I'm Michael Korman, and I teach meditation and piano. But, not the way you're used to. That's because I'm an INTP and I don't care about your rules. I only care about the truth.
#50 – Start Setting Boundaries
Lately, I've been a cheerleader for boundaries. That's funny because the second episode of this podcast was called "Stop Setting Boundaries". In this episode, I explain how my thinking has changed by reacting to Episode 2.
0:00:00 - Introduction
0:03:09 - Reacting to Episode 2: "Stop Setting Boundaries"
0:04:37 - Drama Triangle & The Empowerment Dynamic
0:08:00 - Boundaries let you have conversations
0:10:37 - How I look at boundaries these days
0:13:01 - "Violating" boundaries
0:14:49 - Topics on which I've demonstrated how to set boundaries
0:17:05 - Restraining order threat
0:18:08 - Being a Challenger
0:22:47 - Training your friends
0:24:29 - Virtue-signalling, being the bigger person
0:27:59 - "Accountability"
0:29:28 - Emotional issues
0:31:26 - Rosenberg Stage 2
0:34:18 - Jordan Peterson, responsibility
0:38:52 - Be explicit with the language
0:42:26 - It's like a BPD thing
0:44:19 - Back to the list
0:46:06 - Teaching
0:46:22 - Friend zone
0:47:49 - "Michael, you're acting like a victim."
0:49:42 - I got derailed
0:52:37 - Back then I was all about acceptance
0:53:54 - Don't say it to them
0:54:51 - You don't need to justify
1:01:15 - Just stand still
1:04:18 - I wouldn't even say any of that
1:07:57 - That's it for this episode
#49 – Spiral Dynamics
Spiral Dynamics is a framework for making sense of the forces that drive culture. It helps you understand why YouTube commenters are such jerks. Also, why the Godfather cares so much about respect. And why Osho started his cult. And why air traffic controllers aren't to blame for mid-air collisions.
I'd take it to a desert island.
Stay tuned for more episodes on the other colors.
(Instagram live, April 26, 2023)
0:00 - Introduction
3:17 - The Ice Cream Truck Song (the Entertainer)
6:55 - Spiral Dynamics
10:23 - Overview of the colors
20:01 - Zagreb mid-air collision
27:27 - Osho, Wild Wild Country
28:50 - Yellow (systems thinking)
31:19 - Purple (animism, shamanism)
34:08 - Still DRE
39:46 - Leo Gura (actualized.org)
42:55 - Red
44:29 - Sacred cows in FB groups
46:10 - Revenge of the Nerds
47:27 - Instagram algorithm
50:41 - Respect
51:40 - The Godfather
54:09 - YouTube comments
#48 – How to Read Music
Only you can teach yourself how to read music. I have no power over you. The Universe will do its thing, and no, it's not fair. But here's a placebo to keep you company. It might even work.
(Instagram live, April 24, 2023)
0:00 - Introduction
1:30 - How to read music
10:44 - Major and minor keys
16:48 - The Karate Kid (homework 1)
18:21 - Major and minor chords
19:05 - The Empowerment Dynamic
27:36 - C major chord, treble/bass clef
30:02 - Spiral Dynamics (homework 2)
35:22 - Teachers don't care about you
40:17 - Philosophy is stupid
42:32 - Weird Al
44:46 - Bo Burnham "Inside" (homework 4)
47:42 - Seventh chords
51:56 - Parting words
#47 – Awake People Use Language Differently
All about meditation, language, non-duality and waking up to b******t. This is graduate-level piano material. Actually, it's a bit beyond that.
(Instagram Live from April 22, 2023)
10:10 Is classical music better than contemporary music?
21:52 Form vs Function
25:45 A language exercise
30:43 Duality vs Non-duality
35:30 Why YouTube comments suck
40:40 B.F. Skinner, "Verbal Behavior"
41:42 The pandemic was a good thing
42:28 AI, revenge porn
47:48 Marshall Rosenberg, Amtsprache
51:49 Asleep vs awake people
#46 – Piano in the 4th Dimension
Welcome to 4-dimensional space. Glad you could join me on this higher plane of existence. Now, let me set the record straight about some of y'all's problems with me.
(Piano Time Live on Instagram, April 21, 2023)
0:00 - Introduction
1:39 - Golden Hour
5:48 - 3-step exercise to play with both hands
10:51 - The 4th dimension
19:18 - Für Elise
22:26 - Moonlight Sonata
24:59 - The Empowerment Dynamic and the Drama Triangle
28:56 - Jordan Peterson is awesome
31:49 - Nerds who correct “misinformation” on social media
34:19 - Osho, Wild Wild Country
#45 – Piano NERDS, Bach & Wrong Notes (with guest Dr. David Servias)
I invited Dr. David Servias to have a conversation with me about the Bach Toccata & Fugue fiasco. We discuss the history of the piece, why the NERDS can't process one out-of-place note, and how I'm dealing with hate on my YouTube channel.
For the backstory, watch the original video (and read the comments 🤦♂️)
Thanks for listening.
If you have not taken my course Learn Piano in 5 Days yet, that would be a good starting place for you. You can access it for $5.00 here: https://michaelkorman.com/learn-piano-in-5-days/
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Both of these are for beginners. No experience needed. Just willingness to try new things.
00:00:00 - I posted a cute little piano tutorial and the music theory NERDS freaked out.
00:02:39 - Bringing Dr. Servias on to help settle the debate.
00:04:22 - The list of accusations against me. Responding "appropriately." Two kinds of nerds.
00:05:57 - David explains the controversy. What's the Toccata and Fugue? What did I play? What were they expecting me to play?
00:11:32 - Does any of this matter? What would Bach have said? Would you have to follow his orders?
00:13:56 - The history of the Toccata & Fugue in D minor. Why's this such a big deal? There's no manuscript. Disney's Fantasia.
00:26:09 - My pinned comment. Are they lying? Evolution vs. creation.
00:36:21 - How do I respond to all this? Your mom jokes. Credibility.
00:39:17 - The time a hater quoted MY OWN TEACHER to prove me wrong. Urtext editions. Was Glenn Gould a troll?
00:49:17 - Why I used "your mom" jokes to reply to comments. Are mom jokes insults? Using offense as a weapon.
00:53:24 - Doubling down. Agreeing with the haters. Making fun of yourself first. Taking the wind out of their sails. Trying all the different approaches.
00:55:43 - My videos are for adults, not kids. But I'm not making this an 18+ channel to protect the kids. Sorry.
00:56:26 - Is it wrong to delete comments? It rubs them the wrong way. Free speech. But you're all guests at my party. Why I hate inclusivity. Facebook groups that have rules about respecting everyone's opinions are a mess.
01:01:01 - They can make their own videos and talk about anything they want. Even trash-talking me.
01:08:23 - Why I'm not going to prove I have a master's degree. Negotiating with terrorists. I'm not good at piano but I'm better than all of you.
01:09:50 - They don't like my personality. How I don't conform. They're envious. They want respect and view it as a scarce resource.These people hate children. Generational trauma.
01:13:20 - "Bro pinned his own comment!", "Bro wrote a WHOLE ESSAY!". Artists vs. graffiti vandals. "You're just doing it for views!"
01:15:47 - Am I a "troll"? There are two kinds of trolls. The word is ambiguous. I'm a "classical troll." Trolls vs. haters. "Piece" vs. "song". HTML the "programming language". I'm going to keep trying to rock the boat. Paris Hilton. Howard Stern. Amy's Baking Company.
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