Let Your Guard Down and Discuss Your Life

When an opportunity presented itself in a form of two good friends asking me questions about my life I could not say no. It was a lot more fun than I expected to talk about my upbringing, inspirations and of course the legend Malcolm Gladwell. 

Matt and Nick are two people behind the Street Smarts Podcast and I have known them for a larger portion of my adult life. It was an absolute honor to be a guest on their podcast.

Click here to listen to my episode (the latest one) and many other entertaining chats they recorded so far. 



Recap of last week's trip to New Jersey's Venetian

Last week we took a short trip to the extravagant Venetian located in Garfield, NJ.

As far as gorgeous, opulent places go in the Tri-State Area, nothing compares to the Venetian. The tall marble columns, the wide open dance floor and service to match it is one of our favorite venues. We had the honor of providing music, lighting and some production for the wedding of Olya and Tom. A lovely couple who were an absolute delight to work with.

A slideshow of the fun we had below. 

Stay Zen, Stay Curious

Feeling zen has a lot to do with clearing some space in your head that's cluttered by the daily grind of cellphone screens, e-mails and random shouting from your TV (especially true in this political cycle). It's important to let go. It's easier said than done of course, but music can certainly help. In the latest installment of the Merkaela music series I created a Zen playlist in conjunction with this month box of goodies that has a distinctly Zen flavor.

My playlist starts with a beautiful piano track, appropriately entitled An Ending, A Beginning by Dustin O'Halloran. It's really a perfect starting point, with a slow moving piano groove it sets the perfect tone for the rest of our journey. The next 3 tracks are some of my favorites of all time. The combination of SG Lewis's Holding Back and Alina Baraz's Make You Feel really gives you a super chill vibe but throwing in a cut called Mmmh Jaaazz by Kolja Gerstenberg really takes the experience up a notch. 

Mostly I wanted to keep the playlist on the electronic side of things. Setting up an interesting dynamic of a zen feeling infused with modern and digital technology. I used tracks from the likes of deadmau5, slushii, Tycho and the newcomer Maggie Rogers. There are some tracks that use pianos and guitars, but mainly I left them as a interesting flavor to move our journey along. Let me shut up now so you can enjoy the music and start feeling zen in 3, 2, 1...

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