Igniting And Sustaining Your Genius with Michael Gelb, Ph.D.

How can we keep that sparkle and lively energy that we enjoyed as a child? Michael Gelb, Ph.D. suggests it can be done by raising our qi or vital energy. He has some simple practices that can immediately turn our low energy into exuberance. He says, “Some people had that energy when they were younger but the pilot light has gone…I’ve put together the most essential, most powerful, most useful things I’ve learned in my life about how you can develop a creative mind set, and how you can supercharge these most powerful, creative tools [by raising your] Qi.” This, he says, goes beyond changing our mood, it relates to our creativity. He suggests several ways to enhance our creativity, such as the use of mind maps and knowing the difference between a fixed mindset and a creative mindset. He also goes into detail about what he calls the five aspects of the creative tool-kit: preparation, generation, incubation, evaluation, and implementation. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Michael Gelb, Ph.D. is a business consultant, seminar leader, and authority on applying genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He’s also a certified qigong teacher.

Michael Gelb’s, Ph.D. books include:

To learn more about the work of Michael Gelb, Ph.D. go to www.michaelgelb.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How vital energy, sometimes called chi or qi, is acknowledged by all wisdom traditions
  • What is the secret to martial arts and healing in raising our creative baseline
  • Why we must understand how the world around us affects us and how to antidote its negative effects
  • What is a practice that can turn our low energy into exuberance
  • How to keep the sparkle we had as little children
  • What is mind mapping and how can it help us generate new ideas
  • What is the difference between a fixed mindset and creative mindset
  • Why imagining ourselves as children can lead to greater creativity
  • What are the five aspects of the creative tool-kit: preparation, generation, incubation, evaluation, implementation

Host: Justine Willis Toms            Interview Date: 7/26/2014                    Program Number: 3515

“Fools’ Fortune VII” and “A Body Of Work”

It’s another packed Arts Magazine this week as host Michael Hogge welcomes clown & mime Beth Byrd to the studio. Byrd will tell us about upcoming events put on by Byrd Productions including Fools’ Fortune VII and their fall/winter workshops.

Then, at 12:30, the Owen/Cox Dance Group will visit with us and talk about their upcoming production A Body Of Work: Reflections And Musings On The Human Body. Tune in for your Monday’s recommended daily allowance of arts and culture news, right here on 90.1 FM!

Art As Social Change: Birthing the Dawn Of A New Day

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”  - Bertolt Brecht
John Densmore, legendary drummer of the Doors, joins visionary spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree in an exploration of creativity and social change. This episode of Bioneers Radio features exclusive interviews with the artists and a special Bioneers performance of Jim Morrison’s poem, “American Prayer”.
John Densmore
“I play the drums,” says John Densmore, with tangible pride.He may be belaboring the obvious, considering that, as the rhythmic engine of The Doors, he’s responsible for some of the most famous beats in rock history. “The drum was the first fucking instrument,” he declares. “The reason people move and dance is that they’re trying to get back to the heartbeat that you hear in the

During the musically prolific years between their debut album in 1967 and Morrison’s death in 1971, The Doors became one of the most influential bands in rock history. The band’s dark, sonically diverse sensibility and Morrison’s invention of the “rock shaman” archetype set them far apart from their peers.
In the late 80′s he begin work on his autobiography, Riders on the Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison and The Doors, which was published in 1990. “It’s not as exciting as playing music, but you don’t have to depend on fucked-up musicians,” he says of the writing process. “And you can do it by yourself in the middle of the night. I’ve been trying to find the music between the sentences.” The New York Times Book Review called Riders “well-written and touching,” while USA Today deemed it “as good an account of the history of The Doors as has been printed to date.”Densmore joined Manzarek and Krieger for The Doors’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

He has since authored articles for The Nation, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Utne Reader Magazine. He has worked on documentary films–notably the acclaimed Road to Return and Juvies (narrated by Mark Wahlberg).

A non-fiction book is imminent (slated for publication Spring 2012), which he “had to write.” The subject is rock and roll going up on trial.

Climbing PoeTree
Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service of their vision for a more just and livable world.Climbing PoeTree’s award-winning performance is composed of dual-voice spoken word poetry, hip hop, and multi-media theatre that challenges its audiences to remember their humanity, dissolves apathy with hope, exposes injustice, and helps heal our inner trauma so that we may begin to cope with the issues facing our communities.Over the last 10 years, Climbing PoeTree has performed for thousands of people across the U.S. and abroad from Mexico to the UK, South Africa to Cuba, alongside visionary leaders and artists such as Cornel West, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.Innovative educators, Alixa and Naima have lead hundreds of workshops in institutions from Columbia University to Rikers Island Prison. They are currently developing a multimedia curriculum based of their latest production, Hurricane Season, that employs art and culture to help learners analyze systems of oppression and resistance, and build new leadership essential for fundamental social change.http://www.climbingpoetree.com/

Marching Against Climate Change, the Vicar of Baghdad, and More

Interfaith Voices looks at the recent massive People’s Climate March, being Christian in Iraq, and Confucianism.

Faith and Fossil Fuels

When the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced their decision to divest $50 billion from fossil fuel investments on September 22, they joined a small but growing movement that includes churches, Christian seminaries, and other religious groups. That statement came just one day after more than 300,000 people gathered in New York City for the People’s Climate March. Some of the march’s religious leaders could be found in a wooden replica  of Noah’s Ark carrying the message, “We are all Noah now.”  We talk with Rev. Fletcher Harper about his experience at the march, and find out why he thinks religious groups have a special obligation to divest from coal, gas and oil stocks.


Canon Andrew White’s Prayer for Iraq

As the chaplain of the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq, Canon Andrew White has seen some of the worst violence and turmoil in that nation’s history. He’s watched Iraq’s Christian community dwindle from more than one million people in in 2003 to no more than 300,00 today, and he’s even been kidnapped and held at gunpoint. Despite the danger, and his personal battles with multiple sclerosis, he refuses to leave. Canon White, dubbed ‘the Vicar of Baghdad,’ joins us in our studio.


World Religions 101: Confucianism

Confucians aren’t particularly interested in the divine or the afterlife; they’re more concerned with the here and now–with cultivating harmony and virtue. The problem Confucianism is trying to solve is lack of social order. The answer is to be kind and honorable to each other, through rituals and etiquette.

Marty Raybon, Blue Ridge Entertainers and more!

Recorded live in Nashville, this edition of Music City Routes features artists Marty Raybon, Blue Ridge Entertainers, Corbin Hayslett, and Ed Snodderly.


Marty Raybon

Throughout his epic journey, spanning nearly three decades, Marty Raybon has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including; multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy Awards, along with scores of other accolades. Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts at four corners of the earth. But what does all that really say about Marty Raybon?

Among his contemporaries, he is considered to possess one the purest natural country voices in the business. Gary LeVox, Lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, refers to Marty Raybon as “The greatest singer on the planet to this day!”  Country music star, Josh Turner says, “Marty is one of the best soul singers in music. He gets inside a song and turns it inside out. When you listen to him sing, he makes every word sound important and makes you feel as though he is singing straight to you. I love everything he’s done. He’s a great singer, a great artist, and a great man”,  Grammy Award winning Christian artist, Jason Crabb says that Marty has “One of the greatest voices to ever sing, with a tear in his voice that will just melt you”.

Unequivocally it can be said that Marty Raybon is a talented man, an accomplished man, a man who has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. He has appeared on all the major television networks and has been featured in numerous hit music videos. He has circled the globe entertaining millions along the way, always leaving the audience with a clear and lasting impression of himself as singer of songs.


Blue Ridge Entertainers

Hailing from Johnson City, Tennessee, The Blue Ridge Entertainers are proud purveyors and dedicated students of Appalachian old-time string band music.  Young lifelong musicians Coleman Akin (guitar, fiddle, vocal) and Kris Truelsen (mandolin, guitar, vocal) began performing as a duo in early 2013, engaging audiences with a vast repertoire of American popular music.

In rapid time the Entertainers have gained a great deal of notice, leading to numerous and varied bookings. Among these are major festivals, TV and radio appearances, and recorded film performances.  The duo has won numerous blue ribbons at venerated fiddlers conventions around the region including the Great Southern Fiddler’s Convention, and Laurel Bloomery Fiddler’s Convention.

The Blue Ridge Entertainers, Kris Truelsen and Coleman Akin are quickly making a name for themselves through their unique interpretations of American string band music.  Not only do they specialize in music of their East Tennessee region, but they also play a spectrum of American traditional music that ranges from early jazz, blues, ragtime, and string band music from the Deep South.  The band—all possessing multiple instrumental skills—pass instruments back and forth throughout performances, engaging any audience with laughter, fun, and intimacy.  The deep dedication to their craft and love for what they do emanates from the music the Entertainers bring to the stage.


Corbin Hayslett

Corbin Hayslett, age 20, has fast become an accomplished performer of old time, traditional and acoustic Americana music. His skills on the banjo span historical early styles as well as Old Time “claw hammer” or “frailing” and Blue Grass picking. Corbin weaves the history of “America’s instrument” through shows with His lively stage presence and singing with his dry wit adding to his family-friendly performances.

Winner of numerous awards (most recently, First Place in Youth Banjo at both the Galax Fiddlers Convention and the VA State Fair), this modern minstrel on the five-string plays several styles of banjos, as well as guitar, dulcimer, jaw harp and sings solo. He has played with and under the tutelage of numerous masters, including the McKenzies, the Amazing Jim Lloyd and the late/great, Mike Seeger. He has also appeared live on WVTF’s Back to the Blue Ridge.

Don’t miss his toe tapping, hand clapping, “great fun” performance!

Ed Snodderly

Ed Snodderly has dedicated his life to the arts and is a well-respected musician, writer, actor and owner of one of the country’s longest running music venues. Ed’s low-key personal demeanor belies a wealth of accomplishment and talent that distinguishes Ed in the world of Southern-roots based music.

When Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled it’s new building in 2001, Ed was permanently honored when his song lyrics were literally inscribed into the wall. It is quite an honor to be recognized by an institution that could have picked any one of hundreds of legendary and renowned songwriters to distill the essence of what the Museum embodies. But it was the simple eloquence of Snodderly’s pen that gave his artistry an immortality.

And Ed comes by that honestly. Born in East Tennessee, Ed’s love of music and his ability to inspire others began with his own grandfather who was an old-time fiddler. Together with Ed’s father on guitar and his uncles playing fiddle, piano and banjo, his family’s band played for the same square dances back in the 1930’s that the then young Roy Acuff played on the alternate weekends. And the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Ed’s family were tobacco and cattle farmers, with music an inherent part of family life. Ed’s own down to earth outlook and artistry draws from his background where his rich musical heritage nurtured the artist within.

In the 70’s, Ed spread his wings to take advantage of a record deal with Philo Records and then moved to Boston, later migrating briefly to the West Coast to record another album. But it was Ed’s native Tennessee roots that called him home when in 1976 Ed and a friend decided that East Tennessee needed a quality listening venue, and The Down Home Pickin’ Parlor was born. Surviving through numerous ups and downs of the music business, The Down Home continues to present the finest in Southern and national artists over these three decades.

As Ed continued his various musical projects, it was in the 90’s that his musical brilliance was to be feted in a duo with Eugene Wolf known as “The Brother Boys.” Almost as a testimony to that all Ed absorbed in his early musical years, Ed & Eugene were acknowledged critically for a decade with their now three classic recordings on Sugar Hill. Continuing to perform in a variety of situations, Ed recently formed a “writers in the round” group that he tours with featuring some of the best artists the south has to offer – Tony Arata (noted for writing Garth Brook’s The Dance), Malcomb Holcomb and Jelly Roll Johnson. Additionally Ed’s own songs have also been recorded by artists such as Missy Raines, former New Grass Revival’s John Cowan and Sam Bush as well as Jerry Douglas.

Laurie Lewis

This Sunday morning edition of Art of the Song features acclaimed singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis.

The Sacramento News called her “as fine a singer as anyone on the acoustic music circuit, anywhere in the world.” Billboard praised her ability to “successfully walk the high wire above esoteric country, combining elements of bluegrass and pure country to form her own seamless mix.” Sing Out! magazine recently stated, “It’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that if the “Americana” format wasn’t invented for her, it should have been.” And American folk music icon Utah Phillips boiled it down even further, asserting: “Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

Lewis, accompanied by Tom Rozum, has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and several times with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion. She is also the program director for a Music Camp on the Oregon Coast called Bluegrass at the Beachwhich she has done with Tom Rozum since 1992.

Lewis’s songs have been recorded by others, including Kathy Mattea, and she has accompanied Holly Near. She has been invited to accompany many other artists, including Kato Sanden, a Norwegian pop star, and the legendary (but still active) Ralph Stanley. Besides producing her own CDs, Lewis’s skill in the recording studio has resulted in her being asked to produce recordings for a number of other artists. She is also in demand as a teacher on fiddle and guitar.

Lewis has toured widely in many parts of the world, including most European countries, China, and Japan. When not on tour, she makes her home in Berkeley, California.



Trans Talk: Trans* History with Cristan Williams

Sandra Meade interviews Cristan Williams about trans* history. Cristan is a trans* historian and advocate who devotes her time to addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. Cristan pioneered numerous transgender social service, homeless and health programs, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, founded the Transgender Center and Transgender Archive in Houston, and is the editor at the social justice site the TransAdvocate.com. She co-chairs the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

The show starts out with the LGBT news from the past week, and closes with the community calendar update.