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May 22, 2020
Today’s show is all about the chain of love. For a big part of America. This is the month of graduation. Characterized by proms, senior nights, epic graduation ceremonies alongside other parties. However, with the current global pandemic, so many have had to cancel or postpone this key milestone of their lives. After my brother reached out to me earlier this month, I could tell he was empathetic about his daughter, and my niece - Cassy -. This was because they could only hold a small celebration in light of the current restrictions set countrywide to curb the spread of the virus. So, do you know anyone that is graduating? Whether it’s 8th grade, high-school, university, or any kind of milestone in their life? It’s important that we appreciate and celebrate this event in a special way that makes them feel loved and cared for. One of the ways we can do this is through calling. A voice is a very powerful tool. You can use it as a first aid kit to aid someone close to you who is struggling through the current pandemic, be it the graduate or someone struggling in any given life situation. Cheering them up and bringing a ray of hope and happiness in their life is only a call away. I prefer calling, but if you can’t get through, at least text them you were thinking of them! Chain of Love. Chain of love is a song I wrote in dedication to my older son graduating high school. After an inspirational speech by the principal, I was instantly moved by the whole event and started writing the song in my subconscious. After years of procrastination. I finally produced the song back in 2010 with help from “Studio Pros” a West Coast online recording studio headed up by Katie O’Toole. You can listen to the song at the end of the show, and if you’re moved and inspired by it, then please, share it with somebody who you feel needs the inspiration too. (Find the lyrics of the Chain of Love song at the end of the show notes) “Here to Share and Care” - A lesson on gratitude and support Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes we’re strong, and other times we are weak. If you’re in your season of strength, try and support the people who are not feeling it right now and need your assistance. Look around you. So many people have way less than what you have but are happier than you are. A video I saw on Facebook that really touched me magnified this lesson for me. A woman who had a child who seemed to be about 2-3 years old, and had no arms or legs. The little kid was at a playground and would climb himself up on the slide stairs using his head as a point of leverage before launching himself down the slide, and his mom would be waiting at the end to catch him. The little boy was laughing and all smiles as was his Mom, they both looked to be very happy and content with life without a care in the world. Perhaps there is a lesson here for us all? In conclusion. I’d like to give my thanks to Luna Keller and Lisa Crouch, both artists were previous guests of the DE Podcast and were kind enough to respond to my “Here to Share and Care” video project. Timestamps (2:25) The struggle graduates are going through (5:23) The Chain of Love (7:48) Just a call Away by Lisa Crouch (16:02) Alice is in love with a Mad hatter by Luna Keller (21:41) Always be grateful - It could be a lot worse. (23:38) The back story of Chain of Love (27:03) Listen to Chain of Love   Selected Links and Mentions DE140 Lisa Crouch | No Joke, Lisa Crouch Has To Be Heard! DE259 Luna Keller, singing and songwriting on the Canary Islands, simply Paradise!   The Chain of Love They came into the world as babies, then left these hallowed halls as fine young, men and ladies And I felt a sense of pride and wonder, to be included among the many, pieces of the chain, the chain of Love   Reflections in the way your smile, carry countless childhood memories and the sparks of love ignite across the silent spaces of our tried and trusted teenage trepidation And we all wrapped our hands around the chain, the chain of love, chain of love   We built a chain, stronger than steel A chain of Love, and that’s how it feels Just like the wind, brings a new rain, A chain of love burns like a flame, a chain of love, chain of love   Your graduation, I sat and watched your mother's tears, trace your footsteps one by one through all those wonderful years And me sometimes I feel so sad and small and lonely, but I know you will always help me hold my place inside This chain of love, chain of love, this chain of love, this chain of love   We built a chain, stronger than steel A chain of Love, and that’s how it feels Just like the wind, brings a new rain, A chain of love burns like a flame,   A chain of love, stronger than steel this chain of love, and that’s how it feels, this chain of love……….    Written and produced by James Kevin O’Connor    As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. 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May 15, 2020
99 Years Old. Served his country in the 2nd world war and won medals for his heroic achievement. Worked as a sales manager before finally retiring in 1987. Beat skin cancer and several hip-related surgeries. Raced and won numerous motorcycle contests and even contested in T.V shows. You might think that Captain Tom Moore would be content with his long list of life achievements to retire from any kind of service and take it easy. But oh no, Captain Tom Moore has recently broken a long list of records by raising over 33 Million Pounds in a donation to support the NHS in the current Covid-19 pandemic. On 6th April 2020, Captain Tom, aged 99 began taking walk laps with the goal of raising 1,000 pounds by his 100th birthday. Twenty four days later on his 100th birthday, Captain Tom had inspired over 1.5 million individual donations, with the total number of donations amassing to over 32.79 Million pounds. Captain Tom’s Bio Born at Keighley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on 30th April 2020 Captain Tom served in the British army during the 2nd world war from 1940 to 1945. Captain Tom has been awarded four medals for his war service during the war. After leaving the army, he worked as a sales manager for a roofing company in Yorkshire, and later as a managing director of a Fens-based company manufacturing concrete, “Cawood Concrete Products Ltd”, which was later renamed “March Concrete Products Ltd”, after he led a management buyout in 1983. The company was sold to ARC in 1987, and for 64 years he organized the DWR annual reunion. Breaking records with his Music Career. To Mark Captain Tom’s 100th Lap, singer Michael Ball sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" for him live on a BBC Broadcast. The performance was made into a digital single featuring the NHS Voices of Care Choir, and Moore's spoken words. The song was released on 17 April, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities. 7 days later the song went straight to number one on the weekly UK singles chart. Making Captain Tom the oldest person to achieve this feat. Moore’s story of love and resilience has inspired similar charity walks by several other individuals in the U.K. And by doing so, proved that age is just a number. You’re never too old to craft that new life you’ve always dreamed of. And that above all, there’s always a ray of hope and sunshine even in the darkest of days. Timestamps (3:11) Captain Tom’s background info (8:07) Elsie MacGill - The Canadian Queen of Hurricanes (10:41) Captains Tom’s legendary 2020 Walk (14:11) Topping the UK Charts, Captain Tom’s Music Career (16:17) Listen to Captain Tom’s You’ll Never Walk Alone (20:42) Recognizing Captain Tom’s inspirational acts (23:19) Breaking 2 Guinness World Book Records (25:26) Namesakes to honor Captain Tom (27:47) Inspiring similar fundraising walks. Selected Links and Mentions com - You'll Never Walk Alone by Michael Ball & Captain Tom Moore & The NHS Voices of Care Choir com - Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS com - Elsie MacGill The Guardian - Captain Tom Moore becomes oldest artist to claim UK No 1 single The Telegraph - Fundraisers inspired by Captain Tom Moore BBC News - Captain Tom Moore: How will coronavirus fundraising be spent? BBC News - Captain Tom: Train named in honour of NHS fundraiser As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
May 8, 2020
Today’s show will be brief and revolve around a wonderful nature experience that I was very lucky to be a part of. A new tweeting family recently moved in the front of my porch. Finches. From the creative hard-work, they put in when building their nests, around Mid-March this year, all the way to laying and hatching their eggs into little chicks. The entire experience was very sublime in a very personal way to me. With each passing day, and with the help of my phone and selfie-stick. I was able to have an up-close view of how the little chicks went through the circle of life with the help and support of their parents and each other. Seeing that her baby chicks are getting bigger, the mother finch, in an effort to motivate her little ones into believing in themselves, would stop feeding the chicks directly, but rather, hovering just outside the nest coaxing them to approach the edge of the nest and go for their first flight. Insights. Watching those little birds go through the circle of life; moving in, building a home, having chicks, feeding them, and pushing them into believing they can fend for themselves and have the strength to fly was a beautiful and eye-opening lesson that I had the pleasure of seeing unfold every day before my eyes. We should learn to do the same in our lives. We should have the confidence to believe in our capabilities - or pushing those that count on us to kick out the fear in their lives and through confidence, embrace their true and full potential - And just as the bird flies, so should we. Fly through life in a celebratory way, rise above the fear and troubles of life, and soar every day, looking at life from different levels and angles. Timestamps (00:50) New tweeting neighbors (3:55) Experiencing the growth of the little birds (5:27) Taking off for the first time (13:57) Listen to Butterfly by Cynthia Brando (15:38) Listen to the Country girl by Alyssa Marie Coon (22:56) Listen to Flying Selected links and mentions DE257 Alyssa Marie Coon, age is “Oblivious” to talent and determination! DE161 Cynthia Brando | Ubiquitous musical spirit championing the love and the talent of others for the benefit of all https://newschannel9.com/ As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group       
May 1, 2020
I hope you’re all fairing well and strong through yet another week of the tough Covid-19 global pandemic. There won’t be any talk of the virus in today’s show. Instead, I’ll be reviewing my experience with Technology over the years, and give you insights on why going for top quality in every Tech project you have going on, is the key to your success. Recording Interview’s via Skype or Zoom This week, I had the opportunity to be interviewed and perform live via Skype, on “This N’ That” a show featured on WABC TV, Chattanooga TN. Personally, I only use Skype for regular calls with the V.As who help me out with producing the dHarmic Evolution podcast/TV show. I’m more accustomed to using “Zoom” for the actual DE podcast for video, and, despite not having used Skype for such work in about 1 and a half years, I was not only able to enjoy the entire interview and performance but also left the host of the show James Howard very impressed with the sound quality of my interview. (Make a statement with good audio!) The numerous singers and songwriters that I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on the show can bear witness on my commitment to producing shows with only high quality .wav format songs. Because that’s the format I request they submit their songs in. Tune in to the show and find out how the ecamm skype recording software can automatically aid you in saving tons of interview files which you might later need for record management and information retrieval. The show also features songs from 2 of my previous guests Zelda Dashiell and Peter Lewy who were the first artists to send me the files I requested for the Here to Share and Care music video project. And if you too, want to be a part of the project, feel free to email me your file at: james@jamesoconooragency.com Remember we all need God’s help, and each other now more than ever. With the pandemic hitting all regions globally, do whatever you can to help those that are in need of your help. Timestamps (4:58) Holding my interview and song performance over Skype (10:20) Why.Wav format is better than.Mp3 when presenting your music (14:23) James Howard’s experience after hosting me (16:20) Here to Share and Care video project progress (18:35) Enjoy Cease the Fire by Zelda Dashiell (28:02) Some other way by Peter Lewy Selected links and mentions ecamm call recorder for skype on Mac WTVC DE123: Zelda Dashiell | Fight on, Zelda! DE81: Peter Lewy | The Cellist Singer-Songwriter from NYC Peter Lewy Zelda Dashiell James Howard As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
April 17, 2020
Welcome back to the show everyone. I hope you’re all managing to handle things in the midst of the current pandemic that’s hit the entire globe.  Today’s show is going to be a little different and special.  I’ll be diving into what I’ve personally been keeping myself busy with, and share with you some tips and strategies on how you too, can cope with the strange and unknown situation that we’ve all unfortunately found ourselves in.  Since moving from New Jersey to Nashville at the beginning of last August, I’ve really had no time to sit down, relax and enjoy the comfort of my T.V. So with the self-quarantine state of affairs that we’re all in, I decided to make the most of it by finally hanging my big 55” HD Panasonic that was sitting in the basement with a moving blanket covering it.  And because it was the lent season, I also ditched any alcoholic beverages, something that I have been doing for years now. It always surprises me just how easily this falls away as an unnecessary vice and its quickly forgotten about. This made me realize that there’s a lot of habits that become a part of us, habits that we feel we are not only accustomed to but also bonded to as well. But the simple truth is that they really don’t have as much influence over us as we give them the power to do so.   Less Criticism – More Compassion  Let’s be frank. The entire COVID-19 pandemic caught so many of us unaware and unprepared. Up to date, scientists are still revealing new information about the virus every day! From the way, it spreads to the way it affects and destroys the body of its victim.  Pointing fingers and playing the blame game won’t help solve any problems. We should all be supportive of the great work that the President’s task force has been accomplishing in a quite impossible environment.  Thus, we should be less critical of the efforts put in place by not just our administration, but people everywhere, and we should be more considerate of the less fortunate in society. The ones with nowhere to sleep and no idea what meal they’ll have next.   My Schedule.  It’s hard to come to terms with the physical reality we’re all witnessing in our cities. Of late, it’s been so strange to be outside. No people, no traffic, and almost all office and commercial buildings, venues, retail, etc,  have been deserted.  One of my personal highlights for spending my weeks was volunteering in downtown Nashville every Sunday morning to feed the hungry some hot steaming breakfast. Due to the current situation though, the entire operation has been put on hold. However, I still am, alongside my fiancée, offering the needed help at the Family Life Centre, for women and children in Nashville.  My weekly duties have now changed to a bit of running as an exercise, shopping for the essentials, volunteering, and an occasional car wash every one in a while.  Stay tuned and find out how I’ve slowly, through the help of my fiancée, been able to substitute my love and craving for Yoga with running. I am actually getting better! and of course, it’s all about the singing!  The Depression Fighters Manual.  In the show, I also give a quick review of my Depression Fighters Manual and how you can download and utilize it to the fullest during this tough crisis that’s been coupled with worry and anxiety. Part of what I cover include the  7 best strategies to fight depression, which include;  1. You’ve got to move  2. You’ve got to laugh  3. You’ve got to help somebody  4. You’ve got to be loved  5. You’ve got to eat something wholesome  6. You’ve to go love the drugs – Natural drugs that give you the rush!  7. You’ve got to love nature.  And a bonus strategy of how loving and connecting to God for spiritual nourishment, can cure all your troubles, and most importantly, help you deal with the worries of tomorrow.    I also want to give a special thanks to all of you who took up my request to make a music video featuring past artists that have been on the dHarmic Evolution as part of the Here to Share Challenge, with which we hope to express God’s message that we were all put here to share and care for one another, there are “no stars” in this music video, it's all about the message!   Timestamps  00:40 What we’ll be covering on the show today  3:09 Connecting my T.V for the first time in seven months  5:11 How I spend my days  8:02 The great job the President’s task force is doing.  10:32 How everyone else is pulling through  14:06 Working using Zoom   15:40 My depression manual - What’s in it and How you can get it  30:25 The backstory to Here to share and Care project.  34:14 My Guest appearance on ABC and how you can watch it  35:46 Listen to share and care.   Download Depression Fighters Ebook here! Selected links and mentions  Dr. Anthony Fauci Scott Geller  Rev. Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson  Ray Williams   Jimmy Fallon  Ellen  Oprah JFK 50 Mile Zoom Trump’s Task Force Efforts NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION - FAMILY LIFE CENTER (FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN)   DE157 Ray Williams | From Motown to Soul Town to Nashville! Ray adds a unique flair to her music!  DE168 Alumni Professor Scott Geller | V Tech University “Ut Prosim”  DE 237 “How do we get people to believe?” Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson explains  As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
April 10, 2020
“Azalea” is the musical duo of Benjamin and Mia Hackett, they are an Australian-Canadian couple that write, produce, and perform original music together. Before they met, Benjamin and Mia both worked on their own solo music projects, but for some reason, it always felt to them that a key ingredient was lacking in their art. Having fatefully met in 2004, the duo worked on their first songwriting project together, and the magic they created from their chemistry was undeniably great. It was then that they discovered that the secret ingredient lacking in their pieces, was each other. 16 years down the line and the duo has now released 5 studio albums, 1 live album, were named semifinalists at the 2018 International songwriting competition, and have previously been nominated at the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards. Show Notes Joining us on the show today is the dynamic music duo of Benjamin and Mia, otherwise known as Azalea. Having been performing on cruise ships for the past one and a half years, we start the show off with the duo narrating their dramatic cruise ship experience courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. From being stuck at the dock for 12 days in a ship with no passengers to hopping from ship to ship until they finally booked their own plane ticket back home. Benjamin and Mia have had a challenging first-hand experience with the effect of the current global pandemic. Now with a day left until their 14-day social quarantine is over, the couple can’t wait to go outside and do some grocery shopping! As they’re a fairly introverted couple, when not on stage or creating new music, Benjamin and Mia are very close friends and enjoy being with their pets and their comfy home in Canada. Stay tuned as the lovely duo gives us a tour of what it’s like to be performers in a cruise ship. Despite their introverted nature, Benjamin and Mia enjoy socializing with their fans before and after their performances. This, they claim, is a great way to have an intimate connection with your audience and get their personal thoughts and opinions on how they feel about your music and performance. They’ve enjoyed every single cruise trip and performance as this has enabled them to meet different people, cultures, and lifestyles worldwide. Something that would have otherwise been impossible to afford without their gigs. The Cruise ship contracts have also proven invaluable in terms of steady, reliable work and ample free time to work on their music writing project’s on the side. And even with the current global crisis still heating up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this lovely couple has chosen to see the positive side of it, and thank God for the ample time that they now have to tackle their art and life projects that they’ve been postponing for a while. I hope you all enjoy the show and feel empowered by the message of hope and creativity that Azalea shares with all on the show today. Quotes It grows you, in such a big way, I can’t even remember the person I was before I started the journey. – Mia on her experience performing in cruise ships. It’s a very intimate relationship between you and the people you’re performing for in a cruise ship. Consorting and getting to know them at a personal level, and what they love about your show. It’s like free market research. Socializing with your audience is a great way to know what people connect within your songs and performances. This helps in improving your performance and music in general. We’ve seen so many different cultures, lifestyles and ways of life. This has made us realize how we’re all so different, but still essentially the same. It’s practically a great way to make the world smaller and make it feel like home. We take different approaches in terms of the tools and environment in order to experiment with how the general audience feels and how emotions would change when producing our songs. There’s a lot of challenges to it, but it’s generally a good experience. We’re basking in the fact that we now have time to tackle the creative endeavors that we’ve always wanted to pursue – Benjamin on using the current COVID-19 social quarantine measure to their advantage. We still have milestones that we need to hit. And we feel that we’ll get there eventually. We just have to keep writing, keep playing and keep being our genuine selves. We hope to create art that’s meaningful to us. Because if it means something to you, then it’s going to mean something to everyone else – Benjamin on their future art and music projects. If you work too much, you kind of lose your touch with creativity. Creativity comes from play. Timestamps Azalea’s experience and joy performing cruise ship gigs (7:08) Listen to ‘Your Lullaby’ by Azalea (10:02) How they met and the undeniable chemistry that kept them together (14:25) Benjamin and Mia’s previous gigs before they started performing on cruise ships. (17:45) Listen to ‘Dusty Motel’ (21:03) Azalea’s process of creating and producing different songs. (25:21) How they’ve been affected by the virus (29:44) Listen to “The Masquerade” (32:55) House Concerts and Lives streaming, Azalea’s plans for the near future (41:20) Benjamin gives us a view of the story behind the song ‘Butterflies and Alchemists’ (43:03) Listen to ‘Butterflies and Alchemists’ (44:44) How they got their band name ‘Azalea’ (51:24) Benjamin and Mia’s message to you (56:34) Connect with Azalea Website: www.azaleamusic.net Facebook: @AzaleaMusic.net Twitter: @AzaleaMusic Instagram: @azaleamusic YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/AzaleaTV/featured Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1dDVpHA12UrdADS32m3weI Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ke/artist/azalea/1311120597 As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. 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April 3, 2020
Winston Justice is a former NFL offensive lineman who from 2006 - 2014 played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Born and raised in Southern California, Winston’s skill, hard work, and passion for Football landed him a spot on the University of Southern California football team where he went on to win a national championship in 2003. Having graduated from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in Public Policy, Winston is currently a Vice President at the Nashville headquarters of Bernstein - a wealth management company that manages over a hundred billion USD for its client’s - Winston is leaving footprints in the finance world through his dedication and life philosophy of leadership through service. At Bernstein, Winston works as an asset manager to multigenerational families, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. Winston has been the recipient of numerous decorations and awards including the Walter Payton Philadelphia Man of the Year award in 2010. Winston relocated to Nashville in 2010 with his wife and their 3 children. Show Notes I hope you’re all excited for today’s episode, as we’re being joined for the first time ever, with a former NFL star, Winston Justice. Winston has had an exciting and diverse career in the sport, corporate and entrepreneurial world. On today’s show, our guest Winston will be shedding light on some of the knowledge, pitfalls, and emotions involved in these industries. Get to find out how Winston was nominated for and helped in solving the 2008 NFL lockout and how this event shaped his passion and future career in wealth management. With an insider look at wealth management, Winston offers us the blueprint that goes into financial management for different groups, ranging from athletes, NGOs, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties. There’s no doubt that hard work, passion, and commitment, is what football players and other athletes dedicate to their careers. But despite it all, a lot of failures and disappointments are experienced in this industry. From financial nosedives, short-lived careers, and bad advice, Winston explains to us the various challenges -mentally, emotionally, financially and physically- that athletes have to fight through every day, and why, in spite of landing lucrative deals and lifestyles, some athletes end up with almost nothing to show for at the end of their careers. We also cover Winston’s personal experience working as an NFL player and how having a supportive wife and team staff was the cornerstone of his success in football and in life. Having learned a lot from football. Winston has applied some of this knowledge in his other endeavors, such as the coffee shop he started with his brother in law and wealth management for his clients. With so much discipline and passion for helping people and learning new things, Winston enjoys every bit of work put into the process of helping companies and individuals in managing their wealth and portfolio, something he describes as the beauty of building a legacy through finance. Quotes Unlike a business owner that sells his company, when a player gets drafted and then gets a new contract, everyone knows it. And on top of that, you’re mostly surrounded by people very different from you, who are genuinely not the best type of people. Half the battle is surrounding yourself with the right type of people. Unlike in other professions, failures that athletes encounter financially are magnified by the media. You think about it the first time you put on your pads. It's so finite. You know that any play could be your last play, and it’s all very scary too. It's almost like asking a doctor, ‘What are you going to do if you’re not a doctor?’ - Winston on football players thinking of another career. As men, we find our identity in what we do. Throughout any career, there’s going to be some really extreme highs, and lows as well. Through playing football, you learn a lot of life attributes. Like I remember my coach telling me there are no mistakes, only opportunities to get better. And I applied it to every aspect of my life. You never know when the best time is to pursue a different career or path in life. But you don't want to look back and have any regrets, as well. You should give your all to the present moment, and even if that moment is coming to an end, you should enjoy it to the fullest - Winston’s advice to athletes. Everything starts with a conversation - Winston on new business partnerships. Be present. Don't get caught up in the panic selling. - Winston’s advice on the market’s and current COVID-19 pandemic. Timestamps Winston’s role in finding a resolution for the 2008 lockout (03:04) Discussing the financial failures of athletes (07:23) When do football players start to think and plan for life after football? (08:58) Transitioning dreams from basketball to football (10:41) Winston’s experience changing NFL teams (12:44) How Winston is weathering the current COVID-19 Storm (16:23) Stepping into the entrepreneurial and financial world of Coffee business and Wealth management (21:24) Moving and settling into Nashville (32:09) Learning about life through football (35:39) Selected Links and Mentions Pete Caroll Elixr Coffee Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Bernstein NFL Lockout - ESPN.com Redefining the Scholar-Athlete - Frontiersin.org About Private Wealth Management - Investopia.com Life After the NFL: Planning Post-Football Careers - Lastwordonfootball.com
March 27, 2020
No matter the platform, event, theme or target, you can count on Bill Cakmis to be a part of its inception and success. As for a performance coach, talent coach, acting coach, and motivational speaker. Bill has for more than 3 decades now, been the cornerstone behind the successful teaching and mentoring of singers, actors, anchors, talk show hosts, politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and athletes. And as a show of the touch of expertise, excellence, and quality in his field of operation, some of Bill’s clients have gone ahead and won prestigious awards including Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Emmy awards. Having collaborated with top film studios, production companies and TV stations in the creation of fun, creative and engaging content, Bill’s full resume is a thing of beauty. Also an actor, writer, director, and motivational speaker, Bill is blessed to have worked and played with some of the most talented and entertaining people in the world. Show Notes If you’ve ever had (or are still) struggling on how you can present yourself or your ideas in front of a crowd, panel, or any kind of audience, then you’re definitely going to enjoy today’s show. Thanks to our guest today, Bill Cakmis, we’ll be focusing on communication and how you can make use of special tips and insights from Bill’s experience helping the diverse pool of raw talent that he’s coached. Bill sets an engaging conversation by reminiscing on his role helping the producers and directors of “American Girl” solve their host problem. After being called in at the last minute to save the situation, Bill was not only successful in saving the day, but also earned himself the nickname “Host Whisperer” for his admirable efforts in the fruitful turnout of the project. Stay tuned to get more acquainted on how to improve your communication and performance stats with captivating stories on how Bill has managed to handle different chaotic situations in diverse environments into a complete success. Also, find out why your audience is a key factor that shapes the tone and theme of your speech and how you too can adapt your performance in relation to this. Bill also gives us insights into his book Loyalty, Trust & Success: Transforming Anchors, Reporters & Weathercasters Into Superstars and what you can expect to gain from the book. Quotes The difference between a songwriter and a star is that a songwriter plays the song while a star plays the audience. Just because you're famous doesn't mean you can host a show. There’s a skill set, learning how to read a prompt or how to deal with guests among other trainable skills. You change who you are depending on who you're talking to, in order to survive in that situation. I'm not there because I'm the show or I'm the production company. I have one job. To make you win. If you win, if you succeed, my ex-wives eat. My ex-wives are very hungry women. So it’s important to me that I make everybody I work with success. There's a big difference between having a sense of humor and beginning with a joke. And a lot of people are told to first begin with a joke - ‘Hey, get them smiling, get them laughing’ - And it's the worst thing you can do. It's not about you. It's never about you. Every great storyteller knows that every story they tell is about one thing- the person they're talking to - It's about getting that person to react and you're going to change how you tell that story depending on who you're talking to. From my experience working for over 3 decades, I have formulated tools and techniques for people to create a certain kind of loyalty and trust with their audience when they’re on the stage. Loyalty with their viewers, and through that, create success. There's a big difference between having a sense of humor and beginning with a joke. And a lot of people are told to first begin with a joke - ‘Hey, get them smiling, get them laughing’ - And it's the worst thing you can do. It's not about you. It's never about you. Every great storyteller knows that every story they tell is about one thing- the person they're talking to - It's about getting that person to react and you're going to change how you tell that story depending on who you're talking to. From my experience working for over 3 decades, I have formulated tools and techniques for people to create a certain kind of loyalty and trust with their audience when they’re on the stage. Loyalty with their viewers, and through that, create success. There is no failure for people who are successful. There are just learning experiences. Timestamps How Bill got the nickname ‘Host Whisperer’ (04:35) Bill’s experience solving complex show problems (11:09) How Bill helps managers in the identification, acquisition, and training of new talent (20:06) Top mistakes that beginners make when attempting their first speech (23:01) Stand up comedians, impromptu speakers, and improvisanalists - How they all prepare (24:20) Helping artists with PR and Stage presence (25:43) How great speakers improvise according to the audience (28:54) Why Bill enjoys working with athletes the most (34:34) Mentions Nigel Lythgoe Dick Clark Kenny Norton Joe Schmoe - Meaning American Girl Show Connect with Bill Cakmis Website www.cakmis.com Facebook @cakmis Twitter @cakmis Instagram @cakmis Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/billcakmis YouTube www.youtube.com/user/BillCakmis/videos Amazon www.amazon.com/Loyalty-Trust-Success-Transforming-Weathercasters As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. 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March 20, 2020
I remember while I was still very young - and before I owned my first business - putting in the 8-5 working for other people. And every time, I couldn’t help but think to myself how great it would be to spend the 8 hours working for myself and building my own business. Well folks, now’s your time to do the same. You can build whatever you want, whatever you've always wished for, you have no excuses, nothing holding you back. So take advantage of the current situation as an opportunity to grow and build yourself. Show Notes Amidst the current storm, we’re in, amidst the negative and depressing updates all over mainstream and social media, today’s show is a message about hope and optimism that tomorrow will be better than today. In today’s show, Jeff Brown, a brilliant investor, and editor in numerous publications will be my main source of reference in regards to his reports on the Covid-19 outbreak and how we’re slowly, but certainly improving, learning and growing from this situation. And thus, despite the constant call for alarm and panic from the ratings and numbers obsessed media, here are some of the top indications that we’re day by day recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic; New confirmed cases have completely leveled off in China. There are just a handful of new cases each day. (Social distancing helps stop the spread of the virus, so please, for all the people out there partying, tempting fate, you're putting yourself and other families in grave danger) Warmer, more humid weather slows down the spread of Covid 19 (Just like past airborne viruses, this means that cases in the Northern hemisphere will dramatically fall as we enter spring humidity and early summer) Electronic supply chain manufacturers in China are on a track to return to full production by the end of this month (March of 2020), shipment, transportation to airports and seaport logistics is almost back to normal. A Chinese biotechnology company has already shown early success with the combination of its hepatitis C and HIV treatment for Covid 19. Early data from a clinical trial on 11 patients demonstrated all 11 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital. Also, get to find out why the current situation has exposed our weaknesses and vulnerabilities in self-reliance. As predicted by Ross Perot, all our products, ranging from surgical masks, gowns, electronics, labor, resources, etc are outsourced and (or) manufactured and shipped from China. Crowdsourcing the Covid 19 Cure using a Video game Folded is an online video game that started as a research project at the University of Washington's center for game science and the department of biochemistry. Players try to fold proteins into shapes that are stable and functional. Different individuals have different ways to process and understand information. What’s easy for you to understand in a classroom may be impossible for someone else to understand. Likewise, I could easily dissect and process information from a game as compared to other classrooms and book talented individuals. And that’s why we need all hands on deck to help solve the Covid 19 pandemic. Alexa trying to become a doctor? The current situation is also acting as a catalyst towards Amazon trying to produce small connected devices that could run various tests like taking our temperature or even analyzing our blood. Alexa will then analyze results, send them back to the cloud, and then make a diagnosis from there. After it’s a diagnosis, Alexa will order prescription medicine for you and have it delivered on your doorstep within hours and perform a follow up within a few days. In conclusion, try to steer away from all the negativity and hype the media is trying to spread just for views and sensationalism. You know what they say, attention pays. Let’s all pray and turn to God in these tough times for protection and guidance in these dark and difficult times (and not just because of the pandemic, but because we need Him every day of our lives) Stay safe and stay full of hope and happiness. Selected articles The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be spot on. Ted Talk Video: The next outbreak? We’re not ready | Bill Gates Tech giants are getting creative to manage the COVID-19 crisis: New trials, new websites, new employees: Google, Amazon, and others are finding new ways to help Timestamps Bill Gates Ted Talk that predicted our current pandemic (4:02) Jeff Brown’s publications and message of hope (05:05) Google’s on deck too! (06:11) Ross Perot arguments, and how it’s playing out today (08:39) America. Are we really independent? (10:09) Take financial advantage of the state we’re in (12:02) Sensationalism sells. Stay off the media (13:14) “Crowdsourcing” everyone's help to find a cure. (13:33) Special thanks to Jeff Brown for his fabulous research in “The Bleeding Edge” As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
March 13, 2020
Emily Zuzik's career in the performing arts is a study in diversification. Her career journey in the music industry has enabled her to develop a unique personality and signature style in her productions and live performances. At varying times, she can call herself a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, and model - and she has had success at each of these related-but-distinct pursuits. All of which are thanks to her unparalleled and unique brand of performing. Emily has released several records of her own music that range in style from a Cheryl Crow-Esque rootsy-rock vibe to a hip-hopping blend of Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, and Beck. Her vocals have been heard on NBC, WB Interactive and she has collaborated with Moby and sang with Blue Man Group. Her soon-to-be-released album, Torch & Trouble, is a well-focused blend of earthy singer-songwriter centered Americana music, a true reflection of her uncommon and exceptional style in the music, and performance industry as a whole. No matter the art or genre, it's Emily's unique personality and voice that brings it all together. Show Notes Joining me on the show today is the melodious, mesmerizing and uniquely diverse singer/songwriter, Emily Zuzik. The LA-based artist graces our show with wonderful tunes and thoughts from her current album “Torch and Trouble”. Stay tuned on the show and find out more about Emily’s collaborations and personal connections behind the production of “Torch and Trouble”. Although she currently resides and works from LA, Emily has had the pleasure of traveling and living in plenty of other states throughout the country. We discuss her thoughts and opinions from her experience living in different places and what she feels about Nashville as a growing city and hotspot for the upcoming performing arts. Emily describes to us why she feels that producing older songs results in more passion and energy output in the studio. She enjoys working with notable professions while producing her songs and never interferes or in any way gives suggestions to the team when they’re all working on her masterpieces during production. She trusts that every professional has gained their reputation from their previous work and therefore deserve to be 100% reliable on their output. Strap up your seatbelts, because you’re in for a fabulous ride from Emily’s world of the diverse and unique blend of music production, songwriting, and band performance. Quotes What I have found over the years is that lots of people can write songwriter folk and upbeat daddies, but not everybody does it with a hard-rocking component. So I really consider myself lucky to be able to wear both of these hats. There’s something really fun about writing a song and then going into the studio the next day and cutting it. And there's energy in that too. But if you want a more polished thing, then it's helpful to really have old songs from the past down. Just as I did with “Torch and Trouble”. There’s always uncertainty in music, and right now, there's the coronavirus and the upcoming American presidential election. There's just stuff in the world that's frustrating and can induce anxiety and can make you go dark, and I am trying to put forward light and love and hope. I know there's a lot of other people who feel that way too. And so hopefully we'll get a groundswell and some things will be turning around into a more positive direction in 2020. Timestamps Find out more about Emily’s upcoming album, “Torch and Trouble” (5:00) Listen to “Alone” (6:00) The people that she works with (12:08) Emily’s performance in New York (13:30) Her background and experience living in New York (15:36) Listen to “Winter in California” (19:15) The story behind the song “How did you get so good?” (28:27) Listen to “How did you get so good?” (31:20) Emily’s teamwork experience working with different professionals (40:20) Listen to “Trouble” (42:01) Emily’s plan for the year (46:40) Mentions Moby Ted Russell Kamp Blue Man Group Tim Lefebvre Rockwood Music Hall Station House Studios DJ Gary Calamar American fest Connect with Emily Zuzik Website www.emilyzuzik.com Facebook @emily.zuzik.music Twitter @emilyzuzik Instagram @emilyzuzik Linkedin @emilyzuzik YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/ezuzik Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/emilyzuzik Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/emilyzuzik/ As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group   
March 6, 2020
Living the dream! Luna Keller is from a musical family, thus music has always been a part of her from as long as she can remember. His dad who is a musician and producer has been a pivotal part of her love and growth in the music profession. Music has always brought Luna and her family so much joy, and beautiful life moments, that she feels so lucky and blessed to be a talented singer and songwriter.   The sky's the limit for Lunar and as she performs on small stages and travels the world, she knows for a fact that she’s chosen her way, she loves it in ways she can’t describe, and she is truly happy.   Show Notes Today on the show, I’m joined for the first time, all the way from the Canary Islands, by the talented and captivating Luna Keller.   Only 18 years old, Luna has already written over 400 songs. Stay tuned as we dig deep into the songwriting process, as Luna shares with us her thoughts, feelings, and emotions when she’s writing songs, and why the whole process is very dear and special to her.   With so much experience, talent and passion at such a tender age, Luna Keller’s unique blend of songwriting, teamwork production and instrument playing is set to dazzle any music fan out of their seats!   Luna started writing songs at a very young age. Her father who is a music producer has certainly played a huge role in paving her path towards her music career. Blessed with a unique insight into songwriting, Luna gives us a sneak peek of what it’s like when she’s writing songs and the euphoric feelings that tags along with it.   Having lived in Ireland for a short time, Luna’s singing and love of folk music was a result of the society and culture that she adopted whilst in Ireland. She has a strong belief and liking for teamwork and working together in the effort to produce creative and unique artistry when singing and songwriting.   You’re most definitely in for a real thrill in this week’s episode dear listeners! With top hits from the album, including “Alice is in love with a Mad hatter” and “I don’t know where I’m going”.   Quotes If you love without fear and do what you want and really get to be who you want to be, then that can not be beaten by anything.   I'm a fan of teamwork. I think there are always new perspectives that other people can bring to your art that you would've never thought of.   As a songwriter, you kind of get used to certain things that you do a certain way, and when you write with someone else, you get a new perspective on songwriting and it makes you grow as a songwriter and you create something that you wouldn't have created on your own.   The takeaway is really just that you don't have to have it all figured out and it's okay to be on your way. And to work through things since you're not always going to be perfect.   Songwriting for me is a very personal and emotional thing. My songs come from a very deep place and a very personal place, so depending on where I am emotional, I will be capable of digging in there and writing from that feeling.   You learn from yourself and you learn from the progress. I think it's really important to not beat yourself up or get obsessive about this one song that you couldn't write or that you wanted to write. But instead to actually say, “okay, I'm learning, the next one will be better”. And then when you write a song that's really good, you just, as you say, you get this euphoria like, yes, I want to share this with the world. This is amazing. And it's a process. It's got its ups and downs.   In songwriting, you're always searching for something you haven't done before. Searching for a new perspective, a new way to tell a story, and when you find it, it's a wonderful gift. I'm so grateful that I get to summarize and to put my feelings into songs.   I think there is a big difference between an instrument that has been programmed and an instrument that has been played. Songs played by human beings, I think I have a much more organic feel, and that’s my kind of music.   Time Stamps Listen to Alice is in love with a Mad hatter (6:00) Listen to I don’t know where I’m going (19:22) Lunar’s hobbies (23:39) The connection between poetry and reading (26:04) Listen to Two Chords (35:53) Production of two chords and why it’s special to Luna Her inspiration and story behind we’re all mad here (35:21) Listen to We’re all mad here (43:54) Germany, Switzerland, and Lunar’s plans for the year.(43:38)   Mentions Alanis Morissette Eric Bay Uli Pfannmuller   Selected Links Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo Chio Destination Guide (Canary Islands, Spain)   Follow Luna Website www.lunakeller.com Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Mqp7hngFJzrCbUePtHzTj?si=iTRdqQzCRpmgb0wKDZ7PmQ Instagram @luna_k_music Twitter @LunaKellerM Facebook @lunakmusicofficial Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy_Vz06q1UPI3ezzwfmirZQ?sub_confirmation=1 As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. 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February 28, 2020
Having had his songs been on 35 Million CDs and recorded 16 of his own Albums, our guest today, Marc Jordan is a true music legend and inspiration to all aspiring artists in the singing and songwriting niche.  Married to Fellow musician and actress Amy Sky, Jordan’s Music Career shot for the sky when he signed for Warner Music in LA and began writing songs for and alongside some of the greats, including Diana Ross, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Brette Milder, and Rod Stewart.  Jordan has already been the recipient of several music awards including the ASCAP, JUNO and Smooth awards. Despite having already accomplished so much in the industry, the drive and passion that Jordan has for music and songwriting, according to him, is deeper and more profound than it’s ever been. He’s just released his latest album “Both Sides” in April of 2019, and alongside his wife Amy, the two are currently working on releasing another album set for 2020.  Show Notes  I had the pleasure of hosting Marc Jordan on the dHarmic Evolution today, stay tuned in the show as we discuss the life and career of Jordan, alongside some of his top hits including, the #1 smash world wide “Rhythm of My Heart” sung by Rod Stewart.  As he ventured into the music industry, Jordan noticed that the careers of so many people were catching fire with his songs. Warner Chappell noticed and approached and signed Jordan to a publishing deal after noticing how talented he was with his writing, and from then on Jordan would just write as if he would be the one to perform the songs. Later on, the songs would be pitched to other artists who would add their tune and style.  Jordan gives us a look into his personal life and career life. Get to find out the joys and challenges of working in the music industry from Jordan’s memories and experiences. We explore issues related to his touring, songwriting, performing and changes that have been ushered in by technology in the music industry.  Quotes  It's hard to do cover songs because people are always comparing them to the original. So you’ve got to make it your own without destroying people’s memories (04:57)  So I just wrote as if I was going to record everything myself. That was the only way I could make the songs true. And the people that recorded the songs brought themselves to the show. (16:40)  When I realized that the concerts weren’t about me, that they were about the people sitting in the audience, is when I stopped began to enjoy concerts more, because I got so much in return. (40:22)   Music is so important. It's our first language and it's the language of our hearts and it's the language of a revolution as well. It's important politically and it's important emotionally. And we must never lose sight of that. And we must never compromise our artists because to do that there would be no art in the world. And if there was no art in this world, especially in music, then what is this world? (01:01:37)   Mentions  Amy Sky  Gary Katz  Zoe sky Jordan  Billy holiday  Pete Townsend  (29:03) Ed C   (29:36) Paul Hallowell  Keith Richards Selected Links  Dreaming on both sides of the brain Aeolian Hall - Performing Arts Centre The Carlu Concert Hall - Toronto TimeStamps    Jordan dives into the inspiration and making of his both sides record (02:49)  Listen to the Nearness of You Hoagy Carmichael  (05:50)  Studio details on the great Prague Symphony orchestra  (12:07)  Listen to Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready   (17:13)  Born in Brooklyn, Raised in Toronto, Jordan's bio in a nutshell   Insights on Jordan's new album set for 2020  (26:47)  Listen to Both sides now by Joni Mitchell  (30:24)  How Jordan came up with the idea for Both Sides  (37:54)  What Jordan feels about music touring and concerts  (40:22)  Listen to Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones  (48:24)  Jordan's advice to all aspiring artists  (56:46) Connect with Marc Jordan  Website - https://www.marcjordan.com/   Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/marcwjordanmusic/  Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/marc_jordan_music/  YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKnobe-hfDGmsvxWgP9fNQ  Spotify -  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2clUjxvyf90rQi8Rz7absT       
February 21, 2020
Today’s episode on the dHarmic Evolution Podcast is Florida’s very own “Girl next door” Alyssa Marie Coon. Only 15 years old, Alyssa is a mesmerizing prodigy and rising star in the Country - Singing and Songwriting industry. Her love for music started at the tender age of seven when she started piano lessons. Now an experienced multi-instrument songwriter and player, Alyssa was inspired by Daniel Bradberry’s epic season 4 win on “The Voice” Alyssa would, later on, take some time performing covers and performances as she listened to the talents of Sarah Evans and Taylor Swift. Alyssa gets joy from simple life pleasures such as photography, playing volleyball, watching YouTube and spending time with friends and family. She’s already performed besides legendary Tracy Lawrence, Walker Montgomery, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Tenille Townes. Stay tuned as we explore this amazing little teenager’s dream and journey into the music world, her dreams, ambitions, and aspirations towards music and songwriting as a career. Show Notes Join me in the studio today, as I host Alyssa Marrie – A young and talented Singer who reminds me so much of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. Her vocals are simply incredible, listening to her, you could easily forget that she’s just a teenager. In the show, we dive into Alyssa’s personal and musical life. She gives us a sneak into how it is living in today’s world as a teenager – something she’s even written and sung about – A supportive dad who put together her entire music room and a loving mother who books and helps her at gigs, Alyssa is surrounded by a supportive environment of loving friends and family who are always backing her music career. Timestamps Introducing Alyssa and her background info (01:3) Listen to Country girl by Alyssa (02:46) A real country girl, Alyssa Breaks down the inspiration behind country girl (06:01) Listen to oblivious. (07:41) Teenage love and Alyssa's inspiration behind the song Oblivious (10:36) Alyssa's plan for the year (13:05) Instruments and style that Alyssa loves to perform in (14:05) Alyssa's experience preparing for a show (14:55) Listen to when you can't do that (16:38) The studio experience when Alyssa was producing her song (19:25) Alyssa's experience and inspiration when she's writing and producing a song (20:22) Listen to this Beach (27:58) Listen to one of those days (31:54) Winding up and Alyssa's Socials (34:35) Links and Mentions Daniel Bradberry Sarah Evans Taylor Swift. Tracy Lawrence Walker Montgomery Dierks Bentley Jon Pardi Tenille Townes The Bluebird Café Catch up with Alyssa Marie Website www.alyssamariecoonmusic.com Facebook @AlyssaMarieCoonMusicAM Twitter @AlyssaMarieCoon Instagram @alyssamariecoon YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/alyssamarie136 Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alyssa-marie-coon/912450783 As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group   
February 14, 2020
Today we dive into the world of Technology. As content creators in the music, writing and the professional speaking industry, technology is inevitably a part of our everyday lives and careers. In this show, I’ll dive into streaming, expounding on the different podcasts and music streaming platforms as I get into my experiences and relationships with Apple. Stay tuned to also find out the interconnection and relation between Cable Tv, 5g, AI and how it’s going to largely affect our lives moving forward. Episode Show Notes As compared to its closest rivals Apple Music and Pandora, Spotify has seen an astronomical rise in its popularity and growth. In the show, I discuss some of the advantages that Spotify enjoys over its competitors and some of the reasons behind its success. Do you have a love-hate relationship with Apple Music? What ties us to their products and services. There’s more on technology as I also cover 5G networks and its relation to AI and Self-driving cars. Get my thoughts and opinions on how Self-driving cars will greatly save lives and plunge the rates in the insurance industry. Also, in today’s internet-dependent world, it’s no secret that privacy is quickly fading away and our data is vulnerable to numerous external attacks. Brave Browser is definitely one of the alternative tools you can use to protect yourself from such threats and perils. Don’t forget, you can easily catch last week’s show about Alan Stein Jr who is a thought leader, author, speaker and coach. Some of the things we dig into in the show include Alan’s early morning 3:30 am meet up with Kobe Bryant and valuable tips and techniques about coaching, mindset, and the importance of the basics and fundamentals. Timestamps · The growth of Spotify (4:09) · Spotify’s advantage over its competitors (5:10) · My love-hate relationship with Apple Music 6:42 · Why buying the new iPhone isn’t such a good idea (9:49) · The new 5G Network (10:44) · AI, Self-driving cars and the top players in the field (11:54) · The current Hot Tv Streaming services (15:21) · The best alternatives to Cable Tv (16:03) · Staying more secure when you’re online (22:05) · Listen to “Tango On” (27:03) Selected Links and mentions from the show · Concerns Over Spotify Technology’s Valuation Look Less Serious When Potential Growth Is Factored In - Stansberry NewsWire · How Spotify Saved the music industry – by Stephen J. Dubner · 5G’s Important Role in Autonomous Car Technology – MachineDesign · Apple iPhone 5G: When is it coming and what do we know so far? - pocket-lint.com · DE255 Alan Stein, meeting Kobe Bryant at 3:30 AM for fundamentals, Mastering the basics create’s champions · Brave Browser Privacy – Reddit.com Influences · Alan Gula · Steve Sjuggerud · (26:05) Carmen Silvestro As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
February 7, 2020
“Why do you think I’m the best player in the world? Because I never get bored with the basics” –Kobe Bryant- Today on the dHarmic Evolution Podcast we’ll be diving into the life-changing and phenomenal strategies of Alan Stein Jr. Alan is a dynamic and engaging storyteller, keynote speaker and author who has spent 15 years as a performance coach working with the top and highest performing basketball players – Including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant - Alan specializes in teaching his audience the art of utilizing similar practices in business and life that athletes use to perform at a world-class level. Alan’s methods and tactics have proven to be a success in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability. For this, Alan has gained a positive reputation of inspiring and empowering everyone that he works with into immediate action, improving their mindset, habits, and productivity. Alan is passionate about delivering true change in the spheres of leadership development, mental grit, and team unity, all these while still proving that the foundation and basis behind success in the court has a similar effect when applied in any industry. Alan’s career and key decisive moment While still playing basketball at Elon University, Alan gravitated towards performance training, strength, and conditioning. This paved the path to his 2-decade career as a basketball performance coach, where he had the chance of working with some of the top players and coaches of the sport. About a decade ago, while he was still working at the NBA’s Player Association top 100 Camp, Alan was emotionally moved and inspired by former NBA Player and renowned speaker Walter Bond’s speech to the young high school NBA Prospects. And, ever since that day, a seed was planted in Alan; the ability to positively influence the lives of others, especially through the spoken word. He knew then, that inspiration through speaking was something he would definitely explore. Timestamps [2:00] How Alan got connected into his career path [4:10] Alan explains his childhood and passion for basketball [6:00] Alan’s mentors in the thought leadership niche [6:50] Alan's sources of inspiration [9:22] Kobe Bryant’s work ethic and inspiration on Alan [14:50] Three simple things that can change your life [23:41] Alan’s favorite audience [27:17] Definition of Success in Alan’s words Quotes [7:00] In order to get good at your specific craft, you should step outside it and draw inspiration and learn from other crafts. As a professional speaker, two of the things that I draw the most inspiration from, are hip hop and stand-up comedy. Although both are very different from corporate speaking, they both rely on the spoken words to paint a picture, shift your emotions, think, act and do differently. [12:16] “Why do you think I’m the best player in the world? Because I never get bored with the basics” – Kobe Bryant. [12:54] “Just because something is basic, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it” [13:21] “The very first step to being a high performer, whether it’s in music, basketball or business, it’s to admit that the basics work. And having the humility to acknowledge that implementing the basics every single day, is definitely not easy” [16:33] “In order for your business to thrive or for you to become good at your craft, you have to work relentlessly on becoming your best self. And in order to do that, you have to make sure your bucket is always full (with daily practices and routines). To achieve true mastery is when you’re able to teach others these skills” [18:11] “Being open and constantly searching for new ways to do things, will keep you sharp and invigorated” Connect with Alan Stein Jr Website https://alansteinjr.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlanSteinJr/ Twitter https://twitter.com/AlanSteinJr Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alansteinjr/?hl=en LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-stein-jr/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbxHcvzoqjfH5Ugrd0Q63Fw Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1487498120 Book https://raiseyourgamebook.com/ Selected links and mentions from the show Top 100 Basketball camp – NBPA.com Basketball performance training – Exos Elon University Kobe Bryant hosts the Nike Skills Academy – YouTube Nike Skills Academy – California Storm The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy – Summary by James Clear Matt O’Ree and Bruce Springsteen team up on Matt’s Song Black Boots! - DE Episode 239 10 reasons why you need to hire a coach – Life Coach Directory The comparison game – Psychology Today Influences Walter Bond Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant Stephen Curry Tony Robbins Brendon Burchard Darren Hardy Matt O’Ree As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. 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January 31, 2020
The number one source for new jobs and opportunities come from weak and dormant ties. Because these ties are not strangers to us and have diverse information and new potential introductions. – David Burkus Hello everyone and welcome back to the dHarmic Evolution show! Taking a ride on the show with us today is David Burkus. A skilled researcher and inspiring communicator, David is a former associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. He has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker, and governmental and military leaders at the US Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over two million times. An established writer, David has a number of books - and best sellers- under his belt, including; Friend of a Friend, Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity David’s Background While still in high school, David had his mind fixated on pursuing a career in writing. Writing, being such a divergent industry, left David entangled in a quagmire of what kind of writing niche to take on. Driven by passion, David set for his undergraduate studies in English - Creative writing. Having lunged into different genres of writing while in College, David found himself connected and relating to Social Science non-fiction. He felt drawn to the works of Malcom Gladwell in particular. He loved just how Gladwell’s kind would use their talented storytelling and writing skills to address different issues and make an impact on the world. This inspired David to head for graduate studies in Organizational Psychology. In January 2010, while taking his graduate studies, David, fuelled by his ambition towards social science non-fiction writing and his beliefs in networking, started a Podcast Show. Although he was faced by numerous Podcasting hurdles at the time, David remained focused and was able to leverage his show into getting interviews with top guests in his field of study (all of whom responded due to the unfamiliar, yet interesting Podcast media form). David snowballed from the connections and networks he built while podcasting and was able to transition and build his career in the writing and publishing niche without much difficulty. Timestamps [1:43] Introduction [2:16] David’s short bio and genesis into his career [4:01] David’s early networking and platform building strategies while in college. [5:30] David dives into his strategies and book writing schedule. [9:23] Reactive work [11:25] Find out what’s wrong with today’s marketing, and how we can solve it. [14:20] Find out about David’s role model, Daniel Pink. [16:20] David’s early interest and skills in Computer [18:00] Jumping from the Corporate world [20:00] David shares how and why your past networks are of great value [23:35] The role of Social media [26:55] David’s interests and hobbies [28:54] Salary transparency in Corporate America [34:03] David’s escapes [37:50] 2020 for David. Quotes from the Show [6:13] The job of an author or any artist, is to constantly be marketing oneself. Constantly building your audience. And occasionally you launch a creative work into that. [8:00] I’ve never studied chronotypes, but I do know that reactive work, should be done in the afternoons. [11:22] The book is a souvenir of the idea, and what you sell is an implementation of the idea. [11:27] Marketing is just trying to get as many people as you can to go from not knowing you exist, to knowing you exist, and once they know you exist, trying to be continuously helpful. [22:50] The number one source for new jobs and opportunities, come from weak and dormant ties. Because these ties are not strangers to us and have diverse information and new potential introductions. [25:00] The people that you’re connected to on social media should either be people you know in the ‘Real-world’ or people that you intend to move into un in-person relationship. Connect with David Burkus Website www.davidburkus.com Facebook www.facebook.com/drdavidburkus/ Twitter www.twitter.com/davidburkus LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/davidburkus/ YouTube www.youtube.com/davidburkus Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ldrlb/id351616584 Books www.davidburkus.com/books/ Selected links and mentions from the show Organizational Psychology: Science and Calling – Science Direct Science Non-Fiction – The New Yorker Reactive Vs. Proactive Tasks explained - Dextronet Corporate Culture – Investopedia The Rule of Seven – how to deliver the seven marketing touches – Talented ladies club Network Marketing – Entrepreneur.com How Corporate America Is Turning Into a Cult and Why It’s Harming the American Employee - HuffPost The Strength of Weak (and Dormant) Ties – Cornell University Blog Pay Secrecy – Workest.com Whole Foods Team hourly Payment – Glassdoor.com People James Patterson Jack Kerouac Malcom Gladwell Daniel Pink John Mackey Seth Godin Tim Grahl
January 24, 2020
Welcome to the dHarmic Evolution Podcast, and joining us from the music city of Nashville, Tennessee is a local born, raised and made, Savannah Morris, with her own distinctive sound, and an energy that is hard to duplicate, take a listen to where she has been, and more importantly, where she is heading!  Born in a musical family, Savannah feels the path towards her career in music was made the moment she took her first breath. Growing up around a supportive and inspirational environment of parents who were not just musically talented but local celebrities, went a long way in weaving the fate of Savannah and her brother as music proteges.  As one of the 8 Nashville Natives, Savannah feels blessed both career-wise and socially by networking and linking with a lot of the Native locals in the music and entertainment industry, all of whom have supported and helped her evolve and get better with her music.  Recalling her daily ‘SHEPF’ routine, which was Savannah and her brother’s daily after-school drill of having snacks, doing homework, exercise, and later on playing the piano and fiddle. Savannah admits that it all annoyed her, but nostalgically reminiscent, this routine was a key factor leading to her disciplined and passionate drive towards success in her music career.  Growing up in a musical family has its pros. Savannah is a testament to this as she narrates the invaluable opportunities and chances she got from performing alongside her parents, gaining not just the much-needed confidence which was a “must-have” for her lifelong career in music, but she also got to meet great individuals and celebrities like Morgan Freeman.  Quotes from Savannah  You’re blessed to be an artist, you’re blessed to be doing music as a career, and although a lot of artists fail to see this as they’re blinded by their goals of becoming big and famous. It’s truly a blessing to do something you love, as you never work a day in your life – Savannah Morris    Timestamps [1:50] Introduction. Getting to know Savannah  [6:28] Listen to Kudzu by Savannah Morris  [10:40] Savannah gets to the inspiration behind Kudzu  [13:18] Savannah’s unique experiences growing up in a musical family  [17:19] Listen to Lonely Happens by Savannah Morris  [21:50] Savannah describes her experience growing up as a Nashville Native  [26:30] Savannah work with local artistes  [27:42] Savannah’s career gigging as a music artiste  [30:56] Titbits and inside info of Savannah’s traveling hobby  [33:15] Savannah dives into her experience producing Don’t Ya Think About Leavin’  [35:01] Listen to Savannah’s Don’t Ya Think About Leavin’  [39:55] Savannah’s favorite Nashville’s spots to perform  [41:28] Savannah’s hobbies when she’s not performing  [45:28] The inspiration behind Savannah’s song Ranger Wilder  [47:08] Listen to Savannah’s song Ranger Wilder  [50:43] Savannah’s bucket list for 2020     Connect with Savannah Morris  Facebook savannah.morris.9406 Instagram savannah_grace4 Website smorris697.wixsite.com/savannahmorris CdBaby store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SavannahMorris  Amazon www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PZ94XDP/     Selected Links and mentions from the show  - Mac Davis....'.Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me' - Elvis Presley - In the Ghetto  - Nashville Now - The Filling Station - Wild Horse Saloon Nashville - The local Hotel Nashville - The End Hotel Nashville - Kudzu - Savannah and Sam Morris - Larry’s Country Dinner - Ole Red Gatlinburg - Grand Old Hatchery People  - Donna Rhodes - Earl Green - Garth Brooks - Reba McEntire - The Bee Gees - Craig Morris - Loretta Lynn - Sam Hunter  - Ranger Doug  - Buddy Hyatt  As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
January 17, 2020
It’s undoubtedly growing and becoming a norm in our road and social culture. Today’s show is going to be a bit personal, as I share my 3 personal experiences, takeaways and lessons learned from road rage. My first engagement with road rage goes way back when I was only 7. This was back in the 60s and even though the term road rage hadn’t been coined yet, there were still a number of incidences happening. I remember traveling with my mom to see her mother (my grandmother) and as we turned down the street that my grandmother lived on, down the end of the crowded street, we saw a woman trying to back out of a driveway. As she did this, another car further down the street was speeding towards the woman. I could clearly tell that there was going to be a big calamity about to unfold before our eyes. My mom, however, in an attempt to stop the whole incident from happening decided to speed up our car, tearing down the street, and eventually positioning us between the woman trying to back out of the driveway and the incoming speeding car, in doing so, my mom blocked the incoming car. The man from the speeding car immediately sprung out of his vehicle and mad with rage, he began a series of yelling and screaming. That marked my first experience with road rage, and from it, I learned two important lessons, righteousness and bravery. Anyone in my mom’s position could have opted to mind their own business and let fate take its course. But not my mom though a petite 110-pound lady. She decided to put not just herself, but her 7-year-old son in harm's way for the sake of this total stranger’s safety. My second experience with road rage happened in 1980. I was working for an electrical contractor based in Essex County, New Jersey. It was Christmas Eve and my partner Paul and I was working on a certain contract in Newark, New Jersey (Newark was a pretty unsafe place to be back in the day). It was noon, and Paul and I had gone to grab some food as we get ready to call it a day. On our return to the truck, we found a small car that had just double-parked us. The car window was opened, so I jumped in, released the handbrake and we pushed the car across the street and out of the way. Out truck was now free. As we returned to our truck, the owner of the car we just re-parked showed up and started tearing into us with all manner of yelling and screaming. Paul tried cooling him down, assuring him that his car was fine. But Paul’s methods didn’t seem to work, as the guy looked like he was ready to take the confrontation to the next level and go all physical on us. Paul noticing what was about to happen, disappeared to the back of our track and showed up moments later with a conduit bender. All this time, I’m standing by the side. Mouth zipped and silent as a grave. They keep tearing into each other a bit more. I waited for a small break and decided to dive in, ‘’All right, let’s go home.’’ And I don’t know if it was the Holy Spirit working through me, but that’s all it took and the argument stopped. What I learned from this incident is that you shouldn’t get into confrontations with strangers. Because first of all, you don’t know what this person is capable of as far as doing something stupid and do you really want to bring that person into your life through a relationship filled lawyers, council, litigation or jail? My third personal experience involving road rage only happened about 3 – 4 weeks ago as I was driving west on Route 40, just out of Nashville. There was something on my mind that was really disturbing me. I was in the middle lane and had been driving for about 10 minutes when someone who was driving so aggressively cut right in front of me. This made me get so livid that I immediately switched to the fast lane, and to my surprise, I heard the sound of a screaming horn from my left side. I had just cut someone off! Just like that, I could have wrecked someone else’s car, day and life, all because I got tripped up. I learned that road rage is mostly a factor of being unconsciously tripped up into a situation that you’re fully aware of. It’s all about self-awareness. We all have our personal issues that trouble our hearts and minds, and funny enough they always seem to pop up even in the most unexpected times. When this happens, we should cast away such thoughts and remain in the present moment, focus on nothing but the driving. And remember to keep the golden rule, if you ever find yourself in a road rage situation, defuse it immediately, drive away. Wave politely, and don’t get into any sort of encounter with a complete stranger. Timestamps: [1:20] Love our show? Remember to subscribe and share it with your friends and family. [1:45] Introduction. Road rage. [2:14] My first experience with road rage [8:54] Cancer that is road rage. The news, facts, and incidents surrounding road rage in America Today. [11:22] my second experience with road rage [17:45] Anatomy of road rage. How does road rage develop? [19:36] My fiancée’s experience and thoughts on road rage [21:07] The danger of road rage, and why you should avoid it [22:50] My third and most recent experience with road rage. [26:05] How to avoid road rage [29:07] Listen to Jesus Teaches As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
January 10, 2020
‘‘What humans care about is intent. What the other person means to us, and how we can communicate our intent towards them. And in the process, we unconsciously apply the use of body language to achieve this’’ – Nick Morgan Joining us on the show today is one of America’s top communication speaker, theorist, and coach. Nick Morgan is an ardent and dedicated teacher who is committed to helping individuals find and master precision and focus on their thoughts and ideas and executing them with a dash of charisma and confidence. His numerous accolades, successful speaking and communication-related careers, worldwide affirmation, and historic contributions have seen Nick leave his footprints in the sands of public speaking, storytelling, and communication industries. His reputation precedes him, and he is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and skilled communication theorists worldwide. Nick has authored books for Harvard Business Press, some of which include; - On running a meeting (2002) - Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centred Speaking (2003) - Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action (2005) - Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact on (2014) Some of his other notable masterpieces include; - Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma (2008) - Steps to a Great Speech (2010) - How to Read Body Language (2011) - The King’s Speech (2014) - How to Tell Great Business Stories (2011) - How to Give a Great Presentation (2012) - Can You Hear Me? : How to Connect with People in a Virtual World (2018) When he was only 17 years, Nick was seriously injured from a toboggan injury. This life-changing accident would leave Nick in a coma where he died for 15 minutes. After being shocked back to life, the doctors and nurses ran tests to see if his brain was still functioning. He tested fine but had lost his ability to read body language. After so much struggle, Nick had to retrain himself step by step, by studying other people’s body language. His interest and expertise in the communications field grew every day, leading to his entry into a related career where he taught Shakespeare at the University of Virginia and Princeton University and wrote political speeches for the Governor of Virginia Charles Robb. Nick would go on to found his own communications consulting company in 1997. Timestamps [4:04] Nick describes the origin of his passion and life commitment towards his career in communication [8:30] Nick’s afterlife experience [10:38] Learn more about intimate, personal, social and public space. And how you can use it to your advantage [16:20] Nick’s different experiences as a teacher and speechwriter for the governor [21:15] Nick’s experience, advice and tips on storytelling [28:35] The virtual world and its effects on communication [30:00] A quick dive into Nick’s book world [31:20] Public speaking through Nick’s view [33:43] Ted talks [36:17] Nick’s favorite place for public speaking [38:13] Thought leadership [40:25] The challenge of focusing on one activity at a time. [43:24] Nick’s writing schedule Resources You can reach Nick through: Website www.publicwords.com Facebook @publicwords Twitter @publicwords Linkedin Public Words As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group   
January 3, 2020
Happy New Year everyone! And welcome back to the dHarmic evolution. Joining us on the first show of 2020 is Dr. Laura Mattia. So, sit back relax, get yourself a notebook and a pen, because this is going to be an action-packed, resourceful and informative podcast for all of you. Dr. Laura Mattia is a former corporate financial executive and has over 30 years of experience in Finance. She’s also the founder of The Women’s Money Empowerment Network – An educational Research program through the 501c 3 organization whose mission is to teach women to become financially engaged so that they can live life on their own terms, receive guidance and conduct research. Dr. Laura is also the author of Gender on Wall Street (A book uncovering opportunities for women in Financial services). She has currently dedicated her career in training the next generation of ethical, educated and inspired financial planners. Dr. Laura despite having Majored in Psychology, decided to take an MBA in finance and accounting in order to pay the house bills and support her family, this path would eventually lead her to the corporate world. It was while working as a woman in the executive world that she constantly got approached by women who requested help while handling financial matters in relation to issues such as divorce, workers' compensation, property management, etc. This would prove to be the root source of Dr. Laura’s eureka moment, where she decided to shift into the role of a financial adviser. Having experienced a lot of gender-based difficulties and obstacles while working as an executive. Laura helps women who are currently in similar situations to successfully overcome such hurdles and have more fulfilling careers. The gender problem, Dr. Laura describes, is rooted deep in our societies and cultures. It subconsciously affects both genders. That’s why we have so many women who have given in to less influential roles because they’ve bought into the stereotype of where women are supposed to be. Dr. Laura spends a lot of her free time running to keep fit. She has also been regularly meditating ever since she was introduced to the art by her father when she was 13. ‘’Is it nature or is it nurture? And as a Psychology Major and mother of four, I can absolutely tell you that a lot of things are natural.’’ – Dr. Laura Mattia Timestamps [4:13] Dr. Laura briefly describes a recent Ted Talk she did. [6:48] Dr. Laura talks about her vulnerabilities in relation to gender [8:40] Dr. Laura’s career experience in male-dominated industries and professions [11:22] The science behind gender-based discrimination in different life and work situations. [13:56] The influence and inspiration behind Dr. Laura’s book. [17:34] The discipline, time and work ethic behind writing The Gender on Wall Street [20:00] Tidbits on Dr. Laura’s hobbies [23:00] Dr. Laura describes her transition from the corporate world to her current workspace. [25:35] The experience of working with different clients. [29:16] Dr. Laura breaks down the fees charged on for her services [35:13] The financial literacy problem in America [40:22] Dr. Laura’s different Ted talks [43:08] The next big plans for Dr. Laura Resources You can reach Dr. Laura through: Website: https://www.lauramattia.com/ https://www.stonegatewealth.com/ Twitter: @Mattia_LauraUSF Book: Gender Wall Street Uncovering Opportunities Ted Talks: Why Investing in Women will Revolutionize the World How to Overcome Your Fears and Unlock Your Superpower As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
December 27, 2019
I hope you all had a wonderful and most blessed Christmas experience! Wrapping up our highlight reel this month is Cali Rivlin. A skilled, talented and hardworking singer, I promise you’re all going to be fans of Cali once you’re done listening to the interview.  Cali is a London based Israeli singer and pianist. She began her classical training at the Tel Aviv Music conservatory whilst in Israel at a tender age of only 8 years. She has had a passion and love for music since she was a toddler and always felt an attraction towards the art for as long as she can remember.  Her journey towards her pianist career was a random act of fate. When she was 14, Cali’s friend moved to an apartment next door, and her piano wouldn’t fit through the doorway. Just for the general love of piano Cali always had, she decided to buy the piano from her friend. And thus, she began a lifetime love for the piano and its tunes (Cali still uses the piano to this day, and her latest album cover is a shot with Cali sitting on the piano!)  [25:32] Cali’s opinion on T.V Reality Shows.  Despite being approached several times, and by numerous scouts to feature in different T.V Reality shows, such as The Voice (London), The Voice (Israel), American Idol and so many others. Cali has always said no approaches.  Cali feels that such shows only fulfill the purpose of tearing down the artistic “Olympus of inspiration” that music provides. And when this is done, it becomes like a modern-day gladiator arena where artists fight each other for the sake of winning, and, instead of being inspired by the music, everyone becomes a judge.  ‘‘I wanted to achieve something that’s impossible, and my song at the time (Flying Through Water) sounded impossible to produce. And that’s what you set out to do in life, in art, and in everything. You set out to inspire others by achieving the impossible.             – “Cali Rivlin”    Timestamps  [3:23] Cali describes her journey towards music  [6:43] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s Flying through water  [15:30] Cali gives an insight towards the production of Flying through the water  [20:49] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s If you Want Blood  [24:48] Cali describes the subject matter of her song If you Want Blood  [25:32] Cali gives her strong opinion and thoughts on T.V Reality Shows  [31:01] Cali describes how she grew how strong philosophy towards music  [32:48] The oxymoron of Reality T.V  [37:21] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s My Track  [42:33] Cali describes her song My Track  [45:15] Cali describes her experience of transitioning home from Israel to London  [50:20] Cali describes the subject matter of her song, The Once and Future King  [52:10] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s The Once and Future King  [58:35] Cali’s preferred Piano  [59:45] Cali describes how and where she does music recordings  Resources  You can reach Cali through:  Website www.calirivlin.com Facebook @CaliLovesMusic  Instagram @CaliRivlin     As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
December 20, 2019
Hello ladies and gentlemen, hope your holidays are wonderful.  Today’s Highlight Reel continues featuring Nancy Harms’ melodious and heavenly jazz vocals.  Nancy Harms is a New York-based internationally known jazz singer. Born and raised in a small Minnesota town, Nancy’s journey to becoming the woman and artist she is today was filled with a lot of trials, setbacks, and tribulations. Her first blow came when she applied for a choral music scholarship for college, but she wasn’t even granted an audition. The best singer in her town, and not even an audition.  She completed her Music Education degree through her own means and began teaching music in small Minnesota based schools. While working as a teacher, she’d experience panic attacks and suffer from severe anxiety. This was deemed to be the lowest and most depressing moment of Nancy’s life. The message from her anxiety was loud and clear. This line of work was not meant for her.  Through the help of some incredible friends, Nancy was able to move to Minneapolis in search of her true and authentic self. She started singing at coffee shops alongside her college buddies, and slowly snowballed her way into bigger gigs in clubs and restaurants. With every performance and a standing ovation, she began to slowly come to the realization that becoming a Jazz player was her true calling and purpose in life.  A lot of Nancy’s songs are about her friends, through whom she derives everyday inspiration and learned so much about life.  Today, she travels the world, gracing different audiences with her sweet, angelic and glorious vocals. But for the next one hour, you get to listen to her soothing, warm chocolate voice, exclusively on the dHarmic evolution podcast.  “where I perform doesn’t really matter. It really comes down to the audience with me”   -Nancy Harms    Timestamps  [5:43] Listen to Nancy Harms’ “Heavenly body”  [10:37] Nancy gets into the story behind Heavenly body  [15:05] Nancy’s journey towards Jazz music  [18:50] The inspirational story of Rob Riner  [19:42] Listen to No go by Nancy Harms   [25:50] Stretching towards the European horizons  [29:33] Nancy’s fantastic band  [31:22] Nancy gets into the story behind “Won’t give in”  [32:32] Listen to Nancy Harms’ Won’t give in  [37:30] Nancy’s lowest moment and Turnaround  [44:09] Nancy performs “Rolling back to me”  [49:50] Shooting of Rolling back to me  [50:58] Nancy’s favorite places to perform  Resources  You can reach Nancy through:  Website www.nancyharms.com  Facebook @nancyharmssings  Instagram @nancyharmssings  Twitter @nancyharmssings  As always, thank you for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. You can easily subscribe to any of your favorite podcast platforms right here. dharmicevolution.com  Follow our Podcast  on Facebook Twitter Instagram  You can also Check out our YouTube channel and join our growing community on the dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group 
December 13, 2019
Hello guys, welcome back again to the show. This week in our highlights reel, we cover Ivy Alex. I hope you enjoy listening to the flawless interview with this rare gem in the music industry, whilst savoring some of her top masterpieces. Ivy is a pianist, singer/songwriter and Berklee College of Music Alumni. She’s from St. Petersburg Florida and despite being talented and in love with music from a young age, Ivy owes some of her music and songwriting career to Berklee, where she studied and practiced many different music genres. 2 years after graduating and armed with knowledge, confidence, and passion, Ivy paved her musical career path by mixing Jazz, Classical, Neo-soul and Pop genre of music into her own brand of singing and songwriting. A talented piano maestro, Ivy loves to challenge herself through her diverse singing and songwriting abilities. She does so by diving into new waters of music composition and production, and it is through this, she believes that she’s able to grow and get better as an artist. [7:07] Berkley’s impact on Ivy’s music career. While at Berklee, Ivy was able to diversify her music knowledge through the numerous classes and resources made available to her. At Berklee, Ivy studied; Jazz, Rock, Classical, Reggae, Funk and so many other different genres and instruments. She also learned several other ways and means of songwriting through studying different greats and artists like The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Steely Dan. [35:22] Hobbies - The Kava Bar Ivy is a total workaholic and enjoys spending all her time and focus on creating her music. When she’s free, according to her, her only focus is on how she can create more music. On other days though, Ivy enjoys visiting The Kava bar. A local bar she used to work at when she was young. The kava is a communal bar where people get together and drink Kava. She enjoys relaxing in the vicinity of many individuals and listening to people talk about their day and lives. Ivy also finds solace and happiness through journaling (5 pages a day) and walking with her two dogs. Timestamps: [2:48] A little advice on the value of time management. [5:25] Introduction [8:42] Ivy’s diverse yet unique style of music – Syncopation [10:59] Listen to Lust by Ivy Alex [17:40] Ivy describes the subject matter of her song Lust [20:20] James and Ivy dive into the songwriting process [23:32] Ivy’s new songwriting venture and projects [24:40] Listen to The Darkside by Ivy Alex [28:28] Ivy gives the story behind the Darkside [31:52] Ivy’s good vibes and music production [36:36] Ivy’s sources of inspiration [37:58] Eavesdropping [39:20] Listen to Waterfalls by Ivy Alex (A true piano masterpiece) [45:01] The inspiration behind the song Waterfalls [46:08] The challenges of being a piano player [55:45] Ivy’s current projects You can find Ivy through: Facebook @IvyAlexMusic Instagram @ivyalexmusic YouTube Ivy Alex Soundcloud Ivy Alex As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the dHarmic evolution podcast, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and connect with us on social media. Follow our Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram You can also see the show on The James O’Connor Agency YouTube channel and join our community on Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
December 6, 2019
Biography: MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee (Best Worldwide Act) & Vh1 Top 10 artist Oliver Sean's music can best be described as 'Feel Good Acoustic Rock with Soul'. The Singer/Songwriter thrived in the Goa, Dubai and the UK cultures as they acted as the backdrop to his youth, and the inspiration for his music. His discography with W.O.A. Entertainment began in 1999 with his single ‘There She Is Again’. Oliver Sean's media clippings have formed a career of their own. Since his career was launched in his teens, Oliver's press clippings exceed several hundred features, snippets, and reviews in significant print and broadcast mediums. His brand of music is known for its pop influence with contemporary undertones. His debut album was nominated for 'International Album of the Year' by AVMax in 2003/04 along with albums by John Mayer, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Third Eye Blind. Oliver Sean's eclectic global music style is the trademark for his brand and is as exotic as his Portuguese Goan Lineage. A self-taught musician, Oliver plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. However, it is his distinctive percussive guitar and powerfully seductive voice, which is his footprint on the music industry. His track record of being a hit songwriter is just one of his many assets defining him as a pillar in the music community. Oliver Sean is a member of the Recording Academy and a Voting Member for the prestigious Grammy Awards. As a Record Producer and Filmmaker, Oliver Sean has composed music for the French Government (Massif Region Tourism Campaign) & Goa Government (Republic Day Parade). He has also composed the soundtrack as a music director for a Bollywood Feature Film and the title track for a Regional Goan Feature Film. The singer-songwriter is actively producing music for films and artists around the world and is a successful filmmaker with several music videos that he has Directed and Produced, regularly featured on Vh1 & MTV and also hosts his own nationally distributed radio show The WOAFM99 Radio Show. Oliver Sean and his International Band are actively touring and performing worldwide and the Singer-Songwriter has recently launched his 4th studio album ‘Devil in Blue Jeans’   “I think every artist should be in a cover band for a while, to help you hone in on your skills, it really worked for me” - Oliver Sean Welcome back to the dHarmic evolution podcast. This month, we’ll be having a re-run of some of the top podcasts that I feel would be an injustice to air once. Our first re-run is my interview with music artist, Oliver Sean is a London based Portuguese singer/songwriter from Goa, India. He performs a unique genre of music which is known for its pop influence with contemporary undertones. Sean has recently featured as MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee (Best Worldwide Act) & VH1 Top 10. Growing up, Sean had different music and artists that influenced him, from blues, rock music, 80s pop to punk and pop bands. His passion and practice of music began at an early age in Goa, but it wasn’t until when he moved to London that he get his first break. At only 19 years of age, Sean packed his bag and guitar, got a plane ticket to London and started doing different gigs in pubs and clubs. He would eventually land a Showcasetv gig on Skytv UK which later on snowballed his way into more affluent performances, such as one with MTV as a VH1. His love for business, marketing, and management have seen Sean become a self-producing artist and overseeing the producing of several music videos, films, and soundtracks. Sean also hosts his own show The WOAFM99 Radio Show. Sean’s company works closely with Viacom, VH1, MTV and independent artists. Because Sean’s Record label organizes a lot of major tours, a lot of the independent artists love to tag along and make music videos. At first, Sean only used to be in front of the camera, you know, just giving his tips and ideas, his passion and dedication for it grew and before he knew it, he was a full-time producer for the music videos. This role, later on, grew to direct music videos as well, and later on cinematography. Timestamps [08:53] Listen to come for me by Oliver Sean [12:05] Sean’s idols growing up [14:00] Sean’s studio and performance experiences [18:35] Listen to Walk up and Kiss you by Oliver Sean [24:18] The production process [30:12] Listen to Devil in Blue Jeans by Oliver Sean [34:12] Sean’s production gear [36:58] Leveraging the power of social media [39:20] Listen to New York [44:09] Transitioning to filmmaking Follow Oliver: Website www.oliversean.com Facebook @oliverseanband Twitter @oliversean Instagram @oliversean Youtube @oliversean Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/woarecords/sets/devil-in-blue-jeans Spotify www.open.spotify.com/artist/3qpDQHNmRS4Mhc2bYMRFYi?si=-XF_AP9lQ_SczKPBy8KTVA Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today’s show is all about thanksgiving, how we should spend it, and how we can all make a difference in someone's experience that will have a long-lasting impact?  [01:28] The history of Thanksgiving  [8:22] My encouragement on how you can spend your Thanksgiving.  [8:45] My inspiration for spending Thanksgiving this year. Tony Robbin’s story.  [23:13] Listen to Here to Share and Care  [3:36] Top places to spend Thanksgiving.       1. The Sagamore Resort, Adirondacks, New York. Holding court for over a century on picturesque Lake George in the Adirondacks, the 133-year old Sagamore Resort offers guests a Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course, hiking, tennis, and spa (as well as fishing and swimming during the summers). You better be prim and proper for this extravaganza!  2. Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey. America's oldest seaside resort (opened in 1816 and celebrating its 200th anniversary this year) It offers seasonal activities like gingerbread house building and hosts a special Thanksgiving buffet, as well as a sit-down meal, at its Blue Pig Tavern.  3. For the next one, we head out West, Park City Utah, Montage, Deer Valley. They offer a slew of family-focused events over Thanksgiving weekend. You can take part in flag football on the grand lawn, learn archery at the resort's annual turkey-themed turkey shoot lesson, enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at the Apex restaurant, and cap it off with a family photo overlooking the Wasatch Mountains. To celebrate the lead-up to Christmas, offerings include cookie decorating classes, holiday mug decorating, gingerbread house unveiling and their fifth Annual Christmas tree lighting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.                                                          …………………………………………..  But what about the ones who don’t have the means to go to places like these? The ones who are stuck in soup kitchens or the lost who sleep in airports, subways, streets, and prisons.  Perhaps this Thanksgiving you should open your depression fighter’s manual and go-to strategy no. 3, and get out there and help somebody!   [9:52] Feeding America  Robbins has now partnered up with Feeding America. A nationwide food network of banks that aims to eliminate food insecurity by helping people or communities that don’t have enough food.  Statistics: According to US-DA, there are more than 37 million people who struggle with hunger. These are really shocking statistics considering we’re one of the richest countries in the world.  Food insecurity numbers in different states  California – 5,401,00 (114,00 homeless)  New York – 2,67200 (80,000 homeless)  Minnesota – 568,000 (8300 homeless)  N. Dakota – 60,000 (1,300 homeless)  New Mexico – 358,00 (2700 homeless)  Illinois - 1,700,000 (13,000 homeless)  New Jersey – 1,000,00 (11,600 homeless)  These numbers are all crazy! I mean what happened to us?  If we can change the dynamics of holidays a little bit, to include those that aren’t as lucky as we are, then this will result in happier and more meaningful holidays for all of us.  [18:26] Professor Scott Geller.  Scott’s story We had a really interesting chat with Alumni Professor Scott Geller, way back in episode DE168. We talked about a lot of things, the shootings at Virginia tech, what the students thought about it, and psychology.  After getting to know him and his brand which actively cares for people, my friend Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson and I wrote a song for Scott’s brand (The Actively Caring for people brand). It just reminded me of Thanksgiving and how we should be caring for people, not just during the holidays, but all the time.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out my depression fighter’s manual, you can download it from my Facebook page, please send it to someone you love. Depression Fighters Manual  Resources: Depression Fighters Manual  Archbishop Dr Christine Mercy Johnson FB Page www.feedingamerica.org  www.tonyrobbins.com Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group    
November 22, 2019
Michael was born in the Ironbound section of Newark NJ in 1958. Born of Italian descent, and one of six children. He graduated from East Side High School in 1976. After high school, he mainly worked in his father’s restaurant until he sold it in 1986. Although he was part of a very close and loving family, he seemed to always feel like something was amiss inside. His mother and father afforded him every opportunity to get ahead in life, but he always seemed to make the wrong decision. This continued to happen until June of 1987, which is when it seemed like his life went in a completely different direction. To Michael, it seemed that way because although his life got better on the material plane, he still did not have a sense of completeness within. Quotes from Michael [03:35] The reason why a person gets addicted to anything, is because the inward tells you to reach out for something. You need something to fill your void. [10:45] We’re all addicts, we just use different things. Society only addresses the ones that are devastating. [11:18] If you can’t just be with yourself, without needing to reach for something, that’s the question. Why? [12:02] You become distracted by the distractions that distract you. [14:17] The thought is energy. It comes into your head, and what you do with it from there determines your life. [16:20] The labels that we apply to things, destroy us. They keep us entrapped in our suffering. That’s what the conditioned mind is. [24:33] It’s your own conditioning that limits you. Your own mind tells you to do something, and the same mind, questions why it was done. [28:36] The more that you can spend your life in the present moment, the more at peace you’re going to be. [33:25] The older you get, the more conditioning you have, and the more of a puppet you become, and society is the puppeteer. [36:00] Your body is always in the present moment, your mind is all over the place. When you develop your body as an anchor, you put yourself in harmony with life, with universal energy. Timestamps. [14:58] How Michael embarked on his book writing. [18:13] Michael’s experience and lessons learned while promoting his book. [21:24] Michael’s experience with a fan Do you live a life that you’ve always wanted and you’re still not happy? Are you not getting the most out of your life? Then it’s time for you to look within and find out why. Joining us in the studio today is the author of It’s Monday Only in your Mind, Michael Cupo. [01:56] The story behind the book, It’s Monday Only in your Mind. Michael had addiction problems when he was young. He was, however, able to conquer his addictions when he was 28; got a job, got married, and even started a family. It was 13 years later though, that the real change happened. Although Michael’s life was going on just fine, Perfect job, perfect family, perfect life. He couldn’t help but think of how he was going to be there for his kids. This act of unselfishness is what caused the chain reaction leading to Michael’s deep reflections and thoughts about his life. [8:07] Conquering his alcohol and drug addiction. Describing it as one of the most pivotal moments of his life, Michael’s eldest brother died as a result of addiction. At the time, Michael was only 26 and knee-deep in drug and alcohol addiction. The death of their eldest son broke Michael’s parents, who gave Michael the ultimatum of either straightening up or getting out. This began Michael’s 2-year process of quitting his addictions. [23:32] The conditioned mind. What Michael presents, is the next step in the evolutionary process. When you don’t need to reach for anything and you’re o.k with who you are, just the way you are, just as it is. You’re not looking to change what’s happening in the present moment. It’s your own conditioning that limits you. Your own mind tells you to do something, and the same mind, questions why it was done. Once you’re able to start looking at yourself and understanding that it’s you, that it’s your own mind that’s the enemy, it’s when you start to understand the conditioned mind and you no longer blame the world. [32:30] The rat race The beginning stages of why humanity has developed the way it has is because, from the moment you’re born, you’re given a name. It’s your attachment to that name that the problem begins. You spend the rest of your life identifying the name with jobs, marital status, social status, likes, dislikes, this, and that, and in the process, you fail to understand. You miss the process. You fail to understand what humanity’s existence is all about. As your attachments increase every day, you lose your true essence, you lose who you truly are in the process. And you start looking more outside yourself for the answers. It’s nobody's fault, of course, it just how humanity and society have designed itself. Website: www.mondayinyourmind.com WordPress blog: www.michaelcupo40.wordpress.com Facebook Group: @itsmondayinyourmind Pinterest: @michaelcupo40 Twitter: @MichaelCupo1 Amazon Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
November 15, 2019
Quotes from Amanie[4:05] People love to see things as beautiful and leave it at that, but don’t really know what’s going on inside. [14:24] No matter what happens so long as you’re passionate, So long as you have faith in God, So long as you believe it’s the right thing, it will happen. Timestamps [4:54] The inspiration behind the song You Will Never Know. [6:06] Listen to “you will never know” [15:20] Find out more about the South Sudanese Culture [17:50] Listen to “everything” [21:50] Amanie’s production process [24:23] Amanie’s amazing production crew [26:48] Amanie’s Favourite part in music production [29:00] Performances [32:10] Listen to” Peacemaker” [35:48] The inspiration towards writing Peacemaker [44:15] Sneak peek to Amanie’s next album. [46:30] Listen to “The Hills” [56:53] Listen to “Eritrean Eyes” Joining us in the studio for a second time is South-Sudanese born, and Toronto based, singer/songwriter Amanie Illfated. Amanie immigrated alongside her family from South Sudan to Saskatchewan in 1992 as refugees from the war-torn nation. At only the tender age of 16, she left her family to pursue her music career dream. [3:39] Find out more about Amanie’s new album. It all started off as a simple metaphor. When people look at the planet Saturn, all they see is this beautiful planet with an amazing shape and wonderful rings around it, but deep inside, if you really look at what Saturn is made of, it’s all toxic. There’s a lot of turmoil and storms going on inside it. People love to see things as beautiful and leave it at that, but don’t really know what’s going on inside. So, all the songs in her album represent a different aspect of turmoil inside, but it’s done in a beautiful way. [10:35] Following her dreams At only a young and tender age of 16, Amanie decided to leave home to follow her musical career dream. Asked how she got her stunning confidence and self-belief Amanie says she has three individuals that she looks up to. The first is her father, the sheer determination and courage that he had to take them from a war-torn South-Sudan nation all the way to Canada is nothing short of inspirational. With him, there always seemed to be a solution to every problem he faced. The other person is her uncle, a former South-Sudanese soldier who died in 2016. He approached all issues in life armed with nothing but confidence and faith in God. Her aunt, who also moved to Canada 13 years ago, with four kids on her own is her other source of inspiration. Somehow, she always figured out how to make ends meet, all by herself. Even though she didn’t have anything, she always seemed to pull everything together. This is where Amanie got a lot of her confidence from, that no matter what happens, so long as you’re passionate, so long as you have faith in God, so long as you believe it’s the right thing to do, it will happen. [38:33] Amanie’s favorite things to do. Some of the top things Amanie enjoys doing is attending festivals, cooking, running, yoga. Yoga is one of Amanie’s top things to do, as it helps her calm and clears her mind. As an artist, with everything going on, the emails, the preparations, the performances etc, yoga is her way to escape it all and find a bit of bliss. 1 – 2 hours of yoga. *Listen to Amanie’s first visit to our show in the episode DE68 Follow Amanie: Facebook @Amanieillfated Twitter @AmanieIllfated Instagram @Amanieillfated YouTubeAmanie Illfated Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
November 8, 2019
Today’s guest on the dHarmic evolution podcast is an emerging, independent singer/songwriter, from the San Francisco bay area. She calls her genre Timely Americana (She’s inspired to write for the particular time that we live in). Her songs address issues such as; preservation of the natural world, homelessness, the political landscape, friendship and loss, and love of country. So, without further ado, strap up your seat belts, cause we’re taking a ride with Kate Magdalena. Timestamps [5:10] Listen to A Larger Dance by Kate Magdalena. [9:55] Is the West a better place for artists to develop? [1:54] Kate gets into her recently released a full album. [21:31] Listen to Take me to the church by Kate [25:12] The story behind Take me to church [26:51] A bit of spiritual talk [31:05] Listen to New Earth by Kate Magdalena [34:55] A little inside tips on how to record with a better voice [40:11] Kate’s ritual [46:49] Listen to Kate’s Streets of Anytown [52:10] Kate’s experience writing and filming the Streets of Anytown [2:27] Kate’s new album Kate explains the inspiration and background of some of the songs that she’s written. Included in her album are a couple of songs about saving the earth; One is called New Earth. A fantasy, visionary song about the kingdom of God, how the earth should be like it was in the beginning, and how it will be restored. The second is Long Live the Woods. Poetry inspired by Gerald Manly Hopkins, an English Christian poet from the 90s who wrote beautiful love poetry to God. [12:50] Kate’s journey towards her Music Career Never really considered herself an artist for the better part of her life, Kate’s focus was mostly on her studies and the world as she grew up. She spent her twenties in pursuit of spirituality and working various publication jobs for corporations. Eventually, she ended up being a teacher, a career she very much enjoyed due to her love for children. Despite her love for singing and music, Kate had no idea how to approach the music industry. And especially without the internet at the time, it all seemed pretty impossible. In the end, she had no option but to keep singing just as a hobby. But it all kept coming back. Kate found herself gravitating towards poetry (a niche she actually has a graduate degree in) and she began setting some of it towards music. Despite working with a couple of bands in the early 2000s, she felt that she didn’t have enough knowledge on the music career as a whole, and this motivated her to go back to school and study music. Afterward, she spent the next 6 years of teaching music. Later on, she went to Seminary after having a conversion experience in 2009. It wasn’t, however, until 2010, when everything globally was just crazy, is when Kate began to write. 2 years later she had written her full album. [17:15] Kate’s View on Songwriting Despite taking a songwriting course and dropping it. Kate has never really studied songwriting. In her opinion, it’s a creative process of going within and allowing the spirit to move. She also believes that it’s a God-given talent, and gives total credit to God for the gift. Kate’s creativity and passion for writing began with poetry. With time though, Kate’s love for writing poetry slowly fade away, it lost meaning to her and she slowly found herself transitioning to songwriting. [18:17] Kate’s icons while growing up To begin with, Kate’s opinion on music is that the voice is literally formed through the ear. It’s formed through listening to the music. As a child, some of the great musicians that inspired her to sing the way she does, include; Julie Andrews, Mary Travers, Joni Mitchell, and Barbara Streisand. Quotes: [1:00:21] We’re living in biblical times, we need to keep our eyes open to see what is occurring, but we should not be afraid. [17:27] Songwriting is a God-given creative talent that involves going within and allowing the spirit to move Follow Kate:*Sign up to her email list to get a free download for her new song, New Earth and also be a part of Kate’s family. Website www.katemagdalena.com Facebook @katemagdalenamusic Instagram @kate_magdalena Twitter @KateMagdalen Itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kate-magdalena/1245277903 Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
November 1, 2019
Today on the dHarmic Evolution podcast, we’ll be discussing the rampant and ever-growing problem that’s divorce. My guest is a certified life coach, and author who helps men and women get through the  many obstacles in their lives, her passion is to help people take back control of their lives after a breakup or divorce. So, ladies and gentlemen, joining us on the show today is my dear friend and author of the book “Piecing Your Heart Back Together”, Carmen Silvestro. Timestamps [10:15] The healing process [16:38] First client for Carmen [18:58] Favourite kind of clients and subjects for Carmen [25:10] The joy of helping a client! [27:16] Yoga Journey [31:08] Carmen’s hope for her book’s effect [36:44] A present from Carmen to you, dear listener [37:40] Carmen’s Parting advice to you [3:03] Carmen’s life experience and journey towards her destiny When it rains, it pours. That was the situation in Carmen’s life 12 years ago. She had just lost her little brother, who had succumbed to his addiction when she also found out that her husband, the love of her life, best friend and partner for 17 years was contemplating leaving her for another woman. That’s the day her world collapsed. After weeks of drowning in her thoughts, tears and emotions, Carmen was a total wreck! Barely able to see due to her swollen eyes, she walked up to the bathroom mirror, and for the first time, really looked at herself. Carmen was shocked to see the person staring back at her. She didn’t recognize who that person was. It was in that moment while still staring at the reflection of her frail and broken body, that Carmen knew she had to make a choice.  She could either keep walking the path she was on, wounded, broken, hopeless, and constantly feeling sorry for herself, or she could get up and fight, and in the process, learn whatever lesson life was trying to teach her through these experiences. Needless to say, she picked the latter. She decided to be strong and fight. In the process, she admits she’s backslid a couple of times, made a lot of mistakes and always learned from them. Healing isn’t linear, Carmen had her ups and downs in the process, but she always got back up. She attributes part of her healing success to the amazing support she received from friends and family who were always there for her. [12:35] Changing Career Paths After the divorce with her first husband and the heartbreak afterwards, Carmen found herself gravitating towards individuals who were going through an experience similar to hers. She was more than happy to be a lighthouse and guide them to safe harbour to the best of her abilities. Later on, Carmen was lucky enough to remarry and was blessed with a baby boy. She quit her job to focus on raising her son, and when he was old enough to go to school, it was time for Carmen to find a job. A couple of interviews later, Carmen had secured herself a really great offer to work at a local company. But, something didn’t feel right. She had this terrible feeling in her stomach, until it finally clicked to her, she was meant to be a servant, a heart servant. And there was no way she was going back to the corporate world. After having her ‘’ahuh’’ moment, Carmen totally submerged herself in the field. She started taking classes and reading tons of books; divorce books, self-help books, books about heartbreak etc. [19:58] How does one piece their heart back together? Take the time. Take the time and go through your grief, go through your emotions, don’t try to run away. And, as difficult as it is to understand it at the moment, there’s always a silver lining in such situations. It is an opportunity for you to reinvent yourself, an opportunity to rewrite your whole life. Peel layers off yourself and get to know more about who you are, and that, that is priceless. [33:38] Carmen’s thoughts on Divorce A lot of people don’t take the time to know themselves, and they go into relationships, just hoping that it will work out, but then again, they end up finding themselves in a marriage with someone that they don’t really mesh well with. And how could they? When they don’t even know who they really are. And then there’s the others. They go into relationship’s for all the wrong reasons. Some have the fairy tale idea in their heads, that it’s all going to be like in the movies, that it’s all going to be perfect. And when it’s not, they just want to bolt. Quotes [6:48] There’s a lesson behind everything, everyone we meet is for a purpose [20:14] And, as difficult as it is to understand it at the moment, there’s always a silver lining in such situations (heartbreak, divorce, failure, depression etc). It is an opportunity for you to reinvent yourself, an opportunity to rewrite your whole life. Peel layers off yourself and get to know more about who you are, and that, that is priceless. [27:18] Yoga is meditation for your body Follow Carmen: carmen@myselftruly.com www.myselftruly.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmen-silvestro-763003a/ https://www.facebook.com/carmenshannon Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
October 25, 2019
[11:15] Lunch with my super agent and friend, Eugene Foley [12:15] A not so good experience at a hotel in Meherrin [25:10] The life changing Prison experience that Larry went through [30:52] Listen to the song that started the James O’Connor Agency “Connected” Early morning of October 14th, Columbus Day. That’s when I left Nashville headed to Virginia to start off my prison ministry. My first stop was Pamunkey Regional Jail. The check in time at the prison is 12.00 noon, so this gave me enough time to get myself ready for everything. [2:35] Preparation for the show There was a lot of nervous energy when I was preparing myself for the show. To begin with, the whole prison environment takes a bit of time to adapt to, so many steel doors, tiny rooms and new faces. My guitar even ended up falling off the hand truck in the load in process. The guys were in a room, something like a lunch room. Rectangular shaped with seats everywhere, and they were all staring at me while I was setting my equipment up. It goes without saying that this only made the setup time very intense, and I could feel the swear rolling down my back. But I kept cool throughout the whole process, no one could tell what a bundle of nerves I was. [5:40] Performance at the Men’s Section I started off with a couple of songs, and then started to work in some of the stories. The stories were all revolving around the setlist material that I chose. This included some of the inspirational and Christian songs that I’ve written. I was telling the stories in between the songs. This played a role in helping them understand the experience of what the songs are all about. The entire performance was generally great. There were a few challenges of course, such as one inmate who kept talking to his friend while I was performing, but at the end of it all, I had earned not just their undivided attention, but respect as well. I ended the show with a bit of interaction with the guys, while I passed out some Dharmic Evolution Podcast business cards. I promised to keep them entertained when they get out, and are back out on the open highway.   [8:42] Performance at the Ladies’ Section ‘’Where are the ladies?’’, Said I. You can imagine my surprise when Jeff, the prison assistant told me that they were in another room. So, this meant that I had to pull down everything I had set up, and move it to where I’d be instructed, and then set it all up again. (where are my roadies when I need them!) It took a while, but I broke the Ice with the ladies and everything was flowing in no time. I did the whole performance sequence all over again, and it felt really great because I’m certain that my message did reach out and touch them. After the performance, it was time for me to say my goodbyes and call this visit a success.  [15:20] Jail 2: Meherrin River Regional Jail I headed south towards my second destination for the journey which was Meherrin River Regional Jail. My first observation of the place was how strict they are. On arrival, I met this tough lady who wanted to inspect every single thing that I had with me, bags, cables, boxes, key etc, lock up my phone, keys, etc. So, I went outside and reassessed the items that I had with me, and only took those that I essentially needed, and placed them on a cart. Afterwards, I was shown my way to the performance platform by the Major, who was in charge of the facility. This stage was slightly bigger than the first performance platform at Pamunkey regional jail. And, because everything at the prison has to be done in its allocated time, I quickly set up my gear. The only alarming thing about this gig though, was that I had to do four sets, back to back. I hadn’t sung four sets in a while. And given the fact that I was a solo, and not as young as I used to be, I knew this was going to be an uphill task. I had a bit of a similar experience like I did in the first tour. While I was performing, some guy was busy engaging his pals in a conversation. I didn’t let it get to me though, I ignored it and kept performing. At the end of it, the whole crowd was jazzed up! Everyone in the backrow was bopping and dancing in their chairs, clapping their hands and singing the chorus. And once again, I had them! When the performance was over, some of them came to me, shaking my hand and thanking me for the experience. Personally, it meant the whole world to me that I had some kind of impact no matter how small or how great. So wrapping up this experience, I would say that on a whole, it really could not have been a better kickoff for this new extension to my artistry, the JKO prison ministry has been baptized and is alive and well.  Thanks for your support! James~ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
October 18, 2019
We’re in my home state of New Jersey today, and joining us is Matt O’Ree, a legendary Rock and Roll artist. You better strap up your seat belts ladies and gents,, cause it’s going to be a Rocky ride. Timestamps [2:55] Matt narrates his experience performing at The Stone Pony (The Stone Pony, located in Ocean Township, New Jersey is home to many legendary Rock n Roll artist’s) [9:15] Listen to Matt’s Black Boots with Bruce Springsteen [19:55] Listen to My Everything [27:55] Find out what Matt and the band are currently up to [30:38] Listen to Life [35:07] Story behind the song Life [37:14] Matt’s Songwriting process [39:39] Matt’s favorite guitars [45:27] Leveraging the Power of Social Media [47:08] Listen to It’s gonna be alright [5:00] Matt explains the journey towards bringing his album to fruition.The album has been a working progress for quite a number of years. It all started in 2008 when Matt had just finished his last CD, and a producer he had earlier met, John Leaders of the Lake House Music, invited him to record in his studio. Whilst recording at the studio, Matt had to push one of his sessions to cater for Hubert, and that is how their partnership and friendship began. A man he describes as being the best gentleman he has ever met. It didn’t take too long for them to become close friends and associates after Hubert took up Matt’s offer on playing one of his songs. [13:55] How Matt met Bruce Springsteen While he was teaching guitar lessons in one of his student’s home Matt met Bruce’s 13-year-old kid. Eventually, he would end up teaching Bruce’s kid guitar lessons as well after winning the guitar center contest. The two knocked it off not so long after, with Matt even sharing his BlackBoots C.D with Bruce’s kid. As fate would have it, Bruce’s son played the song to his dad who really loved it as well. Matt requested Bruce if he’d love to work together on the song, Bruce said yes, and Matt was, well he was over the moon. [23:40] The writing of My everything It’s amazing how the bonds of friendships play such vital and important roles in our lives and destiny. Matt met fellow singer and songwriter David Brian through an old student and friend of his. And as Matt’s open and go-getter personality would have it, he hit it off with David and not long after the two were writing and singing together. From the first note they played together, Matt and David felt the chemistry that was between them in their music, this would be the genesis to a lifelong friendship and partnership between the two of them. Two years down the line, Matt and David wrote the hit song, My Everything. [43:43] Matt’s Heroes whilst he was growing up The first person that ever spoke to Matt’s heart was Jimi Hendrix. Seeing him perform was a great inspiration to him becoming an artist. Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin band are top in Matt’s band and icons that he emulates to date. Quotes [15:50] Couldn’t you spread that good love out a little bit? It all comes in one truckload. All the shitty days you’ve had in your life, and it all comes to this. Christmas, New year, Hanukkah, everything at once! [40:00] You’ve got to shift between guitars, to know which one you really like, because not all of them are the same. [52:18] Sometimes you’ve got to throw the rule book out the window. Learn all the craft you can, but follow your heart more than anything. Follow Matt O’Ree Band: The Matt O’Ree Band Website: www.mattoree.com The Matt O’Ree Band on Facebook: @MattOReeBand The Matt O’Ree Band on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/MOBontv The Matt O’Ree Band on Twitter: @MattOreeBand The Matt O’Ree Band on Instagram: @mattoreeband Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
October 11, 2019
[13.15] Death of a fellow Marine [13:58] The war experience in Iraq [18:40] Find out how Akshay learned to adapt to the war environment [19:03] The positivity and power of journaling [21:56] Introduction to “Fearvana” [33:18] Akshay’s mentor, and how he fought through PTSD [43:19] Find out how you can learn more about Fearvana and support Akshay! Today at the dharmic evolution, we take a ride with former US marine veteran, author and speaker, Akshay Nanavati. Early childhood [2:37] Born in Bombay India, Akshay moved to the USA at a tender age of 13 years, this is after spending his 8 years in India, and 5 in Singapore. 2 years after joining the US, Akshay adopted a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, a choice he says was partly due to his lack of self-identity and purpose. A life describes as characterized by depression and sadness. He would cut his own arm and even burn himself. Joining the army [8:12] 2 years down the line after spending his ripe teenage years drowned in drugs and alcohol, and losing 2 of his friends. Akshay’s life would take a total flip after watching the movie Black Hawk Down. This would prove to be the most pivotal moment of his life, the movie he says, inspired him so much that he went on to read book after book about the military and life in combat. And just like that, Akshay found himself cured of his drug-addicted life, a life he describes as being meaningless and selfish. Now that he knew what purpose he wanted to serve in life, nothing was going to stop him at the time, despite the many illnesses that dragged him down while enlisting, Akshay was focused and determined to join the military. School and training [9.40] Bootcamp training took a toll on Akshay because he wasn’t very physically fit. But he describes the entire boot camp process as more of a mental process rather than a physical one. With his mind focused on what he wanted to achieve, Akshay was able to not only succeed in the boot camp training but also graduate as an honor student in the Infantry school. Growing up with parents who provided everything for him, Akshay never had to struggle for a thing, but now, for the first time in his life, struggle and suffering became the order of the day. He began to experience joy and value in the process. He began to accept and learn the bliss and comfort associated with suffering. [24:15] life after the war Not quite sure what he wanted to do after the war, Akshay decided to first finish his undergraduate degree in Texas. Life after the war was a complete struggle to find meaning and purpose, to a point he kept volunteering to go back to war. In the end, Akshay ended up going to journalism school, where he was bound to meet his wife, get married, and settle down with a corporate job. But it all felt meaningless and not really what he was bound to do. Inevitably, he ended up quitting his job. After the whole school and corporate job experience, Akshay went on an expedition in the Himalayas, as a way of running away from his demons and problems. It was after the expedition that Akshay came back to America and started building his company from the ground up. His unfaced demons, however, began sprouting, and he yet again turned to the bottle to seek solace. The drinking got worse with every passing day, it was all these problems, coupled with marital issues with his wife that Akshay decided to seek therapy where he was diagnosed with PTSD. At that time, nothing seemed right and he had totally hit rock bottom. Alcohol was his daily routine and see that this pattern wasn’t going to change anytime soon, Akshay was filled with thoughts of walking over to the kitchen, picking up a knife an ending his own life. He couldn’t believe the suicidal thoughts he was having, and that was the wake-up call he needed to turn his life around. As a way to fill the emptiness he felt, Akshay started getting training for different careers. This led him to take a keen interest in neuroscience, spirituality, religion, and psychology, he kept on studying, book after book, and this would eventually lead him to discover Fearvana. As a way to fill the emptiness he felt, Akshay started getting training for different careers. This led him to take a keen interest in neuroscience, spirituality, religion, and psychology, he kept on studying, book after book, and this would eventually lead him to discover Fearvana. QUOTES [8:38] It’s during the times of war that you experience the spectrum and intensity of the human experience at its most extreme. You see the most awful things happen in war, the atrocities of human evil. But you also see humanity at its finest, People sacrificing their lives for fellow human beings [18:49] Even when you’re in a war, even when you’re in an environment you cannot control, you always have the freedom to control your attitude. You could be in hell on earth, but you always have the freedom to choose your own perspective. [21:07] As Jesus says in the Bible, there’s no greater sacrifice that man can do than by laying down his life for his friends. [21:38] By recording the present, you craft what’s coming up in your life [23:16] I invite you to never stop chasing fear, or you will spend your whole life running from it. If you are ready to take on that battle between the part of you that wants to quit and the part that wants to fight, you will enter the doorway to your next awakening, at that moment you will experience the bliss of Fearvana. Website: www.fearvana.com Facebook: @AkshayNanavatiFan Instagram: @fearvana Twitter: @fearvanalife  You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1630476056/ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
October 4, 2019
“How do we get people to believe?” Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson explains on the dHarmic Evolution Interview Highlights: [3:00] Archbishop Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson gives a background of her faith and the path she took to be an Anglican Archbishop with the Worldwide Anglican Church [8:18] Her Grace explains the history and culture of the church [10:40] Her Grace gives her opinion and thoughts of other churches [12:00] Find out why women make the best religious leaders [20:35] Our job and purpose in life [31:54] Archbishop Dr. Johnson’s experience at the gates of heaven [36:42] What was God’s plan with the creation of Social Media? [37:33] God’s promise to Her Grace Joining us today in the studio on her 54th Birthday, is British American, the Most Reverend Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson. Her Grace made history this year by becoming the first matriarch and Co-Presiding Bishop of the Worldwide Anglican church alongside His Grace, the Most Reverend Christopher Lwanga Tusubira from Uganda, Africa. = Her Grace was ordained a couple of female priests and deacons in Colombia, and as the church’s spiritual mother, she leads her ministry with loving-kindness, great passion for working with orphans, the elderly, hospice and grief counseling, and utilizes her television, radio and social media platform to highlight social causes. Describing herself as a very structured, disciplined and self-controlled woman who was raised in British Aristocracy, her Grace was educated in the traditions and customs of the Anglican church. She has always had a very close relationship with God and has utilized her seminary training and walk to passionately teach others about Him. How do we get people to believe? Christine’s Answer as a priest. Spending quality time with the Lord. We all have the Holy Spirit residing within us, and by taking our time to speak, listen and connect with Him through prayer, worship, and reading the bible, we will strengthen our faith and belief in Him. You really get close to the lord when you get yourself out of the way and start taking care of others with compassion and kindness. When you reach out to the homeless, the poor, the dying, the sick, the afraid, etc. you allow the Christ consciousness and love to move through you. It is then that you can feel the presence of the Lord. Being grateful to the Lord every morning when you wake up and ask Him to help you to be a blessing to others is an essential way to feel closer to God. It propels you towards a day of service and success and opens your heart to see the need in others. Her Grace’s answer to service is do everything authentically from your heart: ’’How do I know that our Lord Jesus Christ is real?’’ In 1989, when I was 24 years old, I was happy and physically healthy, with a one-year-old child. I never thought of getting a flu injection, because I figured, in my utter arrogance that I was so fit that I could not get sick. One morning I awoke, and that theory changed as the hours passed by. I became critically ill and hospitalized with bacterial septicemia meningitis. By 7 pm that night, my fight with the illness was lost. I remember getting out of my body and trying to get the people’s attention, and as I struggled with this, I saw a light, an angel light. I asked the angel if I was dead, and he replied to me: ’’No, it is not possible for a human being to die, you live forever here, (Pointing up) or you live forever there, (pointing down) but you do not die.’’ Death is the ultimate amputation, but not the end, because your body is still there. As the driver of the car gets out, so a soul leaves the body. Quotes: [18:38] My job as a priest is to take you to the cross. For it is at the cross of Calvary that we find our hope, joy, salvation and where we find our resurrection power [21:41] A stranger is a family member that I still haven’t met [27:37] You really get close to the lord when you put yourself out of the way and start taking care of others [40:47] God is our Father, and He is extremely real. And when you’re here on earth, you have two choices, to either be with Him or not. You can’t make that decision when you die, and since none of us know when we’re going to die, it is the most important decision to make in our life. Did you know? · The Worldwide Anglican Church has branches in India, Africa, the West Indies, Europe, South America, and the USA. Joining with the Anglican Churches around the world It has thousands of churches and millions of followers. · Its culture and practices are similar to those of the catholic church Follow Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson: Web https://worldwideanglicanchurch.org/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkjjYf-tpHNHzg41aEaXLAg?view_as=subscriber Facebook https://facebook.com/Worldwide-Anglican-Church-884503854978443/ Twitter https://twitter.com/TheWorldwideAn1 LinkedIn http://linkedin.com/in/theworldwideanglicanchurch Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
September 28, 2019
Joining us all the way from Colombia today is Archbishop Spencer Garnica. Spencer was born on the island of Creole. Speaks English, Spanish, and his native language Creole. Spencer grew up in a society of Christian culture and is the oldest of 11 children. He grew up loving music and musical instruments like the piano and guitar. His love for music and singing has contributed to his praise and worship career in his path to priesthood. Early calling One-night spencer decided to pray after experiencing a dream. In his dream, spencer saw a man coming down with the sun. and out of the sun, the man emerged, floating on air. The man gave spencer bread to eat and something to drink, all of which spencer did. After asking him who he is, the man told Spencer that He is Jesus. Spencer, later on, tried to explain the dream to his mother, who brushed the dream off as an effect of spencer’s hunger. Afterward, spencer approached his cousin and friend, who would take him to the first Baptist church in the Atlantic, where he would later on become a member. One night during a revival in the church, the preacher pointed to him and said that it is the Lord's will that Spencer becomes one of the Lord's servant.  Henceforth, spencer joined the seminary, only aged 14 years, armed with nothing but hope, dreams, and ambitions to serve the Lord. Childhood Being the oldest of 11 children, Spencer had no choice but to lead a life of responsibility and hard work. He’d wake up early in the morning and help his mother prepare his siblings for school, take them to school, feed the domestic animals before finally preparing himself and going to school. He’d also help out with other house and life chores, such as fishing, cooking and cleaning the house. Looking back though, spencer is grateful for the life of chores and responsibility that he grew up in because this was God’s way of preparing him to serve others. Music Journey. As a teenager, a music concert was to be held at Spencer’s hometown, but because of his strict and tough mother, spencer couldn’t ask her for permission to attend it. So instead, he decided to sneak out at dark and not just attend the concert, but perform in it as well. What resulted was a magical night for Spencer, he ended up winning both at the concert and winning his mother’s heart. His mom could no longer deny it, Spencer was a gifted child with a mission and purpose to serve others and the Lord. Long after Spencer joined the seminary to study theology and priesthood, music would always be a part of him, ‘’The bible and music’’ he says, ‘’The bible and music.’’ Demons, marriage, and fate. After being in the Baptist seminary for ten years. It was time for Spencer to move to the next step, he now wanted to be a priest. But that wasn’t all, Spencer was also blessed with a gift, a gift of vision and sight. It is this very gift that would, later on, lead a local pastor to label him as being possessed by a demon. Something spencer didn’t take too kindly of. Short of choices and places to serve his lifelong mission and purpose of preaching, Spencer’s cousin who was a pastor in Bogota called him and offered him an opportunity to serve under the church he was in, under the condition that Spencer marries. A condition Spencer wasn’t really comfortable with. Spencer was young and wanted to focus his full attention and energy in serving the Lord, and so he had to forego the opportunity and wait for the lord. And as fate would have it, Spencer received a call from a former secretary of his enquiring whether spencer still had ambitions to become a priest. Spencer was over the moon and accepted the offer, and thus began his lifelong journey into priesthood under the Anglican church. Quotes  -  In life, we are all under different journeys. And that is why some of us aren’t as compassionate or helping as others. It’s through this that I’ve learned to never judge anyone.  -  It’s good to serve the Lord, it’s good to help and be merciful to others. And every day we do something for someone, the lord up there takes note. In the show  -  How Spencer overcame cancer through prayer and Faith  -  Listen to Archbishop Spencer sing How Great Thou Art in English and Spanish  Did you know Spencer means Provider for others? Archbishop Spencer has based his whole life ministry providing for and serving others. You can watch Archbishop Spencer Garnica here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4ivksaBTw Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
September 21, 2019
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September 13, 2019
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: www.carolschulte.com Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Connect with James:  Website YouTube Channel New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page
September 6, 2019
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: @amandashawmusic Twitter: @amandashawmusic Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/amandashawmusic Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/amandashaw-1 Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/amandashawUKMusic Blog: http://amandashawmusic.blogspot.co.uk/ Live For Now Available: CD BABYAMAZON  ITUNES Connect with James:  Website YouTube Channel New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page
August 30, 2019
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:  https://www.worldmaestro.com/  Colin’s Instagram: @worldmaestro  Colin’s Facebook:  @worldmusicmaestro Pangean Orchestra website:  www.thepangeanorchestra.com Pangean Orchestra Instagram:  @thepangeanorchestra Pangean Orchestra Facebook:  @pangeanorchestra     Connect with James:  Website YouTube Channel New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page
August 23, 2019
"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 Episode DE176, find out why the “hippie vibe” fits her so well! Peace and Love were written by James Kevin O’Connor in 2011. Had a pretty good time, back in 1969, I was a little too young for Woodstock so I visit often now tye-dye shirts, and Crimson cows, and Love, Hey just two words changed everyone, turned a lot of heads down in Washington, you can’t fight free will with a bigger gun, hey what’s all this crap about Peace and Love, don’t you know I’m in the middle of re-election. Chorus: Yeah, Peace and Love, Hey it’s easy Man, you don’t need to have a plan. It’s in the holy bible and koran, hey far out man, I like living with a Cruzan tan, a little taste of living off the land, it's such an easy thing to understand when East meets West there will be Peace and Love. I remember waking up in a daze, staring through a purple haze, we’ de all gather round to watch the evening news, praying that someone had the brains to blow out the fuse. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, flower power hell no we won’t go, while the jungle bleeds red, with teenage dead, what the hell we doing playing Giant steps on the Moon. Bridge: It’s amazing how we seem to find, a way to tiptoe around the landmines, I stretch my hand out connect to you, hey brother to brother, just twin reflections, of one another, could we take a chance and say, could we take a chance and say Namaste? hey Namaste~ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host: www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
August 16, 2019
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 Amy Rose | Country-Singing Canadian Chick Loves "Nash Vegas" Follow Amy: Facebook@amy.r.fraser Website www.amyrose.ca Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community ondHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
August 9, 2019
Today on the dHarmic Evolution podcast we are diving into a variety of great topics. I will be having a conversation with the man who was my first real mentor on the guitar. We’ll chat about his journey and life experience as well as his beautiful, musical talent. In this episode, I am speaking with George Barker. George has influenced me in so many ways. I would describe him as a light in the wilderness. He is a brilliant musician, composer, author, and has an amazing sense of humor. For many years he performed up until he became paralyzed in 2003. He unfortunately no longer performs due to a rare disorder called transverse myelitis. This is a disorder where the immune system attacks the spinal cord. Doctors don’t know the cause of the disorder at this time. It’s extremely rare, as only one to four in one million people contract this rare disease. George has continued to live his life and pursue his passions despite the disorder. He currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and two dogs. His dad was actually born in Kentucky and he always saw himself moving to Kentucky. His entire family had a love and talent for music. His dad was a guitarist who was a pro for a while before World War II and his mom was also involved in music. Music ran in his blood. George went on to study at Berkley where he got really deep into theory and harmony. He focused mostly on harmony and guitar performance. He actually dropped out to join a band, which was encouraged at Berkley because you could always come back. Today George just really loves to play the guitar and help people. He continues to write when he can. In this episode: - George’s transition to Kentucky - Music clips from George - Amp set up and gear - Who was on the record and time frame of the record - The Berkley story - Gear and recording at Mix-o-Lydian recording studio with Don Sternecker - George’s family and upbringing - What connected George to jazz fusion - Rendition of Amazing Grace - George’s diagnosis - Maintaining a positive attitude in light of hardship - George’s take on what’s going on in the world musically - At the wire - The experience of playing with another accomplished guitarist - Big goals and plans upcoming Follow George: Website: www.georgebarker.com Facebook: @george.barker Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community ondHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group Check out my interview with Don Sternecker from Mix-o-Lydian recording studios on DE14 recorded In NJ right here! 
August 2, 2019
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July 26, 2019
James’ guest on this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast is a fellow New Jerseyan and one of the few finger-style guitar players in the musical world. Donrique was first introduced to the indy/emo music world when one of his friends in 8th grade asked him to design a t-shirt for his band. He began to hang around with the band and was asked to design shirts for other bands around town, which is when he realized that he really liked that style of music. With his dad’s old acoustic guitar, Donrique started learning how to play bar chords, and when he discovered YouTube, he realized that he loved finger-style. After a few years of playing finger-style and writing some of his own songs, he played for the owner of CandyRat Records, the home base of most of the finger-style players in the country. The owner recommended that he try to create something unique, which led Donrique down the path of integrating hip-hop and rap into his music and eventually into the singer-songwriter world. Now that he has found his sweet spot, he is committed to being a musician for life, constantly honing his craft and teaching others to do the same. When it comes to recording, Donrique has found that he prefers to record in stereo, using matched pair microphones to capture sound from different angles. He has been heavily influenced by people like Jethro Tull, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, and Michael Buble, who all sing in a lower register as he does. Donrique is in the musical world for the long haul, building his brand and figuring out what works in the studio more than doing live performances, but that may change. Coming up soon, he will be launching online songwriting and recording courses for interested musicians, which he hopes will inspire and instruct aspiring artists. Key Quotes: “Then YouTube happened…and I was completely sucked in.” “Every day it was like I was getting more and more committed to learning this art-form on the guitar.” “Fingerstyle guitar is still my roots.” “The through-line with all of these people is the songwriting.” “Songwriting puts the spotlight on the guitar, vocals, and instruments.” “I’m not trying to be a ‘flash in the pan’ thing – this is my life and what I want to do.” “You have to cultivate the right crew of people to support you.” “Music happens best when you’re just living your life.” “I want to inspire people and help them actually write their own songs.” Follow Key: Website: www.donrique.com Instagram: @donrique_ Twitter: @donrique Facebook: @donrique Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/donrique/1306449767 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6BWkvG0hRFlAoQ0wFElwgz YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtejVgij-mXXuboGpQN1vKw Tricky Stewart: http://trickystewart.com/ Michael Hedges: http://www.nomadland.com/Bio.htm Ken Oriole: https://www.kenoriole.com/ CandyRat Records: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJecdKUslHToOEpeuRGwXg Road matched pair microphones: https://www.guitarcenter.com/Rode-Microphones/M5-Compact-1-2-Condenser-Microphone-Matched-Pair.gc Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
July 19, 2019
MoeDeLL joins James for this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast to discuss his passion for music and his new album “There It Is”. Growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, Moe lived with his mom and his grandparents and he remembers there always being music playing in the house: The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, and Waylon Jennings to name a few. When he was 9 years old, he started taking private guitar lessons, and the rest is history. While his grandmother is the inspiration for a lot of his songs, he finds that he also writes frequently about his grandfather, though they didn’t always get along. For the past 16 years, he has been a full-time Americana musician, currently averaging about 250 shows per year in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Some gigs are solo, such as house concerts or sets at assisted living facilities, whereas corporate concerts or weddings might be with his full band. Until a few years ago, Moe was a rock’n’roll artist, but he had an epiphany while playing around with the sound of his song “Devil’s Lake” that gradually caused him to change his style to Americana. He felt that Americana allowed him to tell more of a story than rock’n’roll. Moe’s must-have writing materials are coffee, a pencil, and paper, and he finds that he does his best creating in the morning or while waiting for a show to start. He loves to just fiddle around with new sounds, a practice that began in his childhood when he would mute the television and play his guitar along with what he saw on the screen. His dream job would be to write film scores, but until John Williams calls it quits, Moe will stick to his favorite gigs at assisted living facilities, Cowboy Jacks, and Beaner’s. He just joined the Midwest Country Music Association and he looks forward to potentially collaborating with some of his fellow members in the future. Quotes: “Even if it was just my mom listening, I would still get a joy out of writing music.” “I’m infatuated with writing and lyrics and words.” “I didn’t feel like my old lyrics really told a story.” “In the morning, you may feel cloudy because you just woke up, but your mind is technically at its most fresh because you haven’t had the things of the day stifle you.” “As a musician, you know your place.” “Time has a way of drawing us closer.” Mike Lardy Creative Studio: https://www.facebook.com/mikelardystudio/  Beaner’s: https://www.beanerscentral.com/  Midwest Country Music Association: https://www.midwestcma.org/ Follow MoeDeLL: Facebook @MoeDeLLMusic Instagram @moedell Twitter @moedell Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/5zP0TH8t4OhGy4dR9RrfpZ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
July 12, 2019
On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, we have a returning guest! Jordan White joined us on DE49, and he is back to talk about his new album “High Road” and give us an inside look at his writing process. At the age of 12, Jordan’s family moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, which turned out to be a very rough transition for him. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, he began struggling with depression when he was about 15 and getting into music really gave him an escape from his difficult emotions. Having gone through these struggles, he is that much more grateful that he is able to make living writing music now. Jordan got his Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, and he really connected with psychology. In fact, he found that he began to write better the more he understood about his own mind. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by the music of The Clash, Nirvana, Al Green, and other 70’s singer-songwriters, and he has recently gotten into Bruce Springsteen’s deep tracks. Jordan and James talk about their different writing methods, including where inspiration comes from, what time of day, and how structured or unstructured they prefer the environment. Jordan finds that he is most inspired when he travels to new places, perhaps because he is seeing the world in a new way and writing provides an outlet for processing. When it comes to gigs, Jordan aims to play 3 shows per week, and he has found that he prefers to play at ticketed shows because the audience is more engaged with the artist. This engagement contributes to the mutual sharing of energy between the artist and the audience, feeding off each other to achieve the purest artistic experience. Jordan’s advice to anyone out there considering pursuing music is to not give up and to not settle. Be true to yourself and chase your sound. Website: www.jordanwhitemusic.com Facebook:@jordanwhitemusic Twitter: @jordanfWhite Instagram: @jordanwhitemusic Key Quotes: “Music saved him from being a statistic.” “The more I learned about the field of psychology, the better my songs got.” “So much of what makes someone a person is what they do.” “Time is an elusive thing when you’re creating.” “The inevitability of things changing.” “It usually starts with a lyric that means something.” “The price for Friday night was Sunday night.” Jim Annuziato: http://annunziatomusic.com/ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community ondHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
July 6, 2019
Quotes from D. Chris “I’ve Suffered, when you really sincerely struggle with something in life that takes an emotional too, whether that’s sadness, or anger, or jealousy, or depression, or suicidal ideation, what choice do you have when you rise above it, but to be able to observe where other people are struggling in similar ways? And they want to help them along their path.” “It’s easy for us in society with all of this technology and social media, and big ass shit going on to be really fascinated and carried away with what human beings can develop, and going into outer space and artificial Intelligence we are creating, but I look at all of it and say, there Is something to nature, there is something to the way that the trees ruffle in the wind, there is something to the way that hawks soar in the sky there is something to the changes of the season’s that speaks to me in a much the deeper way that all this technology.” “Being natural, being barefoot, there’s a deeper thread of healing that is available to us whether we're struggling or suffering in some way, whether that is physical suffering, emotional suffering, spiritual suffering, and I found for the most part, natures healing seems to offer greater fruits than the fruits of technology, so that’s where barefoot rehab came from.” “We live in a society that is all about doing, achieving, making money, reaching for goals, it’s very masculine, and to me art is more of a feminine, beauty expression type of thing and while our society does enjoy music, and art, and pictures, and books, its not what our schools are training us to do.” Barefoot Rehab With our magic crystal ball, we can see why you feel the way you do. You haven’t found relief from your chiropractor, physical therapist, orthopedic doctor, massage therapist or any other provider. Your friends and family want you to try this or that. You don’t want another opinion. You want to be fixed! At Barefoot Rehab, we fix you by giving you the facts of your pain. Fully. Completely. We don’t use technology, machines, or gimmicks (notice the simple pencil ruler in the picture above). If you want a quick fix in a magic pill, we can’t help you. Temporary relief is a dime a dozen. If you want permanent relief, you’re in the right place. We get results that last. Isn’t it time to get the truth instead of another opinion? Let’s be honest. You don’t trust anyone in healthcare. You’ve failed enough times that you’ve lost almost all hope. We get it. In our practice, we don’t fix everyone. 100% success with our patients is not possible. However, if we aren’t giving you relief, there’s a reason for it. Our goal is to communicate where you are on the pain path in real-time. Instead of doing 3 months of care for 24 visits spending thousands of dollars, imagine knowing in 3 visits that you need an MRI. Or that you have a diet issue. You regain trust and hope when someone tells you the truth. Mother Nature doesn’t lie. Neither do the doctors at Barefoot Rehab. The Secret Problem You Didn’t Know You Have If your previous doctors had correctly identified the problem, you wouldn’t be reading this. You’d be pain-free, doing what you love. You probably agree with the following statement, “There’s something they missed.”  It’s the most common problem, causing lots of pain, that no one’s talking about, and is very easily fixable.  You have never heard of it before.  It causes you to be tight (like in the ankle above) and in stubborn pain that just won’t go away.  At Barefoot Rehab, we specialize in fixing this secret problem for people who have been to multiple healthcare professionals without success.   With our magic crystal ball, we can see why you feel the way you do. You haven’t found relief from your chiropractor, physical therapist, orthopedic doctor, massage therapist or any other provider. Your friends and family want you to try this or that. You don’t want another opinion. You want to be fixed! At Barefoot Rehab, we fix you by giving you the facts of your pain. Fully. Completely. We don’t use technology, machines, or gimmicks (notice the simple pencil ruler in the picture above). If you want a quick fix in a magic pill, we can’t help you. Temporary relief is a dime a dozen. If you want permanent relief, you’re in the right place. We get results that last. Isn’t it time to get the truth instead of another opinion? Trust Your Doctor Again Let’s be honest. You don’t trust anyone in healthcare. You’ve failed enough times that you’ve lost almost all hope. We get it. In our practice, we don’t fix everyone. 100% success with our patients is not possible. However, if we aren’t giving you relief, there’s a reason for it. Our goal is to communicate where you are on the pain path in real-time. Instead of doing 3 months of care for 24 visits spending thousands of dollars, imagine knowing in 3 visits that you need an MRI. Or that you have a diet issue. You regain trust and hope when someone tells you the truth. Mother Nature doesn’t lie. Neither do the doctors at Barefoot Rehab. The Secret Problem You Didn’t Know You Have If your previous doctors had correctly identified the problem, you wouldn’t be reading this. You’d be pain-free, doing what you love. You probably agree with the following statement, “There’s something they missed.”  It’s the most common problem, causing lots of pain, that no one’s talking about, and is very easily fixable.  You have never heard of it before.  It causes you to be tight (like in the ankle above) and in stubborn pain that just won’t go away.  At Barefoot Rehab, we specialize in fixing this secret problem for people who have been to multiple healthcare professionals without success. Follow Christopher: Facebook: @drchristopherstepien Instagram: @drchristopherstepien YouTube: Dr. Christopher Stepien Website: www.drchristopherstepien.com Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! 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June 28, 2019
James welcomes back singer Kylie Odetta to the Dharmic Evolution Podcast in episode 223 to discuss what she’s been up to since her stint living in New York City, how her tone has changed in her music, touring with her band, the importance of having ‘quiet time’ in her daily routine, the new music video for Under the Sun, and so much more!  “I just want people to experience life to the fullest…I hope that you are just able to experience freedom and confidence, and relaxed joy as you go throughout your life. Know how loved you are by me, by so many people in your life, by the God who created this entire universe, that you are truly unique and special to you, and I just hope that you would embrace the things that make you different and walk confidently in your life.” Listen to the show to hear these four riveting songs by Kylie!  - Sunny Day - Undertow You - Don’t Love - Under the Sun Connect with Kylie on her website and on Instagram to keep up with her new music, upcoming shows, what she’s up to, and her new puppy – Zella! Want to learn more about the topics discussed in the show? Check out the links below! Sofar Sounds Salvation Army You can listen to Kylie on episode DE36 too. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review the show to be featured on the website!
June 21, 2019
In Episode 222 of the Dharmic Evolution Podcast, James Kevin gives a sneak peek into his new eBook – Depression Fighter’s Manual – with guests English Bob and Jacked Up Jimmy.
June 14, 2019
Cali's music is crafted piano composition alongside soulful vocals. She describes it as: "If Alanis, Tori Amos & Florence had a baby that made a soundtrack". Classically trained opera singer & self-taught pianist, she's been making music her entire life, touring in the US/UK/Europe, and now settled in the London music scene. Her debut album Flying Through Water is out now and can be streamed/purchased on Bandcamp/SoundCloud. Cali has extensive experience as a singer performing Jazz/Soul/Motown/Rock and has collaborated with some Jazz & Swing greats like Robin Banerjee (Amy Winehouse), Hossam Ramsey & the Jive Aces. She delivers an epic showstopper displaying her abilities as a captivating performer, master storyteller, and a powerful & diverse vocalist. Cali recently teamed up with UK producer & writer Stuart Cooney to form Axiomatic Music for Film & TV. Songs Featured by Cali: Flying through water If you want Blood My Track The Once and Future King Quotes by Cali: On Flying Through Water: “You want to achieve something that’s impossible” On What’s your Music Like: “It’s Everything Good” On asking to be on “The Voice”: “Reality TV is an Oxymoron, it doesn’t exist, these shows are very scripted, they are very manipulated, their selling television” On Piano’s: The best piano in the world, is the Bosendorfer, James went online and found a used one on eBay selling for $99,000.00. Facebook: @CaliLovesMusic   Youtube:  https://bit.ly/2McJmhS Instagram: @calirivlin Bandcamp: https://calirivlin.bandcamp.com/ Axiomatic music project:  https://www.axiomaticmusic.com/ Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community ondHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
June 6, 2019
It’s been 75 years since D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Western Allied forces during World War II launched the largest invasion in history with nearly 7,000 ships of all sorts and more than 11,000 planes, crossing the English Channel and landing more than 150,000 troops (and more over the days that followed) on the beaches of Normandy to free France and the rest of Europe from Nazi tyranny.
May 31, 2019
Mikalyn brings a powerful mix of youthful energy and optimism to her alternative-pop sound, grounded by lyrical flourishes that often by a depth and maturity rarely found in someone so young. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Mikalyn’s creativity is a form of self-expression pouring over every note and word with the finesse and attention to detail of a painter. Since she can remember she has desired nothing more than to make music that is truly memorable and means something to the listener.
May 24, 2019
Quotes from Gene:  On work Ethic: “Yes there is no question as I am looking around the office at the Gold Records and Grammy awards on the walls here,  every single one of these people is workaholics, just like I am, they are not just talent waiting for the phone to ring”.
May 17, 2019
Pianist, singer-songstress and Berklee Alumni Ivy Alex is paving a new path for music with her mixed styles of jazz, classical, neo-soul, and pop. The gypsy pianist, singer, composer and producer writes on subjects of love, loss, heartbreak, and inner wisdom.
May 10, 2019
In this episode of DE216, James meets with Chris Eves, Author and leader of the Rock Jam Band Chris Eves and the New Normal. James and Chris get into some cool discussions about creating music, life on the road, bad food! Old guitars and vintage amplifiers. Peach Fest, Taco Bell, Alternate Tuning, Tony Markellis and where to find the good food! Olive the cat, and of course Jessica’s Eyes. It’s all here in this weeks episode of the dHarmic Evolution!  Featured Songs:  - Green and Blue  - Walking on a Wire - New Normal - When the Stars Fall (Video)  Chris Eves and the New Normal blur the lines between rock, funk, country, and blues with a healthy dose of jam band influences. Thoughtful lyrics blend seamlessly with solid roots rock riffs, pop sensibilities and, catchy hooks. Based out of Syracuse NY, the band has shared the stage with such diverse artists as the Zac Brown Band, Jon Fishman of Phish, Gov't Mule, Cheap Trick, Gregg Allman, and many others. Their debut album is scheduled to be released in December 2017.  Chris Eves and the New Normal has been featured recently in Relix, A&R Factory and Skope Magazine as well as featurettes in Jammerzine, Jam Band Purist and The Old School Project. Among their many shows and festival appearances, which includes a headlining slot in The Jam For The Land Festival (Stowe, VT), Sterling Stage Festival Ameribeat (Sterling, NY), Seedstock (Cortland, NY), Rochester Fringe Fest (Rochester, NY), Taste Of Syracuse (Syracuse, NY) and the Corn Hill Arts and Music Festival (Rochester, NY) coming up in the 2019 festival season CHRIS EVES AND THE NEW NORMAL have already secured billing for Flannel Fest (Rochester, NY) as well as The Strawberry Jam Music Festival (Turin, NY) and they are securing more festival appearances in the coming weeks.  Chris Eves and the New Normal has played some of the region’s top venues and supported some amazing talent as well, including multiple supporting roles at The Westcott Theater opening for jam powerhouse SPAFFORD, JAZZ IS PHISH and ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND. Funk N Waffles with the likes of THE HEAVY PETS, THE MELTING NOMADS and SOPHISTAFUNK. And, at esteemed venues throughout the Northeast including legendary places like The Bitter End, Nectars, Arch Street Tavern, Flour City Station and The Range. Chris Eves has even joined the ZAC BROWN BAND on stage for a rendition of their hit song “Keep Me in Mind”. Dates are filling up fast and tour announcements will be released in the coming weeks. More information about their tour schedule, music videos and links to their debut SAMMY Award-nominated album, “Find Your Way” can be found below.  Chris Eves and the New Normal “Chris Eves and The New Normal seamlessly integrate many genres of music from Jam to Alt-Rock. I believe ‘Find Your Way’ is a great platform for this band to build upon and grow exponentially.” – Jambandpurist.com  "'Find Your Way' is a debut album with shine and depth, and The New Normal might be the best new band out of Syracuse" – NYSmusic.com  “Chris Eves and The New Normal are sure to be a crowd favorite with their riveting instrumentals and unforgettable lyrical melodies.” Indie-spoonful.com You can follow Chris here: Website www.chrisevesandthenewnormal.com Facebook @chrisevesandthenewnormal Twitter @TheNewNormal315 Instagram @chrisevesandthenewnormal Youtube Chris Eves and the New Normal ReverbNation www.reverbnation.com/chrisevesandthenewnormal Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host www.thejamesoconnoragency.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group  
May 3, 2019
In this episode of DE215, The show opens with the track mix of “Speak To Me” this was written about two people having an exchange of energy (conversation) with each other, without ever speaking a word to each other. James shares his work in progress, Ebook free download of “Depression fighters for you” that will be available to all as a free download, it’s a valuable tool to keep with you on your phone and will allow you to access it anytime that nasty depressed state sneaks up on you! He also reaches out to YOU! the audience to help him decide on Depression Fighter #7 to complete the Ebook, he is not giving away his thoughts on it, as he wants and values YOUR ideas! Please let him know your thoughts on the blog post, leave a comment, or an idea, we love to hear from you! Strategy #1 You Gotta Move! I learned this one 20 years ago from Tony Robbins, and it remains at the top of my list. Get up, get out, get moving! It really is that simple, you don’t even need any complicated exercise program (although anything physical will help) Just start walking, then maybe you turn it into a faster walk as your blood gets moving, then perhaps a jog. We have an old saying in the Yoga Community, “the hardest part is just showing up” and it is so true. It’s so easy to turn on the TV, flop into an easy chair or couch and open a big bag of potato chips and a beer. But if you are feeling low and depressed, you just put three more strikes against feeling better. No movement, bad food, and alcohol, you will not be feeling better today. Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety. Doing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day for three to five days a week may significantly improve depression or anxiety symptoms. But smaller amounts of physical activity — as little as 10 to 15 minutes at a time — may make a difference. It may take less time exercising to improve your mood when you do more-vigorous activities, such as running or bicycling. Strategy #2 You Gotta Laugh! Use disruptive tactics like putting on a few comedy clips, (for me its usually the three stooges) There is nothing better than putting this thing called “Life” into its proper perspective, ie; don’t take everything so seriously that you forget that “you gotta laugh” When you look at 3 adult men sleeping in the same bed till noon fully clothed, you know that your life is really very good comparatively! Did you ever notice that when you start laughing at something you're whole mood changes in an instant? The phrase “laughter is the best medicine” is so true, it's one way to forget your troubles, think about the now, and not the tomorrow, as Jesus teaches, tomorrow will have enough trouble in of itself, put your focus on today, (and him!) Laughing releases endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals. Therefore, it provides short-term relief from tension and worry. Moreover, laughing reduces stress and strengthens social connections. As a result, one of the many benefits of laughter and humor is the power to combat anxiety and depression, according to researchers. Therefore, laughter is good medicine for mental health. Laughter is also a good tool to connect in social settings, go to a comedy club, meet new people, change your entire perspective, get busy and start laughing your ass off! Strategy #3 You Gotta help somebody! If you are feeling low, one of the fastest turn arounds for your mood of self-pity, oh poor me, Isolationism, and falling down and worshiping your own discomfort is to find someone who is really struggling! There are plenty out there who have real struggles, not enough food, water, and no place to sleep. If you want to change your mood, and your core beliefs, find someone who needs a kind word, a sandwich, a cup of coffee, or just a smile and a handshake. While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say we’ll focus on doing good deeds when we have more “spare time”, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing and even benefit your physical health! I challenge you to go up to the next stranger that you see that looks like they are having trouble making ends meet, or if that is too much of a leap, check out people getting in their cars with groceries or using a walker, ask if you can help. It takes very little time and effort and I promise it will leave them with a feeling of Gratitude, and it will also leave you with a warm glow in your heart, and the Gratitude you feel will be even greater than theirs! Now get out there and help someone today! Do not wait until tomorrow, someone needs you right now! Strategy #4 You Gotta be loved! Another thing that is very necessary for everyone is the human touch. It is important to give and receive, if you have no significant other in your life, you can get this from having your hair washed, cut, and washed again. (it’s what I do) I also get massages regularly as there are many benefits of a great massage including the human touch. Physical touch is known to improve the function of your immune system as well as reduce diseases such as those associated with the heart and blood. One study on women found that receiving more hugs from their partners led to lower heart rates and blood pressure! The benefits of physical touch and the biological releases that come with it go beyond social bonding and can manifest positively in your mental and physical health. Known as the “feel good” hormone, oxytocin helps inspire positive thinking and maintaining an optimistic outlook on the world. The role of oxytocin for bonding also extends to helping generate feelings of compassion during interactions. This can contribute to an expansion of trust among individuals during social situations. Now it’s time to go out and spread the love!  Strategy #5 You Gotta eat something wholesome! There is more and more evidence each day about how a healthy meal plan contributes to better mental health, not just physical health. I changed up my meal plan about 4 years ago, I dropped 18 lbs, and have not only kept it off, but I am more focused, driven, and have a more evenly distributed energy supply each and every day, no wild swings and then crashes. Notice I said, “meal plan” not diet, diets don’t work, they never have, and they never will. I eat as much food as I want, I am just selective about it. I borrowed this list from the “Kendal at Oberlin” blog post, titled “Diet considerations for a healthy mind” You will find this list repeated over and over in so many similar types “best foods” articles. After scanning I spotted 8 out of 10 foods that I eat almost every day. Dark chocolate (with at least 85% cocoa) Turmeric Kale Sweet potatoes Berries (blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry) Garbanzo beans Walnuts Fish with omega-3 fatty acids (mackerel, lake trout, herring, wild salmon) Red wine Green tea  Strategy #6 You Gotta Love the Drugs! No, I am not talking about social, recreational and illegal drugs. I am talking about the ones that you are wired to enjoy anytime you choose. Dopamine, Serotonin, Adrenalin, Oxytocin, they are all within our ability to enjoy whenever we decide to manufacture them. Like the roller coaster ride, or hang gliding, you just climb aboard and you receive that flood of endorphins, that start kicking in and you say to yourself wow where did that come from? We tend to forget about this experience, and you can receive this benefit with all kinds of different activities if you choose to, and I think you should choose to Because there is nothing like feeling good. This is very cool as it goes back to what I stated previously, I want the dopamine, the serotonin, adrenalin, and the oxytocin, as they are the things that keep you young and healthy. When you are a teenager you never think twice about jumping on the fastest, highest Ferris wheel, or the nastiest roller coaster, but as you get older you start to taper off and say “Nah, you know what, I’m reading the paper, or I’m going out for coffee, you forget that you can still take your shirt off and just start running, or jump on a bike and take a ride. So we have got to remind ourselves that these things are really really good for us, so that’s what I’m saying about the drugs, ‘that’s the stuff that I want” I want the natural drugs, I want to feel amazing! Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host www.thejamesoconnoragency.com facebook twitter instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
April 26, 2019
In this episode of DE214, The show opens with the track mix of “Gratitude” this is a unique mix and features a nice complement between James’ clean Stratocaster tone, and James Mitchell’s heavier rocked out Les Paul sound, especially in the beginning of the track. It has a very “Petty esque” tone that is luscious to the senses. In this episode of DE214, The show opens with the track mix of “Gratitude” this is a unique mix and features a nice complement between James’ clean Stratocaster tone, and James Mitchell’s heavier rocked out Les Paul sound, especially in the beginning of the track. It has a very “Petty esque” tone that is luscious to the senses. The show features the final “Mastered” version of the song “Gratitude” at the close of the show that is also the title track that went on the album of the same name. In this episode, we discuss: • James drove on his trip to the entire lower Eastern seaboard, then came back North through Florida’s West Coast and into Nashville for a few days, then off to Morehead Kentucky to visit my friend and extraordinary guitarist George Barker, his wife Kris, and his brother Welton, both George and Welton are alumni of the infamous but most amazing band from the mid 70’s “Tangent”. • English Bob stops by to visit, in his classic Jalopy, English Bob is a bit nervous and reticent to meet with Peter Griffin again as Peter showed up as a real cartoon on the last visit. James comments on English Bob’s brightened suspenders that were recently treated with Iodine and then Vulcanized. English is using a new service “Yandal Booenpicken” who specializes in Iodine and Vulcanization techniques, giving them a bright and cheery, and effective, yandy, glassy of hangy.  • There are no siestas in Lower Ipswitch, English sputters like a car as he gets stuck on his magnanimity approach. He then describes Yandal’s second business, that he opens in the afternoon, “Boone Pickens Chickens”. • Yandals process for best chicken, “He bakes it, he broilers is, he fries it, then he barbecues it. He does all four procedures. Feathers are optional, special orders, don’t upset us, just let us serve you, and be a guest of us” The “ruffle effect”.                      • English Bob’s pocket watch goes off and it's time for his deep knee bends. • Peter Griffin arrives and has swords with him, and being a cartoon character he immediately projects a hologram of a freeway right in the studio and almost gets James run over by a truck. Best Quotes from English Bob: “Yandal is a groundbreaking Booenpicken chicken man”.                “Oh a tempest in the Titanic”.  “Well Peter, you see I have been the most famous man alive in lower Ipswitch, when it comes to fencing, yes I can lunge, parret, or engarde”.                                               “Take that, you big bellied ballet dancer you”. “James are you aware that you have a freeway running through your studio at the moment?”  • On James Kevin’s music: “It tends to remind me of Howling Wolf stuck in a peach tree overnight. Best quotes from Peter Griffin: “Hey how about this, get a load of my flamethrower”             “Damn the Torpedoes, full stampede and buffalo ahead”. “English Bob, your quite the swordsman, and I will always Paul Revere this dharmiconalova, as long as I live, and I never thought I would be in a swords contest today when I brought the swords, James Kevin”. Best quotes from James: • On calling the sword fight: “English Bob looks like he has the upper hand so far, I think he is going to slip in his world famous Ubiquitous Larchmont Move any second, (patent pending of course), but I understand that Peter Griffin has a Big Belly Ballet move that may be a close-sleeper”. “Wow both opponents giving it all that they have, they left nothing on the floor today in this unbelievable swordsmanship, as I’ve never seen before”. “Gentlemen, I don’t have a hat on, but if I did, it would be off to both of you”. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! Follow our Host www.thejamesoconnoragency.com facebook twitter instagram Follow our Podcast www.dharmicevolution.com Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
April 19, 2019
On the road, this week having meetings with friends, business associates, going to Richmond Va, then to Sarasota Fla, then Saint Petersburg, then Tampa, then off to Nashville for 3 days, then to Moorhead Kentucky, then back to NJ. This was not a relaxing trip as I did too many miles in the car. However it would not make sense to fly to these destinations, as there would be too many airline and car rental connections in such a short amount of time, so I opted to meditate on a long car journey, it will most likely end up over 3000 miles in less than a week. Sharing the song “Amen” and “It Is Finished” this week as we celebrate the last days of Jesus right up to his last dying breath on the cross as he spoke to his Father in Heaven, with “It Is Finished” “All churches have good and bad” “God did not create a religion, the man did” Quick recap To begin describing what happened on Good Friday, we need to quickly recap the events that led up to this point. Basically, Jesus had been betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas, who let the authorities know where Jesus was. So after the Last Supper, and whilst the disciples were sleeping in the garden of Gethsemane, soldiers came and arrested Jesus. Jesus before the court During the night of his arrest, Jesus was taken to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the Jewish law and the elders had assembled. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. The chief priests and the whole court were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they didn’t find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two came forward and, after some questioning, were able to convict Jesus on blasphemy charges. Peter Disowns Jesus As mentioned earlier, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, listening to what was taking place. At this point, a bunch of locals thought they recognized him and accused him of being a follower of Jesus. Afraid of the repercussions, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. It was at this point that Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” He went outside and wept bitterly, full of shame. Judas hangs himself Still early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders made their plans on how to have Jesus executed. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the area during the time. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, which he was given for informing them on Jesus’ location. Judas threw the money into the temple and left. He then went away and hanged himself. Jesus before Pilate Meanwhile, Jesus stood before Pilate and the governor asked him about the charges leveled against him by the Jewish court. Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t try to deny the charges. During these days, it was the governor’s custom at the time of festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time, they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Barabbas. When the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them if they wanted him or Jesus to be released. The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But the mob continued to shout for Jesus to be crucified. When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, and saw that an uproar was starting, he washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them that killing Jesus was their responsibility. He then released Barabbas to them, had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. The soldiers mock Jesus Pontius Pilate’s soldiers then took Jesus into a Roman courtyard. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him; they then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him, mocking him, before proceeding to physically abuse him. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. The crucifixion of Jesus As the soldiers were going out, they met a man called Simon, forcing him to carry the cross that would be used to crucify Jesus. They came to a place called Golgotha. There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Sitting down, they kept watching over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left, including a man named Dismas. Those who passed by hurled insults at Jesus, shaking their heads and mocking his claims of being God. The death of Jesus From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness came over the area. At about 3 pm, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. Then, when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he died. At that moment, the earth shook, rocks split and tombs broke open. The bodies of various holy people who had died were raised to life. When the centurion, and those with him who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, now believing that he was the Son of God. Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Jesus’ mother, Mary. The burial of Jesus As evening approached, there came a rich man called Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pontius Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate obliged. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. At this point, many of Jesus’ disciples must have felt a sense of despair. But as we know, the events three days later on Easter Sunday completely changed that… Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group You can get a new “Gratitude” album here
April 12, 2019
Quotes from James in this episode: “The feeling of euphoria and emancipation in your own personal life, whatever that is, it could be the end of a relationship, a situation, and/or it could be the beginning of something brand new, they are usually wrapped in the same package. As one ends, a new journey begins.” “Facing the unknown, not knowing exactly where I am going and when, and just letting God lead me to where he wants me next. I find this very exciting in some ways. You do however need to have tremendous faith in him and you must trust, and allow yourself to be led”… Maps and Geography: Maps were always so fascinating to me, as a kid I loved maps and they were always so intriguing to me, I just loved them and loved seeing the different things on maps, where you are, where you live, what is surrounding you, is it mountains, lakes, streams, forests? Or is it all a concrete jungle? I have met people who have no concept of maps, and I must immediately pull out a map and show them how it works, how you can put the mapping image in their brain and use it to give them a better perspective on where they are. Perhaps no one bothered to ever teach them about maps? NYC is a perfect example of how to use mapping to your advantage, everything is laid out in a grid North, South, East, and West. It’s a perfect place to practice your mapping abilities, all the avenues run North and South, and all the streets run East and West. We all have different abilities when it comes to learning. None of us receive interpret and disseminate information the same way, therefore no two people have the same capacity to ingest and apply knowledge the same way, we are all wired completely different! While you are discovering your new hobby of studying maps and Geography, don’t forget to investigate the Geography of Your Soul! Emancipation, Homelessness, the New Chapter, and President Lincoln: I spent the last year with my Mom, who was elderly and very sick, she had dementia and she passed away a few weeks ago. I had moved into her house a year ago, so I am now homeless! However, it feels like emancipation, let me explain. I know that she made it into heaven, so that is certainly something to celebrate. I have been feeling emancipated in some ways as a certain chapter of my life has now concluded, and I am looking at a fresh virgin canvas. Facing the unknown, not knowing exactly where I am going and when, and just letting God lead me to where he wants me next. I find this very exciting in some ways. You do however need to have tremendous faith in him and you must trust, and allow yourself to be led… Lincoln had a mountain to climb to get the Emancipation Proclamation passed, it was a political quagmire that he had to navigate using all of his brilliant legal skills, his creativity, his humor, wit, passion, and sense of humor to get this bill passed. There were four border states that could have swung towards the South had things not aligned properly, that may have changed the course of the war, and we might have had two countries today instead of one! Lincoln knew that slavery was morally wrong and he could not in good conscience allow this to continue under his administration. The feeling of euphoria and emancipation in your own personal life, whatever that is, it could be the end of a relationship, a situation, and/or it could be the beginning of something brand new, they are usually wrapped in the same package. As one ends, a new journey begins. What about Drugs, and Your Relationship with Drugs? No, I am not talking about social, recreational and illegal drugs. I am talking about the ones that you are wired to enjoy anytime you choose. Dopamine, Serotonin, Adrenalin, Oxytocin, they are all within our ability to enjoy whenever we decide to manufacture them. Like the roller coaster ride, you climb aboard and you receive that flood of endorphins, that start kicking in and you say to yourself wow where did that come from? We tend to forget about this experience, and you can receive this benefit with all kinds of different activities if you choose to, and I think you should choose to. Because there is nothing like feeling good. Eustress, and what is it?: We have stress in our life, but we also have eustress, (the good stress) We all experience stress at some point. Whether it’s daily chronic stress or occasional bumps in the road, stress can sneak up on us at any time. What you may not know about stress is that it’s not all bad. In fact, we can experience eustress, or positive stress, just as frequently as we do negative stress. If the idea of positive stress is new to you, you’re not alone. Most of us equate all stress with negative experiences. Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Michael Genovese says we rarely think of stress as a positive thing, but eustress is just that — positive stress. “Exciting or stressful events cause a chemical response in the body,” he explained. Eustress is usually a product of nerves, which can be brought on when faced with a fun challenge. Genovese says this is important because, without eustress, our well-being can suffer. “Eustress helps us stay motivated, work toward goals, and feel good about life,” he added. This is very cool as it goes back to what I stated previously, I want the dopamine, the serotonin, adrenalin, and the oxytocin then are the things that keep you young and healthy. When you are a teenager you never think twice about jumping on the fastest, highest Ferris wheel, or the meanest roller coaster, but as you get older you start to taper off and say “Nah, you know what, I’m reading the paper, or I’m going for coffee, you forget that you can still take your shirt off and just start running or jump on a bike and take a ride. So we have got to remind ourselves that these things are really really good for us, so that’s why I’m saying about the drugs, ‘that’s the stuff that I want” I want the natural drugs, I want the Eustress! Traveling: I have met a lot of travelers through the dHarmic Evolution, and what a gift, all of these fabulous ladies and gentlemen who travel the world with their art, with their talents, with their abilities, and I have learned so much through them, and traveling is such a wonderful thing and some people are just never acclimated to it or perhaps they are a little afraid of it, I think, especially having a relationship with someone and you can’t travel alone in some instances, so you are always together. I think there is something missed when that happens, because when you strip away all the crutches, and you do it all on your own, you learn one fundamental thing, and that is, you can make up your own fun as you go, and its very cool to just be able to be so aloof, and to be so free, and to be able to say, I’m ready to move on, I’m going to go do something else today. Mexico: I was traveling in Mexico a few years back and was staying at this nice all-inclusive Hotel packages that allowed you to stay at any one of 10 or 12 Hotels that were all very nice places. So I am at what is now the Hard Rock Hotel on the Riviera Mya, south of Cancun and it’s Saturday night around 11:00 PM, I am sitting by myself at the bar and I have been noticing that it is mostly families with their kids here. So I ask the bartender about another hotel, we look at a map together, I ask him to call me a cab, and I went up to my room, packed in about 4 minutes, came down jumped into a cab, and I was checked into a new hotel in less than an hour, different vibe, different experience, just will it, and it can be done! Traveling, I can’t recommend it enough, its just killer, it is awesome! “Flyin”: Flyin is one of the most magnificent things you can do to accomplish all of the things I described earlier with the eustress, getting that dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline, oxytocin, endorphins and whatever other cool chemicals your brain can create. The natural drugs that are locked up in your brain just waiting for you to insert the key and say “go baby go”! How about commercial airlines, some people are afraid to fly, and for those of you who hate take offs, do this, put on some kick-ass music, put on the most killer thing that just rocks your world, strap on your headphones, put your seat back, but your head back, and don’t resist that feeling of take off, do the opposite, embrace that feeling as your rushing down the runway to the sound of music that lights you up. It’s one of my favorite thing’s, I just love to take off’s. You can apply the same strategy on landing, just get into the music, relax and enjoy the experience. I tried this in real time with someone I was traveling with a long time ago, and it worked like a charm for her. She was all freaked out about both take-offs and landing, but the music and the strategy worked well for her. If the music is not the buzz for you, take the persons hand you are sitting next to, and say a prayer with them. Hang gliding: I did this in Saint Croix off the back of a boat, what a rush, what a great time, I was feeling all of the chemicals! I want to do a free launch off the top of a mountain, that’s on the “next” list. Skydiving: This is kind of an ultimate rush, 12,000’ and then reaching 120 miles an hour, like a peregrine falcon having so much fun! No spinning and whirlies for me! I told the lead guy who I jumped with not to do that, as it made me a bit sick, but that aside the jump was a rush! Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group You can get a new “Gratitude” album here
April 5, 2019
Have you ever been in terrifying fear for your life? This episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast is James’ song “Eritrean Eyes”, inspired by a friend of James’. For the purposes of this episode, James will refer to his friend as Martha. James gives a brief background on the country of Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa between Sudan and Ethiopia and bordering the Red Sea. From the 1980s until 2000, Eritrea was at war or at the brink of war with Ethiopia, and times for Martha and her family were quite rough. One day, her father didn’t return home and it was presumed that he had been recruited to join the military, which was very common during those years. Another time, her uncle was rushing home to beat the curfew and when he was right outside their door, he was shot dead. The glimmer of hope for Martha’s family, however, was that her grandmother was a wealthy businesswoman who had saved up the money necessary to smuggle their whole family out of the country under the cover of darkness. This excursion started with the family being smuggled under an onion truck and walking through deep sand and ended safely in the United States. Many years later, Martha was finally able to see her father again, which was an answer to her prayers. Martha has since built a life in the US, loving freedom, Jesus, working hard, and being a dedicated mother. When James met Martha, his eyes were opened to her upbringing and culture as well as the prevalence of the persecution of Christians around the world. Additionally, the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia recently opened, and the people on both sides of the border have been pleasantly surprised by the positive impacts of this simple act of peace. Links: You can find BBC article James mentioned here You can find information about Eritrea here  Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media! www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram Check out our YouTube channel! Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group You can get a new “Gratitude” album here
March 29, 2019
Have you thought about your everlasting life, the one that is Eternity? There is not one thing that you own that you will take with you when you go, including your body. Have you embraced what has been offered to you? Let’s dig in and find out.  Reprinted from the Blog of Harold Herring:  Have you watched a television series where the star of the show is seemingly always in eminent peril? No matter how real the scene feel. . .you can know for sure. . .that the creator and writers of the television show will never kill the hero or the star. . .who plays the hero. Just like the movies. . .you’re a star that will never be defeated by the enemy.  In fact, not only will you not lose. . .you win every single time. Here are three scriptures which should strengthen and energize your faith against every attack of the enemy. First, 2 Corinthians 4:8 in the Amplified Bible says: “We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair.” The attack on you, your family, health or finances. . .may be intense. . .but you will never be defeated.  So why be afraid? Hebrews 13:6 in the Amplified Bible says: “So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?”  Have you ever heard the song “Unbreakable” by Fireflight?  Probably not, because it’s a Christian rock band. . .however, the song contains some amazing faith-filled lyrics. “Where are the people that accused me? The ones who beat me down and bruised me They hide just out of sight, can’t face me in the light They’ll return but I’ll be stronger “God I want to dream again, take me where I’ve never been I wanna go there, this time I’m not scared Now I am unbreakable, it’s unmistakable No one can touch me, nothing can stop me.” Nobody can touch. . .nobody can stop you. . .nobody can defeat you. . .nobody can do anything to you. . .because He’s got our back. Isaiah 54:17 says: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” You already know the outcome. . .it’s your inheritance. Here are the seven reasons why God wants you to be victorious. Your Father wants you to be victorious. No loving Father ever wants His children to lose God wants us to win…..EVERY TIME 2 Corinthians 2:14 says: “Now thanks be unto God, which ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH in Christ….” The enemy only has the ability to deceive, accuse and tempt . . .that’s it.  Jesus took away the power of death, hell and the grave when He made an open show of the devil. The Bible plainly states that Jesus disarmed Satan and all his demon hoards. Colossians 2:15 in the Amplified Bible says: “(God) disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it (the cross).” Remember the Word of God says we are always supposed to triumph, not just 51 percent of the time, not even 85 percent of the time, but always. How much easier this sounds when we realize Satan has no weapon that will work against us. Your Heavenly Father paid a heavy price to make you victorious. Would you be willing to send your son or daughter to die for someone you didn’t know? Many parents have faced that question as they’ve seen their sons and daughters ship out to war zones where they stand in harm’s way in defense of our freedom not knowing if or when they will return. God sent His only begotten Son. . .with the knowledge that His Son would have to die for our sins. When Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph. . .God knew that His Son would die a horrible death. When Jesus amazed the scholars in the Temple. . .God knew His Son would be wrongly accused, persecuted, lied about and killed. When Jesus rode victoriously into Jerusalem to the cheers of the people. . .God knew it wouldn’t be long before His Son would suffer and die. Yet. . .know all these things. . .He sent His Son. . .so we would be victorious over sin, death and the grave. 1 John 4:10 in the New Living Translation says: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”  Can you even begin to imagine how much God loves us?  His willingness to send His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of our sins proves it. Hebrews 9:15 in the Amplified Bible says: “[Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance--since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement.” You have a tactical advantage in any battle. One of the most successful military strategies an enemy can employ in warfare is to separate you from your supply lines. . .to keep you from receiving reinforcements or supplies. That’s exactly what the devil wants to do when he has you, your family, your finances and/or your health under attack. . .he wants to separate you from your supply line (God). . .to keep you from receiving reinforcements and orders from your spiritual headquarters (the Word). The only way the enemy can spiritually terrorize you. . .is by doubt, separation and isolation. When you find yourself under attack whether it’s a natural enemy or spiritual enemy indecision can be costly.  Even though you may not know the best strategy to employ at any given moment. . .God does. Your tactical advantage is your personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and your reliance on the Word of God. Hebrews 13:6 in the Amplified Bible says: “So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?”  Your focus on and faith in His Word. . .gives you a peace passes understanding during every attack.  You know the Calvary (Holy Spirit) is on the way. Psalm 121:1-2 says: “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Always remember, the battle is not yours. . .but the Lord’s. Joshua 10:8 in the New Living Translation says: “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.” You will never have to face any battle alone. Mark 9:27 in the New Century Version says: “Jesus took his hand and helped him to stand up.” Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible says: “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” God will provide you with a safe house. Psalm 61:3 says: “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” When I want to mentally decompress. . .I enjoy watching movies where the good guy (God) wins and the bad guy (Satan) loses. When someone needs to escape from or testifies against the bad guys. . .they’re often placed in a safe house.  The purpose of the safe house is to protect the good guys from the bad guys.  Isn’t it nice to know that your Heavenly Father. . .the Great I Am. . .wants to place you in His safe house. . .away from the attacks of the enemy and the hordes of hell. There’s one main difference between God’s safe house and the ones you find in the movies. In the make-believe world. . .you never want the enemy to know where you are. . .because they will find a way to attack your location and kill you. When you’re in God’s safe house. . .the enemy knows where you are. . .and he can’t do a thing about it. . .no matter how much he tries or even how he lies.  You’re fully protected.  Now that’s something to shout about. One more scripture. Proverbs 18:19 in the Amplified Bible says: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.” You’ve already won the battle. . .it’s in the script. 1 John 4:4 in the Amplified Bible says: “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.” In the Book of Revelation… the one book that tells the end of the story… the Apostle John was given what I call ‘inside information’ on what would take place.  He also writes for us … the key to overcoming the enemy in every way he comes against us. Revelation 12:11 in the Amplified Bible says: “And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb (we were first born-again) and by the utterance of their testimony, (we ONLY confess what God says… not what the devil wants us to say) for they did not love and cling to life (we have given up life as the world lives it to live as the Lord instructs us to live in Him) even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].”  We have the confidence in knowing our lives will one day take on total victory … You have been given authority over every trick of the enemy. Romans 8:37 which says: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” I decided to look up conqueror in the Strong’s Concordance.  It’s the Greek word hypernikaō (G5245) and it means: “to be more than a conqueror, to gain a surpassing victory.” I noticed that conqueror comes from the root word nikaō (G3528) which is translated 24 out of 28 times as overcome.  So it became obvious to me that in order to become a Kingdom Conqueror you must first be a World Overcomer. What does the Word have to say about being an Overcomer?  Let’s begin with an example from the story of David and Goliath.  It’s found in 1 Samuel 17:9 in Today’s New International Version which says: “If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." These are bold words David is speaking.  The scriptures don’t record whether King Saul knew David was going to make such a bold statement but I think we can rest assured that David already knew the end from the beginning.  He was not fighting this battle in his own strength… he knew in his heart that God would give him the victory.  As you fight the good fight. . .you’ve got to know that God will give you the victory. Not only that. . .God expects you to win every time. . .because He gives you total power and mastery over the devil Luke 10:19 says: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” The first word in this verse that is translated power is the Greek word exousia.  It means “delegated power” or better said “authority.” The second word translated power is the Greek word dunamis.  It means “ability.”  So notice carefully what God is actually saying.  “I give you authority over all the ability of the devil.” Are you getting a hold of all of this?  You have total authority over all the ability of the enemy.  Remember, “…nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).  The Bible literally says nothing shall hurt you.  It also says you have total power (authority) over the devil.  You never have to lose again.  You can always conquer and always triumph in all things. Always remember why He wants you victorious. Why does God want you to be victorious?  It’s simple. . .He wants you to be busy about His business. God doesn’t make you victorious and prosperous just for the purpose of raising your standard of living.  He prospers you so that you can raise your standard of giving.  Thus creating more victories than you can possibly even imagine. Genesis 12:2 says: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.”  The call of God upon Abraham can be the model for God’s call to us. Just as God promised to bless Abraham, He will also bless us.  Why does God desire to bless His people? So that we might become a blessing to others. 2 Corinthians 9:8  in the Amplified Bible says: “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”                  No doubt, God wants us experiencing victory. . .so we can fund every good work and charitable donation. Hallelujah!!! Ephesians 3:20 in the Amplified Bible contains more revelation about the seventh reason God wants you to be victorious.  The verse says: “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].” You are a winner in the game of life. . .He is giving you victory over the current situation.   Special thanks to Harold Herring for writing this impressive blog about being Victorious!  www.haroldherring.com “I AM VICTORIOUS” (by the band Mercy)  Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media!www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group    
March 22, 2019
Righteousness and what it means, the quality of being morally right or justifiable, Bravery is the right hand of Righteousness.  It was 1963, I was 8 years old and in the car with my Mom, we had just turned onto Swain place off of Northfield Avenue in West Orange, like we had done a hundred times before over the last 8 years. I was in the front seat, we were almost at Ma and Pops house my mom parents, my grandparents.  As we turned off of Rollinson street onto Swain place something changed, as we got down the block a few hundred feet, we could see some woman just starting to back out of a driveway, Further down the block another car, a convertible was coming in the opposite direction toward us. As this scene came into focus you could see the convertible start to accelerate and a rapid speed and it seemed as he was turning his car into a missile heading straight for this woman’s car who was backing out of the driveway.  Betty immediately slammed on the gas, got up to where the woman was trying to back out, passed her and swung her station wagon right in front of the convertible, causing this guy to slam on the breaks and skid to stop only a foot from our car. All this ruckus caused Pop (My grandfather) to come ambling out the house, and he got into a verbal battle with the guy in the convertible who was clearly out of his mind with road rage, it was apparent that his intent was to run his car right into this woman’s car and cause her severe injury if not kill her.  Pop was a sly fox as he walked in front of this guys car he was saying to him look what you did to the street here you got it all marked up with your skid marks, (he was really gathering a visual of this guys license plate #) Meanwhile this guy, is throwing a nut in his car yelling and screaming at Pop, Hey get out of the Road Santa Clause! The woman backing out now shielded by Betty’s car drove off and extricated herself from the situation in the opposite direction unscathed thanks to the bravery of my Mom.  She taught me about Righteousness without ever saying the word, she never talked the talk, she walked the walk, immersed in Faith and Righteousness, her bravery showed me how it all works. #7 Daren Peter O’Connor  It was March 1964 and my Father came up to say goodnight and have a very limited conversation with my Brother Andy and I, I was 9 years old, I remember him saying to us “we are going to have another baby” I remember laying on my back and looking up at him and saying “another one”? without missing a beat, he slowly turned around with a small groan shaking his head, eyes looking toward the ceiling as if looking for divine intervention, then he slowly retreated to his bedroom. Bedroom and house setup: Pull out couch, 3 bedroom house with one bathroom Back to the story of Betty, making lunches, running kids around She would take everything that nature threw at her, but there was always room for more, she would always take time to make a meal for someone and send it out all wrapped up, complete with a side of gravy, bread, and dessert. She was truly a superwoman, who never complained, she just got it done...  August 1964 I was at Ma and Pops house, Ma was in her big green chair on one side of the living room, Pop was in his Easy chair on the other side watching the Mets get killed, I would always ask him, “hey Pop how are the Mets doing” Oh they stink he was say so disgusted, as he loved his Mets. He would have to wait 5 more years for his beloved Mets to become the Amazing Mets and win the World Series in 69.  The phone rang and I was at my post in the front parlor with this old bench like seat where they kept the phone, a black dial classic with such an annoying ring! When I visited I was the dedicated receptionist, as I had an intuitive love of electronics, wiring, and anything that had the slightest aroma of cool and creative, the phone was the only hi-tech thing in my world at that time. I picked up the phone and it was Mom, she just delivered #7, “Hi Mom” oh its a boy? Ma and Pop now have a back and forth with the name Daren, Gavin, Gary? Gavy?, Gave, this banter went on for about 2 minutes,  so on August 26th, 1964 we welcomed to the world, Daren Peter O’Connor.   The Fire:  It was 1965, I was 10 years old, I was at Ma and Pop’s again, and I was in the parlor again, and Ma and Pop were in their respective chairs in the living room, it was either late fall or early winter as the storm door was on and I was inside waiting for my father to pick me up from work on his way home. The phone rang and I answered again, it was Mom, her voice telegraphed into the core of my soul, GET POP, what’s the matter Mom GET POP!!! I yelled Pop, he must have picked up on the anxiety in my voice as he came into the room very quickly. He stayed on the phone for only a few brief seconds, hung up and immediately called one of his friends at the Fire Dept. Our house was on fire, my Mom instead of trying to get the fire dept or police knew she could get more action from her Father than anyone else, no such thing as 911 in those days. Pop was still on with one of the Fire dept members, just then my Dad came in with his business suit on and long overcoat, and Pop without even breaking stride with the conversation, yelled: “Gump your house is on Fire”! My father immediately exited slamming the door and damn near taking the hinges with him.  So this means my Mom was at home with a newborn, and a house full of kids and had to get everyone out with what clothes and bare essentials she could all by herself, only Betty could pull this off! We were all displaced at Grandparents and friends home for a time while the second floor was rebuilt. After the repairs were all completed and were all back together again I remember we were at one of our classic Saturday afternoon backyard barbecue’s where all your cousins or neighborhood friends would come over and we have a picnic, back then everyone had lots of kids, and there was no such thing as entertainment as we know it now, except for maybe 6 or 7 channels on a black and white TV. I remember my Father talking to one of my Uncles about the size of the family in relation to the size of the house and how he exclaimed, “I think I want to Move West Bill” I was over the moon, we were moving West! I had dreams in my head of wild rivers in Montana, the Badlands, wild horses, western sunsets, the Mountains and valleys of Utah, and the coast of sunny California”! It turns out his version of West meant 8.7 miles west or 21 minutes by car West to Florham Park. But that is where we ended up and then an entirely new chapter had started in 1968.  After my Dad passed in 2008 it was really difficult for my Mom to get over him, they had been together since childhood as High school sweethearts and were having kids even though they were kids, my Mom had 4 kids by the time she was 25 years old, almost inconceivable by today's standards.  She suffered some hospital visits, pneumonia, double lung infection, a few falls and broken bones, but nothing could stop her gregarious nature, even after she was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago, her spirit never dampened, and she never gave up.   The Blessing:  On May 1st, 2018 I prayed to the Lord and asked for a gift, that Betty is blessed with being able to stay at home and pass on peacefully in her sleep without any pain, surrounded by her family, her friends, and in the home that she so dearly loved. That prayer was answered at 1:59 AM on Tuesday, March 19th as I held her hands and watched her take her last few breaths, moving from this world into the arms of Jesus.   An Irish Exit Aging is Indifference My Father always warned me if I lingered Lazily Too far into the ocean The tide could not pull me back. I resist the riptide I stay close to the shore Close to sunburnt days Seasoning my skin with freckles, Only shaking off the sand for dinnertime. Wooden grandfather clocks are for decoration. Each summer’s end leads to anticipating the next. Seven decades my senior, I still could catch you stealing chocolate in the kitchen Mimicking the giggles of a toddler, Telling old stories with a sailor’s grin, Beaming with baby blue eyes. So sudden a lifetime of cheerfulness Got swept away.  By Kelsey O’Connor  Amen: From the Mercy Album “I AM VICTORIOUS” Written and performed by Matriarch/Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson and James Kevin O’Connor Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media!www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group
March 15, 2019
You are in for a real treat during this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast. James Kevin is joined by his good friend English Bob and special guest Peter Griffin from Family Guy. You may recall that Jacked Up Jimmy is on a bowling team with Peter Griffin, who is a fan of James Kevin’s music and podcast, so he stopped by the show. During the course of the conversation, English Bob revealed that he has never been to London because of the terrifying thought that London Bridge has fallen down or will fall down while he is there. When James Kevin asks if he might consider talking with a therapist about this fear, English says that he doesn’t think they exist in Lower Ipswich, and he doubts even that would work. James Kevin emphasizes that he expects English to be in London for his tour kickoff, and asks if it would help if Dr. Woofenboot came along. Still, English Bob remains adamantly against going to London. Suddenly, Peter Griffin shows up at the studio door, and while James Kevin is intrigued that he has come as a cartoon, English Bob is (of course) terrified. Peter greets James Kevin and English and says that he is a fan of James Kevin’s music even if Jacked Up Jimmy isn’t. He goes on to say that even though a lot of people are frightened when he shows up places as a cartoon, it has tremendous advantages such as being able to imagine and then become things and being indestructible, and also going out on Halloween as the Waldorf Astoria! Peter gets overly excited when James Kevin begins to describe his song “Three Miles Wide” and isn’t really able to concentrate on anything else for the rest of the show. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to connect with us on social media!www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Join our community on dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Group For more information about the artists Peter Griffin mentioned, check out the following episodes of the dHarmic Evolution: DE59 – Millie Manders DE60 – Ni’Ela RocksDE61 – Joy Villa DE62 - Sarantos DE64 – Crossroad Y DE65 – Anthony Everest DE169 – Joy Villa
March 8, 2019
You are in for a treat during this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast as James Kevin is joined by his good buddy Jacked Up Jimmy. It is never a dull moment with Jacked Up, who is a business agent for the IBEW electrical union with quite a colorful life, though it seems completely normal to him. The first indication that James Kevin was in for an interesting interview with Jacked Up was his mode of transportation. Clancy Wagonblast loaned Jacked Up his “car” while Jacked Up was getting his snow tires put on, but the “car” turned out to be a backhoe instead. The new song that James Kevin is featuring during this episode is “Fifty-One Shades of Grey”, which is ironic because Jacked Up and his wife, Matilda, only have sex when it is absolutely necessary. Since this was not a safe topic of conversation, they moved on to talking about Jacked Up’s bowling league and his team, the “Hurry Kanes”, recently winning the championship, the coveted Plastic Cup. One of Jacked Up’s teammates is the infamous Peter Griffin of Family Guy fame, but it is still unclear whether he is a cartoon in real life. James Kevin will find out if Jacked Up follows through on his promise to have Peter come in for an interview on the show. Jacked Up was recently named the Honorary Elk of the Year, and in his attempt to get all dressed up for the event, he realized that he was out of razors. Given his limited time, he had to improvise by shaving with a hatchet he had lying around, and he posted the video to James Kevin’s channel (link below) for your viewing entertainment. Finally, Jacked Up gave James Kevin an update on the European tour that he and English Bob are planning, which sustained a few hiccups when Jacked Up and English got into a tussle and had to patch things up and then when Jacked Up encountered some problems with the dancers’ union in London. Apparently, he thought that James Kevin’s show needed dancers, but they got it all straightened out. The interview abruptly ended when Jacked Up’s beeper went off and he informed listeners that he had to go break some guy’s leg in Kearny, New Jersey. Jacked Up Jimmy’s “I Just Run Outa Raza’s” videoNancy Harms YouTube videoNancy Harms YouTube video Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
March 1, 2019
Welcome to Episode 206 of the dHarmic Evolution podcast! On this episode, James takes listeners through his background and history with organized religion and how his spiritual journey has brought him to be a follower of Jesus. James attended parochial school until about 6th grade, and while he didn’t have any experiences as traumatic as some in terms of abuse, he felt that the way religion was presented in the Catholic Church was not conducive to him wanting to remain faithful to the Catholic Church. Ultimately, he found the way that sin was viewed and handled through the act of confession, the overall demeanor of several of the Sisters at the school, and the oddity of some of the Catholic practices drove his way from the Catholic Church but laid the foundation for his future involvement in organized religion. Particularly, James was enamored by the stories about Jesus that he heard in parochial school, and this led him to begin seriously reading the Bible when he was in his late 20s. A few years ago, James joined a Baptist Church – First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ – and he has been pleased with his experience there as well as the challenging teachings of the pastor there, which help James’ own faith and relationship with God develop. Whereas James found the Catholic Church to be liturgical and stodgy, his experience at the Baptist church has been characterized by celebration. Along the way, James has also been impacted by the writings of Vernon Howard on spirituality and contentment. James was even inspired to write his song “Geography of the Soul” song by Howard’s ideas about preferring to explore the territory of life over studying the map. Towards the end of this episode, James reads a passage from Howard’s “Mystic Path to Cosmic Power” and connects this message about the true self with ideas from the New Testament and Walt Whitman.  James has found his own spiritual awakening in being focused on the truth, open to learning, and quick to ask the Lord for help. New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
February 22, 2019
  On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, James discusses the ideas that inspired his song “Like I’m Home” on the recent “Gratitude” album and he is joined by English Bob later in the show.  James asks listeners the question “Where do you feel completely at home?” and encourages them to think about the structure, mindset, person, or physical location that makes them feel at home, secure and treated with dignity and respect. James feels most at home in his spiritual walk with Jesus and tries not to get too tethered to things of this world.  English Bob tries to answer the question, but he first fills listeners in on the latest happenings in Lower Ipswich. He has recently gotten very involved in learning and teaching fencing, even inventing his own move called the Ubiquitous Larchmont move,(patent pending) which he demonstrated in one of his YouTube videos, and he even started some UFC training on the spot as he was being chased by a pack of coyotes.  Meanwhile, Mama Bob has developed a condition called “don’t mention it” (dementia), so English and Mama Bob have been consulting with Dr. Woofenboot about the best treatments. So far, their midnight escapades have consisted of gathering huckleberries and waiting for wolves, the gangplank prank involving Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and playing billiards in the garden.    It seems that the “don’t mention it” has been caused by Mama Bob’s accident last month that caused her to fracture her cranium and receive the zipper effect surgery. English Bob knew that there was an issue when he found Mama Bob in the garden holding a llama in a UFC Kimura hoof lock. Her other symptoms have been an obsession with watching UFC every night and consequently getting into fights of her own at Percy’s Pub.  English says that despite all of these dark spots, he sees glimmers of hope, and this patience, strength, and faith are the feeling of home to him. English Bob’s Fencing Instructional Video New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
February 15, 2019
The topic of this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast is meetings in corporate America. James shares his own experiences in meetings that seem to have no purpose except wasting time and money. Too often, James says that people abide by the “when in doubt, call a meeting” philosophy, but when you are paying people to stop their normal work in order to attend a pointless meeting that could have been an email, the system is broken. James mentions Jeff Haden, a writer, and editor of Inc. Magazine, who has written on this topic. Many industries thought leaders like Seth Godin don’t even take meetings anymore because they have found that it is more productive to handle the problem or project in a smaller and more direct setting. In addition to just having fewer meetings in general, James also thinks that people should not be allowed to “think out loud” during a meeting because they should have been fully prepared ahead of time. He also advocates for having meetings at odd times like 9:03 or 11:54 so we don’t neglect the lonely numbers that never get scheduled. Finally, James plays a recorded Skype call between English Bob and Jacked Up Jimmy in which they discuss James’ European tour. English and Jacked Upstart the call by discussing an upcoming meeting with an unknown purpose and unknown attendees. They decide that they should schedule a meeting before that meeting, so they can determine what the meeting should be about, where it should take place, what they should eat, and who should be invited. After a few minutes of banter resembling Abbott and Costello, hopefully, listeners get the point that more thought should go into calling meetings. "Meeting before the Meeting" Video New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page Jeff Haden’s Inc. blog Jeff Haden’s Twitter Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
February 8, 2019
On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, James is joined by the infamous English Bob, a friend of the equally-infamous Jacked Up Jimmy from a few episodes ago. English Bob transports listeners into the unparalleled and quirky world of Lower Ipswich much like Lewis Carroll introduced the world to Wonderland. English Bob’s mastery of the English language will somehow simultaneously be crystal clear and make you scratch your head in confusion. But regardless of your comprehension of his tall tales, you will undoubtedly be entertained and your creativity will be pushed to its limits by the end of our time together. You won’t believe the turn of events that took Mama Bob from gathering gooseberries in the thicket to being destined for the Guinness Book of World Records. Auntie Griselda certainly has her own theory for the tragically provident incident that prompted the doctors to conduct an operation involving a zipper. English Bob had to pause his tour with Jacked Up Jimmy to rescue some orphans of a starchy variety and organize an adoption program in the community of Lower Ipswich, which is still recovering from Granny Grabowski's escapade involving pink stilettos. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our videos of English Bob instructing fencing and luring the North American Yeti, both of which for very unique reasons! English Bob is truly a character, but we could all learn a thing or two from his exceptional wisdom, if even not in the way we expect. English Bob on Vimeo New “Gratitude” Album dHarmic Evolution Community Facebook Page “Jacked Up Jimmy” episode Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
February 1, 2019
“Speak to Me” its the subject of today's discussion, have you ever found yourself unconsciously repeating phrases, statements, using language that is not yours? Have you suddenly awoken after the words left your mouth and said to yourself, where the hell did that come from? that’s not me. I want to get into all of that on today's show and question why do we (the huddled masses) impersonate each other constantly, and most of us do it in a way that we are not even aware of? What about the unconscious repetition of certain words or phrases?“Absolutely” (I believe) started with the hit movie Rocky 1976, it started kind of slowly, But then it picked up speed and everyone everywhere in the US started saying, (instead of “I agree with you”), they opted for “Absolutely” and it picked up steam. What about here in the NY/NJ area, “it” got substituted for, “It is what it is”? How do you speak to people, how do you communicate? Do you observe what you say to people and is it authentic, or are you replaying sound bytes from your mind’s memory that is not really you being your authentic self? The Reason why silence is good, it's healthy, my best friend, why Speak to me was necessary for me to write, was it really a man and woman, or was it, God? Quotes: “I love Seth Godin, the guy is so brilliant, I am reading his new book” “This is Marketing”. “He protects his intellectual integrity by doing things that most people don’t do, like not watching TV, and not going on Facebook.” “My favorite strategy is silence, so I am in the Seth camp, I have not watched TV for months and months, I can’t do Network Television stuff.” “Everybody has to find their own way to protect themselves from the media bombardment, I think the overstimulation does not allow your brain to process properly, in a way that is healthy for you.” The 10 most common misused phrases: 1) “I could care less” 2) “For all intensive purposes” 3) “You’ve got another think coming” 4) “ A complete 360” 5) “Jive with” 6) “It’s a doggy dog world” 7) “On tender hooks” 8) “Runner-ups” 9) “Nip in the but”? 10) “Irregardless” About two years ago I noticed one yoga instructor started using the word “Equanimity” suddenly every Single Yoga class I attended, the instructor would start using “Equanimity” always a female, no dude is going to use that in a sentence! In the US we had an election here in 2016 and shortly after that, I remember everyone using the term Xenophobe, how many people really knew what the word Xenophobe meant or where it came from? Talking heads on all the news channels they all knew all about it. Seth Godin, the brilliant man, I am reading his new book, “this is marketing”, he stopped watching TV, does not go on FB…………me 2 on the TV, network TV is so horrible and unimaginative. It seems that after 9/11 we all decided we need a TV in every possible commercial office in the land, but don’t bend over, they are coming for your orifice next! My mind is a precious thing, and I will not waste it. The Reason why silence is good, it's healthy, it’s my best friend, why Speak to me was necessary for me to write, was it really a man and a woman, or was it, God? Lyrics Speak to Me Author/Composer James Kevin O’Connor Speak to me, if only with the beating, of your heart, Hey walk with me, can you feel the lines of demarcation, melt apart? I Cherish every single color, in your silhouette, your presence, and your inner voice would always cut right through, all the noise, all the noise. Speak to me, I’ll share with you the tools of my experience, I acquired them through the language of uncertainty, and I’ve learned that simple silence, holds the key, enlighten me, enlighten me... Bridge I will protect you from the avalanche of pain, he’s just an old familiar visitor, from past campaigns, from past campaigns... Break Speak to me with a silent gesture, with innocence and honesty, a warm look in your eyes, a gentle touch, your shared energy with me, and although you never made a sound, you now know how, to speak to me, you speak to me... Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!  
January 25, 2019
What has happened to the American Family? * Why I wrote “Family of Strangers” what was it all about, released in 1989, but written most likely two years before that, it address’s the weakening fabric of the American Family, how it used to be the core strength of our society, it’s not anymore, lets find out why? * The Changing American Family * European charts, and why certain countries have higher divorce rates than others * Weather, do people stay together in the warmer climates? Because they are happier? I was convinced this is true, but I was all wrong! It’s the exact opposite! * Why have so many of us turned our backs on God? * What was it like to go public with a divorce in the ’60s? * The US has the highest prison population in the world! Why is that? * Why are people getting remarried? Do they really want another family, or do they just Is fear being alone? * Ireland and Italy have a lower percentage of divorce. * We should take time after a breakup to find out “who we are” * 2nd and 3rd marriages have even higher failures! * “Gender Genocide” another song about divorce that fits this episode. * Curtis and Lisa Hudson wrote “Holiday” for Madonna, and Lisa sings with me on this featured track “Family of Strangers” KO Electric: Mike Carroll: Drums and Percussion Charlie Peer: Bass James Kevin O’Connor: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals “Family of Strangers” Lyrics, Author James Kevin O’Connor I can hear the sound of footsteps, walking on down the street, a cadence shuffle worn by kids With frantic feet, second mother third home, two stepbrothers and me, I can’t believe this is what God has planned for me there are no blood ties here, so Chorus We’ve become a Family of Strangers, No more leather bound traditions, that we used to know We’ve become a Family of Strangers Inside and upside down, makes it hard for love to grow I can see young fatherless faces Silhouettes flash on my wall, I can hear them asking questions, As they stumble and fall Hey Ma can you tell me, what my father was like Did he walk and talk like me, and did he have ambition like me  I would have loved to see but Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
January 18, 2019
We celebrate episode #200 on the dHarmic Evolution today with an old friend, “Jacked up Jimmy” he comes to the interview in classic Jacked up Style loud and boisterous as ever. But he left the interview in such a sweat that he jumped into some strangers Hot Mustang and sped off to take care of his Union problem!                                          On the show, he explains to James Kevin about his troubles with the Union, men showing up without their workboots, and no hard hats. Member of the Elks Club Lodge bowls with his buddies on Tuesday night.                                                                                               Favorite quotes by Jacked up Jimmy: “A guy comes with his boots off, what is that,? or he shows up without his hard hat, sometimes they don’t cooperate and I gotta make sure they do” “You gotta have alignment, you can’t just have complete anarchy.” “It's like going to bowling at night without the ball, sometimes we do go bowling without the ball, its just a happenstance of circumstance.” “Listen you gotta understand something about the bowling, it’s never about the bowling, it’s an excuse the get away from our wives.” “Its camaraderie, its escapist, it’s escapism, that's the whole thing about it.” “James Kevin, so you have a camaraderie session, and you sit there and complain about your wife.” Injuries to Vilhelm Fernandahollow, who threw the ball so hard that he sprained his scrotum, but he will be back, he will be bigger than sliced bread. On the subject of English Bob: “He’s got me waiting in the Lobby!” “Maybe there is some trouble at home with Mama Bob?” “Mama Bob, she’s the Matriarch, she’s like the ark of the covenant.” Jacked up Jimmy’s beeper went off and he had to go take care of “Union business and throw some guy off a roof or something.”                                                                                           Jacked up Jimmy video on Youtube State of Grace single Geography of the Soul Album                                                                                               State of Grace Written by James Kevin O’Connor You tried to tear me up and then spit me out like broken glass on a highway crash you did a pretty shameful thing when we said goodbye and you walked out with that ring, I felt a little bitty sting. Chorus But I will not retaliate, cause my life’s just great, no need to reciprocate, its just not my state. I refuse to evaluate, my heart holds no hate, I will not participate, I'm in a state of grace. You must’ve had a Mississippi moment way down deep in the delta where your daddy was born, are you a little bit torn, the thought never struck me till now that way down deep inside you were a woman of scorn, is that the way you were born? Bridge I'm sending dangerous angels, to wrap their soft white wings around your heart, and help you make a new start……   Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!  
January 11, 2019
Meet Oliver Sean! Biography: MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee (Best Worldwide Act) & Vh1 Top 10 artist Oliver Sean's music can best be described as 'Feel Good Acoustic Rock with Soul'. The Singer/Songwriter thrived in the Goa, Dubai and the UK cultures as they acted as the backdrop to his youth, and the inspiration for his music. His discography with W.O.A. Entertainment began in 1999 with his single ‘There She Is Again’. Oliver Sean's media clippings have formed a career of their own. Since his career was launched in his teens, Oliver's press clippings exceed several hundred features, snippets, and reviews in significant print and broadcast mediums. His brand of music is known for its pop influence with contemporary undertones. His debut album was nominated for 'International Album of the Year' by AVMax in 2003/04 along with albums by John Mayer, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Third Eye Blind. Oliver Sean's eclectic global music style is the trademark for his brand and is as exotic as his Portuguese Goan Lineage. A self-taught musician, Oliver plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. However, it is his distinctive percussive guitar and powerfully seductive voice, which is his footprint on the music industry. His track record of being a hit songwriter is just one of his many assets defining him as a pillar in the music community. Oliver Sean is a member of the Recording Academy and a Voting Member for the prestigious Grammy Awards. As a Record Producer and Filmmaker, Oliver Sean has composed music for theFrench Government (Massif Region Tourism Campaign) & Goa Government (Republic Day Parade). He has also composed the soundtrack as a music director for a Bollywood Feature Film and the title track for a Regional Goan Feature Film. The singer-songwriter is actively producing music for films and artists around the world and is a successful filmmaker with several music videos that he has Directed and Produced, regularly featured on Vh1 & MTV and also hosts his own nationally distributed radio show The WOAFM99 RadioShow. Oliver Sean and his International Band are actively touring and performing worldwide and the Singer-Songwriter has recently launched his 4th studio album ‘Devil in Blue Jeans.’ Quotes from Oliver: “I grew up in GOA, and Dubai, my Mom traveled a lot, and I traveled with her, she was a single Mom, and I am what I am because of her.” “Thankfully I am a world artist, not in terms of Genre, but literally the sense “World” “I was soaking up all of these different influences like the Eastern influences of tables and stars and everything, but primarily, I was always into the Police, Eric Clapton, BB King, I was a blues guy.” “I was into rock, not metal but the hair bands, 80’s rock, and 90’s rock, but I always wanted to incorporate everything that was around me.” “I got on MTV as a VJ, I was working towards my dream, in the end, I just wanted to make my music, and I applied for this MTV, VJ thing that was going on, and I always had a marketing sort of mind.” “Growing up, I gravitated towards guys like Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, and Sting, my voice suited that kind of Songs.” “I think every artist should be in a cover band for a while, to help you hone in on your skills, it really worked for me.” “The entire top section of my house is full of guitars, on Devil in Blue Jeans, for example, I used my Gretch to get that hollow body rock ’n roll sound.” On Film: “My company now does a lot of music video production and we work closely with Viacom, VH1, and MTV, a lot of the independent artists that work with us, come on tour with us, because we organize these major tours, and they always want to make a music video with us, I used to be just in front of the camera giving my ideas about it, but then soon after I became a producer for these music video’s, and then after that, I was a director, then I became a cinematographer.” The Band: - Oliver Sean on Guitars - Daren Edwards on Bass - Luke Robinson on Drums Features Songs: - Come for Me - Walk up and Kiss you - Devil in Blue Jeans The Video: New York You can follow Oliver here: Website www.oliversean.com Facebook @oliverseanband Twitter @oliversean Instagram @oliversean Youtube @oliversean Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/woarecords/sets/devil-in-blue-jeans Spotify www.open.spotify.com/artist/3qpDQHNmRS4Mhc2bYMRFYi?si=-XF_AP9lQ_SczKPBy8KTVA   Don’t forget, subscribe rate & review the dHarmic Evolution podcast! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
January 4, 2019
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 Episode DE176, find out why the “hippie vibe” fits her so well! Peace and Love were written by James Kevin O’Connor 2011. Had a pretty good time, back in 1969, I was a little too young for Woodstock so I visit often now tye dye shirts, and Crimson cows, and Love, Hey just two words changed everyone, turned a lot of heads down in Washington, you can’t fight free will with a bigger gun, hey what’s all this crap about Peace and Love, don’t you know I’m in the middle of re-election. Chorus: Yeah, Peace and Love, Hey it’s easy Man, you don’t need to have a plan. It’s in the holy bible and koran, hey far out man, I like living with a Cruzan tan, a little taste of living off the land, its such an easy thing to understand when East meets West there will be Peace and Love. I remember waking up in a daze, staring through a purple haze, we’de all gather round to watch the evening news, praying that someone had the brains to blow out the fuse. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, flower power hell no we won’t go, while the jungle bleeds red, with teenage dead, what the hell we doing playing Giant steps on the Moon. Bridge: It’s amazing how we seem to find, a way to tiptoe around the landmines, I stretch my hand out connect to you, hey brother to brother, just twin reflections, of one another, could we take a chance and say, could we take a chance and say Namaste? hey Namaste~   Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
December 28, 2018
The 8 Beatitudes, what are they, and what do they do for you? Why is the Sea of Galilee called a Sea? And why is it drying up? Investigate the 8 Beatitudes and discover how they can inspire your life! THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS "Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they who mourn,  for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek,  for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,  for they shall be satisfied.  Blessed are the merciful,  for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are pure of heart,  for they shall see God.  Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10 The Beatitudes is a message of Hope! Heavenly Rock Star, he rocked your thoughts and paradigms, taught love and encouraged everyone to awaken to the Holy Fathers word, (no not the Pope) your Father in Heaven. Perhaps working on your inner life, is far more important than our insisting on hunting and gathering? Work on enhancing your own particular method of relationship with God, none of us have this down to an exact science on how to communicate with the Lord, but perhaps your unique way is the right way?   Leave Comments for us @ www.dharmicevolution.com Pick up your copy of the Mercy Album here! Blog reference by Jonathan Pennington “Bless You” xx James~   Follow James: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!    
December 21, 2018
Possessing a voice filled with delicious subtleties and striking authenticity, Nancy Harms has been declared “an original” with “a truly special voice and style” by DOWNBEAT magazine. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal stated that “she engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward…after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go.” Audiences all over the world keep coming back again and again to hear this rising-star, international jazz vocalist cast her spell and bare her heart. Born and raised in Minnesota, Harms relocated to New York City in 2010. She has toured Europe multiple times since 2010, with her most recent tour taking her to such prestigious venues as Copenhagen’s “Standard” and “Jazzhus Montmartre”, Paris’ “Duc des Lombards” and “New Morning”, “Herr Nilsen” in Oslo, Stockholm’s “Fasching”, and other stops in Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, and Denmark. She has loved playing the Copenhagen Jazz Festival for the last four years in a row (along with many other festivals in greater Denmark) and hopping north to play Norway’s Sortland Jazz Fest twice, and Norway’s AnJazz Festival in Hamar. In North America, Nancy has appeared in the major jazz festivals of Pittsburgh, the Twin Cities, and Quebec City in Canada and has experienced the fun of touring her albums in many clubs across the U.S. Nancy’s NYC appearances have included her own shows at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, 55 Bar, Mezzrow, and several other venues, including a series of performances with trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon; among them Dizzy’s, The Lenox Lounge, and concerts in Toulouse, France. She premiered her most recent show entitled “Ellington at Night”, at Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Room in which the NEW YORK TIMES described her as “…[an] enigmatic woman of mystery forging her own path”. In addition to her own CDs “Dreams In Apartments” and “In The Indigo”, she appears on Wycliffe Gordon’s disc “Hello Pops” and on Jeremy Siskind’s releases “Finger-Songwriter” and “Housewarming”. One of her self-penned tunes from the “Dreams In Apartments” album (“Weight Of The World”) placed 3rd in Popjazzradio.com’s international listener poll of top jazz tunes of 2014 with over a million and a half votes. New York City, Paris, Copenhagen, and “The World” adore Nancy Harms! Featured songs: - Heavenly Bodies - No! Go! - Won’t Give In Video: - Rolling back to me Favorite places to play: “New York, Copenhagen, Paris, but its all about the audience.” Best quotes from Nancy: “It really comes down to the audience for me, if the audience comes, really open-hearted and you can feel that space already, I just love a really open audience who is kind of game to go into their heart with you.” “In the jazz realm, I like a lot of space because I love the detail, and if there is too much going on, that’s not as much fun for me.” From “The Desire Map” a book by Danielle Laporte:  “What are you really going for? So you don’t get caught up in what everybody else is going for, what are the core emotions that you really want to feel and what makes you feel that way and be really honest about it.” “I was trying to be a recovering perfectionist.” Singers that have worked with Nancy:  Nika Sings, Emily Braden, Katie Kerdie, Michelle Denise Michaels Writing songs for people Nancy knows. Band Line up: Piano, upright bass, drums, and sometimes guitar. You can follow Nancy here: Website www.nancyharms.com Facebook @nancyharmssings Instagram @nancyharmssings Twitter @nancyharmssings   Don’t forget, subscribe rate & review the dHarmic Evolution podcast! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
December 14, 2018
What does fear sound like? Listen to the song “I’m Afraid” at the end of this podcast. High School upperclassman trying to show off selling his car, James was a prospect, but after he tried to be Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Richard Petty, Nascar champ, it did not work, the car crashed and no sale that day. James was showing off his 17-year-old fabulous motorcycle skills by crashing his brand new Motorcycle into a parking lot crater while flying over the handlebars. Broken wrist, cuts, bruises, Humiliated, and bruised ego, but he survived! Fear in the relationship ending, either you ending it, or them ending it, leave comments about this episode, what are you struggling with? Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, sweating blood, seeing visions of soldiers mocking him, and knowing he was to be tortured brutally in a matter of hours then nailed to a cross, this is fear at its highest imaginable level, and he knew there was really no way to get around facing this.                                                                         Mt of Olives still has olive trees that are over 2000 years old that still to this day produces olives! I AM VICTORIOUS the album has the song I am Afraid that recreates the moments in the garden of Gethsemane before the arrest of Jesus. Make sure you keep Gratitude in your life! How many phobias can one have in one’s life? How many phobias can we create? We are just sooooo human! Pandora! The dHarmic Evolution is now on Pandora, after passing the beta test this past summer, we have been selected amongst a small group of fellow podcasters to be on the Pandora streaming site. You can now listen to us on Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, and iTunes. The physiology of fear, fight or flight, what happens to our body when we are attacked by fear? Autonomic responses and where they come from and why. The brain is quite an amazing machine! Fear of speaking? Fear of performing, singing, playing an instrument? Humbled and fortunate to be the voice of Jesus in this song, “I’m Afraid.” Stop by The James O’Connor Youtube channel and see all of the artists we have there! Leave us a comment about this show on the website. If you like the song “I’m Afraid” you can download it here!  Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Get early access to Dharmic Evolution on Pandora here!  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
December 7, 2018
Quotes from Tom: “It was a personal test to see if I had any skill as a songwriter, I just wanted to give it a try and see what happened, friends were so helpful and it just became a labor of love, and people like the songs and they like the music, so it’s been great.” “People ask me if my songs are personal, or documentaries or portraits, every song is its own thing, it becomes its own thing, like a child the minute it leaves you, you have to kind of follow your song and find out what it's trying to be.” “I try to push a song around the playground to see if it will work if it's just a lick, it’s really easy to lie with a guitar in your hand, you can tell anybody anything.” The Ingredients to Heathcote Hill: “It was kind of building everything around Megan’s voice, I would come up with some words and some chords, and we started to work it out with Megan, and kind of built everything around it and a lot of my friends were surprised that our first record was not what they expected. Cory was our drummer, Bruce was our Bass player, Megan was our singer, and I played guitars and that’s how it all became something.” A pivotal moment for Heathcote Hill: “For me as the “trying to be a songwriter person,” the first time I heard Megan,Tori, and Bruce and I play a song and it became something outside my head, and I said that sound really interesting, it wasn’t what I expected, it was it’s own thing, and I thought that’s really neat, to, from heard only here, to, heard there, every time it’s a surprise.” Songwriting in your blood: “I was a writer and director in advertising, that was my career, I've always been in a creative community and worked with some great directors, great actors, and great musicians, it was a really talented group, and a really fun world to be in, then I got back into music later in life and found a lot of the same creative challenges. So I wanted to see if I could go from commercial writing to songwriting.” Real Artists Ship: “You have to send it away at a certain point, I just have to let it be. The one song that has been tortured to within an inch of its life is called “Don’t Even Wave Goodbye”, it has three different passes of drums, different vocalists, I did countless guitar tracks, and we just kept trying it and trying it, and we finally got it to were we all liked it. I could have kept tinkering, and we finally had to just send it away.” NY Clubs: “Bowery Electric, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, there is something about the Bitter End, we always sound really good there, and all my friends sound better there, maybe it’s the horizontal room, or maybe its the vibe of the room, but we always sound good there.” Megan: “Megan has always been a singer, her sisters sing, they sing at every baptism, wedding, and first communion, and everything in the family. Megan and I were in a band a few years ago, that’s how we got to know each other, it’s something she does in her spare time. The last band took two 3 month leaves when Megan had her last two children. She is a Mom and works in Education and her husband is an Annapolis Grad and one night a week we try to rehearse and do music.” Tim Hatfield CTS Studios: “Tim Hatfield at CTS studios in Brooklyn thought that the song “Some Things In Life” will sound great with a keyboard part, what do you think? he asked. I said I’m homeless I’m looking for help, who do you know? I’ll send it to my friend Rob Arthur, and maybe he can do a neat thing for us. Rob Arthur has been touring with Peter Frampton for the last 15 years as his keyboard and guitar player, he is an astonishing musician, and a week later thanks to the miracle of the internet, Rob’s piece comes back and its the opening of “Some things in Life” Featured Songs:  Some things in Life Rain all Night Oxford Depot Blue Love me a Little Bit More You can follow Tom here: Website www.heathcotehill.net ReverbNation www.reverbnation.com/heathcotehill Facebook @heathcotehill Instagram @heathcote_hill Youtube www.youtube.com/channel/UCq396f_9NqCnfFNBU6MYPbA  Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Get early access to Dharmic Evolution on Pandora here!  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
November 30, 2018
Brian Sheil, a talented and determined music producer from Ireland has been to Los Angeles many times in search of the right place for him, has been offered 3 jobs, but still needs a sponsor to make it happen with current US/Ireland Immigration laws.  Brian produced the vocals on Derek Ryan’s latest album, it went to #3 in overall iTunes official charts, and also produced Paul Skelton’s #1 Album, “Goosebumps II” which went to #1 in Irish iTunes dance chart and #3 in UK iTunes Dance Chart.  Brian is also producing a new artist EP for “Chris Conroy”, he has a similar vibe to Dermot Kennedy.  He has his sites set on being CEO and record company mogul for all of Ireland.  Quotes from Brian:  “I produced the #1 Record for Derek Ryan, I was 23 years of age, that was very inspiring, just to see that you can achieve what you want to do. It really struck home when Derek brought me this Gold disc, I put it up on the wall and your real proud because it’s your first #1.” “One piece of advise I always give to younger people is to “Mind your ears” and take care of them because they are your career, their what makes the money essentially. It’s why people hire me as a producer, it’s not because I have the best equipment, although I would like to have the fanciest equipment, the one I always come back to is just to work hard, and have a work ethic that is unparalleled.”  “For me it’s always been about the focus, I was very driven as a really young kid, I always noticed that I was, well I won’t say I was different, but it was really odd, because you know, in Ireland it’s all about the weekend, and socializing, and drinking. My lack of tolerance is because of the fact that I want to make it. Drinking and socializing is like taking my eye off the ball a little bit.”  “My plan is great songs, great songs, great songwriters, great artists, and I think if you get that and marry it with whatever, either tech, Apple, Spotify, even on snapchat filter nowadays, there are so many ways to monetize and promote your songs. I still believe in A&R, I still believe in going to a club and seeing an artist.”  “I love Pop, I love great singers, I don’t particularly like fixing what the singer should be doing, but I think a great song always helps. Right now I’m working with an LA producer Olivia Brazier, who is amazing, he is a producer-songwriter, and we are now a team, he is in LA, I am in Ireland, and were producing top 40 records. Great singers, people who can deliver a song”  Parting Words:  “I’m just going to keep working hard, my dream is to win Grammys and be that record company guy. That’s my dream, whether that’s starting off as a junior A&R record company executive in Los Angeles, or Nashville out finding great songs, finding great talent, I’ve been working in theatre for 10 year so, I think I know what looks well, I am a house sound engineer and I do lights, so I have a technical expertise that I can offer as well, and this is the other thing, I’m not going to be just a suit sitting in a room with the accountant.”  Featured Songs and Videos:  Brians's, Story  Small Town Summer (Derek Ryan)  Heart of Asia (Paul Skelton)  Here I Stand (Derek Ryan)  Check out DE19 my first interview with Brian! You can follow Brian here: Website www.briansheilmusic.com Facebook @briansheil Twitter @briansheil Instagram @briansheil Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Get early access to Dharmic Evolution on Pandora here!  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!    
November 23, 2018
“Beat the Piñata” is all about suffering abuse and rising above it. Pick up some tools to use to help you through days of suffering depression and reliving some of the horrors that you went through. Attracting abused people into your life without knowing it, how does this happen? Abuse Tracker, online tracking blog about some of the Catholic Church firestorm of priests that have violated the trust of children. So many of us know someone that has suffered some kind of emotional, physical, or physiological abuse. (Sometimes all 3) Having your life systematically stolen from you, having your innocence stolen, when you should be in discovery mode, you discover that the very people that were supposed to be protecting you, end up violating your trust in a mile disgusting manner. So why Beat the Piñata? This song allowed me to vent my rage and start to understand the circumstances as to why. But one day you do discover that you do have value, and perhaps your tormenter was tortured themselves, and sick but not even knowing how sick they were, and why. “Tools to battle the demons” Do not isolate! Talk to a stranger, you can also help them…… Share something of value with them, you have something that they need and will value, this will make you feel good, and when you bless someone with value, you receive that blessing back! Comedy!, Make sure you watch The Three Stooges, Best of Curly is a good one! James starting to play more electric guitar, his focus has been on singing and songwriting, but still loves to play guitar! Feel your “Gratitude” We have been selected to be on Pandora! Look for us the first of the year to roll It out! Links, sites, etc……. Beat the Piñata~ (From the Geography of the Soul Album) Beat the Piñata Beat it till it breaks Beat the piñata Slice it like a steak Beat the piñata See it swinging from a tree Step up and take your turn, singing Doe, Ray, Me You are like an angry vicious marauding dog, you've got your bight into me just like a bone to A saw, stuck in your bull dyke black and white habit, You used me like a fucking test lab rabbit Chorus Hiding from the morning fathers rage, positioned all the cereal boxes like a cage, Never found a level of trust achieved, I'd just walk home battered, Beaten bereaved, walk home battered, Beaten bereaved........ Bridge Bless me Father for I have sinned, I guess I'll conjure up a couple confessions for Father Quinn Is this an Irish Catholic joke that I'm living in? All I need is my shrink and a great big bottle of gin, Chorus Take a look at that thing, it looks a lot like me, Beat me red baby beat me blue, beat me raw and ill bleed for you, Beat me up and then cut me down, I'll just crawl away bleeding, without a sound Without a sound, but I want no acts of vengeance, I guess I'll just forgive you.   Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Get early access to Dharmic Evolution on Pandora here!  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
November 16, 2018
This was a fabulous interview with Jena, who takes us on a journey that encompasses, her walk with the Lord, Soul Sister Connections, On walking with Jesus: “It’s important to have that intimate relationship with God, not defined by how our conditioned state of the way that we live in our world tells us what that should look like.”                                         “My Mom and I are the same it that we honor a person in their belief system, and their walk with God and how they interpret it.” “I being an observer would always notice how people were fighting about that, even within our family about who’s right way, if you go to Church on Sat vs Sunday, if you eat a certain meat, or you pray a certain way, and that always has impacted my life in a bigger way.” When did you know it was time to share your gifts? “Way back even when I was a child, I always connected to the Angels, and I didn’t feel comfortable even saying, certainly I would have never said that in my 20’s, only certain people knew that part of me, my Mom being one of them, but I had more fear around it, fear about how the world would receive talking about that” “I am 47 now, and I can look back and see that Jesus was actually teaching me to trust him, and what I mean by that is, I went into working a corporate job, I actually worked for 22 years but I would always mentor people on the side. What I really was passionate about, even in my role in that job, I was a manager, and one of my favorite things was being able to mentor other employees, and even other managers.” On Sisterhood Connections: “When I started sisterhood connections, I wasn’t keeping “him” (God) as the sole source in directing and guiding. Our passion sometimes can turn into our ego driving force. There were a lot of beautiful relationships and amazing things that were created in sisterhood connections. In the last year, I have been surrendering it all to Jesus. You know you have to let go of it if everything is hard.” “I heard God a year ago James, tell me to let go of Sisterhood, and then my business partner told me that she no longer wanted to do it. It wasn’t a bad thing, but it took a whole year and now, I’m ready, I’m scared and its painful, and now today, every day it gets better, there is more light, and all of these women came in and supporting me and were actually excited for what is in store for me.” A pivotal moment: “I went into the vault and there was this woman sitting there and I felt God when you build that relationship with God you just know those moment’s, and you are listening. I reached out to her and she had been quiet for a couple of weeks. I felt guided to say to her, I am here for you if you ever need anything, are you ok? I felt that she needed something bigger, and she burst into tears, and she shared with me that she was going to commit suicide that night, and it changed me James and on a cellular level, it rocked my world. I couldn’t let go of that for at least a month, like what just happened? I started coaching her outside of work, that is in the past and now she is healthy, and everything is going great for her.” Highest purpose: “That’s when you know you’re fully walking in alignment with your highest purpose. I started meeting clients in a coffee shop, I didn’t even have an office space. It was interesting because I didn’t go out and go looking, word of mouth just took over and then all of a sudden I realized I was scheduling people and meeting them in a coffee shop, I would charge them by the hour. I couldn’t wait to get off work so I could do that, thank God I have a beautiful husband who totally supported me, because my family and my friends thought I had gone off the rocker when I said I’m trading my high paying job, for an hourly coaching career.” Biggest Save: “I will share the story of this woman who was really hurting and had a lot of brokenness, she was even afraid of his name. She would get abused when she would do the wrong thing’s, spill something and you’re going to hell etc. I would use language that was more comforting to her, the universe, energy, etc, so that is my gift and I could bridge that gap. So I began to talk with her about that, and we built this really strong relationship and bond and after about a year, I began to talk about God a little more, and I told her I am not here to minister to you, but I just feel like I wanted to share this with you, and I would share things that helped me get my clarity with God, and you know to this day now, she promotes Jesus, she loves Jesus she is reborn again. There have been common themes where God brings people to me who have been hurt by religion.” Transformation TV: “You are feeling this pain and this disharmony because you’re trying to fit into a mold that God hasn’t created for you. I partnered with Transformation TV, and I had written a book just before which I should share titled 44 days returning the love. I know just the beginning to my next chapter in my life about helping people with relationships. Relationships starting with themselves and with God, because when you can align that, and be walking fully with who God created you to be, all other relationships thrive.” Organizational tools: Acuity, Google Calendar, Use the color codes! The Universal blessing from Jena~ You can follow Jena here: Website www.jenaharris.com Facebook empoweredbyje Twitter BempoweredLiife Instagram jenaharris_ Linkedin jena-harris Itunes soul-stories Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Get early access to Dharmic Evolution on Pandora here!  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. 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November 9, 2018
When did you create the Chad Hollister sound and who was it that got into your mind and soul to formulate who you are? Drums are my roots, so in 2nd grade, I convinced my teacher to let me bring in my drum kit so that I could play, so I played to Kiss’s Rock n Rollover, from then when I went to Middle school, and I did the same there. Favorite Artists: Stewart Copeland and the Police were my roots, as well as Paul Simon, and Bob Marley. Riley Odelia had a song, so Bodi needed a song, and he got one! “As a singer/songwriter I’m always working to just get better all the time, and to not be so preachy, and to bring about a positive message, right now more than ever in this world, we need music and we need positivity, because there is so much going on to deter us from that, but I feel that if we stay positive and continue to deliver that message through music I think the world can be better as utopic as that may sound, its a heartfelt dream of mine.” Taking the Family on the Road: “God bless my wife, Katie, in terms of highlights, we were blown away by Yellowstone National Park, sitting on a Volcano! We loved the Pacific Northwest and the real highlight was the Native Americans in our country and trying to understand what happened to them. There should be a native American history month in school every year, and it’s just not done. It was a real heartbreaking element seeing these reservations that are not flourishing.” On Production: “The entire record was produced by myself and Danny Bernini. Danny has done a lot of work with Ryan Montbleau, in the past, he had worked with Acoustic Junction. A really great guy and the thing that was great about Danny was that he was trying to bring out the best of Chad Hollister, and I think he did that, he was also the engineer on the project.” Sharing the Stage: “We got a chance to do the Bob Dylan Paul Simon opener, and Tom Petty as well. We were backstage hanging with the Brecker Brothers, and my hero Steve Gadd, who I had met two months prior on Martha’s Vineyard, he was hanging with Carly Simon, all of a sudden they were in front of me and we realized we were going to be on the same gig. All of a sudden Paul Simon walks out of the dressing room and just stands there, for a good 10 minutes (because we were all talking) I looked over and said “Hey Paul” and we just chatted for another 20 minutes and he complimented us on our sound check, so that was definitely a huge hi-light, and then Warren Haynes is one of the nicest guys and I got a chance to open for him, he invited me up on stage to play congas with him, he is such a gentleman.” On Breathe: From the “Stop the World” album, was included on the soundtrack for the movie 911. Pandora: “Back at the beginning of Pandora, they were anxious to have anyone as they were just getting started, and they needed content. The very first analyst was Bob Coons who was our guitarist at the time and then went on to play for the JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). Fast forward 18 years later, and Bob Coons is still an analyst to this day, and he got us into the catalog with my early records. We were touring in Oakland and Pandora has us up and the President is introducing us as one of their first bands with their very first analyst which is Bob and he is playing with me.” Stop the World: “I wrote this for my Mom, she is 86 years young, and I am the youngest of 5 kids, and she has 18 grandkids, of which my kids Riley and Body are 17 and 18. Whenever she is having one of those moments that she doesn’t want to forget, we grew up with the term “Oh Stop the World, I wanna get off” My brother and I would always make fun of her. Growing up and then having kids myself and also my brother and sisters having kids, we all started to have this stop the world moments myself, we play it every year at the Spruce Peak performing arts center in Stowe, this is our 6th year in a row? House Concerts: “It’s been huge in the folk world forever. The beautiful thing about a house concert is that you are in a much more comfortable setting, you just get to hang, the people get to know you , I take more time to explain where the songs come from, its just a beautiful connection to have with your fans, and the experience for the fans and the artist is just a million times better. Do 20 at 20 its a really simple marketing technique, 20 friends at $20 and it works.” You can follow Chad here: Website www.chadmusic.com Instagram @chadhollister Facebook @chadhollisterband Twitter @chadhollister   Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
November 2, 2018
We are delighted to be joined by singer, songwriter, poet, author, and voiceover artist Teresa Joy Haggerty. She is the author and creator of Tjoy creations. Today, she is going to share with us her story on how her journey began and how her experience has been ever since. You write books for children, how did this idea come about?  The idea to write this book came to me and not from me. I was about to go to bed one night when the idea to write the book came to me but since I was tired I decided to do it the next day. I woke up at 4:30 am the next morning and spent the next two days writing the book. Can you take us through your journey and how it all happened? Tjoycreations is what the combination of the book entails. I wrote the book then later illustrated it through paintings and collages and songs too. In the book, each character has their own way through which they interact with the main character.   How did everything that is the songs, the paintings, come to you? The song there is a path, for example, came to me a long time ago as I was wandering through the woods but it just fit into this book. Some of the other songs just came from the writing. As for the paintings, a bunch of different artwork started coming to me about 3 years ago but I hid them because I felt like they were too childish. However, as I was writing the book I realized that the paintings could actually be characters in the book.  Tell us the meaning behind the name Trees of Joy. I never really liked the name Teresa and always wondered what I could do with the name. I love trees and I have always felt like I really connect to them. So about 10 years ago I had a powerful experience that led me to change my name from “Teresa Joy” to “Trees of Joy” by combining the syllables from the name Teresa to “trees of” hence trees of joy.   You have been traveling for quite some time and you have been to many places, can you tell us about your experience and what you took away from that? I have been very fortunate to get the chance to travel. On this particular trip I had been traveling for about a year and for me, it was a journey of seeking. At the time I wasn't really in the best place as I was going through some personal things and so this was a deep time for me. However, I got to interact with different people and see new places and got to break out of my own boundaries and I really loved this experience.  As a coach, who do you feel like you would help out the most? I think I’m drawn to people who are in that change phase of their lives. Mostly people from the ages 16-36 since there are so many things that are coming at them. I enjoy having soulful conversations with people and I love creating an environment where people feel safe expressing themselves. I like having deep connections with people and helping them reconnect with their inner selves.  You come from a family that is tied to worship, how has this had an impact on you and how has it molded you? I’m definitely the person I am today because of my roots and I feel like that’s the most important thing parents can give to their children. My parents really guided us on regular basis and from this, we got a really deep sense of connection to God. And being “the creative” that I am this has really been helpful to me. Who are the audiences for your book? When I was writing the book at first, the editor suggested that we target the children from the 5th grade. This book has a lot of epic journey tales and so I feel like it’s not only for children who can use it as a learning tool but also for people who are in the struggle of life and challenges.    You can follow Teresa here: Website www.tjoycreations.com Instagram @tjoycreations Facebook @tjoycreations YouTube tjoycreations                                                                               Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
October 26, 2018
We are delighted to be joined by Raspin Stuwart. He is a singer/songwriter/song stylist who was the once the opening musical performer for author Maryanne Williamson. Named a music guru by his listeners, Raspin is known for his famous songs such as Smoke the Hookah and Rumblin and Tumblin. Today, he will share with us how he started his music, what he is currently working on career wise and how his musical journey has been. What was your starting point? I was given a guitar when I was about 14 years and the first song I learned was by Peter Paul and Mary called blowing in the wind. From then I just started writing songs and I have been doing so ever since. Can you tell us about your project, the great Los Angeles Cover-Up, and where you are now in your career? The Great Los Angeles Cover Up is a project about taking coats, blankets, and socks and giving it to homeless people and shelters. Our focus is mainly on homeless old people and children. I am currently focused on recording a particular record that I have been working on for 2 years and looking to complete some songs that will see to its completion.   When did you find your style and find who you're supposed to be and how has it been? It has been a journey that I am still on. It’s been about 6 years since I decided to really take music seriously. I had been working on some magazines for 32years and doing some projects. I’m grateful since my work has found appreciation and gratitude from people and I really appreciate that.   Where is your favorite place to record and how does your teamwork? I bounce around from different studios depending on where the musicians are since you want to make it easier for the musician. I am at all of them for different needs. Sometimes we will need a studio with a bigger room or for tracking bands. You will always want to work with people who you are comfortable with. What are your thoughts on social media? Having been on social media for only 2 years, I can say that it has really helped me. It has introduced me to many people more than any other platform. I get to share my music on Twitter and on Instagram with my followers. Who are your favorite artist, bands or singers who had an impact on you and influenced your music? The singers who really influenced me by their music were Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, and Boz Scaggs. What advice would you give to our audiences? My advice would be to be kind to people, passionate, understanding and love along the way.  You can follow Raspin here: Website www.raspin.com Twitter @raspinstuwart Facebook @RaspinMusic YouTube raspinstuwart                                                                              Soundcloud                                                  soundcloud.com/raspin Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
October 19, 2018
On today's show:   “I have always been very sensitive, and I have always had high inner demands for myself.”  “Being sensitive is not always easy, and you have to adapt yourself, to little yourself, and to be flexible in all situations.”  “Everything that you don’t express is stored in your body, we don’t know this, many people don’t know this.”  “I only slept 15 minutes per night, I woke up every night 02:47 the same exact time every night.” “It felt like a horror movie, every night I dreamt that I was murdered, and blood splattered and I was tortured every night, so every night I woke up my heart was pounding and I had this taste of metal in my mouth, and I was so terrified that I just didn’t know how to continue to live like this.”  “I left my daughter at home, she was like a couple of months old and I left her at home, and when I went on the tube, I was looking around, and I had this funny feeling that something was missing, and I didn’t know what, and then I realized that it was my daughter.”  “I just jumped off the next stop and I went all the way back having 1 million thoughts in my mind at the same time, where is she, has someone taken her, has she fallen down on the tube tracks and I then I went screaming all the way down to the station host and asked her to have you found a baby, and she said no, no babies here. I ran home and there i found my key in the door, I didn’t even realize that I had left my keys in and then when I opened the door, there she was just sitting there all dressed in her little car.”  “I went out walking in the forest and I am all by myself, and I got this really intense pressure on my chest, and I actually think I am going to die, and it’s so intense and it feels like its burning and exploding and shattering into a million pieces at the same time.”  “I slowly walked back to the cabin, and there in front of the fire many hours later, and for the first time in decades, my mind is completely still, I have no thoughts, no monkey mind, no nothing at all, and that night I am dreaming of a new kind of yoga, and for the first night in decades I didn’t dream that I was being slaughtered or murdered.”  “That morning I was in awe as to how silent it was, it was so still, and I had this feeling being still within me, not having anxiety or worrying or panic attacks. It was really still and peaceful and I hadn’t experience that in such a long time, so it was really a new and awkward, but a very welcome feeling.”  “I was always manipulating myself even in Yoga, so this link that ended up in my inbox, Yoga for depressed people, it was a totally different kind of Yoga, it was softer and not so much about asana’s and then I took the whole 2 and a half years of becoming a yoga therapist, and at the very end I met this woman who was introducing yoga for people with pain in body, mind, or spirits, and when I met her and did her yoga, it was like another dimension, it was like another ah-ha moment, and from there, I went on to her education, because for me I could feel it was like coming home, it was finally like coming home to whoever I was.”  “On Buddhist Meditation, we would be awoken at 4:30 AM and sit in silence till 9:00 in the evening, no talking, no looking into each other's eyes, no writing, no listening to music, no nothing, just complete silence.”  “I discovered that it wasn’t me who was sick, my soul was perfectly well but it was my behavior was messed up, I was like a drug user, my mental ability was really not working and I had the sensitivity of sounds and lights which made it really hard to live in the city.”     “Here in Sweden we are so much in the immature part of the feminine and the masculine, which also is one reason for all this stress and burnout, because we are not conscious, we are living in underdeveloped qualities.”  “Tantra just means path of expansion, so for me everything is Yoga, and Yoga means Union, for me its about unifying the whole of me and to be able to be the beauty and be the light, I also need to dance with the beast, I also need to face my darkness and acknowledge it and not just suppress or hide it.”  “It always starts with the breath, so when I am saying that I am  breathing, I’m actually saying that I am connecting with the spirit, we are so unconscious on how we are breathing, how we are sitting, how we are walking, how we are moving.”  “If I can help only one person in the world, it means that it is already working, this whole journey is all about back to basics, and to find happiness within, you can’t feel your empty whole, or your inner emptiness with outer things and the outer reality so everything that you have is already within, its just that we’ve forgotten it, and I can help you remember it.”  “I am just here to remind you that you are a Human being and not a human doer.”   You can follow Ullis here: Website www.plainyoga.se Instagram @plainyoga Facebook Ullis Karlsson Linkedin Ulrika Karlsson Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
October 12, 2018
On today's show: On Gigging:  Bootleggers Inn, “I play there twice a week, if your anywhere between 2nd avenue, or broadway, you can probably hear me out there, and then on Thursdays, we play upstairs, I take my bass player and drummer and we do a little 3 piece.” Nashville Uncovered: “We started doing something that anything we do downtown Nashville we call it “Nashville Uncovered” and that just means that I’m too old and too mean to be playing cover tunes.” “Its the first all original showdown on Broadway in a long, long, long, time.” “When they kick me out of everything else, and my voice gets even more raspy and raw, I’ll be sitting around on a corner playing blue’s music or something” “There’s an open door for me now, there really is, and I’m excited about it” J’s Influences: “I grew up on Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Fogerty, and a lot of folks say they can hear that influence in my music, but, I’m just at a place in life that, I want to do what I do and play the original music that I have.” Church: “My Dad was the preacher and my Mom was the music, they both played, and they stuck me under a pew until I was old enough to get on the platform, so we went to Church buddy, we went to Church 6 or 7 days a week depending on where we were.” Marathon Man: “I do these 4 hour shifts down on Broadway with no break, and I still have yet to get through all of my music on any of these shows that I’m doing, and my deal is that I write the songs that I sing, so I don’t write something and then just throw it away. These are songs that I take into the bars and the concerts and I sing these songs, I work on them until they are ready” Vocal prowess: “If my voice does get scratchy, people say yes that’s the way we like it, once a year I have to take a minute, take a break, drink a lot of hot tea with honey and lemon, just to make sure we're not destroying something for sure, but we rip and run with it.” Production: “Mike Sprinkle and Drew Smith produced this album and had some of the best studio session players in Nashville playing on it, I was really excited about it, and its one of the best things that I’ve ever done.” On another cold shoulder on the B3 and piano is Jim Moose Brown, Jim went out on tour with Bob Seger” Adding one more: “Man if I was gonna add one more person, as much as I love my guitar players, that girl that’s singing backup on those songs is my oldest daughter, Cricket Davis, good gracious, she is just amazing, and if I don’t get a record deal out of this record, I hope she does” Collaboration: "Just spent a little time with Paul Nelson who was with Johnny Winter for many years played guitar for him, we want to sit down and collaborate and he liked some of my songs, he’s more of a rocker, and I pulled out some of the blues stuff that he wants to use on his next album.” Just made a great new friend in Mark Muleman Massey, I just spent 3 days with him at the Mississippi songwriters festival in Ocean Springs and man that was a lot of fun” You can follow J Edwards here: Website www.jedwardsmusic.net Instagram @JEdwards_Music Twitter @JEdwards_Music Facebook JEdwards_Music Youtube JEdwards_Music Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!      
October 5, 2018
*Spoiler alert: It starts with doing the inner work to uncover what you want, then builds the right relationships intentionally to support your vision, all the while creating the financial freedom you need to choose how you spend your time. On today's show: “Being an entrepreneur is actually one part environmental in choice, and one part nature, so its sort of a nature/nurture conversation, I was born to work as an entrepreneur even though I didn’t know that word growing up, and it wasn’t something that was being lauded as the course to take, but it was always in my DNA, it was in my essence I was starting little business’s from the screened porch of my parents house trying to sell things to their friends.” “I had to at some point choose to say, I’m going to work for myself, and that’s where you meet me today” “My first business is in credit card processing, with my twin brother we set up a company to set up the way in which a business takes a credit card from their customer in any way shape or form. The Robin Hood Effect: “Trying to do well for the small business while there are so many people trying to take advantage of them, and make their pockets fatter along the way, we asked ourselves how do we find our space in this very crowded marketplace, and then how do we continue to be the honest transparent people that we wanted to be in an environment that really was not championing that whatsoever that people had become successful based on being the opposite. Celebration Time: Taking time to celebrate the joy of completing a large project, have some fun! “What do you wish you could tell your 20, 30, or 40-year-old self? It is never I wish I worked more, it is always I wish I slowed down more, I wish I appreciated the journey more, I wish I had connected more with people, I wish I had appreciated what I had, instead of lamenting that which I didn’t. Chill time: How do you make time to chill with everything you have going on? I Chill a lot, and I think it is in part that I had to let go of a lot of things, I had to let go of the need to control and manage everything which earlier in my career I was so afraid to delegate I was so afraid to hand things off, because I had this story in my head that it’s never gonna be as good, if it’s not done by me. The second I got comfortable with handing things off and letting go of it. That really had a lot to do with it, because that also then as a by-product freed me up to choose where do I invest my energy more than when I had to wear every hat for every business. On Organizational skills: “It can be easy to neglect or not exercise the muscle of organization, I don’t think that you have to be perfect or great at everything to be successful in the way that you define it, time is really important, and scheduling it in a way that creates boundaries for you that are healthy and is also respectful to other peoples time is really important” On Mindset: The biggest Achilles heel I've ever had and had so, so, strongly (especially in the early years) was the mindset that I wasn’t good enough and couldn’t do this and everyone else was better, and who am I to try this in the first place” One of Darrah’s favorite thought leaders is Adam Grant. Check out Darrah’s Virtual Summit through her website! How do you define what success means for you?   You can follow Darrah here: Website www.darrah.co Instagram @darrahb Twitter @darrahb Don’t forget! Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
September 28, 2018
It’s Hurricane Season in the Northeastern part of the United States, and it was appropriate to roll out a song that did not make the cut for the “Gratitude” album, today we are featuring “Rollin on It” Lyrics Like a runaway train hauling stacks of steel, with a cranked up firebox and greasy wheels, screaming down the mountain on a 45, I don’t think I’m gettin out of this one alive but I’m rollin on it. Rollin on it, I’m rollin on, rollin like a wave on the ocean. Rollin on it, I’m rollin on it, just rollin on rollin like a wave of emotion.  Standing on the top of El Capitan, I got a 31-foot green and yellow wingspan, caught a thermal rise in the afternoon sun, with a peregrine falcon having so much fun. Chorus Rolling like the smoke from a runaway train, I’m rolling like the wind behind the driving rain, rolling like the heat from acetylene flame, I’m rolling with the power of a Hurricane. Irene, Katrina, Sandy, Hey Hugo, where did you go? Still, big problems in the South with more intense flooding of homes and its not even over yet! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-florence-aftermath-record-flooding-expected-south-carolina-coast-georgetown-county-2018-09-25/ Please ask the Lord to bless those in need of relief from this horrible disruption of life and property! Mentioned: Darrah Brustein on episode DE182 Hurricanes Leslie and Kirk developing? Pick up my Free Yoga Ebook here! www.jameskevinoconnor.com, www.dharmicevolution.com, or on my FB page  Rollin with situations, and ending up in a Hurricane, Irene, Katrina, Sandy, Hey Hugo, where did you go?  Remix or rearrange the song to make it a keeper?  Stats for dHarmic Evolution around the world and being #1  Subscribe, Rate, & Review this show on iTunes.  Leave us comments about the show in dharmicevolution.com  Whisper a prayer to the Lord for help for the people suffering from the Hurricane, the Lord is Listening!   Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see.
September 21, 2018
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn't until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heartfelt love of his occupation. Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. His current single, "Burn This House Down," paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. This song will stick with you long after your first listen. The song is currently in the IndieWorld Country Top 40. The video is nominated for a Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival award, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival. On today's show: “There is no formula to this career, you just have to keep sustaining and keep doing it.” “People ask me, where do you see yourself in 5 years, and I tell them, still playing music.” “I grew up listening to George Strait, Bob Wills, and Western Swing.” “I feel like there is a perfect space when I’m writing the song that I leave for the production of things.” “I have to give credit to my Producer Michael Flanders, “I have to give credit to my Producer Michael Flanders, PJ Shankel and 3 Hat Media.” You can follow Jeremy here: Website https://www.jeremyparsonsmusic.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jmpickinfool/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/jmparsonsmusic?lang=en Facebook https://m.facebook.com/jeremyparsonsmusic/ Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Ffn2rC10WkQ9AIHy9Odgq iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/things-i-need-to-say/1218995289 You can contact Jeremy here: Michael Stover/MTS Management Group michael@mtsmanagementgroup.com Don’t forget! Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
September 14, 2018
“Who do you think your fooling, I got a good look inside of your mystique, I’m a man who needs to know what's doing, hey, those big brown eyes, you keep them just out of reach” Artists mentioned on this show! Susan Muranty DE163 Genevieve Vitanzo DE181 Darrah Brustein Featured blog from Forbes magazine: https://twitter.com/DarrahB Darrah gave us 55 questions about how to get to know someone: We get into some of these in this show! Drill down Chorus: I’m gonna drill down baby, drill down deep, I wanna get to all the secrets you keep from me, drill down baby, drill down deep, I gonna be the first man who is able to reach you, now I’m able to reach you, Hey, how does it feel to have me steering your wheel, now I’m able to reach you, Hey, give me a chance I might have something to teach you! JKO quotes: “Isn’t it true, that we all are all able to teach each other something, if, we allow that process to unfold, don’t get so caught up in yourself and narcissistic and conceited to the fact that you have this down, you know it all and that nobody can teach you anything” “There is always someone and often someone much younger than you, or who don’t have as much experience and the reason they can teach you something is because your not wired, the same way as they are, in problem-solving, reactions, anything that comes somebody’s way, we all process differently, so there is a world of opportunity, in just opening your mind up to every single person you encounter” “Open up a conversation and you will learn something if you allow that process to unfold” “There is a smorgasbord of intellectual opportunity” Please include prayers for the people in the path of Hurricane Florence, ask the Lord Jesus to protect them with his love and kindness. Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see.
September 7, 2018
She is a Vagabond, just back from South Africa, where she spent some time out in the bush. On today's show: “Elephants outside your front door, it made me stop, watch and listen.” “In our society where we are so used to using our eyes for everything, but when you are in the bush, because so many things are camouflaged, you have to start relying on your other senses, like your sense of smell or and your sense of hearing, and your eyes are used for tracking, like looking down in the sand to see what tracks are there, and how fresh they are.” “The first time I came back to the States after being in South Africa for 6 months I was completely overwhelmed by the onslaught of different sounds that I had previously brushed away as white noise, were all of sudden now extreme.” “I met some friends in Cape town that found out that I was a singer/songwriter and asked me to come into a studio and do some session work.” “If you give me something to work on that I am interested in, you will lose me, I’ll be gone for days at a time working on that one thing, I’ll be so heavily focused on it that I won’t eat or drink for like 3 days.” Imagine if Belle had a little more growl and was a piano-playing singer/songwriter who moved to the middle of the South African bush to work with wildlife and use her music to benefit conservation. Well, she's real. Meet Genevieve. Now back in the US, she's hitting stages and gracing soundtracks again with her timeless tunes and stellar voice. Balancing sweet and sexy, smart and sassy, Genevieve is an all-around entertainer, a charismatic and unique talent who has been wowing audiences as a singer/songwriter since first taking the stage at 6 years old. She began in music much like other musicians begin – music chose her. As a baby, she would literally wake up singing, her family tracked her down by following her voice. At age six, she taught herself to play the piano, and before reaching her teenage years, she had also mastered the clarinet, recorder, and drums. She had an amazing ability to remember music – particularly from films – and would sit at the piano for hours, alternating between recreating what she’d heard and created her own soundtracks. Always a gifted writer, she didn't take very long to begin putting words to the music. By 8th grade, she'd even co-written a musical. She's performed all over the country and overseas, singing the National Anthem at major league baseball games, Christmas carols at the White House, and original songs at venerated venues such as the Kennedy Center. Her music has been featured on TV shows, movies, commercials, and video games, and she's lent her voice to commercials, cartoons, children's songs, and other artists' CDs. She even sang a Zulu lullaby for a Pampers commercial. Currently, she is working on a soundtrack for a children's book she wrote. Occasionally, she finds time to sleep. Featured tracks: - Fragile - Back of My Hand - Giddy up Cowboy - The Sum of All Things You can follow Genevieve here: http://www.genevieve-music.com/ https://www.facebook.com/genevievemusicpage/ https://www.instagram.com/jvwordandimage/ https://www.instagram.com/buzzfromthebush/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Lz6rxrPdQZ2qrDF2Gy6UC https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSbpmpJ9jtpzdWEZjTf6LLw https://soundcloud.com/user-984670604 Don’t forget! Subscribe to dHarmic Evolution on iTunes  Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Follow dHarmic Evolution on social media, Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
August 31, 2018
Why does a Favorite Song become a Favorite Song? why does it stay in your brain forever? Why does it bring you back in time instantly to that Season? that smell? that first love? Our brain is amazing! Why do we get happy when we hear that song? there is more going on in the brain chemically than we realize! “Music must change, music will always change, as it is often a reflection of what is going on socially.” “If your lucky enough to have kids, they can help keep you the cutting edge.” “ No matter how many songs we create, there is always room for another good song.” “Being the host of dHarmic Evolution, I am lucky enough to hear Indie Artists before they become Grammy stars.”   Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see. Thank you to Mark Joseph Stern for his blog Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers?    
August 24, 2018
In this show James gets Heavy, but first, it's a MAC upgrade, using the Migration assistant over wireless, a brand new computer was installed at the James O’Connor Agency headquarters! Moving all the programs and files over to the new computer via wireless, things went very well. James had considered changing out the drive, however researching the complexities and the noise with the new fan, it seemed like a good idea to just go for a brand new 1 Terabyte Retina, iMac 27” James uses multiple backup systems offsite, Backblaze, Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud. He also uses a 1 TB Seagate attached to the time machine for quick restores. (You could say he likes layers of safety!) When you create constant content 7 days a week, you need to be confident that you have fail-safes everywhere! All Media content is on an outboard Seagate 1TB drive, that also gets backed up on the remote offsite backup services. The story of Baphomet and the unveiling of this evil demonic statue at the Arkansas Capitol Building. We discuss the reaction and the Evil ones and have a response to these Satanic cults and dark worship in this episode. We are not including links on this horror show but you and find this information easily enough on Google. The band “Mercy” was co-founded by Bishop Christine Mercy Johnson and James Kevin O’Connor and the debut is all about the very last days of Jesus. Christine was a victim of the pandemic flu attack in Great Britain in 1989, she was pronounced dead her family was making funeral arrangements while she was in the presence of the Lord at the Gates of Heaven, he told her “I am sending you back, it is not your time yet, you have work to do on my behalf”. We discuss more the process of how this album got created. The band: Buddy Hyatt on piano and keys, Jim Hyatt on bass, James Mitchell on electric guitars, Shawn Fichter on drums, Glenn Duncan on Violin, Dobro, Acoustic guitar and other instruments as well! Kim Copeland Producer and “Kelly James (Schoenfeld) dHarmic Evolution podcast this morning hit a #1 in Germany, Sweden, and Singapore! Thank you all for your support! Go to the dHarmic Evolution Facebook Community page, if you are an artist you can post your content on there, a new song, album, video, or if you would just like. To support another artist on the site, please do so, or just stop by and say hello! dHarmic Evolution Community store.cdbaby.com/cd/mercy123 www.mercyworldwideministries.com www.4ocean.com www.craftbeer.com www.kimcopelandproductions.com Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see.
August 17, 2018
 Growing up in Colombia, becoming a British Citizen, Now living in Pembrook Florida in the good old USA, an Author, Counselor, Creative, a mother of 3 all born in different countries, and a woman who puts God first in her life before all else, the way it should be. You can find out more about Dary at https://www.international-face.com Luz Dary Griffiths and get the whole story on the book, her life, how she supports the challenges that women around the world face on a day to day basis, whether it be trapped with substance abuse, physical or emotional abuse, or just in the wrong relationship, she brings a guiding light for those looking for a change. You can find it all in the show notes on the dHarmic Evolution website or in iTunes. If you have not taken advantage of the dHarmic Evolution Facebook Community page, please do so, if you have a new song, a new video, if you are playing a gig, or just released your new book, you can go over there and post your content so people can see what is happening in your career, or if you want to drop in a comment about a fellow artist and show them some support, please do so! For all those who have stopped by to subscribe, rate and review the show in iTunes, Thank you, it means a lot to the continual forward motion of this show. We have been in the #1 podcast in iTunes all this week for Music shows in the USA, and we have recently scored #1s in Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom as well. This all thanks to you musicians, authors, speakers, thought leaders and music lovers! On today's show: "I started writing this book when I was 17 years old in Colombia" "I kept writing music and poems, and in 2012 I went to Africa for 3 months and had time to finish the story" "I also decided to write it in two Languages, in Spanish, and in English" "Some of the books is about me, but it is also about everything I have seen during my love and I have seen it all" "I have a lot of experience and I have seen it all, I have so many good and bad ones that I have seen in my life" "My Mother was a good Christian and always loved God, but when your a teenager, you want to do it your way, but later on in life, if we don't have hope and faith and don't believe in God, we will never be, he made us, I believe he is there, and he is the God of the Universe, I truly truly love him and I keep teaching my children that he is there" You can follow Luz here: https://web.facebook.com/luz.d.griffiths https://www.instagram.com/luz.griffiths/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0hXwX20Fyg&feature=youtu.be Don’t forget! Subscribe to dHarmic Evolution on iTunes  Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Follow dHarmic Evolution on social media, Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
August 10, 2018
Find out about the Fabulous Virginia Tech University and Alumni Professor Scott Geller who is starting his 50th year at Virginia Tech with the Hokies! Bishop Christine Mercy Johnson (she is Princess Diana’s cousin) and James writing the song with Scott, and how God is the #1 Songwriting instructor in our lives, how it works, how does the Lord teach James about songwriting? The band got back together! Jim Hyatt, Shawn Fichter, James Mitchell, Buddy Hyatt, Glen Duncan, Kim Copeland producer, and Kelly Schoenfeld Engineer, and very special guest appearance with Rachel “Ray Williams” on vocals, and of course James and Christine on Executive production, songwriting, and James on Vocals. “Here to Share and Care” makes it on the Gratitude album. Thanking everyone for supporting the Dharmic Evolution, making us the #1 Music Podcast in iTunes multiple times in Singapore, Japan, the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the US. Creating the song, the process, the conversations, the methods, and how to make it all happen! “I AM VICTORIOUS” the album that you must hear! Unique, unusual, and amazing music like you have never heard before. Check out the interview with James and Scott on the James O’Connor Agency youtube channel. James Mitchell’s guitar playing, on at least 35 of James’ songs, his “one take” wonders that he brings to the table for every session that he plays on! A good song can be made great by having great players! Buddy Hyatt with an orchestra in his back pocket and how he puts the icing on the cake! The Actively Caring People brand, what it is, what it does, and how it impacts all who benefit from this, Scott’s body of work is all based on psychology and he is very passionate about educating all who wish to learn about this fabulous movement. Shining Hope on Humanity! 4Ocean, another brand that is doing amazing things for the planet, they are removing the plastics from the Ocean, they are turning fisherman who used to catch fish into the fisherman who now removes plastics from our once beautiful oceans! Follow James here: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Subscribe rate & review the Dharmic Evolution podcast! Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see.
August 3, 2018
Laura Cheadle teaching us how to “Chill”, her new album reveals the beautiful heart that beats beneath the groove in her soul~ Laura Cheadle a selfless and giving young woman, she is as beautiful on the inside and she is on the outside. A passionately driven singer-songwriter who is fiercely dedicated to her artistry and never shies away from any opportunity to dive deeper into her craft simply for the sake of doing it, because that’s what she was born to do. Join me in this celebration of Laura’s brand new release “Chill” so let’s dive in together and witness a real artists rendition of what living life on your own terms is all about. Let's pick it up from Laura just finishing a 10 mile run at the Gym…….no wonder she can hold those notes forever! Who is Laura Cheadle? If you’re longing for some real music that you can feel in your heart, lyrics that speak to your soul, and a live performance with the power to blow the roof off the sky, you can stop right here. If you’re tired of all the staged choreography, blinding light shows, capes, costumes, lip-synching and auto-tunes that seems to have taken over live performances, you have found a place to rest, refresh, and renew. Welcome to the world of Laura Cheadle. Along with her Family Band, she has opened for some of the biggest names in the business and won numerous awards, including “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri- State Indie Music Awards. She has performed on stages from NYC to London, appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewer’s choice, the “NBC 10″ Show, and the National reality show “Next Great Family Band.” Laura was recently featured in Curve Magazine, named one of “100 Women We Love” in Go Magazine, and declared a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active Charity Work. Never one to measure herself according to the trends of the times or the female singer “flavor of the month,” Laura has carved out her own lane since she began performing as a child, and she has done it the old-fashioned way, on pure talent. Gifted with a voice powerful enough to shake rafters, and tender enough to navigate the entire range of the emotional scale, Laura Cheadle is a singer commanding more than just a listen or a look. Her albums, like her concerts, are an experience. Inseparable from the truth of the songs she writes, the raw emotion that tears out of her reach deep into your heart with the kind of performance we now only see in films like “Woodstock.” With a vocal style that is a mesmerizing blend of soulful blues and timeless rock with both feet planted firmly in the funk, she brings her own unique interpretation to every song she sings, regardless of the genre she takes on. Whether it’s a concert of her own material, a sophisticated cabaret show, or a monster blues jam at the close of a festival, what you see and hear is what you’ll always. You can follow Laura here: www.lauracheadle.com www.facebook.com/lauracheadlemusic www.twitter.com/lauracheadle www.youtube.com/lauracheadle.com www.instragram.com/lauracheadlemusic Don’t forget! Subscribe to dHarmic Evolution on iTunes  Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Follow dHarmic Evolution on social media, Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
July 27, 2018
Gender Genocide You girls gossip, like we drink Vodka, now we're both talking trash about each other's past, now you're alright, and were all wrong, I hear the DJ playing, that favorite breakup song..... I can clearly see what we’ve come to be, what made us decide, to generate those ties, it’s a heartless exercise, and it’s tearing me inside, it’s just DNA colliding its Gender Genocide So you got a divorce and it was all his fault of course, and me I’m spitting anger unloading on a stranger, you're on your 13th cosmo, and I’m dancing with Jack Daniels, it’s a never-ending learning journey, I’m not equipped to handle. We used to be a perfect painting etched in colored glass, but we went crashing to the pavement, and we were shattered, then scattered, a trillion tiny shiny memories reflected through the glass, shattered then scattered, as the southern wind came whipping through our tortured torrid past..... Why is divorce still so rampant among the countries of the world, some more than others. What country has the highest divorce rate in the world, and why? I just might have the answer in this episode! It’s Trevor’s birthday today (July 25th) Trevor Kevin O’Connor you can check him out on DE63. The divorce rate in the US is 53%, however, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Hungary are worse off with divorce rates exceeding 60% but get this, Chile has a 3% divorce rate, I may be moving to Chile today! But the nutcracker of all nuts, “Maldives” the highest divorce rate in the world, the average local 30-year-old has already been married and divorced 3 times! and is ready for the 4th?? what?? Ironically its also a favorite destination for newlyweds looking for romance on their honeymoon! Check out more interesting relationship stories in this one, there are some funny moments in here! www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! For coaching help, reach out the james@thejamesoconnoragency.com Join the Dharmic Evolution Community Facebook page! You can post your content on there for the whole world to see.
July 19, 2018
  Rakale Hannah is a Singer/Songwriter, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker and is preparing to release her debut Album, Other Side Of Blue. I'd like to discuss the journey of getting to the other side of blue. I also want to discuss the message behind Ho'ponopono, and #timesup.   On this episode: - As I continued to do the work to heal my own life, people began to come to me for insight themselves and it was like my journey of self-discovery, was turning into an opportunity for me to be able to support other people, and doing what they love as well. - I am so happy now to have slowed down the wills of a few things in my life so that I can focus on my first love which is music, I am excited to be here today to talk with you, someone who is so passionate about music!”  - All of “you” can be in your life, I am a person who is passionate about personal development but I am also a singer and I get to be both of those things, in my album, my passion for personal development is there, as well as my love for R&B, soulful, sexy music. - I have the capacity to hold space for the deeper work, but I like to be in forwarding motion, and that’s what I believe a life coach is” - On Growing up: “I was at Church every Sunday, Wednesday, most Friday’s, some Saturdays, and I was only allowed to listen to Gospel music as a child.”   Rakale Hannah songs: - Other Side of Blue - Times Up - Ho’ponopono - Makin Music   You can follow Rakale here:   www.rakalehannah.com facebook instagram twitter Don’t forget! Subscribe to dHarmic Evolution on iTunes  Please sign up on http://www.dharmicevolution.com/guest-invite/ for artist opportunities. Follow dHarmic Evolution on social media, Also, check out www.thejamesoconnoragency.com and find out how we can broadcast your global career!
July 13, 2018
Todays featured song and subject on the Storyteller Series “I Wanna Be Loved” What is about Love that drives us, tortures us, makes us indescribably high, and then makes us crash into the rocks on the lowest of low’s? Let’s find out in this compelling episode that investigates the passion, the pain, the exhilaration and the fact that we all need it, and almost cannot exist without it, why is it what it is? Listen to James discuss can object of Love, sharing some points from the following resources: - Pragito Dove from the blog on the huff post “Why Can Love Be So Painful? - 6 Ways to Heal and Move On - www.discovermeditation.com - Chara Rodriguera “Chara.tv” - Deepak Chopra “The Path to Love” - J. Krishnamurti “On Love and Loneliness” - James Kevin O’Connor “I Wanna Be Loved” - www.jameskevinoconnor.com - www.dharmicevolution.com  Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! Follow James on: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube
June 30, 2018
Ride on, track #9 from the "Geography of The Soul"album is our featured song on this broadcast today. dHarmic Evolution is now#1 in iTunes podcast in the USA music category, and in the top 5, in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Discussing Women's birthdays, why do they celebrate for a whole week? The Egyptians started this, followed by the Greeks........ Should we celebrate our birthday's? What does God want us to do? Ride On, and why I don't send my songs to other artists........ Christine Mercy Johnson's Ordination today!   Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! Follow James on: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram youtube   Notable shows to listen to!   DE 170 Chara Rodriguera DE 169 Joy Villa DE 168 Professor Scott Geller Virgina Tech University DE167 Linda Gambino | Gamble on Gambino
June 23, 2018
We are all Connected! The leading song that started off the “Gratitude” Album. Its a real-life story of the stock market, the Mob, Chapter 11 in Whippany NJ, Witness Protection, Congress and finally Nashville! A BIG SCREEN MOVIE that was written, but was not created yet, but I wrote the song, I’m still waiting for you guys! The Actors who had agreed to star in the film “Connected” were Shia LaBeouf, John Tobin, Sean Penn, James Caan, Mila Kunis, Aaron Tveit, and Eddie Marsan.   Visit the store and check out the Gratitude album here! Follow James on: www.jameskevinoconnor.com www.thejamesoconnoragency.com www.dharmicevolution.com facebook twitter instagram Or just hit #3 on iTunes this week!   Notable shows to listen to!   DE 22 Brian Foraker  DE 170 Chara Rodriguera DE 169 Joy Villa DE 168 Professor Scott Geller Virgina Tech University        
June 15, 2018
Chara is a Wife and Mother, the Creator of Sol Path Yoga and The Optimal and Dream Life Programs, inspirational Author, Actress and Sol Whisperer and, “Self As Art-ist” for awakening Avatars. Since 1995, Chara has been a student a teacher of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and Inspired Living. She specializes in sharing empowering messages and practices that support the process of illumination, transformation and celebration. Known for her intuitive, poetic and loving style, Chara’s intention is to inspire people all over the world to live their own kind of magic. She has just released a brand new book of Sacred Poems and Self Images entitled BREATHE which is now available on Amazon. It explores awakening to your creative power, seeing yourself as sacred, and reflecting on life, love, and the Divine. To complement her new book, Chara created an amazing guided meditation called Breathe...and let the magic begin! this will change your life! It’s available for free on the home page of her website at www.Chara.tv.   On this episode:  - When that first conscious breath that I invited into my body and my heart came in, it was like a ray of light came into my being. - I thought wow, now I have permission to do a photo shoot the way I want to do a photo shoot, I have permission! - Breathe is the most vulnerable thing I have ever done, which is very exciting but a bit frightening. - Even in the darkest times, there is a possibility of transforming that darkness into something of value.   You can check out her website and YouTube channel. Also, check out her Instagram and Twitter on Chara_inspire and Facebook on chara.tv   Her number one goal is to support you to “LIVE YOUR MAGIC”     
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