Title Pending: Imitation

October 9, 2014Creativity, Songwriting, Title Pending

Inspiration is a wonderful place to start when making art. But we often move too quickly from being inspired to innovation—making our own thing with (hopefully) our own, unique signature. I believe that imitation is a missing link in much of our artistic development. So, don’t just be inspired by someone’s work. Make it part … Read More

Title Pending: Make Bad Art

September 25, 2014Creativity, Songwriting, Title Pending

Tennis star Andre Agassi initially learned to play the game from his dad. Legend has it that, during those early lessons, Emmanuel Agassi (who had been an Olympic athlete himself) encouraged the young Andre to worry less about the accuracy of his strokes and instead, hit the ball as hard as he could. Someday, he … Read More

Title Pending: Keep Your Encouragements

September 9, 2014Creativity, Songwriting, Title Pending

Over the next few months, I’ll be posting short, video excerpts from Title Pending, the book I’ll release later this year. Title Pending is a look at my creative process and history. It will be available later this year. The above video is a few paragraphs from the book. I hope you find these thoughts helpful in your own … Read More

Title Pending: Have Something To Say? Say It All

August 18, 2014Uncategorized

Later this year, I’ll release a short book I’m calling “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff.” Between now and then, I’m posting previews of the book here at this blog and elsewhere, like the Art House America blog or On Pop Theology.  Below is the third installation (the first is here, the second here). I don’t believe, at … Read More

Robin Williams, Inspiration and Depression

August 11, 2014Creativity, Fatherhood

Here is something true: If it weren’t for the work of Robin Williams and Steve Martin, I’d most likely not have taken the stage. I loved music as a listener and like the idea of making it personally, but what Robin Williams did from stage moved people. His comedy captured listeners and his stories inspired. Very … Read More

Lacrosse, Joy and When To Quit

August 10, 2014Creativity, Title Pending

Later this year, I’ll release a short book I’m calling “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff.” Between now and then, I’m posting previews of the book here at this blog and elsewhere, like the Art House America blog or On Pop Theology.  Below is the second installation (the first is here), this one written in response … Read More

Who Needs Another Book About Creativity?

August 5, 2014Creativity, Title Pending

Later this year, I’ll be releasing a short book I’m calling “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff.” Between now and then, I’m posting previews of the book here at this blog and elsewhere, like the Art House America blog or On Pop Theology.  Below is another such preview. I’d love to hear … Read More

Lessons From The Leaf (part 3): Moving Mountains, Moving Lakes

June 25, 2014Reflections

I am spending the month of June mentoring college students and playing music at Young Life’s Woodleaf. This property has played a key role in my life’s process. I was baptized here in December of 1993, been here just about once a year since 1987 and worked every job a volunteer can do here. This is the last in … Read More