Rock Therapy: 5 Rap Songs Conversion Challenge

Rock Therapy: 5 Rap Songs Conversion Challenge

Do YOU hate rap? If so, why? Do YOU love rap? What 5 rap songs would you have picked instead?
In a recent post a friend and colleague stated he didn't like rap. Fair enough. Like what you like, of course. I stated that I would attempt a full-on conversion to which he said, "Challenge." The challenge I accepted was to convert him to rap in just 5 rap songs. I concede that I may not succeed at that task. People like what they like. There are certainly plenty of rap songs I don't like either. But maybe I can at least increase his appreciation a bit. My objective is 1. to make much more of this than is necessary ;-) and 2. that people (not just him) won't discount an entire genre because of not liking some of what's been heard. 

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Rock Therapy: Lessons from 15 "Rock Royalty"

Rock Therapy: Lessons from 15 "Rock Royalty"

Greatness is earned, not given
AC/DC sang, "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll." The great lesson we learn from Rock royalty is simply that: In music, as in life, greatness isn't handed out just because you want it. Examine the rock royalty below and think of the long road each took to rise to the top of an often impossible industry. They worked hard, sacrificed and practiced long, long, long hours, usually for years before they "made it" and became "overnight sensations." They will all tell you that none of it happened "overnight." 

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Rock Therapy: Stupidest Love Song Ever... GO!

Rock Therapy: Stupidest Love Song Ever... GO!

One night while working in the garage I heard the "If you like pina coladas" song and the more I listened to it I thought, "Man, that is THE stupidest love song ever." Then I thought, "Is it? Could there possibly be a contender who could take on such a stupid song for the title?" And so I whipped up a quick graphic and posed the question on Facebook. See their contenders and please feel free to add yours below (or on my FB page). 

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Rock Therapy: "Amazing" by Aerosmith

Rock Therapy: "Amazing" by Aerosmith

I first heard this song when I was a new substance abuse counselor working in rehab. A client shared it with me and we discussed its significance in her life. It really touched me, for  her sake, as well as for my own as it resonated with my own struggles. The song, while tied to addiction, clearly is applicable to the human condition and the change process, addicted or not: we are all weak and screwed up at one time or another. We all get caught in "stinkin' thinkin'". We all get short-sighted or think we are stronger than we are. All too often our pride and ego must be stripped from us before we can see clearly, and that usually involves hitting bottom.

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Rock Therapy: Ball & Chain Blues

Rock Therapy: Ball & Chain Blues

The following are gritty, raw and powerful blues. No gentle rolling here. No deep meaningful lyrics this time that I'll pull out and expound on their therapeutic message as I do in the rest of my Rock Therapy blog. Just raw bluesy goodness. Sometimes we just need to hear music that speaks to the most raw, primal hard-rocking parts of ourselves. And that in and of itself is all the Rock Therapy that we need. 

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Rock Therapy: Two Fantastic Feminist Rap Songs by 2Pac and Queen Latifah

Rock Therapy: Two Fantastic Feminist Rap Songs by 2Pac and Queen Latifah

Too many rap songs about women are unfortunately misogynistic. Here are two fantastic counterpoints to that trend by 2Pac and Queen Latifah, both from 1993. Feminism is not just about women—it's about all of us. Men and women must both stand up for the rights of women. Standing up for women is standing up for us all: Men, women, children, families and communities. 

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Rock Therapy: Boogie Down to Bring Your Mood Up

Rock Therapy: Boogie Down to Bring Your Mood Up

We know it's fun to dance. Here's the science behind why it not only feels good neurologically, but also the practical benefits of dance (aka boogie-ing down) on one's mood and self-esteem.

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Rock Therapy: The "Outcasts & Outlaws" Playlist

Rock Therapy: The "Outcasts & Outlaws" Playlist

I, with my Facebook friends, created this Outcasts & Outlaws playlist for those who, for good or ill, don't quite fit in to the societal norm. Claire Hollenbaugh totally got the heart of this playlist, "I love this project. What a great idea to build self esteem and to show that even if your little circle thinks one way, that there are many out there that have other experiences and outlooks. It's the musical equivalent of taking a world tour to immerse yourself in different cultures and perspectives."

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Rock Therapy: "I Like the Things About Me" by Mavis Staples

Rock Therapy: "I Like the Things About Me" by Mavis Staples

Sing it Mavis! What?! You don't know who Mavis Staples is?! For shame! Well this is a great new rocking song to get you introduced to this famous long-time R&B and gospel singer and civil rights activist. Mmm! Love me some Mavis!

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Rock Therapy: "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler

Rock Therapy: "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler

A shout out to any who are having a "Crap Day" or a "Crap Month" or a "Crap Life." Here's a little Rock Therapy for ya featuring "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler. To my dear client who asked today for reassurance: Thank you for asking. Rather than reach out and ask for help, too often people just put on a stupid "brave face" and suffer (needlessly!) in silence. Truth is we all need reassurance, especially in the dark times. That's one thing I can give freely, gladly and well. After much excruciatingly hard and painful work on this client's part, this person has chosen life and to face all that which is so hard to face. To this person: My respect. Reassurance? Well, here ya go, my friend:

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Rock Therapy: "Royals" by Lorde

Rock Therapy: "Royals" by Lorde

I'm constantly listening to music: New, old and from all genres. I happened to be flipping through the radio one night after giving a workshop and heard this one. When a new song catches my attention I tend to listen to it over and over. I pulled over, downloaded it to my iPhone and listened to it about 10 times on the way home until I had the lyrics figured out and really appreciated the meaning in this one. This is more pop than rock, however, I like it because it has an anti-popular culture message to it. And for that I say, "Rock on!

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Rock Therapy: "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Rock Therapy: "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Okay. Can I just say, "WOW!"? I mean, really, WOW!!!! Do you feel the chills, too? What a voice! I mean her soul is actually dripping out of her voice, through my speakers, pooling around ears and into my own soul and smacking me upside the head saying, "You hear me, boy?! Hold on now brother... You can make it just one more day!" Yow! Now that girl can sing!

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