I read this recently right here. He’s right. You absolutely HAVE to latch onto something “too.” Too edgy, too different, too creative, too friendly. If we are not too something, we are not putting enough of ourselves into it. If we don’t invoke feelings in other people that compel them to act, perhaps we aren’t really standing for anything.
Ask my brother and sister- I’m highly impassioned and moved by experience, emotion and relationship. It’s in my DNA- maybe from both sides. Here are some things that I feel passionately about and move me in my musical pursuits.
~~Being a pioneer can be a lonely and uphill way at times. Don’t TELL me I can’t do it and don’t tell me that since it’s never been done, I should sit down and shut up. Because I won’t. I believe there are other good-seeking truth followers who wholeheartedly adore music and yet they do NOT want to spend their evenings playing places where they feel they must compromise who they are and what they stand for. If you’re out there, I want to meet you and shake your hand. And I want you in my network, because I appreciate you. I want to stand by my faith as well as stand with my music in hand and say- here are my talents and here is what I did with them. “Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free.” Lest we forget- the guy who buried his talent was scolded.
~~Why is it that people can’t get paid for their gifts they have spent valuable time honing? There have to be innovative ways to generate revenue in the music industry. It can’t be that I’ll finally make a living at my craft after I’m playing arenas and huge venues all around the world. Music industry crew- let’s stop being so narrowminded. Let’s stop listening to people that tell us there is one model of success and it’s name is Ke$ha or Beyonce. To follow that path is to be lazy. It’s already been done. So get to the books, the blogs, the influencers in your community, the events and start brainstorming.
~~I want to change the way people see art and music as a career. Because they are careers. So if you’re reading this and shaking your head, then do us both a favor and stop reading. My blog may not be for you, because you won’t like what I have to say. God is Creator. And he put that into us as lights in this world, which is one of the coolest things in which we see Him down here. I long for respect for spiritually minded people who pour their heart and soul into creating art, music, video, etc. And if you don’t believe that it is a valid and respectable career choice, then I want you to chunk your ipod and burn all your concert tickets and take all your books to goodwill, because that is what you are basically saying when you think such thoughts. To artists- If we don’t start treating ourselves with respect, others won’t as well. So buck up, hold your heart and head high and walk this path with me friend.
~~People always warn of the spiritual dangers in the creative fields- and rightfully so. But consider this- Wandering from God isn’t merely constricted to those in the creative industries- the pull to go with the flow and follow the Liar is seen in all career choices. But people rarely shake their heads in sympathy when someone’s future husband has high hopes of being a doctor or lawyer. Do they warn them like they’ve warned me? They should. Yes, “pursuance” can transform into “idol.” Yes, this can happen to all of us. Let’s just be fair across the board is what I ask. Though we be farmers, doctors, lawyers, musicians or teachers, we all have the ability to put something higher on the todem pole than God Himself.
What drives you in your creative endeavors? How have you worked toward marrying your faith and your talents? Feel free to let me know in the comment space below.