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Summary With co-host Lauren Manzano, still traveling abroad, this week’s episode features another guest co-host, Sleep Deez with host Joe Borges on-location at Coachella Music Festival. Sleep is a multi-platinum producer and just happens to also be the composer of The NeuroNerds podcast theme song so he is the perfect person to review the performances at the festival. Joe and Sleep discuss their favorite Coachella shows from Beyonce to Alt-J to Jorja Smith plus Sleep’s personal experience with a family member battling a neurological disorder. They also explore how even through brain injuries and disorders, music can still often be remembered and its familiarity comforts and helps with the healing process. Mental deficits and affects of various brain injuries are also touched on as well as Joe’s trick for battling overstimulation when in public, especially in crowded settings like Coachella.
Topics Discussed in this Episode
Joe and Sleeps highlight their favorite performances at Coachella including Beyonce, Alt-J, SZA, Jorja Smith, Belly and The Weeknd (this episode was recorded before the 3rd night so it doesn’t include some of their additional favorite performances like Eminem and Ibeyi).
Sleep’s discography including The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, The Game and more.
Sleep’s grandmother has had Alzheimer’s disease for the past 15 years and has trouble even remembering her family members, but music is so powerful that she still remembers her favorite songs.
When Joe was in ICU right after he suffered his stroke, his friend Jon Licht sang Riptide to him in the hospital and Joe was able to recall the lyrics even though he was experiencing memory loss and left side neglect due to his stroke.
Music connects people from many different demographics.
The discuss how the mind can play tricks on you when you have a brain injury like when Sleep’s friend had an accident, mixed up words; Joe’s fellow brain injury survivor, Mimi Hayes accidentally hid stuff from herself; Joe suffers from dissociative episodes and hand tremors; some brain injury survivors forget how to see and swallow, left side neglect and clumsiness
How Joe’s Beats headphones help him cope with overstimulation in crowded, public places like Coachella.
Eat healthy - cheating now and then is ok. It’s all about balance.
Don’t do drugs. Drugs like cocaine and heroine can cause a stroke.
Links to Topics Mentioned
Jorja Smith, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorja_Smith
Felice LaZae, http://www.felicelazae.com
Sha Smoak, http://www.shasmoak.com/
Glass Animals, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_Animals
Jon Licht, http://www.jonlicht.com/
‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ_1HMAGb4k
The Lumineers, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lumineers
‘My Mind Playing Tricks On Me’ by Geto Boys, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KutXyPEEbQs
Mimi Hayes, https://www.instagram.com/mimihayesbrain/
The Weeknd, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weeknd
Anthony Anderson, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Anderson
Patty Mills, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Mills
‘Pumps In A Bump’ by MC Hammer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk1YtbkZTqc
Headspace app, https://www.headspace.com/
YouSoRock Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/yousorock
Submit your story to be featured on YouSoRock, https://www.joesorocks.com/yousorock
Co-hosted by Joe Borges and Lauren Manzano
Produced by Joe Borges and Felice LaZae
Edited by Felice LaZae, http://felicelazae.com, @felicelazae on Twitter/Instagram
Theme song produced by Sleep Deez, @sleepvision on Instagram, @sleepdeez on Twitter