The vulnerability of being an artist


Welcome to my blog if you're new here or welcome back if you're not! This blog is meant to encourage and inspire you whether you're a novice, amateur or professional musician.

I recently finished playing, recording and engineering a song that I wrote for our band last year. Our band has played it at a couple of gigs already too.

But like all artists, I'm having some second thoughts about releasing it. Nobody likes to feel rejection about their work or themselves so I'm hesitant.

Which begs the question: How do you deal with vulnerability? This fear can present itself in many forms. It may be the apprehension to do something because of what others 'might' think. It can also be a fear of rejection because of being hurt in a world that can be very unforgiving.

All of us can relate to this fear. It may have been a critical parent, an unkind classmate, or just an unfriendly passerby. In fact, this is something that all artists and people feel throughout the day.

To address this, I'd like to point out a song that one Christian artist named Zach Williams has on the air these days. It's called: Fear is a liar! Yes, our fears are lies!

Should you not feel fear in some situations? Of course you should! But, to be paralyzed by fear of rejection or what others 'might' think is just not healthy. That's why I want to encourage you to use your talents. Your talents are God given and you may just be the person to encourage someone else going through difficult times.

Not everyone is meant to be on a large stage in front of thousands of people, but, there are so many opportunities that we can take to use our talents.

There are lonely people in convalescent homes, hurting people in shelters, veterans and family members who may be sick or ill, school kids who've never heard an instrument being played and all kinds of opportunities.

You could be just what they need to start or continue their journey of healing. And music is such good therapy!

My encouragement to you today is to use your talents and abilities to help others. You would be very surprised as to how good it feels to do something for someone else.

It will make your heart smile!

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