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 …

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 …