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pain pleasure voluntary discomfort hurts so goodI see that a series of classes on Voluntary Discomfort is perhaps not the greatest stroke of marketing genius I’ve ever had. I recognize it. I do. Thanks for the courageous folks who came out to dance with me anyway…some more than once. I’m grateful.

And I do think choosing discomfort is one of the avenues to an expansive life. Through safe risks and voluntary discomfort, we get stronger and braver. And the involuntary discomforts that life throws at us throw us less. So thank you for being part of this week of classes. You are a constant source of inspiration.

And speaking of thanks, next week is my favorite holiday of the year (Thanksgiving, for those reading in other countries) and not only will we be riffing on gratitude all week, we will have class on Thanksgiving Day (9am, ACAC Downtown, Group Ex Studio ~ bring friends and relations and wear red, orange, or your favorite harvest colors!).

Below is the music and some great videos from the week of Voluntary Discomfort. enJOY.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan

Monday, November 18, 2013, 1045am ~ Voluntary Discomfort

Life Love And Unity 5:43 Dreadzone
Little Britain 5:15 Dreadzone
A Canterbury Tale 8:41 Dreadzone
Captain Dread 5:16 Dreadzone
Cave Of Angels 6:37 Dreadzone
Zion Youth 5:39 Dreadzone
Shining Path 7:23 Dreadzone
Out Of Heaven 5:56 Dreadzone
Dance of Innocents 7:08 Nawang Khechog & Peter Kater

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 9am ~ Voluntary Discomfort

A short video in which Paul Simon tells The Story of Graceland. I like the scene of the women and kids in the studio, in particular.

An awesome full-length documentary on the making of Graceland. So worth the time. It’s in three parts: Part 1,
Part 2, and
Part 3.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Old 2:20 Paul Simon
Crazy Love, Volume II 4:19 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
April Come She Will 2:06 Tracy Grammer
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 1055am ~ Voluntary Discomfort

Ah, the 80s. Here’s a video of John Cougar (before he went back to Mellencamp) doing Hurts So Good on Solid Gold. The hair! The skinny jeans! The lip synching. So awesome.

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
Hurts So Good 3:42 Johnny Cougar
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow
Skyfall 4:47 Adele
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 9am ~ Voluntary Discomfort

Sweet in the Mornin’Feat. Voicestra 4:58 Bobby McFerrin
Little Britain 5:15 Dreadzone
Free Your Mind 4:52 En Vogue
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
Hard To Handle 3:09 The Black Crowes
Hurts So Good 3:42 Johnny Cougar
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Loves Me Like A Rock 3:30 Paul Simon
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
Jolene 4:20 Mindy Smith with Dolly Parton
Early Till Late 4:47 Cantoma

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