Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis Is In My Morning Kickstart Music List

Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis is part of My Morning Kickstart Music List.

This is a wonderful piece of music, and the film is a wonderful presentation of history.

I added this because of the theme of someone overcoming seemingly odds. Inspiring.

Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire

Chariots of Fire – the film

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film.

It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics:

  • Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and
  • Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

The film’s title was inspired by the line, “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn “Jerusalem“; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.

The original phrase “chariot(s) of fire” is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in the Bible.

Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

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Pipeline by Bruce Johnston Is In My Morning Kickstart Music List

Pipeline by Bruce Johnston starts off My Morning Kickstart Music List as its upbeat surfing instrumentals really appeal to me.

The sounds also take me back to my time in California in the summer and fall of 1969. So many great memories of hitchhiking from San Diego back to Vancouver, BC., and then on to Montreal, Quebec.

Bruce Arthur Johnston

Bruce Arthur Johnston is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as a member of the Beach Boys.

I enjoyed watching this wide-ranging interview with Bruce Johnston as he looks back at the Beach Boys golden sixties period and the music that built their success.

Bruce talks about the changing Californian music scene across the decade, the growth of Brian Wilson as a songwriter & producer, the triumph of Pet Sounds and the disappointment of the abortive SMiLE project.

He reflects on The Beach Boys’ story and output, as well as the challenging climate of the late Sixties as the group’s hits began to dry up.

Beach Boys

Although I never surfed I did grow up listening to the Beach Boys and their music still resonates with me in 2019 at the age of 71.

The Beach Boys are one of the most influential acts of the rock era distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs.

The Beach Boys drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian Wilson as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, they often incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

Visit the Beach Boys website.

Pipeline by Bruce Johnson

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Hello Hello Hello Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “Hello Hello Hello” by Kes the Band to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

Kes the Band is a delight to listen to for me. So upbeat.

Hello Hello Hello was my first exposure to Kes the Band and Trinidad and Tobago inspired fusion of Soca, Calypso, Reggae and Pop of Caribbean sounds.

Lyrics for Hello by KES the Band

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmmm

Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah

She had de ting I lul love
Where she from I don’t know
Drop she waist an go low
Rock de place like a dojo

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Pretty gyul would yuh come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist an show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way you blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it

Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

An give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Say she sweet like a mango
She play de ting like a banjo
Dem other gyul dem doh know
How she wrap de ting like a go go

Lawd

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Sexy gyul wah yu come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist
Show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way yuh blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

Ah give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmm ummmm
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Connect with Kes the Band

You can connect with them on facebook.com/Kestheband/.

Here is the YouTube Channel for Kes the Band.

Hello Hello Hello by Kes the Band

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My Silver Lining Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

I am sharing it with the video Weightless featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier. You can find his other videos on his YouTube channel.

I love watching this video. It gets me soaring.

Weightless – Jean-Baptiste Chandelier

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo that consists of the sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg.

Here is First Aid Kit on YouTube.

My Silver Lining Lyrics

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

Songwriters: JOHANNA KAJSA SOEDERBERG, KLARA MARIA SOEDERBERG

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My Morning Kickstart Music

My Morning Kickstart Music helps to get my brain going and my mind and emotions going in a positive direction. I have found that as a TBI Survivor (Traumatic Brain Injury) my day gets going on a better footing when I kickstart my morning with some upbeat, positive music.

My Morning Kickstart Music - Richard Edward Ward

Music with an upbeat message, especially overcoming obstacles, helps me to clear my mind by replacing worries and concerns.

How about you?

Do you listen to music to help kickstart your day?

I am always happy to hear about new tunes that will help me get going.

My Morning Kickstart Music List

Here is My Morning Kickstart Music list.

You can check it out on Spotify.

  • Pipeline – Bruce Johnston
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • It’s a Beautiful Day – Queen
  • Hello Hello Hello – Kes the Band
  • Never Surrender – Corey Hart
  • We Are the Champions – Queen
  • Win – Brian Knight
  • Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
  • Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  • Fly / I Believe I Can Fly – Glee Cast
  • My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

What music do you listen to in the morning to kickstart your day? Please let me know.

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The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge

This is a wonderful book. If you or loved one or a friend have ever suffered from head injuries or head trauma, as I have, then you will want to read The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge.
Richard Ward

Norman Doidge, M.D., a psychiatrist and researcher, set out to investigate neuroplasticity and met both the brilliant scientists championing it and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself is a riveting collection of case histories detailing the astonishing progress of people whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others, blind people learning to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, painful phantom limbs erased, stroke patients recovering their faculties, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully, entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing, and lifelong character traits altered.

“You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to read it — just a person with a curious mind.” — Globe & Mail

Doidge takes us into terrain that might seem fantastic. We learn that our thoughts can switch our genes on and off, altering our brain anatomy. Scientists have developed machines that can follow these physical changes in order to read people’s thoughts, allowing the paralyzed to control computers and electronics just by thinking. We learn how people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception in order to become savant calculators, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument, simply by imagining doing so.

“Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired’ and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’ own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neuro-rehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”
Oliver Sacks

Using personal stories from the heart of this neuroplasticity revolution, Dr. Doidge explores the profound implications of the changing brain for understanding the mysteries of love, sexual attraction, taste, culture and education in an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at human possibility and human nature.

Lucid and absolutely fascinating…engaging, educational and riveting. It satisfies, in equal measure, the mind and the heart. Doidge is able to explain current research in neuroscience with clarity and thoroughness. He presents the ordeals of the patients about whom he writes- -people born with parts of their brains missing, people with learning disabilities, people recovering from strokes- -with grace and vividness. In the best medical narratives — and the works of Doidge… join that fraternity — the narrow bridge between body and soul is traversed with courage and eloquence.
Chicago Tribune

The Brain That Changes Itself is available on Amazon.

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Dr. Daniel Amen recommends Kirtan Kriya – the the SA TA NA MA meditation

Dr. Daniel Amen in his book Making A Good Brain Great recommends using a form of meditation known as Kirtan Kriya, also known as the SA TA NA MA meditation.

TBI and ABI survivors heal your brain by doing Sa Ta Na Ma meditation

The 12 minute format of Kirtan Kriya that Dr. Amen recommends is a very easy form of meditation for busy people to practice and a slight variation on the traditional 11 Minute Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation.

The SA TA NA MA meditation is based on the five primal sounds:

  • Saa,
  • Taa,
  • Naa,
  • Maa and
  • Aa

I have found this to be a wonderful meditation.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation

I have struggled to meditate on a regular daily basis for decades. And while there is no doubt that the gabapentin medication is helping me to stay on track, as shown in my second SPECT Scan, I am finding that when I get up in the morning, and before goingto bed at night, I really look forward to doing Kirtin Kriya. It seems that the combination of sound (mantra) and movement (Mudra) makes a difference for me.

Dr. Amen says “I teamed with Drs. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Nisha Money to study the impact of meditation on the brain. We chose a simple 12 minute form of meditation, Kriya Kirtan, that is easy for busy people to practice. It is based on the five primal sounds: Saa, Taa, Naa, Maa (aa being the fifth sound). Meditators say each sound as they consecutively touch their thumb to fingers two, three, four and five. The sounds and fingering are repeated for two minutes out loud, two minutes whispering, four minutes silently, two minutes whispering and two minutes out loud.

“We performed SPECT scans at rest one day and then after meditation the next day. We saw marked decreases in the left parietal lobes (decreasing awareness of time and space) and significant increases in the prefrontal cortex (which showed that meditation helped to tune people in, not out). We also saw increased activity in the right temporal lobe, an area that has been associated with spirituality.

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation & Kirtan Kriya

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation conducted a study at the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, California in 2003. It was a joint project between the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and the Amen Clinic of Newport Beach, California, affiliated with the University of California at Irvine.

What did the SPECT scan from the study show before doing Kirtan Kriya?

In one of the brain scans, we saw that the dimples in the front of the brain show a lack of complete blood flow. The area located on the back region of the brain is lumpy and asymmetrical, also due to a lack of blood flow. In the center of the brain, no thalamus is visible.

brain before Kirtin Kriya

What did a SPECT scan of the same brain described above show after doing Kirtan Kriya?

A SPECT scan of the same brain showed that the dimples had disappeared, showing an increase in blood flow. The back of the brain is fuller and more symmetrical. The thalamus is now visible in the center of the brain. The thalamus controls appetite and sleep cycles, sets the emotional tone of the mind, and promotes bonding.

brain after Kirtin Kriya

SPECT Scans courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation.

So I am looking forward to my next SPECT Scan to see what other changes we see to my brain.

When you do the Kirtin Kriya meditation you say each sound as you consecutively touch your thumb to fingers two, three, four and five. Each time you close a mudra by joining the thumb with a finger, your ego “seals” its effect in your consciousness.

Visualize or feel each individual sound come in the crown chakra at the top of the head, down through the middle of the head and out to infinity through the third eye. This is very important and must be done with each sound. It is an essential part of the cleansing process. If this part of the meditation is not done, you may experience a headache.

Kirtan Kriya 12 Minute Meditation Instructions :

  • Sit with a straight spine.
  • Bring your mental focus to the brow point.
  • 2 minutes OUTLOUD – SA TA NA MA
  • 2 minutes in an audible WHISPER – SA TA NA MA
  • 4 minutes chant SILENTLY. Keep the hands and tongue moving – SA TA NA MA.
  • 2 minutes WHISPER – SA TA NA MA.
  • 2 minutes OUTLOUD – SA TA NA MA.
  • 30 seconds: sit quietly and listen inside, hear the mantra and experience the energy flowing in throw your Crown Chakra and out through your brow (Third Eye).
  • Do not do the finger movements.
  • 30 seconds: inhale deeply, raise the arms up in the air and vigorously shake the arms and fingers. You can involve the whole body and spine. Exhale. Repeat 1 or 2 more time if you desire. This is an important part of the meditation as it helps move and release the energy in the body.

Relax for a few minutes before going about your day. Or relax on your back. If it is before bed time, simply go to sleep.

While doing the meditation, you may experience pictures of the past come up like on a movie screen in your mind. Let them dance in front of your eyes and release them with the mantra. This is part of the cleansing of the subconscious mind.

If emotions come up, you can also incorporate them in the chanting, i.e. if you feel anger then chant out the anger. Whatever you experience is OK. Do not try to avoid or control your experiences. Simply be with what is going on and go through it. It is all part of the cleansing process.

The bottom line is that this meditation works. All you have to do is do it. You can trust the process and the technology.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation

 

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