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5 Easy Steps…

… to keep your cool.


It is surprisingly easy to lose your cool, and to react to minor stresses and to irritating people.
However, most of us would rather feel relaxed and in control, and the following guidelines can
help us reach this goal.

1. Keep things in perspective: Often we catastrophise or over-react when the issue or
offense is insignificant. Here, it is best to force yourself to take a balanced approach and remind
yourself, “it’s minor, and not worth the energy!”

2. Visualise yourself coping: Take a few deep breaths and let your feelings settle down. Draw
a mental picture of a calm, unflustered “you”, who takes their time to respond and is able to
cope. Then, in a calm, low voice – with a few well chosen words – respond as you would like, so
you maintain your self-respect.

3. Be aware of your triggers: When someone pushes our buttons we generally react.
However, if we know what those are then we can regain control, and can practice how to cope
when our feelings are stirred. Also, if we’re tired or hungry, feeling cold, or over-stretched then
we’re much more likely to over-react.

4. Create a calm environment: Stay one step ahead by preparing yourself for inevitable
setbacks and infuriating people. For example, play some music in the car, or take a walk during
lunch, or keep some photos in your office of the people that you love.

5. Distract yourself: When you feel the pressure building, or you start to ruminate, think of
something that’s amusing, or a fun event you’ve planned.
These are just a few suggestions to help you stay detached so that stresses and people don’t
make you lose your cool.
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Heavy Metal: the Black and Silver

into the whirlpool, where matter vanishes
degenerate star
arm of orion
an iron sun
the forbidden circle
it’s a mountain, it’s a black horizon

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never one

by starlight, the heaviest will rise up
magnetic mirror, scattered body slow
a chaos of metal, river of fire
unlighted crossing the countless blue and glows

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never one

falling matter, from the cross
freedom that was never lost
beyond the end, we’ll be coming
beyond time, space and control

direction – sun light
creation – done right
foundation – before the einstein splits the night
spans a river – star light
become tired – stars bright
world – light up darkness
without end – light up night

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never, never, never one

–‘heavy metal: the black and silver‘, blue oyster cult

Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone


Tom Morello and Ragin' Ryan

I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.


My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he’ll pardon Leonard Peltier.  Maybe he’ll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he’ll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign – and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That’s one possibility. But I’m not betting on it.

via Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone.


John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube

They come from the cities

And they come from the smaller towns

Beat up cars with guitars and drummers

Goin crack boom bam

Voices from nowhere

And voices from the larger towns

Filled our head full of dreams

Turned the world upside down

via John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube.

An Intoxicating Groove

Your result for The “What kind of band should we form?” Test…

The Latin Musician

79% Latin, 21% Classical, 34% Jazz, 59% Funk, 61% Klezmer, 76% Swedish_Death_Metal and 35% Butt_Rock!

Maybe one of your parents is an immigrant, you’re culturally adventurous, or you just got fed up with the jazz scene. Now you put down an intoxicating groove that attracts the beautiful masses to the dance floor. Just be careful not to down too many tequila shots between sets.

Take The “What kind of band should we form?” Test at HelloQuizzy


Well, I know the pagans enjoyed the groove we laid down at the Yule celebration. Lol

E Major


Your result for What’s your key signature?…

E Major

You’re a sharp one, ain’t ya?

Congratulations, you’re E Major, now start pumping out those root notes on the bass. Yes, the quintessential key of rock suits anything that requires loud and low on the bass, high and screechy on guitar, and open fifths on electric keyboard. With 4 sharps it’s not the best key for winds or piano, but with the tuning on guitars, it’s like the two were made for each other. That’s probably why metal, punk and all sorts of hard rock throw down to this key. E is for energy after all, it seems.

So are you, of course. Energy and noise are what you’re all about! Go for the gusto all you want, friend. Overdoing your bubbling over amount of adrenaline can be bad. And don’t run over old people. That’s bad.

SONG EXAMPLE: Pretty much anything in the genres I listed up there.


* As if to drive the point home that this is a key to be played on loud amped up instruments, E is incredibly hard to play on the ukulele.

Take What’s your key signature? at HelloQuizzy


She Pirouettes

feel so hypnotized, can’t describe the scene
feel so mesmerized all that inside me

the sunshine bores the daylights out of me
chasing shadows, blue light mystery

headed for the overload, splattered on the dirty road
kick me like you’ve kicked before
i can’t even feel the pain no more

–‘rocks off‘, rolling stones

Whatever gets you through the night.

A Short Trip Down Musical Memory Lane

“be my magic carpet ride

fly me down to capitol city

been kickin’ up a storm

from the day that i was born

sing a song for me

one from ‘let it be’

open up your eyes

get a grip on yourself inside”

-‘be here now‘, oasis

This was one of those great songs that spoke to me when I was younger, oh-so-much younger; it was a song I could listen to when everything went down the toilet, which happened every other day it seems like. I spent my days and nights tuned into the new local alternative music station, and while there are some good and sometimes great 90’s music, most were mediocre in my opinion.

So why did I listen? Because they anchored me to the then-present and kept me going. And that was something I desperately needed, even when they were slightly darker lyrics.

Maybe especially the darker lyrics.

“me and myself killed a world today

me and myself got a world to save

broadcast dead revolution don’t pay

strapped up freaks on the lazarus plane

i can tell just by the climate

and i can tell just by the style

i was born and raised on venus

and i may be here a while

and every supersonic jerkoff who plugs into the game

is just like every subatomic genius who just invented pain

i will deny you

i will deny you, baby

i will deny you… “

-‘negasonic teenage warhead‘, monster magnet

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