Archive for March, 2008

Spiritual Significance of Music for a member of a Non-Religious, Modern Rock band

Posted in State of Man Journal, State of Man News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2008 by johnhstringer

Please note that the views expressed below are solely that of the author (John Stringer), which may or may not be held by other members of the band!

LOL.. Like the title? I put that down b/c occasionally, people ask State of Man if the band is a Christian band or if the music is religious. Though for me, Music can be likened to a religion, we usually explain that the music is not Christian or religious (given we all have various beliefs, we probably couldn’t claim a single religion for the music if we wanted to). And if in the mood, we might further explain that the music is meant to be UNIVERSAL – something the majority of Artists intend. What I rarely reveal is that my personal intentions with music are to explore its Spiritual significance!

To further expand on that, I want to share the editorial version of my answer to the question “What is the spiritual significance of music?” I gives a little peek into how I, and others like me, view music.

“I believe the spiritual significance of music is similar to the
spiritual significance of language. Music as a tool that causes
spiritual effects that are dependent on the listener and the performer.
The listener’s receptiveness can influence how the music is
experienced. The performer’s intentions can influence how the music is
communicated. Even the conscious and subconscious intentions behind the
music can determine ‘what’ is created. From what I have read and
experienced, the brain absorbs vibrations of sound, and the effect
those vibrations have on the brain can create chemical responses,
emotional reactions, and trigger associations. Music affects us because
we allow it into our conscious and subconscious. The resulting thoughts
triggered determine our feelings and sometimes lead to actions that
bring certain results in our life. I believe the musical experience is
always spiritual because of the connection of our conscious and
subconscious with our spirit. Of course, determining whether a musical experience is spiritually positive or negative is like assessing whether the music itself is beautiful or not. Music appreciation is always a matter of
individual perception.

Music can also serve as a method of meditation, and a vehicle to bring
people closer to a spiritual experience. This has to do with the way
the brain works in terms of how sound waves and harmonics affect our
brain and our being. Science has observed how certain sounds trigger
specific brain waves, and how to use these sounds to trigger desired
brain waves. I listen daily to recordings based on this very science
that have been engineered to specifically trigger alpha, beta, delta,
and theta waves in the brain [More information can be found on
www.centerpointe.com]. The recordings produce various states of
meditation and encourage “whole brain thinking” among many other
things. I have added these recordings to my daily meditation practice.
I can also “feel” the affects and have seen the results that the
science supports, including heightened awareness, intellectual clarity,
and stress relief. These results and experiences are what I call
spiritual. Likewise, the sounds in music can have the same effect.
Creating music with State Of Man has always been about how the music
makes us feel, and our hope is that this does the same for our
listeners. As a music composer, creator, and songwriter, my intention
behind creating music is to participate in co-creating something I and others ENJOY. For me, Music is a form of spiritual expression to empower, encourage, enlighten, entertain and a means to create spiritual enjoyment for everyone.”

John Stringer

StateOfManMusic.com

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State of Man Hits #15 on the Rock Charts ReverbNation

Posted in State of Man News with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2008 by stateofman

Atlanta Rock Band, State of Man, hits #15 on the Rock Charts for ReverbNation amongst world renowned artist and indie’s alike. ReverbNation has been riding a wave of success as one of the fastest growing music sites in the world!! Alexa ranks Reverb as one of the top traffic sites in the world hitting 20,008 on 3-24..click here [Reverb rank Alexa] for details. Check out State of Man’s shows, music, videos and more on their profile here: ReverbNation. This is also a great place to find multitudes of talented up and coming artists from all over the world. Be sure to download the FREE copy of State of Man’s Billboard Charting single “Swallow Your Fears” while you are there… Until next time.

Your friends,

State of Man

Find out why “Swallow Your fears” hit #10 on the Billboard Charts and why the full album has a 5 out of 5 star average rating on iTunes——-Click the banner below to buy the album—-

State of Man is a Billboard charting rock band that is giving away free music for the band’s hit single, “Swallow Your Fears,” at www.stateofmanmusic.com.   View the music video for the hit single through Billboard here: Billboard | Check out the band on ReverbNation here: ReverbNation

V-LOG: Just SOM Rock band Horse’n around – behind the scenes at In-Store (SOM TV Episode 3)

Posted in State of Man TV, State of Man Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2008 by stateofman

This is by far one of the silliest SOM TV episodes to date – simply horse’n around on a break at an in-store! The best part has to be the background music! Don’t try this with out a professional on hand, kids!

Find out why “Swallow Your fears” hit #10 on the Billboard Charts and why the full album has a 5 out of 5 star average rating on iTunes——-Click the banner below to buy the album—-

State of Man is a Billboard charting rock band that is giving away free music for the band’s hit single, “Swallow Your Fears,” at www.stateofmanmusic.com.   View the music video for the hit single through Billboard here: Billboard | Check out the band on ReverbNation here: ReverbNation

V-LOG: Gunfire in Guam, Rock band reality (SOM TV Episode 35)

Posted in State of Man TV, State of Man Videos with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2008 by stateofman

“Real US gunfire, cousin Eddy?”….. “Nothin’ but the best!”

US Rock band State of Man’s bass player James Beale gives you a brief update on the Guam situation during the bands down-time in Guam! Listen for Gunfire!

This is one of State of Man’s many stops on the band’s Pacific tour with Armed Forces Entertainment to support the troops and locals in Japan, Guam, Korea and Kwaj!

..don’t forget to download your Free copy of State of Man’s single “Swallow Your Fears” at http://stateofmanmusic.com

State of Man is a Billboard charting rock band that is giving away free music for the band’s hit single, “Swallow Your Fears,” at www.stateofmanmusic.com. View the music video for the hit single through Billboard here: Billboard | Check out the band on ReverbNation here: ReverbNation

State of Man Hits #3 on Artist Underground Rock charts!

Posted in State of Man News with tags , , , , , , , on March 18, 2008 by stateofman

Latest from the State of Man camp!

Congratulations State of Man!

Listeners on American Idol Underground have rated your song among the top 50 tracks in the Rock genre during the previous week.

See your place on the charts by clicking here <http://www.idolunderground.com/Pages/Charts/ChartDetail.aspx?GenreID=11> .

See you on the site,

The American Idol Underground Team

Get Your Music Heard!
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State of Man climbs the Charts on Groupie Tunes

Posted in State of Man News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2008 by stateofman

State of Man’s single, “Be Still My Heart” has climbed up to the #4 spot for indie artists/ unsigned artists on ring tone site Groupie Tunes. This song is track # 2 on SOM’s “Both Sides of The Story” which also has the lead single “Swallow Your Fears” which reach #10 on the BIllboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Charts in june 06′. This track can be downloaded for FREE for a limited time off of the official State of Man site so don’t miss your chance to get your FREE download today!!. State of Man has also recently been featured in full page ads in Rolling Stone Magazine, SPIN, VIBE and more for the fall print ad campaign for GBX shoes. This year continues to be an exciting year for the guys as they also continue to climb the “equity” charts on ReverbNation with today’s slot being #23 out of 25383 rock acts!!..check out charts here ReverbNation Equity Charts

Killer weekend!!

Posted in State of Man Journal with tags , , on March 11, 2008 by stateofman

Well, I guess I’ll start off by saying that I am feeling compelled to comment on how great this past weekend’s show was for State of Man.  We played a private show for a young lady named Anna who was turning 15.  This girl had almost 100 of her friends/ classmates come out which is pretty amazing to me at that age (quite the popular girl).. needless to say she had a blast as we rocked out the night with her and her friends coming up on stage to randomly rock out with us.. Everyone left with a cd that night so I hope they enjoy the album as much as the energy of the show…. Here is to you Anna!!  happy B-day and glad we could of shared the moment with you…enjoy life as it goes FAST!!!

All the Best,

James

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