The Language of Creativity Podcast

Steven Leavitt

Discover the connection between art and living as seen through the eyes of the artist. Join us for conversations with creatives in various disciplines.

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A Literal Pain in the Ass - Elizabeth Makous (Pelvic-Floor Physical Therapist) Ep26
Sep 27 2022
A Literal Pain in the Ass - Elizabeth Makous (Pelvic-Floor Physical Therapist) Ep26
“You have pain where?!” People have often asked why a healthy person like me would need physical therapy. They are quite surprised to learn about pelvic-floor therapy… and it’s not long before I hear “I have pain there too.” What was once a specialty that not even many obstetricians or urologists knew about, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is now a rapidly growing field with an outsized demand for new therapists. Treating conditions like urinary and fecal urgency, incontinence, prolapse, nerve entrapment, surgical scarring, pre and postpartum issues, visceral restrictions and sexual dysfunction, it’s not hard to see why. When Elizabeth Makous became a physical therapist over 30 years ago there were only a couple of classes teaching pelvic floor therapy. When seeing a patient complaining of vaginal pain “deep inside” she donned a pair of gloves and began treating patients internally.  Elizabeth has continued to innovate new treatments in the field applying her unique kind of creativity to the world of medicine. After the home birth of her son she figured out a way to treat her own bathroom issues without surgery. She’s developed protocols for successfully treating issues previously thought untreatable (even with surgery). She even approached a company called TheraWand to ask if she could make improvements to an existing vaginal wand product to more efficiently treat the pelvic floor rectally. After spending a year with a heat lamp sculpting plastic into the curves she felt would be more safe and effective… she'd created a brand new trigger wand that can be used to treat both men and women. Maybe it was the way she was raised… spending time in the clinic with her father, a doctor, and her mother, a nurse. Her grandfather was also a doctor in this small-town community who treated blacks for free during the segregation era in the South. Their passion spilled over in such a way that when meeting a patient with a need, Elizabeth says “there is a gift inside me that just looks for a way to treat it.” In this episode we talk about the importance of being your own medical advocate, how sitting for a living can be an occupational hazard, treating patients with lymphedema, pain management (without opioids), and how Covid restrictions didn’t stop humans from needing touch. We also speak about being a highly-sensitive (HSP), the need for major reform in the emergency mental healthcare system, and how Elizabeth leans on her Catholic Chrisitan faith (for example: she took two medical mission-trips to Kenya in 2019 and 2021 helping to empower African men and women to alleviate pelvic pain and to treat female victims of female genital mutilation). Finally, chronic pain if left untreated can leave people feeling very desperate… and it doesn’t have to be that way! Guest: Elizabeth Mackous, MSPT, CLT, PRPC, CES “The Pelvic Whisperer” Website: @pelvicwhisperer The Makous Protocol practitioner and patient classes  (Teachable) Information for cancer patients and to find a therapist Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy Episode References: Henry Mayo Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center Valencia, California Debbie Evans (Steve’s mom) Dr. David Wise (pelvicpainhelp.com) A Headache in the Pelvis (GoodReads) “Pelvic floor massage for Prostatitis and CPPS with a TheraWand” (The Pelvic Pain Clinic)  Currently available TheraWand products (some products have become unavailable) My Pelvic Floor Muscle | Elizabeth’s class on “An Innovative Way To Use Electrical Stimulation For Severe Pelvic Floor Dysfunction U.S. Olympic Team Sexual Abuse lawsuit (The Denver Post) Neptune Beach, Florida (Wikipedia) Elaine Aron: The Highly Sensitive Person Steven Bau: BLDRS Collective Mycelial Networks: The National Forest Foundation Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Center (Dr. Wu) 750 N Hill St J, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 680-8782 The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (GoodReads) Somatic Experiencing International (traumahealing.org / IG: @somaticexperiencingint) Matthew Sanford interview “The Body’s Grace”: On Being Dr. Andrew Goldstein: Sexual Medicine Courses for Pelvic Health Practitioners Additional Resources: Fascia & The Mystery of Chronic Pain | Dana Sterling | LIFE TALK (YouTube) Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning, Host: Steven Leavitt Site: Music: CHEF (music.joshgeenen.com) Midroll piano score: Steven Leavitt Outro music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! Website: Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook Tags: lymphedema, hiring, stunt people, pelvic floor therapy, injury, stunt-people, orthopedic, recovery, soft-tissue, connective tissue, compression therapy, fracture, preventing blood-clots, circulation, preventing infection, healing, vagina, rectum, testicle, testicular surgery, adema, doctors, nurses, embarrassment, The Stanford Protocol, enlarged prostate, men, women, pain, discomfort, relief, urologist, insurance, wellbeing, release, ischial tuberosity, abdominal tension, blocked, knotted, massage, nerves, surgery, hospital, pandemic, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, commuters, drive to work, sitting jobs, computer work, gaming, workout culture, lifting, pudendal nerves, spasm, muscles, making people feel at-ease, pelvis, gut, nerves, abdominal pain, GERD, diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hernia, crazy, intuition, fascia, varicocele, vasectomy, nerve entrapment, nerve pathway, ilioinguinal genitofemoral nerve, interconnected, suffering, confusion, radiating pain, driving, audio, editing, movies, sitting, long workdays, tension, chronic pain, long hours, paper-work, desk jobs, ergonomics, standing desks, chairs, back, tension, Googleing, classes, anal release trigger wand, LA, video games, tendons, lumbar spine, hydrocele, Africa, Kenya, creativity, purpose, self-educate, autodidact, gifts, talents, coccyx, tailbone, piriformis, sciatic nerve, internal electrical stim protocol, urinary and bowel incontinence, overactive bladder, medication, accurate diagnosis, healthy, nerve damage, cancer, childbirth, pregnancy, baby, c-section, scars, c section scars, prostate surgery, abdomen, viscera, stomach, release, releasing, embarrasment, diaper, high impact, scar tissue, dead muscle, prolapse, homebirth, son, daughter, pinched, leaking, probe, doctor, kinesthetic learning, professional, teaching, nurse, patient, medical problems, faith, bravery, confidence, Catholicism, Christian, Jesus, service, live your faith, heritage, heal the sick, ministry, sexual abuse, victims, ritual abuse, fracture, bone, PT, stretching, kegels, wrong information, jaw, evaluate, House M.D., nerve pain, surgery, oxycontin, nerve blocks, opioids, opioid epidemic, narcotic, drugs, constipation, constitution, visceral, pain, inflammation, dad-bod, gamer body, severe injuries, adrenaline junkie, broken foot, manual therapy, sensitivity, pee, nervous system, jacked up, ramped up, Princess and the Pea, chronic pain, special sock, socks, fibromyalgia, lipedema, fat cells, massage, touch, big hips, hypermobility, CPS, chronic pain syndrome, hyperactive, downregulate, clinicians, highly sensitive person, HSP, psychologist, The Princess and The Pea, not a disorder, emotional, spiritually sensitive, emotionally sensitive, sensitivity, hear, listen, open, ramped up, spiritual experiences, imagination, electromagnetically sensitive, electromagnet, MRI, depression, lack of exercise, hurts to exercise, neuroplasticity, amblyopia, science, sexual dysfunctions, innnovation, fascia, mycelial networks, soil, permaculture, fungus, soil nerve network, design-scientist, release scar tissue, abdominal surgery, pelvic surgery, visceral work, CT scan, underdiagnosed, be your own advocate,  patient advocacy, episodes, Chinese Medicine, iridology, gastroenterologist, GI, ultrasound, gallstones, cholecystectomy, hopelessness, childbirth pain, suicide stigma, suffering, psych ward, jail, disabled, disability, mental illness, multiple personalities, multiple personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, feelings, treatment, psychologist, dissociation, trauma, abuse victim, touch, rape, touch triggers, somatic experiencing, paraplegic, yoga, car accident, release, cry, safe healing touch, trust, cross-body communication, EMDR, pain management, Dr. Goldstein in New York, vulvar dermatology, continuing education, grandbabies, adult children, fitness center, COVID, high-strung, give love, give help, holistic medicine, autoimmune disease, Vitamin D, obese, dark skin, body, bodies, miracle, artists, sitting professions, energy, COVID safe, health
A Literal Pain in the Ass - Elizabeth Makous (Pelvic-Floor Physical Therapist) Ep26
Sep 27 2022
A Literal Pain in the Ass - Elizabeth Makous (Pelvic-Floor Physical Therapist) Ep26
“You have pain where?!” People have often asked why a healthy person like me would need physical therapy. They are quite surprised to learn about pelvic-floor therapy… and it’s not long before I hear “I have pain there too.” What was once a specialty that not even many obstetricians or urologists knew about, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is now a rapidly growing field with an outsized demand for new therapists. Treating conditions like urinary and fecal urgency, incontinence, prolapse, nerve entrapment, surgical scarring, pre and postpartum issues, visceral restrictions and sexual dysfunction, it’s not hard to see why. When Elizabeth Makous became a physical therapist over 30 years ago there were only a couple of classes teaching pelvic floor therapy. When seeing a patient complaining of vaginal pain “deep inside” she donned a pair of gloves and began treating patients internally.  Elizabeth has continued to innovate new treatments in the field applying her unique kind of creativity to the world of medicine. After the home birth of her son she figured out a way to treat her own bathroom issues without surgery. She’s developed protocols for successfully treating issues previously thought untreatable (even with surgery). She even approached a company called TheraWand to ask if she could make improvements to an existing vaginal wand product to more efficiently treat the pelvic floor rectally. After spending a year with a heat lamp sculpting plastic into the curves she felt would be more safe and effective… she'd created a brand new trigger wand that can be used to treat both men and women. Maybe it was the way she was raised… spending time in the clinic with her father, a doctor, and her mother, a nurse. Her grandfather was also a doctor in this small-town community who treated blacks for free during the segregation era in the South. Their passion spilled over in such a way that when meeting a patient with a need, Elizabeth says “there is a gift inside me that just looks for a way to treat it.” In this episode we talk about the importance of being your own medical advocate, how sitting for a living can be an occupational hazard, treating patients with lymphedema, pain management (without opioids), and how Covid restrictions didn’t stop humans from needing touch. We also speak about being a highly-sensitive (HSP), the need for major reform in the emergency mental healthcare system, and how Elizabeth leans on her Catholic Chrisitan faith (for example: she took two medical mission-trips to Kenya in 2019 and 2021 helping to empower African men and women to alleviate pelvic pain and to treat female victims of female genital mutilation). Finally, chronic pain if left untreated can leave people feeling very desperate… and it doesn’t have to be that way! Guest: Elizabeth Mackous, MSPT, CLT, PRPC, CES “The Pelvic Whisperer” Website: @pelvicwhisperer The Makous Protocol practitioner and patient classes  (Teachable) Information for cancer patients and to find a therapist Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy Episode References: Henry Mayo Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center Valencia, California Debbie Evans (Steve’s mom) Dr. David Wise (pelvicpainhelp.com) A Headache in the Pelvis (GoodReads) “Pelvic floor massage for Prostatitis and CPPS with a TheraWand” (The Pelvic Pain Clinic)  Currently available TheraWand products (some products have become unavailable) My Pelvic Floor Muscle | Elizabeth’s class on “An Innovative Way To Use Electrical Stimulation For Severe Pelvic Floor Dysfunction U.S. Olympic Team Sexual Abuse lawsuit (The Denver Post) Neptune Beach, Florida (Wikipedia) Elaine Aron: The Highly Sensitive Person Steven Bau: BLDRS Collective Mycelial Networks: The National Forest Foundation Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Center (Dr. Wu) 750 N Hill St J, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 680-8782 The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (GoodReads) Somatic Experiencing International (traumahealing.org / IG: @somaticexperiencingint) Matthew Sanford interview “The Body’s Grace”: On Being Dr. Andrew Goldstein: Sexual Medicine Courses for Pelvic Health Practitioners Additional Resources: Fascia & The Mystery of Chronic Pain | Dana Sterling | LIFE TALK (YouTube) Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning, Host: Steven Leavitt Site: Music: CHEF (music.joshgeenen.com) Midroll piano score: Steven Leavitt Outro music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! Website: Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook Tags: lymphedema, hiring, stunt people, pelvic floor therapy, injury, stunt-people, orthopedic, recovery, soft-tissue, connective tissue, compression therapy, fracture, preventing blood-clots, circulation, preventing infection, healing, vagina, rectum, testicle, testicular surgery, adema, doctors, nurses, embarrassment, The Stanford Protocol, enlarged prostate, men, women, pain, discomfort, relief, urologist, insurance, wellbeing, release, ischial tuberosity, abdominal tension, blocked, knotted, massage, nerves, surgery, hospital, pandemic, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, commuters, drive to work, sitting jobs, computer work, gaming, workout culture, lifting, pudendal nerves, spasm, muscles, making people feel at-ease, pelvis, gut, nerves, abdominal pain, GERD, diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hernia, crazy, intuition, fascia, varicocele, vasectomy, nerve entrapment, nerve pathway, ilioinguinal genitofemoral nerve, interconnected, suffering, confusion, radiating pain, driving, audio, editing, movies, sitting, long workdays, tension, chronic pain, long hours, paper-work, desk jobs, ergonomics, standing desks, chairs, back, tension, Googleing, classes, anal release trigger wand, LA, video games, tendons, lumbar spine, hydrocele, Africa, Kenya, creativity, purpose, self-educate, autodidact, gifts, talents, coccyx, tailbone, piriformis, sciatic nerve, internal electrical stim protocol, urinary and bowel incontinence, overactive bladder, medication, accurate diagnosis, healthy, nerve damage, cancer, childbirth, pregnancy, baby, c-section, scars, c section scars, prostate surgery, abdomen, viscera, stomach, release, releasing, embarrasment, diaper, high impact, scar tissue, dead muscle, prolapse, homebirth, son, daughter, pinched, leaking, probe, doctor, kinesthetic learning, professional, teaching, nurse, patient, medical problems, faith, bravery, confidence, Catholicism, Christian, Jesus, service, live your faith, heritage, heal the sick, ministry, sexual abuse, victims, ritual abuse, fracture, bone, PT, stretching, kegels, wrong information, jaw, evaluate, House M.D., nerve pain, surgery, oxycontin, nerve blocks, opioids, opioid epidemic, narcotic, drugs, constipation, constitution, visceral, pain, inflammation, dad-bod, gamer body, severe injuries, adrenaline junkie, broken foot, manual therapy, sensitivity, pee, nervous system, jacked up, ramped up, Princess and the Pea, chronic pain, special sock, socks, fibromyalgia, lipedema, fat cells, massage, touch, big hips, hypermobility, CPS, chronic pain syndrome, hyperactive, downregulate, clinicians, highly sensitive person, HSP, psychologist, The Princess and The Pea, not a disorder, emotional, spiritually sensitive, emotionally sensitive, sensitivity, hear, listen, open, ramped up, spiritual experiences, imagination, electromagnetically sensitive, electromagnet, MRI, depression, lack of exercise, hurts to exercise, neuroplasticity, amblyopia, science, sexual dysfunctions, innnovation, fascia, mycelial networks, soil, permaculture, fungus, soil nerve network, design-scientist, release scar tissue, abdominal surgery, pelvic surgery, visceral work, CT scan, underdiagnosed, be your own advocate,  patient advocacy, episodes, Chinese Medicine, iridology, gastroenterologist, GI, ultrasound, gallstones, cholecystectomy, hopelessness, childbirth pain, suicide stigma, suffering, psych ward, jail, disabled, disability, mental illness, multiple personalities, multiple personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, feelings, treatment, psychologist, dissociation, trauma, abuse victim, touch, rape, touch triggers, somatic experiencing, paraplegic, yoga, car accident, release, cry, safe healing touch, trust, cross-body communication, EMDR, pain management, Dr. Goldstein in New York, vulvar dermatology, continuing education, grandbabies, adult children, fitness center, COVID, high-strung, give love, give help, holistic medicine, autoimmune disease, Vitamin D, obese, dark skin, body, bodies, miracle, artists, sitting professions, energy, COVID safe, health
BONUS! Ensoulment – Stephen Bau (with Veronica Anderson)
Jul 29 2022
BONUS! Ensoulment – Stephen Bau (with Veronica Anderson)
“A creator is inherently born to change the status-quo.”  In this bonus episode, Stephen Bau tackles “Imposter Syndrome” with Ensoulment coach Veronica Anderson during a candid private coaching session. Stephen Bau is an artist, designer and social architect who was also my guest on Epsiodes 17 and 18. Stephen and Veronica talk about overcoming the “dragon” of the status-quo and Veronica points out “There will always be a status-quo... and you will always be creating the things that change it.”  Thank you to Stephen and Veronica for allowing me to share this session with you.   Stephen Bau Builder’s Collective (website) lunasolterra.art Luna Solterra Coda Document World Builders (referred to as World Weavers Group in the recording)   Veronica Anderson, Life Coach www.veronicasanadora.com www.veronica.earth (blog) HomeDash – (geo-design project)   Episode References Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush (NPR) Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit (goodreads) The Tiger and The Strawberry Rachel Naomi Remen on On Being (with Krista Tippett) Tony Patrick - World Builders Asterix (wikipedia) Mark Wagnon (Awareness Farms Facebook | Conscious Cafe Facebook | LinkedIN) Alphonse Mucha Original music by Steven Leavitt Tags: World-Weavers, Running Up That Hill, Don Golden, Rob Bell, new economy, light and shadow, toroidal field, relationships, childcare, dog care, self-care, co-regulate, partnership, life is messy, eating, transfers of energy and life, Zen, the medical establishment, healing, generous listening, cancer, “cure”, pathology, intervention, death, parts without the whole, whole human, scarcity around time, regenerative stories, play, drama, collective of creative people, film, tv mini-series, The Walking Dead, violence, scarce resources, growing regenerative society, comic books, band, guitarist, Comic Book Guy, anime, characters, revolutionary, covert social movements embedded in art, exploration, graphic novel, creative shortcuts, storytelling, consumable art, Tony Patrick, Asterix, obsession, imperial, empire, archetypes, creator, sage, visionary, dreamer, portal, earth, trans-dimensionality, interface, dashboard, floating-point, quantum computing, whole numbers, coordinates, A.I., Feldman, we are the interface, The Messengers, The Quanta, the physical reality is the message, worldbuilding, the desire to create things of enduring value, perfectionism, imagination, patterns, problem solving, fears, mediocrity, excellence, Chris Adams, The NewYorker, Charles Schultz, inferiority complex, college, skill, drawing, linear artwork, painting, subtleties, values, colors, paint by numbers, Alphonse Muscha, cartoonish, realism, complex simplicity, fear of settling, commit, make a choice, invest, sabotage, status quo, heartache, opposition, change, challenge, female, womb, male, birthing, life, imagination, metaphysics, physics, the trap of fear, strengths, weaknesses, soul, imposter syndrome   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning. review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!
Someone Else’s Dream – Talyn Edelson (Stuntwoman) Ep. 25
Jun 12 2022
Someone Else’s Dream – Talyn Edelson (Stuntwoman) Ep. 25
Before we sat down to do this interview with this commissioned artist she made a very bold statement: “I hate making art.”  Talyn Edelson is a warrior through and through. Having conquered both intense physical and mental obstacles in her life, Talyn has trained to be lit on fire, perform with weapons, fall off buildings and be pulled back through walls or doorways by ratchets. Although she studied graphic design and motion graphics in college in Oklahoma she actually wanted to move to Los Angeles as quickly as possible to pursue a career in stunts and action acting. Fresh off a breakup and still in quarantine (recorded in July 2020) Steve and Talyn Edelson discuss her lifelong passion for getting into the motion picture stunt industry and how she was forced to choose between losing support from her family or finishing university. Talyn says that she wouldn’t be happy doing anything other than performing, “It's so important to me that I would rather die homeless on the street here than give up and go home.” Steve and Talyn know each other through Stunt Lab, a stunt training and experimental action techniques workshop hosted by Steve’s dad. When she’s not performing stunts or mastering her movement techniques, Talyn creates commissioned artworks for numerous clients as well as distinguished artistic prints. Even though she makes a living from drawing and digital design, she would much rather be channeling her creativity toward movement and performance. We talk about Talyn’s perspective on creating from a place of pain and obligation rather than joy and desire, and “what happens when you excel at someone else’s dream?” We discuss the joy behind various forms of creativity and expression, the irony of caring too much, grappling with COVID-19 life, and establishing rewards and coping mechanisms as she lives and learns each day.  Her latest project is her custom apparel business Villainy Street, LTD. Check out her killer Spotify curated playlist on her webpage. Guest: Talyn Edelson Villainy Street LTD “Good People Playing Bad” Facebook: VillainyStreet Instagram @VillainyStreet   Talyn’s art (Dribbble) IG: @talyndesigns   Talyn’s social medias Instagram: @talynedelson Vimeo: Vimeo.com/Talyn   Episode References: RVCA shirts Reiki Imposter Syndrome SAG-AFTRA Debbie Evans (website | imdb) The Language of Creativity Episode 1 Sugar Glass Squib hit (wikipedia) Apple box (wikipedia) Hero’s Journey Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Civilianaire Clothes   Episode Music: “Acid Loop Fever” (2002) Steven Leavitt Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning. Site: review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us. Tags: graphic design, stunts, Los Angeles, Stunt performer, pain, determination, martial arts, past lives, reincarnation, synchronicity, interpretive dance, Reiki, healing, consciousness, vibration, frequency, emotional connection of pain, mind body connection, traumatic brain injury motorcycles, physical movement, life lists, calf roping, COVID pods, traumatic brain injury, imposter syndrome, vices, coping mechanisms, SAG-AFTRA, heroes, spirituality, mermaids, Santa Barbara, synchronicity, authenticity, motion graphics, Cheesecake Factory, school, Art, failure, charcoal, graphite, Prismacolor, watercolor, joy, education, talent, caring, dating, confidence, trying too hard, dirt bike, manifestation, chasing your dreams, lasso, Jiu Jitsu, pressure points, chess, covid-19, loneliness, solitude, mental health, trauma, marijuana, alcohol, chocolate, coping, positive rewards, self-care, luxury, procrastination, diversion, diminishing returns, table read, demos, time to decompress, stress points, mentors, quarantine, development, acting, theater, Unions, acting, entertainment industry, Debbie Evans, Lane Leavitt, fun, motivation, emotional support, The Hero's Journey, adopted, Outliers, Bill Gates, programming, individuation, subconscious, unconscious, clothing company, Civilian Air, RVCA, denim, advertising, motivation, Subway sandwiches
A Beginner’s Mind – Marlene Hutchinson (Guitar Teacher) Ep. 24
Apr 22 2022
A Beginner’s Mind – Marlene Hutchinson (Guitar Teacher) Ep. 24
Starting out can be hard. Steve was sitting at a podcasting panel when the lady sitting next to him looked over and asked “do you understand any of this?” It turns out the lady sitting next to Steve has been on PBS and NPR with her course, Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Marlene Hutchinson is a teacher at heart, and was at one time an elementary school teacher. She didn’t actually learn to play guitar until she was an adult. As a child she played piano and clarinet, but she says that when she found the guitar “it was like I found my cocoon, my home.” In this episode Marlene and Steve talk about learning how to podcast, practicing (Marlene loved it, Steve hated it), “the beginner’s mind” and how picking up a new instrument gives you a whole new way to look at music. We also touch on what makes a good teacher, sound-healing, how music affects your brain, writing songs just for fun, children's music and explore the entrepreneurial journey that Marlene took to get her workshop on PBS. Steve helped Marlene launch the Tips For Guitar Playing Success podcast, which now has over 35,000 downloads since its release on April 9, 2020.   Guest: Marlene Hutchinson Music: “It’s Never Too Late” by Marlene Hutchinson   Tips for Guitar Playing Success podcast   Lesson of the Month Club   Learn to Play Guitar in a Day   Guitar Coaching Sessions References:   NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants): Sonic Energy: Instrument Museum:   Tom Cicoria “A Bolt from the Blue” (New Yorker Magazine)  Gabby Giffords “10 years later, Gabby Giffords finds her words and lives her life” (AZ Central)   Brian Eno "AMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS (REMASTERED 2004)" Brian Eno’s ambient music for times of thinking and healing   Gerald White's Sight Singing and Vocal Masterclasses  Music1on1.com SCORE find a business coach Steve's audio coaching business: I Create Sound    Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.   Host: Steven Leavitt Site:   Intro Music by Darmok (Magnuson, Anton, Leavitt) End Music: "Drone Into Tomorrow" by Raul Hernandez   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!   Website: Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook   Tags: guitar, NAMM, podcast, teaching, producing, Johnny Cash, singing, music theory, piano, ukulele, Eric Clapton, music lessons, practice, singing, The Beatles, classical music, passion, jamming, performance, vibration, mood, The Office, CPR, Stayin’ Alive, communication, feeling, meditation, gong meditation, music composition, Meinl Sonic energy, tuning fork, Music Instrument Museum, frequency, clarinet, soul, Gabby Giffords, Alzheimer's, brain, songwriting, Tony Cicoria, children's music, elementary teacher, memory, kids, PBS, chord fingering, tuning, music workshop, CD, consistency, coaching, mentor, patience, Tom Petty, inspiration, creativity, struggles, iceberg, film production, speech class, editing, perfectionist, interview, news programs, studio, makeup, hair, hd lighting, um, editor, like um youknow, self criticism, Denver Colorado, Television, Tips for Guitar Playing Success, Covid, belief, gratification, artist advisement, honesty, feedback
BONUS! Banter – Undercover Rubicon (Raul and Becca)
Mar 25 2022
BONUS! Banter – Undercover Rubicon (Raul and Becca)
Steve hates banter! So here's a full episode of it. Links Undercover Rubicon (Spotify) Hers (Spotify) Class Of 1999 (IMDB) tags: banter episode, Selena, Danny Elfman, Netflix, Hers, LTO tape, demos, Cubase, Dongles, Win 98, pawn shop regret, synths, Paula Abdul, Corona, quarantine, podcasting, studio attire, ENFP, Tommy Bahama, school conformity, high school, control constructs, GED's, independent study, recurring nightmares, auditing classes, masterclass, St. Vincent, Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Tom Morello, Dave Grohl, Chris Hadfield, Brad Pitt, Bradgelina, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, interviewing, Pierce Brosnan, movie skills, Universal Studios Tour, Jannet Jackson, fish bowl, Universal backlot, stunt doubles, music videos, social distancing, personal space, LA traffic, gas station bathrooms, peeing in public, muckbang, cat-pee smell, The Record Plant, indoor smoking, Vegas, The Sahara Casino, north The Strip, the Killers, Vegas locals, Waze, big city, small world, Thomas Guides, beepers, payphones, quarters, parking meters, parking meter apps, Pasadena, tow yard, social media, Facebook, Myspace, small town, AIM, Private school versus public school, Class Of 1999, Jacuzzi podcast, being a dad, the book was better, Lonely Girl 15, Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, pierogi, Denny’s, Coco’s, IHOP, vaping, True Crime, Forensic Files, X-Files, Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, George Noori, Twilight Zone, Hillary Duff, Cher, AutoTune, T-Pain, Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Undercover Writing Partners! – Undercover Rubicon (Music Duo) Ep. 23
Jan 21 2022
Undercover Writing Partners! – Undercover Rubicon (Music Duo) Ep. 23
What do you do when you’re locked in your house for 6 months? Record an EP of course! Inspired by the sound of 80s Post-Punk and Darkwave, this musical duo loves to take a look back at the past “to see how genres intertwine.”  This episode was recorded in late 2020: we were looking back on quarantine and how it allowed more time to make music. Before that, the duo says “the only time we had to make music was on vacation.” We talk about the evolution of a song in the writing process, the recording process, having opposite schedules, Depeche Mode, celebrity overdoses and the demands of celebrity… maybe why the Rubicon would like to be undercover in the first place. We also hear about Steve’s original band and their child-prodigy nine year-old drummer and get a glimpse into the evolution of a song. Rebec… I mean Rubicon shares her perspective about why the pandemic was good (in some ways) and how she was hesitant to release a song that could be considered political. “I’m not built to live through a Revolution” she says quoting the meme. Guest: Undercover Rubicon (Rebecca Leavitt / Raul Hernandez) Spotify Apple Music Instagram - @undercoverrubicon Facebook   Featured Music:  Living A Lie by Undercover Rubicon Time by Undercover Rubicon “I Don’t Know How To Write” (In Too Deep sketch) written by Rebecca Leavitt and Steven Leavitt In Too Deep by Undercover Rubicon The 12th Hour by Transfiguration Forever Somewhere by Eric Kennedy, Jo Blinman and Steven Leavitt “Smooth Beat V2” by Undercover Rubicon   Mentioned in the episode: Mason Gold Oliver Tree Oliver Tree - I’m Gone (music video) The Oceanographers "After Quarantine" - Spotify Molachat Doma Depeche Mode - Wikipedia Tom Petty - Wikipedia   Tags: music, recording, Zoom Recorder, AirbNb, mixing consoles, Trident, Oram, multitracking, tape, mp3.co, ebaumsworld, Homestar Runner, music video, Cool Edit Pro, Adobe, fire, Oliver Tree, DTLA, album release, release party, VEGAS!, release date, promotion, social media, publicity stunts, Snapchat, Instagram, filters, plastic hair, scandalous, hair and makeup, poorly-kept secrets, DIY, cheapskates, quarantine, time to create, shooting locations, studios, roadie, vacation, too much work, Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, Spotify, listen numbers, cowriting, Time, Living A Lie, In Too Deep, monikers, siblings, live music production, no time, freetime, creative time, The Office, Netflix, DVD box-sets, VHS tapes, bootlegs, Goodwill, Salvation Army, scotch-tape, copy-protection, experimentation, 4-track, cassette, Hipsters, AKAI, reel-to-reel, Tascam, Wavesfactory, drum tones, 80s, kick, snare, tapes, Mom, The Oceanographers, “After Quarantine”, Pearl drums, drum tuning, guitars, singing, Hawaii, Studio City, grounding, breakfast burritos, Rich Mouser, producing, vibe, Venus Illuminato, hard-disk recorder, punch-ins, micromanaging, mindset, 2020, post-punk, darkwave, lyrics, ideas, vision, documentaries, genre studies, music history, Dropbox, riff, chord, melody, sketch, demo, Bon Iver, 17 years old, Jonie Blinman, childhood bands, Depeche Mode, Mitch’s Java and Jazz, Christian bands, creative arguments, St. Vincent Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.   Site:   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!
Questioning Beliefs - Leo Lutz (Seventh Day Adventist?) Ep. 22 part 2
Jan 9 2022
Questioning Beliefs - Leo Lutz (Seventh Day Adventist?) Ep. 22 part 2
What happens when you start to question the moral foundation you grew up on? In this episode, Steve and Leo sit down to have another conversation about programming but begin to notice similar principles behind law, society, its mores, and even religion. Leo grew up a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant-Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of the Sabbath (on Saturday) as a sanctified day of rest. While studying the Bible, he started noticing circular logic and other problematic reasoning which led him to question assumptions from his upbringing and begin to let go of his faith. As an INTP, reworking his beliefs wasn’t personally as challenging as the fear of disappointing his family because leaving the faith could be interpreted as jeopardizing his soul and a cause for separation from the ones he loves.  What’s clear is that both Steve and Leo have had to do a lot of thinking surrounding issues of faith and community. Steve and Leo also talk about free-will, cults, workaholism, burnout and depression.  Guest: Leo Lutz Deytah - Creative Digital Consultancy Instagram: @only1skeemer Episode References: OzzoBot Seventh-day Adventist Church - Wikipedia Business Wars: Cereal Wars - Apple Podcasts Ninety-five Theses - Wikipedia Inferno (Dante) - Wikipedia Original Sin - Wikipedia Calvinism - Wikipedia Arminianism - Wikipedia Ten Commandments - Wikipedia The Great Disappointment - Wikipedia The History of the Millerites – ThoughtCo Heaven’s Gate - Wikipedia   Teetotalism - Wikipedia Prohibition - HISTORY Saving Mr. Banks - IMDb Science Mike - The Cozy Robots Show (formerly Ask Science Mike) The Burnout Generation, Anne Helen Petersen (Buzzfeed essay) The Liturgists Podcast * Faith Undone Podcast * * If you’re looking for information on deconstruction, many listeners may find listening to these podcasts from Season 1 more helpful than the more recent episodes. Self-Helpless Podcast – “Burnout” (episode) July 12, 2019 How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation (Article, Buzzfeed) Connections (TV Mini Series, 1978)   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.   Host: Steven Leavitt Site:   Episode Music composed by Steven Leavitt Editorial and production support by Josh Geenen   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!   Website: @LanguageOfCreativity Facebook Page Facebook Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group   Tags: Sabbath, Shabbat, Judaism, Seventh-day Adventist Church, The Great Disappointment, 1844, Hale-Bopp Comet, Heaven's Gate cult, Adventism, Kellogg, Post, Battle Creek Michigan, Business Wars, Cereal Wars, Ten Commandments, 10 Commandments, Deuteronomy, ninety-five Theses, 95 Theses, Bible, Star Wars, Protestant, sola scriptura, Calvinism, Arminianism, Teetotalism, Saving Mr. Banks, prohibition, healthcare, bartering, Science Mike, deconstruction, Liturgist podcast, hell, atheism, Dante's Inferno, New Testament, original sin, Wikipedia, free will, determinism,  seminary, Faith Undone podcast, black sheep, healthcare, beer, Newtonian physics, Jewish, rabbi, Old Testament, Jesus, Christianity, pedagogy, teaching, original sin, Book of Tobit, Book of Enoch, biblical apocrypha, Eckhart Tolle, Kingdom of Heaven, Heaven, psychology, God, workaholism, procrastination, burnout, Ethos Church, programming, coding, Hell, Atheism
Creative Problem-Solving – Leo Lutz (Full-Stack Developer) Ep. 21, part 1
Dec 9 2021
Creative Problem-Solving – Leo Lutz (Full-Stack Developer) Ep. 21, part 1
How can a programmer help put out a blazing wildfire? Steve talks to longtime friend and programmer Leo Lutz about unconventional creativity and what happens when you pair non-conventional thinking with an open approach to problem-solving. (Hint: you get culture-shifting ideas.) Leo Lutz is cofounder of Deytah, a digital consultancy focused on helping small businesses and nonprofits solve problems related to user experience, development, and data solutions. Leo has a knack for teaching and creative problem-solving but also a love for audio. In fact, Leo and Steve used to do live sound together for Don’t Call Us Tori, a live music showcase that Steve co-founded with musician Shannon Hurley. (And did you know, Leo’s company Deytah built the I Create Sound website?) In this episode, Steve and Leo discuss the uniqueness of possessing a N+P pairing on the MBTI and reflect on how their Myers–Briggs personality types intersect with their work. Steve asks Leo to explain what programming IS, and Leo addresses the notion that coders sometimes lack creativity. They also discuss The Magic Castle, mixing audio in church, and pedagogy (teaching).  Subscribe to the podcast and look for part 2 with Leo Lutz!   Guest: Leo Lutz Deytah - Creative Digital Consultancy Instagram: @only1skeemer   Matrik SEE (Requires Google Login) Automators.academy   Episode References: Colorado Search and Rescue Tick Fire - Wikipedia   Jungian Cognitive Functions MBTI Personality Types Myers–Briggs Type Indicator - Wikipedia Don't Call Us Tori iReady The Magic Castle - Wikipedia A2 (theater) - Wikipedia Jellyfish Lake - Wikipedia   HTML (programming language) - Mozilla PHP (programming language) - Wikipedia   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.   Host: Steven Leavitt Site:   Music: Trap Door by Chef, Moonlight by Chef Editorial and Production support by Josh Geenen (a very special thanks!)   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!   Website: Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook Tags: wildfires, Colorado Search and Rescue, Google, Chromecasts, Apple, Windows, fire, coders, coding, programming, Indiana Jones, Myers-Briggs, Intuitive Perceiver, MBTI, Firefly, Jung, cognitive functions, audio engineering, orchestra, education, The Magic Castle, closeup magic, stage management, church, broadcast, satellite, Jellyfish Lake, computers, algebra, tutoring, user experience, UX, HTML, PHP, HVAC, law, guitar, emergent systems, macOS, Unix, Next OS, Steve Jobs, JavaScript, TypeScript, multi-factor authentication, inspector, Ozobot, Tim Cook, early adopters, late adopters, Swine flu, Polau, #2 pencils, number 2 pencils, live-sound, A2, pedagogy, Palau, students, users, authoring, how-to
The Secret To Making Hit Records  – Joe Solo (Record Producer) Ep. 20
Jul 10 2021
The Secret To Making Hit Records – Joe Solo (Record Producer) Ep. 20
Would you like to know a little secret about making great records? Who doesn’t want to know a great secret! The origin story goes that Joe Solo discovered Macy Gray while she was working in a Beverly Hills diner and he decided to develop her career, vowing to work “however long it takes” until they made it big - a promise that took nearly 15 years to fulfill. Since then Joe has worked with the likes of Fergie, will.i.am, Erykah Badu, Shinedown, and Shiny Toy Guns and labels such as Atlantic, Epic, Universal, Sony, BMG, and Warner Brothers. A producer, songwriter and composer, Joe started out as a guitarist but his life trajectory was permanently altered when instead of a new guitar pedal his dad bought him a Tascam Portastudio for his birthday. Joe and Steve talk shop discussing the psychology of producing, the tricks they use to capture great takes, managing (and eliciting) a performer’s emotion, and delivering constructive feedback. They talk about how the studio can be an instrument, and how certain sounds were achieved on classic records (like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”). Joe talks about the importance of listening to new music, and he and Steve touch on helping an artist find their own authenticity. Steve also gets Joe to share about his love of Hans Zimmer’s music and the movie Interstellar (by his favorite director Christopher Nolan)… and we get to hear about that one time that Steve was on the set of Inception while the train was driving down the middle of a downtown street! Joe says “Composing exists in film to command a certain emotional response from the audience, it will always be the job of the music in a film to serve the story.” Joe has also helped many many independent musicians through his workshops and classes, and if there were one piece of advice he could give to every artist he meets it would be: “Never ever quit.” Guest: Joe Solo Website: Nava – Soul Contracts EP (Produced by Joe Solo and Steven Leavitt) Listen on all-platforms! Episode References Hans Zimmer Night Fever-BeeGees Hells Bells-AC/DC EDM Infected Mushroom Us and Them-Pink Floyd Phase cancellation  Red light syndrome Lyor Cohen DefJam Universal Basic Income The Wall Blurred Lines lawsuit Inception Interstellar World of Hans Zimmer 2001: A Space Odyssey  Gladiator movie soundtrack THX Neverland Ranch National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Intro/Outro Music: Nothing Wrong by Lobate Scarp Tags: songwriting, perfection, Michael Jackson, plug-ins, automation, Prince, phase cancellation, audio engineer, wavelengths, EQ, hertz, frequency, reverb, tracking, retracking, recording artist, emotion, magic, coaching, songwriting, guitarist, broadcast professional, experience, education, proactive listening, mixing board, AI generated music, emote, vibe, Lior Cohen, Def Jam, the human element, UBI, film and television licensing, Pink Floyd, The Wall, Us And Them, music publishing, Christopher Nolan, autotune, Macy Gray, Fergie, Shiny Toy Guns The Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning. Site: review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us. Follow us on Instagram at @languageofcreativity
The Acorn and the Oak – Michael Boyle (Therapist/Life Coach) Ep. 19
Jun 11 2021
The Acorn and the Oak – Michael Boyle (Therapist/Life Coach) Ep. 19
Steven is having a bad day! Luckily, he was about to sit down with our next guest, Michael Boyle, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in work with relationships and trauma. Orphaned temporarily from his recording studio due to a COVID outbreak, Steven dons his backpack and his new mobile recording rig to host the podcast outside on a blanket down by the river! Michael Boyle is a former college athlete and NHL Hopeful, who after suffering multiple head injuries became critically depressed. As a lifelong learner devoted to psychological and spiritual growth, Mike searched for over 20 years to find the very best tools, perspectives and methods to empower himself to go from “surviving to thriving.” After studying the intersection of science and spirituality, NLP, clinical hypnosis, nutrition, exercise, and optimal flow states. Michael became a licensed therapist (LMFT, CDBT), but switched to a coaching model because he found that the typical therapy context wasn’t helping people create true and lasting change. After thousands of hours of clinical experience and training, being a Coach seemed to provide a more effective balance for clients not just to heal but to thrive. Mike developed the Inner Advantage Method (I AM), a curriculum for turning hard times into holistic happiness. He founded the ALL Together Academy, the Relating Renaissance, and the Brotherhood of Men (whose mission is to empower men to overcome isolation, shame, and anger in order to become the rockstar dads, irresistible husbands, kick-ass professionals, providers and contributors they are built to be.) Steve and Mike open up about toxic masculinity and the stigma behind being a sensitive man. They further debunk the idea behind the starving artist, talk about their spouses and why it is so valuable for artists to have partners who support their unique ways of life (Mike’s wife Tania is a musician). They also discuss concepts from psychology like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, somatic therapy, EMDR, PTSD, and the empowering idea of moving from Post-Traumatic stress to Post-Traumatic growth. As Michael explains by analogy: “Every acorn has the capacity to become an oak tree. … What we can do as human beings is we can nurture our acorn, and we can put it in fertile soil, and we can give it water and sunshine, we can create the conditions that make it more likely to become an oak tree. But we don't make ourselves into oak trees, nature does that. It's natural for us to grow and thrive. …  And when we grow and thrive, we become an oak tree… By becoming an oak tree, we are beneficial.  We create: We create environments for bugs and for birds and for kids to put a swing on. … The world misses out if [you or I do] not blossom and flourish and thrive and drop [our] acorns so that others can benefit. So it is in our design, it is already inherent in us to become an oak tree.”   Guest: Michael Boyle Website: Page: Group ALL-TOGETHER-THRIVING: The Relating Revolution: @alltogetheracademy  Email: mike@alltogether.love Mike on the 10,000 No’s Podcast   Episode References A Bronx Tale  The Power Of Bad (book) The Mask You Live In (movie) Fuga (Tania’s band) Lar C. Short – Grace Essence Mandala The Way of Radiance (book) by Lar C. Short Tags: therapy, COVID, growth mindset, A Bronx Tale, EMDR, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, victim-blaming, romantic partners of artists, trauma, PTSD, Post-Traumatic growth, healing, speeding tickets, privilege, reticular activating system, martial arts, The Human Design, sprouting and pruning, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning. Site: review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us. Follow us on Instagram at @languageofcreativity   (Recording a podcast down by the river.)
Designing The Future – Stephen Bau (Social Architect) Ep. 18, Pt.2
May 19 2021
Designing The Future – Stephen Bau (Social Architect) Ep. 18, Pt.2
New fields such as Biomimicry offer amazing insight into the way nature solves the most complex problems with stunning simplicity, allowing scientists to create amazing “advancements” in human technology. What is clear is how little we really know about everything. In part one, Stephen Bau begins to speak about The Holobiont: the emergent, living system of all nested systems. In part 2, we explore our complex social systems and how seemingly all attempts at utopia have been prone to fail. How might we create a more peaceful society and correct humanity’s voracious tendency toward self-destruction? Bau founded the Builders Collective to inspire others to design a more resilient society. The Builders Collective uses human-centered design to create engaging experiences through art, design, and social change. Then in 2020, Stephen joined the Design Science Studio, an educational incubator tied to the Buckminster Fuller Institute aimed at making the world work for not just all humans but for 100% of all life on Earth. Stephen and Steve discuss the ways in which we as humans inevitably design the world around us, the ethics of design, rethinking our economic and political systems, and reimagining education. They also discuss Buckminster Fuller’s concept of “Metaphysical Gravity,” and Stephen’s reimagining of it, seamlessly blending concepts of biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scale into a “network of flows” that create mental models for human experience. “In this way, we can explore the metaphysical model of ideas and values (philosophical, spiritual, mathematical, technological) embodied by the mental models for human experience and how personal habits have implications at the biological, personal, social, economic, political, and ecological scales by mapping these changes to the collective organization and coordination of human actions.” How might we conceive of our place in the universe as part of a process of cultural evolution, social physics, and metaphysical design? If we’re the ones designing the world, can we use a better model of reality as the foundation for a set of values and aspirations to build a world that works for 100% of life?   Stephen’s Upcoming Podcast: Design For Resilience UX Academy!  (affiliate link) Buckminster Fuller Institute: Science Studio:   More from Stephen Bau: Leaders to Design a Resilient Society    Stephen’s portfolio:   Stephen’s Social Media:   Episode References: Yuval Noah Harari: global ethics Builder’s Collective Bauhaus redefining Society What is education: do schools kill creativity? (Sir Ken Robinson) The Social Dilemma  Mike Monteiro: ethics of design Marty Neumeier: what is design? Brain stem advertising Donut economics United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals The Seventh Generation principle My Octopus Teacher Metaphysical Gravity Tags: agile methodology, workflow, adaptation, collective intelligence, holistic, holobiont, cultural relevance, Bauhaus, capitalism, economic system, neoliberalism, new world Bauhaus, Weimar Republic, democracy of design, ethics, core values, scarcity, systemic racism, Rob Bell, Christianity, faith, Spiral Dynamics, feedback loop, new world order, empathy, persona, consciousness, circular economy, value, connection, metaphysical gravity, social utopia  Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning. Site: Music: Chef ”Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us.
Design for Resilience – Stephen Bau (UX Designer) Ep. 17, Pt.1
May 7 2021
Design for Resilience – Stephen Bau (UX Designer) Ep. 17, Pt.1
Designers make powerful choices that ultimately affect real lived experience. What happens when those choices have unforeseen consequences? Stephen Bau is a UX design mentor at Designlab but prefers the term “human experience” to “user experience.” Starting out at a young age with a love for art and deciding upon a path toward graphic design in Vancouver, Canada, Bau joined the industry at a tumultuous moment, when desktop publishing was beginning to consolidate entire teams of specialists into a single user with a Macintosh. Steve and Stephen recount their experiences of living through the disruption caused by the early proliferation of the internet: desktop publishing and the home studio revolution. At this point, advertising shifted from a one-way channel to a conversation. With this new found access to people’s thoughts, advertisers pushed designers to “tap into people’s brain stems and trigger their fears.” This eventually contributed to the social media landscape we know today, and companies quickly moved to find out how to commoditize our interactions and attention. What could possibly go wrong? They talk about The Social Dilemma, Futurist and architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and how Stephen likes to play his name off of the Bauhaus. They also touch on the challenges with social utopian ideals and the inevitability of things going wrong.  “Every technology has a bias, and you have to be careful of how you take those on.” Because we all make choices, we are all designers of our future.   Guest: Stephen Bau Leaders to Design a Resilient Society    Stephen’s portfolio:   Stephen’s Social Media:   Further Reading/Links mentioned in the episode: The Buckminster Fuller Institute The Social Dilemma  Werner Erhard on Being Human  The Soul of Money Pantone Color 2020 Lynn Margulis: Human Evolution  Internal Microbiome Infinite Potential quantum entanglement Biomimetics   Tags: Buckminster Fuller Institute, User Interface Designer, UX designer, user experience designer, mentorship, Bauhaus, soft skills, people skills, graphic artist, social architecture, front end development, break the internet, the social dilemma, cognitive science, consumer culture, advertising, browser war, Mad Men, revolutionary, modern design, corporate economy, bifurcation, downtown corridor, suburbs, skyscraper, form versus function, Werner Erhard, Lynn Twist, the Soul of Money, The Hunger Project, David Bohm, disruption, urban farming, fallow fields, mycelia, internal microbiome, quantum leap, Robert Oppenheimer, Manhattan Project, synergy, Jiddu Krishnamurti, interconnectedness, quantum entanglement, infinite reality, biomimicry, holobiont, biomimetic technology environment, nested systems, death and birth Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning.   Site:   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!
We All Tell Stories – Jarod Cerf (Writer/Brand Strategist) Ep.16
Mar 31 2021
We All Tell Stories – Jarod Cerf (Writer/Brand Strategist) Ep.16
We all create narratives defining who we are, yet so many of us forget that we all have the power to craft and hone these narratives to define ourselves, our worlds, and the legacy we leave behind. Jarod Cerf lives by his adage that everyone is a storyteller. A consummate storyteller himself, Cerf has long recognized the power of storytelling and crafting narratives not only in the artistic sphere but for major marketing firms, within college classrooms, in major media outlets, for himself, and his clients. “I have had so many titles: teacher, journalist, PR, marketing, etc. And what I finally realized is that I am a storyteller: someone who teaches, entertains, and guides the folks in my tribe … to inspire a course of action, a thought, or remember something by. That’s all storytellers have done, culturally, historically, throughout time.” Sharing from his wealth of experience, this episode is quite the deep-dive into the existential, the esoteric, and the “Weird.” (“New Weird exists to overturn cliches and twist the traditional.” – BookRiot)  Jarod says, “I follow story from characters… they are what define what happens… It's not my goal, personally, to write horror fiction or sci-fi or fantasy, I enjoy those, but that's not what I set out to write.” Jarod’s goal in coaching and writing is to illuminate the darkest places for people, whether they are struggling to develop their stories or their life-path. Steve and Jarod discuss issues that often plague creatives like chronic pain. Jarod challenges the notion that suffering is necessary for creation. They also discuss creative blocks, marketing, what you should do with characters that seem to develop a mind of their own, and why storytellers are going to thrive in the new economy. Whether our medium is a novel, podcast, song, or even the way we remember and construct our lives: “how we make other people characters in our lives” defines how we experience life itself.   Guest Jarod Serf Website: @hbtygers Twitter: @jcertherealist Here be Tygers Podcast Patreon:   Work with Jarod: and be entered to win our drawing!   Host Steven Leavitt Site:   Episode References Waiting for Godot Complex migraines Amblyopia    New Media Summit Here Be Tygers podcast - “Friends of all Stripes”: Animals in Folklore, Myth and our Lives, with Julie Saillan‪t‬ This is Water by David Foster Wallace OMD Dan Pink: A Whole New Mind N.K. Jemisin: The Broken Earth trilogy John Hodgman   Ray Bradbury’s “Here There Be Tygers” Jung and subjectivity George Saunders reflects on writing Göbekli Tepe Turkey History of Santa Claus Joseph Campbell and storytelling Labeling theory Here Be Tygers podcast - “The Different Worlds that We Live In & Imagine,” with Andre Rodrigue‪z‬   CandideJames Ragan Chekhov's Gun   The New Weird genre Speculative fiction Aristotle and Truth in Art The Truth in Art and the Art in Truth Ray Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains Ernest Hemmingway’s Snows of Kilimanjaro Ray Brabury’s The Happiness Machine   Heart Shaped Pod James Joyce Mark Twain as celebrity Watership Down Robot Chicken’s Fraggle Watership Down H.P. Lovecraft Hermeneutics Five Languages of Love Highlander The Tyger by William Blake 10,000 Hours to Mastery-Malcolm Gladwell   Tags: migraines, storytelling, purpose, creating, advertising, soul work, genre, New Weird, disruptive habits, trust, eureka moment, journey, planting a seed, joy in creation, guides, guidance, tribe, right-brained, marketing, automation, branding, emotional connection, attachment, patterns, memories, remembering, art, Fabio, Michelangelo, fundamental essence, story loops, seeking meaning, glyphs, aborigines, puzzling meaning, knowledge, wisdom, Santa Claus, heroes, clarity, purpose, drive, ideology, characters, mortality, jargon, fantasy, cognates, symbolic representation, lifelong learning, Joseph Campbell, anthropology, communication, method, non-linear thinking, typewriters, process, creative tools, auditory/visual, worldview, hermeneutics, narrator, timeline, amblyopia, flawed humans, cult of personality, public engagement, Discord, Twitter, presence, doodling, zaizen, archetypes, magic, illumination, journey   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning.   Site:   Theme Music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us!
The Present – Scott Thrift (Clockmaker) Ep.15
Mar 21 2021
The Present – Scott Thrift (Clockmaker) Ep.15
We’ve all said things like “where did the day go?” or “wow, it’s already the end of the year!” Traditional timepieces aim to keep us on task, but are we missing something in the pursuit of endless “productivity?” Scott Thrift is a “filmmaker turned artist” (Wired Magazine) and the co-founder of the award-winning creative agency m ss ng p eces, which he left in 2013 to pursue his dream of making an annual clock. This was no easy feat considering no clockmaker in the world had ever created an annual movement. Scott became obsessed with the notion of “What does the world need now?” The annual clock was designed to address society’s extreme lack of what Scott calls “temporal bandwidth.” His answer? A clock designed to help people be in time rather than simply being on time. Scott’s timepieces are unique in that they all have only a single hand and feature beautiful gradients instead of stark lines. Many people who experience the clocks begin to find they are forming a whole new relationship with time. As someone who struggles with society’s rigid interpretation of time, Steve speaks about his own evolving view of the relationship between time and creativity. Scott shares his journey from Los Angeles to New York City. Frustrated with film school, he quickly forged his own success by making “something,” which took the New York Gift Fair by storm and ingratiated him with the New York design elite. This led to his involvement with the Ted organization where he was one of the first to make a behind-the-scenes documentary of the event. From funding three very successful Kickstarter campaigns to interviewing Brian Eno to getting his first clock into the MOMA store almost by magic, Scott’s mindset has taught him simply to flow with the river… he shares what he learned from the opportunities to rub elbows with creatives from endless backgrounds. Scott now has clock movements that feature the day, the moon, and the year. His goal is to create pieces that stand the test of time: lasting a lifetime as owners of his clocks expand their relationship with the present.;   More on Scott’s special clocks   Scott’s Kickstarters:   Scott’s Instagram: another way to think of the passage of time   Examples of Scott’s cinematographic oeuvre The Visual Art of Brian Eno: Light and Time William and the Windmill Behind the TEDTalk   References: m ss ng p eces 77 Million Paintings (Brian Eno) Gravity’s Rainbow (Book) Youtube channel for Cool Hunting   Tags: The Present, annual clock, day, moon, year, gradient, Kickstarter, TED, Craig Venter, Brian Eno, the passage of time, longer now, being present, clarity, wisdom, growth, day, moon, year, German engineering, US-Customs, discipline, degrees of change, mind space, headspace, mindset, moving parts, potential, the gift of time, New York, MOMA, just do the next right thing, ad agency, design, video editing, timekeeper, circuit bender, temporal bandwidth, WFMU, staying-power. depth, creation, adventure, problem-solving, collaboration, time and space, circuit bending, supply chain, entrepreneurship, podcast, non-linear editing, audio editing, lines, supply chain, entertainment, Full Sail, film school   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators, artists, inventors, designers, and producers. Along the way, he gains perspective and multiplies his understanding of our universal potential for creating, living, and learning. Site: Music: “Nothing Wrong” by Lobate Scarp Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!
2020 Hindsight – Christiane Kinney (Celtic Musician/Entertainment Attorney) Ep.14
Dec 30 2020
2020 Hindsight – Christiane Kinney (Celtic Musician/Entertainment Attorney) Ep.14
AB-5 sucks! Covid sucks! Zoom school SUCKS! 2020 pretty much sucked. But you know what doesn’t suck? Being an everyday hero like our guest Christiane Cargill Kinney.   As an entertainment lawyer, Christiane Kinney has represented Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists and estates as well as independent artists, Presidential candidates, festivals, music tech start-ups, artists, and avatars (wha!?). A consummate creative, Chris is also an award-winning singer/songwriter, a voting member of the Recording Academy, and has won numerous awards from Billboard, ASCAP, the International Songwriting Competition, and the Global Music Awards, to name a few.    She’s been recognized as the #1 Music Law Resource to follow on Twitter (by CD Baby), and was named in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue for her charity work in bringing music and art programs to at-risk youth in Southern California. A frequent speaker on entertainment law panels, radio talk shows, Chris wrote a regular legal advice column for CD Baby to provide legal guidance to independent artists. Yet somehow on top of all this, she’s also a recording musician, a mom of two and still manages to stay constantly upbeat with a wicked sense of humor!   In this episode, Steve and Chris discuss the pitfalls and joys(?) of the new normal: Zoom work, Zoom school, house concerts, social media meltdowns, and the melee that is parenting during quarantine. And as if the rest of 2020 wasn’t enough, Chris was thrown a curveball along with the rest of us when the entertainment industry shut down in the wake of COVID-19. Undaunted, Chris saw this as an opportunity to found her own entertainment law firm, Kinney Law, P.C. in June of 2020, focusing on ways she could help artists and offset the substantial loss in touring revenue during these unprecedented times.   Christiane discovered her love for the piano when she was only three years old. After seeing the musical production “Annie,” she immediately went home and plinked out all the songs by ear. As Chris recalls,  “...There were moments in those shows where the artists I’m sure were tapping into the soul of their instruments.” Chris and Steve go on to geek out about their love for pianos and explore what it was that got them into music. As Chris says, “I think every musician will tell you, there's not a choice... you just have to do it... it calls to you in a really deep, meaningful way where, that is what you do.”   Will this be the “MOST DEPRESSING PODCAST EVER!”? or will laughter prevail as the best medicine? You be the judge! Featured Music: Earnestine by Christiane Cargill Kinney Isle of Skye by Christiane Cargill Kinney​ Christiane Kinney:   Law Practice:  Kinney Law LexisNexis   Artist side:  (Album) by Christiane Cargill Kinney Riddle the Sphinx   Personal: website Pepperdine Alum Spotlight Instagram: @musicalredhead Twitter: @musicalreadhead                             Charitable Foundation:   Episode References: Sean Kinney: GoSeanGO.com, SeanKinneyStunts.com, 1stoogeentertainment.com World Record of Jumping Jacks while on Fire Hollywood Clown (Book by Jason Lassen) Don’t Call Us Tori (how Steve and Christiane met) Ruthann Friedman: "Everyone Knows it’s Windy" (made famous by The Association) David Peters, Oak House Recording Studios Killarney Star, IG: @killarney_star Elizabeth (Libbie) Schrader Gilli Moon Marina V Christo Pellani - soundformation.com Don Teschner and the WaterDawgs Marvel Jensen   LA Times: "What a year it was: A 2020 Timeline" (California lockdown begins March 14, 2020) [you can postpone the paywall by launching the above link in a private browsing window] A look back at LA County hiking trail closures (ModernHiker) AB-5 (background) LA TIMES: "The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law" Governing.com: "America's Rural/Urban Divide: A Special Series"   Blurred Lines lawsuit (can you look for?)  Pharell & Rick Rubin interview “Word Crimes” by Weird Al Yankovic (Which is NOT an example of the point I was making, it is a direct parody of “Blurred Lines”) Albuquerque, By Weird Al Yankovic, is said to be written in the style of “Dick’s Automotive” by The Rugburns.   Exclaim!*@#: “Vanilla Ice ​Apparently Owns the Rights to 'Under Pressure'” CD Baby DIY Musician: Understanding music copyrights, Form PA and SR   Power Distance Index, explained (article) Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers (GoodReads)   Luke Bryan - Rain Is A Good Thing (“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey”) Jeff Richmond (Tina Fey’s husband) The Firm Awaken with JP Ready Player One (film) Ready Player One (book) Idiocracy   Tags: Freelancing, VR, house concerts, covid, quarantine, losing your job, filter-bubbles, Blurred Lines lawsuit, attorney, Pharrell, Thicke, copyright, binge watching, dinner and a show, Zoom fatigue, Burning Man, avatars, community, meditation, Karens, memes, echo chamber, FAANG, precedent, declaratory judgment, IP litigation, musicologists, samples, audio mixing, copyright infringement, songwriting, streaming, riots, dystopia, Idiocracy, Ready Player One, AB-5, independent contractor, 1099, loan-out corporations, Disney+, Hamilton,making puzzles, Annie, piano, pipe organ, nunnery, St. Joseph’s, performance art, bucket list, professional clowns, Robert De Niro drum circle, Guinness Book of World Records, Roger Corman, Don't Call Us Tori, SXSW, giving back, Children of the Night, #everydayhero, the power of sleep, personal power, boundaries   Language of Creativity’s host Steven Leavitt enjoys discussing the ins and outs of all aspects of creating, creativity, and life with his fellow creators: artists, inventors, designers, producers and more. Along the way he hopes to gain perspective and multiply our understanding of what we share in common while creating, living, and learning.   Site:   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! The idea and concept of tribe has never been so inclusive as now in our interconnected reality. We’d love for you all to join us.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13
Nov 19 2020
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13
What does it mean to find meaningful work? How do we decide what path our lives will take without letting life dictate our path to us? Today we talk about something most adults will spend most of their lives doing: work.   Terese Anthony is a college career counselor who also happens to be a world-traveled modern-day renaissance woman. From bullfighting in Costa Rica to bartending to getting chased by sharks in Hawaii (spoiler alert!) to an PhD program with an aim at working for the United Nations. Acknowledging her love for helping people, Therese went back to school while raising two children that led her to her current path. But is this the her final stop? She is also a hobbyist photographer with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.   As Terese and Steven discuss their lives’ work so far, we get to hear stories of the best laid plans of mice, lemons out of lemonade, leaps of faith, doing what you love, being on a tiny bus with a flat tire surrounded by a pride of lions, what motivated her to leave her humdrum marketing gig to gain something more than the money.    We geek out about personality types, and learn how each of us can use the RIASEC test to find our strengths, core values and competencies to make sure we’re fulfilling our best selves in work and in life. As fellow ENFPs, creatives, and entrepreneurs with a drive to succeed, Steve and Terese grapple with how to utilize their strengths, overcome life’s practicalities and challenges, and achieve balance with life and work’s desires and needs.    PS. Steve guessed his Holland Code wrong in the episode, he is actually AIS (Artistic Investigative Social), the same as Terese’s top three (SAI)!   To reach out to Therese, contact myhappyworklife@gmail.com   Steven Leavitt (host) – Create Sound –   Terese Anthony: myhappyworklife@gmail.com   Additional music:  Nothing Wrong (by Lobate Scarp) Quarantine (by The Oceanographers) improvisation (by Josh Dobrowner)   Onet Online: Rican bullfighting:   Hawaii Pacific University: Nations: People: At Risk: Briggs: Development and Advisement: Code/RIASEC Test: the RIASEC test: Pink: Whole New Mind:   Understanding The RIASEC Realistic: practical, physical, concrete, hands-on, machine, and tool-oriented Investigative: analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative, thinker Artistic: creative, original, independent, chaotic, inventive, media, graphics, and text Social: cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing, teaching Enterprising: competitive environments, leadership, persuading, status Conventional: detail-oriented, organizing, clerical Tags: careers, colleges, anthropology, sociology, Denmark, career counseling, type-1 diabetic, United Nations, polymath, parenthood, grad-school, Hawaii, sharks, safari, travel, Costa Rica, Antarctica, photography, marketing, personality types, ENFP, artistic, polymath, travel, drumming, Kenya, Hawaii, idealism, motivation, Epcot Center, Chile, Antarctica, nonprofits, parenthood, happiness, work, time, reflection, maternity leave, career research, core values, worklifebalance, grad school, phd, working backwards, advisor, vibe, intuition, lions, riasec, Holland Code, Myers Briggs, personality tests, Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional, potential, bartender, MBTI, cognitive functions, authenticity, education, priorities, money, entrepreneur, left-brained, right-brained, outofthebox, photography, tradegroups, find your passion, stretch-goals, expectation gap, corporate culture, internships, web design, Office Space