dHarmic Evolution
dHarmic Evolution
James Kevin O'Connor
Master Storyteller James Kevin O'Connor creates a platform for inspired interviews from SInger/Songwriters, Authors, Speakers, and Thought Leaders, Music and Film Producers, Fashion Models, Life coaches, Social Media experts and mentors, and all who have an Inspired story to share, this show is all original, complete with original music!
312. We Maybe “A Million Miles Away” but Fighting for Frequency Brings Us Together with Their Music
Music is their weapon, will you join the fight? We’ve got three gentlemen to visit today in New Orleans. That’s three out of the five members – the guitarist, the keyboardist, and the bassist of the band. We’re going to talk about guitars, songs, gigs, New Orleans, touring, and anything else that we can think of with Fighting for Frequency! Fighting for Frequency’s origin is a tale of amazing timing, one about the universe conspiring to bring musicians together in a serendipitous way. Chris and Dave had been long-time friends and had played music together in the past. Chris had given up on music years before, but when he moved into Dave’s neighborhood around 2016, Chris and Dave realized they had the itch to write music again. At nearly the same time, Adam who is Dave’s childhood friend moved into the neighborhood literally in the house behind Dave’s. Knowing Adam was an excellent musician and songwriter that had played in several melodic metal bands, Dave invited Adam over for a listening party that engendered mutual respect for each other’s songwriting skills, leading to ideas and aspirations being shared. A gate was built in the fence to transport gear from Adam’s to Dave’s. Adam also brought in a close friend as a drummer, and Fighting for Frequency was formed, with Adam utilizing his production skills to mold F4F into a more anthem-style arena rock sound partnered with high-energy shows. Within a couple of performances, the band grabbed the attention of a dedicated group of local rock fans, F4F’s freaks! Soon after, Randon moved to New Orleans from Shreveport. The first live music show in New Orleans that he attended happened to be a Fighting for Frequency show. He showed up looking to network with other musicians. Getting friends with F4F and with his background in metal, Randon proved he was a phenomenal guitarist and brought a killer new approach to the band’s sound. He was asked to fill in on guitar for a show while Dave was out of town. While Dave was away, he sends F4F videos of him playing their songs on piano for social media content, prompting the idea of Dave playing keys since he has played piano most of his life. With Dave expressing interest in playing keys and Randon having great chemistry with the band, it was the catalyst for the further growth of F4F. Due to the demands of F4F’s touring schedule, the previous drummer moved on, but during the recording of the second F4F album, the guys brought in-studio drummer Brody. An absolute monster drummer, they asked him to join the fight, and he has infused hard-hitting new life into the rhythm section of F4F. Forged in the fires of rock and brought together by a series of fortuitous events, the formidable five members of Fighting for Frequency are determined to share their passion for rock with their fans, bringing rock back to its former glory. Music is their weapon. Join the fight! More about Fighting for Frequency Adam - Vocals/Guitar; Dave – Keys; Randon – Guitar; Brody – Drums; Chris – Bass We hung out with Dave, Chris, and Randon today, but if you want to know more about the other members and their music, you can check out the links through their socials provided below so you can connect and listen to them. Quotes: 03:48 "... we are sort of fighting through the media clutter. There's a lot of artists out there, and there's also just a lot of peanut butter, it's hard to get heard in the 21st century. So, we're fighting for that space, that frequency within music and just within the industry in itself. We felt that it was appropriate, both on a symbolic level and also on the literal level of as musicians, we are fighting for that space." -Chris 29:19 "We try to bring that vibe, but we're having a good time on stage. If we're having a good time, I think the fans will too. It's sort of infectious to see people playing music and doing something they're passionate about." -Chris 30:24 "I think people generally associate rock with anger, but that's not really us." – Randon 34:22 "I think specifically during the pandemic, we spent a lot of time focused on social media and trying to expand our social media presence as well, just because it was the easiest way to get the word out and get the frequency out during that time." -Dave 53:09 "Don't get frustrated, keep on plugging along and sometimes trust the process. You might be impressed where the journey takes you." -Chris 55:04 "You just got to get out there and you got to pursue it. You know, you can't sit in your room and just play riffs and hope that being talented will be enough to get you somewhere, you got to put yourself out there, you got to get uncomfortable, and you got to meet people." -Randon Timestamps: 01:30     Introducing Fight for Frequency 02:19     What is the story behind the band’s name: Fighting for Frequency 05:06     How does the writing process start for Fighting for Frequency 09:42     How was the transition phase of Dave when he changed from guitar to keys 12:39     Listen to “A Million Miles Away” by Fighting for Frequency 17:54     How did “A Million Miles Away” came together? 19:28     Fighting for Frequency shares how they work their way during the pandemic? 24:51     Talking about New Orleans – where they are, and the support they are getting 27:34     Fighting for Frequency shares the wide spectrum of their fanbase 30:55     Where are their gigs happening? 33:16     How do F4F communicate with their fans, and how do they keep them up to date? 35:38     Listen to “Fast Forward” by Fighting for Frequency 42:43     The gears and setup that Fighting for Frequency is using. 46:08     What are Fighting for Frequency’s aspiring for this 2021. 51:30     Any food for thoughts, advice, or anything that they would like to say to younger singer-songwriters and bands who are just starting to develop their craft? 56:18     Listen to “Ride On” by James Kevin O’Connor   Spotify Playlist: Want something to listen to? Visit these two Spotify links and share them with your friends too so they can hear these amazing talents who were previously featured on the dHarmic Evolution as well! dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg  The dHarmic Evolution links: Sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com so you will be updated on the new episodes every Friday morning at 4:44 AM EST. Also, if you are struggling with depression or you know someone who is, please send them to the website where they can check out the book, “7 Steps to Freedom”. It’s just a 30-minute read, but the strategies in there are invaluable. If you’re an artist, an author, a keynote speaker, our Facebook group is a good place to post your content to and let the world support you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395. You can also visit Facebook Community Page: https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/   Special links and Mentions: The Carter Wilkinson Band – Lucky Lady Vintage Guitars Zita Pete Townshend Bruce Springsteen   Connect with Fighting for Frequency: Website:              http://fighting4frequency.com/ Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/fightingforfrequency Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/fightingforfrequency/ Twitter:                https://twitter.com/fight4frequency YouTube:            https://www.youtube.com/c/fightingforfrequency Spotify:               https://open.spotify.com/artist/4YYfwBrGogwHOBzQiokASJ Soundcloud:      https://soundcloud.com/user-769129170 ReverbNation:   https://www.reverbnation.com/fightingforfrequency
Jun 11
59 min
311. “Paris” or Nashville: You Don’t Have to Choose, Teresa Guidry is Taking Us to Both
We’re staying in Nashville today to listen to the wonderful music of a young lady who is a singer and a songwriter. She is originally from Rock Hill, SC but she moved to Nashville and felt that she is where she is meant to be. She had some great opportunities since then. She has been writing with Grammy-nominated songwriters. She gained national exposure on Team Blake as a contestant on NBC's 'The Voice'. She also sang the national anthem for the NFL’s Panthers. The latest on the list is that she had her new single and music video for ‘Paris’ featured on CMT. Let’s get to know more about Teresa Guidry! Teresa just recently launched her brand-new song called ‘Paris’. She shares with us the people behind this and gives us a peek in the making of this song. We also have her song Red Wine, which leaves them feeling that they should listen to an old turntable. Aside from listening to hear great music, we’ll get to know her influences, what her day looks like and what are her goals in the future. Teresa had a lot to go through before making it to where she is today and will get to know some of her side hustles and stories in this episode. Don’t miss out on this amazing young lady by the name of Teresa Guidry! More about Teresa Guidry Stick around to see what Teresa Guidry is up to. She definitely has a lot of things coming her way, so check on the links below to where you can follow and support her. Quotes: 06:49 “As soon as I got here, I just started meeting people who made it feel like it was perfectly made for me and that I was doing the right thing… One event led to another but I didn't question it when I moved here all. It was, it just felt really right.” 11:42 “It's just one of those things where you get in a room with someone talented, and they can kind of look at it from an outsider's perspective. That's the really cool thing about finding someone like that to work with is because you're just joining your minds and finding what works for both of you, and really cool things can come out of it that way.” 23:33 “…everything on the outside was so scary that I had to find some sort of peace on the inside and honestly, it was a good year for me I feel it's like wrong to say but you know it kind of just gave my soul a break that it really needed.” 49:52 “It's like, you just have to do it. Right now, I'm kind of in a high place my life but this hasn't always been it. So, I would say that it's definitely going to be challenging. It's going to be a journey. But if this is what you truly feel like you were meant to do, then you just have to do it. Like, don't wait for the circumstances to be right because they never will be. You just kind of have to go with the flow. If you believe in yourself, just keep going. Because, I mean, if you won't do it yourself, no one else is going to do it for you either. So, I feel bad.” Timestamps:  01:53     Introducing Teresa Guidry 05:06     How was her transition to Nashville to pursue music 08:16     Teresa takes us to the studio in making her new song release, “Paris” 13:50     How was Teresa’s experience with co-writing. 16:15     Listen to “Paris” by Teresa Guidry 19:54     How was “Paris” written? 22:24     How did Teresa got through during the pandemic? 24:42     What is she looking forward to, did she have any gigs booked now? 26:25     How does one get on the CMT like Teresa? 31:08     Listen to “Red Wine” by Teresa Guidry 34:57     Where did Teresa get her vocal influence? 36:58     How was Teresa’s typical day go? 40:51     What are Teresa’s plans and visions for the next couple of years? 43:49     Her stay in Nashville has not been easy and she shared about the side hustles that she did. 48:28     Any words of wisdom that she would like to share with the audience and the community? 52:04     Listen to “Tango On” by James Kevin O’Connor Spotify Playlist:  Have you checked our Spotify playlist yet? It is composed of songs and tracks from the dHarmic Evolution alumni artists. Visit these two links and share them with your friends too and let them hear these amazing talents! dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg  dHarmic Evolution links:  Don’t forget to sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com to have the show come to you every Friday morning at 4:44 AM EST. You can also find out how to get a copy of my just-released new book, “7 Steps to Freedom”. If you know someone who is struggling with depression, please send them to the website where they can check out the book and get help right now. You can also visit Facebook Community Page: https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/ Also, let the world support you and what you do! If you’re an artist, an author, a keynote speaker, our Facebook group is a good place to post your content to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395. Special links and Mentions: Sam Hart Whitney Wolanin Lydia Vaughan Jan Buckingham Tim McGraw Whitney Houston Leslie Fram Shania Twain Joni Mitchell Stevie Nicks Faith Hill Taylor Swift Connect with Teresa Guidry: Website:              http://www.teresaguidry.com/ Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/teresaguidry/ Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/teresaguidryofficial/ YouTube:            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCZePqADJXV8HQLJhDlBKwQ/ Spotify:               https://open.spotify.com/artist/0PrGLp1JqwoBj6vkcyOO6 Apple Music:     https://music.apple.com/us/artist/teresa-guidry/773894890
May 28
56 min
310. Let us “Find Your Carrot” with Jacquelyn H. Berry PhD
It’s a wonderful springtime here in Tennessee, but we’re going to take a little trip to the Hudson Valley, New York to meet a Cognitive Scientist, Fulbright scholar, author of Find Your Carrot, entrepreneur, and beauty queen. There are so many things that we can list here, but she’s not five people rolled into one, she is just one person who chooses to inspire people in different ways. Welcome to the show Mrs. Dutchess County, New York, Jacquelyn H. Berry PhD. Jacquelyn helps people to set and attain their goals in so many ways. Today, we’re going to have a delightful experience, hearing her wisdom and helpful tips to overcome some of life’s challenges and struggles. Jacquelyn is also into birds, raptors, and birds of prey in particular. She shared some distinct features of them that she admires and wants to also acquire. Grab a pen and paper and be ready to pick up everything that you can get from this podcast. Be ready not just to listen, but to learn. It’s going to be a meaningful conversation ahead with Jacquelyn H. Berry, PhD. More about Jacquelyn H. Berry If you want to learn more about Jacquelyn, follow her on all her social media platforms. Also, support her book, Find Your Carrot. All the links are provided below. Quotes: 09:54 “I think on the personal level, people should take it upon themselves to organize their lives. So, they are not put into situations where they have to make a tough decision when they're tired, and it's late in the day, and they've just had the hassles of normal life adding upon them.” 27:58 “I firmly believe that everyone has their own personal currency that they have to offer the world, and should use that to reach their goals and to share that to enrich other people's lives.” 29:09 “So, you're looking at all of the things I have listed on my resume, it all says the same thing  James, which is to inspire people, right? I'm not five people rolled into one. I'm just one person inspiring people in different ways.” 35:15 “I've always liked or thought about, if I just had the vision, just to see how everything would come together, I can help so many other people, including myself and my students to be exactly where they need to be because I could see the entire field in amazing detail as they do.” 44:07 You're not perfect, and neither are the things you want to do. But that doesn't mean you can't work within that, to just bring forth what it is you want to give to the world. So, I think everyone has something that really only they have, and that really only they can do better than anybody. Timestamps:   01:30     Introducing Jacquelyn H. Berry PhD. 02:31     Some of the things to celebrate about Jacquelyn’s career. 07:08     Jacquelyn shares what “Decision Fatigue” is. 10:28     What are some tools that could help us with “Distraction”. 14:50     What is Jacquelyn’s take on Vision Boards: does she like physically writing, or use a computer? 21:11     What are her thoughts about the younger generation on journaling? 23:38     Jacquelyn on “Chasing Dreams.” 29:20     “Fail forward fast”: How does Jacquelyn feel now after going through the things she had to go through to achieve the things that she has now accomplished. 34:07     Jacquelyn talks about raptors and how she got interested in them. 39:05     Jacquelyn tells us about how she got into golf 40:55     Let’s visit her place in Red Hook and the beautiful Dutchess County, New York. 44:07     Some words of wisdom from Jacquelyn H. Berry 46:46     Listen to “Ride On” by James Kevin O’Connor   Spotify Playlist:   Do you miss the guests who’ve been on the show before? Head out to Spotify and visit these links. We’ve got some amazing and talented artists that we’ve had on the dHarmic Evolution before here. Share these with your family and friends as well. dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg   dHarmic Evolution links:  Don’t forget to sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com to have the show come to you every Friday morning at 4:44 AM EST. You can also find out how to get a copy of my just-released new book, “7 Steps to Freedom”. If you know someone who is struggling with depression, please send them to the website where they can check out the book and get help right now! Special links and Mentions: Quincy Jones Benjamin Franklin Thomas Edison Connect with Jacquelyn H. Berry: Website:              www.jacquelynhberry.com Instagram:          @jacquelynhberry Facebook:           www.facebook.com/jacquelynhberry YouTube:            Find Your Carrot by Jacquelyn H. Berry Amazon:             Find Your Carrot by Jacquelyn H.Berry - Amazon  
May 14
50 min
309. “Ride On” with Circle of Sanity’s Vocals and Lead Guitarist Josh Sapna
We’re going to the great state of Pennsylvania today! We’re going to visit a band called Circle of Sanity. They have a combined array of styles. They were brought together by faith friends and a little luck. Ever since then, they've been writing new material, performing songs, and all written by individual members before they got together. Now, they've got this great gig and they're playing shows locally and regionally – they've done everything from 50 seats to a thousand seats. Leaving with an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience. Today, we’re going to chat with Josh Sapna, the band’s guitarist and vocalist. Let’s get to know him more, what he enjoys aside from music, his approach to songwriting, and of course listen to some of their great music from the EP: Celestial Mechanics. Listen to Break the Silence, Mortal Coil, and Ride on. Don’t forget to check on other music that they have as well on your favorite platform. We’ve got some pretty heavy music coming up with Circle of Sanity! More about Josh Sapna Circle of Sanity: Josh Sapna – guitars and vocals; Carson Slovak – bass Grant McFarland – drums. Make sure to check out and support Josh Sapna and his band, Circle of Sanity. All the band’s social media links are provided below. Quotes: 03:40 We always thought we got together to jam that was where we got our sanity back and escaped from everything, and that became our circle. There you have it. It was born “the circle of sanity.” 11:48 Books left open to interpretation, which I do on purpose. Yeah, so my songs, I don't want to be too definite in the meanings, because I want more people to be able to apply their own life and experience to it. 51:36 The number one thing and I have always said is this. Never. There's never been a time that I sat down to write a song and said, Will other people like this? Not once. The only question in my mind is at the end of it? Do I like it? when I buy this would I be impressed with it? and I don't know if that sounds selfish. But that's really the only way you can stay true to yourself is to not worry at all about what anyone else is going to think of it. Timestamps:  02:05     Introducing Circle of Sanity’s Josh Sapna. 03:16     How did Josh and his bandmates came up with their band name. 04:40     What is Josh busy with aside from music? 06:06     Listen to “Break the Silence” by Circle of Sanity 11:15     What’s the metaphor behind “Break the Silence”. 13:46     Josh’s approach to songwriting. 16:01     Listen to “Mortal Coil” by Circle of Sanity 23:20     Josh tells us more about “Mortal Coil”. 28:52     What is Josh’s plan after the pandemic? 32:51     What is chill stuff for Josh Sapna? 35:46     Josh gives us a little peek into the studio when recording. 39:04     Listen to “Ride On” by Circle of Sanity. 43:56     Did Josh had COVID? 45:00     Josh Sapna on Spotify. 49:44     Is there any thoughts or schedule on releasing a new album? 51:11     Some words of wisdom from Josh to the future artists. 53:48     Listen to “State of Grace” by James Kevin O’Connor   Spotify Playlist:  You can listen and support the dHarmic evolution alumni artists here on our Spotify Playlist. You can also share this with your family and friends and let them know of these amazing and talented artists. dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg  dHarmic Evolution links:  Sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com to have the show come to you every Friday morning at 4:44 AM EST. Please visit our Facebook Page and see who is the latest featured artist of the week right here! https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395 is our dHarmic evolution Facebook Community page where you can post your content if you are a singer/songwriter, or Author, Speaker, or Thought Leader, let the entire world community of creative supporters help your career! Special links and Mentions:  Star Wars Chad Taylor Metallica Bob Rock David Gilmour Jimmy Page Les Paul Rush Geddy Lee Neal Schon John Bonham Donald Trump Bad Wolves Blacktop Mojo The Doors Steve Miller   Connect with Josh Sapna and Circle of Sanity: Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/josh.sapna https://www.facebook.com/Circle-Of-Sanity-161532000550516 Twitter:                https://twitter.com/circleofsanity YouTube:            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmtpWMmUepAq9_6gCYZ0YwQ Spotify:               https://open.spotify.com/artist/0k4GvaTi8aD5NgiV0QXddY ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/circleofsanity?fbclid=IwAR3Eb2EEaqG9zZkxVRiCIu_QS5NSiFkSH1si5w3TlfaNlUrYeU-0bPnQA_E      
Apr 30
58 min
308. More than a Beauty Queen: Navy Commander and Doctor Corinne Devin
We are honored to have a special guest on today’s episode of the dHarmic Evolution. She is a US Navy Commander, an orthodontist, a motivational speaker, a world traveler, and reigning International Ms. 2020. We’re going to Japan today to hang out with Navy Commander and Doctor Corinne Devin. As a multi-passionate woman, she has learned to not only balance her passions but use them to make her a better officer. She is a daughter of the American Revolution deployed with the United States Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Al Asad. She also attended the Elite Tri-service Orthodontic Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. And, she’s a keynote speaker at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference to over 1000 Middle School girls for the Department of Defense in Japan and Italy. Get to know more about her amazing stories in the US Navy and her travels on this episode. She also lets us know of her pageantry journey, her current life, and her plans for the future. Get ready to be inspired and amazed by this high achiever young lady who is very unique and lovely – Doctor and Commander Corinne Devin. More about Corinne Devin You can follow and support Corinne on her social media pages. Please see all the links listed below. Quotes: 10:47 “I was very blessed to have some wonderful, wonderful bosses and leaders who've been very supportive and have also told me what I need to do and that's to continue what I do. And I tell everyone, it requires a lot of discipline, it requires you doing (not) what you maybe want to do, like hit the snooze button, but actually what you have to do to get there.” 26:15 “You really have to know who you are, and be confident and not feel you have to apologize if your answer doesn't agree with the person you're speaking with. As long as you know, you feel acknowledged, and you also appreciate them and acknowledge and listen to them.” 45:06 “I love being part of a team. I love being part of a group. That's one thing the military has taught me – is being able to share that responsibility. So, we all can have a chance to unplug, but also to really be in that environment of growing and developing others, as well as pushing myself.” 47:37 Everywhere I go and everywhere I look, everyone's trying to do things to be more comfortable. They're looking for the more convenient. But I'm going to tell you that if you look at all these successful people that you aspire to be like, they come from a place of being uncomfortable. And when you were trying to avoid the pain or the struggle or the hard things, you are actively choosing to be average. Timestamps:  01:59     Introducing Commander Corinne Devin 06:20     How Corinne Devin started in the US Navy 11:21     How does Corinne’s day go like? 14:40     What is chill time for Corinne? 19:24     Are they still on lockdown in Japan? 21:02     What is the plan after Japan? 22:14     How did Corinne started doing pageants? 29:45     Corinne shares a story of when she got to Morocco 32:57     What was the most memorable country for Corinne? 35:56     Corinne’s book in the making 37:28     With COVID and everything, how are things in the Navy right now? 43:18     Where does Corinne see herself in the next five years? 46:10     Corinne’s message to the listeners. 49:43     Listen to “Ride On” by James Kevin O’Connor Spotify Playlist:  If you haven’t done so, check the following Spotify playlist where we put together the amazing alumni artists from the dHarmic Evolution. You can also share these links with your family and friends and make sure they’re not missing out on these great talents. dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg  dHarmic Evolution links:  Sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com to have the show come to you every Friday morning at 4:44 AM EST. Also, visit the Facebook Community Page, https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/ and Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395 where you can post your content and let the world support you. Connect with Corinne Devin: Facebook:           Corinne Devin Instagram:          @drcorinnedevin YouTube:            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwbB-uP0DHg-mhZrieuuIA
Apr 16
53 min
307. Chara Rodriguera, an instrument of Universal “LOVE”
We’ve got a fabulous guest today, as we usually do! She is an inspirational and best-selling author, facilitator, Self as an artist, and the Creator of Sol Path Yoga. Since 1995, she has been a student and teacher of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Inspired living. She specializes in sharing life-changing practices, and programs that empower us to live with more awareness, skill, peace, and love. She's known for her intuitive, poetic, and loving style. She inspires people all over the world to shine their divine light, live their unique magic, and honor their authentic path. She’s a Mama, a Mystique, a Master of holding sacred space for personal evolution and spiritual practice. We’re going to New Jersey today with Chara Rodriguera. In this episode, we’ll learn more of Chara’s stories, experiences, and life lessons that led her to the love that she found. She also leads us to meditation towards the end – this is an awesome experience even for those who haven’t tried meditating before. Get excited and tune in for this episode of dHarmic evolution with Chara. Check out Chara’s previous interview here as well: https://dharmicevolution.com/old-blog/de170-chara-rodriguera-live-your-own-kind-of-magic-its-chara-tv-the-ultimate-creator/ More about Chara Rodriguera Check out www.chara.tv, Chara Rodriguera’s website. She shares a wonderful gift that you can get for free. This is called “BREATHE and Let the Magic Begin” – a guided life-changing meditation. Catch Chara’s online yoga classes as well at moxie.xyz every Wednesday, 9:30 PM EST. Quotes: 20:30 “I think we're all on a healing and a blossoming journey. We're all on a journey of learning to give and receive love… To give, and receive, and embody love.”   28:14 “As I became more aware and intentional about creating an inspired life, a heart-centered life, I started making more empowering choices, as to mindset messages that I was going to surround myself with the types of people, the types of organizations that I want to be a part of. And so, little by little I started gravitating toward other heart-centered, God-inspired people. And little by little, as the light started coming in, my life started to be a reflection of my deepest truth. And I call that walking our Soul path.”   36:23 “Sometimes, when we are dealing with something that's upsetting us, that we feel angry about, or we're in a negative state about, we try to fight the negativity and we try to get rid of it, which causes a lot of resistance. And I have found – and this is what the practice of yoga and spiritual practices taught me – that by inviting the light in, inviting the love in, inviting spirit in, the forgiveness, the healing starts to happen automatically.”   37:17 “I can have a lot of intentions throughout the day, but my one guiding intention is to be an instrument of universal love.”   41:43 “…Maybe they're not singer-songwriters, or an author or a writer, maybe they're calling us something different. I would like to share with you that that doesn't mean you're not a creator. Your life is your greatest art form. I believe our life is a creation, we create through our thoughts, words, our actions, and our choices.”   Timestamps: 00:54 Introducing Chara Rodriguera 04:38 Check out Chara’s new book, “Love” 06:51 How Chara started out in Yoga. 11:11 Why “Breathe” is important. 13:07 Chara shares the three magical benefits of intentional deep breathing. 17:03 Chara has a complimentary gift for EVERYONE. 18:43 What happened along the way after Chara started teaching Yoga? 21:46 What led Chara to the love that saved her? 29:07 Did Chara find the forgiveness in her path, and did it help her get through the challenging part of her life? 36:14 Adding more to forgiveness. 41:33 Chara Rodriguera: For listeners who are not singers/songwriters/authors/writers – you are a creator as well. 43:19 How are Chara and her two little boys doing, in the midst of the pandemic. 45:15 Is Chara back to doing live Yoga classes now? 49:12 Meditating with Chara Rodriguera 57:40 Chara’s parting words with the listener   Spotify Playlist: Make sure you are not missing out on the amazing dHarmic evolution alumni artists here in our Spotify playlist! You can share this on your social media as well, to let the world know these awesome talents!   dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA   dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg   dHarmic Evolution links:   Don’t forget to sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com If you are inspired in any way, hoping that you can leave a review on Apple podcasts. That would be greatly appreciated. Just click this link, https://podcasts.apple.com/hr/podcast/dharmic-evolution/id997503357 You can also join the Facebook Community Page, https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/ and Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395   Special Links and Mentions: Claire Diab Tony Robbins   Connect with Chara: Website: chara.tv Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chara.tv Twitter: https://twitter.com/chara_inspire Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chara_inspire/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9b5uvbYoLsH4T0a4xoP4XA Email: info@Chara.Tv LOVE: Sacred Poems and Self Images by Chara Rodriguera https://www.amazon.com/LOVE-Sacred-Poems-Images-Rodriguera/dp/0999596845 Amazon.com – Chara Rodriguera’s books https://www.amazon.com/Chara-Rodriguera/e/B07DFVHMVW?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000
Apr 2
1 hr 2 min
306. Time to make a “Midnight Escape” with Indiana’s Jazz Singer, Barbara Santora
We have a phenomenal jazz singer on today’s episode of the dHarmic evolution. She became known not only for her pure voice in the exceptional five-octave range but for her ability to connect with her audiences emotionally and draw them into the music. She has played in Las Vegas for 14 years, sharing the stage alongside talents like Frank Sinatra Jr. and Billy Preston. She also was a featured entertainer for USO, lifting the spirits of our men and women in uniform for three years. From the great state of Indiana, let’s welcome Barbara Santora! Today, Barbara shares with us her great experiences in Las Vegas and the time she did USO tours. Get to know her more and of course, her music! We’re featuring some of her amazing songs such as “Micky’s,” “Midnight Escape,” and “That’s Just the Way It Goes”. We’ll get to listen to them, know their stories and go behind the scenes. More about Barbara Santora John Michael O’Leary –pianist, singer, and composer. Barbara’s duo called Side by Side. Check out their Facebook page and website to keep up to date with their awesome songs and new releases. All links are provided below. Quotes: 20:43 “I really hope James that I never reach a point in my life in my career, that I don't think I can learn something from someone. Because, I believe that if you reach that point where you feel that you cannot learn anymore, then you're really done.”   27:58 “I really think that that's the whole inspiration behind the whole thing is that, push the other stuff aside, stay true to yourself, and move forward. And somewhere, someone along the way, is finally going to realize who you are and what you do.”   33:25 “I go back to the fact that I don't believe that it was my talent that stopped me; from our lack of talent that stopped me from making it a long time ago. If what we call making it is what we call like, being known all over the world. But I really believe it was because I believed that you had to keep the principles. If I cannot look in the mirror and like who I am, then I'm not gonna be happy.”   55:50 “It doesn't really make any difference if you've got 100 people or you've got 10,000 people. You are there to do what God gave you the gift to do and do it. Go for it. Go for it. I don't care how big your crowd is how little your crowd is. Give them all you've got because that's what God gave you.”   57:23 “For all of those out there that have given up. Put your career in God's hands, and in His timing, and let Him decide when it's right for you to do it. Because you're going to go through obstacles all along your way. But if you love it, and it's what you're driven to do, put it in His hands and watch his miracles happen.”   Timestamps: 03:18     Introducing Barbara Santora 04:38     Barbara’s music – has it always been jazz for her? 07:33     Barbara’s time in USO 11:14     Listen to “Micky’s” by Barbara Santora 13:54     How was Micky’s put together? 16:29     Where did they record Micky’s? 17:40     For Barbara, what is the best process when putting a song together? 22:37     Listen to “Midnight Escape” by Barbara Santora 26:41     The story behind the song “Midnight Escape” 28:52     Barbara shares her journey in Vegas, and some stories with the people, she shared the stage with. 35:31     For Barbara, what is her best chapter in life? 39:55     Listen to “That’s Just the Way It Goes” by Barbara Santora 43:43     Barbara takes us to the studio when recording “That’s Just the Way It Goes” 47:38     How are they doing in Indiana and how they handled the pandemic? 51:31     Barbara’s favorite places to play. 56:18     Barbara Santora’s message to the listeners   Spotify Playlist: Make sure to check out the dHarmic Rising stars playlists on Spotify! We currently have two playlists named Aquila and Orion, and we’re currently working on the third one, so don’t miss out on these amazing and talented artists who are also alumni of the dHarmic Evolution. You can copy these links and share this on your social media to let other people hear these amazing talents as well.   dHarmic Rising Stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA   dHarmic Rising Stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg   dHarmic Evolution links:  Also, don’t forget to sign up on your favorite platform on dharmicevolution.com/ We also appreciate it if you leave a review on the Apple podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/hr/podcast/dharmic-evolution/id997503357   And, be part of our Facebook Community Page, https://www.facebook.com/dharmicevolution/ and Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/995607857167395   Special Links and Mentions: Frank Sinatra Jr. Billy Preston Bob Hope Foley Entertainment – Eugene Foley Liberace Doc Severinsen Burt Reynolds Larry Holmes Robert Goulet Barbara Eden Tony Bennett Muhammad Ali Lloyd Bridges Cary Grant Dr. Seuss Patsy Cline Phantom of the Opera Big band Mel Tormé Ella Fitzgerald   Connect with Barbara Santora: Website: barbarasantorajazz.com YouTube: Barbara Santora Official Facebook: Side by Side Twitter: @BarbaraSantora1 Instagram: @barbarasantoramusicofficial Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/barbara-santora/1519684611 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kp87SCtM0OJnIJRv3HQxc YouTube Music: https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCf3BUn5hO6Vn4QSp2heGLCA ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/barbarasantora  
Mar 19
58 min
305. Kate Magdalena, a Singer-Songwriter with a Purpose to “Rebel” for the Truth.
We’ve got an awesome lady on the show today who is a celebrated singer-songwriter. We had her on the show before and I am happy to have her back featuring her new songs. All the way from North California, it is the wonderful, ubiquitous, and captivating voice of Kate Magdalena. Kate Magdalena gets deep on what’s going on in the world right now and how she sees her purpose as a singer-songwriter. She shares a lot of interesting views on the current situation and the pandemic. Also, get to hear these new songs featured today, “This is My Rebel Song” and “I Know A Heartache When I See One”. She shares her plans of going into Pop music and that’s something we would definitely look forward with. So, don’t forget to check out the links to her website and other social media pages below to keep you updated. More about Kate Magdalena Kate’s best place to connect with would be on her Instagram and Facebook. Links are provided below. Also, check out her website where she uploads a blog at least once a month and there are new songs to look forward to.   Quotes: 16:50 “What I have is simply, you know, I want clean water clean air. I want honest government. I want a constitutional government.”   21:46 “Our task, I believe, is to go deep within, is to reassess everything now, and to find out should we even be singing? Should we even be producing art? And if the answer is Yes, then it's got to be something that speaks now to the to the new music industry to the new time that we're in for however long that is.”   26:32 “I think there is a purpose, I don't exactly know. I think it has to do with spiritual healing through music, and not only that delighting through music and entertaining through music, and just being marvelous through music. And music will never lose that power.”   37:02 “I think that's what really lit my fire again. That, you know, I have to feel that I do have something to bring this world through my art, something to give. Not just that I want to receive the glory of it.”   Timestamps: 02:09 Welcome back on the show, Kate Magdalena 07:54 Talking about the COVID-19 Vaccine 12:39 Listen to “This Is My Rebel Song” by Kate Magdalena 16:29 Is Kate a Rebel? 18:19 Kate’s take on depression as a singer-songwriter. 22:47 Is there a certain place that Kate thinks she belongs to or somewhere she is comfortable to play in? 25:15 The music industry’s purpose. 29:29 Kate’s take on COVID-19. 33:08 Kate talks about going back to her purpose. 38:06 Listen to “I Know A Heartache When I See One” by Kate Magdalena 41:57 Going back to the studio and talking about her producer Billy Smiley 44:46 What inspires her to go out of the music that she normally does? 47:09 Kate mentioned she was in a cult in the 80’s. 49:25 What would be the best version of Kate's new career? 55:00 Kate’s favorite platform to connect with fans. 56:32 Listen to “Connected” by James Kevin O’Connor   Spotify Playlist: Don’t forget to check out the dHarmic Rising stars playlists that we have, named Aquila and Orion. Don’t miss out on the amazing and talented artists that have been featured on the show. dHarmic Rising stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg Special Links and Mentions: Robert Koch Dr. Francis Boyle Anthony Fauci Judy Garland Barbra Streisand Ella Fitzgerald Eydie Gormé Bill Gates Melinda Gates George Soros Madonna John Keats Percy Bysshe Shelley Lord Byron Billy Smiley Joni Mitchell Stephen Stills Crosby, Stills & Nash Sinéad O'Connor Cyndi Lauper George Gurdjieff Hozier   Connect with Kate Magdalena:   Website: https://katemagdalena.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katemagdalenamusic/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kate_magdalena/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzOsM5sJADWGd--j7xlQxMQ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KateMagdalen iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kate-magdalena/1245277903 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3r9XkUn1NSg2k2hm6JPQPV?si=-JzDwAmlQxqY-55vphtIMQ&nd=1 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/katemagdalena
Mar 6
1 hr 1 min
304. What’s “Out of the Void” with Dream Aria’s Ann Burstyn from Canada
It feels like I’m back where I belong and that is here on the dHarmic evolution hanging out with you. We’ve got an awesome, young Spitfire lady today on the show. We got to chat with her before and it’s amazing to hear from her again. She is a singer, a lyricist, and the star performer of the band Dream Aria, Ann Burstyn! Dream Aria is one of the best Canadian Progressive rock bands that I know. They were already great before, but there has been a lot of growth and development that you can hear in their sound. The playing and the vocals have jumped way up. As they said, their motto is “No rules, no boundaries.” They don’t limit themselves to evolving their sound. We’ve got two amazing tracks featured on the show today but there are a lot more to hear from them, so check out the links below on where you can find them. Ann updates us on how they are doing right now in Toronto, Canada – also with her daughter, health-wise, and of course, with their music. She also shares some of her hobbies and something that can help you with de-stressing. More about Dream Aria  Other Members: Donald Stagg – Keyboardist, Composer, and sometimes lyricist Garry Flint – Drummer, Producer/Engineer, Co-composer and main Composer Andrew Berezowsky – Guitarist, Violinist, Vocalist Dream Aria is virtually everywhere, but the best place to check them out is on their Facebook page. Ann and Don are both on it, checking your messages for whatever you need to reach out to them with. Also, check out their YouTube channel, they’ve got new videos waiting for you. All links are provided below. Quotes: 11:33 "Every day that's a studio day is the best day. For me, it's heaven and I don't like being away from the studio, in fact. I find it difficult."  23:03 We want to be together. The real magic is actually being together. 26:58 "Being outside in nature, and doing the photography and seeing all this beauty that I really didn't know existed. I mean, I knew it was there, just not to the extent that I've now seen, has been very healing for me. And it helped take away a lot of my physical pain, emotional pain, mental stress, it's a good de-stress. " 29:29 "The fresh air alone. I mean, anyone can do this if they're feeling low, or just, you know, clutters in their head. Just go outside, just for five minutes. It's so feeling just the fresh air or there's a certain vibe."  45:13 "I think my main thing lately is seeing that people are quite depressed, isolated, lonely, and sad. And when I speak with personal friends about this, I urge them to try something new to get out of there, that feeling of isolation." 46:55 "Honestly, everyone has something in them I think that they can tap into, and then they can develop into this gift they never knew and that they can share it with others. I mean, how great would that be?" Timestamps: 02:18 Introducing Ann Burstyn of Dream Aria 05:02 How Dream Aria got together 13:30 Listen to "Out of the Void" by Dream Aria 17:24 The story of "Out of the Void" 19:15 Ann's daughter 20:47 How are they doing in Mississauga? 23:32 Health-wise, how are they doing right now? 25:40 With everything that she's doing besides music, how does Ann manage her day and week? 31:18 Listen to "The Professor" by Dream Aria 35:00 The story of creating "The Professor" 40:38 Other hobbies that Ann is into. 44:50 Ann Burstyn's send-off message to the fans 47:14 The best place to connect with Dream Aria 49:30 Listen to "Connected" by James Kevin O'Connor Spotify Playlist: We’ve got two of the many playlists to look out for. They are named after the constellations, Aquila and Orion. Check out these links to hear the amazing and talented artist that we’ve featured on the show before. dHarmic Rising stars: Aquila https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4?si=L20-loGXR9i6IW0Z_GjEnA dHarmic Rising stars: Orion https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5CnL9tl0xbU4oDh6jtJBZx?si=ecg7eEbLQcSu1dRBDCGALg Special Links and Mentions: Genesis Pink Floyd Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rush Enigma Enya Yanni Tangerine Dream Neil Peart Connect with Dream Aria: Facebook:                  https://www.facebook.com/Anndreamaria YouTube:                   https://www.youtube.com/channelUC0NOhYNY5T0RA2G72m-KUTw Instagram:                  https://www.instagram.com/Annelizabeth1131/ Twitter:                       https://twitter.com/dreamariacanada?lang=en Myspace:                    https://myspace.com/dreamariacanada Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7eRQH6aw3eemGd0yN1nwfF?si=hIu8YrPTRfKqKQDuSimVVQ iTunes:                       https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/dream-aria/id169038425 ReverbNation:           https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamaria Apple Music:             https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dream-aria/169038425
Feb 19
54 min
303. COVID COMEBACK, WITH JAMES STORY
It’s good to be back home here in the dHarmic Evolution. It has been a few weeks and I want to thank everyone for continuously supporting the show even in my absence. You guys are great! In this episode, we’re going to talk about the horrible dreaded disease, COVID-19. I’m going to share with you my personal experience with it. I will discuss how it started, the symptoms I felt, and what I did about it. I hope you get something from this and hopefully will help you out. Timestamps 00:18     Welcome back to the dHarmic Evolution 03:47     A short thank you message 05:16     How I got sick over the holidays? 07:19     How it started? 10:03     Loss of Smell and appetite 11:58     Freezing 12:41     No energy 13:15     Headaches 13:55     Rattling Cough 16:01     Rashes 16:36     The backslide 17:21     The Psychological Warfare 17:50     What to do about it? 23:43     Wrap up message 25:31     Listen to “Like I’m Home” by James Kevin O’Connor Quotes 21:41 “But for me, I will trust in the Lord's grand design of my own apothecary that cured me.” 23:22 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:18 Connect to my blog Just go to the dHarmicevolution.com and click on the “Sign me up!” button on the audio player to be on my mailing list immediately. Spotify Playlist Don’t forget to check out the Spotify playlist “Rising dHarmic Stars: Aquila” Featuring amazing and talented artists who have been guests on this show! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4loDaYF0OuWRjZeMXvEjK4  
Feb 5
29 min
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