Guilty, Guilty Pleasures —>>> Major Crimes with Mary McDonnell and company

The last time I posted about a television show was in regard to the American remake of the Swedish crime drama The Bridge.  Today it’s to do a little promotional hype for Major Crimes starring the incredible Mary McDonnell. Season 3 of Major Crimes starts Monday, June 9 on TNT and I am so looking forward to it. This spin-off from The Closer featuring Kyra Sedgwick would be well worth watching simply because of Mary McDonnell’s great portrayal of Captain Sharon Raydor as a very strong, independent, and very, very smart woman who has the rules down pat–and a lot more. McDonnell’s interview with Travis Smiley explains a great deal for anyone who has not yet discovered Major Crimes. Even if you don’t enjoy crime drama I think it’s worth listening to McDonnell discuss the Raydor character, power, acting and the needs of human beings–and selling brushes.

Another plus for Major Crimes in its first two seasons was the story line involving Captain Sharon Raydor and material witness Rusty Beck. Watching their relationship with each other and the rest of the characters grow and evolve brought unexpected considerable depth and substance to this drama. The concept of family is redefined by example in a much-needed manner for the discussions it has the potential to provoke. Unlike The Closer which had a certain formulaic feeling to the episodes featuring Brenda Johnson’s considerable talent for lying and manipulating people into confessions even when raising all sorts of issues including ethical issues about the ends justifying the means, Major Crimes is making its own way into the future. If you want predictable resolutions of plot-lines there’s always Law and Order to fall back into the comfort zone of neat little black and white packages. This isn’t to say that the criminal cases aren’t closed and resolved in Major Crimes–they are–but there’s a lot more going on than stereotypical criminal behavior.

There’s a great deal more attention paid to serious issues like sexually abused children. “These boys aren’t runaways. They’re throw-aways.” So says a man running a shelter for teenage boys living on the streets of LA.  Now for a society in which the mainstream jabbers constantly about family values and loving children so much this is a brutally honest statement of factual reality.  Its consequences for boys like the Rusty Beck–and other characters–holds up a mirror that reflects our society as all truly great dramas of the stage and screen do.  Clearly there are not enough Sharon Raydors willing to step up and care in our real world.  In most drama storylines children are summarily deposited with the Department of Family Services  and conveniently disappear from the script. In the first two seasons of Major Crimes, Rusty Beck didn’t disappear–and the writers used his character to full advantage.  I can’t tell from the promos or website if the very talented Graham Patrick Martin will continue in this role–but for the sake of abandoned children trying to survive in a hostile world I hope so. Being saved  is not the end of anyone’s story.

Oh and by the way, Rusty Beck loves playing chess.

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Personally I think the fans on YouTube have made better promos for Major Crimes than TNT has dreamed up so far. Here’s a fun meet and greet video to get acquainted.

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A short and to the point promo. ) I get it, this is probably for short promo time slots.

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Mary McDonnell interview on The Travis Smiley Show. Yeah you want to watch. I think Smiley was very smitten. Oh yeah, he likes her shoes. Ah ha.

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This particular choice of song and images conveys a great deal about the relationship between Rusty and Sharon.  Clearly this matters to viewers as there are many music videos on the tubes regarding this relationship.

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Major Crimes Cookbook for the Sunshine Kids

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For more information or to order the Major Crimes Cookbook, click here: http://majorcrimestv.net/support-the-…

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For cast profiles and more information visit  Major Crimes online: http://majorcrimestv.net/

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I think I’m going to post more fan videos for Major Crimes on the sidebar. Yeah, I think I will. It’ll be fun–for me anyway.  I’ll make sure to find one with the scene where Sharon Raydor shoots a guy between the eyes with a red bean bag. Hey, he asks for it–literally.

UPDATE–the Beanbag scene is the headliner on the sidebar. Several of my favorite scenes follow along with some fan made videos featuring music. Charlie’s Angels is a hoot.

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As for The Bridge–it’s all dark and dreadful in America and Mexico.  In Sweden there’s darkness and light–plus resolution. I recommend watching both versions.

Music as Medicine ~ What Does Sound Do To You?

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.

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The Road to Recovery with Dr. Mitchell Gaynor: Sound Healing

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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.

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Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ~ Aloha Ke Akua

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Free Download of this piano version at http://nahko.com/free-download-of-alo…

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Robert Gupta Between Medicine and Music

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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.

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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.

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Here’s another way in which music and medicine work together:

Unsinkable by Sam Tsui & Elle Winter

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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 info@musicismed.org. Thanks for your support!

Elle’s info!!
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ElleWinterX
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ElleWinterX

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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’.

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The Healing Power of Sound, publisher’s link  http://www.shambhala.com/the-healing-power-of-sound.html

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Bear’s treatment of Music as Medicine –> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/music-as-medicine/

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Johnny’s guitar and voice are available for your ears –> http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/her-favorite-song-music-as-medicine/

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willowdot21’s very personal experience with music as medicine => http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/music-as-medicine-sorry-this-is-late/

 

What’s your choice–gasoline or waterfalls?

These videos from Bruce Parry’s Arctic series on the Tar Sands offer a certain perspective on the Tar Sands oil issue for everyone. Some folks may not appreciate some of the content. But people do seem to speak for themselves–including the woman who “hasn’t read the script.” Questions are raised about ethics, responsibility and our relationships to the land and water and the lacks thereof. No solutions are presented. But it’s clear that every person who drives a vehicle plays a role in the oil industry’s continuing existence. We need to get our minds out of the boxes of conventional thinking if we’re really going to save Earth and create a sustainable future worth living on the only planet we have. We need to do more than just stop another Keystone Pipeline from being constructed across America. We need to shut down the Tar Sands completely. We need to implement alternative energy sources and create new means of transportation that are not dependent on oil. This needs to happen today–not 5, 25 or 50 years from now. We have the knowledge. Do we have the will?

Columbus’ Heirs = Oil Companies

Yes, the modern natural heirs to the value, cultural and psychological legacy of Christopher Columbus are clearly represented by Oil companies like Chevron, Shell, and BP. If the people of the Gulf Coast really want to see their future after coverage of the BP disaster fades from mainstream news media they can look at the ongoing legal battle between the Indigenous people of Ecuador and  Chevron Oil.  Or they can consider the terrifying decades long running conflict between Indigenous people and Oil companies in the Niger Delta . Recently corporations which were granted ‘personhood’ rights for political contributions have been granted immunity from legal actions for the kidnapping, torture and murder  of anti-Oil activists. Yes, Oil companies get to have their cake and eat it too. Well, I guess that would be they get to pump oil without responsibility. This is just one environmental issue on which Indigenous Peoples are on the front lines facing down corporations that ‘develop’ the natural resources to the detriment of all living things, including themselves.  Heads up, corporations are composed of people, human beings, and guess what –all human beings are vulnerable to toxic  pollutants.

 

Where are the instruments of our own destruction? In our gas tanks. In our minds. In our values. In our lifestyles.  In our hearts? In our DNA?

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