DE234 Carol Schulte: An Empowered and an Empowering Woman
James features an old friend in this episode of dHarmic Evolution. Carol Schulte is the woman who never sits still, as defined by James. She is a public speaker, a traveler, a forefront of transformation, and a brave, courageous woman. Clearly, she is being empowered by her experiences, and these enable her to empower others as well, particularly women. Conversation Highlights: [03:01] How’s Carol? [07:24] Dr. Seuss’ Metaphor [09:48] Women’s Bravery [10:53] The Three Bravery Killers [15:56] Bereavement [20:00] The Bangle Story [23:34] Bungee Jumping Experience [32:26] Amanda as Master of Travel [39:40 ] Looking Forward Great Quotes from Carol Schulte: [09:11] “The perfect moment will not magically arrive. ...I really believe that comfort and growth cannot co-exist, and if you are not growing in your life, then, you’ll not gonna feel successful.” [14:00] “Being able to see women doing things that you never thought they could, and it becomes possible for, after that, that’s freedom powerful.” [25:22] “Courage is not maybe an act of doing, but actually, it’s an act of being...being brave enough to be you.” Interesting Interview Moments: [7:24] Dr. Seuss Metaphor Carol shares that one of her favorite books is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go. This book talks about the ‘waiting place’, and she mentions the two types of waiting which are: those that are in our control and those that are out of our control. According to her, those moments which are in our control are more detrimental to us. [9:48] Women’s Bravery On bravery, she mentioned that both men and women are brave. However, women have a harder time compared to men because women spend more time analyzing, thinking things through, taking care of everyone around them, and building relationships. [10:53] The Three Bravery Killers The three bravery killers enumerated by Carol are Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, and Procrastinating. These are big things for women. Women have to be conscious when they are giving in to one of these bravery killers so they can recognize it. Upon recognizing, they have to do things differently. [11:35] Making a Difference through Public Speaking and Women Empowerment There are two things that give a huge rush to Carol, and these are public speaking and giving empowerment to women through different events like skydiving and surfing. Public speaking enables her to create ‘aha’ moments which are powerful while her events with women make her experience confidence and celebration. [14:11] Carol as the Forefront of Transformation, a Cheerleader Though she can transform the lives of women, Carol mentions that it’s the people themselves who are catalysts of the change. She also says that she is more of a cheerleader, and her mom is her best cheerleader. She then narrated her lowest moment, and that's the death of her beloved mother. Carol even shared about the lost bangle which is her connection to her. [23:34] The Lady’s Vlog Carol speaks about her vlog for it shares what it means to be brave and courageous. She excitedly tells her bungee jumping experience...in her birthday suit! She mentions that her vlog sends the message that the biggest act of courage is to be yourself. [27:09] Amanda on Pressure, Social Media, and Depression Here, Carol stresses that we should be conscious of our mental health. She also says that exposure to social media can cause pressure and may result in depression. She mentions that social media is not real and that we should not compare yourself to what’s posted there. [32:26] Amanda as Master of Travel She passionately says that the people whom she met in her travel are the ones that make her travel unique and special. Travel makes her curious and leads her to do something a bit different. At this point in time, Carol does not travel in order to escape. Now, it’s more on work and to make a magical relationship. [39:40] Carol Looking Forward Carol looks forward to finishing her book in the next six months, and she will also be launching a brave leadership program in October. She plans to work with twelve women for six months. Get in Contact with Carol Schulte:
DE233 Amanda Shaw, Going Back Into The UK Music Scene
In this episode of dHarmic Evolution, James sits down with Amanda Shaw, a singer-songwriter from the UK. Amanda has this evocative distinct voice which rooted in her childhood and teen musical experiences. Her influences include Tori Amos, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Faith Hill. In the interview, Amanda shares about her passion, her stories, her journeys, her aspirations to go back to the center stage to share her music with the whole world. Conversation Highlights: [03:01] Amanda as a songwriter and singer [13:40] Learning the things of being a writer [28:40] Her process of songwriting [31:00] Amanda’s writing regimen [44:51] Her Goals in the Next Months [53:23] London music scene in the eyes of Amanda The 3 Great Quotes from Amanda Shaw: [3:38] “As a musician, we have to wear so many hats... songwriting... performing...gigging.” [22:16] “As a singer and as a songwriter, we should have an end goal.” [22:21] “The reason why we get into music is not to write a hit song,... but we want to express ourselves.” An Interesting Interview Moment: Amanda shares her story with Kelly Clarkson when she was looking forward to putting together a new album. She considered her range and her sound. She wants to work it out for the song to make a hit. She also considered what the song tries to build and what story it tells. She mentions that it’s important to identify the recurring theme. Then, she shares her writing regimen when she looks for ideas for her songs. She does not actually follow a daily process; rather, it’s her creativity that switches her on. She mentions that she does not write in the morning but she expresses her ideas at 10 o’clock in the evening. Cool, right? For her, evenings are the best time to write because her tiredness throughout the day could not bring her creative self. Also, running makes her come up with creative, and she has morning pages where she writes all her ideas. Aside from songwriting, she would like to go back to the center stage as a performer. She also shares that she would be contacting publishing companies that might be interested in her songs. She would also try to set up gigs and be more visible on Facebook. She would opt to have an acoustic guitar and Cajon drums to accompany her in her performances. The 3 Great Songs of Amanda Shaw: [4:42] First Track: Sanctuary The title of the song means getting back to yourself again. It is finding that place in you, your sanctuary. She even mentions that you need time in finding it. [23:50] Second Track: Without You It was written by Andrew Ross, and it was recorded in his studio. In this music, there was a mood, and it sounds like what will happen to you when somebody leaves or is without you. [39:00] Third Track: Stelf This song was not written by Amanda. She explained the unique title of the song by connecting it with the tiger which is always ready to get its prey. Tigers do things in a clever way, and the person in the song is like a tiger. [47:26] Video: Black and Blue This song was written by Gabrielle Miller, and the video was made by Faraday Indiana. She was really inspired to sing it and had a great time filming the video. Get in Contact with Amanda Shaw: Facebook:
DE232 Colin O’Donohoe, Pangean Orchestra, the real world coming together through music!
An Update from the World Maestro, Colin O’Donohoe. The Pangean Orchestra and the World Maestro’s Musical Process. On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, we welcome back the World Maestro, Colin O’Donohoe. Colin was on episode 6 of the podcast and hopefully, you will enjoy hearing about what he has been up to for the past 3+ years since that appearance. One of Colin’s big projects is the Pangean Orchestra, which is based in Phoenix where Colin lives in the U.S. but also has a branch in Istanbul, where he spends several months out of the year as well. The orchestra’s goal is to travel around the world sharing the different sounds and styles of music in a way that broadens all listeners’ perspectives of the world and culture, bringing everyone together through the common language and experience of music. Colin is a true student of the world’s music, always seeking to respectfully share the traditions of each culture represented. He partners up with likeminded musicians all over the world to experiment with new sounds and hopefully make something that connects with the audience. Key Quotes: “The idea of the Pangean Orchestra is to combine not only the instruments but also the ideas that the instruments’ traditions have with them.” “The more time you spend in that music, the more you begin to see those colors.” “Beauty in one culture is not beauty in another.” Songs: “Mahmoudi” “Phoenix” “The Closing” Follow Colin: Colin’s website:
DE231 To Woodstock Or Not To Woodstock?
"It was one problem after another" How Woodstock 50 fell apart! Woodstock 50 had nearly every resource a festival could ask for the storied brand name, massive financial backing and industry goodwill. Where did it all go wrong? James talks about the current passing of the 50 year anniversary, and how it did not happen, then does a replay of his spin on the milestone back in January, and shares his original song, “Peace and Love”. Max Yasgur allowed his dairy farm to play host to 400,000 music fans at The Iconic Woodstock Music and Art Fair held at Bethel NY August 15, 1969. Ha! It was never in Woodstock! What was supposed to be 50,000 people attending, turned into more than 400,000! My response to Woodstock many years later is a song called Peace and Love that reflected the times, the social temperament, the Vietnam war, the draft, the dead, and the courage of our young people that had risen peacefully to say “no more”, and, “hell no, we won’t go”! Special thank you to Clara Scott for her article on Joni Mitchell. Clara is a writer for the Michigan Daily. Joni Mitchell's masterpiece, “Woodstock” and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young performed it at the Concert. Laura Cheadle, my favorite Hippie, inspired this broadcast, please check out her
DE 230 Amy Rose, she is up there with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and I just know Dolly will love her, so will you!
Best from Amy: “We're put on this Earth to do you know stuff that you know is going to change the world.” “You know a lot of the artists they work you know they work full-time part-time right? So I'm doing both. I've got the three jobs, I've got a singing career. I'm Hannah Montana!” “I’m always in the moment… I'll be at work, and something will come to me, and I'll grab out my notebook on my phone and just start typing it in.” “Canadian Redneck” Amy Rose is as down to Earth as an artist can be, and we’re lucky to have her back on the dHarmic Evolution! She tells us about how her work/life balance; it’s not easy juggling being an EMT, a Mom, and a country singer at the same time - but this real-life Hannah Montana pulls it off with stellar songs like Sunday Morning After and One Of These Days. About Amy: Amy grew up on her parent’s classic country music, so it’s no surprise she wants to take everything song she hears and turn it into a country jam. She recently worked with producers Marty Beecroft and Glenn Coulson of VIP, and released her first international release to radio single! Featured Songs: - Sunday Morning After - Sunshine - Party Like A Redneck - One Of These Days Also, you can listen to Amy Rose in episode 58 of Dharmic Evolution