Just Some Thoughts

Just Some Thoughts

Thoughts and ideas about creativity, awareness and connection. Hosted by Marilyn McNeal, an independent musician, composer and visual artist working on indie alt folk and experimental roots music under the name Chantmagick.... Show More

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On August 12, 2019, I interviewed Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, a California based artist and illustrator.

We were in conversation for an hour and a wide range of topics are covered!

To find Dawline's work online, please go to http://www.dawlinejaneart.com/

Her Instagram account is  Read more

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In this podcast episode, I interview Monica Medeiros, a Vallejo, CA-based artist who specializes in creating work using the letterpress. Monica also teaches workshops on natural dying and eco-printing. Her business is called Bricolage Press.

You can find out more about her work and workshops at https://bricolage-press.myshopify.com/

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In this week's podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jen Laursen, a teaching artist and leatherworker based in the Bay Area of California.

Jen makes leather accessories by hand, inspired by leatherwork from Mexico and fashion and artwork from the American art deco and 1970's periods.

She taught herself (and is still learning!) via old manuals, YouTube videos, and her own trial and error process.  

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In this episode, I share the first five recordings of my re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. the work is a mixture of narration and original music. I hope you enjoy!

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In this episode, I talk a bit about why I chose Alice in Wonderland as a story to re-tell. 

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This year, I am re-telling the Alice in Wonderland story through a music and dance video web series that unfolds in the woods of Northern California. Come with me on this journey as Alice explores reality, truth and beauty.

This is a the narration for the 90 second trailer of Down The Rabbit Hole - A Musical Journey Based on Alice in Wonderland

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November 20, 2018 18 min

In this episode, I return  to the podcast after a month of creating a new album launch. I talk about the challenges of the launch with an eye on three pieces of advice.

  • be adaptable
  • understand your why
  • don’t hesitate
  • Watch album promos on YouTube:
    http://bit.ly/fall2018newalbum

    Stream on Spotify: 
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    October 14, 2018 8 min

    So people ask me all the time. What are you doing? What is Chantmagick about? I say it's about feeling joy, it's about me modeling so for other people, people listening to the music. It's about peace. it's about kindness and connection, especially in nature. It's a series of musical statements about hope and the feeling that can reconnect to ourselves with nature and to each other.

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    In this week's podcast, I talk a little bit about a favorite quote which is "Your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the one you give yourself."

    My purpose is to access and bring music from all of my sources out to the public.

    My job is to find images, movements and sounds that help people reconnect with all knowing, loving source.

    My task is to stop, evaluate and make subtle shifts ... Read more

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    September 12, 2018 5 min

    This weeks talk was inspired by a quote I saw that referred to "whole hearted people living from a deep sense of worthiness." 

    For some reason, these words move me deeply!

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    "Be the one you are dreaming of." This week I discuss that statement and what it has meant to me as a creative person. 

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    September 1, 2018 5 min

    "Relax . . . intuition thrives on relaxation. Sit with your worries and let them pass over you like clouds."

    In this episode, I share some thoughts about the statement above and tell a short story about telling the truth, relaxation and intuition.

    These thoughts come up as I create my work as a musician. All work can be found on https://chantmagick.com

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    August 24, 2018 7 min

    In this episode, I share some thoughts about Dr. Amit Goswami's ideas about creativity and consciousness. Dr. Goswami is a retired full professor in the department of Physics at University of Oregon from 1968 - 1997.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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    August 20, 2018 5 min

    You need three bones to make it: wishbone, funny bone and backbone. Do you agree? Latest vlog post with thoughts on Reba McEntire's talk on Oprah's Masterclass.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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    "Ideas are everywhere. They're part of the atmosphere. They're around the trees and the corners. They bounce off the people you meet. It's a matter of being open to them."

    I wrote this down from an interview I read years ago. I really like this idea and discuss it briefly in this latest episode. 

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at Read more

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    August 20, 2018 3 min

    "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Some brief thoughts and ideas about this Wayne Dyer quote.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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    "Being present creates an opening that life can drop information into." ~ Cheri Huber

    I share some brief thoughts about Cheri's astonishing insight.

    Here is the link to her call-in talk show which runs every Tuesday evening at 4:50pm Pacific, http://www.openairwithcherihuber.org/ 
    Her free online archives go back to 2002. Read more

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    August 20, 2018 8 min

    You need three bones to make it: wishbone, funny bone and backbone. Do you agree? Latest episode with thoughts about Reba McEntire's talk on Oprah's Masterclass.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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    August 18, 2018 3 min

    In this initial podcast episode, I discuss thoughts and feelings about growth mindset.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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    In this initial podcast episode, I discuss thoughts and feelings about love.

    A video version of this podcast along with over 100 original music videos can be found at https://chantmagick.com

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