I remember the calm silence more than anything, although we were trading licks. It’s the calm silence of music; the little pauses between phrases. You wouldn’t think the silence would be the most memorable part, but the notes? Who knows what either of us played. That’s not what mattered. We were speaking in music. I had taken lessons from him since I was 6 years old. He was my mentor, and now...
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You have less to say than you think. You were in the process of growing up, simultaneously being hurt, hurting others and secretly looking for a way out. Your musical idols spoke to you; maybe they said, “keep going”, maybe they said “It’s all for s***”, perhaps “f*** it, just follow your heart (and by heart we mean the selfish gene).” Whatever it is they said, you listened, and you copied, and...
My brain needs to detox. Sending emails to music blogs is weirdly exhausting. Plus I ended up working on new music the past couple of nights/mornings, which I totally should not be doing right now. But yesterday was the first time in my life I’ve literally stayed up all night writing/arranging/demoing a song. I started around 1ish and went to bed at 7. Seeing it light outside before going to...
It was necessary, and the necessary was always possible.– C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
Y’all should follow the tumblr for my new musical venture Strongheart.
My new album →
Check out some tunes of mine. Typical INFP music.
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one…” - John 17:22 This is incredible to me. Every body of believers I’ve encountered has some semblance of community with each other, but there’s always a tension between the demands of community and the desire for individuality. I’ve always struggled with figuring out what the...
What I really want, what I’ve always wanted is adventure. The entire symphony of your life steers you differently, though. Fears – they pile up everywhere, and days turn to months, turn to college semesters, turn to seasons of depression, turn to seasons of learning. That sense of adventure I knew before all of this, it gets pushed down underneath all of it, but it doesn’t really die. And I don’t...
Tonight I spent something like seven hours mixing two songs. In headphones. Feels like I’ve been banging my head against a wall. Trying to get them done for some random Indaba contests I found. I’ve been feeling pretty motivated (dare I say convicted?) lately to work harder for this music…I think I’m actually starting to believe it’s not time spent in vain and that...
Anonymous asked: What do you have against entertainment and whimsy? Why can't art be fun?
Let’s talk about artists now. These are people for whom the beautiful is...– “The Artist: What Exactly Is an Artist, and How Do We Shepherd Them? by Barbara Nicolosi, from “For the Beauty of the Church”, edited by W. David O. Taylor
Death drives before me, Swallowed in sunset. Lights blaze triumphant, Siren song proclaiming - Rend, machine sea, And twisted metal all, We bow. Motionless. Seasickness. (copyright 2012 Matthew Anderson, don’t copy and paste as your own work, yo. Reblog if you like it.)
biblicalentropy: It’s not that Christians in America are persecuted too much, rather, they are not persecuted enough. They are not persecuted enough because they are not actually doing anything revolutionary, they are not with ‘the corpse’- they are not where the Kingdom is, therefore there is no reason to drag…
There are two things that artists dare to do, it seems to me, that you can only...– Andy Crouch, “The Gospel: How is Art a Gift, a Calling, and an Obedience?” from For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, edited by W. David O. Taylor
We don’t create art for God. He doesn’t need it. We create art in...– The back blurb of “Pursuing Christ. Creating Art.” by Gary A. Molander. I haven’t even read this book yet, but I was so freaking excited about that quote that I had to post it before I’ve even opened the book.
You Are Becoming Someone
What we are treated as determines who we become. If your teachers treat you as below average, unimaginative, “not gifted”, you become uncreative and you lose the ability to develop gifts. If your boss treats you like an incompetent child, you will begin to react to criticism like a child. If your friends repeatedly leave you feeling isolated and unloved, you begin to become a ball...
LIST OF INFP MUSICIANS AND AUTHORS →
I apparently have the same personality type as Jonsi, Sufjan and Nick Drake. Feeling a little more validated by that notion. thevaccine: Musicians- Win Butler (Arcade Fire) David Bowie Beck Eminem Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Elliott Smith Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) Robert Smith (The Cure) Cat Power Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) ...
We often read nowadays of the valor or audacity with which some rebels attack a...– G.K. Chesterton
Yes, I would’ve loved to play the guitar, to become a guitarist in a good...– Thom Yorke
Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one...– C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
Are you the new recruit? asked a heavy voice. And in some strange way, though...– The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and...– G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Kairos House - Dormant Seed - Promo →
my band Kairos House has an album coming out on August 2nd. Here’s a teaser video. Follow us on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/kairos.house
Why I Love Switchfoot and I'm (Sort of) Not... →
Admittedly, I sometimes fall into the trap of music snobbery. In reality, I think sometimes I’m just afraid of being judged for secretly liking certain bands and artists. I can appreciate a variety of music for its artistic merit, but at the end of the day there’s really only a few artists that affect me in a deeply emotional way, weather I want them to or not. One of these bands is...
The work of a Beethoven and the work of a [janitor] become spiritual on...– C.S. Lewis - “Learning in War-Time”, from The Weight of Glory
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to...– Mark 8:34-37, The Message
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless...– Psalm 46 (The Message)
I have trouble staying in one place for very long (unless I’m asleep). I recently moved to a new apartment and was reminded of my nomadic tendencies; it’s the sixth place I’ve lived in in as many years. I found myself walking around town, the same town I’ve walked around in for years, but I realized that it looked different. It’s as if, every time I move, I see the same sights from a new angle,...
I think one of the inherent risks of the philanthropy trend of the past twenty some years is that a lot of non-profit organizations exist in reaction against a problem. Most of the time these organizations are started by individuals with extensive experience in an area of social justice. Obviously, the advantage these people have is their expertise in regards to the issue they’re fighting....
Feeding the Starving Artist Soul: Not Until... →
starvingartistsoul: “You matter.” We come to know the value of a thing through suffering. Something you’ve never had to invest, fight, hurt or pay for is something you don’t yet know. It has inherent value, but it hasn’t rooted itself in you. Not yet. Not until suffering. Not until it cost you something to…
The Next to Last Supper →
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned...– Hosea 14:5-8
Disarmingly insightful. About a year late though…but seriously, read this.
My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in...– 2nd Corinthians 12:9
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my...– Psalm 143:8
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD In the land...– Psalm 27:13
Here’s what I’ve figured out for myself. My life and my art are...– Charlie Peacock - Making Art Like a True Artist, from It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise...– 1st Corinthians 1:26-29
A Hopeful Blog About The Church
I’m tired of waiting around. I’m tired of being satisfied with a life that revolves around convenience, speed and cowardice. I’m tired of my car. I’m tired of my fast Internet connection. I’m tired of playing video games, watching youtube videos and posting angry blogs so I don’t have to become a man and start doing real, God-honoring work. I’m tired of being afraid that people will judge me for...
I believe the single best question for discerning our calling…is...– Andy Crouch
A parable about the Church →
This is sure to offend a few. But it expresses through story what I can’t on my own.
Show me a transcript of the words you’ve spoken, typed, or texted in the...– David Dark
10 Creativity Tips from Donald Miller →
Not always a Donald Miller advocate but this is great..
We Need Boring Christians →
via Ben Woodring
It has only been during the modern phenomenon of secularism - what Nietzsche...– Brian Zahnd
Conversations with Robert Wood, part 1
“Ok, turn left at those three lights, the ones aligned like the stars in Orion’s belt (which is visible in tonight’s winter sky)”. He laughs off this ingenious fusion of directions, science and poetry with an embarrassed chuckle. I crane my neck forwards, trying to see in front of the pale glow illuminating the frost on my windshield. He barely takes a breath. “So as I was saying, it seems that...