Saturday, March 8, 2008


There have been times in my life when I feel overwhelmed with creativity, information and a hunger for more. Maybe you have been there when its like you have been staring at the same flower for years, yet you are seeing it for the first time. Thats the way I feel right now. My study is deeper, reading more concentrated, ideas come in swarms, creativity is bursting from every thought; so what will I do with all of this? Will it change anything?

I have to answer almost immediately, yes, it will change everything. But what does that mean?

Last night I picked up a journal that I started in 2005. In it I was writing about God's will. I wrote, "The realization of God's will comes through obedience not observation." It is through action not stagnation that things change. It is through participation in the Divine plan that revelation occurs and nothing is the same ever again. During this time of "Overflow" I have been more active in telling people about it. I have been living the ideas and making adjustments to apply the creative thoughts. I feel a sense of divine necessity to speak, act and learn. I want the overflow to help fill others and not just fall to the ground. I believe God is doing something in me right now that will draw many into His Kingdom and encourage many more to persevere. I pray that God will continue to overflow my life with Him so others will be encouraged and transformed. That is why, I believe, I was made.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Three Albums I Want to Write

Music is rooted deeply in my heart. The emotion it stirs, the stories it tells and the truth it declares all keep me coming back. There are three albums I would like to record in my lifetime that depict all of these aspects.

The first will be called "Inkblot." I want this to capture the reality of emotional experience everyone has. In the spirit of David Wilcox's song "Leave It Like It Is" I hope that inkblot will allow people to see that emotion just is and is experienced by everyone.

The second will be called "Shades and Values." When I was in high school art class we did value drawings that resembled a very pixelated image. That exercise taught me that the closer you look at anything what you actually see are shades and values of colors and tones which make up this world in which we live. This album will try to pixelate the core values of life to create a meaningful portrait worth listening to time and time again.

The third will be called "Storyline." Recently, I saw the movie "Into the Wild" which is base on the book by the same title by Jon Krakauer recounting the final years of a young man named Chris McCandless. Sean Penn who directed the movie did an incredible job visually and artistically expressing the story Jon had written. What struck me was that Chris was able to tell his story through the trail of influence, passion and adventure along with a journal to declare what he was learning along the way. What I would like to leave is this two lens perspective on life, telling the storyline that I experience and have it interpreted in reality by the lives that I have the opportunity to influence.

Don't look for these albums to be released any time soon, but realize that your life is writing the music that others will listen to. Will they learn from it, come back to it and be changed for the better because of it or will they throw it on the clearance rack to be sold for 2.99 to the next poor soul who has the misfortune of wasting time they will never get back by listening. I hope and pray that mine is the former.