Did NOT see this coming when I was in college

Did NOT see this coming when I was in college

artistry and excellence, missions and ministry
I have a friend who is a college student who is studying music and ministry.  He needed to interview someone 'in the music business', so he sent me some questions. And while I don't work in the music industry per se, I think the input was helpful for him. And I remember thinking, as I wrote my responses... Well, HERE's a bunch of stuff I didn't see coming when I was in college. I posted the responses here for your perusal and commentary. So... peruse and comment.  Any help this provides will be like you getting the extra credit for my friend's assignment.  :-) Describe your career in the music business: I work as the Director of Artists for a music missions organization. I oversee artist development and strategies related to…
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Remember that one time when everything worked perfectly and went according to the plan?

Remember that one time when everything worked perfectly and went according to the plan?

artistry and excellence, Guitars and music
Last week, I served at a conference in Nerja, Spain (not all service is drudgery) by taking a team of musicians to lead worship for international missionaries. Our travel was beset by cancellations and delays and mis-directed baggage, so we suspected that it wasn't going to be an easy week. We got set up, worked through several technical glitches, and began planning for the first few conference sessions. [caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignright" width="300"] My normal guitar rig (with optional angelic lighting...)[/caption] Then, it happened - after working fine for a day or two, my pedalboard (to me, the equivalent of a painter's palette) fried due to some sort of power conversion issue. All I could get to work was the guitar and ONE amplifier sound. The style of music we had…
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How to Discourage Artists in the Church

artistry and excellence
This post is a link (below) to an article about Artists and the Church. When I was 8, I became a musician, and when I was 18, I became a Christ-follower, and it took all of about 3 weeks in the church-o-sphere for me to realize the (sad) truth of these observations. Vocationally, I work with a team of missional artists who use beauty and artistry to create a vision of the world that should be. Part of the reason I refer to that as 'dodging traffic in the intersection of art and mission' is because of the truths in this article. (I'll write about the other part in the future, maybe.) If you know me, you'll understand that I don't mind at all that this piece takes a slightly sarcastic…
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Do it, or don’t. (A pleasant kick to the backside…)

artistry and excellence
Just finished reading "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. Every single page was a well-delivered (and much needed) kick in the butt. If you've ever created ANYTHING, be it a painting or a ledger or a marketing campaign, you'll probably get something out of reading it. So here, reprinted in its entirety, is the last page of the book, which was the final and clinching boot-to-the-backside for me. Hopefully, for you too. ___ THE ARTIST'S LIFE Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it or don't do it. It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer…
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