Random Monday: Real World Crossover


Prepping for the holiday
I found some decorative antlers and decided to make a statement for the holidays.


Learned helplessness
According to Dr. Martin Seligman, being repeatedly exposed to uncontrollable events can lead towards negative, defeatist thinking. Psychologists call this phenomenon “learned helplessness” – being repeatedly exposed to an uncontrollable event, such as interviews or auditions and not getting called back.

After many repeated and failed attempts to accomplish something while in an uncontrollable event, your brain “learns” that success is beyond your control, that you cannot affect the outcome.

Once “conditioned” to this belief, the individual gives up hope and effort, even when later exposed to an event where control is possible. In effect, you’ve learned to become helpless.


Mental strength
Meanwhile at Forbes.com, an article speaks of mental toughness and tenacity as strengths. A list compiled by a psychotherapist and social worker in includes a few things to think about, such as:

1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated.

2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad.

3.    Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge.


Funny face
At CBC Music, 19 Epic Examples of Conductor Face are listed. Some are funny, and some are interesting. A few are downright scary.

Hail the Apocalypse?
That’s the Viking apocalypse we are talking about. Take a look at the source article – does it look like to you that the guy is holding that lur completely wrong?

Random videos

An inspirational video of Alan Watts giving advice to students, on their future and future careers.

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Sarah Willis offers a few tips on choosing a new horn.

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With his ongoing Kopprasch project, James Boldin keeps forging ahead. Here is number 54.

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Here is something new to me – a concerto by Alfred Hill. By the sounds of it there is nothing terribly profound going on in terms of deep composition, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun to play. Edward Allen performs.

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