Surrender: Brother Wild’s “White Flag” Reviewed.

White Flag

 

Ok, full disclosure here: Brother Wild’s frontman and founder, Seth Dady, is not only the music pastor at The Well, my home church in Boulder, he’s also a good friend. In fact, all the members of the band are pretty good friends.

Now that that’s out of the way, White Flag is an impressive first album (first release of any kind for Dady, in fact) for the Boulder, CO based indie-rock band. On their debut album, Brother Wild has recorded ten great, stand-alone songs that come together like the walls and rooms of a solidly built house. Read More

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Make It Like You Stole It. A Review of “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative,” by Austin Kleon.

If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from

– Austin Kleon

On my last birthday wish list was Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon. I was looking for a creative kick in my artistic butt. As many artists do, my productivity comes in waves–usually immediately prior to a deadline. By the time I’m done working every spare moment on my project right up to (and sometimes a bit beyond) the deadline, I’m so burnt out I don’t want to see my studio for at least a couple weeks. Then, it’s a guilt-laden battle to get back into the creative groove. That’s where a good book about making stuff comes in handy.  Read More

Christian Artist, or Christian and Artist?

What does it mean to be a serious artist who is a Christian? Is that different than a “Christian artist?”

About a year ago, I joined Christos Collective, an artists’ collective whose members are Christians. During the course of my involvement in the organization of the collective and our discussions, I have really contemplated the interplay of Art and Faith. Along with the other members of Christos, I would not identify myself as a Christian artist, but rather an artist who is a Christian. We have discussed much of what it means to be both a Christian and an artist. Read More