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Sunday, November 25, 2007

hip tranquil chick podcast #110: exploring musicology

Welcome to the 110th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat.

Today’s menu features a must-have pose in On the Mat, exploring musicology with Michelle Payne in Off the Mat, and we’ve got Omwork and Savvy Sources for you too. View our shownotes at

On the Mat: neck rolls

Off the Mat: Michelle Payne has been in love with music since her toddler years. As a young girl, she decided she wanted to be a performer after seeing an episode of "Fame". Watching all of those actors dancing and singing around the fountain looked like the best place to be in the world. As a teenager, she found herself in a high school just like the one on Fame. At 14, Michelle was accepted into the Vocal Music program at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to studying music at least 4 hours a day, she competed in vocal contests, performed in musicals, and taught herself how to play the guitar. After high school, she was awarded music scholarships from several colleges as well as the Micheal Jackson Music Education foundation. She studied music at the college level for 2 years, but decided to take a break and study new subjects. She continued her education, but went on to earn a degree from the University of North Florida in Sociology and Religious Studies. Changing academic tracks did not change her musical aspirations. In addition to leading her own Rock band, she also began teaching private music students in guitar, piano, and voice. This is when she realized how much fun it is to teach. That was about 6 years ago, and now Michelle teaches 30 private students as well as 55 high school students at YULA high school. She has even added drumming and percussion to her curriculum. Michelle's laid back style is what draws so many students to her studio. She believes in inspiring kids to play music, not forcing it on them. "I had a lot of mean teachers. I learned a lot from them, but I wish they had been a little nicer and more supportive," says Payne. These experiences are what shaped her views on what music education should be. "I believe in making sure each student is having fun. If they enjoy classical music, then that's what we'll play. If they hate classical, then we'll find something more suitable for his or her tastes."

Omwork: To encourage a sense of diving deeper into today’s podcast, I will post Omwork relating to this segment on our HTC forum. Please connect with fellow HTCs there and play with the following:

1. How has music impacted you over the years?
2. Is their an instrument that you'd love to play?
3. How can you explore your musical side?

Savvy Sources:

Signature Style
: The FABULOUS faux fur legwarmers I mentioned in a previous blog post. Can you stand them? I wear them constantly!

Haute Holidays: Shop online for the HTC retail therapy page complete with the Hip Tranquil Chick book, yoga CDs, and tranquilista gems. Here at chez moi, we wanted to encourage the sharing of hip tranquil chickness with others over the impending holidays or as a "thinking of you" gift for your favorite leopard-print loving girlfriends.

If you purchase 3 copies of Hip Tranquil Chick between November 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007 you will receive a complimentary tranquility toolkit. Inside the tranquility toolkit you will find yummy tea infusions, a DVD with the first 100 episodes of the HTC podcasts, an unreleased bonus podcast muse by moi, and the signature chariTea soiree toolkit - all wrapped in true hip tranquil chick style.

To redeem, send a copy of your receipt from any book outlet noting your purchase of Hip Tranquil Chick via fax to 615.827.2385 or via e-mail to, along with your snail mail address.

Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats: Come our next 1-day retreat in DC on Saturday, January 12 and a weekend of all things hip and tranquil in the Catskills of NY in March. I’ll be leading workshops and hosting book signings in Miami at The Standard in December; Charleston, WV, Charlotte and Asheville NC in February; and back to Denver in April. Details for all special events at I hope our paths will cross.

Join us for our next le chic teleclass chat focused on "New Year, New You" on Monday, January 7 at 8:30ET. Details here.

Mentoring: Interested in diving deeper into hip and tranquil topics 1:1 with moi? If so, view all the scoop here.

Chic Community: Mingle with fellow HTCs on our forums. We’re on MySpace and Facebook, so please connect with the community virtually there, too! If you have a product you’d like reviewed on the blog – send a sample to me at 2024 p street, nw dc, 20036. sending a sample does not guarantee placement but I’d love to support our growing community! Make sure you're getting the hip tranquil times by signing up at the bottom of any page on

Au Revoir: To close out the show, we’re playing fabulous podsafe tunes from Podsafe Music Network. Today’s selection is Take me to the Riot by Stars. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music at and

Thanks for joining me for the 110th edition of the HTC podcast. Namaste.
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I use to be good friends with Miss Michelle. I haven't listened to the podcast yet but am very excited to and it was a nice surprise to see her face when I pulled up the website. She is such a beautiful musician. Lyz