A Sorta New Direction

The Greatest Never Artist Collective

Realistically not much has or ever will change in terms of our goals. Our path remains the same. What has changed; is the detail of our perspective and the depths of our understanding on where that path is leading us.

The Greatest Never as an association, has ascribed itself to the long term goal of transforming into and establishing it’s presence and functionality as a non-specific Artist Collective.

You may be familiar with the term collectivism, though i’m assuming most of you probably aren’t. If by chance you are, than it’s likely you may have heard it tossed around with other big name economic and political ideas like communism, socialism, and anarchism.

 In relation to these, collectivism is one of  socialism’s many ideological offspring. Simultaneously collectivism itself also has many different sub-types and interpretations.

Broadly speaking one could generalize it as economically resembling a form of libertarian-communism while being both anarchistic in nature and functioning like a direct-democracy in terms of it’s administration.

What is a Collective?

To answer more specifically we must define collectivism. 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary provides the following definitions for collectivism both of which are applicable:

1. A political and economic theory advocating collective control over production and distribution. Also a system marked by such control (collective). 

2. Emphasis on the Collective rather than individual action or identity.

So a collective is essentially a system; in our case a small autonomous, mixed-motive organization; in which the means of production, and distribution are collectively shared.  So an artist crollective would simply be a collective that shared their means to create works of art, as well as market, promote, showcase and distribute such works.

On a very basic level we already have this established. Any member of the team is able to promote just about any creative work they want on TGN or any of it’s related platforms. Reguardless of whether it’s for profit or not, TGN is our collective hub and utility for reaching an audience and showcasing things that we’ve done,  made, want to say. etc.

For the sake of building upon and entertaining my fantastical visions, what if we somehow managed to step up our size in one way or another. That way could be anything from finding a patron, releasing a high selling album, or book, or even just organizing ourselves better and being more consistent, efficient, and proactive with our content creation and output.

I suppose if that were to happen the next step would be to acquire a warehouse. Therei Set up an office, a couple DIY recording studio, practice and jam area, acquire a variety of instruments, art supplies, areas for painting, sculpting, modeling, crafting etc, bookshelves full of resources and areas to write, think, and work. Create and maintain our own promotional platforms like newsletters, magazines, etc.

Even more fantastical what would the step after that be? Operating our own venues? museums? libraries?laboratories? studios? radio station? etc? I should stop myself, this is getting too good. Though such talk sounds ambitious and crazy, I know it is, but I’ve always found it better to dream big, and I believe I speak for most of the crew here at TGN when I say that.

Just to clarify this is not collective profit system. Obviously if money was made using the collective equipment, we would expect a very minuscule return to help pay for supplied equipment, and a minuscule cut to contribute to charity.

The idea is not to make money off it’s members, but if the capital is for the benefit of each, than everyone who’s receiving a monetary benefit ought to be doing their part to keep it afloat. Not that we wouldn’t love to see our members contributing as much excess to the growth of the collective as possible, but we understand that won’t be in everyone’s best interest, but perhaps a few of us will be inclined to do so.

If non-for profit, or if for profit but none was made, than obviously we would not expect any form of  monetary contribution. However their are many ways each of us could contribute that wouldn’t cost anything but our time and effort; the more we can manage to accomplish through DIY tactics the better.

10 Ways Anyone can help and contribute that won’t cost a cent.

  1. Turn off Adblock!!!!!

  2. Spread our name through word of mouth, spam our link in random corners of the internet. 

  3. Take some time to read our articles, and check out our various content. 

  4. Share and talk about us through social media, text, email or even just press the like button!

  5. Comment with your thoughts, criticisms and feedback to help us improve on any of our works or aspects of our organization.

  6. Follow us on Social Media: Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn

  7. Submit something you’d like us to promote or showcase for you. 

  8. Give us a shout-out on you own blog, website, social media, youtube channel etc. 

  9. Become a member! (contact us through email or our facebook page)

  10. Come back and visit soon! Spend some time in our corner of the internet! browse our other sites and content! Leave us a message in the forums!

10 Ways to help and contribute that won’t cost you a cent (Members Specific)

  1. Writing, Creating, thinking up, conjuring, coding, crafting, fashioning, Recording new content to be published, shared, linked to, advertised etc. 

  2. Assisting with the cleaning and maintenance of our as of yet imaginary warehouse/collective safe house and the half imaginary equipment that would be found therein. 

  3. Creation and Distribution of homemade promotional materials. 

  4. Interacting with  readers, followers and fans through comments sections and our social media pages. 

  5. Motivating, assisting, educating, learning from and collaborating with other members. 

  6. Acquire a new skill, form of knowledge, or connection that could be in some way shape or form useful to the collective. 

  7. Turn a skill or form of knowledge you have into a How to, Guide, and or Tutorial. 

  8. Generate, discuss, share and explore ideas for ways to expand and grow the reach, production power, and overall economic value of our organization. 

  9. Sift through old content for mistakes in grammar, spelling and formatting, as well as ways to simplify and or add value. 

  10. Improve yourself in any way shape or form in return making you more useful and valuable to the team. 

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10 ways to fight depression

The phenomena that many of us are familiar with known as depression is experienced among the afflicted for a variety of reasons and in a plethora of forms and levels of intensity. Sometimes healthy individuals will become depressed. This does not inherently make you mentally ill, depression is something most people will be faced with to varying extents at various points in their life. Often arising after particularly stressful, traumatic and or upsetting experience. This can be anything ranging from the death of a loved one, ended relationships, losing a job, etc.

On the other hand some people become depressed perpetually, spontaneously, and or  cyclically due to one or more of many potentially correlating illnesses. Speaking from experience as someone who was diagnosed with manic depressive (bipolar) disorder, as well as Attention Hyperactivity disorder, depression became something I found myself having to deal with on a regular basis from a strikingly young age.

This however had the benefit of having a lot of extra time to learn how to deal with and cope with it. I am not a certified counselor. Nor do I have any formally recognized measure of educational notoriety regarding psychology. I want to explicitly state before going any further I want to state that

A. this article should not serve as any form of diagnostic or authoritative source.

B. If you are experiencing depressive symptoms and you are not already seeking medical such as counseling and psychiatric care, you certainly should (provided you can afford to do so.) 

C. These methods are not intended to replace any sort of formal treatment, and one should not assume that they can top taking or refuse medication in an attempt to mange their own symptoms with these tactics.

 

These are 10 methods I have found personal success in both mitigating depressive symptoms as well as helping me to come out of the depressive phase faster.

     1. Get up and Get moving!

Easily the most hackneyed depression related advice one could get besides changing their diet, though I can’t argue its incredible effectiveness. Exercise and movement of any form tends to improve the state of ones mindset and overall cognitive performance. This could be an actual structured work-out routine, but it can be far simpler and less committed as well. It could be Going for a walk jog or run around your neighborhood or local park, taking a hike through the woods. I’m a pretty big fan of using project/chore/hobby that requires physical activity as a supplement for exercise.

It can get even easier, though obviously the less effort your willing to put in the less benefits your going to reap, but sometimes some of us really just don’t have the time or can’t be bothered to get out and go for a walk, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in a chair or lay in bed all day (something that tends to become really easy to fall into in the midst of depression). Especially in the winter, for me it may often be something as simple as just getting up and pacing around whilst thinking in great detail, having long productive phone calls, or even while reading rather than sitting in a computer chair for hours doing these things. It might sound trivial but little things add up throughout the week; physical activity is no exception.

     2. Introduce something new into your consciousness!

Often times I find long extended period of depression to be strongly associated with an overall psychological boredom, not literally bored, but bored of existing. Something I’ve found particularly helpful whenever I feel this way is too introduce some new idea into my consciousness. This could be a plethora of things, It could be visiting a place you’ve never been, making friends, opening a unfamiliar book, searching for new music, watching a movie you’ve never seen, making a recipe you’ve never tried, trying to take up a new hobby, exploring a new website, reading through a blog (hint hint ours.)

Mental stagnancy tends to make life feel much more mundane, repetitive and dull. It’s very easy for me to get caught up spending my free time hanging out with the same people every day, doing the same thing at the same pace, listening to the same music, and going to the same few local restaurants, and studying the same few books at night when I go home.

This really starts to get to me after awhile. However as soon as i’m able manage to break my comfort zone and force myself to try new things, my disposition almost immediately becomes more exciting, pleasant, and optimistic, after awhile, taking in large quantities of new information every day just became something I had to do to feel satisfied. I’ve recently come to truly understand what all my high school teachers meant when they said they had life long commitments toward learning to say the least, and this in hindsight has been one my most valuable defenses against depression.

     3. Call someone!

Call a trusted friend, even if just to have a casual conversation. This can help in multiple ways. Though it usually helps to have a close trusted friend that one can vent their pains and frustrations too, sometimes the real value in this is positive distractions. I can’t count the amount of times Id been very depressed, angry and or anxious, and decided to phone a friend, only to be laughing at something completely irrelevant within a matter of moments.

     4. Write about your troubles!

Obviously talking helps too, but I often find myself unable to fully articulate my thoughts in conversation with even my closest of friends and associates, mostly out of a combination of fear of how I may be looked upon, and or not wanting to pass my negativity onto them. These are situations when pen and paper really come in handy.

If your anything like me, when your upset you tend to think large volumes of quite negative thoughts at a strikingly rapid pace. When this happens I often find writing it out on paper makes it much easier to understand the source of my negative thinking, extrapolate information, attempt to draw connections and conclusions, and  make a plan of application for whatever solutions I can conjure up. It allows me to logically and analytically break down my thoughts rather than being tormented and tortured by them. This can often times be quite time consuming and relief is never instant when it gets this bad, but rather this is more of like a slow walk up a long hill on a hot day.

     5. Do something artistic &or creative!

I’ve known many people who found various forms of creative expression to be indescribably helpful in battling not only depression but a whole slew of mental ailments. Everyone has their own flavors, I personally like music and writing the most but any craft or art form will do. It especially helps to create something you can keep at the end, which is why I keep everything I draw, write, and record nearly all of my instrumental and vocal practices, when you have a lot of negative thoughts being able to sift through and derive personal happiness from something you made yourself can really help curve your self perception and thought process. In my experience it tends to become a habitual coping mechanism, the more you truly enjoy what your doing the better!

     6. Meditate (or pray if your into that sort of thing)!

There any many forms of meditation, though I tend to veer toward the basic forms. This generally consists of sitting legs crossed in the lotus pose, or whatever is most comfortable for you. This is generally followed by either closing ones eyes, and doing ones best to quiet their minds whilst taking care not to outright reject or suppress any arising thoughts. The goal in mind is achieving a completely silent mind, one which resembles a calm body of water undisturbed by any ripple or splash.

I generally do this by focusing on the patterns of my breath, the sound of my heartbeat, and whatever colors, patterns or fractals might arise in my field of vision. This isn’t something that will generally arise earlier in learning meditations, but when it begins to manifest, it immediately makes the act of meditating much more enjoyable, to the point where I would almost call it addictive after a certain point, but in a good way, so maybe habitual would be a better description.

 It might be hard to get the hang of at first, but with practice, you’ll find it much easier to quiet the mind quicker and achieve deeper states of meditation more easily. Not only does it get more enjoyable and in depth as you get better and better, but the benefits it can provide for your psyche become increasingly beneficial and easier to access.

     7. Switch up (a part of) your schedule!

I’ve often found making small changes to ones schedule can often mix things up, and if there’s one thing that’s universal about combating depression: it’s change. It could be a significant change, like adding something new to your daily/weekly routine.

A series of small changes may be quite beneficial as well. Examples may include taking a different route to work, going somewhere different for lunch, listening to a different radio station. One I’ve heard has helped many is going to bed and waking up a little earlier (or later) or changing up what time you do certain things like leisure activities, hobbies, housework etc. Changing things up helps things feel fresher and less monotonous.

     8. Look for reasons to get out of the house!

This one may not apply for everyone, but its not common for depression to cause people to become increasingly introverted, antisocial and even reclusive. When this happens, no matter how hard it may be, focusing on overcoming this problem should be a priority. If this is part of your depression, conquering this aspect is incredibly crucial. In my experience it makes most other parts significantly easier.

It can be anything; Visit a friend, Go to the movies, go out to eat, go for a hike, a walk in the park, go to the beach, window shopping, get your hair done, get groceries, go to the library, the zoo, walk around with a boombox on your shoulder bumping the most obnoxious music in your library, ANYTHING! Just make it a point to leave your house every day. if your in a position where your depression or anxiety have driven you to introversion no matter how hard it may be, if you can manage to do this you WILL notice change!

     9. Release your grudges!

Whoever your brooding against, try your best to get over it(if possible.) Obviously this wont work for every situation. Over small things; it’s worth it, your psyche and your stress levels will thank you, trust me.
Bonus points if you call, visit, or write that person a letter. 

     10. Go for a drive!

This one is extremely therapeutic. Something about moving so quickly, seeing the scenery pass by, and the freedom to just go wherever you’d like.

I currently do not have a vehicle, though I find myself frequently asking and or paying friends to take me out for cruises. Especially if you live in an area without much traffic and good scenery, this can almost instantly turn a long day of self loathing and hopelessness into a moment of relief and relaxation!C

That’s all for now, I hope you found value in our post, thank you all very much for reading and lending us your time and brainpower!

How to improve your song writing process.

How to improve your song writing process.

How to improve your song writing process.
— Read on inallthingsmusic.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/how-to-improve-your-song-writing-process/

First real post from our new side project inallthingsmusic.wordpress.com

Post Contents: a 2000+ word guide including 10 tips to mix up your writing process to overcome writers block & 10 tips to find new sources of creative inspiration within the world around you.

10 Reasons to follow Our Blog

1. We go hard.

2. Culturally, Demographically, and Gender Diverse Team!

3. We never premeditate our writing and have no centralized topic; you never know what to expect.

4. I took the time to write this shameless self promotion just for you. Yes you, I’m looking at you right now.

5. 4+ other upcoming sites in production on various topics, along side many more surprises in the works.

6. We donate to charities (list of charity funds we send money to and/or sponsor coming soon).

7. We make learning fun

One of the biggest goals we aim for in our writing (when it isn’t for pure creativity) is to blur the lines between entertainment and education, so that readers are being presented real world information and practical knowledge in such a way that they interpret the content as effortless entertainment.

8. We are all completely insane.

This is not an understatement.

Only 3 of my best friends are real people.

I talk to animals, inanimate objects, and myself more than other people out of sheer preference.

9. We take no sides

When a group is composed of a diverse array of theological/spiritual, philosophical, political, socioeconomic, and ethical backgrounds and beliefs, they don’t really have room to pick sides on most things

(We all seem to be in agreement about marijuana legalization however.)

As a result you will find content that is profoundly unbiased and neutral despite addressing some of the most polarizing subjects imaginable.

10. Art and Music

Most of us here myself included have artistic and or musical ambitions and talents outside of writing which we are actively engaged in on a regular basis.

We eventually hope to bring most of those things here and share them with our readers!

(Once we’ve actually gotten our shit together enough to tie up all the loose ends on our projects and get them through the production process and into distributable web formats.)

There’s probably more reasons but I’ll try to humble us out a little bit by cutting it off at 10 before I get carried away.

Were you sold by this post? Let us know why or why not in the comments section below!

70 why should Is? To make you question yourself.

1. Why should I read this blog post?

2. Why should I spend my time and money on a college degree?

3. Why should I go out and devote a third of my day for a negligible amount of money?

4. Why should I be asking myself questions in the first place?

5. Why should I be thinking?

6. Why should I listen to someone who advises against a major life decision when it is against ones own intuition?

7. Why should I pick my beliefs in accordance with the beliefs of those around me?

8. Why should I hold myself back?

9. Why should I not follow my own ideal?

10. Why should I waste time doing things I don’t like to do and have no immediate need for?

11. Why should I not accept help when it is being offered when all things are willed to happen for a reason?

12. Why should I eat when I am not hungry?

13. Why should I sleep if I am not tired?

14. Why should I dwell on the words of others more than my own words?

15. Why should I tell myself I have nothing to write about when I always have something to talk about?

16. Why should I answer my phone if I do not feel like talking?

17. Why should I care about others to an extent that detracts from my own happiness (not including children and family)?

18. Why should I value a significant other’s wishes over a child’s unless that significant other is required to take care of that child?

19. Why should I box in my thinking by clinging to the cultural norm?

20. Why should I ignore or overlook factual, statistical, or empirical evidence just because it challenged something I already believed?

21. Why should I write off a source of information because of some unrelated negative quality or action conducted by the source?

22. Why should I romanticize something negative instead of moving on to a more positive topic?

23. Why should I repeat an action determined to have a negative outcome?

24. Why should I lower my standards of living instead of pushing my own resourcefulness?

25. Why should I ever not believe in myself?

26. Why should I let guilt or fear hold me back from further positive decision making?

27. Why should I feel guilt in situations where I’ve done nothing to hurt anyone?

28. Why should I feel guilty rather than just take responsibility for my actions?

29. Why should I waste time worrying when I can do something to make my situation better?

30. Why should I waste my thoughts when I could be recording them for a future project or actively using them as a part of one?

31. Why should I pick up hobbies I don’t find genuine enjoyment in and which aren’t relevant to my goals?

32. Why should I own things I never use, that I did not create and bears no novel, sentimental, or spiritual significance?

33. Why should I let someone else’s perception of me supersede my own unless it is raising an ethical or moral concern?

34. Why should I take a failure as an entire defeat?

35. Why should I buy a product I don’t want or need just because it is on sale?

36. Why should I fear death when I have no control over it?

37. Why should I worry or feel guilty for things I have no control of?

38. Why should I consume alcohol when I know it to be addicting and troublesome for myself in particular, just because the social situation permits it?

39. Why should I consult someone for help without first thoroughly trying to work through the problem on my own?

40. Why should I turn down a potentially useful new connection based on a poor reference from someone else?

41. Why should I take a secondhand source over a first?

42. Why should I think in terms of yes or no without considering a middle point or a duality?

43. Why should I feel bad for someone who is rightfully paying for their actions?

44. Why should I tell the truth to someone I have no loyalty to within a context where honor and ethics are not applicable, when it is directly against my advantage and or intuition?

45. Why should I listen to other people’s advice on appearance when it’s in opposition towards what I like when I look in the mirror?

46. Why should I choose the pursuit of active income over the pursuit of passive income, when I cannot yet make an active wage doing things I enjoy?

47. Why should I spend more money when I’m not being guaranteed a higher quality or quantity of product?

48. Why should I own a vehicle if I don’t need one?

49. Why should I value acquiring more material possession over acquiring new skills and practical knowledge?

50. Why should I look for excuses too avoid growth?

51. Why should I fear criticism of my work instead of welcome it?

52. Why should I second guess my intuition?

53. Why should I waste time on social media when I’m not interested in talking to someone?

54. Why should I watch whatever’s on TV instead of looking for something to watch or read online (or from my bookshelf) that actually interests me?

55. Why should I continue to listen to music I’m bored of instead of looking for a new artist who’s similar too, was influenced by or was an inspiration of an artist I listen too?

56. Why should I still be writing/reading this article when I have a bunch of other seemingly more urgent things to do?

57. Why should I settle for comfort when more enjoyment can be found in the strive for self improvement?

58. Why should I waste time dwelling on that which I’ve no control over?

59. Why should I attempt to convince myself I want things which I do not actually want?

60. Why should I drive places I know I could easily walk too?

61. Why should I go out of my way to look for reasons to mentally persecute myself?

62. Why should I consistently waste resources on people who bring nothing of interest to my life?

63. Why should I outsource my happiness when I can be the source?

64. Why should I should I take offense rather than amusement when I’m the butt of someone’s joke?

65. Why should I value what others think is right other than what I know empirically or logically to be right?

66. Why should I choose oversynthesized pharmaceuticals over safer and often times more effective natural, herbal, and holistic solutions?

67. Why should I spend time helping people I know are ultimately working against me?

68. Why should I dwell on loneliness when I can utilize my alone time to be more productive?

69. Why should I worry about what I don’t know instead of exploring what I can do with what I do know?

70. Why should I write my next article? Feel free to answer this one in the comments section!