Welcome to Day 6 of the On Being Creative series! You’ll find links to all the posts as they’re added on the series’ homepage here.
So far, we’ve talked practical questions about creativity and our purpose as creatives, we’ve talked about some of the deep aches and struggles of the creative soul, and what kills our creativity and what cultivates it.
Dang. We sound smart, right?
And since we’ve talked at length about our doubts and discouragement, giving ourselves permission to dig deep and know that a breaking heart can provide breakthrough for our art, let’s take a breather today.
We’ve thoroughly acknowledged our struggles with darkness, so let’s just as ardently and bravely celebrate the light.
I recently created a playlist on Spotify specifically for encouragement as a creative and to remind me to live life palms toward heaven, continuously worshiping and surrendering. And today I’m sharing the link with you.
Here it is!
It’s a mix of worship and folks songs by some of my favorite artists. Here are my top 10 must-hear songs from the list:
- Fool with a Fancy Guitar by Andrew Peterson
- Shine by Christa Wells
- Meant to Be by Carrollton
- No Longer I by Matt Redman
- Many Roads by Andrew Peterson
- I Shall Not Want by Audrey Assad
- The Sower’s Song by Andrew Peterson
- Warrior by Hannah Kerr
- Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture
- Grow by Kolby Koloff
Fool with a Fancy Guitar, Shine, Meant to Be, and Many Roads are especially relevant to the heart of a creative, and if you’re limited on time, I’d at least listen to those first! In the video I linked to Fool, Andrew explains he wrote it after reading someone’s negative review of one of his albums. I love that! Because it’s good to experience a piece of art created in response to struggle, isn’t it?
I hope this gives you some beauty, some truth, and some powerful encouragement. I hope you can take some time to yourself when you can really pay attention to the lyrics of these songs; let them sink in.
(Did you know that I have my own music page here on the website? It’s at the top of the page under “Music.” Or you can just click here.)