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What we conquer for ourselves through art is from God, divine inspiration…Every genuine creation of art is independent, mightier than the artist himself, and through it’s manifestation, returns to the Divine. With man it has only this in common: That it bears testimony to the meditation of the Divine in him.

L.V. Beethoven

 

 

On the Divine Nature of Art

Last week, I posted some thoughts on why limitations are not our enemy.  When it comes to the life we want to live and the dreams we want to see realized, we often get trapped in a poverty mindset and can be convinced that we don’t have what we need to make our next move.  This thinking leaves us in a place of stagnancy and becomes a deadly limitation in itself.

The day after I published that post, my good friend (and next door neighbor!) sent me this video which is a teaser for an upcoming documentary called Landfill Harmonic.  It’s about a group of kids from Paraguay who collect trash from landfills and turn them into classical instruments.  What some see as garbage, others see as a beautiful.

This video is a PERFECT illustration of what can happen when we allow ourselves to see everything as a possibility.  I am continuing to see that Christ-centered living and creativity collide in the places where we can take hold of the scraps of our lives and transform them into something beautiful. It’s about breathing life into each day.

A couple highlights from the video…

  • “The world sends us garbage.  We send back music.”
  • “People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly.  Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either.”

For the last few days I’ve been listening to a new album by Pianist Nils Frahm. It might be the most calming, tranquil, and beautiful recordings I’ve heard in some time. I’ve found myself working, writing, and praying with the accompaniment of this soundtrack.

What intrigued me the most about this record, is the back story. Some time before this recording, Frahm fell off of his bunk bed which is right above his studio. This accident resulted in a broken thumb which is incredibly horrifying news for any professional pianist. After he had a cast put on, the doctor instructed him not to play piano for a while. But Frahm couldn’t resist the separation from what he considers one if his greatest joys.

Nils Frahm

With his cast on, he began composing with just 9 fingers. Every night he recorded a new song before he went to bed. The result is a 9 song e.p. called “Screws” named after the 4 screws placed in his broken thumb. You can hear his soulish vulnerability push through his music.

“They have helped me feel less annoyed about my accident and reminded me that any good is something I can only achieve, when I am making the most out of what I’ve got.”

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Every year, I open the ole iTunes Christmas playlist to see what the season is gonna sound like this time around.  I grew up with a steady diet of Mannheim Steamroller that my dad would ritualistically pull out on Christmas Day.  I’m not gonna hate on the Steamroller and their epic rendition of Deck the Halls, but in the last several years I’ve been determined to piece together Christmas music that I actually enjoy listening to.  I noticed that several sites were giving away FREE music, so here are some links to music that I think you’ll enjoy too.

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Music must become virile to express big things. It is not my purpose to supply a few pseudo intellectual musicians and critics with more food for brilliant argumentation, but rather to inspire all mankind with new heroism and spiritual nobility. This may appear to be sentimental and impossible to some, but it must be remembered that Palestrina, Handel, and Beethoven would not consider it either sentimental or impossible. In fact, the worthiest creative art has been motivated consciously or unconsciously by the desire for the regeneration of mankind.

– A credo by Alan Hovhaness presented at a Guggenheim fellowship (1941)

On Greater Motives For Art

A Boy and His Kite

Today is a good day. I just downloaded the newly released debut album from A Boy & His Kite (Dave Wilton).  Already, I know this will be one my favorite albums of the year.  I can confidently say that I would own this record even if Dave was not a dear friend of mine.  However, I am fortunate to have the gift of his friendship as well as the gift of his music.  I am a better man for it.

As I write this, I am listening to the album for the first time.  I can already tell the music is a nearly exact embodiment of who Dave is as a person.

Gentle. Humble. Understated. Fresh. Sincere. Creative. Peaceful.

The musical stylings are an eclectic mash of indie rock and folk that build into full orchestration. For fans of Sleeping At Last, Bon Iver, & Josh Garrels.

This last week, A Boy & His Kite had a breakthrough song called “Cover Your Tracks” which was included on the latest Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 soundtrack.  A beautiful song that has an indie flavor – setting itself apart from all other tracks on the album.

Do yourself a favor.  Go download A Boy & His Kite right now.

November 16-17, 2012 | Vinelife Church in Boulder, CO

Friends!  If you are in town next weekend, please consider coming to the Resound Conference.

Resound has been a centerpiece of my personal journey for the last four years.  This is not only because I’m part of the team that hosts the event, but it really is an unreal experience to gather with friends, family, worshippers, and creatives for the purpose of seeking God & building friendships.  There will be several hundred people from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, & more.  Here’s a few other reasons you should consider being there…

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Welcome to the Blog

November 5, 2012 — 10 Comments

Welcome

[Photo by Rameshng, Creative Commons]

Hi! My name is Luke. This is my new blog, and I have no idea what I’m doing.

Please, pour a cup of coffee and make yourself at home. Here’s the backstory…

Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to start writing more intentionally. There are a few reasons for this:

  • I speak regularly and want a chance to write about the topics I speak on.
  • I like to encourage people – especially Kingdom-minded creatives. I felt a blog would be a good venue for this.
  • I wanted a new challenge. Something I could do to fuel my own growth and creativity.

I’ve had other blogs before, but they mostly dissolved into random posts without any real purpose or direction. So, I wanted to make sure I did this one right. This has turned into months of deep thought and prayer…

I did my homework.
I read some books.
I checked my motives.
I chose a direction.
I had a friend take some sweet photos.
I decided on a blog platform and a web host.
I poked around at my design.
I got all of the right plugins and digital accessories.
I tweaked.
I tweaked.
I tweaked.

Just recently, I noticed it’s been nearly six months since I’ve been working on this. I came to the painful realization that what I have been calling the hard work of “tweaking” has actually been glorified verbiage for stalling.

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