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The Best Lies Are Slivers of Truth 

Sensational!

What if we told you that the Government is in fact admittedly in possession of UFOs, there are thousands of people in Europe protesting mask mandates, a high profile astrophysicist briefed the The Pentagon on spaceships "not of this earth," element 115 might be able to produce forcefield technology and the CIA tested LSD on civilians? It sounds crazy. It sounds like either we're losing our minds because we've been in quarantine for too long or we're all in big trouble because the government is lying to us, doesn't it? The funny thing about all of this is: It's all true... and isn't that big of a big deal. 

Wait... What?

We love conspiracy theories. Just look at our artwork for our full length albums (which you can listen to on Spotify HERE). So, anytime we hear a good one, we like to check it out, stay up late and talk about it. Part of the reason we started "Van Philosophy" last year wasn't just to keep ourselves awake on a long drive to the next city on tour but because we want to have a "sibling-like" understanding of the world around us.

The word philosophy comes from a pairing of two Greek words: φιλέω (phileo) and σοφία (sophia). Sophia, simply means wisdom or understanding. Phileo means love but it's not as broad of a word as it is in English. You may have heard that "Philadelphia," is "The City of Brotherly Love." Brotherly love defines "phileo" to a native English speaker very well. If you have siblings (or close friends you consider family) think about how you love them. It's a lot different from the way you "love" a good meal, a sports team or sex (which are all different words in Greek). Phileo is the kind of love you reserve for someone you care about even when it's not easy. It's more or a sense of honor and obligation than it is a feeling. Although, it's not something you have to tip-toe around. If you're brother does something stupid, you call him out on it and hopefully he understands why. This is the type of love we want to have for learning. We question it when it doesn't make sense but we also stick up for it when it needs it.

The Best Lies Are Slivers of Truth.

As artists we tell lies so hopefully people know the truth. We create something artificial, whether out of paint, words or spaces between musical notes, so hopefully the observer or listener can find something real. However, it seems every time we look down at our phone there is someone telling us the truth so hopefully we'll be deceived. Here's a few examples of true statements said over the last week, that may get you to believe a lie if you're not careful.

1. "The US Government is in possession of UFOs from the 60s."

It's totally true. If we dig into protocols of classified and declassified information in the United States government we generally find that classified information tends to have a shelf life of about 60 years given its sensitivity. It's 2020 now, so lots of information from the 1950-1960s is becoming declassified. During those times, the United States was going through a lot: Hot wars with Korea, The Philippines & Vietnam, Cold ones with Russia and Cuba, rising tensions with a growing amount communist countries, the Space Race, a Civil Rights movement and trying to round up Nazi's that escaped from justice and offer a means of redemption to their scientists under Operation Paperclip.

With all this going on it would be extremely unlikely that the US Navy DIDN'T discover flying objects it was unfamiliar with. One might argue, they weren't doing their job very well if they didn't, as the US Navy's main mission is to keep wars far away from US soil. One also might argue that CIA wouldn't have been doing it's job if they hadn't studied, tested and even attempted to replicate what was found. 60 years later, the public is just starting to be able to review government intelligence from the time period. 

This doesn't mean that aliens don't exist. However, it's easy to think it's being suggested when someone asks, "Do you have UFOs," and the quick answer is, "Yes." Perhaps, the question, "Did you ever come across any technology you didn't immediately recognize during 3 wars, a conflict and a space race?" doesn't make good news stories or late night conversations. Connotation is everything.

2. "There are thousands of people protesting mask mandates in Germany."



This is totally true. However, the statement remains true if we find two thousand people that disagree with mask mandates out of Germany's population of almost 84 million people. When information is left out it creates a tunnel vision view of the world that can encourage irresponsibility. It creates false majority. Sensationalism distorts facts. 

3. "An Astrophysicist briefed the Pentagon on 'Off world vehicles not made on this earth.'"

Totally True! If you want to look up more about it his name is Eric Davis and was formerly a defense consultant for the US government. What was said in this meeting remains classified and more than likely will for another 60 years or so. Does this mean that the Pentagon found an alien spacecraft and needed an astrophysicist to confirm it? That's totally possible and we'd hope that's what they'd do if that were the case. However, it's very likely that the briefing was about how to determine what materials are native to our home planet, which one's are not and how an analysis of physics and aeronautics from an expert can determine whether a craft (whether real or theoretical) is air-worthy, space-worthy or both. Sure hope it's aliens though!

4. Element 115 may be the answer to 'Force Field' technology."



If you haven't watched "Bob Lazar- Area 51 & Flying Saucers" on Netflix you TOTALLY NEED TO CHECK THAT OUT! You also should not read the next paragraph or two until you've watched it so we don't spoil anything for you. That is, if you're into that sort of thing.

The statement about element 115 is true but printing it in news papers is not responsible journalism. While a few people claim that element 115 was discovered in the 1980s the majority of the the international physics & chemistry communities agree that element 115 (Moscovium) was first observed in 2003 in Russia by Russian and American scientists. We're not going to explain the finer details of particle acceleration (because honestly, there's a lot we don't really get) but this is an oversimplified explanation of how scientists discover new elements on the periodic table.

The numbers on the Periodic Table of Elements correspond with the element's atomic weight, or mass. The lightest known element Hydrogen (H) has an atomic weight of 1.008 and is 1st on the table. The heaviest known element Oganesson (Og) has an atomic weight of [294]ix which means it has no known stable nuclides (number of protons and neutrons) and its value indicates the mass number of it's longest lived isotope (chemical variant where the number of neutrons have changed in an element). It takes slot 118 on the table. 

How New Elements Are Observed.

While natural elements can just be observed with a really fancy microscope, synthetic elements need more of a process. New elements are typically discovered by adding the mass of two known elements together and seeing what happens. The problem with actually doing this is a principle called "electrostatic repulsion." Positively charged particles tend to not want to stick together just like two positive ends of magnets. 

If you have two positively charged magnets and you're strong enough, you can hold them together for a brief moment. The same can be done with atoms but because we can't get our hands around them and hold them together we fire them at each other as fast as we can and take a picture of what happens when they "touch." This moment in time is usually only -10 to the 20th power of a second: a RIDICULOUSLY short period of time.

When this happens, scientists get a snapshot of the element's properties and can make fairly accurate assumptions and predictions like atomic weight, melting point, group, density and electronegativity. What we have to remember is that ALL of that data is a prediction. So saying it's possible for a new element to have a unknown isotope that can do a specific thing is a true statement. We'll only know for sure if someone proves it, though.

5. "Masks don't protect you very well from Covid-19"

It's very true. It's generally true for most viruses. If someone is sick and you are wearing a mask it doesn't do much to protect you. However, it helps tremendously if someone is sick and wears a mask to help keep moisture from their mouth contained and reduces the airstream directed at other people. It's why your dentist wears a mask, so she doesn't spit in your mouth. With Covid-19 being a highly communicable, water transfered virus, masks do help but only if the people that actually have it wear one.

The reason why so many responsible people are urging that we all wear a mask in public is because a lot of people are asymptomatic, meaning they don't show symptoms. "I'm not sick," isn't a convincing argument unless you get a test showing negative results and proceed to live in a vacuum.

You Don't Have To Buy Ours But Please Wear A Mask

 

Right now, for every pair of Roshambeaux cloth face masks sold, we'll donate one to an essential worker until we run out. These people still have to deal with the public every day and we are very grateful for them. Without them our economy would fail and we want to do what we can to support them. This offer is exclusively available at roshambeauxmusic.com/donate We'll even throw in our new single and new EP for free when you donate $25 for a pair.

Moving To Youtube!

If you've been following us for the past 14 weeks we've started a live Van Philosophy Vlogcast where we can interact with you once a week. It's totally unscripted and live. We really enjoy hearing your ideas, philosophies and what's going on with your week. This week we're moving the show over to Youtube. Don't forget to subscribe HERE so you don't miss it! We'll see you tonight Wednesday 8/5/20 at 8pm/est. Come hang out. When you do, leave a comment. We really like that!

Special Thanks To Our Patrons & Subscribers!

With no real timeline of when we'll be able to go back on tour due to the Covid 19 pandemic we rely on the generous contributions from people like you to ensure we can continue to create music, articles, vlogcasts and art. It's been a very tough year but we're able to keep our heads up thanks to these amazing people! We truly couldn't do this without you! Thank you SO much! 

Nancy B, Renee T, Shelly R & Steve B 

If you enjoy what we do and find even a little value in it, please consider becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Roshambeaux. Even just a $1 a month goes a really long way to ensure we can continue to create free content for you. There are multiple tiers with unique perks that aren't available anywhere else online starting at just $1 a month.


 

We'd Also Like To Thank Our Other Monthly Donors!

Jeff C & Grass Cutters

We're always trying to come out with new content, music and merchandise. Thanks to these people for ensuring that we're able to get new things out by with monthly pledges. If you'd like to join these folks in getting these new items automatically when they are available visit roshambeauxmusic.com/donate hit the donate button and make it a monthly donation.

 

 

All photos by Roshambeaux
Additional Photo Credits

Stock Static TV- motionaray.com
Plato- CS Online
UFOs- cia.gov
German Protesters- dw.com
Eric Davis- Astrophysicist- Research Gate
Moscovium- Encyclopedia Britannica
CERNs Collider of the Future- Sputnik News


 

Self Sufficiency: How To Make Soap & Laundry Detergent 

 

Through the continued affects of pandemic life, we've found it really important to find ways to cut cost of living but still maintain a sense of normalcy. As musicians, we knew when we quit our "normal jobs," 10 years ago, we more than likely would have to find ways to make a lower income work for our lives and ensure our survival while we pursued our passion. Back then, we were able to make that decision and prepare our minds for that inevitability but we know a lot of people have been thrown into it with little or no choice because of Covid-19. Through these current trials we're reminded of what it's like to be a "starving artist" again. We imagine a lot of people outside of the entertainment industry do too. Back then, we quit smoking and learned how to make e-cig coils and vape juice from scratch (It easily saved us $200/month). We've kicked vaping as well and this time we're focusing on healthier ways to cut cost. Honestly, it's not just about saving a little more money during these hard times. We feel that crafting allows you to put a little bit of your soul into something useful. It's meaningful. It's good for you. We think if you can find a way to make art, you should, anyway you can.

How To Make Laundry Detergent

It's not something you think about very often but laundry detergent can be ridiculously expensive, especially considering what's actually in it. In the United States, consumers spend, on average, $15-25 once or twice a month on laundry detergent which can equal to anywhere from $180-$600 per year. 

With the list of ingredients below you can save anywhere from $148 to $564 per year! On top of that, you won't be at the mercy of what detergent companies think smells good. We'll give you the average price of these these ingredients and break down the cost of a 60 load container below and show you how to make your own.

Ingredients

1.5 cups Washing Soda ($4.12 for 55oz, cost per 60 loads: $0.91)

1.5 cups Baking Soda ($0.52 for 16oz, cost per 60 loads: $0.39)

.5 cups Epsom salts ($4.87 for 3lbs, cost per 60 loads: $0.40)

.25 cups Himalayan Pink Salt ($7.77 for 2lbs, cost per 60 loads $0.97)

Optional- 30-40 drops of Essential Oils ($6 for 1oz, cost per 60 loads $0.36)

Steps

Mix all dry ingredients

Add essential oils (optional)

Makes 3.75 cups- Use one heaping tablespoon per medium size load.
Each batch makes about 60 loads and costs about $2.67 (round up closer to $3 if scented)

*We found this works best with standard top loading washing machines adding detergent while the water is filling and then add your clothes. If you're wondering about the pros and cons of liquid or dry laundry detergents we found a good article HERE

Making Bar Soap

This process is a little more labor intensive and requires a good set of goggles and rubber gloves but has similar annual savings. This recipe makes about 3lbs of soap that's great for cleaning your hands and body.

Ingredients

Lye Solution

7.2oz Food Grade Lye

15oz Distilled Water

Oil Mixture

 15oz Coconut Oil 

 15oz Olive Oil 

 12oz Sweet Almond Oil 

 6oz Shea Butter 

 1.5oz Castor Oil 

It's best to use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients. The closer you get to the exact amounts, the better your soap will be.  

Tools

A large crockpot 

 A digital kitchen scale 

 Safety glasses and plastic gloves 

Heat proof containers- like Pyrex

A hand blender 

 A soap mold

Set Up

1. Set Crock Pot To LOW

2. Measure your oils & solids and add to the crock pot 

3. Get the lye solution going while the oils are melting.

IMPORTANT!  ALWAYS MEASURE OUT THE WATER FIRST.  THEN THE LYE.  Never add the water to the lye because you may end up with a volcano. Lye can burn you so be sure to wear goggles, gloves and use a heat safe container like pyrex. Let the lye solution sit for a few minutes while oils are melting down.

4. Pour Lye Solution into Oil Solution, gently.

5 Mix & "Trace"

Get your stick blender and begin to stir.  BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR SAFETY GLOVES & GLASSES!  The lye solution is caustic, and the soap mixture will be caustic until the lye is completely cooked out. Stir until the mixture reaches "trace."  This means it looks like thick pudding, leaving hills on the surface. At this point you can add coloring if you like. You should stir until all is evenly mixed. Make sure there are no clumps.

6. Cook

Put the lid on the crock pot and cook for 45min to an hour

7. Stir... A LOT!

In the beginning, you will see the cooking mixture rise up the sides of the crockpot.  If everything is REALLY hot, the whole mass will rise. Don't worry, just stir it until it calms back down and continue cooking.  If you see any opaque areas at all, the soap is NOT ready.

8. Continue cooking and stirring.


You will see it turn into a translucent mass with a gel like consistency.  At this point, it is done. It takes about 45min to an hour. It's best to leave in a little longer just to make sure the lye is completely gone.

How To Test To Make Sure It's Done Cooking...

pH Test
Use a pH strip. It should be around 5.5

ZAP Test
Soap should feel waxy in your fingers and cool quickly. Take a small amount of soap and put it to the tip of your tongue. If it "zaps" you, it's not done. Soap that is done tastes like soap and doesn't tingle. If it looks wrong, it probably is.

9. Add Essential Oils
While the soap is still in the crockpot, turn the crock pot off.  Let it cool for a minute or two and add your essential oils or scents if you'd like. 2-3oz is about the sweet spot for a 3 pounds depending on how fragrant you like your soap.

10. Mold

Put the soap in a soap mold. Be sure to tamp down any air pockets.

Let the soap cool overnight. The longer you leave it, the longer the scent will last. Remove from the mold and cut into desired shapes.

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Special Thanks To Our Patrons On Patreon!

With no real timeline of when we'll be able to go back on tour due to the Covid 19 pandemic we rely on the generous contributions from people like you to ensure we can continue to create music, articles, vlogcasts and art. It's been a very tough year but we're able to keep our heads up thanks to these amazing people! We truly couldn't do this without you! Thank you SO much! 

Nancy B, Renee T, Shelly R & Steve B  

If you enjoy what we do and find even a little value in it, please consider becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Roshambeaux. Even just a $1 a month goes a really long way to ensure we can continue to create free content for you. There are multiple tiers with unique perks that aren't available anywhere else online starting at just $1 a month.

 

Special Thanks To Our Monthly Site Supporters!

We try to offer as many cool new merch items and fresh music as often as we can. Special Thanks to our new supporters from last week: Robin L, Tracey P, Jeff C & Grass Cutters! Y'all rock! If you'd like to make sure you always keep up with our merch and music tiers you can pledge a monthly donation to make sure you get new music when it comes out.

Special Thanks to Jeff C & Grass Cutters for helping us continue making music with your monthly support!

 

 

New Merch! 

NEW MERCH!

It's always been a struggle for us to keep merch in stock, especially when we're on tour. We're excited to say we've partnered with Store Frontier so we can keep things in stock for you!
 

Store Frontier is powered by Terminus Tees who we've trusted for over 10 years to bring you the highest quality apparel. They have an awesome customer service team and fast shipping! We've brought back a few of our favorite designs as well as some brand new ones! We have multiple color options, guy tees, girl tees, unisex tanks, face masks, v-necks and even options for kids! Sizes S-3XL. Tell us which one's you'll be getting in the comments below!

LIVE Vlogcast Tonight!

We took a break last week from our weekly live Vlogcast last week so we could prep for getting these new merch items set up. We're getting back to it tonight WED 7/22/2020 at 8pm/est live on Facebook. Tune in and get in the chat. We really like it when you do!

Special Thanks To Our Patrons On Patreon!

With no real timeline of when we'll be able to go back on tour due to the Covid 19 pandemic we rely on the generous contributions from people like you to ensure we can continue to create music, articles, vlogcasts and art. It's been a very tough year but we're able to keep our heads up thanks to these amazing people! We truly couldn't do this without you! Thank you SO much!

Nancy B, Renee T, Shelly R & Steve B

If you enjoy what we do and find even a little value in it, please consider becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Roshambeaux. Even just a $1 a month goes a really long way to ensure we can continue to create free content for you. There are multiple tiers with unique perks that aren't available anywhere else online starting at just $1 a month.

Why Concerts Won't Likely Return Until 2021 

With the recent resurge of Covid-19 cases a lot of people are wondering if a second stimulus check is necessary for the American economy. As musicians, we've seen several of our favorite venues close last week, because of employees testing positive for Covid 19, with plans on re-opening when "it feels safe to do so." We've also seen a few places close their doors for good, unable to recover from the economic hardships of these past few months. The music industry, along with so many others have taken a crippling blow. It's very likely that concerts and large gatherings for entertainment will not resume until 2021.

Sam Kirby- Tour Manager, FOHM for The Faceless

 

Bijou Theatre- Knoxville, TN

 

 

We've Been Dragging This Out...

We want things to go back to normal. As musicians, we really miss being out on the road, seeing people and giving out sweaty hugs after the show. There's a lot of talk in the media that this quarantine life is just, "The New Normal." It's frustrating and we don't want to accept it. We've seen the majority of other countries opening back up while here in the United States there's talk of a second wave of shutdowns and the need for a second stimulus. Ignoring problems don't make them go away. On the contrary, it exacerbates them. The music industry like so many others are stalled. It's baffling that in a country with so many unquestioned safety and hazard laws the majority of us can't seem to accept a simple temporary solution for controlling the spread of a virus that's continuing to affect our way of life. This virus will eventually become just like all of the other diseases humanity has dealt with in the past but our actions now have a direct impact on how long that will take.

 

The Responsibility of Freedom 

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We're proud to be Americans. We think that personal freedom is valuable and part of what makes this country great. We think that in order to maintain it we have to be responsible. Throughout history, governments whether Democratic or Tyrannical steps in with force when the people mismanage a threat. We're seeing the start of this now in South Carolina with bars. Last week, the state instituted an "Alcohol Sales Curfew" in an attempt to force the limit of time people gather in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Our country was founded on a "Don't tell me what to do mentality," and if we value that as a good thing, we need to take on the the responsibility of maintaining it or else the government will. Freedom is a burden we have to bear but unequivocally believe it is worth it.

 

Vlogcast Returns Next Week!

We're taking a break from the Vlogcast this week but we'll be back Wednesday 7/22. If you haven't caught up on all 11 episodes you can HERE.

 

Brand New EP: 808s N Chill: Remix EP Vol. 1

Last week we released our brand new EP! We're REALLY happy with how it turned out! It's not available anywhere else online but you can give it a listen at roshambeauxmusic.com/808s-N-Chill

 

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As you can imagine, being an independent artist isn't the most lucrative thing you can do, especially in a pandemic when the majority of our income comes from touring but we get by when we have people to share it with. Life is worth it... We die and stuff. If you enjoy these articles and find a little value in them please consider subscribing to us on Patreon for even just $1 per month. It goes a really long way!

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Thanks so much to: Steve B, Renee T, Shelly R & Nancy B! We couldn't do this without you!

 

 

 

All Photos By Roshambeaux
Additional Photo Credits
Sam Kirby- Facebook
Feminist News- "Now Do You Get It?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substance Abuse Surge Linked To Covid-19 & How To Help. 

We sing about addiction quite a bit. It something that hits home for us as we've seen a lot of people we care about struggle with it in one form or another. One of our songs "Poison Well," is about feeling of hopeless, trapped in a self injuring cycle. You can listen to it here on YouTube or on Spotify.

Covid-19 has affected human health, prosperity and economic stability all around the world. The United States has seen an estimate of 40 million jobs lost due to this pandemic and with recent spikes in cases the number is expected to go up. It easy to feel hopeless in a time like this and unfortunately many support systems (group addiction counseling, drug court programs, treatment facilities, churches) have been closed or forced to scale back.  In the United States we've seen a steady increase in substance abuse this year since February.

Overdoses in The United States in 2020 (compared to 2019)

JAN: -.03%

FEB: +16%

MAR: +18%

APR: +29%

MAY: +42%

Authorities initially thought with closed borders and locked down cities we'd see a decrease in overdoses as supply chains dry but it seems to be the exact opposite. With familiar supply disrupted, many users are seeking out alternative substances from other suppliers. With the decrease in available support and liquor stores being deemed essential, these numbers are expected to continue rising.

Addiction Is A Disease of Isolation

“So much of addiction has nothing to do with the substance itself. It has to do with pain or distress or needs that aren’t being met.”
-Robert Ashford, Addictions Counselor

As humans, we value belonging more than food or shelter. When that is taken from us, we'll try like hell to fill that need any way we can. It's why you can't sleep or don't feel like eating when you're sad. It's powerful and what makes us human. We need each other more than anything.

How to Help & Where To Get Help.

If you see someone struggling reach out to them. Don't say "It's probably nothing," or "They're dealing with enough, I don't want to intrude." Reaching out saves lives. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse you are not alone. There are lots of people who care and have devoted their lives and careers to helping people deal with addiction. Reach out. Here are a few places:

Foundations Recovery Network-
1-888-980-4321

an National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

How Masks Help Stop The Spread of Coronavirus

With rising cases of Covid-19 in the United States we'd like to encourage everyone to wear a mask while out in public to help protect those who may experience complications who contract it, specifically those with an already compromised immune system. Wearing a mask does help.

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Helping Essential Workers!

For every mask you buy we'll donate one to an essential worker. Last week your purchases  helped us provide free masks to the essential workers at Black Bear Lodge Addiction Treatment Center in Northeast GA. Shout out to all of the amazing folks at Black Bear that are truly making the world a better place. We're inspired by you heart and dedication to helping people when they need it most. Thank you so much!

If you already have enough masks for yourself you but would still like to ensure an essential worker gets one they need you can donate here.
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New EP Drops Today!

Growing up we always appreciated different genres of music. We think everyone has a story to tell and experience to share. It's good to step outside your sense of normal (for us it's loud rock music), express yourself in new ways and learn from new teachers. We're excited to announce that our brand new EP "808s N Chill Remix EP Vol 1," is available today exclusively at www.roshambeauxmusic.com/shop

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Nancy B, Renee T, Steve B & Shelly R!

These awesome people are the reason we're able to create our Blog, Vlog, Concerts & Studio Recordings! They are responsible for making sure the show goes on. We truly couldn't do this without them. 

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8 Reasons Why Scientists Say You Should Start "Earthing" 

We've all been cooped up for awhile now and while we know it certainly can have negative effects on the brain it can on the body as well. When you stay inside too much you start to feel "off." We always knew this in the back of our minds but over the past few months, being encouraged (and in some cases mandated) to stay at home, it's been way too easy to stay indoors. We figured the reason we feel like crap if we stay inside for too long was due to a lack of Vitamin D. While that may be the case, we found a collection of studies that suggest something else entirely.

We have a Facebook group called RoshamFAM that's an open forum for ideas, art & projects (since we're always pushing ours). One of our fam shared these studies with us on from The Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Shout out to Cheryl.

Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons.

Usually, environmental health studies seem to focus on negative health of effects of your environment but this one suggests there's literally a whole world of positivity right underneath your feet. The earths surface is teeming with electrons and our modern way of life puts a barrier between us (concrete, asphalt, shoes). Returning to a more primitive human environment, a.k.a. getting your hands and feet dirty, once a day can can have a tremendous effect on your sense of well being. Here are 8 ways making direct contact with the Earth's surface can improve your health.

1. Regulating Sleep

You need sleep. No one needs to explain to you that if you don't get good sleep you'll be miserable. Earthing has been proven to to improve the time it takes to fall asleep, the quality of sleep and waking feeling rested.

2. Chronic Pain

82% of men and women in a blind study reported improvement in muscle stiffness and 74% reported improvement in chronic back or joint pain compared to 0%-12 who reported improvement in the control group.

3. Lower Blood Pressure

Some test subjects reported improvements with symptoms associated with high blood pressure, hypertension and even some respiratory conditions.

4. Improved Cortisol Levels

You need cortisol in your body to help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, fight inflammation & assist in memory formation. However, too much cortisol can be very bad for you. Specifically, in men, high cortisol levels slow or stop the production of testosterone. While abstaining from certain foods like flax seeds, vegetable and hydrogenated oils (which are TERRIBLE for you anyway) can help regulate cortisol, Earthing seems to be effective as well.

5. Eliminates Ambient Voltage

There's still a considerable amount of debate on whether ambient voltage in the body caused by common electric power sources is harmful to humans but we can prove that the body is indeed effected by it. You absorb extra electricity from stuff in your house and walking barefoot outside discharges it.

6. Stress

Understanding the technical aspects of this particular double-blind study on how earthing affects stress requires a little more knowledge of root mean square (rms) values of electroencephalograms (EEGs) and how it relates to blood volume pulse (BVP). You're welcome to read more about it in section 2.4 of the study HERE.

We know you don't have time, but basically, you can stick a bunch of pads on people, measure specific electrical values and/or changes in their bodies and see how it effects their heart, brain, lungs and muscles. When you're stressed, your heart, brain, muscles and lungs react a certain way and that information can be quantified. Earthing has almost an immediate effect on your your body's EMP and BVP. In short, if you're stressed go outside and walk in the grass for awhile. You'll feel better.

7. Breathing/ Heart Rate

Another associated study has suggested that earthing can help stabilize variance in blood oxygen levels (BO), increase respiratory rates, stabilize heart rate variability (HVR) and raises the heart rate just enough to suggest metabolic healing response (due to an increase in oxygen levels).

8. Immune system

Earthing boosts your immune system. Another entirely separate study monitored levels of gamma globulin concentration in test subjects and noticed an increase in levels after earthing as well as the bodies abilities to absorb and maintain healthy vitamin and mineral levels.

There's a whole lot more to these collection of studies and you can take a more detailed look at the collection at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov We knew our moms were right when they told us to go play outside but we had no idea the depth of it's meaning. Obviously, there are lots of ways of treating all the things we've mentionioned but we found these studies to be interesting.

NEW EP COMING NEXT WEEK!

 

It's finally here! We've been working on an 808s Hip/Hop inspired remix EP for that last few weeks and we're finally ready to show it to you! It's available today to our Patreon subscribers at patreon.com/Roshambeaux and will be available on our store next week WED July 8, 2020! 

LIVE VLOGCAST TONIGHT!

We go live every Wednesday night at 8pm/est on Facebook. Come hang out, sit back and get in the chat. We want to hear what you've been up to!

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Special Thanks To Our Patrons!
Nancy B, Renee T & Steve B!

These awesome people are the reason we're able to create our Blog, Vlog, Concerts & Studio Recordings! They are responsible for making sure the show goes on. We truly couldn't do this without them. 

If our content has helped you and you find some value in it, please consider contributing on at patreon.com/Roshambeaux even at just $1 per month. It goes a REALLY long way. There are multiple tiers for our supporters. Here's what our Patreon supporters receive for their donations each month.

 

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William H & Jeff C!

Thanks for your donations last week! They really help to keep this going!

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Secret "American Stonehenge" with 10 Rules for The Human Race. 

We've been in the studio this last week finishing up the final tweaks on our latest EP. We're REALLY excited to show you! Look for an official announcement on it's release in the next week or so. We're planning on chatting more about it tonight on our Wednesday night Vlogcast at 8pm. Come hang out! We really enjoy getting to chat with y'all every week!

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The Georgia Guide Stones

J got a chance to go see the the Georgia Guide Stones in Elbert County, GA this past week. We've heard about them but we've always wondered what they say. While it seems like an ancient ruin it was actually erected in the 1980s and is often referred to as the "American Stonehenge." It's made from 6 granite slabs, stands over 19 feet tall and weighs 237,746 lbs!

Brief History

In 1979 a mysterious man known only as Robert Christian (no one knows his real name) approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company representing "a small group of loyal Americans," as he put it, with the idea for the structure. The monument would serve as a compass, clock and calendar that would hopefully be able to withstand natural, human or technological disaster. The company called him "a nut" and quoted him a price several times higher than the cost of labor and material. They were shocked when the mysterious man accepted the quote saying his secret group had been planning the idea for over 20 years.

Inscription

So, this mysterious man and his secret society wanted 10 things written on the monument. This is what was inscribed in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. 
2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity. 
3. Unite humanity with a living new language. 
4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason. 
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. 
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. 
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials. 
8. Balance personal rights with social duties. 
9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite. 
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature

J's Thoughts

On the Inscription.

"Most people believe this to be a depopulation monument due to the first 'commandment.' I do tend to agree with most of the statements except the first, realizing that 500,000,000 is roughly the population of India. This number seems to be a false expectation. But maybe they just forgot a few zeros? The second "commandment" I thought, at first, was very Nazi-ish but I soon realized they were only saying to not f*ck your sister... lol. Everything else I think most would easily agree with."

On Seeing it.

"It felt no different than any other monument I've visited except this one had a little more "fabricated" feel to it. I did find it interesting that this being built roughly 40 years ago and socially already has a sense of mysticism around it. I also reflect on why, in our modern times, we don't have more things like this to preserve our moral and social ideals against the test of time. Carving something into stone, as we've seen in our historic past, lasts a lot longer and has more impact than information stored on a server or harddrive."

 

Stats For The Nerds.

OVERALL HEIGHT 19 FEET 3 INCHES 

TOTAL WEIGHT 237,746 POUNDS

CAPSTONE 9-FEET, 8-INCHES LONG, 6-FEET, 6-INCHES WIDE;  1-FOOT, 7-INCHES THICK.  WEIGHS 24,832 POUNDS 

 951 CUBIC FEET [26.9 m³] 

GRANITE QUARRIED FROM PYRAMID QUARRIES LOCATED 3 MILES WEST OF ELBERTON, GEORGIA.

 

Thanks to Our Supporters!

Nancy B, Renee T & Steve B.

These awesome people are creators of our Blog, Vlog, Concerts & Studio Recordings! They are responsible for making sure the show goes on through these unprecedented times. We truly couldn't do this without them.

If our content has helped you and you find some value in it, please consider contributing on Patreon starting at just $1 per month. It goes a REALLY long way. There are multiple tiers for our supporters. Here's what our Patreon supporters receive for their donations each month.

 

 

 

 

4 Ways To Help Artists That Make Free Content. 

 

Hey RoshamFAM! A lot of people have been writing in and asking us how artists are keeping their heads above water during these strange and unprecedented times. We've gotten a chance to talk to a few of our artists friends over the past few weeks so here's our collective opinion.

Art-Is-Love-Is-Art 

Erich Fromm was an amazing Jewish-German psychologist who escaped Nazi Germany. His words about love, art and freedom still inspire us today. He helped us understand that love and art are really not that different. They’re both choices we make. They’re both giving of the self for someone else’s benefit. Perhaps most importantly if you sell either of them it makes you a… well, we won’t say it out loud, lol. 

As artists, it’s often a personal struggle to ask for or charge money for what we do. We didn’t get into this because we wanted to be rich or famous. We got into this because we genuinely think it’s our small way of making the world a better place. We like seeing people be happy and kind to one another. We like showing people it’s ok to be angry when it makes us do the right thing. We like talking about love in all it’s forms; It’s why we’re all here. We like singing about pain because we think it’s the best way to find healing.  We didn’t want these things to be just a small part of our lives. We wanted them to define us. So, we dropped everything else, even our “Day jobs.” 

We know not every artist feels this way. We actually wrote a song about it called Ms Dichotomy. You can listen to it on Spotify right now for free. Just click the Spotify image below. Don't forget to like & follow!

4 Ways To Help Creators That Make Free Content 

1. Just Enjoy It. 
The simplest way to support content creators is to absorb their content. Watching their videos, streaming their music and sharing their content with your friends on social media goes a really long way. By absorbing their content, even though it's not directly supporting them, offers encouragement and exposure to new people, especially when you share it.

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2. Tell Your Friends.
You're the big break your favorite artist needs. Sure, a nice feature spot on the right platform might offer a decent amount of exposure in the moment but it pales in comparison to what you can do for them. Personally, when we look at our favorite artists, they're not our favorites because we saw them on tv. They're our favorites because we link them to a memory of our friends sharing them with us. They became a part of our relationships. If you want to help an artist, you don't have to help them come up with some scheme to have millions of people see them all at once (although, it's a nice thought). All you have to do is tell a few friends that you think might enjoy them as well. As artists, it means the world to us! We got tagged in this and it made our day!

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Social Media (especially, Facebook) makes it easy to tell you friends about something you enjoy and invite others to enjoy it as well. Here's how you can do it (and yes, we're selfishly using our page as an example). This will do way more for your favorite content creator than any other promise of "exposure," because it's coming from you.

 

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3. Give on Patreon
With more and more live event centers announcing delays on reopening and facing second waves of shutdowns due to new Covid 19 cases, a lot of artists who relied on live performance as a steady means of income are having to shift to online content creation to stay afloat. When you're starting out, it's a little daunting (we speak from experience). You have to create free content for your audience, especially if you are trying to grow a new one online. It makes sense. You wouldn't buy something from a guy you just met if you didn't have the slightest idea of what it is you're buying. That's why so many Youtube shows, Spotify podcasts and online concert streams are free to stream and stay that way.

So, if you want to support an artist that makes free content, a very simple way is to donate to them on a platform like Patreon, even if it's just $1 a month. There are a tons of content creators on there from famous astro physicists like Neil Degrasse Tyson to single moms that make folk art. Most content creators offer unique rewards for being a monthly supporter. By doing so you become a part of their creation process and allow them to continue to create. Here's what we offer our supporters.

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4. Buy Their Art
It's kind of the obvious one on our list but we often forget it. Not only does it directly support the artist when you make a purchase, you're also doing everything else on this list as well. Every time you wear one of their tee shirts, listen to their song or podcast with a friend or take a sexy Instagram photo with their visual piece in the background you're letting everyone you meet know the artist is worth supporting. It makes a big difference and keeps art alive.


Wanna Hang Out?

We go live with Van Philosophy- Live Vlogcast every Wednesday night on Facebook @ 8pm/est. Tune in tonight, sit back, ask questions, shoot the sh*t, and let us know what you're up too! When you do, make sure you leave a comment. We really like that!

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Special Thanks To Our Very First Patreon Supporters!
Nancy B, Renee T & Steve B

We truly couldn't do this without you!

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10 Lessons From Eisenhower We Need Now More Than Ever. 

Hey Roshamfam!

We're so excited for this week! We have a jam packed week of new things coming out. We're so grateful we're able to continue to create in these strange and troubled times. We hope you are well and safe wherever you are. We miss you and love you very much!

 

Lessons From Eisenhower 

This last week has been heavy. There were a few times we felt like the world was falling apart. There's a lot of anger, resentment, pain and at times a sense of helplessness that have the potential to rob us of our principles: E Pluribus Unum. Though out of many we are one. When a brother falls we focus on picking him up because he is our responsibility. When police fail to uphold their duty we call them out. When privilege or policy is valued more than humanity we strike it down. When our own people are oppressed we lift them out. We listen more. We argue less. Being right is not an excuse to be cruel and the failures of our past do not make us helpless to change the world for the better.

With our Nation's birthday only a few weeks away we are reminded of a leader who's words, although spoken almost 70 years ago seem like they could have been said yesterday. We find encouragement from a man who's responsibility was to lead our nation through one of it's most painful, angry and war torn times. He saw the world with a compassion that only comes from looking evil in it's eyes before severing it's head. If nothing we say can inspire change we hope his still can.

1. "We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it"

2. "A people that values its privileges over its principles soon loses both."

3. "Extremes to the right and to the left in any political dispute are always wrong."

4. "Every gun that is made, every warship launched every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending it's laborers, the genius of it's scientists, the hopes of it's children. This is NOT a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war it is our humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

5. "The search of a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions."

6. "Get it all on record now- get the films- get the witnesses- because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened."

7. "Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like."

8. "We must never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."

9. "Pessimism never won any battle."

10. "I'd like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think people want peace so much that one of these days the governments better get out of the way and let them have it."

"Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

New Single: Maybe I Don't Have To

As musicians we only play a small role in making the world a better place. Through these past few months we've felt depression, anxiety, anger, self pity, the urge to inflict violence and the urge to create. Faced with everything we could possibly do wrong we ask ourselves "But do I have to? Maybe I don't have to. Maybe I can love people. Maybe I can defend people. Maybe I don't have to be afraid of what I know is right. I didn't want to live in a time like this. However, maybe in a small way, my actions can bring us to a better time."

We are excited to say that we wrote a song about it and it officially comes out TODAY on our Patreon Page for just $1 patreon.com/Roshambeaux and on our webstore roshambeauxmusic.com/shop 

Streaming This Week

We have two livestreams this week on Facebook! We love seeing y'all on there! We'll be live streaming our 7th Episode of "Van Philosophy- Live Vlogcast" tonight 6/10/20 at 8pm/est. We hope you can join us and take a load off. We have a few special announcements we'll go over. We know you're reading the blog right now but take a quick second to click on the image below so you can get a reminder about tonight.

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Roshambeaux: A Night of ROmance (naked, stripped down, unplugged)

With the help of our Roshamfam (<-- click to join) group on Facebook we habe decided what style of performance we are doing this Friday! It's gonna be stripped down, naked and unplugged!! Be sure to tune in @ 8pm/est. Sit back, relax, get in the chat and let's have an awesome night together!

 

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Patreon Launches Today!

If you've been following this Blog or Vlogcasts for the past few weeks you've heard us mention we've been working on a way to get extra exclusive content available for you guys. HERE IT IS!!! We are officially announcing our Patreon monthly subscription service! This is a way you can help support us and a way we can give it right back to you. Please consider joining us over there if you find even a little value in what we do. Weve set up 4 tiers starting as low as $1. Check em out!

$1- The In Crowd
Access to our to our exclusive Patreon feed, monthly shoutouts, early access to releases, merch, tour info & a free copy of our latest single upon release.
(Latest Single: "Maybe I Don't Have To")

$5- The High Fiver
High fives are free but for this one we'll send you our latest secret cover video (not available anywhere else) every month. We'll take suggestions from all our High Fivers on what songs to do next!
(Includes "The In Crowd" Perks)

$20- The Back Stage Pass
Step in to our studio every week for an exclusive live behind the scenes look at what we're working on whether its recording guitar tracks, songwriting, graphic design or video shoots.
(Includes "The In Crowd" & "High Fiver" Perks)

$50- Monthly Video Call
We're REALLY excited about this one! We want to do something extra special for you! In today's world it's so hard to get real time, intimate, face-to-face interaction, especially with artists. So, for your support we'd like to offer you a face-to-face performance that's special just for you every month. We'll give you a call, chat and sing you a song just between us. We can't wait to see your face!

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Special Thanks To:

Valerie B, Rebekah, F, Gabe B, Cheryl H, Nancy B & Pam K

We truly couldn't do this without you!

 

 

 

 

 

What's coming this month and what's leaving at Roshambeaux.com 

Hey Roshamfam!

Last week we returned to Full Live Show streaming after a few weeks off in preparation for a few new things coming this month. Thanks to everyone that tuned in on Friday night! If you didn't get a chance to watch "Roshambeaux- Dropping Bombs: Full Show Live Stream" you can rewatch it now on Facebook Watch. Just Click the image below! 

Special Thanks To Our Supporters Last Week:

Jeff C, Cassie D, Renee T, Charles F, Momentum of Today, Tre' B, Colby W, Gabe, B, Phyllis F, Nancy B, Christine D, Lauren S, Nancy C, William H & Pam K! We truly couldn't do this without you!!! 

Roshamfam- a home for art, ideas & positivity.

If you're like us you've been noticing a lot of negativity on your social media news feed. A lot of it is warranted with everything that's been going on but we wanted to create a safe fun space that can cultivate connection, fun and a reprieve from life's struggles. If that sounds like something you'd like to be a part of just click the image below to take you to our private Facebook Group: Roshamfam. We talk about all sorts of stuff from gardening to favorite vacation spots to our favorite music (and of course what's going on with our favorite electronic duo). Once your there hit "Join Group" and someone in the family will let you in. We're all waiting for you!


Acoustic Live Stream Friday 6/12/20 @ 8pm

We're so grateful for our Roshamfam! Earlier this week we weren't sure what we should do for our next live stream so we asked the fam what we should do. Usually we struggle getting ideas from people on social media (because of algorithms and throttling) but we're able to connect with people instantly! We all decided the next Live Stream Concert should be unplugged. We're excited! Our first shows starting out were all unplugged and it's great that we don't have to leave that part of our lives behind. We'll have more info for you soon. But plan on seeing us stripped down, naked, unplugged, acoustic... (you get the idea) on Friday 6/12/20 @ 8pm. We'll have plenty of reminders on social media and in the Roshamfam group so be sure to follow us!


Van Philosophy Live Vlogcast Tonight

Since having to be off the road we've spent the last few months trying to figure out other avenues of providing entertainment. We've always wanted to do a podcast and we think we've found a good weekly rhythm. We toyed around with a few ideas but for right now we're doing them live on Facebook every Wednesday night at 8pm. Be sure to tune in tonight! Sometimes we have specific topics but sometimes we just hang out with whoever joins us.

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What's Leaving This Month

1. GAUDY MONSTROSITY:

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If you've been following our other blog entries you've seen that we released our very first collection of recordings together called "Gaudy Monstrosity," along with some special bonus material and photos that document our earliest years together as Roshambeaux. We'd left in in the vault for awhile taking it down from Spotify, Apple, YouTube etc but we wanted to show y'all how it all started and that record was when we knew we felt ok diving into this as a career. It will be available for one more week and we'll throw it back in the vault to make room for what's coming out next.


2. QUARANTINE QUOVER:

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Last month Kyle did a secret bedroom recording of one of his favorites by Elton John. Solo, stripped down, unedited. If you haven't gotten a chance to see it, it will be available until June 10th at www.roshambeauxmusic.com/donate


3. FLAT TOPS & WOODEN BOXES

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In April, the day Gov. Kemp ordered the GA "Shelter in Place" order we were finishing our Live Acoustic EP Flat Tops & Wooden Boxes. We're were really excited how it turned out. We imagine ourselves on a long dark desert road and this is what's playing in the background. It will be available until June 10th at www.roshambeauxmusic.com/donate until June 10th and it will be moved to our online store at full price.


4. DISCOUNTED MASK PRE-ORDERS

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Last week we announced pre-orders for masks last week and they'll be in stock in a few days! Last week we offered the early birds 25% off masks and included our latest Single "Maybe I Don't Have To" as a free exclusive download (not available anywhere online). We're extending that offer this week until it hits our store on June 11th.

What's Coming!

1. Patreon

 

 

 

 

What's Patreon? Patreon is a membership platform that provides tools for creators run a subscription based content service. It basically allows content creators like us to earn a monthly income by provided exclusive rewards and perks to our subscribers or "patrons." Look for an official announcement next week!

2. New Single!
We've finished our latest full studio single "Maybe I Don't Have To," inspired by our time in quarantine. Right now it's only available for free with a mask preorder but it'll be available June 10th on the webstore and next donation tier at www.roshambeauxmusic.com/donate

3. New Exclusive Video
We like keeping things fresh so we'll have a new video to replace Kyle's Elton John Cover that's leaving the donation tier on June 10th.

4. Masks


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They'll be in stock next week but you can get your's now for 25% off + our new single FREE!

5. New EP
We've been working on a remix EP inspired by our 808s N Chill Live stream we did last month! J's hot in the studio putting on some finishing touches before we give it a final mix and master. We don't have a release date scheduled but look for an official announcement in a few weeks!

6. Merch Poll
We have a few ideas for some new merchandise but we want to hear your ideas. We'll take advice from Patreon (once it's launched) and from our Roshamfam members so make sure you get in one of them!

 

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