February 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm (Uncategorized)
Check out Cindy’s library connection of comic book artists and curious children. What’s going on in your library?
Beyond Survival in a School Library
Last Friday I had the pleasure of hosting three visitors from Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton. Store owner Jay Bardala, along with two very talented comic book artists inspired and enlightened our junior and senior high students through four sessions.
Jay Bardala from Happy Harbor Comics with artists Tracey Risser and Dan Schneider
Jay’s extensive knowledge of the comic book industry and entertaining style kept us all captivated as he described the complex process of comic book production. I for one had never imagined that after a writer has written the script and planned all the panels, there are at least three artists involved in the drawings.
The penciller does the initial drawings after whihch the inker defines the light, shadow and emphasis with black lines and shapes. The colourer then, after determining the mood of the story adds colour, usually digitally. Then there’s the letterer, the editor, printer…
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February 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm (art, contemplation, culture, education, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, living, music, people, quests, random, relationships, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Aloha Ke Akua, Between Medicine and Music, cancer, culture, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Elle Winter, Gaynor, healing, Healing Power of Sound, Khenpo Chopel Rinpoche, Kirsten Nelson, Lee Bartel, life, medicine, Medicine Buddha Mantra, Medicine for the People, Mitchell Gaynor, music, Music as Medicine, music therapists, Music therapy, Nahko Bear, random, Robert Gupta, Sam Tsui, sound, therapy, University of Iowa, Unsinkable, Weill Cornell Medical College
Do you wake up to your clock radio alarm set to music in the morning? Is the radio tuned to a certain genre of music and station that you know offers your choice of sound for starting your day? Or do you wade through a stream of silence for your wake time? As you go through your day what do you choose to listen to along the way? What’s coming through your earplugs and headphones and speakers? Why do you listen to music? Think about it. It’s not just background noise. Music can lift us up, bring us down, terrify and inspire us. It excites and cues us as we watch movies. Music moves our feet and our hears. So is it really any surprise that music offers medicine for our bodies, minds and souls?
What are you putting into your ears by choice? What sounds can’t you filter in or out? What’s your go-to music for chasing the blues away? I’ve still got Aldrey’s La Lista on the sidebar because of the song and all those smiling faces. It’s tough to stay down with all that positive energy flowing with so much fun.
Music and sound as medicine are relatively new concepts in western medicine. But this is are very old concept in eastern cultures where a holistic approach is taken in the healing arts.
One example of music as medicine being taken seriously on several levels in the state’s is Weill Cornell Medical College Music as/is Medicine program http://weill.cornell.edu/music/ . Theirs is a very layered approach which involves several forms of educational and practical collaborations between disciplines. A quick Google search of music as medicine will keep anyone interested busy reading for as long as they’re willing to pursue the concept. If you search for it on YouTube you’ll find hours and hours of music geared towards physical, mental and spiritual healing.
For a starting point there’s The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor.
The Road to Recovery with Dr. Mitchell Gaynor: Sound Healing
Listen to Nahko Bear’s rendition of Aloha Ke Akua with your eyes closed and with them open — with and without the images. What does the music do to you physically and emotionally? Consider your being in relation to sound.
Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ~ Aloha Ke Akua
Free Download of this piano version at http://nahko.com/free-download-of-alo…
Robert Gupta Between Medicine and Music
Lee Bartel Music as Medicine
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Music therapy is often thought of as a tool to provoke an emotional reaction from patients and allow their brain to accomplish tasks in a different way. But Lee Bartel says it offers much more than that. Music is no longer just a therapy, music is medicine – and the results are measurable. Lee Bartel joins Steve Paikin.
One form of music therapy:
University of Iowa
Kirsten Nelson, one of three music therapists at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital, uses music to help the youngest heal.
Here’s another way in which music and medicine work together:
Unsinkable by Sam Tsui & Elle Winter
Published on Sep 9, 2013
ALL PROCEEDS from this track go toward pediatric cancer research!!
Downoload here! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/uns…
“Unsinkable” is a song we wrote for 16 year-old Cindy, a cancer patient at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, through Music is Medicine’s Donate a Song project. ALL proceeds and support for the song will benefit pediatric oncology research at Mount Sinai Check out the video, buy the song, and share it with friends to support the fight against childhood cancer!
Donate a Song is a project that invites artists to write and record original songs for seriously-ill children that inspire the patients, share their stories of strength, and contribute to the greater fight against their diseases. You can learn more about the cause and how YOU can get involved by going to http://www.musicismed.org, http://www.facebook.com/musicismedicine, and http://www.twitter.com/musicismed or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support!
There are many versions of the Medicine Buddha Mantra available online. This one of my favorites because of its particular musical rendition. Namaste.
Medicine Buddha Mantra
To eliminate not only pain of diseases but also help in overcoming the major inner sickness of attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed and ignorance.
Mantra chanted by Khenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche from the CD ‘The Blessing from H.H. Penor Rinpoche for World Peace’.
The Healing Power of Sound, publisher’s link http://www.shambhala.com/the-healing-power-of-sound.html
Bear’s treatment of Music as Medicine –> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/music-as-medicine/
Johnny’s guitar and voice are available for your ears –> http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/her-favorite-song-music-as-medicine/
willowdot21’s very personal experience with music as medicine => http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/music-as-medicine-sorry-this-is-late/
February 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm (Uncategorized)
Take a little cyber flight and catch Still a Dreamer’s thoughts on The Book Thief.
Still A Dreamer
It is not very often in my experience that you find a book and the movie made from it both outstanding, but in the case of
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak, I do. I just finished reading it for the second time … my first a couple years ago, but after seeing the film, I dove back in and read it again, and enjoyed it even more.
The Book Thief is promoted as a YA novel, but it cannot help but reach the heart of any reading adult. Told over a period of about 5 years, the story takes place in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. The heroine, Liesel, is being surrendered, along with her brother, to another family to foster as the mother cannot afford their care. The sickly brother passes away on the train ride to Molching, is buried in a patch of snowy land alongside…
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February 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm (art, buddhism, contemplation, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, films, life, living, movies, music, nature, photography, quests, random, religion, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: bearspawprint, duality, exploring interconnectedness, guitar link, illusion, Johnny Ojanpera, Kundun, liberation, Maya, music, non-duality, perception, religion, Science, searching, spirituality, The Illusionist, VNY Nation, What the Bleep Do We Know?
Maya -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_(illusion) ~~~ Bear’s subject choice. 🙂
Illusion? Reality? Absolutes? Duality? Plurality?
Divide and Conquer What?
Unite and Create the Unknown?
What’s your delusion?
What is perception?
Perception ~ hearing & seeing ~
VNV Nation ~ Illusion
Imagination ~ Just An Illusion
Symphony of Science ~ “The Quantum World” is the eleventh installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series.
What the bleep do we know? Down the rabbit hole, part 1
The Illusionist ~ Orange Tree ~ souondtrack composer Philip Morris Glass
The Matrix ~ The Pill Scene
Kundun ~ perceptions, reflections & liberations
February 8, 2014 at 9:06 am (art, environment, exploring interconnectedness, living, nature, people, photography, play, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Al Gorman, Albany, art, blog, creative writing, environment, exhibition, exploring interconnectedness, nature, photograpy, river, Styrofoam, working artist, Writing
Go visit Al’s Show! Yes, now! Go have some fun! 🙂
Artist at Exit 0 Riverblog
On January 24 our long-awaited exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana opened with a big reception. I say “our” because this is a two person show featuring work by R. Michael Wimmer and yours truly. The exhibition in entitled “The Potential in Everything” because both Michael and I utilize a diversity of materials to make our art. While I depend on what I find at the river, Michael goes much further afield to locate objects that project a certain “aura” and associative power for him. Following are some images from the exhibition which will be up until April 5.
I brought about 25 pieces that I had saved from the river and park visitors. I have gotten into the habit of keeping some of my better creations for events like this. It’s such a big leap first seeing the work at the river…
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