Writing and Other Arts

The musician Joni Mitchell once remarked during an interview, "The critics dismissed a lot of what I thought was my growth and praised a lot of what I thought common about my work. I disagreed with most of them. So I had to rely a...

[caption id="attachment_2804" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Batman vs. Superman[/caption] I feel both excitement and trepidation about seeing the blockbuster film that opens today, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The premise itself is exciting: two DC Comics legends meeting on the big screen for the first time that I...

Are you bought into the ubiquity of the suffering artist, whose creativity is best birthed in anguish? In her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert writes: "If you want to be an artist of any sort, it seemed to me, then handling your...

The authors of my favorite college textbook, The Search for Personal Freedom, declare the following (I've paraphrased here): Men and women, to have freedom, must exercise their powers of intellect and emotion toward the accomplishment of their purposes. We have never known and probably do not...

Everything connects. And it always has. Think for a moment about the arts and entertainment. These expressions of dance, film, literature, music, television, theater, and the visual arts do not take place in a vacuum. Despite a society's best efforts to compartmentalize them or deem them...

I've recently re-purchased my favorite textbooks from my undergraduate years: The Search for Personal Freedom, Volumes 1-2, by Neal M. Cross, Robert C. Lamm, and Leslie Dae Lindou. Re-reading them is simply pure joy and provides fresh insight and inspiration toward my lifelong love of...

These are the books that impacted me the most within the past year, arranged under the four spheres of engagement that frame my approach to life and work. I encourage you to check them out; each one is available in e-book format and most can...

I took my daughters to see a Beatles cover band last night in downtown Franklin, Tenn. We arrived quiet early, sitting outside at Mellow Mushroom and watching the crowd emerge. Soon, the square was packed with music lovers of all ages, singing and grooving to...

I have jazz playing almost all of the time. but realized this morning that I seldom truly listen to jazz. I have treated it as background noise: an ingredient in the mix, but seldom the primary taste of the recipe. I've given just cursory observation to the...

In his cool little book The War of Art, writer Steven Pressfield declares: How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don't do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling...