What does it mean to not know how to do something when you can already see it in your mind or hear it in your head - the only thing is that you can’t just put it down on paper or out into the air - something about your body doesn’t know how.
Oliver Jeffers Author Video 2013
I had a conversation with John Mark McMillan last night about something that I think is very interesting. By the way, I consider John Mark to be one of the ones I consider to be making a valiant effort in transcending some of these imposed limitations in this industry. But he mentioned to me how strange it is that people keep calling his new album “creative.” That word is actually one of the most used words when people describe our music as well. In fact, I bet some of you reading this have described as such. Here’s the weird thing about this…
Why do you find it necessary to say that?
Do you notice that nobody really uses that word about other types of music? I just was perusing some Itunes user reviews to see if this holds up. I checked John Mark and mine, and “creativity” is very often found. But it’s not often found in reviews of bands like Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens or other artists who are certainly very “creative.”
Nobody goes to an art gallery and says, “boy, that painting is so creative.” Why? Because it’s art! Of course it’s creative! Why else would it be there? It’s very nature is creativity. Or like Lisa pointed out to me today, “that would be like saying, I love your house, it’s so architectural.”
But when someone in the Christian industry actually takes their art seriously, everybody is like “holy crap, listen to how creative it is!”
It’s like a person that’s been living among zombies for years seeing an actual human being and exclaiming, “wow, look at how clean her face is! She doesn’t even have any blood on it or anything!”
Storytelling Tricks of Silent Film From the Director of ‘The Artist’
Olivia and friends did tea today
and much to my surprise so did I
receiving a passerby’s invite to partake:
Little pie plates of lemon marangue
small white cups, invisibly brimming, hot
with scentless celestial sunflower chai
I had a delightful one sided talk
with a monkey named Franklyn Waters
and Liv retold the stories Frank forgot
Wearing a grace that mirrors her mother’s
Even caring for those without histories
Living out the love we found in scriptures
This morning stopped me in revery
Our house, has become a home, oh mystery.
Upside Down, Left to Right
This is a really sweet video of letter-pressing, a classic 500 year old process. Who doesn’t like typography?
This Must Be The Place: Coffer / “Life ain’t perfect, and neither is my cabin.”
A poem reading with Meryl Streep and Cello with Yo-Yo Ma. / What a beautiful, amazing performance.
News: I have some very creative, talented, and beautiful friends that I’d like to showoff.
So I’ve decided to add a page to my blog where people can see a little of what these wonderful people are up to, and have a way to connect to them and enjoy their art.
For now I’m starting off with just links, but there will be more to come soon.
Check them out!
Falling in love with literature, Harold Bloom / 5.1.11
That’s the thing with getting your watch fixed, they don’t really know what if anything is wrong with it straight off the assembly line, but then it breaks, so you send it in - you get it back, and all of the sudden, it’s water proof.
The restriction of free enterprise has also come principally from businessmen who have sought to increase government regulation in their own interest. In fact, the interests of businessmen have changed to a considerable extent from efficiency in production, to efficiency in public manipulation, including manipulation of the government for attainment of preferential advantages…