Why VW songs for Rock Therapy? Okay, that's pretty obvious: Vintage VW's are super chill. The VW Bug and Bus are cultural icons of the ideal of "peace, love and happiness, baby!" And the wonderful irony is that the Volkswagen was started by the polar opposite of that ideal, Adolf Hitler. He wanted an affordable people's car. Fortunately, he's gone and this car for the people was co-opted by the hippie movement (a group of people that he would have despised! Ha!). These songs all capture what the Bugs and Buses have come to represent to so many: "Peace, love and happiness.' They are vehicles you drive because you are in no hurry, have minimal ego, don't mind getting dirty fixing it up, and aren't afraid to figure out how to wrench on it a little... because for a long time it was poorer people (the people's car) who couldn't afford a "nicer" car. Funny thing is that these cheap little cars, weren't cheap in quality, and their design (in both form and function) was simple, elegant and brilliant. That's why they are still around, sought after, and universally enjoyed by owners and fans alike.Read More
Music reaches us in ways that nothing else can. Some great rock songs often have great messages that are quite deep and therapeutic. Here a just a few...
"I don't need a doctor.
I don't need a pill.
Any other treatment
Babe, would only make me ill.
I need rock therapy! I need rock therapy! I need rock therapy!
Oh give it to me! Oh give it to me! Oh give it to me!"
—"Rock Therapy" by The Johnny Burnette Rock and Roll Trio, 1956
People often hit the wall where there is no way out--the get discouraged, pessimistic, fatalistic. These mindsets are understandable when life gets hard and it feels like you've exhausted every avenue. I love to teach my clients possibility thinking...Read More
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).Read More
These are my daughter Molly and her friends and cousin's fav songs while they hang out, talk, laugh and dance in the #ChalkBus while we cruise the main streets of all the towns in Northern UTah COunty. We call it the #ChalkBus NUTCO Tour.Read More
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!Read More
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:Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
All of nature lives as it is supposed to. They know how Nina feels. We are supposed to live freely and fully. We cannot do that when we are weighed down with false beliefs of self, messed-up habits, and incorrect knowledge. The work that my clients and I engage in involves stripping away the mess and infusing self with the clarity of the true self. Our relationship with self is the single most important relationship we can cultivate in this life. From this core relationship stems how we interact in every other relationship. Creating a GREAT Relationship with self. From that secure relationship with self we learn to let go of weak ego and pointless pride and are able to embrace true confidence that allows us to truly love and serve selflessly.Read More