Aviv Hadar has been quite successful at bringing new ideas to life. He helped launch he first million-dollar kickstarter campaign for a smartphone app. In 2008, Hadar founded Think Brilliant Media Studios, an award winning software and technology company, which was behind the ‘I’m With Coco” campaign back in 2010. Hadar and Think Brilliant were also instrumental in the launch of the social media and content creation company SoulPancake, which has inked deals with several of the largest global brands while raising millions for charity. Now he is turning his efforts to Oregrown, a farm-to-table cannabis company in Oregon. The Oregrown team cultivates using organic methods and distributes to its dispensary in Bend, Oregon, as well as creating products for PAX Era.
Hadar has been an outspoken advocate for cannabis as a founding member of the Oregon Cannabis Association (OCA), a member of Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Rules Advisory Committee, a Leafly Technical Advisory Board Member and a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). He was also the first person in Oregon State history to testify to the OLCC on behalf of Oregon’s cannabis legalization measure in 2015.
Now he is dropping off a Weedsday playlist with a diverse selection from Alicia Keys to Phish to George Harrison.
“Tweezer” by Phish (Lake Tahoe, July 31, 2013)
Arguably one of the best “Tweezer” performances of Phish’s long illustrious career— clocking in at nearly 37:00 minutes long, this masterpiece has multiple pieces within the epic, improvised composition. The entire jam ends with incredible crowd participation that is referred back to as the crowd and the band “writing a song together.”
“What is Life” by George Harrison
George is my favorite Beatle. I was raised on Beatles music. Often overshadowed by the likes of Paul and John, George’s songs were often omitted from Beatles records that they got together to release. His slide guitar still has a way of evoking emotion that no other guitar player ever could. With a post-Beatles solo career, records and tours that arguably outshine his time with The Beatles, George was sitting on a magical backstock of songs that he was able to produce and release on his own once The Beatles broke up. The three-and-a-half hour long, two-chapter documentary by Martin Scorsese Living in The Material World is a must-watch for every single person on the planet.
“In the Blood” by John Mayer
One of Mayer’s best songs— incredibly deep message, guitar work and accompanying melody and tone. John Mayer has been writing incredible songs for over a decade now, and the more he matures, the deeper his message gets. The beauty is that through all of his emotionally resonant music, he is able to keep his sense of humor with songs such as "New Light" which gets an honorable mention here, given that it reached 100,000,000 streams on Spotify. A huge feat. Mayer will end up being the Clapton of our generation. His contribution to Dead and Company has been enormous. He’s on a clear path towards aging as one my favorite singer-songwriters.
“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
This song makes my heart happy. It makes me immediately think of my family— my beautiful wife and my unbelievable son. The way Alicia speaks about the material things in life being meaningless, and how the loves of her life are what matter. Whether you want to interpret the love in the song as being romantic or not, the message is beautiful.
“If Not for You” by George Harrison
This song was my and Christina’s first dance. The lyrics say it all. Nothing more beautiful than a man purely singing about the love he has for the woman in his life. Lyrics: ”If not for you / Babe, I couldn't even find the door / I couldn't even see the floor / I'd be sad and blue, if not for you / If not for you / Babe, the night would see me wide awake / The day would surely have to break / It would not be new, if not for you / If not for you, my sky would fall / Rain would gather, too / Without your love I'd be nowhere at all / I'd be lost, if not for you / If not for you / The winter would hold no spring / Couldn't hear a robin sing / I just wouldn't have a clue, if not for you / If not for you, my sky would fall / Rain would gather, too / Without your love I'd be nowhere at all / I'd be lost, if not for you / If not for you / The winter would hold no spring / Couldn't hear a robin sing / I just wouldn't have a clue, if not for you / If not for you”