I am currently helping a friend get an album recorded (we are literally in Nashville for two days, working out arrangements and making some initial recordings). I forgot how invigorating it is to be part of the process of creating. Part of the purpose of this blog was to provide an outlet for me to create things (online word things), and to think some exploratory and experimental thoughts.
It is very difficult, I find, to carve out the time and space needed to really create something of substance. Dallas Willard has said that one of the things young people desperately need today is time to "unplug" from all the forces that pull them in so many directions, and keep them under so much deception. He’s really talking about cultivating the disciplines of silence and solitude, which are absolutely essential for any kind of creative pursuit (and authentic humanity). In our increasingly "always-connected" culture, this is more and more difficult and frowned-upon. If someone is unavailable for a few hours, we get offended at their "anti-social" behavior. But that "unavailability" is absolutely essential to the creative process. I think if we can build this kind of solitude into our lives, we’ll find ourselves creating things of substance, and we’ll be hooked.