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Get Up! Talking ADHD & Good Mental Health w/ Rockstars Shinedown -An Encore Edition

by Faster Than Normal

Hey guys. Peter Shankman here, the host of Faster Than Normal. I wanna talk to you for a second about the Skylight all in one family calendar. So Skylight sent me one of these a couple of months ago and I hung it on my wall. And God, how do I put this? My daughter no longer skips out on her chores! I know when her events are at school, we don’t miss them. Everything is in front of us. It’s a touchscreen. It’s visible. It is the easiest thing I have ever used. It’s beautiful. You can import your photos to it, or use the screen savers and it’s right there. We sit down at breakfast. Everything she has that day is right there. Everything I need to know is right there. Did she do her chores? She does them. She checks off the box on the calendar. Oh my God. Greatest thing ever. It is amazing. I am in love with the Skylight Family calendar. I am using it constantly, literally every day, and I strongly recommend you guys pick it up too. They’re a great supporter of Faster Than Normal. Neurodiverse families are going to love this. Use code. PeterShankman for 10% off, up to 30 bucks off. You’re gonna love this Skylight calendar. It has changed my life with my daughter. It’ll change yours too. Enjoy it. See you guys soon.

Today’s encore! I have been listening to our guests for well more than a decade! They have been part of my playlist since the summer of 2006 when their music helped me run the NYC Marathon faster than I ever had before. You surely know their music too, even if you’ve never heard the name Shinedown! Their song “Get Up” is the most inspiring, straight to the point, song I’ve ever heard that challenges the stigmas of talking honestly about mental health. They are some of the hardest working Artists in the world, so I was honored when they agreed to spend some time with us here today, helping to grow & inspire more honest conversations about mental health. Shinedown is a multi-platinum rock band. The song “GET UP” is from their latest album “ATTENTION ATTENTION?”

In this episode Peter, Brent and Eric discuss:

1:08-  Intro and welcome Brent Smith and Eric Bass!

2:00-  After 136 shows spanning 48,000 miles, you guys were labeled The Hardest Working Artists of 2018! That’s a ton of work & a healthy mantle! How do you make sure that you are taking care of yourselves mentally?

5:37-  On loving what you do & being driven

6:10-  On the importance of surrounding yourself with good people & a good support system

9:49-  Brent, you wrote “Get Up” for Eric. The majority of folks don’t know how to talk to a friend who is, or might be struggling. What did you learn from writing this song?

14:08-  “You are not going to be defined by your failures. You are going to be defined by the fact that you refuse to give up- no matter what” -Brent Smith

16:05-  Peter on the importance of Music, and how music will pull you through  ref: “I Dare You  ref:  Peter gets arrested for exercising, makes news.

18:24-  What is it about music, not books, movies, tv, etc, but music that people always credit with bringing them through a rough spell, or helping them remember a moment in time, etc. Why?

20:52-  Talk to me about the stigma around mental health. Finally there is a solid movement- between you guys, people like Erik Kussin who have started, etc. What can people do to help grow the national/international conversation about mental health? ref:  Erik Kussin’s FTN interview here #SameHere

Follow Shinedown at: FB Twitter INSTA YouTube AppleMusic Shazam Spotify

26:07-  Thank you Brent and Eric!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at [email protected] or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

27:02-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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1 Comment

  1. Candice

    I’ve been going to concerts and following bands since the 70’s. Never have I ever known of a group of 4 men that are so talented yet so grounded and such great humans!
    Finding them has been so healing and makes me so happy at 64 yrs old! After all these years if telling my daughters to turn down their harder rock music…they are now telling me to turn it down!
    Taking my 13yo granddaughter to Portland’s May 9th show with my grown daughters. She will freak!
    Thank you for shining some light on these beautiful humans!


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