MUSIC OF WISDOM

“Created in concert with a legendary team of 16th century Shinobi, this 5 star musical buffet will unravel ALL of your humanly desires. Towel and bucket recommended & please notify at least one family member before listening, black out is inevitable.”
- Ooitang9000🍑


Note: The above block is a random assortment from Spotify, not sorted by “ranking of wisdom” like the other resources. So pay no mind to those numbers next to each track. I often update the playlist every 1-2 weeks, basically whenever a new track enters my life that I feel is worthy of the Ooitang9000🍑.


WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH ALL THE KOREAN MUSIC?
I’m not exactly sure when I discovered Korean music, but when I did, I felt like I had been missing out all my life. For the record, I do not speak a single word of Korean. But that’s actually part of why I love Korean music so much. When walking, it allows my mind to switch off since I have no chance of “understanding” what they are saying. That’s half of my love for it, the LARGER half is that I feel Korean music has a timeless composure, a way of telling a story that you rarely see in western music. Of course, I’m not referring to “all Korean music” when I say that, every genre has its trash, but it still amazes me to this day how many of my favourite tracks in the Ooitang9000🍑 are Korean. I respond best to music that makes me feel something at the core, and you’ll find that’s exactly what all the Korean tracks do in this playlist. I couldn’t really pick a “favourite” Korean track, so I’ll just drop the one that connects many of my most memorable events in life. Every time I listen to “Senyuman” by Back2Basixx, it reminds me of the flight to London to coach my first international Boot camp, walking the streets of New York City on the way to meet clients, the night I found out one of my best friends had taken his own life, and the flight back to Australia from Miami, after having the greatest Day2 of my life.


NUJABES - THE RIGHTFUL KING.
I think the first Nujabes track I ever heard was “Shiki no Uta” in my late teens, and I didn’t necessarily fall in love with it. It wasn’t until many years later when I discovered the anime “Samurai Champloo” (of which he wrote the entire soundtrack) that I really fell into his world of music. It’s hard to understand how important Nujabes was to the world of Anime, and Hip Hop / LoFi music in general if you haven’t seen that show. Outside of his two Samurai Champloo albums: “Departure” & “Impression”, I’ve spent entire nights listening to his albums “Modal Soul”, “Metaphorical Music” & “Spiritual State”. You’ll find 6+ Nujabes’ tracks in the Ooitang9000🍑, and if I had to pick a favourite, it’s got to be Luv (Sic) Pt. 3 ft Shing02 from the Modal Soul album.
It’s something of a “North Star” track to me. It guides me. It cultivates me.


“BADASSERY” TRACKS.
For those of you who follow me on IG @ooitang1
you’d know about the “Village is safe today…” phrase I
often say at the end of intense HIIT sessions. During those sessions, I almost always have some kind of heavy rock playing, which is the only time I listen to that kind of music… And to be honest, I’m not even really “listening”, it’s purely to set the mood and help me change gears mentally. There’s no other scenario in my life where you’d find me listening to this type of music, which is why you won’t find many tracks at all in the Ooitang9000🍑 from that genre. HOWEVER, in my Spotify App I have a separate playlist called “BadAssery” that has tracks like “Indestructible by Disturbed”, “Bawitdaba by Kid Rock” and “Across The Nation By The Union Underground”.
In general, I don’t train to ANY music. I prefer to be fully in tune with my breathing and body. HOWEVER, when I gear up for HIIT sessions, all that goes out the window, I treat it like the war drums beating before battle.
My favourite track to fire up for an all out war session is “Fever Dream by Tyler Bates”, which comes from one of my all time favourite films “300”. It just sets my mind and heart in the right place to drain every last drop of energy out of my being… As if I’m getting ready to protect the village.

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THE WISDOM OF MUSIC.

A while back, some followers on IG were noticing how heavy I was into music and asked me to create a playlist, and hence Ooitang9000🍑 was born!
It was initially sorted by categories of Disney / Acoustic / Summer House / Kpop etc… but now I just add my favourite listens as I go.
Please note, not just “any song” makes it into this playlist. Before entering the official playlist, I put the track through a rigorous battery of tests, making sure it will stand the test of time. So please be assured that any track you listen to in this playlist is there for a reason, and more often than not, brings me back to a place of learning from when I first experienced it.

But Adam… Is music really wisdom?
I believe that all art is wisdom.
If you’ve gone through the Films/Anime of Wisdom and looked at the special insights, you’ll often see me talk about what kind of impact the film’s soundtrack had on me.
I’m the type of person who has always felt an intense physical connection to music. When I listen to Phil Collin’s “Two Worlds” (see below), it feels like a lightning bolt running through my entire being. I believe this to be wisdom. Wisdom on a physical level that completely shuts off the conscious mind, and allows me to enter the flow.


MY FAVOURITE SONG OF ALL TIME:
Two Worlds by Phil Collins from the Disney film Tarzan (1999).
I won’t even attempt to describe why this is No.1, words cannot do it justice. However, I remember watching Tarzan as a kid, and feeling the bolt of lightning run through me in the opening scene as Tarzan’s parents abandoned ship. I find a home in this song, I find an emotional connection that goes beyond any humanly description.


YO, CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE JAPANESE TRACKS?
Kind of. Not really. Sukoshi Dake De.
For those that know me, I’ve been studying the Japanese language & culture for a couple years now. But let’s be honest here, I really only started taking the language study seriously in the last half of 2018. As of writing this 12/2/2019, I can kind of understand a Japanese track if it’s conversational & a slow tempo (forget about the Rap tracks). The thing about Japanese is that the sentence structure is back to front e.g.
Eng = Let’s go to the park.
Jap = Park, go to let’s. / Koen ni ikimashou.
You can see why this might make listening to a song slightly difficult…
But even more so, Japanese rarely translates literally, it’s a very metaphorical/left of centre language that requires creative interpretation. And that’s just in daily conversation! When you bring the language into a creative space such as music, almost all literality goes out the window and everything has to be 2-3 levels interpreted

An example of this:
Japanese Lyrics:
Futari no aida toorisugita kaze wa doko kara
sabishisa wo hakonde kita no 
Naitari shita sono ato no sora wa yake ni
sukitootteitari shitanda
English Translation:
The wind that breezed through the two of us,
where did it carry the sadness from? 
The sky after I cried seemed to be more
transparent

At this stage, I’m mostly only able to pick up on words, set phrases and more literal conversational lyrics, but I’m not yet at the stage of being able to understand a song fluently.

The tracks of Jap music I love often come from
Anime OP/ED & Film OST, Rap, Acoustic and some Pop. My favourite Japanese song is an easy pick, as it’s from my all time favourite Anime Film: Kimi No Na Wa “Your Name”,
the song titled: Nandemonaiya (movie version) by RADWIMPS is a piece of musical mastery that captured my heart the moment I laid ear to it.
More than once I’ve been driving along, then this song came on, I abruptly pulled over, cranked the stereo system and stood outside watching the sun set.


MEDITATION ON PLANES.
For a long time I’ve used long form audio to help me meditate while travelling through the air. I recently discovered this INCREDIBLE Chinese Buddhist Meditation playlist, and now swear by it as a GO-TO when flying.
You won’t find it in the Ooitang9000🍑 because you can’t link entire playlists within a playlist (the day Spotify allows this I’ll probably die), so I’ll just drop it below, ENJOY!

A SATORI WHILE FLYING.
I discovered the true power of meditation when flying on return to Aus from the U.S in 2016. I had just completed a 10 day trip of meditation in Venice Beach, California, and was ready to come back home. I took my seat next to a lovely Indian lady and her child, only to be delightfully greeted by a hulk smash to the back of my chair. Turns out I was seated in front of a pair of screaming 5 year olds, one of which was directly behind me. The young man decided to embark on an endurance challenge by seeing how long he could kick the back of my chair… as hard as he could… for the entire flight… 14.5 hours. At first, I silently let reel a bunch of expletives towards him, I couldn’t believe my luck and more so couldn’t believe the mother wasn’t controlling him. The flight attendant even came by and asked “if I was okay… and just let me know…” as if to suggest she could move me. I sat there for a minute to see if he would calm down… he didn’t. If anything, his power level only seemed to go over 9000. It was during this minute that I experienced a Satori (sudden awakening in Japanese), it dawned on me that the disturbance didn’t exist outside of myself, but within. The anger, frustration and electricity running through my mind was self-inflicted. I went into a deep meditation for the next few moments; I let go of my judgements of the boy and his Mother, I let go of my expectations of a peaceful flight, and allowed myself to experience the moment as it was, with no input from “Adam”.
And so, while the kicking remained, my disturbance had completely melted away. I then popped in my earphones, hit up a 10+ hour meditation track (which I can no longer find, but they’re easy to search for on YT) and happily remained in that seat, while the young man kicked away for the next 14.5 hours back to Sydney. When the time came to step out onto the tarmac, I emerged as a new person.

Since I can’t offer you the exact track I was listening to all those years ago, I can give you an short example that’s almost identical, ENJOY!