Posts tagged #Patience

A Year Of Hip-Hop Motivation

     Watch the Video! "A Year of Hip-Hop Motivation" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #52)

One year ago, my business partner and I came up with a fun idea as we were starting our hip-hop motivational work: 

What if we did a motivational blog post and recorded a rap video each week to inspire students and adults to live happier, more fulfilled lives? 

We started filming in my living room with an iPhone and turning the TV into a teleprompter for me to read the lyrics while I rapped. 

Posted on August 20, 2015 .

Expectation Overload

    Watch the Video! "Expectations" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #40)

It can be easy to feel frustrated by a host of things, big and small, that happen or don't happen every day.

Someone cuts you off in traffic.

A slow person blocks the aisle in the grocery store.

A baby near you won't stop screaming.

A rainstorm interrupts your vacation.

Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe

     Watch the Video! "Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #19)

The title of this blog post refers to the painting “The Treachery of Images” (La trahison des images) by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, which features the image of a pipe with the words “This is not a pipe” (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) under it. 

One of the issues that the painting raises is the difference between the signifier, the word or image, and the signified, the actual object the word or image describes.  “This is not a pipe” is literally true because it is a painting of a pipe, not an actual pipe. 

Applied more broadly to our daily lives, the painting can be a reminder that the story we tell ourselves about an event is not the event itself. 

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

The Universe is Running on a Delay

     Watch the Video! "Delay" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #18)

When I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York, I left behind my dear friends in the a cappella group The Lost Keys 

Having spent over a decade beatboxing and rapping with a cappella groups (including Innuendo, Wake Forest’s co-ed a cappella group), I was interested in continuing to perform in the Bay Area. 

So I researched groups and sent introductory emails to a number of groups who I thought were awesome and could be a good fit.  All of them responded that they currently didn’t need beatboxers.