Starting a little after 5:30 this morning I was at the piano playing mostly Christmas songs for almost two hours. Well, let me clarify. I was at the keyboard in my studio with my headphones on. Robin and I are going on 43 years together, and even as immeasurably supportive as she is of my music, headphones have probably had a lot to do with keeping us together. I love to play when I first wake up. So yeah, we are both thankful for headphones.
That is something I truly wish I could share with everyone. To be able to sit down and play from the heart is like prayer without words. I’ve been guilty of cutting up about it on stage from time to time, calling that “playing in tongues.” I sure don’t intend for that to sound disrespectful. Far from it. Playing without music, or any pre-conceived notion about what notes I will play, and hearing songs that seem to take shape on their own…feels like the Lord has taken the time to sit with me, and we’re doing something together. Something no one else will ever hear. It’s special, and I wish it was something I could teach. But that’s not how it works.
Sort of on that note, I took a stab at doing a podcast awhile back. I started out really fired up, but it just sort of fizzled out. I realized that I’d missed it. I wasn’t coming at it from the right perspective, and decided to pull back and wait for a clearer picture.
I got it.
I’m putting together the first episodes of this new podcast, and before long I’ll be launching it on iTunes. It will be a weekly show that I intend to put up every Wednesday that will be called Jesus, Music, Writing and Art…the Podcast for Christian Creatives.
Now this won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. In fact, most people have never even listened to a podcast, or know what one is…yet. The technology is changing so quickly though, that people are listening more and more, not only to music, but audiobooks, and podcasts on their phones. A podcast is basically a radio show, and I have spent a lot of my life on the radio. This new technology allows guys like me to have their own shows, without being on a radio station. Consequently, they can be offered to as specific a niche as you like.
In my case, that’s Christians who have a desire to use their talent or ability in some creative way…hence the name, Jesus, Music, Writing, and Art. I thought about some slicker sounding titles, but when it comes down to it, that’s what the show is going to be about, so why not just call it that?
I believe creative Christians have some very specific challenges that secular creatives are not so bothered by. Like the world, the flesh, and the devil. I hope to interview some notable figures in Christian writing, music, and the various arts, exploring how they cope with those challenges, and still manage to produce their work. I’ll share my own insights, of course. Since I have a fairly broad field of creative experience and interest, hopefully it will be helpful to someone trying to find their way through the obstacle course that the Opposition throws in front of us when we start out to do anything meaningful. Anything that has a chance of touching another person’s heart with an uplifting or encouraging message.
I hope it will be interesting to people other than the artistic folk. Creativity has many facets. Cooking a meal or planting a flower bed can have all the same fulfillment and challenge as doing a painting, or writing a song. All Christians are creatives by nature. The Spirit of all Creation lives within us, right? I’m excited about the prospect. I’ll keep you posted on my progress as I take my own advice and…
Get Out’a That Boat!