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.”
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.
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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.