I find that I don’t come across many forms of music that I don’t like at least a little bit. I think the reason is that I have a lot of respect for people who commit themselves to the almost impossible road of making a living making music. Most musicians that I know are introverts. The musicians who push through and do thousands of hours of solitary rehearsal to go play at bars and coffee houses have my immense respect.
I grew up listening to pop music on AM radio; KHJ in Los Angeles and KFRC in San Francisco. Pop is short for popular, and popular is popular because people like it. I love to watch the Grammys, because I love popular music. There, I said it!
I was moved by Adele and Foo Fighters this year. The joy of making music really is greater than the bottom line. But, I’d have to say the moment when I heard God’s voice was when I saw Glen Campbell, an extremely popular and talented artist, who was my main influence to start taking guitar lessons. Glen has Alzheimer’s now, and is on his final tour, along with making his final album. He obviously gets a little bit confused (if you’ve faced Alzheimer’s with a loved one, you’ve seen the early signs), but he is still out there, doing what God made him to do, with obvious passion and joy.
I mentioned that God spoke to me when I saw Glen. I was reminded that one thing I’m here to do is to write songs, no matter what. It’s not about making money (although I’m open to it), but about bearing fruit in a gift that God has put in me. I’m about 20 years behind Glen (and I’ve been told I look like him) so I figure I’m going to put songwriting back on the front burner and see what comes of it. It’s a matter of knowing the identity that God has given me and being obedient to use that gift to speak to Him, my friends and friends I haven’t met yet. So, I’m putting songwriting and collaborating on my calendar.
What is the thing God is saying for you to do? Sometimes the hints are more obvious and less “spiritual” that you think. Once you know that, how will you put it on the front burner?