Cloud Cult “No Hell” and What We Bottle Up Inside

Cloud Cult is a local hero here in Minnesota, and for a good reason.  Started 20 years ago as Craig Minowa’s humble solo music outlet, it’s now a bona fide movement, a force to be reckoned with, the pride of Twin Cities that we get to brag about to the …

In Flames “Disconnected” and Why Feeling Pain Is Better Than Not Feeling at All

Sometimes life can feel painful.  You feel bad, and you think you’d rather feel nothing at all than to feel this pain. What we feel in reaction to life’s events is a matter of our own interpretation — but few of us train our minds enough to be truly unflappable.  Once …

Death Cab for Cutie “The New Year” and the Power to Create Meanings

“So this is the new year And I don’t feel any different” And so the song begins, lamenting the lack of real change despite all the festivities.  Can you relate? We humans create structures out of nothing, and time is one of them.  A year is just a unit we …

Cloud Cult “You’re the Only Thing in Your Way” and Unblocking Your Flow

Cloud Cult is a hero of the local Minnesota scene, and they greatly help restore my faith in humanity.  To have such a visionary act in my neck of woods, daring to concoct a career with their wits and grit, and continue to exist after all these years (even if they …

King’s X “If” and Being Too Attached to Your Ideal

If you enjoy rock music and care about self improvement, you have to listen to King’s X.  This veteran rock trio has been churning out insightful, spiritual songs since the 80s.  Their first four albums have a particular, mystical sound that has aged amazingly well, but their output after that …