The Ch(T)une we’re listening to on this Cheery Ch(T)uesday may not, at first glance, seem outwardly upbeat. What makes it “cheery” for me is the example that it embodies of an individual who is brave enough to be themselves and express it artistically. Individuals like this can stand as inspiration to anyone who is struggling with an issue of identity, orientation or preference that is outside of the mainstream. Artist Formerly Known As... That individual is ANOHNI. ANOHNI i
As we all know, nothing’s perfect, but Tim Minchin’s combination of emotion-stirring melody with witty, wise and self-deprecating lyrics sometimes approaches it. For those who don’t know him, Tim Minchin is an Australian comedic singer-songwriter whose international reputation is continually growing and was most recently cemented by his award-winning work on the music and lyrics to the West End musical, Matilda (based on the Roald Dahl book). This song is called, Not Perfect.
So you’ve been struggling with one or more challenges in your daily life for ages. Do any of these issues resonate with you? Your boss is taking the credit for everything you do. You’ve started dreading going to work for the first time in your working life; You’ve been increasingly anxious and finding that you don’t want to be involved in social activities that you formerly enjoyed; You’re feeling distant from your partner. You haven’t had sex in months, but you are unable to
Gee, these Cheery-Ch(T)une-Ch(T)uesdays seem to come around quickly! Here we are at another one already. I’m going to try to be a little more sparing in my comments this week. It’s supposed to be about the song – what it conveys and how it makes us feel. It’s not about me waffling! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU!? YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! So here we go, this week’s tune is a third and final one (for now) on the theme of beauty. It’s a response to the damaging impact of waif-s
CHEERY-CH(T)UNE-CH(T)UESDAY So, last week, the piece I chose for Tuesday's Cheery-Chune, was a well known pop ballad from 2002. It was a song to remind us all that there's something beautiful to be found in everyone. This week is a little different in more ways than one. For starters, we've come from the world of pop into the world of Indy music. Completely by coincidence, we're in the same year of release, 2002. This week's pick is DO YOU REALIZE? from U.S. Indie rock veter
In current discussion about psychotherapy and well-being, it seems like Mindfulness is everywhere. We are regularly reminded that what the Buddhists have known about mindful meditation for several thousand years, contemporary psychotherapy has cottoned onto in the last couple of decades! So what is Mindfulness? To begin answering that question (and perhaps never finish doing so), let's take a look at the popular image below. Google "Mindfulness" and it won't be long before yo