Santa Barbara based Conscious Music Artisit, David Segall has embarked on an epic Europe musical tour. I caught up with David right before he left for the tour. See the interview below as he takes a break from packing on his sail boat to chat with me about his musical influences as well as all the projects he has going on.
You can help David along his joinery in Europe by contributing to his crowdfunding campaign. There are some pretty nice perks including sailing adventures and yoga classes. Stay tuned to David as he just started the "Soul of the World" video series that documents his travels in Eurpoe as well as lessons he's learned along the way.
Donate to David Segall's crowd funding campaign.
"Godspeed" is David Segalls brand new music video! Inspired by a 30 ft sail boat his band use to play on, Godspeed embodies the relaxed sailing life David leads.
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Sometimes you go to a show just to hear that one song you needed to hear. I had never heard of Hirie until looking them up and listening to them right before the show that Rainbow Girls opened for. I actually didn't really like Reggae music before this show either. Yet the combination of the female lead's voice and the Reggae Pop sound got me instantly hooked. Sorry Rainbow Girls but I actually even like Hirie a little more than the local fav Rainbow Girls. This sound is something I can get behind and feel completely me listening to all day. halleluiah
As I did before the show just enough to know some lyrics and look like a real fan on the dance floor. Now I am a real fan. There was one song at the end of their playlist on the website that was exactly what I needed to hear. "If You Love Me Back" it encompassed what I was going through at the moment and helped me heal even more deeply into that subject.
Hirie's music is great to listen to as it lift your spirits.
Clayton Joseph Scott Band is now Brightside
Clayton Joseph Scott Band is now renamed to Brightside.
Brightside's music is for sure sunny! Their feel good lyrics and reggae pop sounds are sure to put you in a good mood. Hailing from Venice Beach the music reflects the surf and sand lifestyle in LA.
They are great during a live show as their jam band style comes out extending the songs to really let you feel the music and dance it out.
Other members of the band include lead guitarist, Daniel "Knoscious" Krieger who is also a member of the band The Luminaries, who had great success with songs about Peace and Hemp.
Together Clayton and Daniel also work with the Conscious event production team LuFamPro, that produces a weekly music show at a bar with kombucha on tap.
See more about the band on their website below.
Kute Blackson is in a Genre all His Own
Inspirational coach and speaker Kute Blackson puts out spoken word music that heals the soul, and at the same time promotes his work as a coach. His breakout track "The Miracle Is You" dives into the science of how the physical body and spirit of our cells are frankly a miracle.
Positive spoken word accompanied with graceful strings and instrumental harmonies, creates a sound that is beyond empowering.
Watch the Interview with Kute about his music and coaching.
My favorite thing to do while listening to Kute's musical spoken word poetry, is driving. Especially when I'm on a trip going for a long drive.
To learn more visit Kute's site.
Summer is wrapping up and fall is approaching. Summer season is normally associated with light hearted care free activities while Fall is more rooted in the earthly hazards of life. The Fall and Winter seasons can be tremulous for some.
The first verse of this song completely describes my October last year. Upon first hearing these words I couldn't help but cry.
I had gone through a traumatic break up and move during last October that took me a while to get back on my feet from. I'm still gaining balance emotionally from all the surprise bombs and memories. Like the homeless man's story in the music video, too didn't know where I was going to stay from night to night. Fortunately for me I never had to resort to sleeping in a grave yard as there was always a friends couch to crash on or a yoga room to sleep in.
I knew immediately once this readjustment phase started that it was going to be hard to get through but that I was going through it for a reason. I felt like this was my true testimony to God that I will always be taken care of even when I was at rock bottom. Four times it came down to the wire of having to move from where I was staying and not knowing what was next or where to go. And then like magic out of no where the perfect opportunities came up for me to take. Going from the last day at a place not knowing where to go next, to moving day and a place suddenly being available for me. It was something I couldn't have planned, only God could have lined up for me. That happened because I believed and trusted I would be taken care of.
Fall can be painful and bring loss. As we brace ourselves for similar potential energies this Fall I would hold onto this song in your playlists. Here is "Just Fall" by Anthem Lights.
Just Fall Official Lyric Video
While watching the Official Music Video and hearing that man's story, not only did I relate but heard my own call from God to do more for helping others. People who are close to me and those I have yet to meet through offering my services and talents in business. This has to be the most powerful music video I have seen in a while. It helps to have a mini documentary spliced in and tied to the song. The main message here is to surrender your troubles to God, who will break your fall and line things up for you to be taken care of.
Enjoy your Fall!
Just Fall Official Music Video
My two fav female artist one from the mainstream pop world, Demi Lovato and the other from the conscious crew, Kellee Maize have both come out with videos recently about light! Yes there is light at the end of the tunnel! Both sides of the music spectrum are getting it. They have seen the light and are daning in it! Metaphorically and litterally. In their videos they both dance in the neon light.
Kellee Maize with her video "Dancing with Lightning." And Demi's "Neon Lights," both artists have neon highlights either in body paint as in Kellee's video or neon lipstick and nail polish, as in Demi's. All brightened with the black light which pops bright and white colors. See for yourself and let me know which on you like most.
I like how Demi has showcased a song and video within the mainstream that isn't scandalous and sounds amazing! It's a great dance track that has lyrics I wouldn't mind repeating. It's not blatant negative programing or over sexualized. Go Demi! that's a hard thing to do and get away with in the mainstream. Demi is not like her counter parts such as Miley Syrus. She has some how been able to successfully sing on carrying positive messages throughout. This video shows a matchure Demi that has grown from a child star to respectable female pop star. I like her progression into this awesome dance sound in a lyrically clean way. And notice she didn't have to dress skimpy or do crude acts to get there. She's just herself.
I love the line "you're all i see in all these places, you're all i see in all these faces, so lets pretend we're running out of time." Make the most of your time and follow your heart is the message I interpret. "Baby when they look up at the sky. We'll be shoot stars passing by. You'll be coming home with me tonight" is just sensual enough not to be over the top. "Be still my heart, cuz it's freaking out." This are super relatable lyrics and emotions most people can identify with. Mixed with a great dance track and Demi has herself a hit.
As for Miss Kellee Maize. Female rapper google superstar. She's representing the conscious crew having LED hula hoopers in the video. Peace signs, hearts, buterflies, diamonds and tribal art are drawn on bodies with the neon paint. It has a nice low beat without being dub step. The chorus is cool saying that they like to do things that are exciting that might scare others. In a sense that is the conscious path. It's scary to face the forces of mother nature, a.k.a life; light. As when there is light it expose the darkness much more clearly and quickly. She is danincing with lightning. She has her own control over this force, she has over come the natural fears. "Let's frequency match" my fav line.
If you are frequency matching with this drop a line in the comments and tell me how. Are you liking this conscious music blog? And which video was your fav? Would love to hear from you. Blessings and Beets/ Beats.
Dear Hollywood, The Lights are Calling!
Anthem Lights that is. The band is calling you out! The four man singing group is asking for Hollywood to be more in the light! I mean come on, Los Angeles, it's the City of Angels yet produces so many vampire shows and horror movies. Its where artists go to make their dreams come true yet so many are crushed. They continue waiting tables for a living instead of having their passion profit.
It's a big sprawling city with many neon lights, it doesn't get too dark. Yet the dark side is always shown on the silver screens. Unnecessary vulgarity, violence and negativity shows up in the movies, music, and celebrity puffing that Hollywood produces. It's rare to find a direct positive message or movement coming out of the content produced there. Yet that's not as rare when you listen to music from bands like Anthem Lights on stations such as Air 1; the positive alternative. You have to know where to look for that. Hence why I have created this site, Conscious Content, for you to find content that is uplifting.
In college I had the amazing opportunity to attend a sustainability projects class. My teacher continually told us how we as California students have an edge of influence on the world as they look here for what's cool and what on trend. If the trend that we set is one of caring for the environment and all things related, we would have a huge influence, especially when put in the media. Because as the song says "Dear Hollywood, there's so much good that you could do. With so many eyes watching you."
One of the most powerful lines in the song, "Broken hearted but pretending that you're alright. Lived out every dream but something's missing."
I've followed this band for some time as a fan. They create amazing vocal harmonies in their covers of popular songs. Covering mostly in unique acapella and mash up versions. As I fan I had to comment right away.
I posted the following on their youtube lyric video "I've been waiting for this!! Awe it makes me cry. The lyrics are so powerful and on point! Way to go guys! I hope this gets lots of views and in the news!" And notice the angel number in the length of this video, 4:44. The meaning behind 444 according to Doreen Virtue's book "Angel Numbers" is
"444 — Thousands of angels surround you at this moment, loving and supporting you. You have a very strong and clear connection with the angelic realm, and are an Earth angel yourself. You have nothing to fear—all is well."
The angels support this message and this band! And you should to. Share the message! Spread it! Re-create Hollywood. We can do it. And we can start with youtube, public access and creating you own content. At least on social media we can control what is presented and posted :)
In light and Love - Melissa Laine.
Being amongst a spiritual community I have revered, encouraged and blogged about accomplishments of others because they have inspired me. I promote and blog through this site out of my heart because I love to share with others what gets me up. What helps me to feel good about myself, determined and confident. This is one of my labors of love. Much like a musician with their music.
Just like a musician you can do your dream as a hobbyist or a budding professional. Though when you go into the professional realm, people will do things for fame or to further their career that may not match up with their true essence of their love for that passion. This can happen with almost a guarantee every time in the music industry. Well all parts of the media industry for that matter. And I have seen friends and acquaintances sacrifice some of their purity to get ahead. That can hinger their creation and or themselves. I can go on and on about the negative, manipulative, dirty, and un-godly energy swirling around the entertainment industry, but I won't cuz you get it. Its really hard as an artist to stay pure to your heart creation while still paying your bills and eating. Also once successful one can have the same struggle to keep their creation in the highest light energy field from praying mantises who want to put their own energy spin on what the creation should be like.
A Conscious Artist is about staying true to you no matter what. As that is what connects and grows an audience. Being a true Conscious Artist is not just about having inspirational lyrics set to music people will actually listen to. A Conscious Artist has the following.
A real connection to their audience.
Adds value to their fan's lives.
Walks their talk.
These artists are not only found outside the mainstream. My honorary TRUE CONSCIOUS ARTIST AWARD goes to the MTV Documented, Tabloid Scrutinized, Disney Star, DEMI LOVATO.
I have been singing her song from hearing it on a top 40 station for months without knowing who she is. I found out, and I like!
From growing up in the spotlight with Barney, Disney channel shows and movies, Demi caved under the pressure system of hollywood. The pressure to perform, stay skinny and be a role model (or false prophet). Well now she has earned her role model status by admitting and openly talking about her struggles, with bullying, anorexia, bulimia, depression and cutting. She went on talk shows and even had an MTV Documentary about her personal issues showcased to her fans and the world in hopes that speaking out could give a voice and a chance for others to get better.
This is truly an inspirational artist to be so forthcoming with things most people would try to avoid talking about, especially in the public eye.
Within the conscious community I have seen most people wanting to only talk about the positive. In any community really we want to portray ourselves like we have it all together. "How are you doing today?" "Great" - we say after we had an existential breakdown in our car about the purpose of our life, before we saw that person at our local health food store. That leaves no room for a real connection, community, or help. It leaves the most compelling thing about you tucked away in the corner collecting dust or worse mold! And we're allergic to mold! Conforming to the mold and fitting into one. It's just not for us!
It's a little counter conscious to say but it's true. Revealing these types of things, pain, discomfort, and distorters actually doesn't harm you, it helps you. Revealing is to put in the light. When things are looked at long enough in the light and at the right angle, they can become clear. You can come to a clear understanding of why you went though that, why you have been kept clear of certain people, why you feel a certain way, it's all ok. That is exactly Demi's message. For revealing her secretes hasn't harmed her, its helped her, in recovery, connecting to her fans that feel similar and ultimately furthering her career. In the right light, the dark can become bright. So say what might be scary to say. It can save you and your career.
So with your creations, people, please, don't sugar coat it! Don't let someone else change your vision or misrepresent your work, or under represent it! Be you, be bold, be brave! Don't cave!
My fav Demi song "Together."
A link to watch the full MTV special Demi Lovato's Stay Strong
The Super Positive Anthem "Gold" by Britt Nicole is for more than just "all the girls and boys all over the world." It's an anthem for anyone who needs an encouraging reminder of their self worth! The video depicts the troubles kids go through in school from self destructive acts to bulling. The music video is like watching PSA in Candyland. Lucky this public service announcement has a hopeful ending through its message "whatever you've been told, your worth more gold." Your worth is more valuable then this world can measure. Knowing that, it truly is our Time to Shine!
Christina Aguilera is not normally an artist that comes to mind when writing about Conscious Music. Growing up listening to mainstream pop music I loved to dance to Christina's music and imagine I was a singer like her. My friends and I even got so close to almost meet her backstage at a concert, but we soon learned that a gifted used meet and greet pass for the opening band doesn't get you in to meet the headlining artist. Oops, we were fifteen.
Reflecting on the music I was idolizing, now I would not let myself listen to it let alone a 15 year old girl. With her first single "Genie in a Bottle" it was cute and catchy enough to overlook the underling message of subservient femininity to dominating masculinity.
With her Lotus Album I actually see a flower growing through the crack of the asphalt. To break down that metaphor lets look at the true spelling of ASS FAULT. Who is to blame, or better yet where does the program come from that runs through the music industry of demeaning the feminine? From some ASS hole, that's who's FAULT it is. From a demented masculine energy that has been controlling the mainstream music industry, that only creates successes out of those that follow their distorted agenda to degrade the feminine. Whether an artists knows it our not they have to play that game to be successful. Christina played it and is still playing it through even this album. With the super catchy cute song "Your Body." It's actually a great song when you hold it in the purity of loving someone and appreciating the ability to give them love through their body. Ahh that's an amazing and beautiful feeling, isn't it? To love someone with all your heart and to be able to express that on the physical plain is awesome!!!
Yet in Christina's music video for the song she murders every guy she comes in contact with but only after getting her sexual satisfaction from them. It went from in her early career, giving her power away to men to now having so much power over them that she doesn't need them and they are disposable that she can express her heartlessness over it. That is a demented femininity that was set forth by the ASS FAULT to be bought by young teens coming into their femininity to distort it before they even know what they goddesses essence truly is.
Yet some how within the album of Lotus I can feel what songs Christina pushed for to be on the record. I can feel her true femininity being expressed as the innate rightful goddesses she is. I hear it through "Lotus Intro," "Let There Be Love," "Make the World Move," and "Light Up the Sky."
Naming her album Lotus reveals the true aspects of femininity. The Lotus flower's meaning is one of spiritual transformation.
The Lotus Flower grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower ever.
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I think Christina is in a great place in her career, where she can balance the dark and rise to become her own Lotus Flower. She looks beautiful in the video from the American Music Awards, below. She is portraying a health body image, loving her curves, herself and exuding self confidence, but from a true source of Femininity.
A muse for amusing meaningful music.