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Music Albums With Truth & Consciousness To Expand Your Mind

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In January of 2012, we at CE released a list of movies with truth or consciousness within them. The list began as 24 films that we were familiar with and wanted to share with you all, the list has since then expanded to feature over 100 titles thanks to the contributions of all of you! To see that list right now and find out a new great movie to watch you can click HERE.

In April of 2013, thanks to the hard-work of Eliot Estep we were also able to feature a list of books that promote truth and awakening. The list in it’s original published form already featured close to 100 suggestions and now in combination with your comments is well over that mark. To see that list list right now and find a great book to snuggle up with and read you can click HERE.

It’s now June 2013 and it only seems fitting that we finish the trilogy. This time we would like to present a list of music albums with truth or consciousness within the tracks they feature. Once again I would like to remind you that these lists are in no way a ranking of the best ones out there, they are simply some that we have come across and would like to use as a starting point for a list that we can all co-create. The end result: a wonderful resource for us all to use and share no matter our musical preferences or taste. So go through our list, be sure to check out any albums you may not have been previously familiar with and please let us and everyone else know any that you have come across!

Michael Jackson – Greatest Hits
Quite possibly the most influential and gifted artist in the world, it would be crazy for us not to include Michael Jackson on this list. Since almost any of his albums could be selected the safest route is to go with the Greatest Hits compilation. Particular songs of interest include Heal The World & They Don’t Care About Us.

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
From the most influential solo artist we move to the quite possibly the most influential band in the world. Like with Michael Jackson there are numerous albums we could select but we will focus on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ primarily for the song Within You Without You. But of course we suggest looking through a lot of The Beatles other music for a lot of truth and even simple yet nice messages.

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Macklemore – The Language of My World
Released in 2005, The Language of My World is a powerful 20 track album featuring an abundance of powerful messages that can be classified as both truth-filled and conscious. Many of the tracks take a very melodic and powerful tone while others play with comedy to make this album more than worth checking out. Some of the suggested tracks on the album include: Hold Your Head Up, Ego & Inhale Deep.

Story of the Year – The Black Swan
A lot of their other albums feature songs that hold glimpses of truth but in particular the album The Black Swan, released in 2007, boasts the most songs with this meaning associated to them. Some of the most notable songs on the album include: Cannonball, Choose Your Fate, The Antidote and Pale Blue Dot.

John Lennon Imagine
In his solo work John Lennon also took the time to release fragments of truth throughout a number of his songs. In the album ‘Imagine’ in particular John Lennon took a much gentler tone and released several songs with great messages worth listening to. The album itself also sits on the Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums of All-Time list as well.

Tupac (2Pac) Shakur – Greatest Hits
Before his death, Tupac became well known for releasing a fair amount of truth throughout a great number of songs. As a result of this almost all of his albums feature songs that could easily make their way on this list. We chose to however focus on the Greatest Hits album since it was the only that featured the song ‘Changes.’ This song in particular stands out to the understanding Tupac held and the message he wanted to share with the world.

Circa Survive – Violent Waves
Released in 2012, ‘Violent Waves’ is an album filled with truth towards a lot of the hardships faced within the music industry. The band does not hesitate to speak out in a number of the songs on the album including: Birth of an Economic Hit Man & Sharp Practice. It’s also worth noting that this was the first album that Circa Survive released without a record label attached to it.

Immortal Technique – The Third World
In all of his albums American rapper Immortal Technique is known for being a vocal activist on numerous issues. These issues include but are not limited to class struggle, poverty and racism. All of his albums carry these powerful messages but we decided to draw upon his 3rd album The Third World as the focus here.

Muse – The Resistance
The band Muse is another one synonymous with sharing truth whether it be in the light of hoping to form some form of rebellion or not, the tracks are definitely worth listening to. In particular we’d like to suggest the album The Resistance. Aside from being packed with truth the album also garnered the band their first grammy in 2011 for Best Rock Album.

The Luminaries One
It’s not very often that you come across a band whose primary intention is to create songs that build awareness and share truth. The Luminaries are just that and because that we really suggest you check out their album ‘One.’ Released in 2011 the 14-track album is filled with tons of truth and is quite melodic and easy to listen to.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Lonely Road
Released in 2009, ‘Lonely Road’ by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus features a couple of songs with tidbits of truth and consciousness within them. In particular we suggest the songs Lonely Road and Believe. An interesting tidbit is that since the band released their 3rd album (the one following Lonely Road) barely any songs from Lonely Road are supposedly ever featured on their set list at performances.

Bob Marley – Gold Collection 1970-1971
Bob Marley is another iconic figure without the need for much of an introduction or explanation. Many of Marley’s songs may not be as deep in truth but they always manage to share a message of love and interconnectedness. Much like with MJ and The Beatles, almost any of Marley’s songs could be suggested hence why we went with the Gold Collection which features a number of his best from various other albums.

So now it’s your turn. Comment with your suggestions!

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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