Tour Poster by Tory Elena says it all: STAR WARS PARTY!!!
This week our #BruceLeeMoment is from Tory Elena:
Hello Shannon, Sharon and the Bruce Lee Podcast Team! I grew up practicing martial arts with my family and my father and I shared a love for Bruce Lee’s films. I remembered finding the Tao of Jeet Kune Do on his bookshelf and flipping through it, some of it went way over my little 10 year old head, but some of his words were planted as seeds in my mind, lingering inside, only to bloom later on in my life.
Now, many years later I find Bruce Lee’s philosophy and spirit has become an ever present guiding inspiration in my life. I’ve rekindled my passion for martial arts and studying the philosophy and words Bruce left behind for the world. (I carry “Striking Thoughts” in my purse everywhere I go!) I find so much of his approach to martial arts can apply to my approach to my creative path...
As a professional creative I use the JKD motto as a mantra in my life, “Using no way as way. Having no limitation as limitation.” I am a drummer, vocalist, composer and one half of the rocknroll band Sea At Last, a board member of an independent record label GYPSYPOP RECORDS and also a freelance artist, illustrator, painter, and writer… and that’s just the nutshell version of it! There were many times early on in my life when I felt the pressure to “choose one path” to choose either my music, or my art. There are many challenges that women face in the male dominated music industry, and also I’ve found that being a “renaissance man” is more accepted in our society than a “renaissance woman”.
Thankfully, I never believed this limiting idea that I could only pursue and be successful in one thing as a career. Bruce’s words really helped motivate me to work hard to dissolve those limiting beliefs inside myself. Now I welcome the challenges as an opportunity to get to know myself in a deeper way and strengthen my passion for my work. I feel all my creative endeavors are just different expressions, different colors and sounds coming from the same source inside me. It’s all one big synesthetic experience, and I love sharing it with the world!
I also really love Bruce’s quote: “Art is the music of the soul made visible. Behind every motion is the music of his soul made visible. Otherwise, empty motion is like an empty word; no meaning. Postures without proper channeling of your emotions, behind them are dead movements.”
I am continually inspired by Bruce’s discipline and dedication to the many things he loved. He has really taught me to value my time here on earth! Thank you so much for doing this podcast and continuing to share his legacy with the world in a good way. I look forward the new episodes every week and play it while I work on art in my studio! All the best, Tory Elena
Sea At Last - playing first show back from UK - get there early for a surprise!
Track: GYPSY ALIEN
Band: FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS
Lyrics and Music: ZHENYA ROCK
Album: OP OP ROMALE
Label: GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Director / DP / Colorist: COHEN
2nd Camera OP: SANDRA DAHDAH
Balalaika Brothers would like to thank Art Outside, Sea At Last, Sandra Dahdah, Kiersten Valence, Bass Monstar, Roberto Riggio (Atash), Howlin’ Whale
Yes - a classic to those who know it, yet for those who have not seen / heard, this is one of the most beautiful films ever made of gypsy music and life. Featuring timeless music and a story told through the moments of gypsies in their daily lives.
Sea At Last is in the studio recording their follow up album to Atlas. After launching their Plan B campaign to cover recording costs and a new baritone ukulele, the duo is offering a digital copy of the new album to everyone who contributes to campaign. If you are a fan and want to hear it first, click the support button below!
The Phoenix Rose - Launch the new album Friday, May 6th 2016
Good things come to those who wait! Fronted by composer & singer Jarvis Smith, The Phoenix Rose is a London based musical tsunami that celebrates the power of music to reach the entire human family with dynamic, uplifting themes & irresistible grooves. After nearly eight years of preparation, the band's self titled album will be released this month, and the buzz is palpable.
Struck by the band's Isle of Wight set, renowned producer Native Wayne Jobson (No Doubt, Toots & the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs) offered to produce the band’s first record. Jobson brought Junior Marvin (Bob Marley & The Wailers) and Patrixx Anthony (UB40) to record guitar and trumpet on the album. Throughout the album a frenetic and propulsive orchestration runs at the core, the vocal melodies soar above it all in spectacular fashion, tapping into those world influences that challenge and rewrite the rules of standard western music.
Fronted by composer & singer Jarvis Smith, The Phoenix Rose is a London based musical tsunami that celebrates the power of music to reach the entire human family with dynamic, uplifting themes & irresistible grooves.
For the band's debut Destination music video, Jarvis and the team at GYPSYPOP RECORDS have elected to let the music do the talking, not relying on any elaborate CGI or over-saturation of senses. Instead, they’ve delivered an artistically compelling performance clip that is primarily black and white, with the only color coming from vibrant scenes of the natural world being cast over Jarvis and his dancing female companion.
Get EXCLUSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES of the songs only available to the Pledgers of the campaign, along with access to behind the scenes updates, and lots of special content (limited addition artwork, t-shirts, house concerts etc.)
Starting at just $10 you can support our band and be a part of the experience!
In preparation for the new album from Sea At Last - apparently the duo from Neptune are sharpening their swords and getting their groove on. Check this comedy short from the band!
To support their campaign and get exclusive music:
2 music videos in 2 days?
The band Sea At Last directed, shot and produced "Mighty Flood" (released in July), and now "Sleep Inside Thunder"
This is what they had to say about the process:
"Giving ourselves the challenge to shoot 2 music videos in 2 days, we loaded up our camera gear, instruments, some snacks, a thermos of coffee and took off into the mountains to see what inspiration we could find. The sun was hot, the dirt was dry, a light breeze whispering in our hair as our spontaneity and laughter bounced off the canyon walls. Who knew rocking out in the middle of nowhere would feel so good!
So here we offer “Sleep Inside Thunder” the second of the two DIY videos."
Tory Elena & Cohen
Pssst. Haven’t seen the first video for “Mighty Flood”? Check it out HERE:
Directed by Sea At Last
Produced by GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Tory Elena : Drums, Vocals
Cohen : Guitar, Vocals