem makes you look inward. From the cathartic dive into your ambitions through poetry, the motivation comes organically from something within that you just can’t identify. It’s why in Dead Poet’s Society, Williams states the following in a preface to Whitman:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

Poetry brings out the organic nature of our intrinsic motivation. We align with the beauty of the verses. We find solace in understanding we are not alone in the face of entropy. And we are collectively inspired by the potential of the individual.

So, in today’s mix, you’ll find the first track using Whitman’s verses in a way that is surely going to set your Monday straight. Use the music for motivation to get out of bed. Use the lyrics and poetry to change your day, life, and world.

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world”
Now go change it.

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Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

Imagine standing in a water park wave pool. You’re waist-deep in the water and the wave is beginning to originate from the back wall. You stand and watch the wave gain in size and momentum, until it’s milliseconds away from hitting you.

But you just. Don’t. Budge.

And like a cement wall hurdling towards you, the wave annihilates every strand of your being. It shreds you apart and pulls you under with a swift and violent throw. You’re drowning beneath the undertow until you find yourself crawling for the light amidst the foggy soaked vision your eyes can barely see through.

Now replace that water with a metaphorical wave of emotion.

That’s every Mandolin Orange song. 

No more words are necessary. Just watch and be hit with their wave.

The Greatest Bastard – Damien Rice

Damien Rice went away for far too long. This song may have just made up for his entire absence. With Damien’s first album coming out in over 8 years, this track from his upcoming November album are everything a sunrise-cup-of-coffee-watching-the-rain-fall-and-fog-come-in morning should hold….you know what I mean. Enjoy!

Oh and here’s another…only because you’re already an emotional and wonderful wreck.

October’s New Fall: Stillness


There’s a certain stillness that comes with the Fall. It’s something I desperately crave after summer’s chaotic frenzies. Those mornings where you wake up too early, are treated to the scrambled egg sky, and a moment of peace; moment’s like that are needed.

For today’s addition to the project, October’s New Fall, Cylan Shaffer presents a ten-song YouTube playlist that creates stillness in your body & pulls the chaos into your mind. Each song holds a story, one which requires the stillness, that only Autumn can bring, just to be heard. I quoted Nietzsche in a previous post, but his statement of “we listen to music with our muscles”, was probably said after he moved through this playlist. Use this as a way to slow down your Sunday night or to clear your mind before a week of work.

And go check out the other works that I’ve talked about by Cylan. It’s rare to find someone so young create something so powerful yet graceful. When you find these people, hold on to them tight.

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Embers – Woodkid feat. Max Richter

Pantomime – Ben Hammersley feat. Emma Watson & Ólafur Arnalds

See Thru Eyes – Active Child

Pink Batman – Dan Deacon as seen on “Crater Face”

Avalanche (live) – Zola Jesus

Brooklyn (live) – Wakey! Wakey!

Address Is Approximate – A Google Street View / Robot inspired stop motion short
Music: Arrival of The Birds & Transformation – The Cinematic Orchestra

At Least – Ariel Sabaj

Dark Parts – Perfume Genius

Happiness -Jónsi and Alex

October’s New Fall: The Brave Got Stung


Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Ithaca, New York to visit my sister at Cornell. And as my favorite traveling book Vagabonding, (and every experienced traveler knows), one should be a traveler not a tourist. So I spent over 10 days in the woods, sitting in law libraries, and exploring the trails and minds of New York’s prestigious campus. Sucking out all the marrow of life, I tried ‘living’ and not ‘visiting’.

Now, since returning back to Arizona I’m left with are those memories, and this beautiful playlist curated by my sister that truly epitomizes all that Cornell gave me. “The Brave Got Stung” is a mix worthy of accolades and (IMO) something every passenger should listen to while landing on Ithaca’s propeller plane runway. Pull yourself out of the present and rush down the Ithaca gorges.


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Motivation Monday 10.27.14

Ahh, Monday’s. The bane of all workers’ existence. Until you hear this playlist (I hope). What we have here is a playlist that combines powerful lyricism, upbeat chillstep, and some of my favorite past/present/future artists. Also, a huge shoutout to my highschool friend and now up-and-coming intellectual (who can blow your mind in one conversation) Eddie Wellz – who is featured on this playlist in the intro. If you like what you hear, go check out one of his music video, by clicking here. There’s something unique when you find an artist who raps in a true flow state; something you find in every Eddie Wellz track.

Enjoy and Conquer your Monday. 

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Unanswered Questions

I’ve been thinking about questions that have no answer quite often lately. Maybe it’s the whole quarter-life crisis thing…but at least I have you all as a beautiful community of readers to join in on the conversation. Today I want to present to you a new project I’ve been thinking about for some time now called “Unanswered Questions”. Read and join in the conversation by clicking on the picture of the creepy eye below.


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October’s New Fall: Foggy Fall


Welcome to part 2 of October’s New Fall, a project made of Fall playlists from the best music curators in my circles. Today’s mix: Foggy Fall by Shauna Williams. I was going to say something brilliant about this Fall mix, but she says everything you need for a description:

You know that morning fog that rolls in slowly and heavily, that looks so fall-ish-ly perfect that you hope it doesn’t dissipate before you finish sipping your freshly brewed coffee? Here’s a playlist for that.

Big thanks to Shauna for pulling out my heartstrings, dicing them up into little bits and pieces, and then leaving me in Arizona to cope by myself. At least I have Cartel Coffee Lab to serve me a hot cup of coffee. Cheers to a magnificent mix.

If you’re looking for the other parts of October’s New Fall
Check out the Introduction or Part One.

Track List:
Summer – Hayden Calnin
We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow
A Lack of Color – Death Cab for Cutie
Her Morning Elegance – Oren Lavie
Cigarettes – Hey Marseilles
Salt – Justin Paul Lewis
Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
Duet (ft. Stephanie Briggs) – Penny and Sparrow
Hypericum – Gem Club
Torrent – Ásgeir

October’s New Fall: Comings & Goings


Welcome to October’s New Fall, a new seasonal project where I’m showcasing some of my favorite music curator’s Fall playlists. Today, we have Comings & Goings, a mix by Will Miller.

There’s nothing more classic about Autumn than the changing colors of landscapes. Comings & Goings swipes you off your feet, throws you into a car filled with your friends, and places you smack dab in the middle of a Fall Break road-trip, passing technicolor landscapes along your way. As the first playlist of October’s New Fall, it appropriately starts the road trip away from Summer and towards the deeper caverns of Winter.

Enjoy each moment. Enjoy each mile.

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